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5 strongest Dragon-types and their best moves in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Which one is your favorite? (Images via The Pokemon Company)
Which one is your favorite? (Images via The Pokemon Company)

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet are the latest and most ambitious installments in Game Freak's iconic monster-catching series. With an open-world setting this time around, there are many curious and powerful monsters to discover and tame. This includes the all-popular Dragon-type monsters that have been fan-favorites thanks to their resistance to more common elements like Fire, Water, and Grass.

Dragon types are also generally reasonably consequential, making them a worthy addition to your team. Pokemon Scarlet & Violet has plenty of options to choose from, so the following section dives into the five best Dragon-type creatures to find in the latest Nintendo Switch RPG game.


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5) Hydreigon

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  • Type: Dark/Dragon
  • Ability: Levitate (Makes the user immune to all Ground-type attacks and moves)

Stats:

  • HP: 92
  • Attack: 105
  • Defense: 90
  • Special Attack: 125
  • Special Defense: 90
  • Speed: 98
  • Total: 600

Best moves:

  • Crunch
  • Dark Pulse
  • Dragon Rush
  • Outrage

First introduced in Generation 5, this three-headed dragon is known for its intimidating appearance. It evolves from Zweilous at level 64. It has all-around good stats, especially excelling as an Sp Attacker.

Some of its best moves include Outrage (which deals significant damage at the cost of confusing the user) and Crunch, a Dark-type move learned pretty early on that has a chance to lower the opponent's defense stat. It also has a Paradox variant exclusive to Pokemon Violet known as Iron Jugulus.


4) Dragapult

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  • Type: Dragon/Ghost
  • Ability: Clear Body (Prevents user stats from being lowered) or Infiltrator (Ignores any protective moves and stat boosts that foes gain from their moves)

Stats:

  • HP: 88
  • Attack: 120
  • Defense: 75
  • Special Attack: 100
  • Special Defense: 75
  • Speed: 142
  • Total: 600

Best moves:

  • Agility
  • Dragon Dance
  • Phantom Force
  • Dragon Rush

First seen in the Pokemon Sword and Shield entries, this is the first part-Ghost Dragon besides Generation 4's mascot, legendary Giratina. It evolves from Drakloak at level 60.

It might be lacking in the Def/Sp Def department, but a massive 142 in Speed ensures it is the fastest dragon in the game. Phantom Force is a great move that makes the user invulnerable on the first turn and attacks on the second. Add the fact that it also ignores the foe's Protect, which is a winning move on a Dragapult.


3) Salamence

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  • Type: Dragon/Flying
  • Ability: Intimidates (Lowers the opponent's Attack stat)

Stats:

  • HP: 95
  • Attack: 135
  • Defense: 80
  • Special Attack: 110
  • Special Defense: 80
  • Speed: 100
  • Total: 600

Best moves:

  • Dragon Dance
  • Fly
  • Earthquake
  • Draco Meteor

Another beloved monster, Salamance, first debuted in Generation 3. It evolves from Shelgon at level 50. This elegant dragon is about brute power reflected in its Attack and Sp Attack stat. Its 100 Speed stats ensure it is no slouch, despite its size. Physical hitting moves are great, like the Ground-type Earthquake or even the powerful Draco Meteor. It has a Paradox variant in Pokemon Scarlet called Roaring Moon.


2) Garchomp

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  • Type: Dragon/Ground
  • Ability: Sand Veil (Increases the user's Evasion rate during a sandstorm, making it harder to hit)

Stats:

  • HP: 108
  • Attack: 130
  • Defense: 95
  • Special Attack: 80
  • Special Defense: 85
  • Speed: 102
  • Total: 600

Best moves:

  • Swords Dance
  • Ice Beam
  • Earthquake
  • Draco Meteor

Another Gen 3 Pokemon, Grachomp, is the Ground-type equivalent of Salamence. It has also been an essential part of many teams thanks to its relatively unique typing, although that makes it very weak to Ice-type moves. Despite that, he is a solid all-rounder who is a force to be reckoned with. Outrage and Earthquake are two impressive moves that excel on this monster.


1) Koraidon/Miraidon

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  • Type: Dragon/Fighting (Koraidon); Dragon/Electric (Miraidon)
  • Ability: Orichalcum Pulse (Koraidon turns the weather into harsh sunlight and boosts the user's Attack stat in this environment); Hadron Engine (Miraidon, when out on the field, creates an Electric Terrain and also gains boosted Sp. Attack while on this terrain)

Stats:

  • Koraidon:
  • HP: 100
  • Attack: 135
  • Defense: 115
  • Special Attack: 85
  • Special Defense: 100
  • Speed: 135
  • Total: 670
  • Miraidon:
  • HP: 100
  • Attack: 85
  • Defense: 100
  • Special Attack: 135
  • Special Defense: 115
  • Speed: 135
  • Total: 670

Best moves:

  • Koraidon:
  • Flare Blitz
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Close Combat
  • Draco Meteor
  • Miraidon:
  • Electro Drift
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Thunder
  • Draco Meteor

Two Pokemon in one spot might seem unfair, but it makes sense, given these two legendary mascot Pokemon are two sides of the same coin. Koraidon is more about Attack and Defense, thanks to its part-Fighting nature.

Meanwhile, Miraidon excels at Sp. Attack and Sp. Defense, given its elemental typing. Koraidon is exclusive to the Scarlet version, while Miraidon is featured in Violet. Given their legendary status, adorning them with powerful moves boosted by their respective typings is the way to go - Close Combat for Koraidon and Thunder for Miraidon.

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