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Darkrai (Japanese: ダークライ Daakurai) is a Dark-type Mythical Pokémon. Cresselia is Darkrai's counterpart and rival, and together they form the Lunar Duo.

Biology

Physiology

The top of its body is connected to the lower half by a tiny waist, giving it an hourglass shaped figure. It has a red spiky growth around its neck and a long white mane flows from its head, obscuring one of its blue eyes. Its thin arms have three claws each, with three spiky protrusions above each elbow. Its shoulders also have long tatters and it appears to be wearing an old ripped cloak or dress. It is able to extend stilt-like extensions to use as legs.

Darkrai resembles a ghost or a haunted spirit but it is interesting to note that, despite it's design, Darkrai is not a Ghost type, instead being a pure Dark type.

Behaviour

Darkrai is shown to be mysterious, sinister and ominous, yet extremely misunderstood. It’s also shown to be a creature of habit for it causes nightmares, regardless of who it affects. However, there is very little evidence to prove it maliciously scares humans on purpose.

It is hostile to Cresselia.

Evolution

Darkrai does not evolve.

Game info

Darkrai first appeared in the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. To obtain it, a player would have had to receive a Mystery Gift during a special promotion. It is also obtainable by using a cheat device to either receive the Mystery Gift or walk to the island it is located on.

In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, Darkrai featured in a special mission named Liberate the Tower. It can be found in the location where Darkrai helped you before. It uses its ability, Dark Power, to fend off Team Dim Sun. However, the mission is no longer available for download. It was possible to send Darkrai to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time And Explorers of Darkness, Darkrai is the main antagonist of those games. It is discovered that Darkrai was the reason that the Hero was turned into a Pokémon and lost his or her memory when he or she had gone back in time with Grovyle to stop the temporal tower from breaking and causing Dialga to turn into Primal Dialga. After the final battle against Darkrai, he attempts to escape in a time portal, when Palkia, who is angered that Darkrai used him, shows up and destroys the time portal as Darkrai is halfway through it. He sustains a lot of damage, loses his memory and gets banished to an unknown place which is ironic seeing how he was the reason that the hero lost his or her memory.

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Diamond/Pearl Newmoon Island (requires Member Card) One
Platinum Newmoon Island (requires Member Card) One
HeartGold/SoulSilver Trade None
Black/White Mystery Gift Event
X/Y Transfer Event
OR/AS Trade Event
Sun/Moon Transfer


Pokédex entries

  • Diamond

    It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.

  • Pearl

    Folklore has it that on moonless nights, this Pokémon will make people see horrific nightmares.

  • Platinum

    To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.

  • HeartGold

    It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.

  • SoulSilver

    It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.

  • Black

    To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.

  • White

    To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.

  • Black 2

    To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.

  • White 2

    To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.

  • X

    It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.

  • Y

    It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.

  • Omega Ruby

    It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
70
Attack
90
Defense
90
Sp. Atk
135
Sp. Def
90
Speed
125
Total
600

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Ominous Wind 60 100% 5 Ghost Special
1 Disable 100% 20 Normal Status
11 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
20 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status
29 Feint Attack 60 —% 20 Dark Physical
38 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost Status
47 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
57 Haze —% 30 Ice Status
66 Dark Void 50% 10 Dark Status
75 Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status
84 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
93 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Ominous Wind 60 100% 5 Ghost Special Type Beautiful 1 0 ♥
1 Disable 100% 20 Normal Status Type Clever 2 0 ♥
11 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Type Cool 3 0 ♥
20 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status Type Clever 1 3 ♥
29 Feint Attack 60 —% 20 Dark Physical Type Clever 2 0 ♥
38 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost Status Type Clever 1 3 ♥
47 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 1 0 ♥
57 Haze —% 30 Ice Status Type Beautiful 3 0 ♥
66 Dark Void 80% 10 Dark Status Type Clever 2 0 ♥
75 Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
84 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Type Clever 2 0 ♥
93 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Type Cool 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Ominous Wind 60 100% 5 Ghost Special
1 Disable 100% 20 Normal Status
11 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
20 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status
29 Faint Attack 60 —% 20 Dark Physical
38 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost Status
47 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
57 Haze —% 30 Ice Status
66 Dark Void 80% 10 Dark Status
75 Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status
84 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
93 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1DP
1HGSSPt
Disable 80% 20 Normal Status Type Smart 2
1DP
N/AHGSSPt
Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost Special Type Smart 3
N/ADP
1HGSSPt
Ominous Wind 60 100% 5 Ghost Special Type Smart 0
11DP
11HGSSPt
Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Type Cool 2
20DP
20HGSSPt
Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart 2
29DP
N/AHGSSPt
Pursuit 40 100% 20 Dark Physical Type Smart 1
N/ADP
29HGSSPt
Faint Attack 60 —% 20 Dark Physical Type Smart 2
38DP
38HGSSPt
Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost Status Type Smart 2
47DP
47HGSSPt
Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 2
57DP
57HGSSPt
Haze —% 30 Ice Status Type Beauty 2
66DP
66HGSSPt
Dark Void 80% 10 Dark Status Type Smart 2
75DP
N/AHGSSPt
Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status Type Cute 2
N/ADP
75HGSSPt
Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status Type Cute 0
84DP
84HGSSPt
Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Type Smart 1
93DP
93HGSSPt
Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Type Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special
TM39 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM73 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Type Clever 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Type Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status Type Clever 2 1 ♥
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special Type Beautiful 1 4 ♥
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special Type Beautiful 1 3 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Type Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Type Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2 3 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special Type Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Type Cool 1 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 4 0 ♥
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Type Clever 4 0 ♥
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Type Clever 4 0 ♥
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Cool 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 1 0 ♥
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special Type Tough 2 1 ♥
TM39 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical Type Clever 3 0 ♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Type Cool 2 0 ♥
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status Type Tough 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Type Tough 1 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special Type Cool 4 0 ♥
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Cute 3 0 ♥
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Type Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM59 Incinerate 60 100% 15 Fire Special Type Tough 3 0 ♥
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status Type Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status Type Clever 3 0 ♥
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical Type Cool 4 0 ♥
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Tough 2 0 ♥
TM67 Retaliate 70 100% 5 Normal Physical Type Cool 3 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Type Tough 4 4 ♥
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Type Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Type Cool 1 3 ♥
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status Type Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Type Clever 2 0 ♥
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical Type Tough 2 2 ♥
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical Type Cool 2 1 ♥
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical Type Tough 4 0 ♥
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Type Clever 2 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM94 Rock SmashXY 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Tough 4 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Clever 1 0 ♥
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special Type Tough 4 0 ♥
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Type Cool 4 0 ♥
TM98 Power-Up Punch 40 100% 20 Fighting Physical Type Tough 1 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Type Cute 3 0 ♥
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Type Cool 4 0 ♥
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Tough 4 0 ♥
HM06 Rock SmashORAS 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Tough 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Special
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special
TM39 Rock Tomb 50 80% 10 Rock Physical
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM59 Incinerate 30 100% 15 Fire Special
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM67 Retaliate 70 100% 5 Normal Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status
TM75 Swords Dance —% 30 Normal Status
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM94 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical Type Tough 1
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart 0
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Type Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Type Smart 1
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Type Beauty 2
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status Type Smart 0
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special Type Beauty 2
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Special Type Beauty 2
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Type Cool 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Type Tough 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Type Cool 2
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Type Cool 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Type Smart 2
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Type Smart 2
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Cool 3
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 2
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Special Type Cool 2
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special Type Tough 2
TM39 Rock Tomb 50 80% 10 Rock Physical Type Smart 2
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Type Cool 2
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status Type Tough 0
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 0
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Tough 0
TM49 Snatch —% 10 Dark Status Type Smart 0
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special Type Cool 2
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Tough 1
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Type Beauty 2
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Type Tough 2
TM60 Drain Punch 60 100% 5 Fighting Physical Type Beauty 1
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status Type Beauty 2
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status Type Cute 2
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical Type Cute 2
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Cool 1
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Type Beauty 2
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Type Beauty 2
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Type Cool 2
TM75 Swords Dance —% 30 Normal Status Type Beauty 0
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Type Smart 0
TM79 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Type Cool 2
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical Type Tough 3
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical Type Beauty 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cool 2
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical Type Smart 2
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Type Smart 1
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Type Smart 1
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Type Cool 3
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Tough 3
HM06 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Tough 2
HM08 Rock Climb 90 85% 20 Normal Physical Type Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

Darkrai learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Drain Punch USUM 75 100% 10 Fighting Physical
Focus Punch USUM 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical
Foul Play USUM 95 100% 15 Dark Physical
Icy Wind USUM 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Knock Off USUM 65 100% 20 Dark Physical
Last Resort USUM 140 100% 5 Normal Physical
Shock Wave USUM 60 —% 20 Electric Special
Snatch USUM —% 10 Dark Status
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Spite USUM 100% 10 Ghost Status
Throat Chop USUM 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
Trick USUM 100% 10 Psychic Status
Wonder Room USUM —% 10 Psychic Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Drain Punch ORAS 75 100% 10 Fighting Physical Type Tough 1 0 ♥
Focus Punch ORAS 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical Type Tough 2 0 ♥
Foul Play ORAS 95 100% 15 Dark Physical Type Clever 1 0 ♥
Icy Wind ORAS 55 95% 15 Ice Special Type Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Knock Off ORAS 65 100% 25 Dark Physical Type Clever 2 3 ♥
Last Resort ORAS 140 100% 5 Normal Physical Type Cute 1 0 ♥
Shock Wave ORAS 60 —% 20 Electric Special Type Cool 2 0 ♥
Snatch ORAS —% 10 Dark Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Type Cute 4 0 ♥
Spite ORAS 100% 10 Ghost Status Type Tough 2 1 ♥
Trick ORAS 100% 10 Psychic Status Type Clever 2 1 ♥
Wonder Room ORAS —% 10 Psychic Status Type Clever 3 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Dark Pulse B2W2 80 100% 15 Dark Special
Drain Punch B2W2 75 100% 10 Fighting Physical
Foul Play B2W2 95 100% 15 Dark Physical
Icy Wind B2W2 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Knock Off B2W2 20 100% 20 Dark Physical
Last Resort B2W2 140 100% 5 Normal Physical
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snatch B2W2 —% 10 Dark Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Spite B2W2 100% 10 Ghost Status
Trick B2W2 100% 10 Psychic Status
Wonder Room B2W2 —% 10 Psychic Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Headbutt HGSS 70 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Tough 3
Icy Wind HGSSPt 55 95% 15 Ice Special Type Beauty 2
Knock Off HGSSPt 20 100% 20 Dark Physical Type Smart 3
Last Resort HGSSPt 130 100% 5 Normal Physical Type Cute 0
Mud-Slap HGSSPt 20 100% 10 Ground Special Type Cute 3
Ominous Wind HGSSPt 60 100% 5 Ghost Special Type Smart 0
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Type Cute 3
Spite HGSSPt 100% 10 Ghost Status Type Tough 2
Sucker Punch HGSSPt 80 100% 5 Dark Physical Type Smart 2
Swift HGSSPt 60 —% 20 Normal Special Type Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 491 front Pt 491 front Pt 491 front DarkraiBackSprite1
ShinyDarkrai(DP) ShinyDarkrai(Platinum) ShinyDarkrai(Platinum) DarkraiBackSprite2
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Darkrai BW Darkrai BW Darkrai Back BW
Darkrai Shiny BW Darkrai Shiny BW Darkrai Shiny Back BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Darkrai XY Darkrai XY Darkrai Back XY
Darkrai Shiny XY Darkrai Shiny XY Darkrai Shiny Back XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee! Back
Sword Shield Back

Appearances

Anime

Main article: Darkrai (MS010)

Darkrai first appeared in the Pokémon movie The Rise of Darkrai. It was seen protecting Alice, whose grandmother Alicia had been kind to it in the past. It then intervened in the cosmic conflict between Dialga and Palkia. It also makes a cameo appearance in the end credits for Arceus and the Jewel of Life, along with Shaymin.

Darkrai next appeared in Sleepless in Pre-Battle, which was its anime debut. It caused nightmares, much like it can in the games. It was concealing itself when Cresselia used its abilities to reveal it from the darkness. The two then battled and Darkrai hid itself once more in the shadows. In its debut movie The Rise of Darkrai, Darkrai usually hovers above the ground, but it can sprout long thin legs with which it can walk around like a person.

Another Darkrai appeared under the ownership of a trainer who competed in the Sinnoh League named Tobias in League Unleashed!

In the TCG

  • There is a box set available that includes a deck, booster pack, a Darkrai card, and an oversized version of the Darkrai card. Card Text: It can lull people to sleep and make them dream.
  • There was also a Japanese card with Darkrai- Darkrai G. It was a DPt-P Promo. It had the Poke-BODY Eerie Aura, and Attack Dark Sleep.

Trivia

  • Darkrai and Yveltal are the only Dark-type Mythical and Legendary Pokémon.
    • Darkrai is pure Dark type, as opposed to Yveltal which is part Flying type.
  • Darkrai is the only pure Dark-type Pokémon of Generation IV.
  • Despite having a ghost image, it is not part Ghost-type.
  • Darkrai is based on a being of darkness. Each one in the anime so far with the exception of in The Rise of Darkrai have incredibly dark natures and can almost be considered evil. However, Darkrai is truly not evil and actually means no harm as revealed by a mysterious voice after defeating or capturing it on Newmoon Island, as like Lugia, it cannot control its power. Any organic being that goes near it will suffer horrendous nightmares, whether or not Darkrai wills it. Because of this, it chooses to seclude himself on Newmoon Island, similar to how Lugia chose to seclude herself deep in the Whirl Islands/Navel Rock, in order to protect people from its power. However, its power seems to leak into Canalave City due to its close proximity to it.
  • Darkrai is the final boss in Pokémon Ranger Shadows of Almia although the Colossal Pokémon Regigigas is fought when all other Pokémon have been caught at least once, however this is not technically considered a final boss.
  • Darkrai plays the main antagonist in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series. After causing the heroes amnesia and transformation of the main hero, in the passage of time, it took control of Dialga. Dialga then only concerned itself with survival, hence the becoming of Primal Dialga. After being foiled, it attempted to trick the world into thinking the hero and partner were responsible for a spatial distortion, which is why Palkia attacked the Hero and his/her partner in Azurill's Dream, nightmares and even tried to attack them in a monster-house style final boss. Darkrai eventually gets amnesia which is ironic.
  • Darkrai's eyes are similar to the Dawn Stone as it mentions in the description "It sparkles like eyes".
  • In Super Smash Bros. Darkrai is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Pokéballs. During this time, it uses the move Dark Void.
  • It is genderless, however its counterpart, Cresselia, is female only.
    • Also, even though Cresselia is its Legendary counterpart, Darkrai is a Mythical Pokémon rather than a Legendary like Cresselia.

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See also

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