Ash's Dragonite

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Ash's Dragonite
サトシのカイリュー Satoshi's Kairyu
Poké Ball
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Ash's Dragonite
Debuts in A Test in Paradise!
Caught at Near Dragonite Island
Evolves in A Test in Paradise!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location In rotation
This Pokémon spent less than 1 episode as Dragonair.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Dragonair Unknown
As Dragonite Kenta Miyake

Ash's Dragonite (Japanese: サトシのカイリュー Satoshi's Kairyu) was the first Pokémon caught by Ash in Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and his fifty-third overall.

In the anime


Ash first encountered Dragonite as a Dragonair on Dragonite Island in A Test in Paradise!. Unlike the other Dragonair on its home island, it had trouble learning how to fly. Seeing this, Ash offered to help Dragonair learn Dragon Dance and master the use of its wings. Using an Electroweb trampoline provided by Pikachu, Ash managed to help Dragonair overcome its shortcomings.

Dragonite and Ash

Dragonair then sensed Team Rocket capturing one of its Dragonite friends, and the group intervened. Team Rocket sent out a Wailord to deal with them, and one of its splashes sent Ash flying into the air. Dragonair tried to save him from his fall, but its skin was too slippery for Ash to hold on to. As such, it then proceeded to evolve into Dragonite and save Ash. After Team Rocket was defeated, Dragonite expressed its willingness to come with Ash, and he caught it.

In Raid Battle in The Ruins!, Ash used Dragonite to traverse through the Desert Resort. Later, it took part in a Raid Battle against a giant Golurk in the Colossus Ruins, dealing the finishing blow on it with Goh's Darmanitan.

In A Festival Reunion!, Dragonite was Ash's second and last Pokémon in his World Coronation Series match against Korrina, following the defeat of his Gengar. After defeating her Mienshao, Dragonite went up against Korrina's Lucario. Thanks to its Mega Evolution, Lucario proved to be an extremely tough opponent. Dragonite was able to raise its Attack and Speed by using Dragon Dance, and it put up an intense fight, taking on many strong moves like Aura Sphere and Power-Up Punch. It was ultimately the last one standing, winning the match for Ash and causing him to be elevated to the Great Class.

In Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!, Dragonite was used alongside Pikachu and Riolu to battle a rampaging Gigantamax Centiskorch. Despite their best efforts, Centiskorch was only defeated when Leon arrived.

In Crowning the Chow Crusher!, Ash entered the Pokémon Grand Eating Contest with Dragonite. However, they failed to get past the first round due to Dragonite's surprisingly small appetite.

In Thrash of the Titans!, Dragonite met Iris, and was quick to give her a big hug. It was later used in a World Coronation Series match against her, battling Iris's own Dragonite. Despite holding its own, Dragonite was unable to match Iris's Dragonite's power and was recalled. Dragonite was later sent back out to battle Haxorus, eventually emerging victorious thanks to Iris' encouragement for it to enjoy battles, and its newly learned Draco Meteor. This win allowed Ash to advance to the Ultra Class.

In JN090, Dragonite devolved back into Dragonair, then Dratini, and finally an Egg as a result of a clash between Dialga and Palkia distorting time. After Arceus stopped the fight between Dialga and Palkia, the Temporal and Spatial Pokémon repaired the distortions their fighting had caused and restored all the devolved Pokémon back to normal.

Personality and characteristics

Dragonite communicating with Iris

Much like Ash's Muk, Dragonite is a hugger, often embracing people and Pokémon, even when it is meeting them for the first time. In Caring for a Mystery!, it even tried to hug an un-hatched Egg, forcing Ash to tell it that it shouldn't do so. It also displayed both courage and determination in saving Ash, which gave it the boost it needed to evolve. It cares for its friends, as it didn't hesitate to come to the aid of its Dragonite friend and for Ash.

Like many members of its species, Ash's Dragonite is an adept flyer, and relishes the chance to do so. In Raid Battle in The Ruins!, Ash used Dragonite to help him and Pikachu cross the Desert Resort, and was happy to race with Goh and his Beedrill to see who was faster, becoming so engrossed in the race that it sent Ash and Pikachu flying through the air. Dragonite was overjoyed by its victory, and while it obediently returned to its Poké Ball before Ash and Goh entered the cramped Colossus Ruins, it was visibly disappointed. Dragonite has also been shown to have good instincts as a caretaker, as seen in Panic in the Park!, when it convinced Ash and Goh that the conflict between Goh's Pokémon would be best left for them to solve themselves, while at the same time it made no effort to stop them from trying to intervene. In There's a New Kid in Town!, it was able to stop a crying fit from Goh's Sobble with simply a gentle hug.

Despite its considerable large size, Dragonite is a light eater, seen during the Pokémon Grand Eating Contest, where Dragonite was fully satisfied during the first round of the contest, and was shown to have not even eaten the entirety of the food on its plate.

Dragonite is also an extremely resilient and strong Pokémon, being able to defeat both of Korrina's Pokémon, including her Mega Lucario, and withstand a multitude of attacks. In battle, it gains a fierce disposition, indicating a passion for and enjoyment of battling, though afterwards, it will return to its usual happy nature.


As an Egg (left) As a Dratini As a Dragonair

Moves used

Using Draco Meteor
Move First Used In
Dragon Dance A Test in Paradise!
Dragon Claw Raid Battle in The Ruins!
Hurricane  Raid Battle in The Ruins!
Hyper Beam A Festival Reunion!
Draco Meteor  Thrash of the Titans!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
  Raid Battle in The Ruins! Hurricane and Overheat Goh's Darmanitan
Description: A combination of Hurricane and Overheat. Darmanitan uses Overheat while Dragonite creates a Hurricane; the two attacks then combine to create a swirling stream of red-orange fire surrounded by green blades of energy. This was used to incapacitate a wild giant Golurk in the Colossus Ruins.
  A Festival Reunion! Dragon Dance None
Description: Dragonite uses Dragon Dance to not only boost its attack power and speed, but also deflect the opponent's physical attacks. This also makes it spin and complete the dance faster. This was used in Ash's World Coronation Series match against Korrina.
  Thrash of the Titans! Hurricane None
Description: Dragonite spins around to surround itself in its own Hurricane, creating a spinning barrier of wind that repels attacks. This was used in Ash's World Coronation Series match against Iris at the Opelucid Gym.


Artwork for Find the difference Fourth poster for the Japanese version of
Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In the games

Pokémon Ga-Olé

Dragonite appears in Pokémon Ga-Olé as one of Ash's Pokémon. It appears as an opponent during the Grand Rush set 4.

As an opponent
  Dragon Rush
   Leech Seed

In the manga

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Dragonite debuted in JNM08. In JNM10, it was revealed to have battled Korrina's Lucario in a flashback. It reappeared in JNM13. In JNM19, Dragonite fought against Iris in a World Coronation Series match.

Moves used

Move First Used In
Hyper Beam JNM13
Draco Meteor JNM19
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite.

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