This Dragonite is a Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon owned by Ash Ketchum and the first Pokémon he caught during his journey around the world with Goh.


As a Dragonair, Dragonite is a very courageous and determined Pokémon and it was displayed when it saves Ash from falling and it is similar to Clair's Dragonair but its slippery skin is much like Ash's Goodra while it was both a Goomy and a Sliggoo. It is also cares for its kind including the head Dragonite at Dragonite Island.

Since fully evolving, even compared to the generally kind nature of its species, Dragonite is especially caring and compassionate. Much like Ash's Muk, Dragonite developed a habit of hugging people and Pokémon it meets, as seen where it hugged Professor Cerise, to whom it was grateful after Cerise decided to keep Dragonite Island a secret. Its friendly nature is shown to constantly wanting to help out and meet new people. Even more, its undeniably friendly presence has a positive affect on others, as generally, anything that it hugs is overcome by bliss in the interaction.


As Dragonair

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Having trouble flying as Dragonair

Ash first encountered Dragonite as a Dragonair when he and Goh landed on Dragonite Island after a flock of Dragonite rescued them from a storm. Unlike the other Dragonair on its home island who used Dragon Dance to fly, it had trouble getting off the ground. When Ash saw this, Dragonair accepted his offer to help it master the use of its wings. With an Electroweb trampoline provided by Pikachu, Dragonair mastered Dragon Dance and became very grateful towards Ash for his help. Dragonair then sensed that one of its Dragonite friends was in trouble and led Ash and Goh to it. It turned out that Team Rocket had captured the head Dragonite, and sent out Wailord to deal with them. One of Wailord's splashes sent Ash flying into the air, and Dragonair tried to save him. However, its skin was too slippery for Ash to hold on to, so it then proceeded to evolve into Dragonite, gaining arms and legs to save Ash from the fall.[1]

As Dragonite

Ash Dragonair Evolving into Dragonite

Dragonair Evolving into Dragonite.

Dragonite remains to carry Ash following its evolution as it watches the head Dragonite blasts Team Rocket off with a Hyper Beam.

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Dragonite joining Ash's team.

After Team Rocket had been defeated, the head Dragonite commended its friend's rescue efforts and Dragonite expressed its willingness to come with Ash by hugging him, so he caught it. When it later met Professor Cerise, it was delighted to know he promised to keep his homeland a secret and affectionately hugged him, oblivious to Cerise's pain.[1]

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Dragonite greets Sycther and Stantler, with a nice warm hug.

At the Cerise Laboratory, Dragonite affectionately greeted Goh's Stantler and Scyther with a warm hug, which startled them in the beginning but eventually they gladly accepted its hug.[2]

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Dragonite battling against a Golurk in the Unova region.

Dragonite was later used to help Ash travel through the sand dunes of the Desert Resort during the trip to the Unova region. It hugged Keira affectionately until being told to stop. It then participated in a Raid Battle against a wild giant Golurk and managed to deliver a finishing blow that allowed Goh to capture it.[3]

Dragonite was later used in assisting Ash and Goh into finding the location of Cubone's missing bone.[4]

Later Dragonite was playing with Darmanitan, Beedrill, Paras, Parasect & Stantler, but crushed Ash.[5]

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Ash showing Dragonite the egg.

When Ash introduced his new egg to Dragonite, Dragonite was overjoyed but Ash prevented it from hugging the egg, thus it hugged Pikachu as compensation instead. [6]

Known moves

  • Using Dragon Dance as Dragonair

  • Using Dragon Claw
  • Using Hurricane

Voice actor


  • Dragonite marks the first time Ash:
    • Has ever caught a Pokémon that one of his traveling companions previously owned; Iris owns a Dragonite herself.
      • Another note is that Ash's Dragonite is a polar opposite to Iris', in terms of personality: Iris’ was always aggressive and short-tempered while Ash’s is very friendly and affectionate.
    • Captured a fully evolved Pokémon with an evolutionary line as his first new Pokémon in a new series.
    • Caught a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon in its fully evolved stage.
      • Although this is the second Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon Ash has ever caught, first being Goodra.
    • Captured a fully evolved Pokémon from an evolutionary line since Noctowl in Fowl Play!, 941 episodes before Dragonite's capture, and thus also the first such capture outside of the original series.
    • Caught a Generation I Pokémon since Seaking (which was for a contest).
      • His last non-temporary Generation I Pokémon he caught was his Snorlax.
    • Caught a Pokémon that was introduced in a previous generation since his Gligar.
  • Dragonite is currently the only Pseudo-legendary Pokémon currently in Ash's possession. This is because he no longer owns Goodra, having released it and Gible has not evolved.
  • Dragonite is the second Pokémon to evolve in the same episode it was caught by Ash. The first was his Primeape.
    • It is also the first Pokémon to show its evolution prior to its capture since his Krokorok.



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