Best Dark Type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

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Pokemon Go is gaining popularity again and everyone is starting to research what kind of Pokemon they should catch, train and use in raids/battles. In this guide, we take a look at the black Pokémon! gives you some quick type and Pokemon stats to make sure you know what to look for and how to win.

Best Dark Type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Before we begin, we want to cover a few important points while reading this list. Everything in the list below affects how we rank the best Pokemon, so you'll want to check it out at least once.



  • Pokémon Modifications: Certain Pokémon can be modified into different versions, which greatly strengthens them so as to place them at the top of a list, even if their standard version would not be there. For this reason, we've included a separate list for the strongest Altered Dark-type Pokémon.
  • Combination Types: Any Pokemon type can be mixed with any other type, which can cause confusion in choosing the best one. These secondary types can alter the recommended moveset, weaknesses, and other important stats such as Max CP. However, Dark-exclusive Pokémon are rare, so we decided to just include them in the full list.
  • The Algorithm: We determine our lists by getting the stats of the ten Pokémon with the highest CP in their category. Then we take the averages of their max CP, attack, defense, and stamina. Ranks are determined by which Pokemon has the best overall placement of those stats. We did it this way because it means you don't just get the highest CP, but rather the strongest Pokemon ranked by balanced averages.
  • The Lists of Major Dark Types: The list below provides you with all of the lists we provide in this guide for Dark Pokemon.
    • Top 10 general dark type
    • Altered dark type top three
  • Strengths/Weaknesses: This list will provide you with all the weaknesses and strengths of Fairy-type Pokémon.
    • Strong Weakness(es): None
    • Weakness(es): Bug, Fairy, Fighting
    • Resistance(s): Dark, Ghost
    • Strong resistance(s): Psychic

Related: Best Fairy-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go - Pro Game Guides



Top 10 general dark type

  • # 1: Tyranitar
    • CP max: 4335
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 251/207/225
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bite
      • Charge Attack: Stone Edge
  • # 2: Darkrai
    • CP max: 4227
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 285/198/172
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Snarl
      • Charge Attack: Dark Pulse
  • # 3: Hydreigon
    • CP max: 4098
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 256/188/211
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bite
      • Charge Attack: Dark Pulse
  • # 4: Crocodile
    • CP max: 3444
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 229/158/216
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Mud Slap
      • Charge Attack: Earthquake
  • # 5: Honchkrow
    • CP max: 3065
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 243/103/225
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Snarl
      • Charge Attack: Brave Bird
  • # 6: Weavile
    • CP max: 3397
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 243/171/172
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Snarl
      • Charge Attack: Foul Play
  • # 7: Obstagoon
    • CP max: 2999
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 180/194/212
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Counter
      • Charge Attack: Hyper Beam
  • # 8: Bisharp
    • Max CP: 3215
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 232/176/163
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Snarl
      • Charge Attack: Dark Pulse
  • # 9: Greenland
    • CP max: 3001
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 223/152/176
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bubble
      • Charge Attack: Surf
  • # 10: Houndoom
    • CP max: 2979
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 224/144/181
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Snarl
      • Charge Attack: Foul Play

Altered dark type top three

  • # 1: Mega Gyarados
    • CP max: 5332
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 292/216/247
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bite
      • Charge Attack: Hydraulic Pump
  • #2: Mega Houndoom
    • CP max: 4344
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 289/181/194
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Fire Fang
      • Charge Attack: Foul Play
  • Alola Muk
    • CP max: 3117
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 190/172/233
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bite
      • Charge Attack: Gunk Shot

If you own any of the Dark Pokémon listed above, we suggest you research Raids and Battles! Remember: with Black Pokémon, you want to avoid fighting their pawns, mainly Steel Pokémon. Check back for updates each season!



Want to see the best of some other guy? Check out our guides to find the best Flying-type Pokemon and the best Rock-type Pokemon!

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