Welcome to Dex Busters – a monthly column where we’ll take the look at Pok√©Dex entries and really see if there’s any truth to them, or if they’re all just a load of bologna. A little like Mythbusters for Pok√©mon, but I don’t have an infinite budget or corporate backing. Keep in mind that for the purposes of this series, the height and weight listed in the Pok√©Dex are the arithmetic mean for that particular species. Let’s get started!
The following is a reworded and condensed version of all of Dratini’s Pok√©Dex data from the main series of Pok√©mon games.
This Pok√©mon has longer been considered mythical. Their existance was only confirmed recently, during two unrelated events of one being captured by a fisherman, and another found living in a colony of Dratini underwater. When they are born, Dratini are large to begin with – even at young ages, they are known to exceed 1.9812 meters. As Dratini grow older, they grow rapidly in length, often shedding their skin as a result. During this shedding process, Dratini was protected by rapid waterfalls. This continual growth and shedding of old skin occurs because the life energy within its body steadily builds to reach uncontrollable levels.
While Dratini certainly are rare Pok√©mon, mythical seems to be quite the exaggeration. Encounter rates for Dratini grow as high as 40%, which is certainly high for a Pok√©mon sometimes referred to as the “Mirage Pok√©mon.
Dratini’s height is listed as 1.8 meters (5 feet, 11 inches), but the entries seem to specifically point out that Dratini often tend to exceed this length. That being said then, it can also be said that Dratini of subpar length are also common. It does certainly raise the questions as to their apparent exclusion.
Dratini’s never ending growth seems to be inspiration for its ability, Shed Skin. However, despite the entry, Wild Dratini are never found near Waterfalls within the game, and therefore, its hard to imagine that waterfalls protect Dratini whilst they shed. There is no particular explanation as to why Dratini’s Hidden Ability is Marvel Scale.
The unexplained life energy that grows within Dratini is interesting indeed, but let’s see if it takes any shape….
The following is a reworded and condensed version of all of Dragonair’s Pok√©Dex data from the main series of Pok√©mon games.
Dragonair have immense amounts of energy stored within their bodies. The energy is occasionally discharged via the crystalline orbs around its neck and tail. When this energy is discharged, this Pok√©mon’s body begins to shine brightly. The discharge of this energy also allows this Pok√©mon to freely change the weather and climate conditions. Dragonair are said to live in seas and lakes. Although it has no wings, it has been seen flying.
Yet again, Dragonair seems to be all about the energy that was described in its pre-evolution’s entries. This energy seems to wildly fluctuate in properties depending on the dex entry, although it definitely can be said that the energy is linked to its ability to change the weather.
Dragonair’s “notable” trait is the ability to change the weather at will. Despite entries claiming as such, Dragonair cannot learn Sunny Day, Rain Dance, Hail or Sandstorm through natural means. It can only learn Sunny Day, Rain Dance or Hail through Technical Machine! Dragonair also does not possess any of the weather changing abilities; Drought, Drizzle, Sand Stream, Snow Warning, Air Lock, or Cloud Nine!
Dragonair are also “known” to fly, but does not ever learn the move Fly. This may be because the Japanese name for Fly can be translated to “Sky Jump”, whereas the Pok√©Dex in Japanese says Dragonair can “fly”, not “sky jump”. Dragonair are also said to live in seas and lakes. It’s habitat in FireRed/LeafGreen is shown to be “Water’s Edge” (for Pok√©mon near lakes or other small bodies of water), not the “Sea” habitat. Dragonair are also never found in large bodies of water, but rather, just lakes and ponds. There is still no explanation as to why Marvel Scale is this family’s Hidden Ability.
In the anime, a Dragonair has been seen flying in Pikachu’s Rescue Adventure, while in the Pok√©mon Adventures manga, Lance‘s Dragonair can both fly as well as freely control the weather.
The following is a reworded and condensed version of all of Dragonite’s Pok√©Dex data from the main series of Pok√©mon games.
Dragonite is an extremely rare marine Pok√©mon. It is said to constantly fly over the seas, rescuing drowning people and leading lost and/or foundering ships to safety. It’s build is so impressive, that not only can it circle the globe in sixteen hours, but it can freely fly over raging seas without any trouble. It is said that there is an island somewhere where only Dragonite gather. It’s intelligence is said to match that of humans.
Despite this line constantly being referred to as marine Pok√©mon, Dragonite are only found in lakes in the wild, and nowhere near the sea.
Dragonite’s build supposedly impressive in that it can fly over raging seas without trouble, and can also fly around the globe in sixteen hours… which sounds a little suspect. Dragonite’s speed, at 80, is in the 66.9 percentile of all Pok√©mon. The distance between the north and south pole is 40,008 kilometers, so if a Dragonite were to fly straight from the North Pole back to the North Pole again, it would have to fly 80016 kilometers. In order to make it in sixteen hours, Dragonite’s speed would need to be 5001 km per hour, or 3107 miles per hour, which is 204 times faster than the speed of sound. That’s ridiculously (and unrealistically) fast, and holds tons of implications for other Pok√©mon.
There is no evidence in any medium to support or deny that:
- There is an island that only Dragonite inhabit
- Dragonite are as intelligent as humans, or rather, any smarter than the average Pok√©mon
- Dragonite save lost or drowning humans in the sea
There is no explanation as to why Dragonite’s Ability is Inner Focus. The only explanation as to why Dragonite’s Hidden Ability is Multiscale can be found in Pok√©mon Adventures, where Dragonite have been proven to be a very durable species. Lance’s Dragonite has been trained to withstand the heat of lava – it sat submerged waiting in a volcano for an extended period of time on Lance’s orders.
Finally, Dragonite is one of the few Pok√©mon to get smaller upon evolution.
In conclusion, there is little to no evidence to support a lot of these “facts”, with some of them just being plain wrong (or highly exaggerated). Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite have been considered:
See you all next month, with the next Pok√©mon the Month!