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.

60
Dark type Pokémon
12
Single type Pokémon
48
Dual type Pokémon
39
Dark-type moves

Attack pros & cons

Dark moves are super-effective against:

Psychic Ghost

Dark moves are not very effective against:

Fighting Dark Fairy

Defense pros & cons

These types have no effect on Dark Pokémon:

Psychic

These types are not very effective against Dark Pokémon:

Ghost Dark

These types are super-effective against Dark Pokémon:

Fighting Bug Fairy

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.

Nor Fir Wat Ele Gra Ice Fig Poi Gro Fly Psy Bug Roc Gho Dra Dar Ste Fai
Normal ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Fire ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Water ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Electric ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Grass ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Ice ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Fighting ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ¼ ½ ¼
Poison ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Ground ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Flying ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Psychic 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2
Bug ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Rock ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Ghost 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 2
Dragon ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Dark ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ¼ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ¼
Steel ½ 2 2 ½ ½
Fairy ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ¼ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ¼ ½

Dark Pokémon stat averages

72.8
HP
Ranked #7
95.1
Attack
Ranked #4
69.2
Defense
Ranked #15
76.3
Sp. Attack
Ranked #9
68.9
Sp. Defense
Ranked #15
75.5
Speed
Ranked #7

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


Piers
??? gym leader
Sword/Shield

Dark Pokémon

There are 60 Dark-type Pokémon.
See also:

Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
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
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Sableye
Mega Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
Mega Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Absol
#359 / Dark
Absol
Mega Absol
#359 / Dark
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
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Greninja
Ash-Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Yveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Incineroar
#727 / Fire · Dark
Guzzlord
#799 / Dark · Dragon