Best of Types: Dark (Pokémon GO PVE)

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About this Series

Welcome to my newest series here on Pokémon GO Hub! The Best of Types series aims to help trainers understand which Pokémon are best for each type in the game when it comes to PVE. Through the use of in-depth statistics, defined below, we can make a ranked list. This series will feature an article and an infographic for each type. Each Pokémon in the series must be a pure attacker, meaning their fast and charged attack must be the same type. Credits go to GamePress for the statistics found on this article. Let’s get started!

NOTE: This series also analyses future unreleased Pokémon and what their rank and statistics may be like. This can be found near the end of the article.


PVE – Player Vs Environment

PVE means Player vs Environment which involves any battle in-game involving battling against a non-playable character or Pokémon, for example Raid Battles, Gym Battles and Team GO Rocket.

ER – Equivalent Rating

Equivalent Rating is a combination of Total Damage Output and Damage Per Second, and is calculated by the formula DPS^3*TDO.

TDO – Total Damage Output

Total Damage Output is the average amount of damage a Pokémon can deal before it runs out of HP.

DPS – Damage Per Second

Damage Per Second is the average amount of damage a Pokémon can deal per second.


Best Dark Types – PVE Rankings

1. Mega Tyranitar

Tyranitar (Mega)

Moveset: Dark Bite & Dark Brutal Swing

ER: 53.55 DPS: 20.29 TDO: 983.6

Mega Tyranitar is the best Dark-type option in the game and is recommended to be used as a Dark-type attacker with Brutal Swing in PVE.

2. Shadow Tyranitar

Tyranitar (Shadow)

Moveset: Dark Bite & Dark Brutal Swing

ER: 48.83 DPS: 20.72 TDO: 638.6

Similarly to Mega Tyranitar, if you plan to use a Dark-type attacker in PVE, Shadow Tyranitar is a top choice.

3. Mega Houndoom

Houndoom (Mega)

Moveset: Dark Snarl & Dark Foul Play

ER: 42.6 DPS: 18.44 TDO: 524.4

Mega Houndoom is a quality choice for a Dark-type attacker in PVE, but is also noteworthy if you don’t have many Fire-type PVE attackers.

4. Tyranitar


Moveset: Dark Bite & Dark Brutal Swing

ER: 42.2 DPS: 17.11 TDO: 632.8

If you don’t have a Shadow or Mega, regular Tyranitar is still a great option.

5. Hydreigon


Moveset: Dark Bite & Dark Brutal Swing*

ER: 41.64 DPS: 17.53 TDO: 558.1

Hydreigon is a top quality PVE Dark-type, but you must have it’s Community Day move of Brutal Swing.

6. Mega Gyarados

Gyarados (Mega)

Moveset: Dark Bite & Dark Crunch

ER: 41.35 DPS: 16.24 TDO: 682.3

Mega Gyarados is a great and easily accessible Dark-type PVE attacker, but it is also worth mention it can be used as a high ranked Water-type too.

7. Shadow Weavile

Weavile (Shadow)

Moveset: Dark Snarl & Dark Foul Play

ER: 40.37 DPS: 19.06 TDO: 383.4

Although it is quite fragile defensively, Shadow Weavile is a great Dark-type attacker if you have one.

8. Darkrai


Moveset: Dark Snarl & Dark Foul Play

ER: 38.53 DPS: 16.8 TDO: 464.5

Recently available in 5-Star Raids (as of October 2023), Darkrai is a decent choice for Dark-type attacking.

9. Mega Absol

Absol (Mega)

Moveset: Dark Snarl & Dark Dark Pulse

ER: 38.5 DPS: 18.71 TDO: 335.2

Mega Absol hasn’t been available for a while but is a decent Dark-type attacker for PVE.

Honorable Mentions:

10. Shadow Honchkrow

Honchkrow (Shadow)

11. Yveltal


12. Shadow Houndoom

Houndoom (Shadow)

13. Guzzlord


14. Zarude


15. Shadow Absol

Absol (Shadow)

Future Meta Shake-Ups

Shadow Hydreigon

Hydreigon (Shadow)

There is no doubt that Shadow Hydreigon would rank very highly, with a rank similar to Shadow Tyranitar around 2nd or 3rd.

Shadow Darkrai

Darkrai (Shadow)

It is quite unlikely we will see Shadow Darkrai any time soon, but if we do it would rank 4th/5th in the current Meta.

Shadow Yveltal

Yveltal (Shadow)

Although unlikely, Shadow Yveltal could contest for a Top 5 spot in the current Meta.

Shadow Guzzlord or Zarude

Guzzlord (Shadow)

These 2 are highly unlikely, but would rank between 7th to 9th based on current Meta statistics.

For anyone curious, Mega Sharpedo appears to not perform very well, so I have not given it a mention.

See you all next time. Next in this series is Fairy!

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The Poke GO Hunter
The Poke GO Hunter
Pokemon GO Content Creator since 2019. I enjoy designing infographics in my free time and writing the occasional article.

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