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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 cause a weakness on Psychic types, which had the weaknesses to Bug type (the moves were really weak to cause a major damage) and Ghost type (the only move was Night Shade).

Many Dark type Pokémon tend to be aggresive, mysterious, malicious, cruel and clever, but a Dark-type Pokémon doesn't have to necessarily be evil, like Absol.

It's hard to a Dark-type Pokémon to form bonds of friendship with its Trainer, but when having one, it will never break, being really faithful to its Trainer and protecting it anytime.

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 and Grimsley, a member of the Elite Four of the Unova Pokémon League.

Dark-type moves

  • There are 31 Dark-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical 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: Smart moves stand out.
    • 11 moves are of the Type Smart type.
    • 6 moves are of the Type Tough type.
    • 3 moves are of the Type Cool type.
    • 2 moves are of the Type Beauty type.
    • 2 moves are of the Type Cute type.
    • 7 moves don't have this categorization.

List of Dark-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Assurance Physical type Type Beauty Generation IV 60[1]
Beat Up Physical type Type Smart Generation II -
Bite[2] Physical type Type Tough Generation I 60
Crunch Physical type Type Tough Generation II 80
Dark Pulse Special type Type Cool Generation IV 80
Dark Void Other type Type Smart Generation IV -
Embargo Other type Type Cute Generation IV -
Fake Tears Other type Type Smart Generation III -
Feint Attack Physical type Type Smart Generation II -
Flatter Other type Type Smart Generation III -
Fling Physical type Type Tough Generation IV -
Foul Play Physical type - Generation V 95
Hone Claws Other type - Generation V -
Knock Off Other type Type Smart Generation III 65[3]
Memento Other type Type Tough Generation III -
Nasty Plot Other type Type Cute Generation IV -
Night Daze Special type - Generation V 85
Night Slash Physical type Type Beauty Generation IV 70
Parting Shot Other type - Generation VI -
Payback Physical type Type Cool Generation IV 50
Punishment Physical type Type Smart Generation IV -
Pursuit Physical type Type Tough Generation II 40
Quash Other type - Generation V -
Snarl Special type - Generation V 55
Snatch Other type Type Smart Generation III -
Sucker Punch Physical type Type Smart Generation IV 80
Switcheroo Other type Type Cool Generation IV -
Taunt Other type Type Smart Generation III -
Thief Physical type Type Tough Generation II 60[4]
Topsy-Turvy Other type - Generation VI -
Torment Other type Type Tough 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
No damage
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 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
½
×4
×2
½
½
½
×2
½
½
×0
×0
½
½
Type DarkType Water
×2
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×2
½
×0
½
½

Known Dark-type Pokémon Trainers

Karen(HGSS)Sprite Sidney(GenIII)Sprite Grimsley Kotaro pokemon Kunoichi pokemon
Johto Elite Four Karen Hoenn Elite Four Sidney Unova Elite Four Grimsley Yaksha Warlord Kotarō Warlord Servant Kunoichi

Dark-type Pokémon

44 Pokémon are Dark type. (6.13% of all Pokémon)

Pure Dark-type Pokémon

9 Pokémon are pure Dark type. (20.45% of the Dark-type Pokémon)

Umbreon Poochyena Mightyena Absol Darkrai Purrloin

197Umbreon
#197


Type Dark

261Poochyena
#261


Type Dark

262Mightyena
#262


Type Dark

359Absol
#359


Type Dark

491Darkrai
#491


Type Dark

509Purrloin
#509


Type Dark

Liepard Zorua Zoroark

510Liepard
#510


Type Dark

570Zorua
#570


Type Dark

571Zoroark
#571


Type Dark

Primary Dark-type Pokémon

19 Pokémon are primary Dark type. (43.18% of Dark-type Pokémon)

Murkrow Sneasel Houndour Houndoom Sableye Honchkrow

198Murkrow
#198


Type DarkType Flying

215Sneasel
#215


Type DarkType Ice

228Houndour
#228


Type DarkType Fire

229Houndoom
#229


Type DarkType Fire

302Sableye
#302


Type DarkType Ghost

430Honchkrow
#430


Type DarkType Flying

Weavile Scraggy Scrafty Pawniard Bisharp Vullaby

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

629Vullaby
#629


Type DarkType Flying

Mandibuzz Deino Zweilous Hydreigon Inkay Malamar

630Mandibuzz
#630


Type DarkType Flying

633Deino
#633


Type DarkType Dragon

634Zweilous
#634


Type DarkType Dragon

635Hydreigon
#635


Type DarkType Dragon

686Inkay
#686


Type DarkType Psychic

687Malamar
#687


Type DarkType Psychic

Yveltal

717Yveltal
#717


Type DarkType Flying

Secondary Dark-type Pokémon

16 Pokémon are secondary Dark type. (36.36% of Dark-type Pokémon)

Tyranitar Nuzleaf Shiftry Carvanha Sharpedo Cacturne

248Tyranitar
#248


Type RockType Dark

274Nuzleaf
#274


Type GrassType Dark

275Shiftry
#275


Type GrassType Dark

318Carvanha
#318


Type WaterType Dark

319Sharpedo
#319


Type WaterType Dark

332Cacturne
#332


Type GrassType Dark

Crawdaunt Stunky Skuntank Spiritomb Drapion Sandile

342Crawdaunt
#342


Type WaterType Dark

434Stunky
#434


Type PoisonType Dark

435Skuntank
#435


Type PoisonType Dark

442Spiritomb
#442


Type GhostType Dark

452Drapion
#452


Type PoisonType Dark

551Sandile
#551


Type GroundType Dark

Krokorok Krookodile Greninja Pangoro

552Krokorok
#552


Type GroundType Dark

553Krookodile
#553


Type GroundType Dark

658Greninja
#658


Type WaterType Dark

675Pangoro
#675


Type FightingType Dark

Mega Evolved Dark-type Pokémon

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

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Psychic type because of the fears, and the fears can affect one's rationality and concentration.
  • They're strong against the Ghost type because evil can damage the soul.
  • They're weak against the Fighting type because in the philosophy, a warrior must overcome their fears, represented by Dark. Also it can be said that the Fighting type represents justice, the opposite of what the Dark type does.
  • 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.

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.
  • This is the only Pokémon type not to be used in a Pokémon Gym.

Notes

  1. ^ 50 until Generation V.
  2. ^ In Generation I, Bite was Normal-type move.
  3. ^ 20 until Generation V.
  4. ^ 50 until Generation V.

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