All Dark-type Pokemon weaknesses & resistances

Ezequiel Leis
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Dark-type Pokemon can be intimidating not only due to their appearance but also their strong physical attacks. If you’re struggling to beat elusive Dark-type Pokemon, this guide on their weaknesses and resistances will certainly come in handy.

Dark-type Pokemon were introduced to trainers with Gen 2 and have been an important part of the franchise ever since thanks to their ability to counter some of the toughest Pokemon out there.

No matter how powerful a Pokemon type is though, there’s always a way to counter it with effective and super-effective moves. Here’s everything you need to know about Dark-type Pokemon weaknesses, resistances, and immunities.

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What are Dark-type Pokemon

Dark-type Pokemon were introduced in Gen 2 with Pokemon Gold and Silver to balance the dominant Psychic types that were overpowered in Gen 1. They don’t have many distinguishing features and are easily confused with Ghost-type Pokemon, but they are the most powerful weapon against this type.

One of the most common Dark-type attacks is Bite, which isn’t exclusive to Dark-type Pokemon. It was originally a Normal-type move that shifted with Gen 2. It can be used to exploit Ghost and Psychic-type weaknesses, and can also cause opponents to flinch and not attack the next turn.

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Before Gen 4, all Dark-type attacks dealt Special damage, but now they can be physical, depending on the attack.

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Greninja is a dual Water and Dark-type Pokemon.

All Dark-type Pokemon weaknesses

Dark-type Pokemon are weak to Bug, Fairy, and Fighting-type attacks. If you need to battle a Dark-type Pokemon, you can rely on any of these types of moves for a swift victory.

It’s worth noting that there aren’t many pure Dark-type Pokemon in the franchise. Most Dark-types have dual-typing, so you should also take their second type into account to find the best counters.

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All Dark-type Pokemon resistances

Dark-type Pokemon are resistant to Ghost and Dark-type moves and immune to Psychic-type attacks. Immunities in Pokemon Go work differently than in the rest of the games due to its unique battle mechanics, so Psychic-type attacks can do very little damage to Dark-type Pokemon.

You should avoid using these Pokemon types when battling a Dark-type. However, it’s also important to know if they have dual-typing when picking counters.


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About The Author

Ezequiel is a Writer at CharlieIntel. With a great knowledge on gaming, movies and TV, he's focused on Pokemon and Games stories in general. With a journalism degree, Ezequiel has worked on La Cosa and Infobae, two of the most prestigious outlets in Argentina. He joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach Ezequiel at [email protected], or via his Twitter @ExoPLeis.