Darkness Energy (Basic)

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Energy Darkness
Darkness Energy
悪エネルギー Evil Energy
Darkness Energy
Classification Basic Energy card
Provides Darkness
Additional effect No

Darkness Energy (Japanese: 悪エネルギー Evil Energy) is a Basic Energy card which provides one Darkness Energy (Darkness). This can be attached to Pokémon cards and used to power moves with Darkness or Colorless Energy requirements.

Release information

Darkness Energy was first released in the Diamond & Pearl set, as Darkness-type Pokémon were becoming more prevalent in the TCG by this point, much like their counterparts in the games. This was to counter the fact that both the old Darkness Energy and the old Metal Energy, originally released in Neo Genesis, were classified as Special Energy cards, meaning only four of them were allowed in a legal deck. Combined with their rarity, many players had to go to great lengths to mix in a few Darkness-types into their deck. With the release of the Basic Energy version of Darkness Energy, an unlimited number is now allowed in a deck, although there is no longer a specific advantage to using this version, unlike with the Special Energy counterpart.

During the BW era, this card was released as one of the BW-P Promotional cards, numbered 017/BW-P, and was included in a ten card random pack released during the February 2011 Gym Challenge. It was later awarded as number 033/BW-P alongside Zorua for those who participated in the March 2011 Open Challenge. It was reprinted again in the BW-P Promos, numbered 089/BW-P, as a winner's prize awarded to those who won various competitions at the Summer Carnival from July 23 to August 28.

As of the XY Series, there are 2 English prints of the basic Darkness Energy.The first is the Unnumbered ©2013 print., which was included within the English Fennekin Deck of the Kalos Starter Set. The second is the print included in the XY expansion.

The first Japanese release of the basic Darkness Energy during the XY Era was the prints included in the Fennekin Half Decks of both the XY Beginning Set and the XY Beginning Set for Girls. In December 2013, a special Unnumbered XY-P Promotional print was released as part of a Lawson promotional campaign in which shoppers could obtain a special set of stamped basic Energies included within the Pokémon Coin Set. January 2014 saw the release of Darkness Energy within the Yveltal Half Deck featuring the Half Deck's Set Symbol.


Diamond & Pearl print
Movie Commemoration
Random Pack print
HeartGold & SoulSilver print
Black & White print
XY print
Generations print
Golden Present Campaign print
Premium Champion Pack print
Evolutions print
Sun & Moon print
Burning Shadows print
Team Up print
Tag All Stars print
Sword & Shield print
Evolving Skies print
Brilliant Stars print
Crown Zenith print
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori


  • Due to this card first being released after Basic Energy cards stopped listing illustrator credits in the Expedition Base Set, no known print of this card has a known illustrator. However, the artwork on the Special variation of this card is changed to that of artist Takumi Akabane, while this, the Basic version, retains the artwork by Milky Isobe from Neo Genesis.
  • The background for the HeartGold & SoulSilver variant has an outline of Umbreon.


Basic Energy cards
Grass   Grass  
Fire   Fire  
Water   Water  
Lightning   Lightning  
Psychic   Psychic  
Fighting   Fighting  
Darkness   Darkness  
Metal   Metal  
Fairy   Fairy  

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