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Mega Dragons of the Pokemon Series

Updated on September 4, 2017
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A 90's kid, Jeremy now studies chemistry and works multiple jobs in-between Pokemon journeys.

Dragon Pokemon

Let's face it—dragons are cool. I know it, you know it, Pokemon knows it. That's why for years they've made dragons some of the strongest creatures available to Trainers. Dragons resist several types (shown below), and have on average the highest stats of any type. Heck, they got so strong Pokemon eventually added Fairy to help balance them out.

Even some non-dragons gain Dragon as a second element upon Mega-Evolving, furthering the quantity of these fearsome reptiles. To examine the best of the best, let's review every Mega-Evolved dragon throughout Pokemon (as of this writing)!

Dragon

Weak to
Resists
Dragon
Electric
Ice
Fire
Fairy
Grass
 
Water
Interestingly, Dragon attacks are strong against Dragon Pokemon.

Kanto Region

Includes Pokemon introduced in the Red and Blue games.

Mega Charizard X
Mega Charizard X
Mega Charizard Y
Mega Charizard Y | Source

Mega Charizard X and Y

Type: Dragon/Fire (X)
Flying/Fire (Y)
Base Stat Total: 634 (both)

Keen-eyed fans may know Mega Charizard Y stays true to its original typing, and isn't actually Dragon, but I threw him in there for comparison. Plus, as Aerosmith might say, dude looks like a dragon.

Regardless, the Y form further increases Charizard's aptitude for Special Attacks while the X evolution heavily boosts Physical Attack. Each functions superbly depending on what typing and stat spread you need. I also love both their designs, with the sleekness of Y contrasting the bulk and raw power of X.

Johto Region

Includes Pokemon introduced in the Gold and Silver games.

Mega Ampharos
Mega Ampharos | Source

Mega Ampharos

Type: Dragon/Electric
Base Stat Total: 610

A surprising twist for a pure-Electric family, Mega Ampharos obtains Dragon as a dual type. Ampharos actually loses speed upon Mega-Evolving (not that it was terribly impressive to begin with), but its Special Attack skyrockets, letting it bombard foes with a variety of fearsome Electric attacks.

The new design is interesting, as it adds sage-like tuffs of white hair across Ampharos, giving it a more mystical appearance. A Fairy or Psychic second type may have been more appropriate, but hey, lightning dragons are cool too.

Hoenn Region

Includes Pokemon introduced in the Ruby and Sapphire games.

Mega Sceptile
Mega Sceptile

Mega Sceptile

Type: Dragon/Grass
Base Stat Total: 630

Likely the fan-favorite Grass starter, Sceptile adds Dragon to its typing upon evolving. I love this form; it's cool, feels natural on Sceptile, and provides a mix of elements we hadn't yet seen before. Mega Sceptile's stats further increase Sceptile's favored attributes, Special Attack and Speed, making him a prime contender for a swift and potent offensive unit.

Mega Altaria
Mega Altaria

Mega Altaria

Type: Dragon/Fairy
Base Stat Total: 590

Altaria sheds its Flying type to acquire Fairy upon Mega-Evolving. Rather than increasing Altaria's favored stat (Special Defense), Mega Altaria boosts its weaker attributes, making it one of the most well-balanced Mega Pokemon.

Though often overshadowed by dragons with higher stats, Mega Altaria's type, balanced spread, and graceful aesthetic still attract some fans.

Mega Salamence
Mega Salamence | Source

Mega Salamence

Type: Dragon/Flying
Base Stat Total: 700

A reptile long-beloved for its high stats, menacing appearance, and sleek sheens of red and blue, Salamence retains both types when it Mega-Evolves. Mega Salamence enjoys a small boost to every stat except HP, making it a versatile combatant.

Design-wise, upon evolution its wings merge into a single crescent moon-like shape, an interesting design that I enjoy.

Mega Latias
Mega Latias

Mega Latias

Type: Dragon/Psychic
Base Stat Total: 700

A legendary Pokemon, Mega Latias soars in with the same types as its original form. Like Salamence, Latias's final evolution receives a boost to several stats, this time everything except HP and Speed. Mega Latias's strongest attribute is Special Defense, letting it tank most indirect strikes.

Latias and Latios have never been my favorite legendaries (between Mew, Mewtwo, Lugia, Celebi, and Deoxys we had all the Psychic legendaries we needed when they arrived), and my appreciation further dwindles when examining their new forms. The two were already similar enough; now, their Mega forms look almost identical, with pale shades of purple replacing their vibrant colors.

Mega Latios
Mega Latios

Mega Latios

Type: Dragon/Psychic
Base Stat Total: 700

Latias's blue companion Latios adopts the same color scheme upon evolving, making it hard to distinguish the two at a glance. Like Latias, Latios's Mega Evolution buffs each stat except HP and Speed, though Latios favors Special Attack, making it more destructive.

With similar increases, identical types, and boring colors, the Mega versions of these two remain some of my least favorite Mega iterations.

Mega Rayquaza
Mega Rayquaza

Mega Rayquaza

Type: Dragon/Flying
Base Stat Total: 780

Rayquaza, legendary mascot of Pokemon Emerald, boasts of a mighty Mega form. With the same type and a whopping 780 BST, Mega Rayquaza stands (hovers?) among the strongest Pokemon of all time.

Mega Rayquaza enjoys increases to every stat except HP, but its already high Attack and Special Attack receive the greatest focus, turning them from worrisome to monstrous. What else can I say? Love the design, love the stats.

Sinnoh Region

Includes Pokemon introduced in the Diamond and Pearl games.

Mega Garchomp
Mega Garchomp | Source

Mega Garchomp

Type: Dragon/Ground
Base Stat Total: 700

Like Salamence, Garchomp's Mega Evolution has the stats to stand against formidable legendary opponents. Its transformation is another odd one where Speed actually falls, but every other non-HP stat rises, especially Attack. This makes Mega Garchomp one of the most deadly physical attackers in the games.

I also appreciate the sharp design, and the Ground dual type is a break from the common Dragon/Flying pairing (admittedly, Flygon did it first in Hoenn). Garchomp and Mega Garchomp prove dragons don't need to be legendary or have wings to ravage foes.

Which Mega Pokemon do you favor?

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Future of Pokemon

Pokemon enthusiasts and dragon lovers rejoice; we're experiencing new takes on classic Pokemon in a variety of ways. Between Sun and Moon's Alolan forms, Mega Evolutions, and altogether new creatures, we have more content than ever to enjoy. Pokemon takes steps forward while paying homage to its classic monsters, a wonderful balance that delights new and old fans alike. Heck, the latest anime even brought classic companions Brock and Misty back for a few episodes.

With a bright future and plenty of dragons ahead, we're all eagerly awaiting Pokemon's next move. In the meantime, vote for your favorite Mega, and I'll see you at our next Pokemon review!

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    • AlexisG profile image

      Alexis 2 months ago

      I love the art you have featured here. Dragons are my favorite animal (if they count as animals?) so I've always been rather fond of dragon-type Pokemon.

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      Jeremy Gill 2 months ago from Louisiana

      Mimikyu has an awesome design, and its Fairy type could definitely put some hurt to Dragon foes!

      I agree that dragons are often overpowered, but many come with a quadruple weakness to Ice; Dragon, Ground, Grass and Flying all suffer extra damage from it.

      In other words, Dragon Pokemon have to constantly be on the lookout for an Ice Beam or Blizzard. Or a Mimikyu haha.

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      Cheeky Kid 2 months ago from Milky Way

      Ha Ha Ha! My favorite Pokemon Mimikyu can easily pummel all those smug dragons. Not that I hate dragons. They're all just too overpowered.