Darkrai Raid Counters Guide

Darkrai raid guide

Best Darkrai counters are strong Fighting and Fairy types, such as Machamp, Togekiss, Hariyama, Heracross, Toxicroak, Breloom and Gardevoir. Darkrai is weak to Fighting, Fairy, and Bug type moves. Darkrai is boosted by Fog weather. Darkrai perfect CPs from raids are:

  • 2048 – 2136 CP for a regular encounter (Level 20)
  • 2560 – 2671 CP for a weather boosted encounter (Level 25, Fog )

Due to relatively high defense, a high Attack stat and 22500 HP in raids, Darkrai is difficult to take down in smaller groups. A best case scenario is a super difficult trio under Cloudy weather that boosts strong Fighting types, but a duo is not possible. That being said, our recommendation is that you have 4 – 7 high level trainers for Darkrai raids. For groups larger than 7, consider splitting into smaller groups for better raid rewards.

Darkrai is transferable but not tradable. Darkrai is a Dark-type Mythical Pokémon that was introduced in Generation IV, being a counterpart to Cresselia in the Lunar Duo. Darkrai is a Tier 5 Raid Boss, but he has 22500 HP, which results in 65675 CP in raids.

Darkrai Raid Counters

Our Darkrai counters are solely derived from simulations run on the Go Hub Simulator. Simulations are always run with level 30 Pokémon against a Tier 5 raid boss, averaging all move sets and simulating lag and rejoining. Results will vary with different move sets (such as Breloom receiving a preference against Dark Pulse move sets, while Hariyama will be better against Focus Blast).

Darkrai counters
# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move
1. Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
2. Pokemon GO TogekissTogekiss Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam  Fairy
3. Pokemon GO HariyamaHariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
4. Pokemon GO ToxicroakToxicroak Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
5. Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
6. Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
7. Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter  Fighting Focus Blast  Fighting
8. Pokemon GO GranbullGranbull Charm Fairy Play Rough Fairy
9. Pokemon GO GardevoirGardevoir Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy
10. Pokemon GO EmboarEmboar Low Kick  Fighting Focus Blast  Fighting
11. Pokemon GO YanmegaYanmega Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug
12. Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Bug Bite  Bug X Scissor Bug
13. Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter  Fighting Close Combat  Fighting
14. Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Fury Cutter Bug X Scissor  Bug

Important note: Prioritize Gardevoir and Togekiss versus Focus Blast. Fairy types take reduced damage from Fighting and they perform better than Machamp and Hariyama.

As we’ll go in-depth in the next section (Moves breakdown), 60% of Darkrai’s move pool consists of Dark moves, which means that 60% of time Darkrai deals reduced damage to Fighting and Fairy types. Taking reduced damage converts into more opportunities to activate charge moves, and in turn, into more damage. Hence why Machamp, Togekiss and Hariyama rule the top 3 spots. Once Conkledurr gets released, it will be an amazing Darkrai counter as well, but for now this is the list.

If you’re looking for detailed Time to Win and Faint metrics scroll down to the Simulator data section.

Moves breakdown

Darkrai’s has access to the following moves:

Fast moves Charge moves
  • Snarl Dark
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Focus Blast Fighting

As most top Darkrai counters resist its Dark type moves (the only ones that benefit from STAB), there are only a handful moves that are considered to be a threat to the top counters. Watch out for Shadow Ball move sets if you are using counters like Gardevoir, as that will destroy her easily. Beyond that, the most difficult charge move to face is Shadow Ball, as it hits like a truck.

Charge moves

Darkrai’s move pool is consistently easy to counter, provided that you have appropriate Pokemon at your disposal:

  • If Darkrai has Dark Pulse, you should prioritize Fighting types. They take reduced damage and easily land charge moves regardless of dodging. In order not to waste Revives, be careful with squishy ones like Breloom.
  • Versus Focus Blast you should always prioritize Gardevoir and Togekiss. Due to their dual typing, they take 2x reduced damage from Focus Blast. Gardevoir and Togekiss are best counters to Darkrai when it has Focus Blast.
  • Treat Shadow Ball in the same way like Dark Pulse and use Fighting types. Do not use Gardevoir as it takes increased damage from Ghost moves and will melt easily.

Feint Attack vs Snarl

There is no real difference between Feint Attack and Snarl in the long run, as they are very similar. Feint Attack has a higher DPS, while Snarl has a higher energy gain. Snarl is overall better, but it will not matter much here.

Weather Effects

Weather Pro Con
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts Fairy and Fighting counters Boosts Focus Blast Fighting
Rainy Boosts Bug counters
Fog Boosted Raid Boss for a Level 25 counter Boosts Dark and Ghost Type moves

Simulator output

As mentioned above, we rank counters by using Level 30 Pokemon and average over a series of simulations versus all Darkrai move sets. Consequentially, if you have higher level counters, you will have lower Time to win and Faint count.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Machamp Karate Chop Dynamic Punch 1060.9s 51
2. Togekiss Charm Dazzling Gleam 1199.9s 38
3. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 1133.4s 52
4. Toxicroak Counter Dynamic Punch 1154.6s 56
5. Heracross Counter Close Combat 1211.9s 51
6. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 1081.6s 67
7. Granbull Charm Play Rough 1243.0s 58
8. Blaziken Counter Focus Blast 1174.4s 64
9. Gardevoir Charm Dazzling Gleam 1205.0s 67
10. Emboar Low Kick Focus Blast 1241.1s 62
11. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 1268.4s 63
12. Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 1243.4s 67
13. Lucario Counter Close Combat 1249.6s 72
14. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 1265.1s 75
15. Ursaring Counter Play Rough 1308.1s 66
16. Gallade Low Kick Close Combat 1337.1s 79
17. Poliwrath Rock Smash Dynamic Punch 1473.5s 62
18. Clefable Charm Dazzling Gleam 1505.3s 61
19. Primeape Counter Close Combat 1381.4s 82
20. Donphan Counter Play Rough 1455.3s 75
21. Regigigas Rock Smash Avalanche 1526.3s 60
22. Infernape Rock Smash Close Combat 1465.9s 77
23. Roserade Poison Jab Dazzling Gleam 1474.0s 80
24. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 1529.9s 74
25. Salamence Dragon Tail Outrage 1534.3s 74
26. Hitmonchan Counter Close Combat 1484.0s 79
27. Garchomp Dragon Tail Outrage 1589.6s 67
28. Palkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 1567.6s 76
29. Dragonite Dragon Breath Outrage 1615.8s 71
30. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Focus Blast 1507.5s 87