Three Dragons in Pokémon X and Y
No matter what the generation it seems inevitable that players are drawn to the Dragon types of Pokémon. Whether it’s because of their exclusivity, incredible stats or strength of design is to be seen – but the fact remains there are plenty of reasons to pick up a dragon or two if you are interested.
The question is which Dragon do you want and which do you need? Considering most people can answer the former for themselves, I thought I’d take a closer look at three of the new dragons in Pokémon X and Y in their final states and what roles they would play in teams online.
That being said, this is just my opinion so don’t take it as gospel.
Notable Moves: Dragon Pulse, Hurricane, Boomburst, Air Slash
Notable TM Moves: U-Turn, Flamethrower, Psychic, Draco Meteor
Role: Sweeper and Revenge Killer
Good Against: Other Dragons, slow enemies or anyone weakened by a previous battle
Bad Against: Bulkier Pokémon or anyone faster than him
Noivern has been called a scout for some teams thanks to his high speed and Frisk ability (which shows you what item the opponent is holding) but in reality he works just as well, or better, as a high speed sweeper to clean up what’s left of damaged opponents. If you pick up the ability Infiltrator, for example, you have a surefire way to get through Reflect walls and Substitutes which combined with his speed allows you to hit fast and hard. Combine that with Boomburst (basically Hyper Beam without the recharge turn) for a Normal hit to any type without a defence against it and Draco Meteor for a Dragon nuke for your same type bonus and you have a very potent revenge killer.
Abilities: Poison Point/Poison Touch
Notable Moves: Hydro Pump, Sludgebomb, Dragon Pulse
Notable TM Moves: Toxic, Venoshock, Thunderbolt, Focus Blast, Draco Meteor
Role: Offtank and Fairy Sweeper
Good Against: Fairies
Bad Against: Other Dragons
Dragalge looks pretty good on the surface but gets let down with its low stats across the board, especially its speed and hp. That being said, its impressive skillset and high special attack mean that if it comes up against a sp. Attacker without a super effect against you – it can do some crucial damage. This is especially when using a combo like Toxic (for a strong poison) and Venoshock (which does double damage on a poisoned Pokémon) against a Fairy type, which have Poison as a direct weakness. On top of that you have a Hydro Pump nuke and a Draco Meteor to fallback on – so all in all Dragalge could probably find a place in most teams.
Abilities: Sap Sipper/Hydration
Notable Moves: Dragon Pulse, Muddy Water, Outrage, Rain Dance
Notable TM Moves: Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, Fire Blast, Draco Meteor
Role: Tank or Durable Sp. Attacker
Good Against: Any high Sp. Attack nukers
Bad Against: Physical attackers and faster Pokémon
Goodra is the pseudo-legendary of this generation which basically translates to it picking up more stats across the board than most Pokémon. This gives it a strong chance at virtually anything, although the one of the strong combos is combining its Hydration ability (which cures status in the rain) with the move Rain Dance and something like Rest to keep your health up. Going the other way, you can give it a great range of type moves like Ice Beam, Thunderbolt and Fire Blast to create a durable nuker who can hit plenty of Pokémon right in the weak spot. Unfortunately Goodra can get KO’d quite quickly by a high melee attacker – and a fast Pokémon can probably get the upper edge over time.