How to beat Darkrai in Pokémon Go – Weaknesses, counters, strategies

Darkrai is available as a five-star raid for a limited time in Pokémon Go.

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New Pokémon are consistently being rotated in and out in Pokémon Go, most often the legendary Pokémon. Most legendary Pokémon are only available through five-star raids or exclusive events. For a limited time during Halloween 2020, Darkrai will be available for trainers to battle starting on October 23. Battling it won’t be easier, and trainers will need to work together to take it down.

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 various 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 Conkeldurr, Lucario, and Mega Beedrill.

Conkeldurr is a superb Fighting-type Pokémon and one of the best choices out there. While it lacks a study defense, it makes up for it with raw power, and you can unleash against Darkrai. It has a maximum CP of 3,337, an attack of 243, a defense of 158, and a stamina of 233. The best moves it can use is counter for its fast attack and dynamic punch and focus blast for its charge move.

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 maximum CP of 3,332, an attack of 225, a defense of 217, and a stamina of 198. The best moves it can use is charm for its fast attack, and dazzling gleam, and aerial ace for its charge move. You want to make sure it has dazzling gleam as an attack, because it’s a Fairy-type attack.

The final best choice is Mega Beedrill, the Bug and Poison-type Pokémon. While the basic Beedrill is okay against Darkrai, the Mega-Evolve version is vastly superior and an ideal choice to fight Darkrai. Mega Beedrill has a maximum CP of 3,383, an attack of 303, a defense of 148, an defense of 163. The best fast move it can use is bug bite, and the best charge moves include x scissor and fell stinger.

There are several other choices you can use against Darkrain during the raid. You also want to use Machamp, Lucario, Hariyama, Toxicroak, Heracross, Blaziken, Granbull, Gardevoir, Emboar, Pinsir, or Heracross. Once you defeat Darkrai in the raid, you have a limited number of Premier balls to use to catch it.