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Pokebattler’s Comprehensive Darkrai Raid Guide! [Tier 6]

October 18, 2019 - Jace
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Darkrai [Tier 6]

[UPDATED 10/18/2019 Darkrai with Tier 6 HP]

Darkrai is the counterpart to Cresselia, making up the Lunar Duo! A bizzare one to be sure, as Darkrai is categorized as a Mythical Pokemon (among Mew, Celebi and Jirachi). They create involuntary Nightmares everywhere they go and had some of the most powerful sleep based attacks in the original Game! Darkrai (despite its self announcing name) is often mistaken for a Ghost-Type due to taking a lot of inspiration from Spectres in it’s look.

It also, shockingly, has retractable dainty legs it extends arbitarially. Google it you cowards.

Darkrai is weak to : BugFairy, and Fighting Damage. 

Generally speaking, the best counters for it are:

Machamp, Hariyama, and Breloom.

Darkrai can be beaten by 3 players in optimal weather, with max friendship and perfect level 40 counters or by 9 unfriended players using level 20 counters from this guide. When caught, Darkrai will be between 2048 and 2136 cp without a weather boost. In Fog weather, Darkrai will be between 2560 and 2671 when caught.

Release History:

  • Oct 17 2019 ➡️ Nov 1 2019 [Tier 6]

 Event Announcement: 


Pokémon GO

Trainers,

October is here, which means it’s almost time to make things a bit spookier! This year, you’re all in for a spine-chillingly good treat.

Starting Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)

Features

  • Rescue more Shadow Pokémon from Team GO Rocket — Be ready to rescue the following Pokémon from Team GO Rocket Grunts at PokéStops near you: Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Electabuzz, Magmar, Lapras, Mareep, Seedot, Nuzleaf, Sableye, Trapinch, Cacnea, Shuppet, and Duskull.
  • Thrilling threads in the Style Shop — Play dreadful dress-up with new avatar items, including a Zubat Bag, a Pikachu Onesie, a Cubone Cap, a Litwick Cap, and a Mimikyu Bag!
  • A Spooky Shiny Pokémon makes its debut — If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Yamask.

From Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Friday, November 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)

Features

  • Don’t be scared! More Ghost- and Dark-type Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, in Eggs, and in raids — Gastly, Murkrow, and more will be appearing. Making its Halloween debut is Yamask, the Spirit Pokémon!
  • Pokémon wearing creepy-cute Halloween costumes arrive in raids and in the wild! — Some Pokémon have donned costumes to celebrate Halloween this year! Look forward to Bulbasaur wearing Shedinja costumes, Charmander wearing Cubone costumes, and Squirtle wearing Yamask costumes in raids. In the wild, be on the lookout for Pikachu wearing Mimikyu costumes! If you’re lucky, you might even encounter these alarmingly adorable Pokémon as Shiny Pokémon!
  • The Pitch-Black Pokémon makes its ominous debut in Pokémon GO! Darkrai will be appearing in five-star raids!
  • Frightful and fun Field Research tasks will be available for a limited time during this event.
  • You’ve received a spooky message. Check out your Special Research when the Halloween event begins, Trainer, and you might face a Forbidden Pokémon…

Bonuses

  • 2× Catch Candy
  • 2× Hatch Candy
  • 2× Transfer Candy

Have fun, stay safe, and have a spooky good time, Trainers! Let’s GO!

—The Pokémon GO team [Source]

Darkrai In the Meta

Raid Meta – Snarl + Dark Pulse OR Shadow Ball

Darkrai is a premium Dark/Ghost-Type attacker! They go toe-to-toe with Giratina-Origin Forme in this niche at the #1 choice. 

Main thing against Darkrai is that many Ghost/Psychic Pokemon have Fighting-Type coverage moves, that slaughter Darkrai and do very little to Giratina. BUT, against Psychic/Ghost-Type attacks it’s typings inherent resistances makes it indisputably superior to Giratina.

Darkrai has extremely high raw attack power making it slightly more bias towards being a Glass Cannon. But while we’re talking Glass Cannon, Darkrai is strictly superior as a Ghost-Type attacker to Gengar! Let me remind you, Darkrai isn’t even a Ghost-Type Pokemon.

Dark Pulse and Shadow Ball have functionally equal coverage, except for the rare oddball like Kirlia Raids. If you want to lay the smackdown on Ghost and Psychic Pokemon, Darkrai is your new best option, and you probably won’t even need to worry about using TMs! Thank Arceus they didn’t make it a Special Research Exclusive Mythical…

RANKPokemonMovesetDPS%TDO%
98%
Darkrai
Feint Attack
/Shadow Ball
93%70%2.552.470.782.812.25
96%
Giratina (Origin Forme)
Shadow Claw
/Shadow Ball
87%100%2.402.650.732.862.40
92%
Chandelure
Hex
/Shadow Ball
97%62%2.473.030.872.862.24
92%
Mewtwo (Legacy)
Psycho Cut
/Shadow Ball
86%74%2.692.710.713.012.43
85%
Gengar (Legacy)
Shadow Claw
/Shadow Ball
100%53%2.833.010.833.382.35
75%
Raikou
Thunder Shock
/Shadow Ball
72%64%3.163.310.963.802.90
75%
Banette
Shadow Claw
/Shadow Ball
86%41%3.133.481.033.662.83
73%
Mismagius
Sucker Punch
/Shadow Ball
76%50%3.193.751.073.742.80
71%
Drifblim
Hex
/Shadow Ball
73%53%3.393.611.013.793.17
68%
Gardevoir
Confusion
/Shadow Ball
65%47%3.743.460.904.233.19
68%
Alakazam
Confusion
/Shadow Ball
73%41%3.683.870.984.212.95
66%
Lucario
Bullet Punch
/Shadow Ball
70%39%3.633.501.103.933.86
66%
Spiritomb
Sucker Punch
/Shadow Ball
65%40%3.633.911.114.113.42
64%
Haunter (Legacy)
Lick
/Shadow Ball
88%29%3.854.141.004.253.29
61%
Zangoose
Shadow Claw
/Night Slash
60%30%4.173.771.234.623.57
60%
Golurk
Astonish
/Shadow Punch
60%42%3.894.281.204.593.59
60%
Giratina (Altered Forme)
Shadow Claw
/Shadow Sneak
52%71%3.944.251.214.503.72
59%
Froslass
Hex
/Shadow Ball
65%38%3.904.631.334.483.74
57%
Ursaring
Shadow Claw
/Hyper Beam
51%34%3.944.631.414.434.27
56%
Typhlosion
Shadow Claw
/Overheat
59%42%3.874.561.195.124.05
56%
Crobat
Air Slash
/Shadow Ball
55%43%4.604.271.224.973.82
52%
Grumpig
Extrasensory
/Shadow Ball
50%39%4.724.721.215.564.18
52%
Ninjask
Fury Cutter
/Shadow Ball
65%27%4.754.711.574.974.39
51%
Mew
Shadow Claw
/Overheat
52%53%4.165.181.275.584.70
51%
Chimecho
Extrasensory
/Shadow Ball
51%35%4.795.041.375.604.12
50%
Glalie
Frost Breath
/Shadow Ball
48%33%4.994.291.664.915.26
50%
Dusknoir
Hex
/Ominous Wind
50%37%4.705.131.445.514.36
50%
Mr. Mime
Confusion
/Shadow Ball
52%29%5.055.211.395.534.14
49%
Weezing
Infestation
/Shadow Ball
52%37%4.835.171.525.274.72
48%
Kadabra
Confusion
/Shadow Ball
64%22%5.535.721.275.374.32
47%
Golbat
Wing Attack
/Shadow Ball
50%30%5.974.821.426.304.26
44%
Snorlax
Lick
/Hyper Beam
41%49%4.276.691.854.956.54
41%
Xatu
Air Slash
/Ominous Wind
44%24%6.276.391.896.225.16
41%
Gastly
Lick
/Dark Pulse
56%10%6.286.291.666.695.17

PVP  MetaShadow Claw / Ancient Power AND Dragon Claw

While it can’t currently be caught with sub-1500 CP, Giratina actually is one of the very best (if not THE best) Pokemon in both Ultra League (<2500 CP) and Master League (All CPs) being a fantastic counter to Deoxys Defense, Armored Mewtwo, Vaporeon among others!

Gym Meta

Giratina is not a good Gym Attacker, mostly because it has far far too many weaknesses, particularly to Fairy and Ice attacks, which are VERY common among the top Gym Defenders.

Movesets

  • Shadow Ball:

    • By far the hardest moveset, functionally none of its counters have resistance to it. Prepare a lot of revives. Or an Ursaring (of all things).
  • Focus Blast:

    • While fairy and Bug pokemon are tankier VS this moveset, still doesn’t dethrone Machamp. Just lets the other Types be in more equal competition.
    • Fairy-Types are hit for 🛡️Resistance
    • Bug-Types are hit for 🛡️Resistance
  • Dark Pulse: 

    • Easiest Moveset. Resisted by Darkrai’s best counters.
    • Fighting-Types are hit for 🛡️Resistance
    • Fairy-Types are hit for 🛡️Resistance

Top Raid Counters

Machamp

Best Moveset: Counter/Dynamic Punch

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Family was last in raid bosses during Sept 2019 (Machamp Tier 3) Machamp stands as the pokemon with the longest cumulative duration it has spent as a raid boss, being one of the very first AND most frequently returning. If you’ve been playing long enough to participate in Tier 3 raids it’s likely you have a Machamp or a dozen. They also have been an incredibly useful Fighting Type since the game’s inception. Machop does nest and are in 2k Eggs.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Machamp you need 4 players.

Hariyama

Best Moveset: Counter/Dynamic Punch

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hariyama is cheaper to evolve up than Machamp, requiring less candy and a more common pokemon (with nearly identical practical performance). Makuhita was last in raids April 2019, and they do Nest and are in 2K eggs.

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Hariyama you need 5 players.

Breloom

Best Moveset: Counter/Dynamic Punch

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The family was last in raid July 2019 (Tier 2 Breloom) Breloom evolves from the very common Shroomish and has higher pure DPS than Machamp or Makuhita. While it used to be in eggs, as of October 2019 it does not hatch.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast

-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Breloom you need 5 players.

Togekiss

Best Moveset: Charm/Dazzling Gleam

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

Togekiss is the absolute bane of Fighting-Types, with stunning tankiness to boot. They compete with Gardevoir atop the Fairy Pokemon chart since receiving Charm as a Fast Attack! While Togekiss is excellent as a Raid Attacker and (even more so) a Gym Defender, it’s extremely expensive. Togetics are a white whale spawn, and Togepi are a random baby hatch from eggs. Then, even if you amass the 123 candy you need to evolve it- you must have a Sinnoh Stone. Which can only be acquired at Random from either Trainer Battles or Field Research Breakthroughs.

Togekiss is an ordeal to obtain for sure. But it’s formidable defensive utility is no joke.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-2xResists: Fighting
-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Togekiss you need 5 players.

Toxicroak

Best Moveset: Counter/Dynamic Punch

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Toxicroak is an unexpectedly great Fighting AND Poison Raid Attacker. Crogunk is moderately uncommon outside of cloudy weather and does not nest. You can find them in 5K eggs though!

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Dark, Fighting
With Level 35 Toxicroak you need 5 players.

Heracross

Best Moveset: Counter/Close Combat

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Heracross is a Regional Exclusive pokemon limited to Central and South America. It’s arguably the most useful Regional, having been among the best Fighting Types (and soon to be obliterated down the rankings once the incredible gen 5 Fighting-Type pokemon get released). You can get them in 5K eggs acquired within its spawn region as well.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Dark, Fighting
With Level 35 Heracross you need 5 players.

Weather Counters

Here is a list of Pokemon that can perform similar or better than the typical #1 option (in this case, Machamp) with weather bonuses:

Pokemon Weather Fast Move Charge Move
Estimator @ L35
Machamp
OVERCAST
Counter
Dynamic Punch 3.4
Hariyama
OVERCAST
Counter
Dynamic Punch 3.4
Breloom
OVERCAST
Counter
Dynamic Punch 3.5
Togekiss
OVERCAST
Charm Dazzling Gleam 3.5
Toxicroak
OVERCAST
Counter
Dynamic Punch 3.6
Heracross
OVERCAST
Counter
Close Combat 3.7
Gardevoir
OVERCAST
Charm Dazzling Gleam 3.7
Granbull
OVERCAST
Charm Play Rough 3.8
Machamp
NO_WEATHER
Counter
Dynamic Punch 3.9
Pinsir RAINY
Bug Bite
X Scissor 3.9
Yanmega
RAINY
Bug Bite
Bug Buzz 4.0

Alternate Raid Counters

Gardevoir

Best Moveset: Charm/Dazzling Gleam

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Raltz nest, and were featured in Aug-2019’s community day. They are a decently accessible spawn in cloudy weather and also hatch from 10k eggs. In addition Kirlia is no stranger to 2 star raids.They do not however nest.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-2xResists: Fighting
-Weak: Ghost
-Cancelled: Dark
With Level 35 Gardevoir you need 5 players.

Granbull

Best Moveset: Charm/Play Rough

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Snubull are not currently hatching from eggs, but they do nest! Granbull has lived at the edge of viable for most of its tenure in PoGo. Now that it’s been given Charm, however, it’s a top tier Fairy-Type attacker! Granbull and Snubbull were last in raids September 2019.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Dark, Fighting
With Level 35 Granbull you need 5 players.

Pinsir

Best Moveset: Bug Bite/X Scissor

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pinsir is one of the most accessible pokemon, that is nonetheless top tier in it’s typing. You don’t need to evolve them, they can be found at high levels in the wild, they nest- they got a lot going for them. The Legacy Moveset while often a smidge better isn’t something to stress over. Notably, they do not currently hatch from eggs.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse

-Resists: Fighting
With Level 35 Pinsir you need 5 players.

Emboar

Best Moveset: Low Kick/Focus Blast

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Emboar is a brand new Pokemon from gen 5! They are the final stage of Tepig, the Fire Starter. It does pretty alright as a Fighting-Type but is very new and hard to acquire. They are not currently known to nest or hatch from eggs.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast

_
With Level 35 Emboar you need 5 players.

Yanmega

Best Moveset: Bug Bite/Bug Buzz

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Yanmega is a Sinnoh Stone Evolution of an uncommon Pokemon, so not the easiest thing to get your hands on from scratch. They hatch from 5k eggs and do nest.

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse

-2xResists: Fighting
With Level 35 Yanmega you need 5 players.

Blaziken

Best Moveset: Counter/Focus Blast

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Torchic Nest and are in 2K eggs, Blaziken was also featured in Community Day May 2019! In terms of Raids, the most common member of the Family is Combuskin. Who was last a Tier 2 raid in March 2019.

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast

-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Blaziken you need 5 players.

Lucario

Best Moveset: Counter/Power Up Punch

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Riolu is an egg exclusive pokemon sadly, one of the absolute rarest and highly desired ones in fact. It was added October 2018th. It isn’t easy to power up and has a walking distance of 10k. There are increased chances of finding one in a 7k Alolan egg instead of normal 10ks. You also have better chances if you get difficult Adventure Sync eggs. if you collect your weekly adventure sync reward and have earned the 50k distance, AND have an available egg slot, you will get an egg with a skewed hatch pool.

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast

-Resists: Dark
-Weak: Fighting
With Level 35 Lucario you need 5 players.

Scizor

Best Moveset: Fury Cutter/X Scissor

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Scyther and Scizor have been featured a couple of times reducing the difficulty to acquire one. You need a Metal Coat to evolve Scyther into Scizor, which can be acquired either: VERY rarely from spinning a poke stop, in a pool of other evolution items on your 7-day streak spinning Pokestop (guaranteed to get at least one item), or from the Celebi Special Research 4/8 rewards. Scyther nest and are a 5k hatch.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-Cancelled: Fighting
With Level 35 Scizor you need 5 players.

Scyther

Best Moveset: Fury Cutter/X Scissor

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Scyther is a nesting species and has been featured as a relatively easy Tier 3 Raid boss a couple of times. They also got boosted Spawns during the Bug Out event and are in 5k eggs.

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-2xResists: Fighting
With Level 35 Scyther you need 6 players.

Gallade

Best Moveset: Low Kick/Close Combat

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Raltz nest, and were featured in Aug-2019’s community day. They are a decently accessible spawn in cloudy weather and also hatch from 10k eggs. In addition, Kirlia is no stranger to 2-star raids. They do not however nest.

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Fighting
-Weak: Ghost
-Cancelled: Dark
With Level 35 Gallade you need 6 players.

Durant

Best Moveset: Bug Bite/X Scissor

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Durant is a Regional Exclusive Pokemon, on the Asia/Europe/Australia half of the world. Which is a shame, as it’s a shockingly useful pokemon despite its appearances!

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast

_
With Level 35 Durant you need 6 players.

Ursaring

Best Moveset: Counter/Play Rough

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ursaring is pretty accessible because Teddiursa is common. They don’t currently hatch from Eggs, but they do nest. Ursaring has a crazy good attack stat, but no STAB bonus, allowing them to slip into some lower-tier Raid options frequently. Ursaring was last a Tier 4 Raid Boss September 2019

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast

-2xResists: Ghost
-Weak: Fighting
With Level 35 Ursaring you need 6 players.

Poliwrath

Best Moveset: Rock Smash/Dynamic Punch

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Poliwrath you need 6 players.

Donphan

Best Moveset: Counter/Play Rough

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Shadow Ball

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With Level 35 Donphan you need 6 players.

Primeape

Best Moveset: Counter/Cross Chop

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

Legacy Cross Chops

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast
-Legacy Charge Move: Cross_Chop

-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Primeape you need 6 players.

Clefable

Best Moveset: Charm/Dazzling Gleam

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Dark, Fighting
With Level 35 Clefable you need 6 players.

Rayquaza

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail/Outrage

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Rayquaza was last available (with it’s shiny!) August 2019. It is a Legendary Pokemon only available in limited time events. Legendary Pokemon have 20k buddy walking distance and are generally a good place to use Rare Candies. Powering them up is also a challenge just because the candy is often limited to Raiding for them. Rayquaza is a phenomenal choice though, as it is currently the highest raw DPS Dragon-Type attacker, and among the best Flying-type attackers as well! It’s got crazy neutral DPS making it often a great choice even when it’s not hitting super effectively!

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse

-Resists: Fighting
With Level 35 Rayquaza you need 6 players.

Infernape

Best Moveset: Rock Smash/Close Combat

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

Jump Start 4/6

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast

-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Infernape you need 6 players.

Hitmonlee

Best Moveset: Low Kick/Brick Break

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

Legacy Brick Break

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast
-Legacy Charge Move: Brick_Break

-Resists: Dark
With Level 35 Hitmonlee you need 6 players.

Roserade

Best Moveset: Poison Jab/Dazzling Gleam

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

Roserade evolves from Roselia, a very accessible pokemon in the most common biomes. Roserade requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, which can be acquired (at random) after your first Trainer Battle each day. Roselia candy shouldn’t be too tough to get and they can often be found weather boosted during the common Sunny and Cloudy weathers.

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Fighting
With Level 35 Roserade you need 6 players.

Moltres

Best Moveset: Fire Spin/Sky Attack

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

Legacy Sky attack

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Shadow Ball
-Legacy Charge Move: Sky_Attack

-Resists: Fighting
With Level 35 Moltres you need 6 players.

Salamence

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail/Draco Meteor

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

Salamence Community Day was April 2019, which is when it recieved Outrage. Draco Meteor however is not Legacy on Salamence. It’s not really the best at any of the things it can do, but it’s still a top tier Dragon with powerful off-type movesets as well. You can find Bagon in 10k eggs, but they do not nest.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Dark Pulse

-Resists: Fighting
With Level 35 Salamence you need 6 players.

Dragonite

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail/Outrage

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dratini can be acquired from the “Jump Start” Special Research part 1 (the whole Quest line grants Dratini Candy and essentially hands you a Dragonite if you complete all the steps), as well as available as a Shadow Pokemon. The “Catch a Dragon-type Pokemon” quest rewards one. Dratini was also available during community day in February 2018. You can likely find a friend to trade you a Dratini, if not a Dragonite if you ask nicely!

-Best Matchup: Feint Attack / Focus Blast
-Worst Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse

-Resists: Fighting
With Level 35 Dragonite you need 6 players.

Ninetales_Alola_Form

Best Moveset: Charm/Dazzling Gleam

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ☆☆☆☆☆

Only available from Alolan Eggs, and rare even among Alolan Pokemon to hatch.

-Best Matchup: Snarl / Dark Pulse
-Worst Matchup: Feint Attack / Shadow Ball

-Resists: Dark
-Cancelled: Fighting
With Level 35 Ninetales_Alola_Form you need 6 players.

Closing Thoughts

Darkrai is a monster Dark-Type that is the new King on top of Ghost and Dark Type Damage. On top of being incredibly formidable, it’s one of the most edgy looking Pokemon we got right now and is sure to be a popular Raid this Halloween season!

 

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