Darkrai Raid Counters Guide

Pokemon GO Darkrai
Pokemon GO Darkrai

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 2 – 6 high level trainers for Darkrai raids. For groups larger than 6, 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 Raid Counters

A list of best Darkrai counters in Pokemon GO, calculated from simulating hundreds of possible Pokemon and move set combinations.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Counter Aura Sphere 589.32s 33.50
2. Counter Dynamic Punch 628.22s 23.50
3. Counter Dynamic Punch 649.01s 27.50
4. Counter Dynamic Punch 686.21s 27.17
5. Quick Attack Play Rough 721.43s 21.00
6. Metal Claw Play Rough 722.92s 23.50
7. Charm Dazzling Gleam 743.75s 20.50
8. Counter Dynamic Punch 671.23s 39.00
9. Counter Megahorn 722.95s 27.17
10. Counter Dynamic Punch 716.18s 31.83
11. Counter Close Combat 713.49s 34.17
12. Charm Dazzling Gleam 717.23s 34.83
13. Counter Focus Blast 721.93s 35.50
14. Low Kick Focus Blast 759.96s 28.75
15. Counter Play Rough 800.91s 23.50
16. Fury Cutter X-Scissor 744.38s 36.33

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 movesets and simulating lag and rejoining.

Results will vary with different movesets (such as Breloom receiving a preference against Dark Pulse move sets, while Hariyama will be better against Focus Blast). Results contain some unreleased Pokémon.

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.

With Mega and Shadow Pokémon included

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Counter Dynamic Punch 434.57s 19.50
2. Charm Dazzling Gleam 475.60s 23.00
3. Bug Bite X-Scissor 477.72s 25.50
4. Low Kick Focus Blast 525.78s 21.33
5. Bug Bite X-Scissor 520.16s 26.83
6. Fury Cutter X-Scissor 535.60s 29.67
7. Low Kick Close Combat 546.31s 28.17
8. Counter Play Rough 552.05s 29.50
9. Rock Smash Dynamic Punch 592.03s 21.50
10. Fire Spin Blast Burn 582.73s 22.83
11. Dragon Breath Dazzling Gleam 637.15s 20.33
12. Low Kick Close Combat 595.50s 31.50
13. Counter Aura Sphere 589.32s 33.50
14. Counter Dynamic Punch 628.22s 23.50

Shiny Darkrai

Shiny Darkrai is available in Pokémon GO and can be obtained from Raids. It looks like this:


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.

Halloween 2021 Exclusive move: Sludge Bomb

In case you missed it, Darkrai that knows the attack Sludge Bomb will be appearing in five-star raids from Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. Read more about Darkrai’s performance with Sludge Bomb here: Sludge Bomb Darkrai analysis: trick or treat?

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