Pokémon Sun and Moon are just two days from launch, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ release, we’ve been revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! Today, it’s finally time to turn our attention to one of the series’ most powerful creatures: the Dragon-Types. There are ton of mighty Pokémon to choose from, including a number of Legendaries, but we’ve managed to go through them all and pick out the ten our group likes best.

So, without further ado, let’s get started with our Top Ten Dragon-Type Pokémon!

10. Latias

“It communicates using telepathy. Its body is covered in down that refracts light to make it invisible.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Version

One of the two Legendary Eon Pokémon from Generation III, Latias is a highly intelligent and emotional creature, able to understand human speech and sense people’s emotions. This member of the Eon Duo has the awesome ability to ruffle its feathers to refract light in specific ways, allowing it to effectively turn invisible or create illusions that alter its appearance; it even takes on a human appearance in several
Pokémon manga and movies. If all else fails, however, Latias can always fall back on its signature Mist Ball attack, as well as its brand new Mega Evolution from ORAS.

9. Altaria

“Altaria sings in a gorgeous soprano. Its wings are like cotton clouds. This Pokémon catches updrafts with its buoyant wings and soars way up into the wild blue yonder.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

With a body that resembles a light, fluffy cloud, Altaria is the evolution of little Swablu from the Hoenn region and is known as the Humming Pokémon, capable of singing melodies that enrapture people and Pokémon alike and make them feel like they’re dreaming. That lore seems to be its strong point, however, as Altaria has the lowest Attack and HP of any fully-evolved Dragon-Type—but Generation VI did provide it with a Mega Evolution that gives it a unique Dragon/Fairy-Typing. A Dragon that’s immune to Dragon-Type attacks is definitely worth looking into, especially if it’s as pleasant a creature as Altaria.

8. Zekrom

“This legendary Pokémon can scorch the world with lightning. It assists those who want to build an ideal world.”
— Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions

One of the mighty Legendary creatures of the Unova region, Zekrom is Dragon/Electric-Type and is known as the Deep Black Pokémon. Its tail contains an electrical generator which not only powers its attacks but also creates an anti-gravity field, allowing Zekrom to fly and summon enormous lightning storms with which Zekrom hides itself while airborne. In addition to its awesome design and Typing, it also has two signature moves, Fusion Bolt and Bolt Strike, each of which deal out massive electrical damage and can be amped up even further when combined with one of Reshiram’s attacks.

7. Haxorus

“Their sturdy tusks will stay sharp even if used to cut steel beams. These Pokémon are covered in hard armor.”
— Pokémon White Version

Known as the Axe Jaw Pokémon, Haxorus is the final evolution of Gen V’s Axew. Its most prominent feature is, obviously, the twin axes that extend from either side of its mouth, each of which is strong enough to cut through steel beams without weakening; these are often put to good use in defending its territory from intruders. Its armored hide also serves it well in combat and gives it a pretty sweet-looking design, but attack is definitely Haxorus’ strong point. Combined with some of the powerful moves it can learn just through leveling, Haxorus is a mighty creature that no one would want to face off against in real life.

6. Kyurem

“It generates a powerful, freezing energy inside itself, but its body became frozen when the energy leaked out.”
— Pokémon Black Version

The mysterious Boundary Pokémon of Unovan legend, Kyurem is a Dragon- and Ice-Type beast and a counterpart to Reshiram and Zekrom—those two are said to represent Yin and Yang, while Kyurem takes after Wuji, a term in Taoism referring to the absence of both Yin and Yang. Its Ice-Typing may have been influenced by Wuji as well, given how ice forms from an absence of energy. It’s got some really deep lore, and Kyurem becomes all the more intriguing when the DNA Splicers are used on it, allowing it to merge with either Reshiram or Zekrom to assume different Formes. Each of these Formes has its own unique ability based on its other half’s powers over Fire and Electricity, but even when it lacks their help, Kyurem always has its signature move Glaciate to fall back on.

5. Latios

“A highly intelligent Pokémon. By folding back its wings in flight, it can overtake jet planes.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

The second half of Gen III’s Eon Duo, Latios is the more aggressive of the Eon Pokémon, having a much better attack than Latias at the cost of some defense. I’m not entirely sure why Latias and Latios are so far apart on our lists, but perhaps our team was more drawn to the quickness and power of Latios, who is noted to be able to match speed with a jet when it folds its forelegs in. It also has its own signature attack, Luster Purge, which deals damage while lowering the target’s Special Defense. All that aside, though, Latios and Latias are pretty similar and serve as counterparts to one another, right down to Latios also obtaining a Mega Evolution in the
ORAS remakes.

4. Salamence

“It becomes uncontrollable if enraged. It destroys everything with shredding claws and fire.”
— Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen Versions

Salamence is the ultimate creature for showing just what dreams can do for you—its constant dreams of flying while a Bagon and Shelgon are said to have actually caused its cellular structure to shift for its final evolution, creating a pair of wings with which Salamence can at last take to the skies. But even though it’s living the dream, Salamence’s power can still go wild if it becomes angry, resulting in a massive degree of destruction. Come Gen VI, Salamence also received a Mega Evolution, granting it a new form that furthers its aerodynamic elements to let it go even faster and hit even harder than before. The Mega form seems a bit hit-or-miss with some of fans, and with some of our staff, but all of us still find Salamance to be an awesome creature overall.

3. Dragonite

“This marine Pokémon has an impressive build that lets it freely fly over raging seas without trouble.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

The original Dragon-Type hailing from the very first generation, Dragonite was the Pokémon so many of us worked so hard to obtain—or, at least, so hard to defeat, as it served as the signature partner of Elite Four member Lance. It was an especially powerful creature back then, essentially having a weakness to just Ice- and Rock-Type attacks thanks to Dragon-Type moves only consisting of the fixed-damage-dealer Dragon Rage at the time.

While it’s always been a fierce opponent, it is also a fairly kindhearted Pokémon, as evidenced by how its sprites almost always depict it with a smile on its face. As the evolved form of the water-loving Dratini and Dragonair, Dragonite is often found living out at sea, but even with its bulk and small wings it is able to fly so quickly that it can circumnavigate the globe in a mere sixteen hours. It’s definitely an impressive creature and one that we used to fear going to battle against, even if other Dragon-Type Pokémon and attacks have made the threat at little less daunting over time. Either way, we still adore this lovable Dragon.

2. Garchomp

“It is said that when one runs at high speed, its wings create blades of wind that can fell nearby trees.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

Garchomp is known as the Mach Pokémon, and its design is an interesting one, apparently taking notes not only from dragons but also sharks. Its pre-evolutions, Gible and Gabite, also have this sort of inspiration, but Garchomp is where it becomes most pronounced, with the fin-shaped wings on its arms and back growing even larger than Gabite’s, while its tail now sports shark-like fins of its own; its head, too, takes on a resemblance to a Hammerhead shark’s. It’s a pretty interesting crossover, and one that certainly seems to have worked out well for this Pokémon.

While we see mostly shark attributes, the Pokédex is far quicker to point out Garchomp’s similarities to jet planes, claiming that this creature resembles one when it folds its body up and extends its wings. Doing this certainly allows it to travel quickly; as its classification attests, it is able to soar through the air at the speed of sound, ensuring that no prey can ever escape it. Being a pseudo-Legendary, Garchomp has tons of power at its disposal to take this prey down, and its Dragon/Ground-Typing gives it access to a number of strong moves for just that purpose. But if its regular level of power isn’t enough, Garchomp also has the ability to Mega Evolve, granting it a larger size, sharp claws or horns all over its body, and a pair of extra-sharp blades on its arms. It’s a mighty Pokémon, and one that should never be taken lightly.

But even with Garchomp’s fascinating design and high level of strength, it isn’t our favorite of the Dragon-Types. No, there was only one creature we could give that honor to:

1. Rayquaza

“Rayquaza is said to have lived for hundreds of millions of years. Legends remain of how it put to rest the clash between Kyogre and Groudon.”
— Pokémon Omega Ruby

The Legendary Sky High Pokémon of Generation III, Rayquaza is the mighty beast that rises up to defeat Kyogre and Groudon whenever they begin fighting. First receiving the spotlight in
Emerald Version, Rayquaza made a mighty return to everyone’s attention in the Delta Episode of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, where Rayquaza not only gained a Mega Evolution but became the only Pokémon that is not required to hold a Mega Stone to reach this new form. This drake must instead know Dragon Ascent, a Flying-Type move that deals massive amounts of damage and weakens opponents’ defenses, with no drawback save that only Rayquaza can learn it. Which is not much of a drawback at all. It’s no surprise that the competitive scene gave Rayquaza its own tier at the very top, as Mega Rayquaza can simply shatter any opposition with this level of strength.

Of course,
ORAS only renewed our love for this Legendary creature, as we’d already had a great deal of adoration and respect for it for some time. Its design is simple but still stands out—even more so after Mega Evolving, but I digress—sporting the emerald coloration of the game for which it served as mascot and helping it to soar through the skies without ever needing to rest. In fact, it flies so high and for so long that humanity was almost entirely unaware of its existence for centuries, with only legends of it informing them of what lived far above.

Rayquaza is a sheer powerhouse of a Pokémon, and when coupled with its fantastic role in the Hoenn games’ storylines, it’s no surprise that people have fallen in love with this beast. If any creature worthy of being named our favorite Dragon-Type Pokémon, this is definitely the one.

That does it for our list of Dragon-Types! Did you like our choices, or were we missing your favorite draconic creature? Let us know how you’d rank these and other Dragons in the comments! And don’t forget to drop in again tomorrow, when we’ll be finishing up our run through of Pokémon Types with the final and newest group, the Fairy-Types. We hope to see you then!

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Our Verdict

Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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