Dark Pulse (move)

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Move data

Type Dark
Category Special Special
Power 80
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 4

Technical/Hidden Machine

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
TM79
X/Y TM97

Effects

Dark Pulse deals damage and has a 20% chance of causing the target to flinch (if the target has not yet moved).

Pokémon with the ability Inner Focus or those behind a Substitute cannot be made to flinch.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets any single Pokemon on the field including non-adjacent ones.

Game descriptions

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
Black/White
The user releases a horrible aura imbued with dark thoughts. It may also make the target flinch.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Dark Pulse at the level specified. The level numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the Pokémon's dex page for details.

Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Level 36
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Level 44
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Level 44
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Level 32
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Level 34
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Level 34
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Level 75
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Level 49
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Level 1
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Level 47
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Level 93
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Level 46
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Level 46
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Level 73
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Level 73
Clawitzer
#693 / Water
Level 1
Yveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Level 50

Learnt by Machine

Blastoise
#009 / Water
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Persian
#053 / Normal
Muk
#089 / Poison
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Koffing
#109 / Poison
Weezing
#110 / Poison
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Seviper
#336 / Poison
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Mismagius
#429 / Ghost
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Sigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Trubbish
#568 / Poison
Garbodor
#569 / Poison
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Jellicent
#593 / Water · Ghost
Elgyem
#605 / Psychic
Beheeyem
#606 / Psychic
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Chandelure
#609 / Ghost · Fire
Druddigon
#621 / Dragon
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Hydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Frogadier
#657 / Water
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Pancham
#674 / Fighting
Pangoro
#675 / Fighting · Dark
Furfrou
#676 / Normal
Espurr
#677 / Psychic
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Clawitzer
#693 / Water
Helioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
Heliolisk
#695 / Electric · Normal
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Trevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Noibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Noivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
Yveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Dark Pulse as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Amorphous
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Amorphous
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Amorphous
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Field
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Field
Gothita
#574 / Psychic
Human-Like
Gothorita
#575 / Psychic
Human-Like
Gothitelle
#576 / Psychic
Human-Like
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Dragon
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Dragon
Hydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Dragon
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Water 1, Water 2

Learnt by move tutor

These Pokémon can learn Dark Pulse by the various move tutors in the games.

Ekans
#023 / Poison
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Persian
#053 / Normal
Muk
#089 / Poison
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Koffing
#109 / Poison
Weezing
#110 / Poison
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Seviper
#336 / Poison
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Mismagius
#429 / Ghost
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Sigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Trubbish
#568 / Poison
Garbodor
#569 / Poison
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Jellicent
#593 / Water · Ghost
Elgyem
#605 / Psychic
Beheeyem
#606 / Psychic
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Chandelure
#609 / Ghost · Fire
Druddigon
#621 / Dragon
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Hydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel