Iris's Dragonite

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Iris's Dragonite
アイリスのカイリュー Iris's Kairyu
Poké Ball
Iris Dragonite.png
Iris's Dragonite
Debuts in Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!
Caught at Undella Town
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Iris
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Dragonite Kensuke Satō

Iris's Dragonite (Japanese: アイリスのカイリュー Iris's Kairyu) is the fourth Pokémon that Iris obtained.


Dragonite first appeared in Iris and the Rogue Dragonite! where it was chasing down a Hydreigon. The Hydreigon wounded its wing sending it crashing down into a lake. Dragonite became airborne again but was descending because of its injury. Eventually it hit a terminal of a power plant causing a blackout in Undella Town. Though it was just an accident, the workers at the power plant believed it to be intentional. Wanting to escape the workers, Dragonite entered the power plant and barricaded itself in a room using Ice Beam to seal itself in the room. It curled up on the floor to rest in order to recuperate.

Hearing about the story of Dragonite from Officer Jenny, Iris refused to believe that it caused the blackout purposefully. Later she, Ash, and Dawn infiltrated the power plant and found Dragonite. It struck out at them and Piplup and Oshawott were used to keep it at bay until Meloetta came in and soothed it with its voice. Afterwards it collapsed again because of its injuries. While Ash and Dawn went to inform Officer Jenny, Iris was able to read its heart and saw that the injury caused by Hydreigon caused its flying to be hindered, thus accidentally crashing into the terminal.

Iris with her Dragonite

Despite this, Officer Jenny rallied a group of Trainers to take down Dragonite. Iris threw herself in front of Dragonite in order to protect it from them just long enough for Ash and his friends to return with surveillance footage to prove Dragonite's innocence. At the end of the day, just before Dragonite was about to leave, it looked back at Iris. Cilan suggested that perhaps Dragonite wished to be Iris's Pokémon and allowed itself to be captured by her.

In Jostling for the Junior Cup!, Iris used it in the first round of the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup against Georgia's Beartic. Despite being ordered by Iris to dodge Beartic's Hidden Power, Dragonite stood in place and knocked it back swiftly. It ignored Iris again and chose to shield itself from Beartic's Focus Blast head on with its hands. Surprisingly, it even stood there and took an Ice Beam attack and refused to defend against a second with Flamethrower. In reaction to Iris's calls, Dragonite broke out of the ice it had been encased in and began charging towards Beartic. Though it ran straight into its opponent's Blizzard, Dragonite hit Beartic with ThunderPunch. The single hit won the match, though Iris nor Georgia were happy with it. In the next episode, Iris attempted to scold Dragonite for his disobedience, but to no avail. Cynthia then came to talk to it, becoming very interested in its relationship with Iris. Dragonite was then used against Dawn's Mamoswine in the second round. Dragonite began the match by listening to Iris and dodging Hidden Power, but began standing and taking Mamoswine's Ice Shard attacks against her wishes. Dragonite also began charging towards Mamoswine and meeting its Take Down, and although Dragonite was able to throw its opponent over head the first time, Mamoswine's second Take Down knocked Dragonite back. Dragonite finally grabbed Mamoswine's frozen tusks as it was using Ice Fang. Its arms began to freeze before Dragonite broke free and flew into the air and sun's heat. Dragonite then swooped down and defeated Mamoswine with Dragon Rush. However, Iris was still displeased with the win and yelled at Dragonite. Furthermore, Georgia stated that Dawn lost to Dragonite, rather than Iris.

Dragonite was next used in Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three! to battle Ash's Krokorok in the semi-final match. It began the match; following Iris's commands, dodging Crunch and Stone Edge and then attacking with Flamethrower. Dragonite then launched an Ice Beam attack, though it was dodged with Dig, Dragonite avoided Krokorok's attack with ease. It eventually hit Krokorok with another Flamethrower before Krokorok burrowed underground once more and emerged behind it, clamping down on its tail with Crunch. Dragonite was able to shake its opponent off, but was still unable to land an Ice Beam. After getting hit by Stone Edge, Dragonite managed to dodge Krokorok's Crunch and land another Flamethrower. Dragonite finally managed to hit its opponent with back to back Flamethrower and Ice Beam attacks, but was astonished to watch Krokorok evolve into Krookodile, run towards it and strike with Dragon Claw. Faced with the powerful opponent, Dragonite began launching its moves in all directions and in the midst of its tantrum was hit by Crunch. Dragonite then recklessly tried a Dragon Rush that was easily avoided by Dig. When Krookodile emerged from the ground, Dragonite was hit and defeated by Stone Edge. After the match, Georgia and Burgundy poked fun at Iris and Dragonite before Cynthia revealed Dragonite did not have complete confidence in Iris.

In Unova's Survival Crisis!, Dragonite was sent out to battle the Kami trio. As usual it just took off without even waiting for Iris to say anything and ended up getting hurt in the process. When Iris tried to comfort Dragonite, it was still hesitant towards its new Trainer. However, once Iris stepped in front of Dragonite to block Thundurus's attack, it started to see that Iris really did care for it. After Iris gained its trust, she commanded Dragonite to go help the other Pokémon fight the trio and was able to hold them off so that Ash could stop Giovanni.

In A Village Homecoming!, Iris sent Dragonite out to meet the Elder at the Village of Dragons. Straight away, Dragonite picked a fight with a wild Haxorus that was resting near by. In the midst of their close combat, the Elder came between them. After she had calmed Haxorus, she did the same to Dragonite by massaging its stomach. Later, when Shannon's newly evolved Hydreigon lost control of itself, Dragonite teamed up with Emolga to chase the Brutal Pokémon across the lake and corner it on shore.

In Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!, Iris used Dragonite during her battle against Drayden and his Druddigon. Dragonite's starting move, ThunderPunch, was easily blocked the Cave Pokémon, which then hit back with a fierce Dragon Claw, hurting Dragonite. Despite of this, it was still strong enough to counter Druddigon's following Flash Cannon attack with Flamethrower. When it attempted to use ThunderPunch again, Druddigon used Double Team to hide itself. However, with Iris's loyal support, the Dragon Pokémon was able to identify the real Druddigon in the middle of the copies, and land a successful hit on it with ThunderPunch. Iris followed right away with an Ice Beam attack, which made a direct hit, but, much to everyone's surprise, Druddigon merely repelled the ice from its body, even though the move was supposed to be super effective. Iris then told Dragonite to attack with Dragon Rush, but Druddigon was easily able to intercept the attack, throw Dragonite away, and then serve the finishing blow with a strong Dragon Tail, causing Iris to lose the match.

In BW116, Dragonite along with Iris's other Pokémon were introduced to Ash's Charizard where it immediately struck a rivalry with the Flame Pokémon. As a result, Ash proposed a battle between the two, which they agreed to. The match started with a collision of Flamethrowers, after which the two continued their battle in the sky. Dragonite then cancelled Charizard's newly learned Wing Attack with a ThunderPunch and grounded him by using a powerful Dragon Rush against Charizard's Slash. However, Dragonite was surprised and frustrated to see that Charizard had emerged unscathed from the attack, and was lured by Charizard into its powerful newly-learned Dragon Tail. The battle was stopped by N due to Dragonite injuring its arm during the resulting fall, leaving the match without an official winner.

Personality and characteristics

Dragonite inside of its Poké Ball

Dragonite is the kind of Pokémon that is ready and willing to take on all opponents. Its hostile facial expression notably sets it apart from all other Dragonite. Though it is tough, it may have a certain soft spot for Iris as it let itself be captured easily. However, as seen in Jostling for the Junior Cup!, it isn't so ready to listen to her commands. Slowly but surely Dragonite started trusting its Trainer, from its first battle against Georgia's Beartic, which it didn't listen to Iris at all, to Battling Authority Once Again! in which Dragonite only listened to Iris's first command against Dawn's Mamoswine, then Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three! where Dragonite listened to all of Iris's orders against Ash's Krokorok until it evolved into Krookodile and hit it with its newly learned Dragon Claw. By Unova's Survival Crisis!, Dragonite understood its trainers feelings, and then from then on, it started to obey Iris.

Even though it began to follow Iris's commands, Dragonite still maintains its hostile nature outside of battles, as seen in A Village Homecoming! which Dragonite noticed a wild Haxorus and immediately picked a fight with it. However at the Opelucid Gym, as seen in Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!, it exhibits fair play up to a point; it opted not to use flight-based moves against Drayden's Druddigon initially, as that Dragon-type could not fly.

Moves used

Iris Dragonite Dragon Rush.png
Using Dragon Rush
Move First Used In
Flamethrower Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!
ThunderPunch Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!
Ice Beam Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!
Dragon Rush Battling Authority Once Again!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Main article: Dragonite

The password for a Pokémon Global Link Dragonite could be obtained from the Pokémon Data Broadcast for the anime episode that aired on March 14, 2013. This Dragonite is based off of Iris's Dragonite.

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  Dragon     Flying  
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Dragonite Lv.55
Dragon Rush
Dragon Physical
Normal Status
Wing Attack
Flying Physical
Electric Physical


  • Dragonite is the first pseudo-legendary Pokémon owned by a main character, though Ash owns Gible, which evolves into a pseudo-legendary.
  • Dragonite is the first non-Generation V Pokémon to be caught in Unova by a main character during the Best Wishes series.
  • Dragonite is the first fully evolved second evolution Pokémon to be caught in the wild by a main character, and the second one acquired overall at their final stage, the first being Dawn's Togekiss.
  • Dragonite is currently Iris's only Pokémon to have an unconfirmed gender.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Dragonite.

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