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Murkrow
Darkness Pokémon
ヤミカラス
Yamikarasu
#198
Murkrow



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Type
Dark Flying
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Insomnia or Super Luck Cacophony
Cacophony
Prankster
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
30 (8.8%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Flying
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
1'08" 0.5 m
Murkrow
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
4.6 lbs. 2.1 kg
Murkrow
0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
107
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
81
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Murkrow
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
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
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body09.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F198.png None.png
{{{form2}}}
Pokédex color
Black
Base friendship
35
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Murkrow (Japanese: ヤミカラス Yamikarasu) is a dual-type Dark/Flying Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

It evolves into Honchkrow when exposed to a Dusk Stone.

Contents

Biology

Murkrow is an avian Pokémon with black feathers. Its crooked, yellow beak and the three, feathery tufts on its head resemble a witch's nose and hat respectively. The feathery crest is smaller on the female than on the male. It has semi-circular, red eyes with white sclerae and pupils and a spiky collar of feathers around its neck. The shaggy feathers on its tail resemble the end of a broom, and there is a thin, red band at the base of the tail. Its yellow feet have four toes, three facing forward and one backward.

Murkrow has a fondness for anything sparkly, and it will go as far as fighting with other Pokémon, such as Meowth or Gabite, in order to gain their stashes. Whenever it is chased, it loses the attacker by leading it down dark mountain trails, and sometimes it does this to travelers as a mean spirited prank. Its thieving and nocturnal nature has led it to become representative of misfortune. It is possible to train a Murkrow to repeat words, as seen under Team Rocket's ownership. Murkrow usually live in flocks amongst forests and swamps.

In the anime

Murkrow in the anime

Major appearances

Paul's Murkrow

Paul has a Murkrow, which evolved into a Honchkrow. It debuted in Top-Down Training!.

Other

In Pikachu & Pichu, multiple Murkrow were causing trouble in Big Town. They first appeared when Pikachu landed on their pole.

In All That Glitters!, three Murkrow stole Ash's Badges. They then joined forces with Ash's Noctowl against Team Rocket, and Ash eventually got back his Badges.

In Hocus Pokémon, Lily has a Murkrow that often sat on her shoulder and helped her with spells.

In Like a Meowth to a Flame, multiple Murkrow attacked Ash and his friends for unknown reasons as they were searching for a restaurant. Pikachu tried to scare the Murkrow away with Thunderbolt, but they kept on coming back. Tyson's Meowth then arrived and got rid of the Murkrow by using Fury Swipes on them.

In PK20, a Murkrow stole a large diamond ring piece that Pikachu and Meowth's groups were after. Murkrow accidentally dropped the piece later on.

In Try for the Family Stone!, Mitchell has a Murkrow that would play pranks on travelers by causing hallucinations.

In Mimikyu Unmasked!, three Murkrow kept stealing Jessie's Malasadas and later stole Mimikyu's rag. More Murkrow later attacked Jessie and Mimikyu.

Minor appearances

In Trouble in Big Town, a Murkrow popped the balloons Little Pichu hung onto.

In Great Bowls of Fire!, multiple Murkrow were living in the Dragon Holy Land.

Two Murkrow appeared in Tie One On!.

Two Murkrow appeared in Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias.

A Murkrow appeared in Tree's a Crowd.

A Murkrow appeared in A Bite to Remember.

A Murkrow appeared in Going, Going, Yawn.

In Who's Flying Now?, a Murkrow was featured in the Fortree City Feather Festival.

Multiple Murkrow appeared in Destiny Deoxys.

Multiple Murkrow appeared in The Rise of Darkrai.

A Murkrow appeared in Journey to the Unown!.

Multiple Murkrow appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

In A Rivalry to Gible On!, two Murkrow were living on Mt. Shady.

In Dawn of a Royal Day!, a Coordinator's Murkrow competed in the Arrowroot Contest.

In Casting a Paul on Barry!, a Murkrow flew over Team Rocket.

In Mystery on a Deserted Island!, Cilan's demonstration featured a Murkrow evolving into a Honchkrow.

Multiple Murkrow appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.

In Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!, a wild Murkrow stole a snack that Clemont's Chespin was about to eat.

A Trainer's Murkrow appeared in Alola to New Adventure!.

A Trainer's Mukrow appeared in Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!.

In A Seasoned Search!, two Murkrow were attracted by Bounsweet's Sweet Scent during her attempts to attract an Oricorio.

In Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?, a Murkrow was scared off by a Gengar.

In Tough Guy Trials!, three Murkrow flew above Team Rocket during a call to Matori.

In Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!, a Murkrow tried to attack a shrunken Ash and Lillie as they were riding on a Comfey.

In Securing the Future!, three Trainers' Murkrow joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.

Multiple Murkrow appeared in Evolving Research!. One attacked Sophocles's Charjabug but failed to injure it.

In Show Me the Metal!, a Murkrow attempted to steal a nut from one of the Meltan, which had fallen on top of a Pokémon School building. Rowlet eventually retrieved it and gave it back to the Meltan.

In Got Meltan?, a Murkrow stole the Meltan that befriended Rowlet. Though Rowlet got Meltan back, the Murkrow was revealed to still have Meltan's nut.

In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Murkrow competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but ended up losing.

A Trainer's Murkrow appeared in Finding a Legend!.

A Trainer's Murkrow appeared in JN033.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP184 Murkrow Ash's Pokédex Murkrow, the Darkness Pokémon. Murkrow confuse would-be attackers by luring them into dark mountain trails, where they are sure to get lost.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP040 Murkrow Dawn's Pokédex Murkrow, the Darkness Pokémon. Many people believe that if you see a Murkrow at night, it will bring bad luck.

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Three Murkrow appeared in The Murkrows' Plot.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Silver's Murkrow

Murkrow debuted in Murkrow Row where it stole the luggage Joey was delivering and was attacked by Aibo and captured afterwards by Gold.

Silver has a Murkrow on his team obtained prior to his appearance in Quilava Quandary flying over Ecruteak City. He is mostly used as flight transportation. He evolved into a Honchkrow in Dealing With A Koffing Fit.

Karen is later seen with two Murkrow in The Last Battle VII. Like Silver, she uses them for flight transport.

Three Murkrow appeared in Crafty Carnivine.

Ariana has a Murkrow, which first appeared in Pleased as Punch With Parasect.

Four wild Murkrow were seen flying around the Lost Hotel in Pinsir Glares.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: Golden Boys manga

A Murkrow appeared in The Great Search! Let's Rescue The Slowpoke!, under the ownership of Team Rocket.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Murkrow appeared in GDZ40.

A Murkrow appeared in GDZ47, under the ownership of a thief.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

A Murkrow appeared in a flashback in Deoxys, The Phantom Pokémon! (Part 1).

In the TCG

Main article: Murkrow (TCG)

In the TFG

One Murkrow figure has been released.

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II Johto
#208
Gold Feared and loathed by many, it is believed to bring misfortune to all those who see it at night.
Silver It is said that when chased, it lures its attacker onto dark mountain trails where the foe will get lost.
Crystal It hides any shiny object it finds in a secret location. Murkrow and Meowth loot one another's stashes.
Stadium 2 Feared and loathed by many, it is believed to bring misfortune to all those who see it at night.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#—
Ruby Murkrow was feared and loathed as the alleged bearer of ill fortune. This Pokémon shows strong interest in anything that sparkles or glitters. It will even try to steal rings from women.
Sapphire
Emerald Murkrow were feared as the alleged bearers of ill fortune. It shows strong interest in anything that sparkles. It will even try to steal rings from women.
FireRed It is said that when chased, it lures its attacker onto dark mountain trails where the foe will get lost.
LeafGreen Feared and loathed by many, it is believed to bring misfortune to all those who see it at night.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#074
Johto
#213
Diamond It is believed that seeing this Pokémon at night will bring about ominous occurrences.
Pearl It appears near travelers to lure them into deep forests. It is said to carry misfortune.
Platinum If spotted, it will lure an unwary person into chasing it, then lose the pursuer on mountain trails.
HeartGold Feared and loathed by many, it is believed to bring misfortune to all those who see it at night.
SoulSilver It is said that when chased, it lures its attacker onto dark mountain trails where the foe will get lost.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black If spotted, it will lure an unwary person into chasing it, then lose the pursuer on mountain trails.
White
Black 2 If spotted, it will lure an unwary person into chasing it then lose the pursuer on mountain trails.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Mountain #051
Hoenn
#—
X It hides any shiny object it finds in a secret location. Murkrow and Meowth loot one another's stashes.
Y Feared and loathed by many, it is believed to bring misfortune to all those who see it at night.
Omega Ruby Murkrow was feared and loathed as the alleged bearer of ill fortune. This Pokémon shows strong interest in anything that sparkles or glitters. It will even try to steal rings from women.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
SM: #277
Alola
USUM: #078
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Sun They awaken at dusk and take wing in the twilight, leading to the expression, “Get home before the Murkrow fly.”
Moon Seen as a symbol of bad luck, it's generally disliked. Yet it gives presents—objects that sparkle or shine—to Trainers it's close to.
Ultra Sun It has a weakness for shiny things. It's been known to sneak into the nests of Gabite—noted collectors of jewels—in search of treasure.
Ultra Moon It searches for shiny things for its boss. Murkrow's presence is said to be unlucky, so many people detest it.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Routes 7, 16Night
Crystal
Routes 7, 16Night
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade, Event
Emerald
Trade, Event
FireRed
Lost Cave
LeafGreen
Trade, Event
Colosseum
Shadow PKMN Lab (Shadow)
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond
Eterna Forest and Lost TowerNight
Pearl
Trade
Platinum
Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
Routes 7 and 16Night
Safari Zone
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
Suburban Area
Generation V
Black
Abundant Shrine
White
Trade
Black 2 White 2
Pinwheel Forest (Hidden Grotto)*
Dream World
Windswept Sky
Generation VI
X Y
Routes 15 and 16 (Horde Encounter)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Soaring in the sky
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Vast Poni Canyon, Poké Pelago
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Hau'oli CemeteryNight
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Phobos Jet, Endless Level 47, Forever Level 13, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Great Canyon (5F-7F), Western Cave (1F-2F), Wish Cave (39F-42F)
Ranger
Lyra Forest
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Concealed Ruins (B1F-B29F), World Abyss (B1F-B14F)
MD Sky
Concealed Ruins (B1F-B29F), World Abyss (B1F-B14F)
Ranger: SoA
Pueltown
PokéPark Wii
Haunted Zone
Ranger: GS
Teakwood Forest, Dark Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Hauntyard: Everspring Valley (post-ending)
Rumble U
Magical Lake: Protect Pichu in the Forest
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Mysterious Fountain: Stage 1
Shuffle
Desert Umbra: Stage 307
Rumble World
Pearl Marsh: Colossal Tree (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Dragonite Sea, Pinsir Sea, Mimikyu Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Arceus Sea, Mimikyu SeaFinal

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Beat Up Murkrow English United States 5 August 30 to September 26, 2002;
December 27, 2002 to January 2, 2003
RSEFRLG Gather More Pokémon! Third Campaign Murkrow Japanese Japan 10 January 14 to 29, 2006

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
60
120 - 167 230 - 324
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
42
42 - 103 80 - 201
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
42
42 - 103 80 - 201
91
86 - 157 168 - 309
Total:
405
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
2/3 ★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
4/4 ★★★★
Total
15/19 ★★★

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 ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

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


TCG-only moves

Move Card
Switcheroo Murkrow (Supreme Victors 72)

Side game data

Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani198.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 7.2%
Friend Area: Flyaway Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP Don't blame me if you get lost in dungeons!
26%-50% HP I have half my HP left, and that's about it.
1%-25% HP I'm doomed... I don't know my way around...
Level up There, I've leveled up. I hope nothing ominous happens...
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 198.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 6.4%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Dark
Poké Assist: Dark PA.png
Dark
Field move: None
Loops: 9 Min. exp.: 48 Max. exp.: 62
Browser entry R-046
Murkrow misleads people that enter its forest. Don't lose sight of it!
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Dark
Poké Assist: Dark PA.png
Dark
Field move: Cut 1 field move.png
(Cut ×1)
Browser entry R-185
It attacks by releasing a dark pulse.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Dark
Poké Assist:
(present)
Dark Assist.png
Dark
Field move:
(present)
Cut 1 field move.png
(Cut ×1)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Dark Assist.png
Dark
Field move:
(past)
Cut 1 field move.png
(Cut ×1)
Browser entry R-055/N-186
It sends gusts of dark wind to attack.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush198 fBody.png Walking Speed: 1.45 seconds Base HP: 51
Base Attack: 74 Base Defense: 46 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW198.png PokéPark Pad entry:
You'll find Murkrow following Honchkrow around the garden in the Haunted Zone. Murkrow is an ace at Pelipper's Circle Circuit and Salamence's Air Ace.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PPW198.png Strong: Pikachu icon.png Weak: Snivy icon.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
They've been Honchkrow's subordinates since he was a leader of the Tech Area. Each of them wants to be a boss someday.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Dark
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT198.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Dark
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#443
Shuffle198.png

Stabilize
Sometimes erases one of the foe's disruptions on the board.
Skill Swapper: Eject++
Pokémon GO
GO198.png Base Stamina: 155 Base Attack: 175 Base Defense: 87
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: Murkrow Candy 100 + Sinnoh Stone1
Fast Attacks: Peck, Feint Attack
Charged Attacks: Drill Peck, Foul Play, Dark Pulse

Evolution

198Murkrow.png
Unevolved
Murkrow
 Dark  Flying 
Dusk Stone
Dusk Stone
430Honchkrow.png
First evolution
Honchkrow
 Dark  Flying 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 198.png Spr b 2g 198.png Spr 2s 198.png Spr b 2g 198.png Spr 2c 198.png Spr b 2c 198.png
Spr 2g 198 s.png Spr b 2g 198 s.png Spr 2s 198 s.png Spr b 2g 198 s.png Spr 2c 198 s.png Spr b 2g 198 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 198.png Spr b 3r 198.png Spr 3e 198.png Spr b 3r 198.png Spr 3r 198.png Spr b 3r 198.png
Spr 3r 198 s.png Spr b 3r 198 s.png Spr 3e 198 s.png Spr b 3r 198 s.png Spr 3r 198 s.png Spr b 3r 198 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
198MS6.png For other sprites and images, please see Murkrow images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Murkrow seems to be based on a crow, more specifically the carrion crow. Its crest resembles that of the black hawk-eagle. Its crest can also be taken to resemble a pointed hat, and its tail the bristles of a broom, giving it a resemblance to a witch in flight. In regards to its Generation IV evolution, it can also be taken to resemble a gang member under a head Honchkrow. Its ability to mimic voices is referencing crows' and ravens' ability to imitate other sounds.

Name origin

Murkrow is a combination of murky or murder (a group of crows) and crow.

Yamikarasu is a combination of 闇 yami (darkness) and 烏 karasu (crow).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ヤミカラス Yamikarasu From yami and karasu
France Flag.png French Cornèbre From corneille and ténèbre
Spain Flag.png Spanish Murkrow Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Kramurx From Krähe and Murks
Italy Flag.png Italian Murkrow Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 니로우 Nirou From night and crow
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 黑暗鴉 Hāk'am'ā From 黑暗 hāk'am and ā
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 黑暗鴉 / 黑暗鸦 Hēi'ànyā From 黑暗 hēi'àn and 鴉 / 鸦


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