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Type Dark

The Dark-type (あくタイプ Aku taipu in Japanese) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

The Dark-type was added in Generation II to counteract the Psychic-type's dominance in Generation I, by being completely immune to it and able to hit Psychic-types super-effectively. It was also given to make the Fighting-type and Bug-type more dominant due to their downfall to Psychic-types in Generation I.

The Dark-type is represented from traits that are considered feral and untameable, specifically that born from adverse and intense complex social conditions, to that of traits that evoke a negative leaning nature, from having a nocturnal day cycle, exhibitions of unusually cruel, crafty, and clever intelligence, belligerent aggressiveness, the sentient awareness and choice to harm and/or inflict ill will, and to that of the negative end of nature and reality, such as the shadows, declination, "the survival of the fittest", destruction, comings of darker times, and to the unknown but potentially dangerous aspects of the mysterious and enigmatic. It should be further noted that the type of Dark does not automatically associate with the concept of evil, as both evidence exists of cruelty capable of Pokemon not just of the type (Ekans, Fearow) and that it is the trainer that influences majorly how a Pokemon matures and acts.

Many Dark-types are rather just born with features that define them as a type, as they understand of the powers that come with it, such as Absol and Sableye, and/or are defined so by the perspective of humans with necessary purpose in the environment and their species but whose actions and traits are at most taboo and are discouraged in human society.

Before Generation IV, every damage-inflicting Dark move was a special attack. All pre-existing Dark attacks that dealt damage changed to become physical in Generation IV, meaning that any Dark special attacks would be introduced from Generation IV onward. Non-damaging Dark moves work to disrupt the opponent in unique ways or raise user stats.

The Dark-type Pokémon, along with the Poison types, are mostly used by the criminal organizations.

The known famous Dark-type Trainers are: Karen, the fourth member of the Elite Four of the Johto Pokémon League; Sidney, the first member of the Elite Four of the Hoenn Pokémon League; Grimsley, a member of the Elite Four of the Unova Pokémon League and Nanu, an island Kahuna in Alola.

Dark-type moves

  • There are 40 Dark-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical and Other moves stand out.
    • 14 moves are of the Physical type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 14 moves are of the Other type type.
  • In contests: Clever moves stand out.
    • 16 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • 7 moves are of the Tough type type.
    • 5 moves are of the Cool type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Cute type type.
    • 0 moves are of the Beautiful type type.

List of Dark-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Assurance Physical type Clever type[1] Generation IV 60[2]
Beat Up Physical type Clever type Generation II -
Baddy Bad Special type - Generation VII 90
Bite

[3]

Physical type Tough type Generation I 60
Brutal Swing Physical type - Generation VII 60
Crunch Physical type Tough type Generation II 80
Dark Pulse Special type Cool type Generation IV 80
Dark Void Other type Clever type Generation IV -
Darkest Lariat Physical type - Generation VII 85
Embargo Other type Clever type[4] Generation IV -
Fake Tears Other type Cute type[5] Generation III -
Feint Attack Physical type Clever type Generation II -
Flatter Other type Clever type Generation III -
Fling Physical type Cute type[6] Generation IV -
Foul Play Physical type Clever type Generation V 95
Hone Claws Other type Cute type Generation V -
Knock Off Other type Clever type Generation III 65[7]
Memento Other type Tough type Generation III -
Nasty Plot Other type Clever type[4] Generation IV -
Night Daze Special type Cool type Generation V 85
Night Slash Physical type Cool type[1] Generation IV 70
Obstruct  ???  ??? Generation VIII  ???
Parting Shot Other type Cool type Generation VI -
Payback Physical type Tough type[8] Generation IV 50
Power Trip Physical type - Generation VII 20-860
Punishment Physical type Cool type[5] Generation IV -
Pursuit Physical type Clever type[6] Generation II 40
Quash Other type Clever type Generation V -
Snarl Special type Tough type Generation V 55
Snatch Other type Clever type Generation III -
Sucker Punch Physical type Clever type Generation IV 80
Switcheroo Other type Clever type[8] Generation IV -
Taunt Other type Clever type Generation III -
Thief Physical type Tough type Generation II 60[9]
Throat Chop Physical type - Generation VII 80
Topsy-Turvy Other type Clever type Generation VI -
Torment Other type Tough type Generation III -

Effectiveness of Dark-type moves

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Ghost and Type Psychic.
½

Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Dark, Type Fairy and Type Fighting.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Dark type

A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistances of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.

×4
Doubly super effective
×2
Super effective
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
Immune
Type of the move
Bug type vertical Dark type vertical Dragon type vertical Electric type vertical Fairy type vertical Fighting type vertical Fire type vertical Flying type vertical Ghost type vertical Grass type vertical Ground type vertical Ice type vertical Normal type vertical Poison type vertical Psychic type vertical Rock type vertical Steel type vertical Water type vertical
Type Dark
×2
½
×2
×2
½
×0
Type DarkType Dragon
×2
½
×2
½
×4
×2
½
½
½
×2
×0
½
Type DarkType Fighting
¼
×4
×2
×2
½
×0
½
Type DarkType Fire
½
×2
½
½
½
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
Type DarkType Flying
½
×2
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×0
×2
Type DarkType Ghost
×2
×0
×0
½
×0
Type DarkType Grass
×4
½
½
×2
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
×2
×0
½
Type DarkType Ground
×2
½
×0
×2
×2
½
×2
×2
½
×0
½
×2
Type DarkType Ice
×2
½
×2
×4
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×2
Type DarkType Normal
×2
½
×2
×4
×0
×0
Type DarkType Poison
½
½
½
×2
½
×0
Type DarkType Psychic
×4
×2
×0
Type DarkType Rock
×2
½
×2
×4
½
½
½
×2
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×2
Type DarkType Steel
½
[10]
½
×4
×2
½
½
[11]
½
×2
½
½
×0
×0
½
½
Type DarkType Water
×2
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×2
½
×0
½
½

Dark-type-Pokémon Trainers

Competence Category
Team Rocket Grunt(M)HGSSsprite
Team Rocket Grunt(F)HGSSsprite

Team Rocket Grunts
Team Rocket

Dark-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

There are no Gym Leaders that specialize in the Dark type.

Dark-type-Pokémon Kahunas

Competence Category
VS Nanu SM
Nanu
Kahuna

Dark-type-Pokémon Elite Four Members

Competence Category
VSKaren
Karen
Johto Elite Four
ORAS VSSidney
Sidney
Hoenn Elite Four
VSGrimsley
Grimsley
Unova Elite Four

Dark type records

Dark-type Pokémon

52 Pokémon are Dark type. (6.48% of all Pokémon)

Pure Dark-type Pokémon

11 Pokémon are pure Dark type. (21.15% of the Dark-type Pokémon)

Alolan Meowth Alolan Persian Umbreon Poochyena Mightyena Absol
052AMeowth
#052
----

Type Dark

053APersian
#053
----

Type Dark

197Umbreon
#197
----

Type Dark

261Poochyena
#261
----

Type Dark

262Mightyena
#262
----

Type Dark

359Absol
#359
----

Type Dark

Darkrai Purrloin Liepard Zorua Zoroark
491Darkrai
#491
----

Type Dark

509Purrloin
#509
----

Type Dark

510Liepard
#510
----

Type Dark

570Zorua
#570
----

Type Dark

571Zoroark
#571
----

Type Dark

Primary Dark-type Pokémon

22 Pokémon are primary Dark type. (42.31% of Dark-type Pokémon)

Alolan Rattata Alolan Raticate Murkrow Sneasel Houndour
019ARattata
#019
----

Type DarkType Normal

020ARaticate
#020
----

Type DarkType Normal

198Murkrow
#198
----

Type DarkType Flying

215Sneasel
#215
----

Type DarkType Ice

228Houndour
#228
----

Type DarkType Fire

Houndoom Galarian Zigzagoon Galarian Raticate Sableye Honchkrow
229Houndoom
#229
----

Type DarkType Fire

263GZigzagoon
#263
----

Type DarkType Normal

264GLinoone
#264
----

Type DarkType Normal

302Sableye
#302
----

Type DarkType Ghost

430Honchkrow
#430
----

Type DarkType Flying

Weavile Scraggy Scrafty Pawniard Bisharp
461Weavile
#461
----

Type DarkType Ice

559Scraggy
#559
----

Type DarkType Fighting

560Scrafty
#560
----

Type DarkType Fighting

624Pawniard
#624
----

Type DarkType Steel

625Bisharp
#625
----

Type DarkType Steel

Vullaby Mandibuzz Deino Zweilous Hydreigon
629Vullaby
#629
----

Type DarkType Flying

630Mandibuzz
#630
----

Type DarkType Flying

633Deino
#633
----

Type DarkType Dragon

634Zweilous
#634
----

Type DarkType Dragon

635Hydreigon
#635
----

Type DarkType Dragon

Inkay Malamar Yveltal Guzzlord Impidimp
686Inkay
#686
----

Type DarkType Psychic

687Malamar
#687
----

Type DarkType Psychic

717Yveltal
#717
----

Type DarkType Flying

799Guzzlord
#799
----

Type DarkType Dragon


#???
----

Type DarkType Fairy

Obstagoon
Obstagoon
???
----

Type DarkType Normal

Secondary Dark-type Pokémon

19 Pokémon are secondary Dark type. (36.54% of Dark-type Pokémon)

Alolan Grimer Alolan Muk Tyranitar Nuzleaf Shiftry Carvanha
088AGrimer
#088
----

Type PoisonType Dark

089AMuk
#089
----

Type PoisonType Dark

248Tyranitar
#248
----

Type RockType Dark

274Nuzleaf
#274
----

Type GrassType Dark

275Shiftry
#275
----

Type GrassType Dark

318Carvanha
#318
----

Type WaterType Dark

Sharpedo Cacturne Crawdaunt Stunky Skuntank Spiritomb
319Sharpedo
#319
----

Type WaterType Dark

332Cacturne
#332
----

Type GrassType Dark

342Crawdaunt
#342
----

Type WaterType Dark

434Stunky
#434
----

Type PoisonType Dark

435Skuntank
#435
----

Type PoisonType Dark

442Spiritomb
#442
----

Type GhostType Dark

Drapion Sandile Krokorok Krookodile Greninja Pangoro
452Drapion
#452
----

Type PoisonType Dark

551Sandile
#551
----

Type GroundType Dark

552Krokorok
#552
----

Type GroundType Dark

553Krookodile
#553
----

Type GroundType Dark

658Greninja
#658
----

Type WaterType Dark

675Pangoro
#675
----

Type FightingType Dark

Incineroar Full Belly Mode Morpeko
727Incineroar
#727
----

Type FireType Dark

Morpeko (Full Belly Mode)
???
----

Type ElectricType Dark

Pokémon with Dark-type alternate formes

The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Dark type.

Mega Gyarados Mega Houndoom Mega Tyranitar Mega Sableye Mega Sharpedo Mega Absol
130MGyarados
#130
----

Type WaterType Dark

229MHoundoom
#229
----

Type DarkType Fire

248MTyranitar
#248
----

Type RockType Dark

302MSableye
#302
----

Type DarkType Ghost

319MSharpedo
#319
----

Type WaterType Dark

359MAbsol
#359
----

Type Dark

Arceus Ash-Greninja Hoopa Unbound Silvally Hangry Mode Morpeko
493Arceus Dark Dream
#493
----

Type Dark[12]

658AGreninja
#658
----

Type WaterType Dark

Hoopa Unbound
#720
----

Type PsychicType Dark

773Silvally Dark Dream
#773
----

Type Dark[13]

Morpeko (Hangry Mode)
???
----

Type ElectricType Dark

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Psychic type because of how common it is to be afraid of the dark, and because fear can affect one's rationality and concentration. The darkness of one's being/psyche is also explored to utterly be taxing to those who can read minds and hearts, as it is regarded to be a place to never cross into and can violate one's own, to where ones of unusual nature are not easily understood, and of how there are legends and themes that show that times of evil and darkness cannot be divined nor preempted by even the best seers and prophets.
  • They're strong against the Ghost type because evil can damage the soul.
  • They're weak against the Fighting type because philosophically, a warrior must overcome their fears - represented by Dark. The Fighting type also supposedly represents justice, which opposes evil, also represented by Dark types.
  • They're weak against the Bug type because bugs operate well in darkness.
  • They're weak against the Fairy type because fairies represent light and the darkness disappears with light. Furthermore, light is a metaphor for goodness, which always triumphs over evil in fiction.

Trivia

  • If a Dual-type Pokémon is both Dark and Ghost type, both types cancel out each other's weaknesses with their resistances, leaving Pokémon like Spiritomb and Sableye with no weakness apart from Fairy.
  • So far this is the only Pokémon type not to be used in a Pokémon Gym.
  • The Dark type has the same efficacies over other types as the Ghost type.
  • While most types are represented quite straightforwardly (i.e. Grass-types based off plants, Fire-types being based on heat and flames) there is a rather loose definition of what represents a Dark-type. While most, such as Scrafty or Bisharp are associated with brutal, violent, "dirty" fighters (hence moves like Nasty Plot and Sucker Punch) some, such as Umbreon and Darkrai represent literal darkness, while others, such as Stunky and the Alolan form of Rattata are simply nocturnal animals. A few, most notably Absol and Greninja, are even portrayed as having noble and shady qualities. Others like Inkay and the Alolan form of Muk could reference how they produce dark things like ink and sludge. It could also describe how certain Pokémon can be sinful such as how the Alolan form of Persian is filled with pride and the Alolan form of Raticate is gluttonous.

Notes

  1. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type-type move.
  2. ^ 50 until Generation V.
  3. ^ In Generation I, Bite was Normal-type move.
  4. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type-type move.
  5. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type-type move.
  6. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Tough type-type move.
  7. ^ 20 until Generation V.
  8. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type-type move.
  9. ^ 50 until Generation V.
  10. ^ Before Generation VI, Dark/Steel-type Pokémon were very resistant to Dark-type moves.
  11. ^ Before Generation VI, Dark/Steel-type Pokémon were very resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  12. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Dread Plate.
  13. ^ Thanks to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Dark Memory.
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