Darkinium Z

The Darkinium Z (Japanese: アクZ Evil Z) is a type of Z-Crystal introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. It is the type-specific Z-Crystal associated with the Dark type and allows Pokémon to upgrade their Dark-type moves to Z-Moves.

Darkinium Z
Evil Z
Bag Darkinium Z Sprite.png
Darkinium Z
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation VII
Generation VII Bag Z-Crystals pocket icon.png Z-Crystals

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price


  Bag item

Can create Darkinium Z held items for the player's Pokémon.

  Held item

In battle

Allows the holder to upgrade its Dark-type damaging moves to the Z-Move Black Hole Eclipse or upgrade its Dark-type status moves into Z-Moves.

Unaffected by item negating effects (such as Embargo and Klutz). Item manipulating effects (such as Trick and Fling) cannot remove a Z-Crystal from a Pokémon.

Multitype changes an Arceus holding this item to its Dark-type form. Rayquaza cannot Mega Evolve if it holds a Z-Crystal.

Outside of battle

A held Darkinium Z is automatically removed if the Pokémon is traded between players.

Multitype changes an Arceus holding this item to its Dark-type form.


Bag item

Games Description
It converts Z-Power into crystals that upgrade Dark-type moves to Dark-type Z-Moves.

Held item

Games Description
This is a crystallized form of Z-Power. It upgrades Dark-type moves to Z-Moves.


Games Method
SMUSUM Malie City (from Nanu for defeating him in the Ula'ula Island grand trial)

In the anime

A Darkinium Z in the anime

Team Rocket obtained a Darkinium Z in A Team-on-Team Tussle!, which some Team Skull Grunts also tried to obtain from a nest of Alolan Rattata and Raticate, with one of the Raticate being a Totem Pokémon. The same Z-Crystal reappeared in Acting True to Form!; Jessie and James believed that they could use it with the Alolan Meowth they had just met, but discovered that they needed a Z-Ring to do so. They were finally able to perform Black Hole Eclipse with James's Mareanie in Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? after obtaining a Z-Power Ring from Nanu. When Team Rocket left Alola in Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues!, they left their Z-Power Ring behind, along with their Darkinium Z.

Nanu used a Darkinium Z in Guiding an Awakening! to have his Alolan Persian perform Black Hole Eclipse during his grand trial battle against Ash. After Ash defeated Nanu, Nanu contemplated giving Ash a Darkinium Z as a prize, but then quickly decided to give him a Lycanium Z instead.

A full set of type-specific Z-Crystals, including the Darkinium Z, appeared in A Grand Debut!, where Hapu allowed Ash to choose his grand trial prize from them.

A full set of replicas of the type-specific Z-Crystals, including the Darkinium Z, also appeared in A Team-on-Team Tussle!, where they were shown to Ash and his classmates by Professor Kukui.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

In Pokémon Move Specialist Professor Kukui, Nanu attempted to use his Darkinium Z with his Alolan Persian to perform Black Hole Eclipse against Olivia's Lycanroc, but Hala stopped the battle before the move could be executed.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 惡Z Ok-Z
Mandarin 惡Z / 恶Z È-Z
  French Ténébrozélite
  German Noctium Z
  Italian Obscurium Z
  Korean 악Z Ak-Z
  Polish Mrokinium Z
Portuguese   Brazil Sombrium Z
  Portugal Sinistrium Z
  Spanish Nictostal Z

External links

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