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Honchkrow (Pokémon)

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Honchkrow
Big Boss Pokémon
ドンカラス
Donkarasu
#430
Honchkrow

Honchkrow

Honchkrow

Honchkrow
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Dark Flying
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Insomnia or Super Luck Cacophony
Cacophony
Moxie
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Honchkrow

Mega Honchkrow Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
30 (3.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Flying
Hatch time
5355 - 5609 steps
Height
2'11" 0.9 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
60.2 lbs. 27.3 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#430
Kanto
#000
Johto
#000
Hoenn
#075
Sinnoh

Unova
Mountain
#052
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-186
Almia
R-056/N-187
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
187
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
177
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
0
HP
2
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body09.png BodyUnknown.png
{{{forme2}}}
Footprint
F430.png None.png
{{{forme2}}}
Pokédex color
Black
Base friendship
35
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Honchkrow (Japanese: ドンカラス Donkarasu) is a dual-type Dark/Flying Pokémon.

It evolves from Murkrow when exposed to a Dusk Stone.

Biology

Honchkrow is a dark-blue avian Pokémon with plumage resembling a man dressed in formal attire. It has a large feather crest resembling a fedora hat that has spikes extending from the back. It has circular red eyes with white sclera and dark blue eyelids. Its yellow beak is slightly curved, and its head is supported by a broad, short neck. Honchkrow has a white and prominent crest of feathers on its chest that bears resemblance to a beard or cravat. Its wings have red feathers on the inside. Honchkrow has black feet with four toes. The tail's base is a white, cylindrical stalk, on which there is a growth of red feathers on the end. Honchkrow is known to be ruthless. With a mere cry, It can summon and organize flocks of Murkrow in this manner, and is known as the "summoner of the night" by the pitch black darkness that often accompany such a spectacle.

It is said that a Honchkrow will never forgive the mistakes of the Murkrow that follow it. These flocks have been seen flying at night. The purpose of the flocks is unclear, but they are known to collect food for the Honchkrow that organized them. Honchkrow normally spends the daytime hours tending to its feathers in solitude. It is a scavenger that lives in swamps, forests, human towns and cities, and plains.

In the anime

Honchkrow in the anime

Major appearances

Paul's Honchkrow

Paul's Murkrow evolved into a Honchkrow prior to Lost Leader Strategy!. Honchkrow made its first physical appearance in Aiding the Enemy where it battled against Ash's Turtwig. It appeared again in Pursuing a Lofty Goal! where Paul enters it in a PokéRinger competition. However, it lost to Ash's Staraptor, which evolved in the middle of their competition. Paul scolded it after its loss, saying that its reaction time was too slow.

Other

Multiple Honchkrow appeared in Mystery on a Deserted Island!.

Minor appearances

Honchkrow first appeared in The Rise of Darkrai under the ownership of Allegra.

A Honchkrow made a brief cameo appearance in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP100 Honchkrow Ash's Pokédex Honchkrow, the Big Boss Pokémon and the evolved form of Murkrow. Honchkrow recruits many Murkrow to travel with it, and it spends much of its time at home preening its feathers.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In the manga

Honchkrow in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Honchkrow appears in Pokémon Adventures, in the Diamond & Pearl chapter, under Cyrus's command. Later, in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Silver's Murkrow evolves into a Honchkrow alongside his Sneasel, which becomes a Weavile.

In the TCG

Main article: Honchkrow (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald {{{emeralddex}}}
FireRed {{{firereddex}}}
LeafGreen {{{leafgreendex}}}
Generation IV
Diamond Becoming active at night, it is known to swarm with numerous Murkrow in tow.
Pearl It makes its Murkrow cronies bring it food. It idles its time away, grooming itself in its nest.
Platinum If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called "Summoner of Night."
HeartGold It is merciless by nature. It is said that it never forgives the mistakes of its Murkrow followers.
SoulSilver
Generation V
Black If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called "Summoner of Night."
White
Black 2 If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called "Summoner of Night."
White 2
Generation VI
X If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called "Summoner of Night."
Y Becoming active at night, it is known to swarm with numerous Murkrow in tow.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond
Evolve Murkrow
Pearl
Trade
Platinum
Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
Evolve Murkrow
Generation V
Black White
Abundant Shrine (rustling grass)
Black 2 White 2
Evolve Murkrow
Generation VI
X Y
Evolve Murkrow

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Dark Crater Pit (B7-B14)
Mt. Mistral (1F-19F)
Spacial Rift (1F-15F)
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Oil Field Hideout
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Sky
Dark Temple
Pokémon Rumble Eternal Tower
Pokémon Rumble Blast Hauntyard: Everspring Valley (Post-ending)
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Haunted Zone

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 100
160 - 207 310 - 404
Attack: 125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Defense: 52
51 - 114 98 - 223
Sp.Atk: 105
99 - 172 193 - 339
Sp.Def: 52
51 - 114 98 - 223
Speed: 71
68 - 135 132 - 265
Total: 505   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
2/3 ★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
16/20 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Night Slash Dark Physical 07070 100100% 15
00Start Sucker Punch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 5
00Start Astonish Ghost Physical 03030 100100% 15
00Start Pursuit Dark Physical 04040 100100% 20
00Start Haze Ice Status 0000 —% 30
00Start Wing Attack Flying Physical 06060 100100% 35
2525 Swagger Normal Status 0000 09090% 15
3535 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —% 20
4545 Foul Play Dark Physical 09595 100100% 15
5555 Night Slash Dark Physical 07070 100100% 15
6565 Quash Dark Status 0000 100100% 15
7575 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100100% 15
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Honchkrow obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Honchkrow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Honchkrow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM04 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM12 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM19 Roost Flying Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM29 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Ghost Sprite.png TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM41 Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Steel Sprite.png TM51 Steel Wing Steel Physical 07070 090}}90% 25
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM59 Incinerate Fire Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM60 Quash Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM63 Embargo Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM67 Retaliate Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM77 Psych Up Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM85 Dream Eater Psychic Special 100100 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM95 Snarl Dark Special 05555 095}}95% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM97 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag HM Flying Sprite.png HM02 Fly Flying Physical 09090 095}}95% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Honchkrow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Honchkrow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
SpearowFearowMurkrowHonchkrowWoobatSwoobat Assurance Dark Physical 60 100% 10
Farfetch'dStarlyStaraviaStaraptorDucklettSwanna
RuffletBraviaryTalonflame
Brave Bird Flying Physical 120 100% 15
ZubatGolbatCrobatNatuXatu Confuse Ray Ghost Status 100% 10
SpearowFearowDoduoDodrio Drill Peck Flying Physical 80 100% 20
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotChatotPidoveTranquill
UnfezantDucklettSwanna
FeatherDance Flying Status 100% 15
Murkrow Feint Attack Dark Physical 60 —% 20
Woobat Flatter* Dark Status 100% 15
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotSpearowFearowSwablu
AltariaChatotSigilyph
Mirror Move Flying Status —% 20
SwabluAltaria Perish Song Normal Status —% 5
HoothootNoctowlNatuXatu Psycho Shift Psychic Status 100% 10
GolbatCrobatNoibatNoivern Screech Normal Status 85% 40
NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezant
Sigilyph
Sky Attack Flying Physical 140 90% 5
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor
SigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
Whirlwind Normal Status —% 20
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotZubatGolbatCrobat
AerodactylMurkrowHonchkrowTaillowSwellowWingull
PelipperStarlyStaraviaStaraptorArchenArcheops
DucklettSwannaRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
Wing Attack Flying Physical 60 100% 35


  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Honchkrow in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Honchkrow in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Honchkrow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Honchkrow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Honchkrow can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Honchkrow cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Honchkrow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Honchkrow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
198 Peck Flying Physical 35 100% 35
198 Night Shade Ghost Special 100% 15
198 Assurance Dark Physical 60 100% 10
198 Feint Attack Dark Physical 60 —% 20
198 Mean Look Normal Status —% 5
198 Tailwind Flying Status —% 30
198 Sucker Punch Dark Physical 80 100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Honchkrow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Honchkrow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0%
Friend Area: Beau Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP My HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP My HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP My HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP430.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -12%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Dark  Poké Assist: Dark PA.png
( Dark )
Field move: Cut 3 field move.png
(Cut ×3)
Browser entry  
It looses gusts of dark wind and twisters. It also attacks with dark pulses.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Dark  Dark Assist.png
( Dark )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Cut 3 field move.png
(Cut ×3)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It releases dark pulses around itself that make Pokémon Tired.
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW430.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Nothing scares Honchkrow--except ghosts! He has the most fun at sky-based Attractions like Pelipper's Circle Circuit.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2430.png Strong: Pikachu icon.png Weak: Snivy icon.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
He used to be a leader of the Tech Area, but he was impressed by Conkeldurr's spirit and handed over his position to him.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

198Murkrow.png
Unevolved
Murkrow
 Dark  Flying 
Dusk Stone
Dusk Stone
430Honchkrow.png
First evolution
Honchkrow
 Dark  Flying 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation II.
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation III.
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 430.png Spr 4p 430.png Spr 4p 430.png Spr b 4d 430.png
Spr 4d 430 s.png Spr 4p 430 s.png Spr 4p 430 s.png Spr b 4d 430 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 430.png Spr 5b 430.png Spr b 5b 430.png
Spr 5b 430 s.png Spr 5b 430 s.png Spr b 5b 430 s.png
Honchkrow For other sprites and images, please see Honchkrow images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Other sprites

Spr b 4p 430.png
Platinum/HeartGold/
SoulSilver back

Trivia

  • Honchkrow has been used in battle by the leaders of three villainous teams: Cyrus, Giovanni, and Lysandre.
  • Honchkrow's English name uses a Japanese-origin word in its name ("honcho" is derived from hanchō), while Honchkrow's Japanese name uses a western-origin word in its name ("don" is derived from Italian don and Latin dominus). Both are leader-like names and sometimes are used for leaders of shadier organizations.

Origin

Honchkrow is based on a crow or raven. With its bulkier, more powerful appearance, Honchkrow looks much more like a raven than its pre-evolution does, but its coloration resembles that of the hooded crow. While Murkrow appears to be based on witches of western folklore, Honchkrow's appearance is reminiscent of a crime boss, giving a new interpretation to Murkrow as a gang member under Honchkrow. Its crest even looks like a wide-brimmed fedora hat, an article of clothing often associated with mobsters. However, Honchkrow's tail does resemble a besom broom, which has long been connected with witchcraft, and its hat- and beard-like feathers also give the impression of a sorcerer or wizard.

Name origin

Honchkrow is a combination of honcho (a leader or boss) and crow.

Donkarasu is a combination of don (Spanish for lord, a title some Mafia leaders adopt) and 烏 karasu (crow).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ドンカラス Donkarasu From don and karasu
France Flag.png French Corboss From corbeau and boss
Spain Flag.png Spanish Honchkrow Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Kramshef From Krähe and Chef
Italy Flag.png Italian Honchkrow Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 돈크로우 Donkeurou From don and crow


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