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How to beat and capture Darkrai on Pokémon Go: Raid, weaknesses, shiny…

Darkrai on Pokémon Go

The terrifying Darkrai is back in Pokémon Go 5-Star Raids . Find out how to beat her, her counters, her weaknesses and how to capture her.

For the second part of its Halloween event , trainers will be able to face a new boss in 5-star Raids. After the legendary Giratina in its alternate form, it’s time to bring honor to a disturbing, gloomy Pokémon… the perfect opponent for Halloween!

With its Colossal Attack stat, Darkrai is one of the most powerful Dark Pokémon in Pokémon Go. As a result, many players will want to face it in the hopes of capturing it.

The good news is that Darkrai is that it’s entirely possible to take down this mysterious Pokémon without a team of overpowered Legendary Pokémon. We explain everything you need to know to maximize your chances of winning.

Darkrai’s weaknesses in Pokémon Go

Darkrai is a fabulous Pokémon of the fourth generation. His Dark type unfortunately does not grant him a double weakness, so you shouldn’t expect to be able to annihilate this boss as easily as you might hope.

However, it still has three exploitable weaknesses: Combat, Bug, and Fairy types .

On the other side of the board, avoid at all costs sending fighters using Attacks of the following types: Dark, Ghost, and Psychic.

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The best Pokémon to beat Darkrai

PokemonFast AttackCharged Attack
LucarioResponseAura Sphere
Mega-DardagnanStingCross Wound
ZacianVive AttackCuddling
TogekissCharmMagic Shard
CoatoxResponseClose Combat

Obviously, this list of Pokémon is far from exhaustive, and the Attacks that we recommend are not essential to overcome Darkrai. Other Pokémon like Palarticho, Gardevoir, Granbull or Nymphali for example can do the trick perfectly.

Darkrai’s attacks on Pokémon Go

Darkrai has two Quick Attacks and three Charged Attacks. Most of them are of the Dark type, but watch out for Shadow Ball and Blast, respectively of the Specter and Combat type, which might surprise you.

Here are all of Darkrai’s potential attacks in Pokémon Go:

Quick attacks:

  • Barking (Darkness)
  • Feint (Darkness)

Charged attacks:

  • Vibrobscur (Darkness)
  • Shadow Ball (Specter)
  • Exploforce (Combat)

If you notice Darkrai using the Darkshadow Charged Attack , you’re in luck! This then means that it strikes only in the Dark type, and your best Fighting Pokémon will be onion in this clash. If it uses Shadow Ball , Fighting, Fairy, and Bug Pokémon will do, even if they don’t have any particular resistance. Finally, if Darkrai has access to Exploforce , we advise you to opt for Togekiss, Nymphali or another Fairy-type Pokémon.

How to catch Darkrai in Pokémon Go?

The only way to add Darkrai to your Pokédex is to defeat it in 5 Star Raid combat. Right after your victory you will receive a number of Honor Ball so that you can attempt to capture it.

The exact number of Honor Ball you get depends on various factors… You can increase this by dealing high damage, participating in Raids with friends, or attacking an Arena occupied by your team.

Darkrai will appear in 5 Star Raids from Friday, October 22 at 10 a.m. to Friday, November 5 at 10 a.m. local time, which means you’ll have just over a week to try your luck.

Can Darkrai be Shiny on Pokémon?
Yes , Darkrai Shiny is available in Pokémon Go. In its chromatic form, its usually black body has turned dark purple, while its impressive lower jaw has turned a little more pink.

However, and it’s no surprise, the chances of getting a Chromatic Raid Pokémon are low. There is no silver bullet to increase the odds. You will just have to participate in as many Raids as possible and hope to have a minimum of luck. Nothing ventured, nothing gained…


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