Top 10 Best Dark Type Pokemon

The Top Ten
1 Absol Absol is a fictional creature in the Pokémon franchise. It was first introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. It later gained a Mega Evolution in Pokemon X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Absol is awesome. It has a very high attack. I had one in Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Y, and Pokémon Emerald. It's really cool. It has a great ability called Super Luck, which increases the critical hit rate. Teach it Night Slash, and the rate becomes even higher!

Also, if you teach it Psycho Cut, it not only gives it a high critical hit rate but also deals with its weakness to fighting types. Let it hold the Scope Lens, which increases its critical hit rate even more. It's a real threat!

When I first laid my eyes on Absol, I was like, "That is one super cool Dark type Pokemon! It will be mine!" And it immediately became my favorite Dark Pokemon of all time.

Its attack is insanely huge, rivaling with Tyranitar, and its ability 'Super Luck' plus almost all of its physical attacks have a high critical hit ratio. And it's super bad luck for Psychic or Ghost types that encounter Absol, except for Gallade. Absol vs. Gallade. Epic!

Its only downside is that Absol's status was not labeled as a legend even after the movie of Jirachi came out. But with the whole Mega-Evolutions, I'm glad it stays as a non-legend.

2 Tyranitar Tyranitar, known in Japan as Bangiras, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Tyranitar needs to be #1 on this list. Unlike other comments about Tyranitar, I'm going to actually elaborate on why he deserves that spot at #1. His attack and special attack stats are unbearable, and he is literally the Dark counterpart of the #1 Dragon, Dragonite.

Umbreon is fine, sure, but when it faces Pokémon with Keen Eye or a Machamp with Dynamic Punch, its advantage goes down the drain. Tyranitar doesn't need much of a strategic advantage to win. Any trainer could win with a powerful Tyranitar. His sheer strength and defense earn him that #1 spot.

3 Umbreon Umbreon, known in Japan as Blacky, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

I've once beaten three Dragonites by using these four moves: Faint Attack, Sand Attack, Confuse Ray, and Moonlight. Pissed my opponent off with Sand Attack and Confuse Ray. And if my opponent's attack landed successfully after struggling from confusion and low accuracy, I just healed using Moonlight (not to mention Umbreon's amazing defenses).

Of course, I kept attacking with the inevitable move Faint Attack. It was just awesome beating three Dragonites with an Umbreon! Definitely one of my favorites.

4 Darkrai Darkrai, known in Japan as the same name, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Pretty much Darkrai. I mean, he's like Freddy Krueger (Pokemon-wise, only without the killing). His appearance is also badass, and overall, this Pokemon is pretty powerful. He is a force to be reckoned with, with his dangerous abilities and is a mix of red (my favorite color), black, and white.

However, the reason he deserves to be number one is his portrayal in The Rise of Darkrai. I mean, a Darkrai who was hated and shunned by the people of Alamos Town (except Alice and Tonio) risked his life protecting it from two of the Creation Trio Pokemon (Dialga and Palkia). And yes, he also has a personality.

What was so shocking was that he became a hero of the town that everyone hated. That is what makes a character really strong, and I hope people can understand what something like Darkrai could do.

5 Houndoom

The episode itself is called "Houndoom's Special Delivery," and it's a really underrated and heartwarming episode from the anime. Misty's Togepi gets lost in the woods, and when all hope seems lost, a random Houndoom, rushing to deliver some shears to a faraway Mareep farm (note the saddlebags on Houndoom's back), hears Togepi's cries for help.

The Houndoom starts lending a helping hand on various occasions until he feels a deep friendship for Togepi and teams up with him. After various "friends for life" montages, they seek shelter from a thunderstorm, with Togepi riding on Houndoom's back. During this time, Togepi identifies an unknown Pokemon (most likely Raikou). When Houndoom returns to the farm to deliver the shears, Team Rocket captures him, and they get blasted off again, as usual.

When Houndoom leaves Togepi, Togepi is, of course, upset. It's an episode that tugs at the heartstrings. Instead of Houndoom being a dark, edgy Pokemon with a guttural voice, I imagine him being a kind-hearted farm dog with a Southern accent.

6 Hydreigon Hydreigon, known in Japan as Sazandora, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Hydreigon is a complete BOSS. He has three heads to eat everything. What else do you want? Plus, he's a Dragon Dark type, so he's perfect with Darkrai and/or Yveltal. I mean, like Darkrai and the rest of the Pokémon up there are bosses, but Hydreigon is better.

Plus, he's a pseudo-legend along with Tyranitar, Dragonite, Goodra, Garchomp, Salamence, and Metagross. He also has the ability Levitate, which makes him immune to ground types.

In the TCG, I use him in my Dark/Dragon deck. I've got Hydreigon EX, which is an excellent spear, and Hydreigon BREAK, which can knock out three Pokémon in two turns!

7 Zoroark Zoroark is a dark type Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game freak's Pokémon franchise. It evolves from zorua at level 30.

Wait a second! What is Zoroark doing here? Why isn't it first?! It's a nice Pokémon to use in battle since its ability makes it change into the last Pokémon in your party. If you decide to put a fighting type there, it allows you to attack without having to deal with super-effective attacks for a while.

Look at its stats! High special attack and high attack! With those stats, it can defeat almost everything! It even has its own movie! And it's the 13th one. It makes it look even scarier, doesn't it?

If you put a Gengar at the back of your team and a Zoroark at the front, people will confuse it and try using psychic and dark attacks on what they believe to be a Ghost-type Pokémon. This gives you a perfect opportunity to do whatever you want with it.

Zoroark isn't a legendary, so people can't complain about it on Battle Spot, and it's the only Pokémon (besides Zorua) that can learn Night Daze, which is the strongest special Dark-type attack.

8 Weavile

Weavile is the best in my opinion. It's a sweeper if this thing is taught Ice Punch (get a Smeargle, teach it Ice Punch, and leave it at the Day Care with a Weavile/Sneasel). Additionally, teach it Shadow Claw, Brick Break, and Dig. This thing is amazing, recommended 100%!

Also, Weavile is very unique, as it has a very high attack and speed rate. Being able to reach a maximum attack stat of 372 and a speed stat of 383 makes Weavile even better. Not to mention, it can also have a maximum HP of 344, which is pretty good! Oh, and one last thing, look at a shiny Weavile and tell me that's not cool. That's why I think Weavile is the best Dark type. I hope this helps.

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9 Greninja Greninja is a Water/Dark type Pokemon introduced in Gen 6. It is the evolved form of Frogadier and the final evolved form of the water starter Froakie. Aside from the usual Torrent ability all Water starters have (Which raises the power of its Water moves), it also has the ability Protean, which changes... read more

Greninja is incredible in competitive play. My favorite is Umbreon, but that's because I personally love it. Greninja, on the other hand, is basically what Game Freak intended Arceus to be. I think Arceus's Mega will have this ability or something similar.

Even Chansey can't wall it because it learns Knock Off. Only extremely bulky Pokémon like Mega Aggron, Zapdos, and Umbreon can stop it. Otherwise, you just have to revenge kill it with something faster. Greninja is truly a beast and very interesting to use.

10 Crawdaunt

Let me just say this. Crawdaunt is like a bulldozer. He can easily break walls and clean up.

I don't even want to mention what will happen if an Adaptability Crawdaunt uses Crabhammer on a Pokémon (hint hint, instant carnage). Enough said.

Crawdaunt is just plain beast. He can learn Crabhammer, and he is also a Water type Pokémon.

I think he should be higher up in the rankings. Darkrai should still be first, though.

Guillotine suckas. I just kept adding X-Accuracies to him, and that made him hit almost every Guillotine.

Took out all of the Elite Four on Ultra Moon by himself, on the first attempt.

The Contenders
11 Bisharp

Why, just why? Bisharp is the most OP sucker puncher. With a few Sword Dances, he can OHKO anyone. Why is Tyranitar the first? Just in case, hook it up with a Focus Sash, do one Sword Dance, then Brick Break. It can own any Dark, Rock, Ice, Steel, and Normal type, but since it does 4x damage on Tyranitar, I don't even need the Focus Sash or the Sword Dance.

This thing has one of the best sprites of all time, can learn Iron Head, Night Slash, Sucker Punch, and more to crush enemies.

Just watch out for Fighting types.

In my opinion, most of the best Dark types were made in Gen 5 (Black, White, B2, and W2, I think). There's Hydreigon, Zoroark, Krookodile, and this guy.

Although he has a four-times weakness to Fighting type, he is amazing and can learn great moves.

12 Krookodile Krookodile is a Ground/Dark Pokémon introduced in Generation V. It is the evolved form of Krokorok, which evolves from Sandile. Krookodile is known as the "Bully of the Sands."... read more

I've seen a lot of negativity aimed at the fifth generation of this game. It has been claimed that the characters were poorly thought out and created in comparison to previous regions, but I have to personally disagree. I love the new style of Pokémon introduced in the game. Game Freak added some very good companions that look cool and battle well. This is one of those Pokémon, and it deserves a higher spot on this list.

With Earthquake and Crunch at STAB, and Stone Edge plus Dragon Claw, you already have the makings of a good Pokémon. Add excellent ATK and SPD, decent defensive stats, and the ability Moxie, and you have Krookodile, the greatest Dark type available.

He definitely deserves a higher spot on this list.

13 Yveltal Yveltal is a fictional creature in the Pokemon Franchise. Introduced in the 6th gen, Yveltal is a legendary Dark/Flying type Pokemon, and is the mascot of Pokemon Y. It is classified as the Destruction Pokemon. Yveltal has the ability to absorb life energy, and when its life comes to an end, it steals... read more

Combine the majesty and coolness of Lugia with the badassness of Darkrai, and you get this powerhouse. Yveltal has great defense stats, which help it stay in battle. If it's near defeat, just use Oblivion Wing (added with good Sp. Atk and STAB from Flying type), and you're going to get a guaranteed OHKO and added health.

Phantom Force can be used with great speed to avoid attacks. Foul Play destroys tanks and sweepers like Mega Rayquaza. Steel Wing wrecks Yveltal's main enemy, Xerneas. Don't forget the great typing, allowing it to have two immunities (Ground and Psychic) and plenty of resistances, plus the massive base stat of 680, which is higher than Tyranitar's.

Why the hell is Tyranitar at number 1? In my opinion, the massive bird of death beats all, except for its type weaknesses and some megas, but you get the point. - mathyfox441

14 Mightyena Mightyena, known in Japan as Graena, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Because who doesn't want a wolf that only obeys strong trainers and can even learn Fire Fang, Ice Fang, and Thunder Fang (if you play OR/AS and get the hidden one)? I even have a Fire Fang knowing Mightyena that's a girl. Also, Mightyena has a 50% chance to be either female or male.

Still, Mightyena also looks kind of like an elf from the movies "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" (I highly suggest you watch them so you can see it my way!). And I LOVE Mightyena.

P.S. If Mightyena gets a mega or another evolution, that would ROCK! Tyranitar can easily get beaten up by water and grass if Tyranitar is rock and dark.


15 Honchkrow

Honchkrow, Weavile, and Houndoom are my all-time favorite Pokemon (bar Volcarona). However, I think Honchkrow is the best out of them. Its flying typing removes its weakness to both fighting and bug types, unlike Weavile, who is four times weak to fighting.

Also, he has one of my all-time favorite moves in his arsenal: Drill Peck. It has great base power and accuracy, and it just looks really cool.

My biggest reason, though, is the fact that he has an amazing Dark type move: Quash. It suppresses the opponent's attack the next turn. This is very useful in a double battle when you need to set up a sweep with other Pokemon. Oh yeah, it can learn Superpower for coverage. And also, it's called the BIG BOSS Pokemon. What is better than that?

16 Sharpedo

This should be number one! Sharpedo with Speed Boost and Protect can easily sweep many teams. It should have Waterfall to kill rock and ground types, Ice Fang to kill grass and dragon types, Crunch to counter psychic and ghost, and Protect so that he can get a free speed boost at the start of his turn.

With this moveset, you can sweep all these Mons: Tyranitar, Gengar, Charizard, Sceptile, Garchomp, Salamence, Latios/Latias, Gardevoir, Gallade, etc. The possibilities and potential of this Pokémon are endless. Also, some might consider using Earthquake for Sharpedo so that it can counter most electric types.

17 Sableye

Sableye is the underdog dark type everyone forgets about. If it wasn't for mega evolution, people would forget about him. I ran it in the Battle Frontier and later in Gen 5 with the introduction of its Prankster ability. Back then, when fairy types didn't exist, he was a beast. With his mega evolution, he became ten times the threat with Magic Bounce and his great defensive stall ability.

The greatest wall Pokémon, in my opinion, as it can neutralize virtually any Pokémon. Plus, the little guy is just so menacing and adorable.

18 Shiftry Shiftry is a dual-type Grass/Dark Pokémon introduced in Generation III. It evolves from Nuzleaf and is notable for its fan-like hands, which it uses to create winds strong enough to level houses. Shiftry is often depicted as a mysterious and somewhat menacing creature, lurking in the depths of forests... read more

A hard choice to make, but I have to go with Shiftry. I love the whole evolution line, and suddenly a Dark Pokémon!

He looks very cool.

An excellent Pokémon for me because in Omega Ruby, my Shiftry really wrecks the competition with its powerful Hurricane and Leaf Storm.

I also gave mine items to make it really good on the battlefield.

He looks so cool! He stands out in a field of ugly, bad Dark Pokémon.

19 Spiritomb Spiritomb, known in Japan as Mikaruge, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Wow! Why? Why is Spiritomb 22nd!? He's epic! I mean, Dark Ghost? Awesome combo.

Sableye has it, and Sableye is awful, but it's above Spiritomb! Vote for Spiritomb to be higher up!

No super effective weakness. That should be enough to put Spiritomb somewhere in the top ten.

I don't consider Generation 6 a thing. So, in my mind, there's still no weaknesses.

20 Drapion

The best Pokémon to use in the Battle Tree, Maison, etc. Just give Drapion an Air Balloon and, while facing a Ground type, watch as the earthquakes don't affect it.

It looks kinda cool, but I dislike his arms on his head. Move them a little down, and he'll be epic.

Dark and Poison. It only has one weakness, which is to Ground, and that can be taken care of with Ice Fang.

21 Mandibuzz

From what I've seen, Mandibuzz is an extremely underrated Dark Type Pokémon. Allow me to explain.

Dark Types traditionally have three weaknesses: Bug, Fighting, and Fairy. Flying Types also have three weaknesses: Electric, Ice, and Rock. Mandibuzz, as part Flying, lacks two of these weaknesses: Bug and Fighting.

Two of Mandibuzz's moves, however, completely level the playing field: Bone Rush and Steel Wing. As a Ground Type move, Bone Rush is super effective against Electric Types and Ice Types. As a Steel Type move, Steel Wing is super effective against Ice Types, Rock Types, and Fairy Types, although Mandibuzz can only learn Steel Wing via TM.

Therefore, as a moveset for Mandibuzz, try out any combination of Bone Rush, Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Whirlwind, and Dark Pulse. Although Mandibuzz is not a pseudo-legendary Pokémon, it makes up for it with a base stat total of 510, which is higher than Absol's total of 465, Sharpedo's total of 460, and Houndoom's total of 500.

22 Cacturne Cacturne, known in Japan as Noctus, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Underrated! Creepy scarecrow that murders humans at night. Check it out, it's lore accurate.

As of Generation V, no other Pokémon have the same dual Egg Group as Cacturne and its pre-evolution.

In this case, Grass and Human-Like are unique.

Love this Pokémon, always reliable.

23 Scrafty

Dragon Dance Scrafty is a force to be reckoned with. Not only does he have access to great STAB moves like Drain Punch, Hi Jump Kick, Knock Off, and Crunch, but also good coverage like Poison Jab, Rock Slide, and the elemental punches.

He needs some setup to be productive, but if you can set up, he can put holes in opponents' teams.

Not my favorite Pokémon (that goes to Tyranitar), but I like using Dragon Dance to boost his terrible Speed stat and then duke it out by attacking and sweeping teams, making him stronger through Moxie.

Just saying that it works for him and Gyarados, in case you want to try these two out.

24 Malamar Malamar, known in Japan as Calamanero, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

The reason I like Malamar is because of what an evil genius it is.

In the anime, it took over the world. Can you ask for more?

Psychic and Dark... Genius, just genius.

25 Pangoro Pangoro is a dual-type Fighting/Dark Pokémon introduced in the Pokémon franchise's sixth generation. It evolves from Pancham and is known for its tough appearance and combat skills. Pangoro's design and demeanor reflect its warrior-like nature, and it often stands up against injustice. Its unique dual typing makes it a versatile addition to battles.

This one has been a common one I've used since X as it was apart of my main group or pokemon I often used and had a super good one called Charlie in Shield. Pangoro has grown into one of my top 30 fave pokemon

Looks like a sexy boss and never lets weak Pokemon get bullied!

Finally! A cool dark/fighting panda! He looks totally badass!

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