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Pokemon Morphology - Dragonite
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Published: March 16, 2015
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My second set, as it’s my favourite Pokémon. 

I worked on making this set a bit more refined, and a bit more creative. Whilst the designs out there are superb, I wanted to push for more body shape differences then simply swapping the colours. Hopefully this will flesh out a more realistic Pokémon world a bit more. 

I have attached the text to the pictures and made them a bit more scientific, as people kept deleting the flavour text on tumblr.


The Common Dragonite is the most plentiful and registered breed found to date. It is categorised by an equal balance of wingspan, limb size and tail size, being adapted for life both on the land and at sea for extended periods of time. It is also an incredible flyer, known to rise to great heights in order to circumnavigate the globe in a relatively short amount of time.

In its common form, which can be found in lakes, rivers and other large bodies of water, Dragonite is a light orange colour, with teal membranes to its wings and yellowish antennae (which it uses to sense prey and also to perform electrical attacks). Dragonite reaches full maturity at 55 months if trained correctly, with wild specimens varying between 55 to 65 months. A creature with extreme intellect and power, it is not easily trained and is marked as a pseudo-legendary class Pokémon.


The Eastern Blue Dragonite is found primarily in lakes and rivers and is noted for having very high special attack and special defence capabilities. Though smaller than their common counterparts, they are longer, more lithe and are considered the most elegant of the various breeds. They are not capable flyers, preferring to glide with their smaller wingspan, but are inclined to use them to surge out of bodies of water to catch prey. 

These Dragonite are the calmest and most serene of their species, boasting higher intelligence than the Common Dragonite. Along with their small wingspan and blueish colouring, they are easily spotted by their white frilled antennae that adorn the neck, leading people to mistake them for the juvenile Dragonairs that often accompany them in their pods.  Being that they often live in warmer climates, they seem slightly more resilient to ice attacks (a primary weakness of dragons) as their blood is naturally warmer overall.


The Crested Dragonite, sometimes called the Flame Crested Dragonite, is one of the most exotic breeds of this Pokémon. Its vibrant colours set it apart from other Dragonite, along with several other differences.

As a cliff-dweller by nature, the Crested Dragonite has a much larger wingspan to body ratio than other Dragonite, capable of gliding for days at a time if required. Its feet are less webbed and have longer talons that allow it to pluck prey from the water. This also affords it more grip on its mountainous home. The crest fills with blood when the Pokémon is angered and shows off the same exotic colours that adorn the wing membranes.

Crested Dragonite are often faster than common Dragonite, as their naturally larger wings allow for them to reach heights and speeds few other winged species can match. Their downfall, however, is when they are grounded, being lighter and more fragile than their Common brethren.


The Muddy Dragonite is known for being the most aggressive of the Dragonite breeds. Far stronger and tougher than its ocean-dwelling brethren, the Muddy Dragonite boasts exceptional defence and attack, which it sacrifices speed for.

As these creatures are often found with the ability ‘Multiscale’, (a highly sought after trait in the Dragonite species) it is no surprise that their tough, armoured hide separates them from the other breeds. Their wings are small and unsuited for long distance flights, preferring, as with other small-winged Dragonite, the use of quick bursts of speed in their swampy homes. Dwelling in murky and often shallow waters inland, the Muddy Dragonite can also be found lazing out in the afternoon sun, heating its body temperature up before it returns to the water.

This breed is often used as parental stock in order to pass on the Multiscale gene onto its offspring, weeding out the aggressive tendencies as the process goes along.


‘Shiny’ Dragonite (and its evolutionary line) are rare, but are becoming increasingly more common, as are most ‘Shiny’ Pokémon. This pigment change, whilst adored by the training public, is in fact a genetic disorder resulting from inbreeding. All too often, trainers will ‘farm’ Pokémon eggs in order to create stronger and more specialised animals, sometimes resulting in a ‘Shiny’ side effect.

The disorder, which can affect any Pokémon subjected to harsh inbreeding, can be categorised in a faint sheen on the skin (that can result in them being shunned from their social groups and parents and simply not surviving in the wild due to lack of camouflage in weaker animals) and a drastic skin colour change. Whilst considered desirable, most ‘Shiny’ Pokémon are often frail and sickly, few living as long as their uncorrupted counterparts. Pokémon breeders are advised by the government to halt this process, but with such a high demand for glamourous Pokémon, it is unlikely to stop any time soon.


The Great Ocean Dragonite is exceptionally rare, typically spending most of their lives in the deeper areas of the ocean.

Despite being rather sluggish and poorly equipped for combat on land, the Ocean Dragonite boasts remarkable defences and HP stats, with a thick hide that only the strongest attacks can penetrate. In comparison to the Common Dragonite, the Ocean Dragonite is far more suited to life in water. Its arms and legs are more fin-like, and primarily used for steering its massive body through the water. Its wings are too small for it to fly with, considering its weight, so they are commonly used for underwater battles, where quick bursts of speed are required. A large mouth also allows for it to swallow entire schools of Goldeen, Magikarp and other fish-like Pokémon in a single gulp.

Seeing a fully grown Great Ocean Dragonite is a rare privilege. The largest known recording was at a Kanto lighthouse in 1998, where it was estimated to have been at least 30 meters long.

I understand that these may not be to everyones tastes, but they were fun to do :)

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KingGhidra78's avatar
Did you use Baleen Whales as inspirations for the Great Ocean Dragonite?
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StarlightTheatreHobbyist General Artist
Given that the Masuda Method is a thing that exists, the "shiny" mutation should actually be a sign of a LACK of inbreeding. If a population has more shiny pokemon that would be a sign that there is a healthy amount of gene flow and genetic diversity within said population.
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This is quite impressive.
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SanlurisHobbyist General Artist
I love that last bit of information especially about the largest one. So that's what came to the Kanto Lighthouse! I love hearing about that giant Dragonite because as far as I've seen it's never been mentioned officially since then.
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WatcherMagicHobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, I can't believe I never knew you did these! I love this :D The anime reference for the Great Ocean Dragonite was excellent.
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Hm, very nice. I'm considering writing a fanfiction about realistic pokemon and having multiple varieties of each, at least to an extent. Dragonite is definitely a fun one, because I kind of see it as an amphibious dragon, with Dratini and Dragonair being Caecilians (Amphibious Snakes) that grow into Dragonite, a mighty salamander dragon. Although I won't have any salt-water varieties, I wanted ones for lakes, rivers and swamps. Seeing this just makes me want to keep going with the idea, although I'm very inconsistent when it comes to writing, lol.
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ginsenthesaiyanHobbyist General Artist
How big is the Average Dragonite Supposed to be?
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WatcherMagicHobbyist Traditional Artist
It's in the pokedex, and on most wikipedias:…
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Is the great ocean one a reference to the anime?
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catandcrownProfessional General Artist
It is indeed! :D
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I wonder, will you ever do more of these? It'd be quite interesting to see you do something based on that new Alola Dragon-type.
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Love your Pokemon variations!
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Somoist555Hobbyist General Artist
I love the idea of variations in Pokemon!
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You never cease to amaze us! :D
BlackLilliana's avatar
I have truly never seen anything more creative than this. I'm so totally impressed.
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These are amazing. Great work as always. 
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ZarniroxHobbyist Traditional Artist
It'd be cool to read Bill's report of the rare Great Ocean Dragonite sighting. :)
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catandcrownProfessional General Artist
It's something id be keen to do in the future :D
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ZarniroxHobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I'd very much look forward to seeing it!

By the way, love your work. All your stuff is amazing!
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catandcrownProfessional General Artist
Thank you! Really appreciate you saying that :'D
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ZarniroxHobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course, it's all incredible, almost to the point where it makes me feel pretty damn jealous in caparison. XD

Nah, I do best with what I got though.
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catandcrownProfessional General Artist
no matter how good you think you get as an artist, there always someone out there better than you, so i know exactly what you mean XD
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amusingly, shiny dratini was the second shiny (third if you count gyarados) I ever got and that was an hour or two after I got my first (second) shiny. An amazing job on all of them, I just can't pick a favorite.
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catandcrownProfessional General Artist
thank you! I am yet to get a shiny dragontie of my own, but the colouring is a little iffy, so im not sure if i would bother. Really glad you like them :)
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