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:
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.
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|3.||Bug Bite||X Scissor||665.6s||39|
|9.||Bug Bite||Bug Buzz||784.9s||38|
|11.||Low Kick||Close Combat||792.3s||29|
|12.||Low Kick||Close Combat||825.5s||34|
|13.||Low Kick||Close Combat||828.3s||34|
|16.||Dragon Breath||Focus Blast||815.1s||40|
|18.||Fire Spin||Blast Burn||850.3s||39|
|20.||Low Kick||Focus Blast||829.4s||42|
|21.||Bug Bite||Bug Buzz||840.5s||42|
|22.||Fury Cutter||X Scissor||809.4s||46|
|23.||Fury Cutter||X Scissor||828.5s||45|
|24.||Fury Cutter||X Scissor||810.7s||46|
|25.||Fury Cutter||X Scissor||812.2s||46|
|26.||Fury Cutter||X Scissor||813.1s||47|
|27.||Fury Cutter||X Scissor||813.6s||48|
|28.||Low Kick||Focus Blast||840.1s||44|
|29.||Quick Attack||Dazzling Gleam||890.9s||39|
|30.||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.
Darkrai’s has access to the following moves:
|Fast moves||Charge moves|
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.
Darkrai’s move pool is consistently easy to counter, provided that you have appropriate Pokemon at your disposal:
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.
|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|