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147Dratini

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 Types
Official Types Fanon Types
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Sound
Wind
Gas
Light
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Cosmic
Myth
Hunter
Cyber
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Solar
Lunar
Demon
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
???

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