Darkrai (M10)

ダークライ Darkrai
Darkrai M10.png
Debuts in The Rise of Darkrai
Gender Gender unknown*
Ability Bad Dreams
Current location Alamos Town
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Darkrai Kōji Ishizaka Scott Williams

Darkrai (Japanese: ダークライ Darkrai) is a major character in The Rise of Darkrai.

In the movies

Darkrai and Alice

Darkrai was first seen in a garden in Alamos Town. When multiple pillars were knocked over, Baron Alberto accused Darkrai as being responsible for the damage. It mysteriously appeared out of the ground and told everyone to not come there. When Baron Alberto sent out Lickilicky to battle it, it dodged by becoming invisible, then used Dark Void, which ended up hitting Ash. In Ash's nightmare, it showed Ash a vision of Palkia and then brought Pikachu into a vortex which Ash ended up in until he was awoken.

Darkrai appeared again briefly after Palkia caused a harsh distortion in space around Alamos Town. It also subtly told Palkia to leave the city. Baron Alberto, still thinking that Darkrai was evil, battled using Lickilicky. Darkrai, however, dodged and used Shock Wave on Lickilicky. Dawn also used Buizel to battle, but Darkrai dodged all the attacks. Soon, Darkrai unleashed several Dark Voids which put several people and Pokémon to sleep. Ash gave chase to Darkrai and attempted to attack it, but Darkrai instantly vanished. Pikachu attacked Darkrai's shadow while it was beneath the ground, which caused it to appear. Responding to the attack, Darkrai used Double Team to dodge Volt Tackle. When Ash told Darkrai that it should leave, it told him that it is staying. Baron Alberto, along with Team Rocket, appeared on the scene. However, Darkrai used Dark Void on Lickilicky. With Darkrai's power, Baron Alberto morphed into a Lickilicky due to his wish to battle Darkrai. It was also revealed that many of the incapacitated Pokémon became ghostly mirages, which ran around revealing that they were being chased by something frightening in the dream world.

Bad Dreams activated

Darkrai was soon ganged up on by multiple Trainers, led by Baron Alberto. They all fired attacks, and Darkrai only defended. It survived all of the attacks, and used Dark Void on all of the Pokémon, telling them to not interfere. Baron Alberto, in the form of a Lickilicky, battled Darkrai and used Wrap on it, but Darkrai tossed him, along with Team Rocket, into a faraway tree. It appeared before the still invisible Palkia and charged at it, but was bounced back by Palkia's spatial shield. Darkrai fired a Dark Pulse, telling Palkia once again to leave the town. This awakened Palkia and it revealed itself, which led to Alamos Town being trapped within the Spatial World. Darkrai and Palkia fought each other in the trapped Alamos Town. It, along with Palkia, was struck by a Draco Meteor fired by Dialga.

When Alice was almost about to be caught in the fighting between Dialga and Palkia, Darkrai stepped into the fight and used Dark Pulse on the two. It attempted to use Dark Void on both Dialga and Palkia, telling them once more to leave the town, it was attacked by both. Alice appeared, along with Ash and his friends, and apologized for misunderstanding it. Darkrai recognized Alice due to her similarity to Alicia, who had saved it long ago. Darkrai left to continue fighting Dialga and Palkia.

After battling with Dialga and Palkia, it ended up sacrificing itself to protect the town and everyone in it. After Ash and Dawn asked Palkia to turn everything back to the way it was, Darkrai was shown to have been revived and was watching the town.

Darkrai made a cameo appearance during the ending credits of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where it was still apparently living in the garden.

Personality and characteristics

Darkrai was mistaken as evil during the movie, attacking people and giving them nightmares. Baron Alberto in particular constantly accused Darkrai of all the anomalies occurring in Alamos Town. It was only later that it was revealed that Darkrai was actually trying to prevent Palkia and Dialga from destroying Alamos Town.

Darkrai had a special attachment to Alice as it believed she was Alicia, Alice's grandmother, who helped Darkrai when it was injured a long time ago. Ever since then it had stayed in that garden. It also once saved Alice after she fell off a cliff.

Moves used

Using Shock Wave
Move First Used In
Dark Void The Rise of Darkrai
Shock Wave The Rise of Darkrai
Double Team The Rise of Darkrai
Dark Pulse The Rise of Darkrai
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 秋山竜次 Kōji Ishizaka
English Scott Williams
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
German Jan Spitzer
Italian Pietro Ubaldi
Korean 임채헌 Im Chaeheon
Brazilian Portuguese Vágner Santos
Spanish Latin America Humberto Solórzano
Spain Héctor Cantolla
Vietnamese Trịnh Nguyễn Chánh Tín

In the manga

Darkrai in the manga
Darkrai's Bad Dreams Ability activated

Movie adaptations

Darkrai appears in the manga adaptation of The Rise of Darkrai, fulfilling a role similar to the movie.

Moves used

Using Dark Pulse
Move First Used In
Dark Pulse The Battle That Warped Space-Time!!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the TCG

Darkrai is featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards featuring Darkrai.

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Darkrai   DP Black Star Promos   DP24 DP-P Promotional cards   046/DP-P


Darkrai's shadow
  • In the English dub, when Darkrai uses Dark Void, it announces the name of the attack. This does not happen in the original Japanese version.
  • In the movie, Tonio finds a passage in Godey's diary that reads "So Darkrai, who was hated by everyone else, opened his heart to Alicia." This confirmed Darkrai's gender as male in the English dub. However, Darkrai's gender was not mentioned in the original Japanese version, and Darkrai is gender unknown in the games.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Darkrai.

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