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(ダークライ Daakurai)
Pitch-Black Pokémon Pokémon
Ability Gender
Bad Dreams Genderless
Pokédex color Egg groups
'Black' Unknown
Weight Height
111.3 lbs. ??? 4'11" ???
Body style Footprint
BodyUnknown.png F491.png
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
70 90 90
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
135 90 125

Darkrai (Japanese: ダークライ Daakurai) is a Dark-type Mythical Pokémon. Cresselia serves as Darkrai's counterpart, and together they form the Lunar Duo.


The top of its body is connected to the lower half by a tiny waist, giving it an hourglass-shaped figure. It has a red spiky growth around its neck and a long white mane flows from its head, obscuring one of its blue eyes. Its thin arms have three claws each, with three spiky protrusions above each elbow. Its shoulders also have long tatters and it appears to be wearing an old ripped cloak or dress. It is able to extend stilt-like extensions to use as "legs". Darkai resembles a ghost or a haunted spirit. It's apperance suits its ability to give people nightmares.

In the Anime

Darkrai as seen in The Rise of Darkrai

Darkrai first appeared in the Pokémon movie The Rise of Darkrai. It was seen protecting Alice, whose grandmother Alicia had been kind to it in the past. It then intervened in the cosmic conflict between Dialga and Palkia. It also makes a cameo appearence in the end credits for Arceus and the Jewel of Life, along with Shaymin.

Darkrai next appeared in "Sleepless in Pre-Battle", which was its anime debut. It caused nightmares, much like it can in the games. It was concealing itself when Cresselia used its abilities to reveal it from the darkness. The two then battled and Darkrai hid itself once more in the shadows. In its debut movie "The Rise of Darkrai" Darkrai usually hovers above the ground, but it can sprout long thin legs with which it can walk around like a person.

Another Darkrai appeared under the ownership of a trainer who competed in the Sinnoh League named Tobias in DP episode 183.


Darkrai does not evolve.

Game Info

Darkrai first appeared in the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. To obtain it, a player would have had to receive a Mystery Gift during a special promotion. It is also obtainable by using a cheat device to either receive the Mystery Gift or walk to the island it is located on.

In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, Darkrai featured in a special mission named "Liberate the Tower". You find it where Darkrai helped you before. However, this time it helps you, and uses it's ability, Dark Power, to fend off Team Dim Sun. However, the mission is no longer available for download. It was possible to send Darkrai to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness, (spoiler alert) it is found out that Darkrai was the reason that the Hero was turned into a Pokémon and lost his/her memory when he/she had gone back in time with Grovyle to stop the tower of time from breaking and causing Dialga to turn into Primal Dialga. After the final battle against Darkrai, he attempts to escape in a time portal, when Palkia, who is angered that Darkrai used him, shows up and destroys the time portal as Darkrai is halfway through it, and, although he got through the portal unharmed, causes Darkrai to lose his memory and get banished to an unknown place (which is ironic seeing how he was the reason that the hero lost his/hers.)

Game Locations

Version(s) Location
Diamond/ Pearl Newmoon Island (requires Member Card)
Platinum Newmoon Island (requires Member Card)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Trade
Black/White via Mystery gift

Pokédex Entries

Generations I - III
Darkrai did not appear during the Generation I - III games.
It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.
Folklore has it that on moonless nights, this Pokémon will make people see horrific nightmares.
To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.
It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.
It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.
To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.
To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.
Black 2
White 2
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire


By Level-Up

In the Pokémon TCG

  • There is a box set available that includes a deck, booster pack, a Darkrai card, and an oversized version of the Darkrai card. Card Text: It can lull people to sleep and make them dream.
  • There was also a Japanese card with Darkrai- Darkrai G. It was a DPt-P Promo. It had the Poke-BODY Eerie Aura, and Attack Dark Sleep.


I Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
Darkrai did not appear in Generation I
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Darkrai did not appear in Generation II
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Darkrai did not appear in Generation III
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DPDarkrai.png DarkraiPlatinum.png DarkraiPlatinum.png DarkraiBackSprite1.png
ShinyDarkrai(DP).png ShinyDarkrai(Platinum).png ShinyDarkrai(Platinum).png DarkraiBackSprite2.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Darkrai V.gif File:Darkrai V Back.gif
File:Shiny Darkrai V.gif File:Shiny Darkrai V Back.gif
File:Darkrai VI.gif File:Darkrai VI Back.gif
File:Shiny Darkrai VI.gif File:Shiny Darkrai VI Back.gif



  • Darkrai is the only Generation IV legendary Pokémon able to learn Nightmare.
  • Darkrai is the only Dark-type legendary Pokémon.
  • Darkrai is the only pure Dark-type Pokémon of Generation IV.
  • Darkrai is one of only nine pure Dark types. The others are Umbreon, Poochyena, Mightyena and Absol, Liepard, Purrloin, Zorua, and Zoroark
  • Despite having a ghost image, it is not part Ghost-type which is rather odd. However, this isn't the only instance of strange classifications.
  • Despite Darkrai looking like a male and has lots of male characteristics, its gender is unknown, even though its counterpart Cresselia is female.
  • Darkrai is actually the counterpart of Cresselia as it produces nightmares wheras Cresselia cures them. It is a Dark-Type in contrast to Cresselia who is Psychic. Also, their islands are opposites of each other, and look like it can come together.
  • Darkrai is based on a being of darkness. Each one in the anime so far (Except for The rise of Darkrai one) have incredibly dark natures and can almost be considered evil. However, Darkrai is truly not evil and actually means no harm (as revealed by a mysterious voice after defeating or capturing it on Newmoon Island), as like Lugia, it cannot control its power. Any organic being that goes near it will suffer horrendous nightmares, whether or not Darkrai wills it. Because of this, he chooses to seclude himself on Newmoon Island, similar to how Lugia chose to seclude himself deep in the Whirl Islands/Navel Rock, in order to protect people from its power. However, his power seems to leak into Canalave City due to its close proximity to it.
  • Darkrai is the final boss in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (although the Colossal Pokémon Regigigas is fought when all other Pokémon have been caught at least once, however this is not tecnically considered a final boss).
  • Darkrai plays the main antagonist in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series. After causing the heroes amnesia and transformation of the main hero, in the passage of time, it took control of Dialga. Dialga then only concerned itself with survival, hence the becoming of Primal Dialga. After being foiled, it attemped to trick the world into thinking the hero and partner were responsible for a spatial distortion, which is why Palkia attacked the Hero and his/her partner in Azurill's Dream, nightmares and even tried to attack them in a monster-house style final boss.
    • Even though he tried to take over the world and destroy time & space, when recruited, he will act very loyal and kind.
  • Depsite being a legendary Pokémon, theres one in the Rise Of Darkrai and Tobias owns one.
  • Darkrai's eyes are similar to the Dawn Stone as it mentions in the description "It sparkles like eyes."
  • Darkrai can sprout feet, although this is considered to be a separate form.
  • It somewhat resembles Dementors from the Harry Potter series.