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apologies if this has been asked already and missed it, just finished looking through the questions after searching 'scrafty' and 'krookodile' and found nothing like this, so again, sorry if I missed any questions like this.

anyway, I'm going through a second playthrough of white 2 since my old save was horrible. I'm currently deciding on adding a third member to my team, and I'm trying to pick between a sandile or scraggy for a dark type. I admit that a main reason I'm having a hard time is because I absolutely love both krookodile and scrafty personally, but I'm also having a hard time because both of them are pretty decent Pokemon competitve-wise. if this helps at all, my current team (without the sandile and scraggy) is a dewott and swadloon.

i dont really care which is quicker to train, and I dont care as much about type advantage for future gyms (but feel free to take gym leaders and elite four into account for the choice)

also feel free to recommend good dark type Pokemon besides krookodile and scrafty (id prefer a physical attacker, but a special attacker is fine as well), but I probably wont be able to obtain it given that I cant really trade for it since its servers aren't supported anymore.

thanks for reading and I hope you can answer my question 8)

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Both of them are great dark types, but they have different battling styles.

Scrafty

Pros:
- great defences
- less weaknesses
- good move pool/variety
Cons:
- lower attack
- very low speed
- lower base stat total

Krookodile

Pros:
- higher attack
- higher speed
- higher base stat total
Cons:
- many weaknesses

For Scrafty, he is a very slow Pokemon, but can be helpful in so many ways. In single battles, scrafty has high defences which can help him resist other attacks, and finish them off after they attack. A good ability to pair this strategy up with is "Moxie". This battle style is good for singles, but can be used for doubles and triples (although it is quite easy to knock him out. For this, I would recommend EV training his Def. and Sp. Def - and you can also touch up on his Atk. if you wish. But, if you're thinking about making Scrafty a faster Pokemon, I definitely recommend using Intimidate, and it will lower the opponents attack - and help your defences. Your other two move slot are completely free of choice as he only has has two weaknesses. You can decide to put moves in that help defend it, or use it for stat-raising purposes.

On the other hand, Krookodile is a much more well-rounded Pokemon due to its higher base stat total. Any one of his abilities will be good for him because they all touch up on Atk. is some way or another. Krookodile has basically one attacking style which is attack your opponents to defeat them fast. He has great STAB moves such as Crunch/Foul Play for the dark-typing, and Dig or even Earthquake for the ground-typing (depending on your battle style). Even though Krookodile seems like a good Pokemon, you need to watch out for his weaknesses. He may have a fair amount of defenses, attack, and speed - but it is quite easy to knock him out. So far, his STAB moves deal with 0 out of the 5 weaknesses he has. In this case, I think fire is a good move type because it takes care of 3 (Grass, Ice, and Bug). The last slot can help with one of them, but not both. So, you can put one in to help deal with it, but it really doesn't matter.

Overall, I think you chose two great possible dark types. One one hand, Scrafty can help with your adventure with trainers, gyms, or even the elite four. Krookodile is quite similarly used for the same purpose, but he can be great for battles or PvP. I don't think you need an alternate dark type. If I had to choose, you should give Deino a try. He can evolve to Hydreigon which is a pseudo legendary. His stats are great in everything, and he has very good moves which can help you in battles a lot. You may not find him until later in the game, but you will before the Elite 4.

In the end it's basically up to your choice. I've used both an I think you got a 50/50 decision - because to me it doesn't matter. Good Luck! Hope I helped! :)

*Note: this is only for Generations up to 5. In 6+, there's the fairy-type which is a completely different story.

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