Pokémon Go: Darkrai Raid Guide

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In the same class as Mew, Celebi and Jirachi, Darkrai is a legendary Pokémon that has punch. Back for a week only, you will need to activate your best Fighting, Fairy and Bug Pokémon if you want to take it. You won’t want to miss your chance to catch this one!

What is Darkrai?

Darkrai is a mythical Pokémon introduced in generation IV, and it is incredibly powerful. It is the most powerful dark type Pokémon, as well as one of the top ten Pokémon of all Pokémon Go. It may sound a lot like a ghost, but Darkrai is a pure Dark type Pokémon. Although he is attracted and capable of creating nightmares, it is a defense mechanism on the part of Darkrai – not a malicious act. He prefers to avoid contact with humans and other Pokémon when awake and will dematerialize in shadows to do so. If someone has Darkrai’s nightmares, they can be cured with one of Cresselia’s lunar wings.

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What are the best counters for Darkrai?

A pure dark type Pokémon, Darkrai is weak against combat, fairy and insect movements. While there aren’t a ton of powerful insect and fairy types out there, there are many types of fights to choose from, so this should be your main focus for this raid. There are exceptions, of course, that depend on your list, as well as Darkrai’s moveset, but you can’t go wrong with the following:


Pokemon 448 Lucario

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The best Pokemon to face Darkrai (and the best type of fight in the game) is Lucario. This Combat and Steel type Pokémon can deal super-effective damage to Darkrai while being resistant to its Dark type attacks. Lucario is weak for Combat moves, so a Focus Blast Darkrai could be a problem. Unfortunately, the Riolu – Lucario revolution is still quite rare, so you probably don’t have a full Lucario team. However, if you have one, you will want to use it. You will want your Lucario to know Counter and Aura Sphere to undertake this legendary raid.


Pokemon 534 Conkeldurr

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A pure type of combat introduced in generation V, Conkeldurr benefits from Trade Evolution, which means that you will be able to evolve it more easily and that you will have a lot of candy left to power it up. It resists Darkrai movements of Darkrai and takes normal damage from Ghost and Fighting movements. It hasn’t been in the game for an incredibly long time, so you might not have much of it. Still, if you have one, you’ll want him to know Counter and Dynamic Punch.


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Always one of the best Pokémon in the game, Machamp has the advantage of being a generation I Pokémon, while having been presented in events. Add to that the new Trade Evolution feature, and there’s no excuse for not having at least a few solid Machamps in your list. It is not as powerful as Lucario or Conkeldurr, but it is a high level competitor. It is also resistant to Dark movements and takes normal damage from Ghost and Fighting movements. You will want your Machamp to know Counter and Dynamic Punch for this raid.


Pokemon 297 Hariyama

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Hariyama is a step forward compared to Machamp in terms of power, but also has the same strengths and weaknesses. While you should give preference to Lucario, Conkeldurr and Machamp when forming a team for Darkrai, if you need to fill in another space, this type of Gen III combat is also a great counter. You will want your Hariyama to know Counter and Dynamic Punch.


Pokemon 257 Blaziken

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Having had their own community day, most players have at least a couple of this Gen III starter. Blaziken is a type of fire and combat with resistance to dark-type movements and normal damage from ghost-type and combat movements. You’ll want your Blaziken to know Counter and Focus Blast as opposed to their exclusive Community Day Blast Burn movement – which means you might not have as many Blaziken prepared for this fight, but if you do, bring it the.


Pokémon 282 Gardevoir

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Gardevoir is a Psychic and Fairy type Pokémon, leaving it weak for Darkrai’s Ghost type Shadow Ball movement. Still, as the only type of fairy on this list, it is resistant to combat types, making it an excellent substitute for Lucario against a Focus Blast Darkrai. Having been fairly common since the introduction of Gen III, you probably already have a couple. If you bring Gardevoir to this fight, the movement you are looking for is Charm and Dazzling Gleam.


Pokemon 214 Heracross

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The only type of bug on the top counters list is the Heracross combat moves you will want in this raid. With Counter and Close Combat, Heracross is a great counter. Unfortunately, even though it is a Gen II Pokémon, Heracross is a regional exclusive, many players don’t even have one, let alone several Heracross with high IVs. However, if you do, this type of bug and combat is resistant to combat and dark type movements so that it can handle the Darkrai that strikes hard.


Maybe you don’t have a full team of the best meters fully energized and knowing the best moves. If you run out of candy or MT to make a team of the best counters, there are still a lot of good backups to choose from. Consider one of the following:

  • Togekiss with dazzling charm and sparkle
  • Breloom with counter and dynamic punch
  • Toxicroak with counter and dynamic punch
  • Pinsir with Bug Bite and X-Scissor
  • Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
  • Yanmega with Bug Bite and Bug Buzz

The rebalancing of the Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket makes them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their statistics improved, but during special events, it is possible to change their movements with TMs. If you happen to have Shadow versions of the following Pokémon with the right moveet, they will work just fine in this Raid:

  • Gardevoir shade with dazzling charm and radiance
  • Shadow Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
  • Shadow Pinsir with Bug Bite and X-Scissor

How many players do you need to beat Darkrai?

Now that Darkrai has been demoted from level six to level five, with the right weather, the best counters and the best players, it is technically possible for two people to face Darkrai. However, for most players, you will want at least four and maybe up to eight. The weather is also an important factor. Darkrai’s Darkrai and Ghost-type movements are boosted in fog, but he may also experience Fighting-type Focus Blast which is boosted in cloudy weather. This same cloudy weather will boost your fight types and fairy types, while rainy weather will boost your bug types.


Do you have questions about taking Darkrai in Pokémon Go? Do you have advice for your fellow trainers? Drop them in the comments below, and be sure to check out our full Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so that you too can become a Pokémon master!


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