Dark Pokémon (TCG)
- For the TCG type that represents Dark-type Pokémon, see Darkness (TCG).
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
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