Dark Pokémon (TCG)

For the TCG type that represents Dark-type Pokémon, see Darkness (TCG).
An example of a Dark Pokémon

Dark Pokémon (Japanese: わるいポケモン Bad Pokémon) are a type of Pokémon found in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and often considered a corrupted version of their normal species. Their counterparts are Light Pokémon, which appear only in Neo Destiny.

The first appearance of Dark Pokémon was in the Team Rocket expansion, in which all Evolved Pokémon are Dark Pokémon. This is because Team Rocket itself is a corrupt organization, and therefore the Pokémon they train also became corrupted.

Gym Heroes and Gym Challenge touched on the theme with the appearance of Rocket's Pokémon, similar in many respects to Dark Pokémon from the previous expansion.

Dark Pokémon made another appearance in Neo Destiny, which as the title suggests, revolves around the potential path or "destiny" a Pokémon can follow depending on how it is brought up by its Trainer. The set also illustrated that Pokémon with Dark in their names and Darkness-type Pokémon differed, with Dark Houndoom released as a Fire Pokémon.

Dark Pokémon have a brown and black artwork window, Evolution box and Pokédex box, as opposed to the regular gold. They tend to have higher attack damage and lower HPs compared to those of normal Pokémon, likely due to the highly offensive nature of the Trainer. Also, most evolved Generation I Pokémon feature Ken Sugimori's Pokémon Red and Blue artwork of their previous Stage in the Evolution box, instead of the usual Pokémon Red and Green artwork.

Though Dark Pokémon did not appear in the EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua expansion, Pokémon belonging to Team Aqua or Team Magma utilized the new game mechanic of dual-types, in which many evolved and Legendary Pokémon displayed a Darkness dual type to further emphasize their allegiance with a villainous team. This also essentially rejected the difference between Dark Pokémon and Darkness-type Pokémon as displayed in Neo Destiny. This would remain for subsequent releases.

Dark Pokémon were also featured in the EX Hidden Legends and EX Team Rocket Returns expansions, in which all Dark Pokémon are dual Darkness types (with the exception of those that are normally Colorless).

Pokémon that have appeared as Dark Pokémon

Dark Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Dark Alakazam   Team Rocket   1/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   18/82      
      Pokémon Web   037/048
Dark Arbok   Team Rocket   2/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   19/82      
Dark Blastoise   Team Rocket   3/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   20/82      
      Pokémon Web   044/048
Legendary Collection   4/110      
Dark Charizard   Team Rocket   4/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   21/82      
      Pokémon Web   042/048
Dark Dragonite   Team Rocket   5/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   22/82      
Legendary Collection   5/110      
Dark Dugtrio   Team Rocket   6/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   23/82      
Dark Golbat   Team Rocket   7/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   24/82      
Dark Gyarados   Team Rocket   8/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   25/82      
      Promo Card Pack 25th Anniversary Edition   005/025
Dark Hypno   Team Rocket   9/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   26/82      
Dark Machamp   Team Rocket   10/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   27/82      
Dark Magneton   Team Rocket   11/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   28/82      
Dark Slowbro   Team Rocket   12/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   29/82      
      Pokémon Web   028/048
Legendary Collection   8/110      
Dark Vileplume   Team Rocket   13/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   30/82      
Dark Weezing   Team Rocket   14/82 Rocket Gang    
Team Rocket   31/82      
      Pokémon Web   021/048
Dark Charmeleon   Team Rocket   32/82 Rocket Gang    
      Pokémon Web   022/048
Dark Dragonair   Team Rocket   33/82 Rocket Gang    
Legendary Collection   38/110      
Dark Electrode   Team Rocket   34/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Flareon   Team Rocket   35/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Gloom   Team Rocket   36/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Golduck   Team Rocket   37/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Jolteon   Team Rocket   38/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Kadabra   Team Rocket   39/82 Rocket Gang    
      Pokémon Web   027/048
Dark Machoke   Team Rocket   40/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Muk   Team Rocket   41/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Persian   Team Rocket   42/82 Rocket Gang    
Wizards Black Star Promos   17 Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Legendary Collection   6/110      
Dark Primeape   Team Rocket   43/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Rapidash   Team Rocket   44/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Vaporeon   Team Rocket   45/82 Rocket Gang    
Legendary Collection   9/110      
Dark Wartortle   Team Rocket   46/82 Rocket Gang    
Legendary Collection   39/110      
      Pokémon Web   024/048
Dark Raticate   Team Rocket   51/82 Rocket Gang    
Dark Raichu   Team Rocket   83/82 Crossing the Ruins...    
Legendary Collection   7/110      
Dark Ampharos   Neo Destiny   1/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Crobat   Neo Destiny   2/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Donphan   Neo Destiny   3/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Espeon   Neo Destiny   4/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Feraligatr   Neo Destiny   5/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Gengar   Neo Destiny   6/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Houndoom   Neo Destiny   7/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Porygon2   Neo Destiny   8/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Scizor   Neo Destiny   9/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Typhlosion   Neo Destiny   10/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Tyranitar   Neo Destiny   11/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Ariados   Neo Destiny   17/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Magcargo   Neo Destiny   18/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Omastar   Neo Destiny   19/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Slowking   Neo Destiny   20/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Ursaring   Neo Destiny   21/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Croconaw   Neo Destiny   32/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Exeggutor   Neo Destiny   33/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Flaaffy   Neo Destiny   34/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Forretress   Neo Destiny   35/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Haunter   Neo Destiny   36/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Omanyte   Neo Destiny   37/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Pupitar   Neo Destiny   38/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Quilava   Neo Destiny   39/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Wigglytuff   Neo Destiny   40/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Octillery   Neo Destiny   62/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Dark Ninetales         Team Rocket's Ambition   H12
Dark Starmie         Team Rocket's Ambition   H17
Dark Marowak         Team Rocket's Ambition   H22
Dark Haunter         Team Rocket's Ambition   H25
Dark Gengar         Team Rocket's Ambition   H26
Dark Clefable         Team Rocket's Ambition   H30
Dark Fearow         Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Dark Ivysaur         Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Best of Game   6 Pokémon Web   017/048
Dark Venusaur         Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Best of Game   7 Pokémon Web   041/048
Dark Celebi    EX Hidden Legends   4/101 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   071/084
Dark Ampharos    EX Team Rocket Returns   2/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   039/084
Dark Crobat    EX Team Rocket Returns   3/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   016/084
Dark Electrode    EX Team Rocket Returns   4/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   037/084
Dark Houndoom    EX Team Rocket Returns   5/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   021/084
Dark Hypno    EX Team Rocket Returns   6/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   043/084
Dark Marowak    EX Team Rocket Returns   7/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   052/084
Dark Octillery    EX Team Rocket Returns   8/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   034/084
Dark Slowking    EX Team Rocket Returns   9/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   044/084
Dark Steelix    EX Team Rocket Returns   10/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   072/084
Dark Dragonite   EX Team Rocket Returns   15/109 Silver Deck Kit   013/020
      Silver Deck Kit   014/020
Dark Muk    EX Team Rocket Returns   16/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   014/084
Dark Raticate   EX Team Rocket Returns   17/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   058/084
Dark Sandslash    EX Team Rocket Returns   18/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   051/084
Dark Tyranitar   EX Team Rocket Returns   19/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   070/084
Dark Tyranitar    EX Team Rocket Returns   20/109 Black Deck Kit   011/020
      Black Deck Kit   012/020
Dark Arbok    EX Team Rocket Returns   29/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   012/084
Dark Ariados    EX Team Rocket Returns   30/109 Black Deck Kit   002/020
Dark Dragonair   EX Team Rocket Returns   31/109 Silver Deck Kit   011/020
Dark Dragonair   EX Team Rocket Returns   32/109 Silver Deck Kit   012/020
Dark Flaaffy    EX Team Rocket Returns   33/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   038/084
Dark Golbat    EX Team Rocket Returns   34/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   013/084
Dark Golduck    EX Team Rocket Returns   35/109 Silver Deck Kit   003/020
Dark Gyarados    EX Team Rocket Returns   36/109 Silver Deck Kit   004/020
Dark Houndoom    EX Team Rocket Returns   37/109 Black Deck Kit   006/020
Dark Magcargo    EX Team Rocket Returns   38/109 Black Deck Kit   005/020
Dark Magneton    EX Team Rocket Returns   39/109 Silver Deck Kit   006/020
Dark Pupitar    EX Team Rocket Returns   40/109 Black Deck Kit   009/020
Dark Pupitar    EX Team Rocket Returns   41/109 Black Deck Kit   010/020
Dark Weezing    EX Team Rocket Returns   42/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back   015/084
Dark Sylveon    SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH134      

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