Darkrai Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to November 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: October 23, 2020, to November 5, 2020



Darkrai is a Dark-type Mythical Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region. Darkrai can lull people to sleep and make them see horrific nightmares, though its intentions aren't malicious. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Darkrai, how to catch Darkrai after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Pitch-Black Pokémon after you've caught it.


Which Pokémon to Use in a Darkrai Raid in Pokémon GO

As a Dark-type Pokémon, Darkrai is vulnerable to Fighting-, Bug-, and Fairy-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Darkrai Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Fighting-, Bug-, or Fairy-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.

If you have multiple Fighting-, Bug-, or Fairy-type Pokémon, choose Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive after a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Darkrai as quickly as possible.


Suggested Fighting-type Pokémon

  • Machamp / Shadow Machamp (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Bullet Punch (Steel), Counter (Fighting), Karate Chop (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Cross Chop (Fighting), Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Submission (Fighting)

  • Breloom (Grass/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting)

  • Hariyama / Shadow Hariyama (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Superpower (Fighting)

  • Mega Lopunny (Normal/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Low Kick (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Focus Blast (Fighting)

  • Lucario (Fighting/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Aura Sphere (Fighting), Close Combat (Fighting), Power-Up Punch (Fighting)

  • Toxicroak (Poison/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting)

  • Conkeldurr (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Focus Blast (Fighting)

  • Sirfetch'd (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting), Fury Cutter (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting)

Suggested Bug-type Pokémon

  • Beedrill / Mega Beedrill (Bug/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Bug Bite (Bug), Infestation (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: Fell Stinger (Bug), X-Scissor (Bug)

  • Pinsir / Shadow Pinsir (Bug)

    • Fast Attack: Bug Bite (Bug), Fury Cutter (Bug), Rock Smash (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Submission (Fighting), Superpower (Fighting), X-Scissor (Bug)

  • Scizor / Shadow Scizor (Bug/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Fury Cutter (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: X-Scissor (Bug)

  • Heracross (Bug/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting), Struggle Bug (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Megahorn (Bug)

Suggested Fairy-type Pokémon

  • Granbull / Shadow Granbull (Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Charm (Fairy)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Play Rough (Fairy)

  • Gardevoir / Shadow Gardevoir (Psychic/Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Charm (Fairy)

    • Charged Attack: Dazzling Gleam (Fairy)

  • Togekiss (Fairy/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Charm (Fairy)

    • Charged Attack: Dazzling Gleam (Fairy)

  • Zacian (Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Quick Attack (Normal)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Play Rough (Fairy)

Other Useful Pokémon

  • Ursaring / Shadow Ursaring (Normal)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Play Rough (Fairy)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

After a Darkrai raid, you'll have a limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Darkrai, so make each one count. You can earn extra Premier Balls by battling with friends and defeating Darkrai more quickly.

In an encounter with Darkrai, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent throws. Throwing Curveballs can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don't think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Darkrai isn't going to make it easy on you by sitting still while you're trying to catch it. Don't waste your Premier Balls by throwing while it's moving around. Watch Darkrai to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the cycles. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Darkrai. A Razz Berry will make Darkrai easier to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm Darkrai, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Darkrai Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Darkrai easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Mythical Pokémon, Darkrai is tricky to catch, so don't be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.


What to Do with Darkrai Once You've Caught It


Darkrai's Initial CP Range: 2,048–2,136

Darkrai's Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,560–2,671

Available Fast Attacks: Feint Attack (Dark), Snarl (Dark)

Available Charged Attacks: Dark Pulse (Dark), Focus Blast (Fighting), Shadow Ball (Ghost), Sludge Bomb (Poison)


As a Dark-type Pokémon, Darkrai has a type advantage against Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokémon. This makes Darkrai particularly useful against many Raid Bosses such as Mega Gengar, Mewtwo, Lugia, Metagross, Latios, Latias, Deoxys, and Giratina.

Darkrai's type advantages also make it a valuable addition to any GO Battle League team. Darkrai can act as a formidable counter to Giratina, one of the Master League's most-used Pokémon. Its Snarl Fast Attack helps power up Charged Attacks quickly. If you're aiming to bring Darkrai into Master League battles, you should increase Darkrai's CP and teach it a second Charged Attack. Raising Darkrai's CP to its maximum requires a lot of Darkrai Candy and Stardust, so try to catch as many Darkrai as possible to help you get there faster—and don't forget the Pinap Berries!

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check back to Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

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