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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 for 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: 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 -
Bite[3] Physical type Tough type Generation I 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 -
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
Parting Shot Other type Cool type Generation VI -
Payback Physical type Tough type[8] Generation IV 50
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]
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
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
[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

Dark-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

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

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 Pokémon

44 Pokémon are Dark type. (6.11% 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

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 Hoopa Unbound
493Arceus Dark Dream
#493

Type Dark[12]

Hoopa Unbound
#720

Type PsychicType 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 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.

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.

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