Dark-type Pokemon weaknesses & resistances explained

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If you’re getting outmaneuvered by sneaky Dark-type Pokemon, here’s how to take advantage of their weaknesses in battle to bring them down with the best Dark counters and details on Dark resistances.

Dark-type Pokemon can be troublesome in battle due to their mystique and sneaky move-set, as it is essentially another element in Pokemon games, and therefore, can be quite damaging to those who are especially weak against it.

However, as with any element in the Pokemon game series, Dark can be countered and has its own set of weaknesses that can be exploited.

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Now that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are with us, here’s what you need to know to survive an encounter with a Dark-type Pokemon – and to come out victorious.


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The Alolan Meowth is a popular Dark-type Pokemon.

Dark-type Pokemon weaknesses

Dark-type Pokemon have three primary weaknesses when it comes to moves and opposing Pokemon types:

Therefore, when looking to take down a Dark-type Pokemon, bring along a team that includes Pokemon which belong to those categories. Also, ensure to focus on using moves related to those types for best results in battle.

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Don’t forget that a Pokemon can have multiple types; For example, your chosen ‘mon may be a Dark and Dragon-type Pokemon. So be sure to take advantage of any other weaknesses they may have by being aware of their secondary type.

Best counters for Dark-type Pokemon

When coming up against Dark-types, Pokemon like Scyther, Clefable, and Hitmonlee are reliable options. Each one represents a weakness that every Dark-types shares.

Always bear in mind a Pokemon’s secondary type when selecting your counter Pokemon and moves. While the above three examples are effective against Dark-types, the opposing Pokemon may have resistances based on their primary/secondary type.

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Umbreon is one of the more well-known Dark-types in the series.

Dark-type Pokemon strengths & resistances

As well as having weaknesses, Dark-type Pokemon are also resistant to certain other types and moves: When going up against a Dark-type Pokemon, avoid Ghost and Psychic-types. 

This is because there’s a lot of overlap between Dark, Ghost, and Psychic-type Pokemon, and a Dark-type is likely to also have dual Ghost or Psychic typing. This is not always the case, but it’s common.

So, when you go into battle against a Dark-type Pokemon, be sure to switch these out accordingly.

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What is a Dark-type Pokemon?

Dark-type Pokemon are harder to recognize than most. Unlike Fire, Water, and Electric-type Pokemon, Dark-types have less distinguishable features, and they can also easily be confused with Ghost-type Pokemon.

Some Dark-type Pokemon look especially mean and spooky, which can sometimes be a telltale sign of their type. If you’re confident that a Pokemon is not a Ghost-type, but bears similar characteristics, then you’re likely looking at a Dark-type Pokemon.

Remember, Dark is usually a secondary Pokemon type, which means the ‘mon you’re fighting will have another set of weaknesses to exploit. For example, Dark/Ghost, Dark/Dragon, Dark/Psychic, and Dark/Fire Pokemon are common mixes.

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These are easier to spot, which means, if you’re ever in doubt, exploit that Pokemon’s known weaknesses until you’re sure you’re up against a Dark-type Pokemon.

So, that’s all of the weaknesses and resistances you need to know about to help you bring down Dark-type Pokemon in the series.

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