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What's a good moveset for Darkrai?

6 votes

I just caught darkrai a day ago and it was so hard,help me pick a good moveset for it.

Darkrai learnset

asked Aug 1, 2010 by altagrave08
edited Jul 2, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion

17 Answers

22 votes

Okay, so Darkrai has a totally overpowered ability AND an unfair Sleep-inducer move paired with blazing speed.

Seriously, all you really need to win is Dark Void and Nightmare. You could actually keep the other two slots empty and sweep half of a team with those two moves.

If you're not too cocky, put Dream Eater on for recovery, and attach a Big Root to Darkrai for more HP to be healed, and put Focus Punch on'em to counter Special Walls like Vaporeon, Blissey, and Regiice.

answered Aug 2, 2010 by ~-~WILL~-~
NOTE: Darkrai is really only good in Double Battles, so pair it with Dugtrio, Trapinch, or another Pokemon with Arena Trap, to trap the opponent.

If you plan on using him in a Single Battle, then replace Dream Eater with Dark Pulse or Psychic.
Why was this voted down so much? Focus Punch is useful because your foe is asleep, and that high base power makes up for lower Physical Attack stat.. Dark Void is a must. Dream Eater and Nightmare work well with Dark Void. For single battle, he suggested switching Dream Eater with Dark Pulse or Psychic, which is good. Nightmare also works well with Bad Dreams. This is a good answer, I would suggest you vote it up.
I'd say that I got voted down for calling Darkrai, "Overpowered."
Glad to see my comment made a difference.
In your case of moves , your darkrai would have a hard time against an opponent with the ability 'Vital Spirit" or "Insomnia"
Pikachu agrees with ~-~WILL~-~'s reasoning.
15 votes

Dark Pulse-Good power, STAB
Psychic-covers Fighting weakness, plus bug type attacks are rarely put on non bug types because of their low power, and it's very predictible when they do (like on Rhydon), and most the useful bug types like heracross already have a weakness to psychic as well (Poison, or fighting)
Dark void-makes use of ability and makes foes sleep
Calm Mind/nasty plot/ice beam/thunderbolt/focus Blast-Nasty plot or calm mind if you want to power up darkrai while the foe is asleep, thunderbolt or ice beam if you want good type coverage. Focus Blast if you feel lucky, and like high risk high reward moves.

other move to look at: Shadow Ball,

EDIT: I did not choose Dream Eater because it's way too predictable on Darkrai. Your opponent knows his ability, and that his main idea his to hit you while you're asleep. So They'll probably switch out. That's why I have a stat move, he gets a free turn to power up his stats. Plus Dream Eater loses its charm because of the sleep clause. All they have to do is keep that pokemon out of play, and half of your moveset is wasted.

answered Aug 1, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Aug 1, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
what about Nightmare?
i would go with ice beam, i didnt know darkrai's learnset anyways
DarkTyphlosion, you rank the highest...*covets DarkTyphlosion*
dude, bit of an old Q. But yeah lol, DT is pretty epic.
3 votes

Here are two moveset options, ordered from best to worst:

  1. Sleep and Kill: Leftovers

Dark Void: Puts the foe to Sleep, allowing for Bad Dreams to destroy.

Dark Pulse: Good power, high accuracy, STAB, decent chance to cause flinching, type coverage is good.

Taunt: Stops the foe from using Sleep Talk and other non-attacking moves, including Taunt.

Calm Mind: The foe is usually going to switch once put to Sleep, so you can use that time to raise your stats.

  1. Standard Darkrai Set: Leftovers/Big Root

Dark Void: Puts the foe to Sleep, allowing for Bad Dreams and Dream Eater if you have it.

Dark Pulse: Good power, high accuracy, STAB, decent chance to cause flinching.

Embargo: Stops the use of hold items.

Dream Eater/Spacial Rend/Roar of Time: Dream Eater works well with Dark Void, heals Darkrai, has high accuracy, high power, and deals with Fighting types. Spacial Rend and Roar of Time are moves that only the movie givaway Darkrai has. Spacial Rend has high power, decent accuracy, and a good chance for a critical hit. Roar of Time has high power and decent accuracy. The advantage of Roar of Time is that while your foe is asleep, they won't be able to attack you on the turn after Roar of Time when you are recharging.

answered Aug 12, 2010 by trachy
3 votes

Gen V

Darkrai @ Leftovers

Trait: Bad Dreams

EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Timid Nature

  • Dark Void
  • Nasty Plot
  • Dark Pulse
  • Ice Beam
answered May 22, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 10, 2011 by trachy
Dude all these moves were already available in gen 4 .
Just reaffirming that these are still best even in Gen V.
3 votes

Darkrai @ Salac Berry
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Trait: Bad Dreams
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Dark Pulse
- Focus Blast
- Nasty Plot
- Substitute

SubSalac Darkrai, AKA The Win Button. The idea is that you come in on something that Darkrai threatens, thus forcing a switch. On the switch you use Substitute, and while you have your Substitute up you can sweep, but should it fade keep replenishing it until the Salac Berry kicks in, and you know have a Darkrai at +1 Speed and +2 Special Attack, only stopped by Blissey/Chansey, and priority moves, so try to make sure you clear the field of anything such as Xtrmekiller or Scizor before setting up with Darkrai. Otherwise, you are free to sweep your heart out with the amazing coverage provided by Focus Blast and Dark Pulse. If you don't like the low accuracy/PP of Focus Blast, Hidden Power [Fighting] is acceptable, but won't hit quite as hard.

answered Jan 20, 2013 by the_netts
Great Pic!
y'know, almost all dark types can learn Aerial Ace, (including Darkrai) it counters both of a dark type's weeknesses
Yes but Darkrai has much better SAtk, and Aerial Ace won't KO any Bug or Fighting types, and there aren't too many of either in Ubers bar the occasional Terrakion or Scizor, neither of which are even weak to Flying.
late reply and a bump. I call that a win in my book.
Like a sir o3o
2 votes

Physical Darkrai!!??
Item: Muscle band
Ability: Bad-dreams
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Anyone else notice that this guy has base 90 Attack? Or were you too distracted by that 135 S.Attack? His Physical offense is pretty good. Sucker-punch is STAB and priority. X-Scissor can be useful in Ubers if you are afraid that your Psychic type foe is not going to use an attacking move while Brick-break provides always good coverage and screen breaking. Rock-slide is coverage especially over Bug types. Swords-dance is for boosting while Dark-void is status.

answered Jan 10, 2012 by Speed freak
edited Apr 24, 2012 by Speed freak
2 votes


Item: Choice-specs
Ability: Bad-dreams
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 S.Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Thunderbolt or Thunder


Focus-blast or Hidden-power (Fighting)

546.75 S.Attack.... That is just insane! Most people expect to be put to sleep by Darkrai so they switch in a sleep talker or use a Pokemon with Taunt, they will get a nasty surprise when they get a load of Specs boosted Attacks from a base 135 S.Attack stat! Dark-pulse is STAB and get great coverage in Ubers. Thunderbolt is coverage but if you expect or are using Kyogre give him Thunder for some more power. Ice-beam is great Uber coverage. Focus-blast is for powerful coverage but if you are concerned about the accuracy use Hidden-power (Fighting) instead. This set gives you super-effective coverage over 491 Pokemon! Including almost every Pokemon in Uber! (Reshiram is neutral to it).

answered May 29, 2012 by Speed freak
Finally a non dark void set, I may use this.
It's thunder is enough to Ohko a kyogre.
why does everything depend on the nature? thats all i ask
1 vote

Nature: Naive
Ability: Bad Dreams
Item: Leftovers

Dark Void
Focus Punch (Learn in Gen 4)
Dream Eater

Here, Darkrai can put it's target to sleep using Dark Void, then hit it over and over again with Focus Punch and Dream Eater, while its ability and item will let it gain HP while it's opponent is losing it. Flamethrower is a good alternative if Dark Void doesn't work and will take care of any Bug-types.

answered Dec 24, 2012 by d30xyz
I approved this because it had explanation, but please provide a role or effort values.
0 votes

Dark Void, very good move to put foes to sleep and works in conjunction with Bad Dreams.

.Nasty Plot, boosting that great special attack

Dark Pulse, STAB move, chance to flinch, works well off Darkrai's special attack especially after a Nasty Plot boost.

Focus Blast, great coverage with Dark Pulse, hitting almost all Pokemon for at least neutral damage.

Other options include Substitute, Ice Beam, Thunder/Thunderbolt and Taunt.

answered May 25, 2011 by K1
0 votes

Darkrai @ Leftovers

Trait: Bad Dreams

EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 SDef / 4 Spd

Modest Nature

  • Dark Void
  • Nasty Plot
  • Thunderbolt
  • Ice Beam
answered Jun 2, 2011 by Ninja
edited Jan 11, 2012 by Ninja
0 votes

Darkrai of death

EVs: 252 S.attack, 252 speed, 6 hp

Nature: Timid

Item: leftovers/life orb/big root

Dark pulse: STAB

Dark void: Good night, sorta...

Dream eater: Coverage and healing

Ice beam: Awesome uber coverage

answered Jul 18, 2011 by Speed freak
XD, my exact set, just remove dream eater, to predictable, I go nightmare, make that bad dream in to a NIGHTMARE!
0 votes

Darkrai@ Chople Berry / Leftovers
Psychic -- coverage, deals very nice damage due Darkrai's high Sp. Atk, may also lower the opponents Sp. Def.
Dark Void -- good with his ability, puts both pokemon of you're foe asleep
Ice Beam -- coverage, deals very nice damage, has a 10% chance to freeze the target.
Dark Pulse / Nasy Plot / Calm Mind / Nightmare -- Dark Pulse if you want another very strong move to deal with ghost and that stuff, Nasty Plot or Calm Mind to increase you're Darkrai's stats while you're opponent is asleep, Nightmare if you want to improve the damage while the opponent is asleep.

Other options are Thunder / Thunderbolt / Focus Blast / Shadow Ball.

answered Feb 29, 2012 by Thepokedude
edited Mar 4, 2012 by Thepokedude
0 votes

Darkrai (Leftovers/Life orb/Focus Sash)
EVs: 4HP, 252 Spa, 252 Spe
Nature: Timid
Ability: Bad Dreams

  • Dark void (Puts the foe to sleep, works good with Bad dreams and Dream eater)

  • Dark Pulse (STAB, Good power and accuracy, chances do flinch)

  • Dream eater (Coverage, heals HP, amazing power and accuracy)

  • Focus Blast / HP Fighting / Ice beam (Coverage, you choice)

answered Nov 12, 2012 by SalamenceXD
0 votes

Item: Leftovers

Ability: bad dreams

dark void

dark pulse

dream eater



answered Mar 9, 2013 by bobbito
0 votes

Darkrai @ Leftovers
Ability: Bad Dreams
EVs: 252 HP/ 126 Speed/ 126 SpAtk
Nature: Mild

  • Dark Void
  • Substitute
  • Calm Mind
  • Dark Pulse

You can sweep anything that dark is effective against if you use Dark Void to put it to sleep, and then use Substitute and spam Calm Minds until it wakes up, and then you use Dark Pulse.

answered Nov 16, 2013 by Mega Evolution Guru
0 votes

Basically, there are 2 Darkrai options:

Sleep Inducer Set

Darkrai @ Big Root/Wise Glasses
EVs: 252 Sp.Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: As long as it boosts Sp. Atk, whatever.
Ability: Bad Dreams (It's the only one anyway, but works great)

Dark Void
Dream Eater
Dark Pulse/Psychic

This set is ruined by switching out, as Dark Pulse/Psychic is all you can do in a switch out situation, unless you sleep all 6 opponents, but then a probable rage quit. You get the idea anyway.

Special Sweeper

Darkrai @ Leftovers/Wise Glasses
EVs: Sp.Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Sp.Atk boost again.

Dark Pulse
Sludge Bomb
Shadow Ball/Haze/Nasty Plot

Dark Pulse STAB, Psychic is Fighting coverage and Sludge Bomb is powerful Fairy coverage. Haze to ruin stat boosters. Nasty Plot to boost his brilliant Sp.Atk. Shadow Ball (or whatever you like, such as Thunderbolt/Ice Beam) for another powerful attack. There's no point in another attack though, so Haze/Nasty Plot is better.

The last set is better, TBH.

answered May 5, 2014 by Lobster44
–1 vote

I don't have the time to give reasons why for the moves but ill try.

Dark Pulse:Really do I have to explain why you have to have this move?!

Psychic:Fighting type coverage

Dream Eater:Fighting type coverage and is your low on hp.And moo moo milk!

Dark Void:Helps you eat the defending Pokemon's dreams and also its DARKRAI'S SIGNITURE MOVE GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!

answered Mar 11, 2013 by stance101