The Dark type was introduced in the second generation of Pokémon games as a measure to balance the types. In particular, its immunity 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.
In Generations 2-3, all Dark type moves were categorized as Special.
Dark type Pokémon
Single type Pokémon
Dual type Pokémon
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.
Effects of the Dark type
- The ability Rattled raises the Pokémon's Speed one stage when hit by a Dark type attack.
- The ability Justified raises the Pokémon's Attack one stage when hit by a Dark type attack.
- The Dark Aura ability increases the power of Dark type moves for all Pokémon on the field by 33%.
- If Pokémon with the abilities Dark Aura and Aura Break (i.e. Yveltal and Zygarde) are both in battle, the power of Dark type moves for all Pokémon on the field instead decreases by 25%.
- The move Miracle Eye allows Psychic type moves to hit Dark type Pokémon.
- The items Dread Plate and Dark Glasses increase the power of Dark type moves by 20% when held.
- The Dark Gem increases the power of a Dark type move by 30% when held, and is then consumed.
- The Colbur Berry, when held, neutralizes a super-effective Dark type move.
Dark Pokémon stat averages
Notable Dark-type trainers
Gen 2, 4
Gen 3, 6
Spikemuth Gym Leader
There are 89 Dark-type Pokémon.
#0553 / Ground · Dark
#0727 / Fire · Dark
#0861 / Dark · Fairy
#0908 / Grass · Dark
#0943 / Dark
#0962 / Flying · Dark
#0986 / Grass · Dark
#0993 / Dark · Flying
#1005 / Dragon · Dark