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Pokémon Unite Dragonite Guide: Best Build, Items, Movesets, and Gameplay Tips

Tips to play Dragonite in the all-new MOBA Pokémon Unite!

Dragonite is the latest Pokémon to join the roster. Dragonite is an S-Tier Dragon-type all-rounder Pokémon in Pokemon Unite MOBA. It is mainly a ranged, physical damage dealer Pokémon with a Novice difficulty level. Players will find playing Dragonite pretty easy as it is a novice Pokémon and can perform well with just a little practice. We have got players covered. In this guide, we will cover all of the Dragonite abilities in Pokémon Unite, best held items, and ideal team comps, counters, matchups for it as well as some handy tips and tricks.

Previously, we have discussed how to master playing with other Pokémons like Pikachu, MamoswineEldegoss, Zeraora, Blissey, Charizard, Snorlax, Tsareena, and Decidueye. So make sure to check that guide as well. For now, let’s focus on how to play with Dragonite.

Dragonite: In-game cost

The new Pokémon is available in-game in the Unite Battle Committee for 10000 Aeos coins or 575 Aeos Gems.

Dragonite in Pokémon Unite

Pokémon Unite Dragonite movesets

Dragonite is a highly-versatile creature in Pokémon Unite. With its high mobility and low attack cooldowns, it is a monster that can single-handedly determine the fate of matches. However, its moves upgrade quite late in the game so it needs fast farming.

Basic Attack

  • Range: Long
  • Dratini: Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, blasting water in front of the user. This boosted attack deals damage to opposing Pokémon it hits and reduces the cooldown of all the user’s moves. The water attack also has the additional effect of restoring the user’s HP when it hits.
  • Dragonair: Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon it hits and reducing the cooldown of all the user’s moves. The boosted attack alternates between a water attack and an electric attack with every use. If the water attack hits, it triggers the same additional effect as Dratini’s boosted basic attack. If the electric attack hits, it leaves the opposing Pokémon unable to act for a short time.
  • Dragonite: Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon it hits and reducing the cooldown of all the user’s moves. The boosted attack alternates between water, electric, and fire attack, in that order, with every use. If the water or electric attacks hit, they trigger the same additional effects as Dragonair’s boosted basic attacks. If the fire attack hits, it deals additional damage to the opposing Pokémon.

Passive

Marvel Scale

Dratini & Dragonair: Increases the Pokémon’s Defense when the Pokémon is afflicted by a status condition.

Multiscale

Dragonite: Reduces the damage the Pokémon receives for a short time. This ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered.

Level 1 and Level 3 Moves

Twister 

  • Ranged
  • 8s Cooldown

It creates a twister and releases it in the designated direction, dealing damage to any opposing Pokémon it hits and decreasing its movement speed for a short time

Dragon Breath

  • Area
  • 8s Cooldown

The skill has the user exhale a mighty gust in the designated direction. If the move hits an opposing Pokémon, the user’s next basic attack becomes a boosted attack

Level 5 Moves

Players can choose only one of the two moves mentioned below.

Dragon Dance

  • Dash
  • 5s cooldown
  • Damage: 11609
  • The user dances forward, increasing damage dealt, movement speed, and basic attack speed for a short time. During this boost, when a basic attack hits an opponent, it reduces this move’s cooldown. Each time this move is used, the user’s damage dealt increases up to 3 times.
  • Upgrade: Further increases movement speed if there are opposing Pokémon nearby when the dance ends.

Extreme Speed

  • Hindrance
  • 9s cooldown
  • Damage: 611
  • The user leaps at an opponent and throws it, dealing damage to enemies in an AOE and slowing them. Also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokémon it hits for a short time and resets Multiscale’s cooldown.
  • Upgrade: If the user’s movement speed is decreased and it uses Extreme Speed, the decrease is negated.

Level 8 Moves

Hyper Beam

  • Ranged
  • 8s cooldown
  • Damage: 6624
  • The user aims in a designated direction, charges up, and unleashes a beam of light that sweeps the ground in a straight line. Hyper Beam not only deals damage but also hits enemies for a percentage of their max HP. Dragonite is unable to act for a short time after using this move.
  • Upgrade: Reduces damage dealt to Dragonite while charging or using this move.

Outrage

  • Melee
  • 8s Cooldown
  • Damage: 11169
  • The user begins rampaging, stomping the ground and dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in an AOE. Also triggers the most recently used boosted basic attack ability. 
  • During Outrage, all basic attacks become special melee boosted attacks with increased speed. The user is unable to act for a short time after the rampage ends.
  • Upgrade: Reduces the duration of hindrance effects inflicted on the user when rampaging.

Level 9 Unite Move

Draco Impact

  • Dash
  • 1s cooldown
  • Damage: 2116

It has the user fly into the air before crashing down with several comets on a designated area, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and throwing them. The farther the user flies, the more the Unite Move gauge is consumed. While this Unite Move is being used, the user becomes immune to hindrances.

Best items for Dragonite in Pokémon Unite

Further in this guide, we will discuss the best-held items for Dragonite in Pokémon Unite, as well as its best battle item.

Best Held items

The following Held items are suggested, based on the gameplay of Dragonite like Muscle BandFocus Band, and Buddy Barrier. This is the ranged build for Dragonite. The playstyle would be keeping a safe distance using Dragon Dance and dealing high burst damage with Hyper Beam. Alternatively, players could also use Energy Amplifier to boost Dragonite’s Unite Move and Hyper Beam combo.

Held ItemsWhy it is useful
Muscle BandThe Pokémon’s basic attacks deal additional damage based on the target’s remaining HP. Attack +15 Basic Attack Speed +7.5% Muscle Band helps Dragonite to do more damage and increases its basic attack speed.
Focus BandIncreases overall defense of Dragonite and when its HP drops low, then each second for three seconds, muscle band helps Dragonite recover s% of the HP he has lost.
Buddy barrierWhen Dragonite uses UNITE move, Dragonite and its nearby allies will receive shields equal to 30% of their max HP. It’s really helpful in team fights and gives the team an edge over the opponent’s team.

Players can also try the combo of Muscle Band, Scope Lens, and Weakness Policy when going for a melee Offensive Jungler type role using Dragonite. This melee-type jungle build focuses on isolating targets with Extreme Speed and following up with Outrage, then finishing them off with basic attacks.

Muscle BandThe Pokémon’s basic attacks deal additional damage based on the target’s remaining HP. Attack +15 Basic Attack Speed +7.5% Muscle Band helps Dragonite to do more damage and increases its basic attack speed.
Scope LensCritical-Hit Rate +6% Critical-Hit Damage +12% Increase the damage of basic attack critical hits. The higher the Pokémon’s Attack, the more the damage is increased. Increases Critical Hit Damage and Critical Hit Rate of Dragonite.
Weakness PolicyIncreases the Pokémon’s Attack for a short time by a minimum of (2/2.5/3) % when the Pokémon receives damage. This increase grows larger the more times damage is received

Players after getting a good grasp of Dragonite’s abilities can also make hybrid builds as they seem fit mainly based on the team comp and enemies.

Best Battle Items

  1. Eject– Eject helps to get out of difficult situations. Using it on proper situations to avoid getting killed by enemies as Dragonite or finishing of fleeing opponents. Dragonite can use its dash abilities to engage and save Eject for dire situations.
  2. Full Heal– Dragonite is weak against crowd control hence using full heal in certain situations will remove all effects on Dragonite making it immune to CC.
  3. Fluffy Tail– Prevents wild Pokémon from acting and increases their damage taken by 1.5 times. It can be used to take down objectives faster.

Pokémon Unite Dragonite Gameplay Tips

Our Pokémon Unite Dragonite guide includes the perfect game plan for the early and late game during Unite battles.

Early game

Start off with Dragon Breath as it deals more damage than Twister and can hit several Pokémon at once. It also boosts the next basic attack. Follow this up with Twister which would be ideal for disrupting enemies on lanes.

Pokémon Unite Dragonite Guide
Dragonite in Pokémon Unite: Early game (Image via The Pokémon Company)

Dratini’s moves are ranged, so it’s best to keep some distance while delivering sustained damage to opponents. Avoid taking fights head-on, especially against a counter Pokémon in the lane. Try to stay near the goal zone or allies not to get pressured early.

Late game

Dragonite’s Dash moves should be used to position correctly for its damaging moves. It’s best not to take unnecessary fights until Dragonite gets access to Multiscale and its upgrade to its damaging move when it reaches level 8. This gives Dragonite a power spike in both offense and defense and will allow it to properly engage in 1-on-1 fights.

Dragonite in Pokémon Unite: Late game (Image via The Pokémon Company)

Players should take advantage of Draco Impact’s extremely long-range to steal objectives before the opponent gets the final hit.

Dragonite with other Pokémon

Best synergies with Dragonite

Dragonite can be synergized well with Supports and Attackers.

Pokémon Benefits
EldegossIncreases Survivability
BlisseyProvide healing and shielding, helping Dragonite survive longer in fights and keep dealing damage.
Wigglytuff, Snorlax, Mr. MimeCan join Dragonite in the frontline and provide AoE crowd control
MamoswineProvides AoE crowd control

Pokémon which are strong and weak against Dragonite

Strong againstWeak against
NinetailsLucario
DecidueyeSnorlax
CramorantWigglytuff
GardevoirVenusar

Pokémon Unite Dragonite Guide: Tips, tricks and strategies

  • Dragonite benefits from choosing its basic attacks wisely. Players should Keep into account which Boosted Attack is next especially with Outrage.
  • Always use Basic attacks as they will reduce the cooldown of other moves allowing for frequent use and fast charging of its moves.
  • Dragon Dance’s quick cooldown rate enables players to barrage their enemies with combos. Also, whenever an enemy is hit with Extreme Speed, it reduces Dragonite’s Multiscale cooldown.
  • Dragon Dance’s curving dash move can be used to dodge shields and attack the Pokémon behind it.
  • Draco Impact has insane wide area coverage which can be used to travel across the map and surprise enemies. Players should keep map awareness in mind to try find the best opportunities to come crashing in to gank enemies, steal last hits and score last-minute goals.
  • Draco Impact only uses up part of its charge if moving somewhere close by. Hence it can be used multiple times more than enemies are expecting.

Dragonite: How to counter

  • Dragonite is susceptible to attacks before and after using its moves. It can be easily burst down while it is immobile during this short period.
  • Dragonite can be hard countered in battle with crowd control moves and stuns to render it useless in teamfights.
  • Players can pressure Dratini to delay its level progression as only after evolving into Dragonite at Level 8 it becomes deadly.

Final Thoughts

Dragonite is a pretty strong All-Rounder champion as of right now. Although it can’t best Lucario in a 1v1 it is still a pretty strong all-rounder Pokémon. Dragonite’s versatility will make it dominate the meta for a while from now onwards. Its mobility and low cooldown moves make it that much deadlier. Even though Dragonite gets countered by crowd control, if it has support pocketing it or setting up fights with crowd control, Dragonite will truly outshine then.

That’s all for today’s Pokémon Unite Dragonite Guide. Do you prefer to use Dragonite in any other way? Let us know in the comment section below!

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