|Pokémon series character|
|First game||Pokémon Red and Blue|
|Designed by||Ken Sugimori|
|Voiced by||Katsuyuki Konishi- (original Pokémon series)
Kensuke Satō- (Best Wishes series)
Dragonite, known as Kairyu (カイリュー Kairyū ) in Japan, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Dragonite first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. They have later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise.
Dragonite is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in both the Japanese and English language versions of the Pokémon anime while Kensuke Satō voices Iris's Dragonite in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the Best Wishes series of the Pokémon anime.
Design and characteristics
Dragonite was one of 151 different designs conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Ken Sugimori for the first generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were localized outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue. Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga author Toshihiro Ono stating that of all the characters in the original series, Dragonite was one of the most difficult to draw, noting it was difficult to make its cute face look powerful.
Dragonite, known as the Dragon Pokémon, is the final form of the Dratini evolutionary line. Dragonite's appearance is notably different from that of its previous forms: as Dragonite, it is now a golden bipedal dragon with a beige underbelly that extends from the top of its neck to the tip of its tail. Along with already being a Dragon-type, it has now gained the secondary Flying-type, growing wings. Dragonite are extremely fast, able to circle around the globe in sixteen hours. It has a small horn on the top of its head, along with slightly "S" shaped antennae. Much like its previous forms, Dragonite still has a gentle and somewhat innocent appearance and a kindhearted disposition. They have been said to save people from drowning and lead ships that have been trapped in storms to safety. People have claimed that there is an island somewhere that only Dragonite inhabit. Its diet consists mainly of berries, soft plants, and fruit, while it will occasionally eat crustaceans, like Shellder and Krabby. Dragonite are said to have an intelligence matching humans.
In the video games
The first video game appearance of Dragonite was in Pokémon Red and Blue versions, where it would evolve from Dragonair, the evolution of Dratini. It later appeared in several sequels, including Pokémon Gold and Silver, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the Red and Blue remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pokémon Black and White, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, and Pokemon X and Y. Outside of the main series, Dragonite has appeared in Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Snap, and the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games. In Pokémon Ranger, after the sixth mission, it is possible to use the Dragonite Bus which will fly the player to any of the Ranger bases. It is used by a few notable characters in the main series, such as Clair, Gym Leader of Johto; Lance, part of the Elite Four of Kanto, and the champion of Johto; and Winona, Gym Leader of Hoenn.
In other media
Dragonite's first appearance was in "Mystery at the Lighthouse" as a giant Pokémon. Bill was not aware of what it was, and called it unknown, showing that the Pokédex has yet to be filled, and there are mysteries out there. Dragonite later appears during Mewtwo Strikes Back. It delivered an invitation to Ash and friends to come to New Island.
It was spotted twice in the previous episode "Hello Pummelo" as Ash, Tracy and Misty saw it flying over the sea around Pummelo Island and they were shocked to learn that it was owned by the Orange Crew leader, Drake. It later emerged as Drake's final Pokémon in Ash's six-on-six battle with him. Despite its cute appearance, it showed that it was no pushover by defeating Ash's Charizard, Squirtle, and Tauros although they were able to wear it down, finally giving Ash's Pikachu the chance to take it down for good courtesy of a Thunder attack. Drake keeps Dragonite's Poké Ball on a necklace and as such, it's his main Pokémon as well as being the strongest one in his party.
Dragonite also had a role during the Johto Master Quest series where it was seen residing in the Holy Lands just outside Blackthorn City. It was a peaceful Pokémon but was tricked into thinking that Ash and his friends along with Clair were evil thanks to Team Rocket's efforts. As such, it went on a rampage, destroying everything in its path while also attacking those who came near it. It was snapped out of its rage-induced state thanks to Ash's Charizard and Pikachu as well as Clair's Dragonair, and return to normal.
Iris also catches a Dragonite in the 89th episode of Pokémon Black and White: Rival Destinies, "Iris and the Rogue Dragonite."
In Pokémon Adventures, a wild Dragonite first appears in Volume two, where Red searches for the move Surf. After a tough fight during which it showed great resilience taking Pika's electric attacks to no effect, and withstanding a Double-Edge from Lax, it was eventually beaten when Misty arrived with her Gyarados, Gyara.
In Volume four, which takes place two years later, Lance, leader of the Elite Four, is shown to have an even stronger Dragonite, one whose hide is so thick that it was able to stay in a vat of molten lava for an extended period of time, and none of Yellow's weak attacks had any effect. It was very devoted to Lance's cause of exterminating the human race in order to provide good habitats for Pokémon.
Since first appearing in Pokémon Red and Blue, Dragonite has received mostly positive reception. It has been featured in multiple forms of merchandise, including figurines, plushes, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Grey School of Wizardry faculty member Ash DeKirk describes Dratini and Dragonair as "sleek sea serpents", but when evolved into Dragonite, they become "peaceful, sleepy-looking classic dragons". Similarly, Loredana Lipperini, author of the book Generazione Pókemon: i bambini e l'invasione planetaria dei nuovi, commented that Dragonite resembled "dragons of legend." St. Louis Today editor Margaret Gillerman described Dragonite as a "smiling yellow dinosaurlike creature with angel wings." Official Nintendo Magazine named Dragonite one of the ten best Pokémon in the game as of 2010, calling it "one of the strongest non-legendary Pokémon".
IGN listed Dragonite as the best Dragon type, discussing how both it and its preceding form, Dragonair, had their own advantages. However, they picked Dragonite due to its superior statistics. They also noted that Dragonair would have been a more fitting name, because Dragonite can fly. IGN editor "Pokémon of the Day Chick" commented that while Dragonite "may pack a mighty punch," his "cheapness and overratedness" makes her not as enthused about it. She adds, however, that there "must be a reason this thing is so popular," commenting that players can include Dragonite in their team without worrying. IGN's Jack DeVries called it "very cute", comparing it to Puff the Magic Dragon. GamesRadar described it as a "cuter take on Charizard." According to a poll by IGN, Dragonite was listed at number five of the "Top 100 Pokémon". ScrewAttack listed Dragonite as their favorite non-legendary Pokémon.
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