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Pokémon Go Darkrai counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Can you add Darkrai, the creator of nightmares, to your Pokédex?

Darkrai, the Pitch-Black Pokémon, has come to bring our nightmares to life in Pokémon Go.

Gather a strong team of bug, fairy and fighting-type Pokémon, so you can fight this legendary dark-type Pokémon. You might even finding yourself catching a shiny Darkrai.

Like the other Legendary Pokémon it shares the Sinnoh region with, including Giratina and Cresselia, Darkrai will be available in five-star Raids, so, if you want to capture the living embodiment of nightmares, you'll need a team of fellow Pokémon trainers.

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Darkrai counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

Here's a list of Darkrai counters to help you add it to your Pokédex:

  • Darkrai type: Dark-type
  • Darkrai is weak against: Bug, fairy and fighting-type
  • Darkrai counters: Machamp, Pinsir, Granbull, Heracross, Hariyama, Togekiss, Yanmega, Fardevior, Breloom, Lucario, Toxicroak, Conkeldurr and Zacian
  • Other Darkrai notes: Focus on using strong fighting-type Pokémon, such as Lucario, before unleashing a strong fairy-type.

Darkrai CP in Pokémon Go

Darkrai will have the following CP ranges when try to catch it:

  • Raid Boss CP - 53,623
  • CP range when being caught - 2048 to 2136
  • Weather boosted (fog) CP range when being caught - 2560 to 2671

Thank you to kashifaz from reddit for the help with this information.

Darkrai Moveset in Pokémon Go

Darkrai will be able to learn and use a variety of moves in Pokémon Go, including:

Possible Fast Moves:

  • Feint Attack (Dark)
  • Snarl (Dark)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Dark Pulse (Dark)
  • Focus Blast (Fighting)
  • Shadow Ball (Ghost)

Darkrai will know the Sludge Bomb charged attack if you caught it during the 2021 Halloween event.


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Everything we know about Darkrai

Known as the Pitch-Black Pokémon, Darkrai is the embodiment of nightmares.

Cresselia - the other member of the Lunar Duo.

Originating from the Sinnoh region, Darkrai is a member of the Lunar Duo, alongside its counterpart, Cresselia. Each legendary Pokémon inhabits an island that geographically sit opposite each other; Cresselia lives on Fullmoon Island, while Darkrai can be found on Newmoon Island.

Darkrai has the ability to both create and inhabit nightmares. People who have cursed with dreams by Darkrai often become trapped within them, unable to wake up. If this happens, the dreamer can only be saved by the Lunar Wing from Cresselia.

If you wanted to catch Darkrai in Pokémon Platinum, you had to save Sailor Eldritch's son from his nightmares using the Lunar Wing. You would then be able to access the Harbor Inn in Canalave City using the Member Card. Here you would fall into a nightmare and find yourself on Newmoon Island.

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