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Dratini, an example of a Dragon type Pokémon.

The Dragon type is one of the eighteen official types from the Pokémon franchise. The Dragon type is one of the more elusive types that is usually encountered late in the games, and usually evolve on high levels, contrary to the Bug type. Averagely, the Dragon type has the best base stats overall, and a good amount of Legendary and Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon are Dragon-type.

Despite being only weak to itself, Dragon type Pokémon usually hold high Attack and Special Attack, as well as wide and varying movepools that can counter against its main two weaknesses: Ice and Fairy, the latter being completely immune to Dragon attacks, and the former being especially dangerous to Dragon/Flying and Dragon/Ground Pokémon. Dragon's wide movepool is also useful against the Steel type, which is the only other type that resist Dragon.

Despite the Dragon type being weak to Ice, Fairy and Dragon itself, it is able to resist four main types, being Water, Grass, Fire and Electric. The former three are actually common starter types, and the last one is also common to use.

As of Generation VI, there are 41 Dragon-type Pokémon or 5.7% of all Pokémon (counting those that are Dragon-type in at least one of their forms, including Mega Evolutions), making it the 4th rarest type after Ghost, Fairy and Ice. Only 11 of them are pure Dragon-type, with Haxorus and Goodra being the only ones fully evolved, and Druddigon being the only one that can't evolve. Concerning dual-typed Pokémon, there are about as many primary Dragon-types as secondary Dragon-types.

The Dragon type consists of dragons and other legendary or reptilian creatures. A good amount are part of the Dragon Egg Group. Interestingly, not all Dragon-type Pokémon are actually based on dragons, but dinosaurs, like Haxorus or Tyrantrum (this is because the Japanese name of a dinosaur is 恐竜 (Kyōryū), literally meaning "scary dragon" or "fear dragon"). Even more interestingly, some Dragon-type Pokémon aren't based on reptiles at all, or seem to be a cross between a non-reptile and a dragon, like Altaria, Noivern and Flygon. Seahorses like Kingdra and Dragalge also seem to be part of the Dragon type, both being based on the weedy sea dragon.

Type matchups

Official

Offensive
Dragon
Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
Dragon
½×
Electric
Fire
Grass
Water
½×
Steel
Dragon
Fairy
Ice
Fairy
None


Specialists

In the official Pokémon games, notable Trainers who specialize in Dragon-type Pokémon are Lance, the current Champion of the Indigo Plateau, Clair of Blackthorn City, Drake of the Hoenn Elite Four, Drayden of Opelucid City, Iris, the current Champion of the Unova Pokémon League, and Drasna of the Kalos Elite Four.

Pokémon

Pure Dragon-type Pokémon

# Pokémon Type
147 px Dragon Normal


148 px Dragon Normal


371 px Dragon Normal


372 px
Shelgon
Dragon Normal


610 px Dragon Normal


611 px
Fraxure
Dragon Normal


612 px
Haxorus
Dragon Normal


621 px Dragon Normal


704 px Dragon Normal


705 px Dragon Normal


706 px Dragon Normal


782 px Dragon Normal


783 px Dragon Normal


Please note that these only apply to certain Pokémon games.

Primary Dragon-type Pokémon

# Pokémon Type
149 px Dragon flying


373 px Dragon Flying


380 px Dragon Psychic


381 px Dragon Psychic


384 px Dragon Flying


443 px Dragon Ground


444 px Dragon Ground


445 px Dragon Ground


643 px Dragon Fire


644 px Dragon Electric


646 px Dragon Ice


718T px Dragon Ground


718 px Dragon Ground


718C px Dragon Ground


784 px Dragon Sound


885 px
Dreepy
Dragon Ghost


886 px
Drakloak
Dragon Ghost


887 px Dragon Ghost


Please note that these only apply to certain Pokémon games.

Secondary Dragon-type Pokémon

# Pokémon Type
103A px Grass Dragon


130 px Water Dragon


142 px Rock Dragon


230 px Water Dragon


329 px
Vibrava
Ground Dragon


330 px Ground Dragon


483 px Steel Dragon


484 px Water Dragon


487 px Ghost Dragon


487O px Ghost Dragon


633 px Dark Dragon


634 px Dark Dragon


635 px Dark Dragon


696 px Rock Dragon


697 px Rock Dragon


714 px Sound Dragon


715 px Sound Dragon


776 px Fire Dragon


780 px Normal Dragon


799 px Dark Dragon


800 px Psychic Dragon


804 px
Naganadel
Poison Dragon


840 px
Applin
Grass Dragon


841 px Grass Dragon


842 px Grass Dragon


880 px
Dracozolt
Electric Dragon


882 px
Dracovish
Water Dragon


884 px Steel Dragon


890 px Poison Dragon


Please note that these only apply to certain Pokémon games.
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