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The Best Dragon Pokemon of All Time

What are the best dragon Pokémon of all time?

Dragons are awesome no matter what they are in, and in the world of Pokémon, there are a lot of great draconic creatures to catch and train.

However, while all of these Pokémon are cool, some are better than others, and so we’ve narrowed down the top 25 best dragon type Pokémon that you can catch for yourself.

 

The Best Dragon Pokémon of All Time

Our ranked lists are created by researching and rounding up information from the most reputable web sources.

Here’s our list of the 25 best dragon Pokémon of all time:

 

25. Noivern

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Noivern

This dual Flying/Dragon-type Pokémon was introduced in Generation VI, a generation that had some of the best Pokémon games, and it is the evolved form of Noibat.

Known for having a violent temper, this large black bat-dragon is black and purple with red claws and yellow eyes.

Its large ears can produce ultrasonic waves that allow it to navigate in the dark. These waves can also be strong enough to even crush giant boulders.

Stats

Noivern has a solid special attack stat of 97, but their extreme speed is what really makes them a contender.

With 123 as their base speed stat, this Pokémon is incredibly fast.

Although they are weak to Ice, Rock, Fairy, and other Dragon-types, Noivern can hold their own in a lot of battles and has even been shown to beat Salamence in the Ash Vs Sawyer Kalos Semi-Final Match in the anime.

 

24. Zygarde 50%

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Zygarde 50%

This Dragon/Ground-type Legendary Pokémon was introduced in Generation VI, and it is one of the most interesting on this list.

Although it doesn’t evolve into anything else, it does have three distinct forms it can transform into.

Zygardes 50% form, which debuted in Pokémon Sun and Moon, has a cobra-like shape with a large head fan, and hexagonal patterning that resembles scales.

Its form depends on how many cells and cores are gathered together, and the Zygarde core is what acts as the brain.

Without a form, this Pokémon has a gelatinous body, with one eye and a red hexagon in the middle of its body.

Stats

In its 50% form, Zygarde has good attack power (100), and a very strong defense (121).

Along with this, Zygarde is the only known Pokémon capable of learning Thousand Arrows. Core Enforcer, Thousand Waves, and Land’s Wrath.

Despite being weak to Ice, Dragon, and Fairy-types, Zygarde can hold up to a lot of other Pokémon and will definitely be a worthwhile investment for trainers.

 

23. Latias

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Latias

This Dragon/Psychic Legendary Pokémon debuted in Generation III with the games Pokémon Ruby, Pokémon Sapphire, and Pokémon Emerald.

While it isn’t able to evolve into anything else, it can Mega Evolve to become Mega Latias using the Latiasite.

In its original form, it is red and white with a small bird-like body.

However, after Mega Evolution, the red changes to purple, it grows horns and it loses the wings on its back, instead of growing larger ones on its arms.

Known to ruffle its feathers when sensing hostility, this Pokémon can become invisible or use its glass-like feathers to perform its signature move, Mist Ball.

Stats

Latias has very high special defense and special attack at 130 and 110 respectively.

These get boosted after Mega Evolution to 150 special defense and 140 special attack.

Weak to Bug, Ghost, Dragon, Dark, Ice, and Fairy-type Pokémon, Latias does have vulnerabilities, but, thanks to its stats, can hold out for a decent amount of time.

 

22. Arceus

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Arceus

Arceus has a gorgeous design and was introduced in Generation IV as a Normal-type Mythical Pokémon.

While it doesn’t evolve into any other Pokémon, its type can be changed by having it hold a Plate or type-specific Z-Crystal.

Resembling a centaur, this Pokémon is all white with gold hooves, a long tapered head, and golden half-circle protrusions that extend from the sides of its body.

According to legends, this Pokémon shaped the universe and is thought to be one of the longest-lived.

Stats

In terms of stats, this Pokémon has 120 across the board, making it incredibly strong even without a plate equipped.

However, these stats do vary depending on the different plates you can give it, allowing some stats to be further boosted at the cost of lowering others.

 

21. Zygarde 100%

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Zygarde 100%

Building off what we said about Zygarde’s 50% form, this Pokémon’s complete form is incredibly impressive and definitely deserves recognition.

In this form, Zygarde has a large humanoid body with its usual hexagonal patterning.

It has large black wings and protrusions around its head that create the appearance of a crown.

When in this form, Zygarde is said to be even more powerful than Xerneas and Yveltal, and the opening on its chest can expel enough energy to destroy anything in its vicinity.

Stats

Zygardes 100% form is so much more powerful than its original form, and its HP stat alone is 216.

While not the fastest Pokémon, it has 100 attack and 121 defense, making it a strong contender for the title of most powerful dragon-type Pokémon.

Despite being weak to Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-types, Zygarde in this form is not something you want to overlook.

 

20. Kyurem

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Kyurem

This duel-type Ice/Dragon Legendary Pokémon was introduced in Generation V and, like many others on this list, isn’t known to evolve into anything else.

That said, Kyurem is quite special on its own and it has two additional forms which can be activated by using DNA Splicers on it and either a Zekrom or Reshiram.

Without splicing, this Pokémon is a bipedal draconic creature, with grey and blue coloration, yellow eyes, and odd-shaped light blue wings.

Stats

Standard Kyurem has a really high general and special attack stats of 130, as well as an HP stat of 125.

While it is vulnerable to Rock. Fighting, Steel, Fairy, and Dragon-types, its high HP and Attack, and access to moves like Ice Beam and Glaciate, make it a good choice for dealing damage and taking some punishment.

 

19. Latios

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Latios

This Psychic/Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon debuted in Generation III and is another that can Mega Evolve, but not change into another Pokémon.

Its Mega Evolved form is called Mega Latios and it is created by using the Latiosite.

With a bird-like body that sort of resembles a plane, Latios is the male counterpart of Latias, and it is usually seen floating above the ground without legs.

Stats

Latios is slow to level, but its base stats are decent enough to stand up to a good amount of battle.

With a 130 special attack, 110 speed, and 110 special defense stats, this Pokémon can be valuable to invest in, especially if you’re planning on transforming it into its Mega Evolution form.

 

18. Palkia

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Palkia

Introduced in Generation IV, Palkia is a Water/Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon that isn’t known to evolve into anything else.

Along with Giratina and Dialga, Palkia is part of the creation trio of Sinnoh who represent space.

With a white bipedal body, wings, facial tusks, and purple stripes along its body, this Legendary Dragon-type Pokémon has the ability to warp space and travel to other dimensions.

Stats

Palkia has a good attack stat of 120 and a special attack stat of 150. While it is vulnerable to Dragon-type and Fairy-type attacks, it can definitely give as good as it gets in battle.

 

17. Mega Salamence

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time -Mega Salamence

Salamence is a dual Dragon/Flying-type pseudo-legendary that was introduced in Generation III, which eventually included the remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

While in its base form it looks like most dragons, with four legs, a large scaly body, long dragon tail, and large wings, in its Mega Evolution form, it loses its front legs and instead gains a sleeker body and a single large crescent-shaped wing which can be used to slice opponents during air-battles.

Stats

This Pokémon has fantastic special and generation attack stats, with 120 and 145 respectively.

It also has a solid 130 general defense which allows it to stand up to a good amount of punishment.

While it is weak to Rock, Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-type Pokémon, if you plan ahead for battles and have a good strategy, this creature can be good to invest your time in.

 

16. Kyurem Black

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Kyurem Black

Appearing like a standard Kyurem but with a black and grey color scheme and bat-like wings, this Ice/Dragon-type Pokémon.

This Pokémon is created by Splicing Kyurem with Zekrom.

Stats

While the original Kyurem has high special and general attack stats of 130, Black Kyurem has a general attack of 170 and a defense stat boosted from 90 to 100.

Despite being weak to Rock, Steel, Fairy, Fighting, and Dragon-type Pokémon, this version of Kyurem is worth considering if you want a heavy hitter on your team.

 

15. Haxorus

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Haxorus

This pure Dragon-type Pokémon is the final form of Axew and was introduced in Generation V.

This bipedal Pokémon is covered with dark yellow-green plates and has large blade-like tusks on the side of its head that are strong enough to cut through steel with ease.

Despite their appearance, these Pokémon are generally friendly, but territorial.

Stats

Haxorus has a strong attack stat of 147 and a speed stat of 97. This pure Dragon-type can easily tear through most other Pokémon, even though it has a weakness to Ice, Fairy, and others of the same type.

 

14. Kyurem White

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Kyurem White

Kyurem White is created by splicing Kyurem with Reshiram.

As the name might suggest, this dragon-type is white and grey with white feathery wings.

In Overdrive Mode, these wings take on a fiery red hue, further setting White Kyurem apart from other Pokémon.

Stats

White Kyurem has some very impressive stats, and its special attack stat is boosted from 130 to 170, meaning that it can mail opponents very well. Although its general attack does drop by 10, the trade-off is well worth it in the end.

 

13. Flygon

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Flygon

Flygon evolves from Vibrava and is the final form of Trapinch. This Dragon/Ground-type Pokémon, introduced in Generation III, looks like a mix between a dragon and an insect.

With a light green body, long tail, large buglike red eyes, and diamond-shaped wings, this is one of the cuter Pokémon on our list.

Its wings can be used to create sandstorms and the singing sound they make when flapped can also attract prey.

Stats

This Pokémon’s best stats are speed and attack, both of which are 100. While everything else sits comfortably at 80, it’s not the strongest Pokémon, but it can get the job done if you’re able to plan your fights accordingly.

 

12. Ultra Necrozma

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Ultra Necrozma

Necrozma is a Psychic-type Legendary, introduced in Generation VII and its Ultra Psychic/Dragon-type form is very impressive.

Obtainable only in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, when a Dusk Mane or Dawn Wings Necrozma uses Ultra Burst.

In its Ultra form, Necrozma is shining gold with four wings and crystalline dragon claw feet.

This form burns over 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and anything it comes in contact with melts.

This is the only dragon-type Pokémon capable of learning Photon Geyser, which becomes the Z-Move Light that Burns the Sky while in Ultra form.

Stats

Ultra Necrozma has a high special and general attack stat of 167 and an incredible speed stat of 129.

With stats like this and weakness to only Bug, Dark, and Ghost-types, there is no denying that this Pokémon is incredibly powerful.

 

11. Zekrom

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Zekrom

This Dragon/Electric-type debuted in Generation V, which was the first generation to release two sequels to its first installments rather than a third version, something that can be noted when looking at the Pokémon games list!

While this Pokémon doesn’t evolve into anything else, it is impressive all on its own, and its dark body, bright red eyes, and mouthful of sharp teeth make it something you don’t want to meet in a dark alley.

Stats

Zekrom has a great attack stat of 150, making it incredibly hard-hitting, and its special attack and defense both sit at 120.

While it does have weaknesses against Ground-type, dragon-type,ice-type, and fairy-type Pokémon, it can more than hold its own in most confrontations.

 

10. Charizard

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Mega Charizard

Charizard is — next to Pikachu — one of the most well-known and recognizable Pokémon, and this Fire/Flying-type looks extremely close to the traditional image of a dragon.

Evolving from Charmelemon, it is the final form of Charmander and it has been a fan favorite since Generation I.

This draconic, bipedal Pokémon is orange with a lighter underbelly, and its long neck and wings make it instantly recognizable.

The fiery breath produced by Charizard burns hot enough to liquefy boulders, melt glaciers, and set forests on fire.

Its Pokédex entry in Pokémon Crystal explains that the temperature of its fire grows as it gains experience in battle.  You definitely don’t want to be on the receiving end of this creature’s fire blast.

Stats

Charizard has a solid special attack stat of 109 and a speed stat of 100. While not the most powerful on this list, it can still pack a punch, and many fans love using this Pokémon due to how iconic and effective it can be.

 

9. Reshiram

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Reshiram

Reshiram is a dual-type Fire/Dragon Pokémon and it was introduced in Generation V. As the mascot of Pokémon Black, this creature is needed to create White Kyurem.

An all-white Pokémon, it has Avian, Mammalian, and Draconic traits that make it one of the most beautiful and interesting designs.

When it enters Overdrive Mode, its tail glows fiery red and it can use this jet-engine-like tail to propel itself at very high speeds.

Stats

Weak to Rock, Ground, and Dragon-types, this Pokémon has a great special attack skill of 150, an average attack of 120, and a special defense of 120.

It also has access to great STAB moves like Fire Fang, Fire Blast, and Blue Flare, which can cause some good damage to opponents.

It can last during combat and hit very hard, which makes it a good choice for trainers who need to do some damage.

 

8. Mega Charizard

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Mega Charizard

Charizard can Mega Evolve into two different forms, Mega Charizard X or Y.

Mega Charizard X has a fitter body and a black and blue coloration with blue flames that burn from its mouth and tail.

Mega Charizard Y, on the other hand, is sleeker but retains its original colors. Its hands and arms also change as boney wings protrude from its forearms.

Stats

In terms of stats, Charizard X’s highest stats are special and general attack with 130 each, while Y’s highest are special attack at 159 and special defense at 115.

Although they are weak to Electric, Water, and Rock types, they can each do some significant damage if given the change.

 

7. Salamence

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Salamence

Evolving from Shelgon and the final form of Bagon, Salamence in his original form looks like a traditional dragon and it can be just as deadly.

This Pokémon loves to fly and it is this desire which actually triggers its evolution. Salamence will fly until it is too exhausted, only then landing to sleep.

When it is happy, it will fly around and release a fire blast, but if it is enraged it can rampage until it wears itself out.

Stats

While its Mega form is powerful, its original form is nothing to overlook. With an attack of 135 and a speed of 100, this Pokémon can dish out the pain very quickly.

 

6. Dialga

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Dialga

Dialga is a dual Dragon/Steel type, and it isn’t known to evolve into anything else.

However, it was the mascot of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond for a good reason, and it is often considered the strongest dragon type Pokémon in the games.

A dark blue, four-legged Pokémon, Dialga somewhat resembles a dinosaur with a long thick tail and thick metallic plates across its body.

This Pokémon can speed up, slow down, or stop time and travel to the past, future, and back again.

It is also the only Dragon-type that can learn Roar of Time, a move that damages foes and forces them to recharge on their next turn.

Stats

Dialga’s best stat is special attack at 150, followed by general attack and defense at 120. Weak to only Fighting and Ground, Dialga can be a good Pokémon to invest in and it can carry you through a lot of battles.

 

5. Dragonite

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Dragonite

Dragonite is adorable, and it is a pseudo-legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation I in the classics Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Green, and Pokémon Yellow.

As a Dragon/Flying-type and the final form of Dratini,  Dragonite is a large orange draconic Pokémon that has small wings and a bulkier body.

Despite not looking very aerodynamic, this Pokémon can break the sound barrier and circumnavigate the globe in roughly 16 hours.

It also has human-like intelligence and can be very altruistic and kind, unless its environment is threatened, which causes it to rampage in defense.

Stats

Dragonite has a high attack of 134 and a high special defense and attack of 100 each. While it is weak to Rock, Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-type Pokémon, when paired against the right opponents, it can be very effective.

 

4. Rayquaza

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Rayquaza

The dual-type Dragon/Flying-type was introduced in Generation III, and it is another Pokémon that doesn’t evolve into any other creature.

However, it can Mega Evolve into Mega Rayquaza — a form that resembles a Chinese Dragon — if it knows Dragon Ascent and isn’t holding a Z-Crystal.

The mascot of Pokémon Emerald, this green mecha-looking snake-dragon is one of the coolest designs in the franchise, and it is incredibly unique.

Stats

This Pokémon has a high special and general attack at 150, and an HP stat of 105. It also has access to a great repertoire of moves, including Dragon Dance and Dragon Pulse.

While it is vulnerable to Dragon, Rock, Ice, and Fairy-types, it has both hitting power and staying power, which makes it a good choice for trainers who can obtain it.

 

3. Giratina

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Giratina

This Ghost/Dragon-type Pokémon, introduced in Generation IV, is another character with a really cool design.

It has two different appearances, with its Altered Forme being its standard appearance.

Its Origin Forme is activated by giving Giratina a Griseous Orb or when it is in its home, the Distortion World.

A large grey Pokémon with six thick legs, black and red wings, and golden ridges that line its neck and head, it is incredibly unique, aggressive, and territorial.

Stats

Although it has a lot of vulnerabilities, it has the health and defense to hold out. With 100 general and special defense, 120 special and general attack, and 150 HP, Giratina is one of the best dragon Pokémon to invest your time in.

 

2. Garchomp

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Garchomp

This powerful Pokémon is the final form of Gible and it is a pseudo-legendary creature and it can Mega Evolve into Mega Garchomp using the Garchompite.

This bipedal dragon is dark blue, with spikes along its body and long arms that each end with a single dragon claw.

It can fly incredibly fast and often battles Salamence in the air in competitions for food.

Stats

This Pokémon has an attack of 130, HP 0f 108, and speed of 102. It is hard-hitting and fast, and while it only has an average defense, it is only weak to Dragon, Ice, and Fairy-types, and can take on many opponents to easily win.

It also has access to Dragon Rush, Sand Tomb, and Dragon Breath, which are great STAB moves.

 

1. Mega Rayquaza

Best Dragon Pokemon Of All Time - Mega Rayquaza

Rayquaza is a powerhouse even without evolving, but in its Mega form, it is a real force to be reckoned with and the best dragon type Pokémon, hands down. 

Taking on the appearance of a fiery Chinese Dragon, Mega Rayquaza emits particles from long tendrils on its body that can manipulate the humidity and density of the air, which allows this Pokémon to control the weather to a degree.

Stats

Compared to the unevolved Rayquaza, this Ultra Pokémon has both attack stats boosted from 150 to 180, and both defense stats boosted from 90 to 100.

Whether you’re playing in competitive teams or solo, this is one Pokémon that you’ll want to have on your side and not facing off against you on the other side of the screen.

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 25 best dragon Pokémon of all time. 

These draconic creatures are some of the strongest Pokémon, and they’re definitely the best Dragon Pokémon that you can find and catch for yourself.

While choosing between all the great Draconic Pokémon wasn’t easy, these 25 are by far the most memorable, unique, and powerful in the Pokémon Universe.

Here’s a quick recap of the 25 best dragon Pokémon of all time:

  1. Mega Rayquaza
  2. Garchomp
  3. Giratina
  4. Rayquaza
  5. Dragonite
  6. Dialga
  7. Salamence
  8. Mega Charizard
  9. Reshiram
  10. Charizard
  11. Zekrom
  12. Ultra Necrozma
  13. Flygon
  14. Kyurem White
  15. Haxorus
  16. Kyurem Black
  17. Mega Salamence
  18. Palkia
  19. Latios
  20. Kyurem
  21. Zygarde 100%
  22. Arceus
  23. Latias
  24. Zygarde
  25. Noivern

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Shawna Schofield is a professional freelance writer and part-time YouTuber. When not writing or recording she spends her time playing Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and Dragon Age.

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