Are you still trying to find Dragonite in Pokemon GO? Unless you’ve been farming Dratini since the game was released, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve not managed to find a Dragonite yet. That’s not your fault, though; Dragonite is the rarest Pokemon in the game, and is incredibly hard to find.
Or, I should say, Dragonite was incredibly hard to find. New data coming out of The Silph Road over on Reddit may have just figured out the best place to find Dragonite in the wild, and it’s all linked to the humble Clefairy, and very, very high areas. Let me explain.
Where to find Dragonite:
The first mention of the Clefairy/Dragonite theory was made on The Silph Road subreddit, and postulated that wherever Clefairys spawn, Dragonites are also likely to spawn. The person who made the thread, a guy nick-named “sowok”, shared the data he had gathered from over 6 million spawns in his local area.
And, sure enough, wherever Clefairys spawned commonly, Dragonites also spawned (albeit much, much less frequently). This discovery led to hundreds of players scouring their areas for Clefairys in the hopes that they too would find Dragonite, and many were successful.
But, in true Silph Road fashion, there was more research to be done. Would you really be able to find Dragonite just by finding a Clefairy spawn? Is it actually that easy? Well, the short answer to that question is “no”.
As it turns out, it’s not enough to simply roll up to a Clefairy spawn and hope to find Dragonite. You also need to be up high. Like, really high. A redditor who goes by the name of “iamjli” analysed the elevation data of over 2,000 Clefairy spawns and 200 Dragonite spawns, and came to the conclusion that elevation was also a significant factor.
So how high up do you need to be before a Clefairy spawn will also become a Dragonite spawn? According to the data, you need to be between 200 and 320 meters above sea level. But hey, don’t take my word for it, here’s a graph that iamjli made comparing the prevalence of Dragonite spawns and Clefairy spawns against the elevation that they were found:
There you have it; if you want to find Dragonite, just find an elevated Clefairy spawn. Easy. Here’s a link to the original Reddit thread where the discovery was made, and here’s a link to the followup thread where a lot of additional data was uncovered. You can click here to see the longitude, latitude, and elevation of over 250 Dragonite spawns.
And, before you leave an angry comment saying that 2,200 spawns isn’t enough to be statistically significant, please take a look at both of the threads on Reddit. Hundreds (possibly thousands) of players have added their own data, and confirmed that Dragonite is more likely to spawn a) where Clefairys spawn and b) way, way up high (200-320m above sea level).
But you! Yes, you! Have you managed to find Dragonite yet? If so, did you happen to find your Dragonite near a bunch of Clefairys? Or way up high in the sky? Let me know all about it in the comment section below!