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Notable Pokémon Trainers that specialize in Dark-type Pokémon are Karen of the Johto Elite Four, Sidney of the Hoenn Elite Four, and Giima of the Isshu Elite Four. Notably, the Dark-type is the only type that has not had at least one Pokémon Gym dedicated to it.
Dark-type Pokémon were added in Generation II.
Dark-type Pokémon are notable for the fact that they don't have any strong stat trends other than Attack (which is in and of itself modified by a few powerful outliers and slightly ironic as Dark was a special type, not a physical type), but usually have relatively poor defenses, with the exception of Umbreon, Spiritomb, Drapion, and Tyranitar (the fourth is probably due to its other type). Just the same, Pokémon that are both Dark-type and Template:Type2 have no true weaknesses, as the resistances of the Dark-type cover the weaknesses of Ghost, and vice-versa. One of the greatest advantages of the Dark-type is that they are immune to Template:Type2s.
Dark-type moves, when combating Psychic-types, are especially useful due to their secondary effects; Crunch lowers Defense (an already low stat among Psychic-types), Bite causes Flinching, Faint Attack never misses, Night Slash has a high critical hit ratio while Pursuit hits Pokémon as they switch for double damage. Many Dark-type moves also involve stealing or deception, such as moves like Thief, which steals an opponent's held item, and Snatch, which steals the beneficial effects of an opponent's moves.
Even though the Dark type was considered a special type prior to Generation IV, all three special Dark-type moves (Dark Pulse, Bark Out and Night Burst) were introduced after Generation III, meaning that all Dark-type moves that were once special moves are now all Physical moves.
When used in contests, Dark-type moves typically are of the Smart category, but can also fall in any of the other four Contest categories.
In total, there are 39 Pokémon of the currently known 649 species with the Dark-type, making it tied with Electric as the twelfth most common type.
Pure Dark-type Pokémon
Half Dark-type Pokémon
Primary Dark-type Pokémon
Secondary Dark-type Pokémon
- There are no Dark-type moves with a base power greater than 95, making it the only elemental type without a single move with a base power of 100 or more (other than Judgment). This means that while holding the Dread Plate, Judgment becomes the strongest Dark-type move with 100 power.
- None of the main characters of the anime own a Dark-type Pokémon. However, Ash, James, and May own or have owned Pokémon that can evolve into a Dark-type.
- Officially, this type's Brazilian Portuguese translation is "Noturno", but at times it is named as "Sombrio" or "Trevas" as well. However, Sombrio means Shadow, another type.
- The Dark type is the only type which does not have members from all generations released so far.
- It is also the only type absent from a regional Pokédex, not appearing in the Kanto Pokédex.
- The opposite is true for moves, with Bite's change from being a Template:Type2 to a Dark-type move causing there to be Dark-type moves from all five generations.
- Dark Void is the only Dark-type move without 95% accuracy or higher.
- There has yet to be a Pokémon Gym that specializes in the Dark type. Despite this, there have been three Elite Four members who specialize in Dark-type Pokémon.
- Generation V introduced the most Dark-type Pokémon, introducing 16 of the 39.
In other languages
- Chinese: 邪惡 xié'è
- Dutch: Duister
- Finnish: Pimeys
- French: Ténèbres
- German: Unlicht
- Greek: Έρεβος - Erevos / Σκότος - Skotos
- Hebrew: אפל affel
- Italian: Buio
- Japanese: あく (悪) aku
- Korean: 악 ak
- Polish: Mroczny
- Portuguese (Brazilian): Escuro / Noturno Nocturnal
- Russian: Тёмный tyomnii
- Spanish: Siniestro