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Darkrai
Pitch-Black Pokémon
ダークライ
Darkrai
#491
Darkrai



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Dark Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Bad Dreams Cacophony
Cacophony
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
3 (1.6%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
30840 - 31096 steps
Egg not obtainable
Height
4'11" 1.5 m
Darkrai
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Weight
111.3 lbs. 50.5 kg
Darkrai
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
210
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
270
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Darkrai
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
2
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
1
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
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Sp.Def
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HP
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Atk
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Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body12.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F491.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Black
Base friendship
0
External Links

Darkrai (Japanese: ダークライ Darkrai) is a Dark-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation IV.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

It was officially revealed in February 2007.

It is a member of the Lunar duo with Cresselia.

Contents

Biology

Darkrai's extendable stilt-like appendages.

Darkrai is a black, shadow-like Pokémon. It has a small head with a white fog-like ghostly plume billowing from its head covering one of its bright blue eyes, with the portion on its face resembling hair. It also has a red spiky growth around its neck. It has skinny arms and long black tatters hanging from its shoulders. It also has black, claw-like hands. It has the slight appearance of an hourglass figure and appears to be wearing an old, ripped cloak. It normally does not have any sort of legs, but it is able to extend stilt-like appendages in their place. In self-defense, Darkrai can retract its head and white "plume" into the pit atop its torso fringed by the aforementioned red growth.

Darkrai is known to "inhabit" dreams and causes the target to have unending nightmares, which can be stopped if exposed to a Lunar Wing from Cresselia. However, the "unleashing of nightmares" is actually a defense mechanism, instead of an intentionally malicious act. It can become a shadow and escape danger or contact with humans. It is also capable of some human speech. In The Rise of Darkrai, it was shown its power was weaker than that of Dialga and Palkia. As seen in an anime episode, Darkrai does not only cause nightmares; it is also attracted to them. It can also go around objects it is attracted to several times, as seen in the mentioned episode and Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. Darkrai possibly feeds off dreams, characterized by its association with never-ending nightmares. Darkrai is the only known Pokémon that learns Dark Void.

In the anime

Darkrai in the anime

Major appearances

Darkrai (M10)

Darkrai debuted in The Rise of Darkrai as a protagonist. It took the task of holding off the fighting between Dialga and Palkia until Ash and Dawn could put the Oración disk in the Space-Time Towers music player to calm the two Legendary Pokémon down. It reappeared in a cameo in the ending credits of Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

Other

Darkrai made its main series debut in Sleepless In Pre-Battle!. Unlike the Darkrai in The Rise of Darkrai, this Darkrai was maliciously causing nightmares, much like the one in the games. According to Officer Jenny, it comes at a certain time every year. In the episode, however, it came earlier due to it being lured out by Team Rocket's machine, which was also causing nightmares. Cresselia is normally in the same place as Darkrai to stop it from giving nightmares, but due to Darkrai's early arrival, the people in Canalave City had nightmares for several days. One night, it was concealing itself when Cresselia used its abilities to reveal it from the darkness. The two then battled and Darkrai hid itself once more in the shadows.

In League Unleashed!, a mysterious Trainer competed in the Lily of the Valley Conference with a Darkrai. In the following episode, Conway revealed that the Trainer, Tobias, had easily defeated eight Gym Leaders of the Sinnoh region using only Darkrai. In the Sinnoh League semifinals, this Darkrai was used against Ash, where it easily defeated Heracross, Torkoal, and Gible. However, it was defeated by Ash's Sceptile in The Semi-Final Frontier!.

In Pikachu, What's This Key?, Meowth, Wobbuffet, and Inkay visited a Darkrai courtesy of Klefki's keys. Darkrai scared them out of a dark world in which it resided.

In Dream a Little Dream from Me!, a Darkrai was the source of Pikachu, Meowth, and Squishy's nightmare. Darkrai eventually left as soon as it was spotted by Ash and his friends.

Minor appearances

A Darkrai appeared in the opening sequence of Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP104 Darkrai Dawn's Pokédex Darkrai, the Pitch-Black Pokémon. Legend has it that on a moonless night, Darkrai will lure people to sleep and unleash nightmares upon them.
DP189 Darkrai Dawn's Pokédex Darkrai, the Pitch-Black Pokémon. Darkrai can cause people and Pokémon to have nightmares.

In the manga

In the Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic manga

Darkrai plays in a major role in Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic.

In the movie adaptations

Main article: Darkrai (M10)

Darkrai plays a major role in the manga adaptation of The Rise of Darkrai.

In the Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 manga

A Darkrai has a recurring role in Phantom Thief Pokémon 7.

In the Pocket Monsters DP manga

A Darkrai appeared in PMDP19.

A Darkrai appeared in PMDP29.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Phew for Mew, Sird let out a beam of light from a Poké Ball upon seeing Deoxys leaving for space. Thinking that Sird was trying to retrieve Deoxys, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Silver tried to stop her, and Mewtwo charged into the light of the Poké Ball. Within moments, the five Pokédex holders were turned into stone, and a black shadow appeared in front of Sird. When Sird reappeared in front of her Team Galactic colleagues in Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia IV and explained what happened, the black shadow was revealed to be Darkrai, though Sird still did not reveal its name. Darkrai later reappeared in The Final Dimensional Duel VIII, where it was revealed that Sird had released it into the Distortion World. It first faced its arch-rival Cresselia. Charon later took control of the Pokémon, and, along with Giratina and Heatran, used it in a battle against the Sinnoh Legendary Pokémon in the climax of the chapter. Darkrai was later freed from the control of Charon, and departed to parts unknown.

A Darkrai appeared as a silhouette in a fantasy in Unplugging Rotom (Heat, Wash, Mow, Fan, Frost).

In the TCG

Main article: Darkrai (TCG)

Other appearances

Darkrai in Pokkén Tournament

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Darkrai appears as a trophy.

Trophy information

A Pitch-Black Pokémon. It becomes active on nights of the new moon. This legendary Pokémon has the power to lull people to sleep and fill their heads with dreams. Proverbs say that Darkrai will make people have terrifying dreams on moonless nights. A Dark-type Pokémon, Darkrai uses the Dark Void move, along with Embargo, which stops foes from using held items.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Darkrai appears as a Poké Ball Pokémon. It puts fighters to sleep and damages them by using Dark Void.

Trophy information

NA: This Dark-type Pokémon can cause people and other Pokémon to experience nightmares. While it is floating in the air, it tucks its legs in so far, it looks like they vanish! In battle it will use a move called Dark Void, which sucks in surrounding opponents and puts them into a deep sleep.

PAl: A Pokémon shrouded in mystery, Darkrai has the ability to implant nightmares into the minds of both humans and Pokémon. It has legs, but seems to prefer to float in the air. Its favourite move in this game is Dark Void. When this attack hits something, it creates a vortex that sucks in fighters and puts them to sleep.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Darkrai returns as a Poké Ball summon. As before, it uses Dark Void, which puts foes to sleep and damages them. Darkrai also appears as a Spirit.

Pokkén Tournament DX

Main article: Darkrai (Pokkén Tournament)

Darkrai is a playable character in the arcade and Nintendo Switch versions of Pokkén Tournament.

Game data

NPC appearances

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Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#—
Diamond It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.
Pearl Folklore has it that on moonless nights, this Pokémon will make people see horrific nightmares.
Platinum To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.
HeartGold It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.
SoulSilver
Generation V Unova
#—
Black To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.
White
Black 2 To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.
Y It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.
Omega Ruby It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.
Alpha Sapphire It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Newmoon Island (requires Member Card) (only one)
Platinum
Newmoon Island (requires Member Card) (only one)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Trade
Generation V
Black White
Event
Black 2 White 2
Trade
Generation VI
X Y
Event
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Event
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Event
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Event
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Ranger: SoA
Altru Tower
MD Sky
Mystifying Forest (13F), Lower Crevice Cave (B2F), Miracle Sea (B3F), Mt. Travail (17F), Spacial Rift (B14F) (with Mystery Part or Secret Slab in the bag)
Rumble
Ticket for releasing all five alternate forms of Rotom
PokéPark Wii
Haunted Zone
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Hauntyard: All (Random Legendary Encounters)
PokéPark 2
Wish Park
Rumble U
Flower Garden: Festival on Mount Moon (Reward), Challenge Battle: The Final Battle Royale
NFC Figurine
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Pitch-Black Cavern: Stage 4
Shuffle
Event: Take on Escalation Battles
Rumble World
Legend Terrain: Tomb of Nightmares (Special Boss)
Super MD
Distress Mountain
Picross
Area 18: Stage 11 (As a Mythical Pokémon)

In events

In-game events
Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
DPPtHGSS Almia Darkrai Japanese hide 50 April 26, 2008 onwards
DPPtHGSS Almia Darkrai English hide 50 December 1, 2008 onwards
DPPtHGSS Almia Darkrai French hide 50 December 1, 2008 onwards
DPPtHGSS Almia Darkrai German hide 50 December 1, 2008 onwards
DPPtHGSS Almia Darkrai Italian hide 50 December 1, 2008 onwards
DPPtHGSS Almia Darkrai Spanish hide 50 December 1, 2008 onwards

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Enigma Berry Enigma Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
70
130 - 177 250 - 344
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
135
126 - 205 247 - 405
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Total:
600
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
2/4 ★★☆☆
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
3/3 ★★★
Jump
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Total
15/21 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Darkrai's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 491.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -22%
IQ group: I
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Dark
Poké Assist: Dark PA.png
Dark
Field move: Dark Power - field move.png
(Dark Power ×-)
Browser entry R-257
It sends gusts of dark wind and lets loose dark pulses to attack.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●●●
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW491.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Darkrai came to the PokéPark in search of a comfortable place to stay. He's second to none when playing Dusknoir's Speed Slam.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2491.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
He tried to ease his loneliness by inviting everyone to one world, but the incident with the Dark Vortex made him realize that he was not alone.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Dark
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT491.png

Power of Five
Increases the damage dealt by matching five Pokémon.
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Dark
None.png Attack Power: 80 - 145 Raise Max Level.png 20

#303
Shuffle491.png

Sleep Charm
Leaves the foe asleep.
Skill Swapper: Spookify+
Pokémon GO
GO491.png Base Stamina: 172 Base Attack: 285 Base Defense: 198
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Snarl, Feint Attack
Charged Attacks: Focus Blast, Shadow Ball, Dark Pulse

Evolution

491Darkrai.png
Unevolved
Darkrai
 Dark 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 491.png Spr b 4d 491.png Spr 4p 491.png Spr b 4p 491.png Spr 4p 491.png Spr b 4h 491.png
Spr 4d 491 s.png Spr b 4d 491 s.png Spr 4p 491 s.png Spr b 4p 491 s.png Spr 4p 491 s.png Spr b 4p 491 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 491.png Spr b 5b 491.png Spr 5b 491.png Spr b 5b 491.png
Spr 5b 491 s.png Spr b 5b 491 s.png Spr 5b 491 s.png Spr b 5b 491 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 491.png Spr b 6x 491.png Spr 6x 491.png Spr b 6x 491.png
Spr 6x 491 s.png Spr b 6x 491 s.png Spr 6x 491 s.png Spr b 6x 491 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 491.png Spr b 7s 491.png Spr 7s 491.png Spr b 7s 491.png
Spr 7s 491 s.png Spr b 7s 491 s.png Spr 7s 491 s.png Spr b 7s 491 s.png
Front Back Front Back
491MS6.png For other sprites and images, please see Darkrai images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Darkrai's appearance and abilities suggest it is based on the concept of nightmares. Resembling a shadow, it may also have been inspired by the bogeyman, the Greek god Morpheus, genies (or jinn), or the Oneiroi, namely Phobetor.

Name origin

Darkrai is a combination of dark, and 暗い kurai (dark).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ダークライ Darkrai From dark and 暗い kurai (dark)
France Flag.png French Darkrai Same as Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Darkrai Same as Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Darkrai Same as Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Darkrai Same as Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 다크라이 Darkrai Transliteration of Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 達克萊伊 Daat Haak Loi Yi Transliteration of Japanese name
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 達克萊伊 Dá Kè Lái Yī Transliteration of Japanese name


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