The best dragon type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Some of the best dragon type Pokémon including Charizard
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The best dragon type Pokémon are canonically strong opponents, so you’ll want some on your side in Pokémon Go. You’ll need to know their strengths and weaknesses before hopping into the game to find them, however, and that’s where we come in.

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Dragon type Pokémon can be some of the most powerful monsters available in all of the best Pokémon games, and Pokémon Go is no exception. They come in many forms, from the fearsome Rayquaza to the more friendly-looking (but still powerful in its own right) Dragonite. However, as you can see on our Pokémon Go type chart, they each have their own particular powers and vulnerabilities to consider. You’ll need to know these when taking one into a battle against a Gym, a Team Rocket member, or a friend when you load into the game’s PvP mode.

Keep reading to know which creatures to invest your resources into for the strongest dragon fighting squad, as well as where you might be able to source them during your adventures throughout the world in Pokémon Go. 

The best dragon type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

The best dragon type Pokémon: Strengths and weaknesses

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Dragon type Pokémon are resistant to the following damage classes: 

  • Fire
  • Water
  • Grass
  • Electric

Also, dragon type attacks are also super effective against other dragon type Pokémon.

Dragon type Pokémon are vulnerable to the following damage classes:

  • Ice
  • Fairy
  • Dragon

Dragon type attacks are also not very effective against steel and especially fairy type Pokémon. 

The best dragon type Pokémon: Rayquaza

Rayquaza from Pokemon

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Rayquaza is a powerful legendary Pokémon available in Pokémon Go. It also has a Mega Evolution for even more power, so collect Mega Energy and use it when you want to have an especially strong battle. 

Rayquaza is available from five-star Raid Battles. However, the pool of Pokémon available in raids is constantly changing, so it may not be possible to obtain a Rayquaza. Keep an eye out for when it returns to the Raid Battle pool.

Rayquaza is also one of the best dragon type Pokémon as well as a stellar flying type Pokémon. It is resistant to fighting, bug, fire, water, and especially ground and grass type attacks. However, it is vulnerable to rock, dragon, fairy, and especially ice type attacks.

The best dragon type Pokémon: Giratina

Giratina from Pokemon Go

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Giratina is a strong pokémon in Pokémon Go, and is an especially popular choice in PvP battles.

It comes in two forms. Its Origin form has more defense, while its Altered form has more attack and is usually considered better. Both can be found in five-star Raid Battles. Like all legendaries, however, it suffers from the downside that the pool of Pokémon that can appear in these battles is constantly changing.

Giratina is a ghost and dragon type Pokémon. It will take less damage from bug, electric, fighting, fire, grass, normal, poison, and the best water type Pokémon attacks. However, it is vulnerable to dark, dragon, fairy, ghost, and ice type attacks. 

The best dragon type Pokémon: Palkia

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Palkia is another dragon-type legendary that’s a good option for battling in Pokémon Go.

Bear in mind once again that legendary Pokémon are only available through Raid Battles, so not all of them are available at all times. Be sure to check whether Palkia is available when you’re searching for it and if it is, team up with some friends in order to take on the Raid Battle.

Palkia is a water and dragon type Pokémon, so it is resistant to steel and especially fire and water type attacks. However, it is vulnerable to dragon-type attacks and the best fairy type Pokémon attacks. 

The best dragon type Pokémon: Dialga

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Yet another Legendary dragon type Pokémon, Dialga has a strong attack stat that makes it great for taking out opponents quickly. 

However once again, it will not always be available due to the Pokémonin Raid Battles swapping in and out. Hopefully with so many strong dragon-type legendaries, you will be able to find at least one that is currently in the pool.

Dialga is a steel and dragon type Pokémon. It is resistant to normal, flying, rock, bug, steel, water, electric, psychic, and especially poison and the best grass type Pokémon attacks. However, it is still vulnerable to fighting and ground-type attacks.

The best dragon type Pokémon: Garchomp

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For a pokémon which isn’t a legendary and can be found more easily, consider Garchomp, which also has a very high attack stat.

Garchomp can simply be evolved from Gible and Gabite using candies. Keep an eye out for Gible in the wild, walk with one as your buddy, and feed them berries in gyms to gather up all the candy you need to obtain one.

Garchomp is not only a strong dragon-type fighter but one of the best ground type Pokémon too. It is resistant to poison, rock, fire, and especially electric-type attacks. However, it is weak to dragon, fairy, and especially ice-type attacks. 

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