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Dark-type Pokémon: Powers, Strengths, Weaknesses, Moves & More

The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. Pokémon started off as a video game series and although new creatures are primarily introduced in the video games, the anime series has become as popular as the video games. As of May 2022, there are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex divided into one or two of the eighteen Pokémon types. In this article, we are going to analyze one of those types – the Dark-type.

Dark-type Pokémon are among the eighteen Pokémon types, as introduced in the core game series. As of Generation VIII, there are 69 Psychic-type Pokémon, including pure and dual types. Traditionally, Dark-type Pokémon are super effective against Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokémon, and are weak against Bug-, Fairy-, and Fighting-type Pokémon.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to focus on Dark-type Pokémon in any of the games. You’ll find out about the type, its powers, its strengths and weaknesses, the Pokémon of that type, and their moves. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.

As we have said, there is a total of 69 Dark-type Pokémon in the franchise. Some of them are pure Dark-type Pokémon, while others are dual-type Pokémo; dual-type Pokémon can have Dark- as their primary or secondary type. Here is a full list of all Dark-type Pokémon based on these three categories:

Pure Dark-type

Dual-type (Primary Dark-type)

Dual-type (Secondary Dark-type)

In this section, we are going to give you the basic statistical averages for all Dark-type Pokémon in general:

With the release of the Pokémon X and Y games (and from this generation onwards), all Dark-type moves have normal effectiveness against Steel-type movies, which had resistance to these moves in previous games. As of Generation VII, status moves that have been given increased priority by the Tramp ability have no effect on opposing Dark-type Pokémon.

In the second generation, there were no icons for types. They were only presented in text form in this generation. The first direct icons were introduced with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire in the third generation, with the font also changing. Due to the change in representation, the type itself was also abbreviated to “Dk”.

Since then, the basic structure has consisted of white lettering on a type-colored background. In the fourth generation, the frame became rectangular with a dark border. This was retained in the fifth generation. With the introduction of the sixth generation, the icon has changed significantly. The rectangular shape has been rounded off into an oval and is complemented by a light border between the background and the final dark frame.

The font was changed again and the type was written out again. Also, the name of the type no longer consists of pure capital letters, but is only capitalized at the beginning in the regular notation of a noun. The main difference from the sixth generation to the seventh generation is the changed font.

Dark-type Pokémon are super effective (dealing double damage) against Ghost-type and Psychic-type Pokémon. On the other hand, Dark-type Pokémon are completely immune to Psychic-type attacks. They are resistant to Dark- and Ghost-type moves. Their weaknesses are Bug-, Fairy-, and Fighting-type moves.

As of Generation VIII, these are the known Dark-type moves:

List of Dark-type Pokémon

Powers and Abilities

Strengths and Weaknesses


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