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The Dark type is one of the 18 Pokémon elemental types. It is known as the bane of Psychic-type Pokémon, because Dark-type attacks are super effective towards Psychic-type Pokémon, and Dark-type Pokémon are immune to Psychic-type moves unless exposed to the move Miracle Eye. This is also supported by the fact that the majority of Dark-type Pokémon have a quite high Physical Attack stat, while Psychic-type Pokémon tend to have low Physical Defense stats. Dark-type moves are also super effective towards Ghost-type Pokémon, but Dark-type Pokémon are weak to Fighting-type, Bug-type and the newly added Fairy-type attacks. Frostveil Gym Leader Zeek specializes in Dark-type Pokémon.

Battle Properties

Offensive

This table shows the effectiveness of Dark-type moves against other types of Pokémon.

Effectiveness Type
Super-effective against: (Damage x2) Psychic Ghost
Not very effective against: (Damage x1/2) Dark Fighting Fairy
No effect against: (Damage x0) None

Defensive

This table shows the effectiveness of other types of moves against Dark-type Pokémon.

Effectiveness Type
Immune to: (Damage x0) Psychic
Resists: (Damage x1/2) Dark Ghost
Weak to: (Damage x2) Fighting Fairy Bug

Dark-type Pokémon

Here is a list of currently obtainable Pokémon that belong to this type.

Pure Dark-type Pokémon

Pokédex no. Name Image Obtaining Method
052 Meowth
Alola Form
Meowth-Alola SM
Catch at Lost Islands - Deep Jungle
053 Persian
Alola Form
Persian-Alola SM
Level Up Alolan Meowth with high happiness
197 Umbreon
Umbreon XY
Level Up Eevee with high happiness overnight
261 Poochyena
Poochyena XY
Catch on Route 3
262 Mightyena
Mightyena XY
Evolve Poochyena at Lv. 18 or above
359 Absol
Absol XY
Automatically obtained before the major battle in Anthian Park
Absol-Mega XY

Mega Absol

Automatically equipped on Absol when joining the party
509 Purrloin
Purrloin XY
Adopt from Aife's Shelter
510 Liepard
Liepard XY
Evolve Purrloin at Lv. 20 or above
570 Zorua
Zorua XY
Catch in Aredia Ruins
571 Zoroark
Zoroark XY
Evolve Zorua at Lv. 30 or above

Partly Dark-type Pokémon

Pokédex no. Name Type Image Obtaining Method
19 Rattata
Alola Form
DarkNormal
Rattata-Alola SM
Catch on Lost Islands
20 Raticate
Alola Form
DarkNormal
Raticate-Alola SM
Evolve Alolan Rattata at Lv. 20 or above overnight
130 Gyarados WaterDark
Gyarados-Mega XY

Mega Gyarados

Purchase Gyaradosite from the BP Shop, Colosseum Marketplace and equip it on Gyarados
198 Murkrow DarkFlying
Murkrow-M XY

Male

Murkrow-F XY

Female

Catch at Old Graveyard overnight
430 Honchkrow DarkFlying
Honchkrow XY
Evolve Murkrow by using a Dusk Stone
215 Sneasel DarkIce
Sneasel-M XY

Male

Sneasel-F XY

Female

Catch on Route 15 overnight
461 Weavile DarkIce
Weavile-M XY

Male

Weavile-F XY

Female

Evolve Sneasel while holding a Razor Claw overnight

Purchase Razor Claw in the BP Shop, Colosseum Marketplace

228 Houndour DarkFire
Houndour XY
Catch on Route 12
229 Houndoom DarkFire
Houndoom-M XY

Male

Houndoom-F XY

Female

Evolve Houndour at Lv. 24 or above
Houndoom-Mega XY

Mega Houndoom

Purchase Houndoominite from the Stone Shop, Anthian City - Shopping District and equip it on Houndoom
248 Tyranitar RockDark
Tyranitar XY
Evolve Pupitar at Lv. 55 or above
Tyranitar-Mega XY

Mega Tyranitar

Purchase Tyranitarite from the Stone Shop, Anthian City - Shopping District and equip it on Tyranitar
274 Nuzleaf GrassDark
Nuzleaf-M XY

Male

Nuzleaf-F XY

Female

Catch on Route 16
275 Shiftry GrassDark
Shiftry-M XY

Male

Shiftry-F XY

Female

Evolve Nuzleaf by using a Leaf Stone
302 Sableye DarkGhost
Sableye XY
Catch in Glistening Grotto
Sableye-Mega ORAS

Mega Sableye

Obtain Sablenite in Glistening Grotto and equip it on Sableye
332 Cacturne GrassDark
Cacturne-M XY

Male

Cacturne-F XY

Female

Evolve Cacnea at Lv. 32 or above
342 Crawdaunt WaterDark
Crawdaunt XY
Evolve Corphish at Lv. 30 or above
434 Stunky PoisonDark
Stunky XY
Catch on Route 4
435 Skuntank PoisonDark
Skuntank XY
Evolve Stunky at Lv. 34 or above
442 Spiritomb GhostDark
Spiritomb XY
Catch on Route 8 by throwing an Odd Keystone into the Old Well
Dig for Odd Keystone in Lagoona Trenches
551 Sandile GroundDark
Sandile XY
Breed with a female Krokorok or Krookodile
552 Krokorok GroundDark
Krokorok XY
Catch on Route 11
Evolve Sandile at Lv. 29 or above
553 Krookodile GroundDark
Krookodile XY
Evolve Krokorok at Lv. 40 or above
559 Scraggy DarkFighting
Scraggy XY
Catch on Route 12
560 Scrafty DarkFighting
Scrafty XY
Evolve Scraggy at Lv. 39 or above
624 Pawniard DarkSteel
Pawniard XY
Catch on Route 10
625 Bisharp DarkSteel
Bisharp XY
Evolve Pawniard at Lv. 52 or above
629 Vullaby DarkFlying
Vullaby XY
Catch on Cragonos Cliffs
630 Mandibuzz DarkFlying
Mandibuzz XY
Evolve Vullaby at Lv. 54 or above
658 Greninja WaterDark
Greninja XY
Evolve Frogadier at Lv. 36 or above
Ash-Greninja SM

Ash-Greninja

Purchase in Anthian City - Shopping District
675 Pangoro FightingDark
Pangoro XY
Evolve Pancham at Lv. 32 or above while having a Dark-type Pokémon in party
686 Inkay DarkPsychic
Inkay XY
Catch on Cragonos Peak
687 Malamar DarkPsychic
Malamar XY
Evolve Inkay at Lv. 30 or above while turning the mobile device upside down
Cannot evolve on a PC, must be done on a mobile device.
727 Incineroar FireDark
Incineroar SM
Evolve Torracat at Lv. 34 or above

Dark-type Moves

Move Category Power Accuracy PP (Max PP) Description
Assurance
Physical Category
60 100% 10 (16) If the target has already taken some damage in the same turn, this attack's power is doubled.
Beat Up
Physical Category
Varies 100% 10 (16) The user gets all party Pokémon to attack the target. The more party Pokémon, the greater the number of attacks.
Bite
Physical Category
60 100% 25 (40) The target is bitten with viciously sharp fangs. It may make the target flinch.
Crunch
Physical Category
80 100% 15 (24) The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. It may also lower the target's Defense stat.
Dark Pulse
Special Category
80 100% 15 (24) The user releases a horrible aura imbued with dark thoughts. It may also make the target flinch.
Darkest Lariat
Physical Category
85 100% 10 (16) The user swings both arms and hits the target. The target's stat changes don't affect this attack's damage.
Dark Void
Status Category
--- 80% 10 (16) Opposing Pokémon are dragged into a world of total darkness that makes them sleep.
Embargo
Status Category
--- 100% 15 (24) It prevents the target from using its held item. Its Trainer is also prevented from using items on it.
Fake Tears
Status Category
--- 100% 20 (32) The user feigns crying to fluster the target, harshly lowering its Sp. Def stat.
Feint Attack
Physical Category
60 ---% 20 (32) The user approaches the target disarmingly, then throws a sucker punch. It hits without fail.
Flatter
Status Category
--- 100% 15 (24) Flattery is used to confuse the target. However, it also raises the target's Sp. Atk stat.
Fling
Physical Category
Varies 100% 10 (16) The user flings its held item at the target to attack. Its power and effects depend on the item.
Foul Play
Physical Category
95 100% 15 (24) The user turns the target's power against it. The higher the target's Attack stat, the greater the damage.
Hone Claws
Status Category
--- ---% 15 (24) The user sharpens its claws to boost its Attack stat and accuracy.
Hyperspace Fury
Physical Category
100 ---% 5 (8) Using its many arms, the user unleashes a barrage of attacks that ignore the effects of moves like Protect and Detect. This attack lowers the user's Defense.
Knock Off
Physical Category
65 100% 20 (32) The user slaps down the target's held item, preventing that item from being used in the battle.
Memento
Status Category
--- ---% 10 (16) The user faints when using this move. In return, it harshly lowers the target's Attack and Sp. Atk.
Nasty Plot
Status Category
--- ---% 20 (32) The user stimulates its brain by thinking bad thoughts. It sharply raises the user's Sp. Atk.
Night Daze
Special Category
85 95% 10 (16) The user lets loose a pitch-black shock wave at its target. It may also lower the target's accuracy.
Night Slash
Physical Category
70 100% 15 (24) The user slashes the target the instant an opportunity arises. Critical hits land more easily.
Parting Shot
Status Category
--- ---% 20 (32) With a parting threat, the user lowers the target's Attack and Sp. Atk stats. Then it switches with a party Pokémon.
Payback
Physical Category
50 100% 10 (16) If the user moves after the target, this attack's power will be doubled.
Punishment
Physical Category
Varies 100% 5 (8) This attack's power increases the more the target has powered up with stat changes.
Pursuit
Physical Category
40 100% 20 (32) An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a target that is switching out of battle.
Quash
Status Category
--- 100% 15 (24) The user suppresses the target and makes its move go last.
Snarl
Special Category
55 95% 15 (24) The user yells as if it is ranting about something, making the target's Sp. Atk stat decrease.
Snatch
Status Category
--- ---% 10 (16) The user steals the effects of any healing or stat-changing move the opponent attempts to use.
Sucker Punch
Physical Category
80 100% 5 (8) This move enables the user to attack first. It fails if the target is not readying an attack, however.
Switcheroo
Status Category
--- 100% 10 (16) The user trades held items with the target faster than the eye can follow.
Taunt
Status Category
--- 100% 20 (32) The target is taunted into a rage that allows it to use only attack moves for three turns.
Thief
Physical Category
60 100% 25 (40) The user attacks and steals the target's held item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
Throat Chop
Physical Category
80 100% 15 (24) The user attacks the target's throat, and the resultant suffering prevents the target from using moves that emit sound for two turns.
Topsy-Turvy
Status Category
--- ---% 20 (32) All stat changes affecting the target turn topsy-turvy and become the opposite of what they were.
Torment
Status Category
--- 100% 15 (24) The user torments and enrages the target, making it incapable of using the same move twice in a row.

Trivia

  • Dark-type and Ghost-type attacks share their super effectiveness, with both types being strong only against Ghost-type and Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • The Dark type is also known as the "Evil" type by its original Japanese name.