The Top 10 Dark Pokemon

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10. Sableye

Sableye lives in deep underground caves, where it leads a quiet life. It is a lithovore, meaning that its diet consists of rocks and minerals, which it uncovers from the ground using its sharp claws. When its body becomes saturated with substances derived from the rocks it eats, those substances crystallize and rise to the surface of its body, giving it a gem-studded appearance. Despite its hermetic lifestyle, Sableye is a cause of fear for many thanks to its eyes, which glitter eerily in the darkness of the caves it inhabits. In the Pokémon world, it is thought that a Sableye can steal a person’s soul through the glimmer in its jeweled eyes. It seems to be based on the Hopkinsville aliens, as it shares many characteristics with them, such as their shining eyes.


9. Murkrow

Murkrow is a small black carrion crow with red eyes. The top of its head is styled as a witch’s hat and its tail bristles out like a broomstick. Its name is a portmanteau of the English words murk and crow. Murkrow is rather unpopular in the Pokémon world. Its dismal appearance and nocturnal nature have long caused it to be considered an omen of ill fortune to all who see it.

If a Murkrow finds itself wounded, it fights back by leading its pursuer to dark mountain trails in an attempt to get him hopelessly lost in the darkness.  Murkrow is also attracted to bright, shiny objects, which it collects to stash in its nest. This, of course, leads to many arguments between Murkrow and Meowth, who both share a common love of stashing things – and taking from each other. It does not hesitate to steal such objects if necessary and has even been known to attempt to snatch rings off women’s fingers.


8. Tyranitar

Tyranitar, Bangiras in original Japanese language versions, is the final evolution of Larvitar. Tyranitar is a large, green, reptilian Pokémon, that appears to have spikes near the end of its tail with the tip of the tail itself being segmented. Tyranitar’s feet and hands each have three claws on them. Tyranitar has a blue rhombus on its chest and has two rows of green spikes running down its back. There are black, triangular holes on Tyranitar’s knees, chest and back.

Tyranitar are extremely strong, and their thick, rocky hides give them a good resistance. Because of this, they are always roaming mountains to seek opponents. If enraged, Tyranitar sets off outstanding earthquakes that can completely change the entire landscape. Tyranitar has the base stat total of a pseudo-legendary, making it one of the current five pseudo-legendaries. Tyranitar is doubly weak to fighting type attacks and resists psychic completely.


7. Darkrai

Darkrai, known as the Pitch-Black Pokémon, is a legendary Pokémon resembling a dark, sinister ghost, such as the Grim Reaper or the incubus demon. Darkrai is a living nightmare, or a manifestation of many nightmares. 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 long white mane flows from its head, obscuring one of its blue eyes. Its club-shaped arms have three claws each, with parts of them appearing tattered. 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”. Darkrai possesses the power to lure people and Pokémon into deep sleeps and show them frightening nightmares. Darkrai resides on Newmoon Island (a mirror-image of Fullmoon island in which Cresselia resides), and on nights of the new moon, when it is active, it shows horrible nightmares to both humans and Pokémon. Platinum states that despite all this, it means no harm and is loyal to the ones it trusts. It apparently resides on Newmoon Island because it does not wish to harm anyone.


6. Poochyena

Poochyena is a dark-colored, dog-like hyena species of Pokémon common in the Hoenn region. It is an omnivore, able to eat almost anything, and it will attempt to take a bite out of anything that moves when it first sees it. This Pokémon is both aggressive and cowardly; it chases after prey until the victim becomes exhausted, but if the prey strikes back, Poochyena may turn tail and run.  

Poochyena and its evolution (Mightyena) hold the distinction of being the first pure-Dark type (as of Generation IV) that can evolve (as most of the Dark types don’t evolve at all, and the ones that do evolve are only half-Dark types). Two new Pokémon for Generation V (Zorua and Zoroark) will also share this distinction.


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5. Weavile

Weavile, known as the Sharp Claw Pokémon, takes on the appearance of a black, bipedal, warrior-like weasel garbed in a red crown and a red collar. Weavile has three claws on each paw, instead of two like its pre-evolved form, Sneasel, and is much more devious. A female Weavile has smaller ears than a male one. They are also known to travel in larger groups as well of about four to five individuals, living in cold climates and hunting prey with impressive coordination. They convey messages to others by scratching odd symbols in ice or on the bark of trees.

Weavile made its first appearance in the 8th movie, Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. It was then introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl as Sneasel’s evolved form. Sneasel evolves into Weavile when it levels up at night while holding the Razor Claw. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, a female Weavile leads Team AWD, a team that pursues the challenges of Zero Isle. Arbok and Drapion hold her in high respect, referring to her by the title of ‘Lady’. Weavile also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a Pokéball Pokémon and as a trophy. When released, it dashes across the battlefield multiple times, and dazes the opponent.


4. Houndoom

Houndoom live in packs, whose leader is decided by fierce fighting among its members, is a dog-like Pokémon. The leader develops horns sharply raked towards its back to display its dominant status. A Houndoom’s body is filled with volatile toxins that ignite when exposed to air, causing pungent-smelling flames to be shot.

The flames cause a severe pain that can never be alleviated. Houndoom is a feared predator among Pokémon, with its howl being likened to the howl of the Grim Reaper in legend. Just the sound of its howl is enough to send all other Pokémon which hear it hurrying back to the safety of their nests. Its appearance may possibly be connected to mythological creatures like Cerebrus or a hellhound. The Golden Jackal occasionally have small horns, called Jackal’s Horn, which are said to have mystical properties.


3. Absol

Absol is known as the “Disaster Pokémon” because it appears before natural disasters such as earthquakes and tidal waves. It lives in the rugged mountains, and only leaves to warn people of natural disasters with its innate ability to sense them through subtle changes in the environment. People often accuse Absol of causing the disasters themselves, resulting in its reputation as a doom-bringer. It generally lives for up to one hundred years. It has a lion or cougar-like appearance and seems to be based on the Bai Ze as well as a Barguest.  In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team, an Absol makes a short appearance in Frosty Forest.


2. Mightyena

Mightyena is the larger and stronger evolved form of Poochyena. It is a carnivore with characteristics of hyenas and wolves, and a monochrome appearance. Mightyena inhabit wide grasslands in the Pokémon world. They live and hunt in packs, and never defy the orders of a strong and experienced trainer.

This unquestioning loyalty transfers over to when Mightyena are owned by Pokémon trainers, but the Mightyena will only obey the orders of a trainer it recognizes as possessing superior skill.  In the event that an individual Mightyena encounters a threatening foe, it gives obvious signals when it is preparing to attack; It starts to growl deeply and then flattens its body before biting savagely.


1. Umbreon

Umbreon, known as the Moonlight Pokémon, evolves from Eevee when it has gained a complete trust of its trainer at night. It has a black body with a pair of crimson eyes and yellow bands on its ears and tail. Umbreon’s forehead and legs have yellow rings on them, which are said to glow at night. Umbreon can spray a poisonous sweat whenever it gets agitated. Despite its appearance, Umbreon is a Pokémon of strong endurance. Umbreon tend to be found in dark areas such as thick forests, but are most commonly found under the care of people.

Umbreon comes from UMBRA, the darkest part of an eclipse, followed by eon, as of all other eeveelutions.  In the video games, Umbreon is obtained by having a high friendship with Eevee and leveling it up at night (or with a Moon Shard in Pokémon XD, a Lunar Ribbon in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team’ and Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness). Umbreon is one of the two Pokémon a player will start with in the game Pokémon Colosseum. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Umbreon debuted uniquely as the only pure Dark type available in the game. In Volume 14 of the Pokémon Adventures manga, Karen is seen with an Umbreon.


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