Ability: Bad dreams.
Locations: New Moon Island (Diamond & Pearl
Hi everyone. Welcome to our Pokémon of the Week.
Today we’re reviewing Darkrai, the Pitch-Black Pokémon.
If you are like me, you watched the new Pokémon
movie featuring Darkrai some days ago, so I decided this would
be a good opportunity to review this good Pokémon (2 legends in
a row, that’s weird). It’s extremely hard to get. I was lucky
enough to get one on July 10 (I think) last year at a Japanese
theatre when this same movie premiered and then got another one
traded. Back in America, I have heard from a Nintendo event
featuring Darkrai coming soon, but no more info has been
provided. But I’m not in the USA right now so if I’m wrong or
you know something I don’t feel free to e-mail me with the
Darkrai has very good stats overall. Its special
attack and speed are really good and its ability is just great.
It reduces a sleeping foe’s HP so you’ll be abusing a lot of the
sleep condition with this one.
As a special note, I’ve been receiving a lot of
e-mails asking me where to find it or how to get certain
natures. Unfortunately there aren’t many good natures (Japanese
Darkrais have terrible natures) and I know I’ll be posting some
impossible for the moment and I do not suggest you using any
illegal device or cheat to get Darkrai. I’m suggesting the
following movesets hoping that Nintendo will release the Darkrai
event soon and with decent natures so when you have it you can
check this review and start training it.
Let’s move on to the move combinations, let’s see
what’s up with this guy…
Nature: Modest (+ Special attack, - Attack).
EV´s: 252 HP, 252 Special attack, 4 Speed.
- Dark void / Hypnosis
- Dream eater / Dark pulse
- Calm mind
- Ice beam / Thunderbolt / Psychic
This is probably the most predictable and
effective set for Darkrai. Inflict sleep condition and led bad
dreams do the job. Dream eater will give you some HP (metronome
is great here) and calm mind – special attack combo is for the
finishing blow. If you don’t like dream eater. Dark pulse is
there for extra damage.
I could probably list 3 or 4 more sets for
Darkrai but all of them take advantage of hypnosis / dark void.
If you want something different try pretty cool moves as Spacial
rend or roar of time (both part of the Japanese event set),
thunder or even substitute. I’ve seen a couple decent sets,
remember the limit is your imagination.
When should I use this Pokémon?
I hope Darkrai will arrive soon to our continent,
and when that happens. You will probable use this a lot, just
because it’s effective and very fun to use. It’s not the
ultimate special sweeper as other legends, but if you manage to
take advantage of its ability, it can easily win you entire
battles. It’s becoming one of my favorite Pokémon.
What should I use against this Pokémon?
Taunters will probably crush Darkrai if they are
strong. Blissey is one tough wall against this, so if you see
one, it’s better to switch. Not focusing of defenses is also a
key point, sweep fast (with Rayquaza, Mewtwo, Dialga). I’ve even
seen some Gengars offering a good battle against Darkrai.
Remember I’m asking you to choose one Pokémon for
our 100th Pokémon review. It doesn’t matter if we
have reviewed it before as we can always think about new sets,
every Pokémon is a candidate. So send me your votes via e-mail
when you have the chance, thanks.
If you have some questions about any game or
specific strategy feel free to write to
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Hope you enjoyed.