Darkrai raid weaknesses and counters in Pokémon Go

Darkrai is an exclusive five-star raid available in Pokémon Go.

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For a limited time in Pokémon Go, you have the opportunity to go after Darkrai. It’s an exclusive five-star raid that pops up on a random rotation, normally announced by Niantic. You can expect to receive a few weeks, or even a few days, notice to the release of a Darkrai raid and then have a limited amount of time to locate them throughout the world. You want to look for the Pokémon Go raids that have a five-star egg rating.

Darkrai weaknesses

Darkrai is a pure Dark-type Pokémon, making it weak to Bug, Fairy, and Fighting-type Pokémon. You won’t be able to optimize on a variety of weaknesses because it does not have a double typing like some of the later legendary Pokémon received. You want to avoid taking other Dark and Ghost-type Pokémon to fight it, and you especially want to avoid using any Psychic-type attacks against, as they will have little to no effect when fighting it.

Pokémon to counter Darkrai

Your primary options to take down Darkrai include Machamp, Togekiss, and Heracross.

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Machamp is a superb Fighting-type Pokémon. While it lacks a study defense, it makes up for it with raw power, and you can unleash against Darkrai. You may want to have a decent series of defensive Pokémon to assist it while fighting Darkrai, though, to ensure you don’t find yourself using a full bag of potions to keep your team alive.

Ideally, you want to use a Machamp that has counter and dynamic punch, karate chop, and dynamic punch, counter and cross chop, or counter and close combat. You have a variety of options available to you with this Pokémon.

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Next up, Togekiss is another great choice to face off against this fearsome legendary. It’s a Flying and Fairy-type Pokémon, and while it usually has several strong weaknesses against it, Darkrai cannot exploit them as others could during a Pokémon battle. It has a sturdy defense higher than Machamp, and it comes with some hefty strength. You want to use one that has charm and dazzling gleam. These Fairy-type attacks turn Togekiss into an aggressive Pokémon, perfect for fighting Darkrai.

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Another great choice is Heracross, the Fighting and Bug-type Pokémon. It has two typings capable of dealing a variety of damage against Darkrai during a raid battle. Heracross leans closer to Machamp in terms of being more offensive than defensive, but not as severely. You want to use one that has a counter and close combat or struggle bug and mega horn. You won’t have as many options with Heracross, but it’s a solid pick to use in this raid.

When you want to round out your Pokémon team to face Darkrai, you may want to include others such as Lucario, Hariyama, Gardevoir, Blaziken, Pinsir, Sawk, Scizor, or Gallade. You have a variety of choices to choose from to take into this fight. Make sure to remember to bring a handful of defensive Pokémon to keep you alive during the fight.

Make sure not to miss out on this opportunity and team up with your friends to help you out.