Type Dark.gif

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 Pokémon not just of the type (Ekans, Fearow) and that it is the trainer that influences majorly how a Pokémon 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; Nanu, an island Kahuna in Alola; and Piers, the seventh Gym Leader of Galar.

Dark-type moves

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

List of Dark-type moves

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

[3]

Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation I 60
Brutal Swing Physical type.gif - Generation VII 60
Crunch Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation II 80
Dark Pulse Special type.gif Cool type.png Generation IV 80
Dark Void Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation IV -
Darkest Lariat Physical type.gif - Generation VII 85
Embargo Other type.gif Clever type.png[4] Generation IV -
Fake Tears Other type.gif Cute type.png[5] Generation III -
False Surrender Physical type.gif - Generation VIII 80
Feint Attack Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation II -
Flatter Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III -
Fling Physical type.gif Cute type.png[6] Generation IV -
Foul Play Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation V 95
Hone Claws Other type.gif Cute type.png Generation V -
Jaw Lock Physical type.gif - Generation VIII 80
Knock Off Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III 65[7]
Memento Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation III -
Nasty Plot Other type.gif Clever type.png[4] Generation IV -
Night Daze Special type.gif Cool type.png Generation V 85
Night Slash Physical type.gif Cool type.png[1] Generation IV 70
Obstruct Other type.gif - Generation VIII -
Parting Shot Other type.gif Cool type.png Generation VI -
Payback Physical type.gif Tough type.png[8] Generation IV 50
Power Trip Physical type.gif - Generation VII 20-860
Punishment Physical type.gif Cool type.png[5] Generation IV -
Pursuit Physical type.gif Clever type.png[6] Generation II 40
Quash Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation V -
Snarl Special type.gif Tough type.png Generation V 55
Snatch Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III -
Sucker Punch Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation IV 80
Switcheroo Other type.gif Clever type.png[8] Generation IV -
Taunt Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III -
Thief Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation II 60[2]
Throat Chop Physical type.gif - Generation VII 80
Topsy-Turvy Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation VI -
Torment Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation III -

Effectiveness of Dark-type moves

×2

Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Ghost.gif and Type Psychic.gif.

½

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

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.gif Dark type vertical.gif Dragon type vertical.gif Electric type vertical.gif Fairy type vertical.gif Fighting type vertical.gif Fire type vertical.gif Flying type vertical.gif Ghost type vertical.gif Grass type vertical.gif Ground type vertical.gif Ice type vertical.gif Normal type vertical.gif Poison type vertical.gif Psychic type vertical.gif Rock type vertical.gif Steel type vertical.gif Water type vertical.gif
Type Dark.gif
×2
½
×2
×2
½
×0
Type Dark.gifType Dragon.gif
×2
½
×2
½
×4
×2
½
½
½
×2
×0
½
Type Dark.gifType Fighting.gif
¼
×4
×2
×2
½
×0
½
Type Dark.gifType Fire.gif
½
×2
½
½
½
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif
½
×2
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×0
×2
Type Dark.gifType Ghost.gif
×2
×0
×0
½
×0
Type Dark.gifType Grass.gif
×4
½
½
×2
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
×2
×0
½
Type Dark.gifType Ground.gif
×2
½
×0
×2
×2
½
×2
×2
½
×0
½
×2
Type Dark.gifType Ice.gif
×2
½
×2
×4
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×2
Type Dark.gifType Normal.gif
×2
½
×2
×4
×0
×0
Type Dark.gifType Poison.gif
½
½
½
×2
½
×0
Type Dark.gifType Psychic.gif
×4
×2
×0
Type Dark.gifType Rock.gif
×2
½
×2
×4
½
½
½
×2
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×2
Type Dark.gifType Steel.gif
½
[9]
½
×4
×2
½
½
[10]
½
×2
½
½
×0
×0
½
½
Type Dark.gifType Water.gif
×2
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×2
½
×0
½
½

Dark-type-Pokémon Trainers

Competence Category
200
Team Rocket Grunt(F)HGSSsprite.png

Team Rocket Grunts
Team Rocket

Dark-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
Piers 1.png
Piers
Spikemuth, Galar Dark Badge
Dark Badge
Marnie league card gym leader.jpg
Marnie
Spikemuth, Galar Dark Badge
Dark Badge

Dark-type-Pokémon Kahunas

Competence Category
VS Nanu SM.png
Nanu
Kahuna

Dark-type-Pokémon Elite Four Members

Competence Category
VSKaren.png
Karen
Johto Elite Four
ORAS VSSidney.png
Sidney
Hoenn Elite Four
VSGrimsley.png
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
Alolan Meowth
#052
----

Type Dark.gif

Alolan Persian
#053
----

Type Dark.gif

Umbreon
#197
----

Type Dark.gif

Poochyena
#261
----

Type Dark.gif

Mightyena
#262
----

Type Dark.gif

Absol
#359
----

Type Dark.gif

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

Type Dark.gif

Purrloin
#509
----

Type Dark.gif

Liepard
#510
----

Type Dark.gif

Zorua
#570
----

Type Dark.gif

Zoroark
#571
----

Type Dark.gif

Nickit
#827
----

Type Dark.gif

Thievul
828Thievul.png
#828
----

Type Dark.gif

Primary Dark-type Pokémon

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

Alolan Rattata Alolan Raticate Galarian Moltres Murkrow Sneasel
Alolan Rattata
#019
----

Type Dark.gifType Normal.gif

Alolan Raticate
#020
----

Type Dark.gifType Normal.gif

146AMoltres.png

#146
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Murkrow
#198
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Sneasel
#215
----

Type Dark.gifType Ice.gif

Houndour Houndoom Galarian Zigzagoon Galarian Linoone Sableye
Houndour
#228
----

Type Dark.gifType Fire.gif

Houndoom
#229
----

Type Dark.gifType Fire.gif

Galarian Zigzagoon
#263
----

Type Dark.gifType Normal.gif

Galarian Linoone
#264
----

Type Dark.gifType Normal.gif

Sableye
#302
----

Type Dark.gifType Ghost.gif

Honchkrow Weavile Scraggy Scrafty Pawniard
Honchkrow
#430
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Weavile
#461
----

Type Dark.gifType Ice.gif

Scraggy
#559
----

Type Dark.gifType Fighting.gif

Scrafty
#560
----

Type Dark.gifType Fighting.gif

Pawniard
#624
----

Type Dark.gifType Steel.gif

Bisharp Vullaby Mandibuzz Deino Zweilous
Bisharp
#625
----

Type Dark.gifType Steel.gif

Vullaby
#629
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Mandibuzz
#630
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Deino
#633
----

Type Dark.gifType Dragon.gif

Zweilous
#634
----

Type Dark.gifType Dragon.gif

Hydreigon Inkay Malamar Yveltal Guzzlord
Hydreigon
#635
----

Type Dark.gifType Dragon.gif

Inkay
#686
----

Type Dark.gifType Psychic.gif

Malamar
#687
----

Type Dark.gifType Psychic.gif

Yveltal
#717
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Guzzlord

#799
---- Type Dark.gifType Dragon.gif

Impidimp Morgrem Grimmsnarl Obstagoon

Zarude

859Impidimp.png
#859
----

Type Dark.gifType Fairy.gif

860Morgrem.png

#860
----

Type Dark.gifType Fairy.gif

861Grimmsnarl.png

#861
----

Type Dark.gifType Fairy.gif

Obstagoon
#862
----

Type Dark.gifType Normal.gif

zarude
#893
----

Type Dark.gifType Grass.gif

Secondary Dark-type Pokémon

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

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

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Muk
#089
----

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Tyranitar
#248
----

Type Rock.gifType Dark.gif

Nuzleaf
#274
----

Type Grass.gifType Dark.gif

Shiftry
#275
----

Type Grass.gifType Dark.gif

Carvanha
#318
----

Type Water.gifType Dark.gif

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

Type Water.gifType Dark.gif

Cacturne
#332
----

Type Grass.gifType Dark.gif

Crawdaunt
#342
----

Type Water.gifType Dark.gif

Stunky
#434
----

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Skuntank
#435
----

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Spiritomb
#442
----

Type Ghost.gifType Dark.gif

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

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Sandile
#551
----

Type Ground.gifType Dark.gif

Krokorok
#552
----

Type Ground.gifType Dark.gif

Krookodile
#553
----

Type Ground.gifType Dark.gif

Greninja
#658
----

Type Water.gifType Dark.gif

Pangoro
#675
----

Type Fighting.gifType Dark.gif

Incineroar Full Belly Mode Morpeko Urshifu (Single Strike Style)
Incineroar
#727
----

Type Fire.gifType Dark.gif

Full Belly Mode
#877
----

Type Electric.gifType Dark.gif

Urshifu
#892
----

Type Fighting.gifType Dark.gif

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
Mega Gyarados
#130
----

Type Water.gifType Dark.gif

Mega Houndoom
#229
----

Type Dark.gifType Fire.gif

Mega Tyranitar
#248
----

Type Rock.gifType Dark.gif

Mega Sableye
#302
----

Type Dark.gifType Ghost.gif

Mega Sharpedo
#319
----

Type Water.gifType Dark.gif

Mega Absol
#359
----

Type Dark.gif

Arceus Ash-Greninja Hoopa Unbound Silvally Gigantamax Grimmsnarl Hangry Mode Morpeko
Arceus
#493
----

Type Dark.gif[11]

Ash-Greninja
#658
----

Type Water.gifType Dark.gif

Hoopa Unbound
#720
----

Type Psychic.gifType Dark.gif

Silvally
#773
----

Type Dark.gif[12]

Gigantamax Grimmsnarl
#861
----

Type Dark.gifType Fairy.gif

Hangry Mode Morpeko
#887
----

Type Electric.gifType Dark.gif

Gigantamax Urshifu (Single Strike Form)
Gigantamax Urshifu (Single Strike Style).png
#892
----

Type Fighting.gifType Dark.gif

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Psychic type because of people's fear of either darkness or evil people, and fear is known to disrupt one's rationality and concentration. It can also be because of how easy it is to corrupt one's mind with wicked and malevolent thoughts, which is why Dark is the only weakness of Psychic to be immune to it as well.
  • 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. While criminals are active during darkness, when they least expect it, bugs can swarm over them.
  • 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.
  • The type was resisted by the Steel type; this is likely in reference to the idea of steel being used in security measures, like locks or even weapons for self defense, and to how some metals like silver are weaknesses of classical monsters and demons. In turn, so may the crafty and clever find ways to overcome security measures with figuring out their features.
  • They resist themselves because it's hard for villains to recruit anyone who is already evil.

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.
  • Prior to Generation VIII, it was 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, the Alolan form of Raticate is gluttonous, and the Galarian form of Moltres is wrathful .

Notes

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