Dark (type)

The Dark type was introduced in the second generation of Pokémon games as a measure to balance the types. In particular, its resistance to Psychic cut down that type's advantage by a long way. When paired with the Ghost type it was the only type combination to have no weaknesses prior to Gen 6.

48
Dark type Pokémon
10
Single type Pokémon
38
Dual type Pokémon
32
Dark-type moves

Attack pros & cons

Dark moves are super-effective against:

Dark moves are not very effective against:

Defense pros & cons

These types have no effect on Dark Pokémon:

These types are not very effective against Dark Pokémon:

These types are super-effective against Dark Pokémon:

Dual-type attack pros & cons

This chart shows the strength of the Dark type against every type combination. The fraction of damage a Dark type move will deal is shown - ½ means 50% damage (not very effective), 2 means 200% (super-effective) and so on.

Note: this type chart has been updated for Pokémon X/Y. Prior to this, Dark & Ghost were not very effective against Steel (now they are neutral).

Nor Fir Wat Ele Gra Ice Fig Poi Gro Fly Psy Bug Roc Gho Dra Dar Ste Fai
Normal ½22½½
Fire ½22½½
Water ½22½½
Electric ½22½½
Grass ½22½½
Ice ½22½½
Fighting ½½½½½½½½½½½½¼½¼
Poison ½22½½
Ground ½22½½
Flying ½22½½
Psychic 22222222222422
Bug ½22½½
Rock ½22½½
Ghost 22222222242222
Dragon ½22½½
Dark ½½½½½½¼½½½½½½½¼
Steel ½22½½
Fairy ½½½½½½¼½½½½½½¼½

Dark Pokémon stat averages

70.5
HP
Ranked #7
94.8
Attack
Ranked #3
70.1
Defense
Ranked #12
74.7
Sp. Attack
Ranked #6
67.5
Sp. Defense
Ranked #14
76.3
Speed
Ranked #5

Notable Dark-type trainers


Karen
Elite Four
Gold/Silver/Crystal

Sidney
Elite Four
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Karen
Elite Four
HeartGold/SoulSilver

Grimsley
Elite Four
Black/White/Black 2/White 2

Sidney
Elite Four
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

Dark Pokémon

There are 48 Dark-type Pokémon.
See also:

Gyarados
Mega Gyarados
#130 / Water · Dark
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
Mega Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Tyranitar
Mega Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Absol
#359 / Dark
Absol
Mega Absol
#359 / Dark
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
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
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
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
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Pangoro
#675 / Fighting · Dark
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Yveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying