Best Dark Type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

We're taking a look at the best Dark Pokémon currently available in Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go is gaining popularity again, and it's causing everyone to start investigating what type of Pokémon they should catch, train, and use in raids/battles. In this guide, we're looking at Dark Pokémon! We're going to give you some quick stats about the type and the Pokémon 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 things when reading over this list. Everything in the list below affects how we rank the best Pokémon, so you'll want to glance over it at least once.

  • Pokémon Alterations: Some Pokémon can be altered into different versions, which significantly boosts them in such a way that it may put them at the top of a list, even if their standard version wouldn't be there. Because of this, we've included a separate list for the strongest Altered Dark-type Pokémon.
  • Combination Types: Any Pokémon type can be mixed with any other type, which can cause some confusion in picking the best. These secondary types can change the recommended moveset, weaknesses, and other important stats like Max CP. However, Dark-exclusive Pokemon are rare, so we've decided to just include them with the whole list.
  • The Algorithm: We determine our lists by getting the statistics of the ten Pokémon with the highest CP of their category. Then, we take the averages of their Max CP, Attack, Defense, and Stamina. The ranks are determined by which Pokémon has the best overall placement of those stats. We did it this way because it means you're not just getting the highest CP, but instead, the strongest Pokémon ranked by balanced averages.
  • The Lists for the Top Dark Types: The list below provides you all the lists we're providing in this guide for Dark Pokémon.
    • Top 10 Overall Dark-type
    • Top Three Altered Dark-type
  • Strengths/Weaknesses: This list will provide you all weaknesses and strengths of Dark-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 Overall Dark-type

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

Top Three Altered Dark-type

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

If you have one of the Dark Pokémon listed above, we suggest looking for raids and battles! Remember: with Dark Pokémon, you want to avoid fighting their counters, primarily Steel Pokémon. Check back for updates every season!

Want to see the best of some other types? Check out our guides for the Best Flying Type Pokémon and Best Rock Type Pokemon!

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