Dragons have been an important part of popular culture for a while now. The legendary creatures have made several appearances in books, films, and video games; thus, it comes as no surprise that they inspire some of the best and most powerful species in the Pokémon franchise, and here we’ll give you our picks on the best 18 Dragon Pokémon.
Best Dragon Pokémon
Haxorus is the only other pure Dragon-type in our list aside from Goodra, and while the Axe Jaw Pokémon might not be as well-rounded as other dragons, its huge attack more than makes up for it.
Its design is also one of the best looking among dragon-inspired Pokémon, and that might be one of the reasons while it made various appearances during the Unova seasons.
Altogether, dragons are among the most amazing creatures that exist; thus, it makes complete sense that some of the most powerful Pokémon have taken inspiration from the legendary creatures. And while we couldn’t get them all in a single list, the ones that made the final cut deserve to be acknowledged as some of the best all-around species.
The mystic Pokémon might not have stats as impressive as those of Garchomp despite sharing its type combination, but it remains as an efficient and powerful option for any trainer.
The deep pool of moves that it can learn also makes it a versatile Pokémon with one of the best designs in today’s list.
And, if we’re lucky, Flygon might get a mega evolution sooner rather than later as that was in the plans not long ago, so we’ll have to be patient for now.
16. Mega Charizard X
It feels a bit unfair to give Charizard a spot so low in our list; however, while a dragon clearly inspires the flame Pokémon, it wasn’t until Generation VI that it received the Dragon-type.
Charizard has always been a fan favorite and is arguably the best starter Pokémon of all time, but the mega evolution opens even more doors for it as it received two new forms, with its X evolution drastically changing its appearance while adding a new type.
As a Fire/Dragon-type, it loses the weakness to water and electric moves, and its new form takes its attack and defense stats to a new level.
Kommo-o is the last pseudo-legendary in our list and is arguably the species with the most creative design in it, too.
The scaly Pokémon brings a unique Dragon/Fighting-type combination that can help create a few interesting strategies depending on each trainer’s needs. However, it must be careful against fairy types, as they can easily represent a problem for it.
Its curious design might be inspired by a monk and a variety of reptiles such as the Komodo dragon, which could also have inspired its name.
Goodra is the only pure Dragon-type pseudo-legendary and also has the unique evolution method in our list as it needs to level up during rain or fog, depending on the game, to reach its final form.
But those are not the only things that differentiate the sixth generation Pokémon as Goodra has the highest base Special Defense stat among pseudo-legendaries, and its evolutionary line has a signature ability called Gooey, which can reduce opponent’s speed after making contact.
Just like most other Pokémon in our list, Salamence requires a lot of training to reach its final form, but that effort is rewarded with the highest base attack stat among pseudo-legendaries, which says something about how dangerous Salamence can be.
In fact, through various appearances in the anime, it has shown exactly that as it has often overpowered its opponents and it was even one of the main Pokémon of Hunter J during the Sinnoh seasons.
The final member of the creation trio, along with Giratina and Dialga, Palkia, was created to represent space and produce several distortions.
Palkia was the game mascot of Pokémon Pearl and then had a complementary role along with Dialga in Pokémon Platinum as Giratina took over the spotlight.
Much like the other members of its trio, the Spatial Pokémon tends to be overprotective of its territory, and whenever it feels like someone else is invading it, it will immediately go out to its defense.
Introduced in Generation IV as the game mascot of Pokémon Diamond, Dialga was created as a Pokémon that’s able to control the flow of time and even send people to a different era, as it was shown in Arceus and the Jewel of life.
Its powers, along with its stats, make it one of the best steel-type Pokémon; however, it’s also a very territorial one and will often come into conflict with Palkia because of it.
Dialga has had various important roles in different games and movies. He’s made appearances in three films, and a corrupted version of it was the final boss in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness.
As a Yang to Zekrom’s Yin, Reshiram’s appearance is much lighter and has a few feminine touches. Still, just like its counterpart, its tail has a turbine-like shape which it can use to accelerate when flying and shows when it goes into overdrive mode.
As it’s the case with most legendary trios, Reshiram’s move set is similar to that of Kyurem and Zekrom, and one of its signature-moves is even related to one of Zekrom’s, but while the Electric-type’s stats are more focused on physicality, the Vast White Pokémon has a better special attack and special defense.
Zekrom has an imponent look that’s arguably among the best designs that a Legendary Pokémon has ever had, but its appearance is not even its better trait.
The Pokémon White mascotis among the strongest Electric-types and might be remembered because of how it made Ash’s Pikachu unable to use its electricity for a few episodes after hitting it with a lightning bolt.
Among pseudo-legendary Pokémon, Hydreigon looks like the toughest of them all, and its category only helps this image: Brutal Pokémon, as well as by its different Pokédex descriptions.
Still, while a wild Hydreigon might look like a trouble for anyone that crosses its path, a trained one can have a huge impact as a great offensive threat for any trainer that’s looking to add some power to its team.
However, getting one won’t be easy as it takes 64 levels for it to reach its final form. But those who are persistent enough to evolve it into a Hydreigon will be rewarded with a well-rounded Pokémon that has one of the highestbase special attack stats.
One of the most iconic dragon-inspired Pokémon in the franchise, Dragonite, is both a fan-favorite and a sign of trouble whenever an opposing trainer sends one to battle.
It was the first pseudo-legendary to be introduced as it made its debut in generation I and, despite its friendly appearance, its an incredibly powerful Pokémon that’s capable of producing serious damage in battle.
Its high popularity is reflected in the number of appearances it’s had in the anime, as it has been trained by four major characters, with the latest of them being Ash.
Giratina shares its type combination with Dragapult, which means that it also shares some of the same weaknesses with the stealth Pokémon; however, Giratina is a full legendary Pokémon and part of the creation trio, which more than makes up for it.
Introduced in Generation IV as one of the Pokémon that helped create reality, Giratina’s role is to represent antimatter in contrast to Dialga and Palkia.
It also started the trend of Legendary Pokémon with multiple forms after receiving its Origin form in Pokémon Platinum.
Dragapult made its debut in Generation VIII and is the most recent addition to the pseudo-legendary Pokémon list. As its name might suggest, its design is, in part, inspired by an aircraft catapult.
The stealth Pokémon can be a game-changer in battle because of its incredible speed as it has the highest base speed stat among both Ghost-types and pseudo-legendaries.
As a curious fact, it’s one of the few Pokémon to be weak against its two types, but regardless of this, Dragapult quickly became a fan-favorite and recently won a poll held by The Pokémon Company in which it was voted as the most popular Pokémon of its generation.
Fans will remember Garchomp as the most powerful Pokémon of Sinnoh’s champion, Cynthia. However, it’s also become one of the most popular dragon Pokémon because of its immense power and the deep pool of moves that it can learn.
This makes it a valuable asset in any trainer’s team as it can overpower its opponents most of the time, but it must be careful against Ice types, as these moves are four times stronger against Garchomp because of its Dragon/Ground-type combination.
While Kyurem might not look that incredible on its own, its true power comes from the fact that it’s able to fuse with either Reshiram or Zekrom to change forms and become one of the strongest Pokémon there is.
The Boundary Pokémon was the first species capable of combining with other Pokémon to create a more powerful form and is also the only species with the Dragon/Ice-type combination.
Eternatus is one of the newest Legendary Pokémon, and it lives up to its category of Gigantic Pokémon by being the largest creature in the franchise when it comes to height.
It’s the only Poison-type Legendary Pokémon, and it’s also the easiest to catch, as the story in Sword & Shield will lead trainers to catch it regardless of what they do.
And while its all-powerful Eternamax form can’t be used in the games, its standard form is pretty strong as its two signature moves, Eternabeam and Dynamax Cannon, can deal with huge damage to its opponents.
The Sky High Pokémon easily takes the first spot in our list for its huge potential in battle and its popularity among fans.
As the game mascot of Pokémon Emerald and as the protagonist of one of the games’ best stories, Rayquaza became a fan-favorite as soon as it made its debut and was recently voted as the best Pokémon of its generation in a poll conducted by The Pokémon Company.
And when it comes to battle, it has a major advantage over most Legendary Pokémon as it’s capable of mega evolving, reaching the highest base total stats among obtainable Pokémon when it does.
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