Dragon-type Pokémon tend to be rare or late-game finds, often rank among the most powerful in each game, and are always popular additions to the team. Fan-favourites like Dragonite, Salamence, Dracovish, Dragapult, Garchomp, and Hydreigon still rank among the very best in the Pokémon universe.
What helps to make Dragon Pokémon so popular is their lack of weaknesses against common attack types and strength against the basic four types. So here, we’re showing you all of the Pokémon Dragon weaknesses, the weaknesses of all dual-type Dragon Pokémon, and the moves that are less effective against Dragon.
What are Dragon types weak to in Pokémon?
Dragon-type Pokémon are weak to:
Ice, Dragon, and Fairy-type attacks are super effective, which deals double damage (x2), against pure Dragon-type Pokémon and often work against dual-type Dragon Pokémon.
However, when faced with a dual-type Dragon, you’ll often find that they have other weaknesses as well as more strengths. For example, a Dragon-Ground Pokémon like Garchomp is weak against Dragon and Fairy, extra weak against Ice, but is immune to Electric attacks, and Rock and Poison moves aren’t very effective.
What are dual-type Dragon Pokémon weak against?
Here is a list of every dual-type Pokémon Dragon weakness:
|Dragon Dual-Type||Weak Against|
|Normal-Dragon Type||Ice, Fighting, Dragon, Fairy|
|Fire-Dragon Type||Ground, Rock, Dragon|
|Water-Dragon Type||Dragon, Fairy|
|Electric-Dragon Type||Ice, Ground, Dragon, Fairy|
|Grass-Dragon Type||Ice (x4), Poison, Flying, Bug, Dragon, Fairy|
|Ice-Dragon Type||Fighting, Rock, Dragon, Steel, Fairy|
|Fighting-Dragon Type||Ice, Flying, Psychic, Dragon, Fairy (x4)|
|Poison-Dragon Type||Ice, Ground, Psychic, Dragon|
|Ground-Dragon Type||Ice (x4), Dragon, Fairy|
|Flying-Dragon Type||Ice (x4), Rock, Dragon, Fairy|
|Psychic-Dragon Type||Ice, Bug, Ghost, Dragon, Dark, Fairy|
|Bug-Dragon Type||Ice, Flying, Rock, Dragon, Fairy|
|Rock-Dragon Type||Ice, Flying, Ground, Dragon, Steel, Fairy|
|Ghost-Dragon Type||Ice, Ghost, Dragon, Dark, Fairy|
|Dark-Dragon Type||Ice, Fighting, Bug, Dragon, Fairy (x4)|
|Steel-Dragon Type||Fighting, Ground|
|Fairy-Dragon Type||Ice, Poison, Steel, Fairy|
If you’re trying to defeat a Pokémon by going after a Dragon weakness, Dragon-type moves are super effective against all pure and dual-type Dragon Pokémon bar Dragon-Steel and Dragon-Fairy. You’ll also always do damage, and then some, with Ice moves – particularly against Dragon-Grass, Dragon-Ground, and Dragon-Flying Pokémon.
What are the Pokémon Dragon weaknesses?
In Pokémon, Dragon Pokémon only have three weaknesses: Ice, Dragon, and Fairy. Landing an attack of one of these types on a Dragon-type will yield double power and be billed as ‘super effective.’
However, each dual-type Dragon Pokémon will have a different set of weaknesses and strengths, with some being even more susceptible to the super effective Dragon weaknesses.
A Dragon-Ghost Pokémon like Giratina, for example, has weaknesses of Ice, Ghost, Dragon, Dark, and Fairy. However, it’s immune to Normal and Fighting attacks, and is strong against Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Poison, and Bug moves.
What is most effective against Dragon type Pokémon?
The most effective types of move against Dragon Pokémon are Ice, Dragon, and Fairy-type attacks. Against Dragon-Fighting, and Dragon-Dark Pokémon, Fairy is twice as super effective. The same goes for Ice-type attacks against Dragon-Grass, Dragon-Ground, and Dragon-Flying Pokémon.
What Pokémon are good against Dragon types?
Fairy Pokémon are the ultimate equalisers to a powerful Dragon-type Pokémon. This is because Fairy-type Pokémon are immune to Dragon moves, meaning that they’ll only take damage from a Dragon’s other attacks.
So, pure Fairy Pokémon are your go-to counters to Dragon Pokémon. However, by selecting a dual-type Fairy, like Gardevoir or Togekiss, you could prove to be even more troublesome for a Dragon. These Pokémon are all good against the Dragon-types:
- Gardevoir (Fairy-Psychic)
- Togekiss (Fairy-Flying)
- Sylveon (Fairy)
- Clefable (Fairy)
- Mr Mime (Fairy-Psychic)
What types are Dragon Pokémon strong against?
Pure Dragon-type Pokémon are strong against Fire, Water, Electric, and Grass-type attacks, with those used against them being rendered ‘not very effective’ (½ power).
However, some of the dual-type Dragon Pokémon aren’t as strong against all of these types, are strong against other types, and some are even immune (0x damage) to certain move types. While Dragon-Water Pokémon are doubly strong ((¼) power) against Fire and Water, they’ll take regular damage from Electric and Grass.
These are the move types that aren’t very effective against the dual-type Dragons in Pokémon, as well as the moves that won’t do anything to certain dual-types.
|Dragon Dual-Type||Strong Against|
|Normal-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Ghost (0x)|
|Fire-Dragon Type||Fire (¼), Electric, Grass (¼), Bug, Steel|
|Water-Dragon Type||Fire (¼), Water (¼), Steel|
|Electric-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Electric (¼), Grass, Flying, Steel|
|Grass-Dragon Type||Water (¼), Electric (¼), Grass (¼), Ground|
|Ice-Dragon Type||Water, Electric, Grass|
|Fighting-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Bug, Rock, Dark|
|Poison-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Electric, Grass (¼), Fighting, Poison, Bug|
|Ground-Dragon Type||Fire, Poison, Rock, Electric (x0)|
|Flying-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Grass (¼), Fighting, Bug, Ground (x0)|
|Psychic-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Fighting, Psychic|
|Bug-Dragon Type||Water, Electric, Grass (¼), Fighting, Ground|
|Rock-Dragon Type||Normal, Fire (¼), Electric, Poison, Flying,|
|Ghost-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Poison, Bug, Fighting (x0), Normal (x0)|
|Dark-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Ghost, Dark, Psychic (x0)|
|Steel-Dragon Type||Normal, Water, Electric, Grass (¼), Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Steel, Poison (x0)|
|Fairy-Dragon Type||Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Fighting, Bug, Dark, Dragon (x0)|
If you’re looking to catch a Dragon Pokémon, be sure to consult their strengths in the table above. Otherwise, play to the Dragon weaknesses of pure and dual-type Dragon Pokémon to get the victory.