Darkrai Raid Counters Guide

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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

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Conkeldurr Counter Dynamic Punch 686.5s 30
2. Lucario Counter Aura Sphere 628.5s 38
3. Beedrill (Mega) Bug Bite X Scissor 665.6s 39
4. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 706.3s 34
5. Togekiss Charm Dazzling Gleam 799.6s 26
6. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 757.1s 34
7. Heracross Counter Megahorn 781.2s 33
8. Toxicroak Counter Dynamic Punch 773.6s 37
9. Volcarona Bug Bite Bug Buzz 784.9s 38
10. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 724.2s 45
11. Meloetta (Pirouette) Low Kick Close Combat 792.3s 29
12. Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Close Combat 825.5s 34
13. Keldeo (Resolute) Low Kick Close Combat 828.3s 34
14. Blaziken Counter Focus Blast 782.1s 43
15. Granbull Charm Play Rough 828.9s 39
16. Kyurem (White) Dragon Breath Focus Blast 815.1s 40
17. Gardevoir Charm Dazzling Gleam 804.8s 44
18. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 850.3s 39
19. Darmanitan (Galarian Zen) Tackle Super Power 779.2s 48
20. Emboar Low Kick Focus Blast 829.4s 42
21. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 840.5s 42
22. Genesect (Shock) Fury Cutter X Scissor 809.4s 46
23. Pinsir Fury Cutter X Scissor 828.5s 45
24. Genesect (Burn) Fury Cutter X Scissor 810.7s 46
25. Genesect (Chill) Fury Cutter X Scissor 812.2s 46
26. Genesect Fury Cutter X Scissor 813.1s 47
27. Genesect (Douse) Fury Cutter X Scissor 813.6s 48
28. Sawk Low Kick Focus Blast 840.1s 44
29. Meloetta (Aria) Quick Attack Dazzling Gleam 890.9s 39
30. Cobalion Metal Claw Sacred Sword 900.6s 37

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.

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