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The ten best dark Pokémon in Pokémon Go 2024

Get to grips with the best dark Pokémon in Pokémon Go and turn to the dark side if you need to demolish those pesky psychic type opponents.

Someone open the curtains, it’s getting dark in here! Dark Pokémon debuted in the second generation titles Pokémon Gold & Silver, mainly to combat the (at the time) quite overpowered psychic-type. Now they’re in our phones in Pokémon Go! The mobile monster smash has brought more eyes to the series than ever, and we’ll forgive you if haven’t played every game and caught over 900 of the current Pokémon while you’re at it.

The Pokémon Go meta is constantly shifting as new creatures get added, but we’ll do our best to narrow down both some of the highest tier attackers like legendary dark monster Darkrai, with some of the other creatures you’re much more likely to encounter. When you’re done here, be sure to check out our other guides for Pokémon Go covering electric Pokémondragon Pokémonfire Pokémon, Ghost Pokémon, and the best psychic Pokémon as well.

Alright, let us break down our list of the best dark Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

Dark Pokemon: Hydreigon outlined in white and pasted on a black PT background

Hydreigon

  • Fast Move – Dragon Breath
  • Charged Move – Dragon Pulse

Look at this guy! Few Pokémon really exemplify the dark-type like Hydreigon. Its name is a play on the word hydra and the German word for three, drei. Hydreigon is part dark and part dragon Pokémon, so is a great counter for psychic types like Latios/Latias, Mewtwo, or Lugia.

They have a huge attack stat so are truly something to be feared, make sure you sneak a fighting-type onto your team if this is your foe. Deino are quite hard to come by, so hopefully one day we get a community day focused on them, though I can’t say I’m a fan of Hydreigon’s puke-green shiny form…

If you need to bring down this beast, our Dragon Pokémon weakness guide can help you out.

Dark Pokemon: Tyranitar outlined in white and pasted on a black background

Tyranitar

  • Fast Move – Iron Tail
  • Charged Move – Crunch

One of the original dark-types, Tyranitar, has been a huge part of the Pokémon competitive scene for twenty years. Part dark and part rock Pokémon, Tyranitar utilizes devastating moves like earthquake to annihilate its foes.

Sadly the joint typing means that Tyranitar is incredibly weak to fighting Pokémon, so be careful with opponents like Lucario or Blaziken. Its move pool in Pokémon Go isn’t the widest sadly, so it’s best to use dark types to keep the STAB bonus and utilize Tyranitar’s massive bulk.

To take down the rock half of this monster, take a look at our rock Pokémon weakness guide.

Dark Pokemon: Darkrai outlined in white and pasted on a dark background

Darkrai

  • Fast Move – Snarl
  • Charged Move – Focus Blast

The mythical Pokémon and dark-type from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Darkrai cuts an imposing silhouette and is said to appear out of the shadows and steal Pokémon. The single typing means it can be frail to other psychic types, but if you equip it with focus blast then Darkrai is a fantastic way to deal with other dark-type foes.

They’re occasionally in rotation in the Pokémon Go raids, so there’s a good chance of picking one up. Also, if you’re a die-hard Pokémon fan, Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai is one of the best Pokémon films outside the original two. Get it watched!

Dark Pokemon: Shiny pink Honchkrow outlined in white and pasted on a dark background

Honchkrow

  • Fast Move – Snarl
  • Charged Move – Brave Bird

Honchkrow evolves from Murkrow, and you need a Sinnoh stone to make the little critter grow. Being joint dark and flying, Honchkrow manages to get rid of its weakness to fighting. Brave Bird rains pure hell on fighting types, bug types, and grass Pokémon.

You’re still going to have to do your best to avoid electric-types, but this is a fantastic dual-type for defense. Also if you’re lucky enough, Honchkrow has a bright pink shiny form that is absolutely adorable.

If you want to clip this bird’s wings, our flying Pokémon weakness guide can help you.

Dark Pokemon: Johto Weavile outlined in white and pasted on a dark background

Weavile

  • Fast Move – Snarl
  • Charged Move – Avalanche

Sneasel and Weavile are some of the coolest Pokémon out there, and not just because they’re dual dark and ice Pokémon. Sadly that typing leaves you open to huge attacks from fighting types, and vulnerable to rock, bug, steel, fairy, and fire.

Big hitters like Lucario are going to really cause you some trouble, but that extra ice typing makes you a real danger to dragon-types, flying Pokémon, and the odd grass-type as well. For some reason, Weavile has a luminous pink and yellow shiny that personally I think is hideous, but it’s also so garish it’s slightly impressive.

Should you need some help to melt the ice, take a look at our ice Pokémon weakness guide.

Dark Pokemon: Pangoro outlined in white and pasted on a dark background

Pangoro

  • Fast Move – Snarl
  • Charged Move – Close Combat

Pangoro, the fighting panda Pokémon, has pretty fantastic dual typing. The fighting and dark combination still leaves Pangoro open to fairy, fighting, and flying sadly. But, it has resistance to psychic, rock, ghost, and dark. This makes Pangoro an amazing threat to Tyranitar, but watch out for fairy threats like Togekiss and Sylveon.

Pangoro isn’t too hard to find and only takes 50 candy to evolve, so this is a viable option. Also, Pangoro actually has a nice shiny, with warm brown colors that emulate the color of a red panda.

If you want to be the one to throw the knockout punch against Pangoro, take a look at our fighting Pokémon weakness guide.

Dark Pokemon: Krookodile outlined in white and pasted on a dark background

Krookodile

  • Fast Move – Snarl
  • Charged Move – Earthquake

The ground and dark crocodile Pokémon, Krookodile, comes from the incredible generation that came with Pokémon Black & White. They’re red, they’ve got eyes that look like sunglasses, and they mix ground and dark to great effect. Sadly Krookodile does generally live in the shadow of Tyranitar, but its base attack of 229 is nothing to sniff at.

Equip it with earthquake and use Krookodile as a bit of a glass cannon. This is another ‘mon that I hope gets a community day, as they have a really cool brown and yellow shiny that really accentuates its stripes. I just love this guy.

To hit the ground running against this ‘mon, head over to our ground Pokémon weakness guide.

Dark Pokemon: Umbreon outlined in white and pasted on a dark background

Umbreon

  • Fast Move – Snarl
  • Charged Move – Foul Play

HERE THEY ARE. Confidence, sass, sheer unbridled coolness. Umbreon absolutely rules, and if you don’t agree you can argue with the wall. One of the two new Eevee evolutions introduced in Pokémon Gold & Silver (alongside the also cool Espeon), Umbreon was the flagship dark Pokémon brought in to accompany the introduction of the typing.

It’s pure dark as well, no messing about. Its type leaves it fairly open to common threats like Lucario, but it has a huge defense stat, so try to breed one from an Eevee that at least has full defense. Also the shiny has blue stripes, amazing, perfect.

Dark Pokemon: Hoopa's Unbound form outlined in white and pasted on a dark background

Hoopa Unbound

  • Fast Move – Confusion
  • Charged Move – Psychic

Alright, this one is a bit trickier to hunt down, but if you get your hands on one then Hoopa Unbound is a fantastic Pokémon with great typing. Also in the great pantheon of weird mythical Pokémon, I think Hoopa Unbound actually looks really good. Dual psychic and dark gives fantastic coverage, only leaving it vulnerable to bug and fairy.

While spreading out your type coverage might be a good idea with the moves, you should only really be using psychic-types moves as with the STAB it gives Hoopa a massive boost. They start out at a monster 311 attack, so use Hoopa strategically against bulky ghost types where you need to. We sense great victories in your future if you consult our psychic Pokémon weakness guide.

Dark Pokemon: Zoroark on a black PT background

Zoroark

  • Fast Move – Snarl
  • Charged Move – Foul Play

While it may not be the strongest of the bunch, Zoroark is one cool dark Pokémon. I mean, it can shapeshift! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been tricked by a Zorua pretending to be my buddy.

It’s a pure dark type which makes its type coverage a little weaker than some others on this list, but it can also learn fire, ghost, and poison type moves. In my opinion, Zoroark is an underrated gen 5 Pokémon.

We hope that helps all the Pokémon Go players out there, and if you have any other Pokémon you think need a mention, be sure to let us know on our Twitter account. Then be sure to check out our other guide covering the best water Pokémon for Pokémon Go next. Oh, we also have a dark Pokémon weakness guide if you need some extra help. And remember, dark is a prime ghost Pokémon weakness, so should you need to deal with those that lurk in the shadows, you know what to do.