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Dragonite

Discussion in 'Gen 1 Analyses' started by Blitzamirin, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Blitzamirin

    Blitzamirin Waluigi! Number one!

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    == General ==
    *Overall good stats. A base 134 Attack stands out.
    *No usable STAB
    *Works best late game.
    *The famous AgiliWrap combination, which is also the dragon's main selling point.
    *Speaking of dragons, it's the only Pokémon made like that. The typing provides immunity to Ground moves, neutrality to Electric moves, and resistances to Grass, Water and Fire moves. A quadruple Ice weakness is really bad though.
    *Vast movepool allows for some interesting options. However, with 2 dedicated move slots, this is hard to put in use.
    *Will mostly spam Wrap, which tends to miss and can thus put Dragonite in a bad position.
    == Standard ==
    Dragonite
    - Wrap
    - Agility
    - Hyper Beam
    - Blizzard / Surf
    *Wrap is the main move. With a base 80 Speed, it can jump above things like Exeggutor and Lapras, and begin to slowly damage the opposition. If this moves makes contact with a switch in that puts Dragonite in a bad position, the beast gets a free switch to anything that can counter or check said Pokémon.
    *Agility is the butter of the set. With this, it outspeeds every (unboosted) Pokémon in the game. With this, it can begin to Wrap threats, normally faster, such as Alakazam, Starmie, and Zapdos, and bring them into KO range. Noting that, if Agility is used after Dragonite is paralyzed, the speed reduction is essentially nullified, which means the dragon can continue its sweep. However, the paralysis chance is a concern.
    *Hyper Beam is one finisher. Will defeat lower health Pokémon after the Wrapping, thanks to a magnificent base 134 Attack. Beware of using this recklessly, as a miss or recharge turn can cost you dearly.
    * Blizzard and Surf hit Rhydon, Golem, and Gengar, since the rest of the moves cannot dent, or even touch, these Pokémon. Blizzard has lower PP but greater power than Surf.

    == Other Options ==
    *Earthquake hits Gengar, which otherwise makes Dragonite struggle a bit.
    *Thunderbolt for Lapras and Cloyster, who threaten with Ice-type moves.
    *Thunder Wave can be used over Blizzard or Surf. It mainly helps against Gengar, and will make you outspeed the opposing Pokémon. However, Agility is still a superior option, due to bypassing a possible paralysis speed drop.
    == Checks and Counters ==
    *Gengar makes a great stop to it. It is immune to damage coming from Wrap, Dragonite's main method of damage. However, the immobilization chance essentially gives Dragonite a free switch. It must also beware of the rare Earthquake.
    *Pokémon capable of OHKOing Dragonite are a great way to force it out. In particular, Articuno, Jynx, Lapras and Cloyster have STAB Ice-type moves which immediately dispose of it. The former two are faster when Dragonite does not have an Agility boost, while the latter two are bulkier.
    *Wearing down Wrap PP. Generally, switching between Gengar and another Pokémon, such as Starmie, make this a possible feat. Gengar is immune to it, while Starmie can Recover off the damage on a miss.
    *Predicting the finisher moves. If you predict Hyper Beam, and make a switch to, say, Golem or Rhydon, you can hit it with a Rock Slide. A Surf/Blizzard lets faster Pokémon (such as Jynx) switch in and retaliate.[/HIDE]
     
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  2. Isa

    Isa Well-Known Tauros

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    Thunder Wave can probably be used over Hyper Beam or Blizzard if you want to do something worthwhile versus Gengar.

    Articuno isn't as bulky as Lapras or Cloyster physically, but the difference in physical bulk between Articuno and Lapras is small compared to the bulk difference between Lapras and Cloyster - and even then, that's quite small as well.

    Mention that Dragonite doesn't get any STAB move whatsoever. Also include a set for when Wrap is banned, preferably (Thunder Wave/Body Slam/Hyper Beam/Earthquake or Blizzard, IDK).
     
  3. Blitzamirin

    Blitzamirin Waluigi! Number one!

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    I'll mention Twave in OO.

    Articuno doesn't resist Water, which means it takes a bit more damage (obvious at this point). Still a good wall though.

    I'll mention the STAB tidbit. I'm not sure if I should mention such a set, as this is strictly for PO, and a ban has yet to be determined. It's better to just say "If Wrap is banned, Dragonite is not the best choice for the environment".
     
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    Isa Well-Known Tauros

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    Considering that you played with Wrap Clause as Gym Leader...I think including one is only fair. =p
     
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