In the anime
Dragonite debuted in Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!, where he was chasing down a Hydreigon. The Hydreigon wounded his wing, which sent him crashing down into a lake. Dragonite became airborne again, but due to his injury, he could not maintain flight properly. Eventually, he hit a terminal of a power plant, causing a blackout in Undella Town. Although this was 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 himself in a room using Ice Beam. He 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 he caused the blackout purposefully. Later, she, Ash, and Dawn infiltrated the power plant and found Dragonite, who struck out at them. Piplup and Oshawott were used to keep him at bay until Meloetta came in and soothed him with its voice. Afterward, he collapsed again because of his injuries. While Ash and Dawn went to inform Officer Jenny, Iris was able to read his heart and saw that the injury caused by Hydreigon caused his flying to be hindered, thus accidentally crashing into the terminal. Despite this, Officer Jenny rallied a group of Trainers to take down Dragonite. Iris threw herself in front of Dragonite in order to protect him 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, he looked back at Iris. Cilan suggested that perhaps Dragonite wished to be Iris's Pokémon and allowed himself to be captured by her.
In Jostling for the Junior Cup!, Iris used him 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. He ignored Iris again and chose to shield himself from Beartic's Focus Blast head-on with his hands. Surprisingly, he 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 he had been encased in and began charging toward Beartic. Though he ran straight into his opponent's Blizzard, Dragonite hit Beartic with Thunder Punch. The single hit won the match, though neither 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 him, becoming very interested in his 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 toward Mamoswine and meeting its Take Down, and although Dragonite was able to throw his opponent overhead the first time, Mamoswine's second Take Down knocked Dragonite back. Dragonite finally grabbed Mamoswine's frozen tusks as it was using Ice Fang. His 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. He began the match by 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. He eventually hit Krokorok with another Flamethrower before Krokorok burrowed underground once more and emerged behind him, clamping down on his tail with Crunch. Dragonite was able to shake his opponent off but was still unable to land an Ice Beam. Dragonite finally managed to hit his opponent with back-to-back Flamethrower and Ice Beam attacks but was astonished to watch Krokorok evolve into Krookodile, who ran towards him and struck with Dragon Claw. Faced with the powerful opponent, Dragonite began launching his moves in all directions, and in the midst of his 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 Forces of Nature. As usual, he took off without even waiting for Iris to say anything and ended up getting hurt in the process. When Iris tried to comfort Dragonite, he was still hesitant towards his new Trainer. However, once Iris stepped in front of Dragonite to block Thundurus's attack, he started to see that Iris really did care for him. After Iris gained his 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 nearby. 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 his stomach. Later, when Shannon's newly evolved Hydreigon lost control of himself, Dragonite teamed up with Emolga to chase the Brutal Pokémon across the lake and corner him onshore.
In Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!, Iris used Dragonite during her battle against Drayden and his Druddigon. Dragonite's starting move, Thunder Punch, was easily blocked by the Cave Pokémon, which then hit back with a fierce Dragon Claw. Despite this, he was still strong enough to counter Druddigon's following Flash Cannon attack with Flamethrower. When he attempted to use Thunder Punch again, Druddigon used Double Team to avoid the hit. However, with Iris's support, the Dragon Pokémon was able to identify the real Druddigon in the middle of the copies and land a successful hit with Thunder Punch. Iris followed that up with an Ice Beam attack, which made a direct hit, but, much to everyone's surprise, Druddigon merely repelled the ice from its body. 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 The Light Of Floccesy Ranch, Iris asked Dragonite to teach Ellie's Ampharos how to use Thunder Punch, so it could properly guard a flock of Mareep. Despite feeling very reluctant about the whole idea, he still took up the mantle of Ampharos's coach for the day, and was very displeased when Ellie and Travon discussed trading Ampharos away because it was too timid. When Team Rocket threatened the herd, Dragonite teamed up with Ash's Snivy to defend them. He also gave Ampharos the confidence boost it needed to pull off its first successful Thunder Punch and save everyone. Afterward, Iris and her friends joked among themselves that they got to see a softer side of Dragonite's personality that day, much to his chagrin.
In The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, Dragonite, along with Iris's other Pokémon, was introduced to Ash's Charizard, where he 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 Wing Attack with a Thunder Punch and grounded him by using a powerful Dragon Rush to overcome 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 his powerful Dragon Tail. The battle was then stopped by N because he knew that both Dragonite and Charizard battled long enough to understand each other and their strengths.
Dragonite was sent out to battle a rampaging Haxorus in Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!. Dragonite soon went on his own rampage after Colress used his Pokémon control machine on him and ordered him to do so. While under Team Plasma's control, Dragonite's attacks were blocked by Charizard until Aldith's Liepard's Shadow Ball veered and hit Colress's machine.
Dragonite was sent out in Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals! alongside Cilan's Crustle to fight two Golurk that were being controlled by Colress. When a barrage of Charge Beam attacks became too intense for Crustle to dodge, Dragonite carried it into the air to avoid the attacks. However, they were eventually hit and plummeted down to the ground. In the next episode, they managed to keep on fighting and stalled Team Plasma's Pokémon with a combination of Ice Beam and Rock Slide. Team Plasma eventually broke through the barrier with some Timburr and Conkeldurr they had also taken control of. When Colress decided to turn his mind control machine on Dragonite again, Iris quickly recalled him to his Poké Ball.
In What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!, Dragonite helped trap Ghetsis, Colress, Aldith, and Barret by freezing Krookodile's Stone Edge and Crustle's Rock Slide with Ice Beam so they wouldn't be able to escape and could be arrested by Looker.
In The Journalist from Another Region!, Iris used Dragonite in the Pokémon Sumo Tournament of Harvest Island's Grand Harvest Festival. In the first round Dragonite faced Morgan's Beartic. Despite managing to throw Beartic on the ground, Iris got disqualified since Dragonite's tail hit the ground, giving Morgan the win.
In A Pokémon of a Different Color!, Dragonite and Charizard set off to search for Clair's Dragonite who had been separated from Clair on an island in the Decolore Islands. After Iris's Dragonite found Clair's, he landed to meet her; however, Clair's Dragonite attacked him for having trampled some flowers. When their respective Trainers arrived led by Charizard, Charizard attempted to end the squabble. The two Dragonite knocked him back before Iris and Clair began to settle them. Cilan then suggested the two Dragonite shared some romantic tension. Dragonite later bickered further with his fellow Dragonite before they both channeled their anger at each other into tearing a steel door from a cave entrance. He was then returned to his Poké Ball, along with his fellow Dragonite, when sound waves that caused him and the other Pokémon pain started emanating from where the steel door once was.
In Thrash of the Titans!, Iris used Dragonite as her first Pokémon in her World Coronation Series battle against Ash. He first battled Ash's own Dragonite and got an upper hand before it was recalled for Dracovish. After getting caught head-first in Dracovish's mouth, thus preventing him from hearing Iris's commands, Dragonite was quickly defeated by a super-effective Ice Fang.
In The Fiery Road to Mastership!, Dragonite was Iris’s second Pokémon in her Masters Eight Tournament match against Cynthia. He battled against Milotic, getting in a flurry of super-effective Thunder Punch hits, but was then quickly defeated after a super-effective Disarming Voice and an Iron Head.
Personality and characteristics
Dragonite is the kind of Pokémon that is ready and willing to take on all opponents. His hostile facial expression notably sets him apart from all other Dragonite. Though he is tough, he may have a certain soft spot for Iris as he let himself be captured easily. However, as seen in Jostling for the Junior Cup!, he isn't so ready to listen to her commands. Slowly but surely Dragonite started trusting his Trainer, from his first battle against Georgia's Beartic, which he 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 he evolved into Krookodile and hit him with his newly learned Dragon Claw. By Unova's Survival Crisis!, Dragonite understood his Trainer's feelings, and then from then on, he started to obey Iris.
Even though he began to follow Iris's commands, Dragonite still maintains his hostile nature outside of battles, as seen in A Village Homecoming! which Dragonite noticed a wild Haxorus and immediately picked a fight with it and in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion! where he started a rivalry with Ash's Charizard. However at the Opelucid Gym, as seen in Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!, he exhibits fair play up to a point; he opted not to use flight-based moves against Drayden's Druddigon initially, as that Dragon-type could not fly (however, he was never seen doing the same after this battle, presumably because it caused him to lose).
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In the games
In the core series
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In the spin-off games
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Dragonite appears in Pokémon Mezastar as one of Iris's Pokémon. It appears as an opponent during the first Double Chain set. Dragonite also appeared as an opponent in an event that recreated the Masters Eight Tournament that ran from October 27 to November 21, 2022. Upon beating Iris, the player can receive a Support Pokémon Ticket based on Iris's Haxorus, with Dragonite as its tag partner.
As an opponent
In the manga
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
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- Dragonite is the only Pokémon introduced prior to Generation V to be caught during Pokémon the Series: Black & White by a main character in Unova.
- Dragonite is the first:
- Dragonite's eyes are different than those of other Dragonite, being constantly narrowed with aggression and having smaller pupils and irises.
- Confirmed in A Pokémon of a Different Color!.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Dragonite.
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