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Dragonair is a Dragon-type Pokémon who resembles a sea serpent. It first appears in the Generation I titles, Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions (released internationally as Pokémon Red and Blue Versions). Starting at level 30, Dragonair evolves from Dratini and then into Dragonite starting at level 55, one of the highest for a Pokémon. Dragonair are rare Pokémon who usually live around lakes, but despite this, they are not partially Water-type.

Game appearances

Pokémon series

In the main Pokémon series, Dragonair has the Shed Skin ability, making it so that if Dragonair has a status effect, there is a one-third chance each turn that it gets cured from the status effect. In many games, one of the only ways of encountering a Dragonair is by using the Super Rod on a body of water in a specific location.

In Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, a Dragonair can only be obtained through evolving a Dratini. In Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition and the remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions, there is a rare chance of encountering a Dragonair in the Safari Zone by using the Super Rod.

In Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions and Pokémon Crystal Version, Dragonairs can be encountered at Route 45 and in the Dragon's Den. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, they only appear in the Dragon's Den.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions and Pokémon Platinum Version, a Dragonair can sometimes be encountered near the peak of Mt. Coronet if the player character uses a Super Rod inside of a waterfall.

Pokémon manga

In Magical Pokémon Journey, a friendly male Dragonair appears in "The Legendary Articuno," where he flies through in the snowing sky. At one point, Pikachu, Clefairy, and Jigglypuff ask the Dragonair where Articuno's hideout is, and he tells them that she lives in the "snowcones" house. The male Dragonair has a crush on a female Articuno.

In Pokémon Adventures, Lance owns several Dragonair.

General information

Physical appearance

Dragonair, like its pre-evolved form Dratini, has the appearance of sea serpents with long, sleek bodies. The upper part of its body is light blue, and its underside is white. Dragonairs have a small, white horn on the forehead and two wing-shaped protuberances on the sides of the head which are often said to be ears, but are in fact wings, as evidenced in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure. Dragonairs have a blue orb placed at the neck and another two near the tip of the tail. Shiny Dragonair have lavender pink skin on the upper part of their body, and their orbs are gold.


Dragonair can store a lot of energy inside their bodies which seems to manifest itself in two distinct fashions. One way is that Dragonair has been shown flying with and without the wings on the side of its head greatly enlarged. Another way is that Dragonair can also discharge energy through the orbs to envelop itself in a gentle aura. The aura causes Dragonair's body to shine slightly, and gives it a mystical appearance. This way, Dragonair can control the weather in the area and change it within minutes. Despite having this ability, Dragonair cannot naturally learn any weather-changing moves, such as Rain Dance, Sunny Day, or Hail.


The name "Dragonair" is a portmanteau of "dragon" and "debonair," the latter word referring to Dragonair's dragon-like form and their affable and suave nature.[citation needed] The last syllable may also be derived from "air," referring to Dragonair's ability to become airborne. Originally, during the development of Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, their English name would have been "Dragyn."

The Japanese name has "Haku" as a prefix, which could either mean "older brother," as they are the elder form of Dratini, or "white," creating a possible interpretation of their name as "white dragon."

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハクリュ
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