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Darkrai Raid Trio Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
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Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK237.10 DEF147.80
CP Range
Lvl 20 2048 - 2136 Lvl 25 2560 - 2671

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Fog, Cloudy Windy, Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Snarl Challenging
Feint Attack Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Shadow Ball Challenging
Dark Pulse Intermediate
Focus Blast Intermediate

Overview

In its March of 2020 release, Darkrai made its return to the raid scene as a Tier 5 rather than a Tier 6, making it substantially easier to deal with. This raid is actually doable with 2 trainers and without boosts given the proper counters, but this guide will focus on the much more forgiving 3-person run given the current rarity of these counters

Darkrai hits like a truck, plain and simple. While not as strong as Mewtwo in this regard, it is still able to cut down teams with its powerful blows, which makes TDO a bigger issue than DPS given perfect counters. Be ready to re-lobby for this one, as the Pitch Black Pokemon is quite the imposing force.

Approach

  • Without friendship and/or weather boosts, the only viable Pokemon with the DPS needed for the Duo are Shadow Machamp, Lucario, Shadow Gardevoir, Mega Beedrill, and Conkeldurr
  • Shadow Machamp is the best overall counter, with the best clear times and solid total performance
  • Lucario is the top non-shadow counter, though it falls to a single Focus Blast, and even takes heavy damage if it dodges.
  • Knowing the moveset can be very important, scouting for this one is recommended
  • A tank or two can save a run
  • If you want to try the Trio, then make sure that you have friendship bonuses and weather on your side outside of events that boost power in some way

Battling Strategy

  • Dodging can be very important, though it can also be difficult with some movesets
  • Try to always dodge Focus Blast unless you know that surviving it won't net your Pokemon another charged move
  • If attempting a Duo, then dodging is exceptionally important in many cases. With weather and friend bonuses, DPS isn't a huge issue. But TDO definitely is.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters Viable at Lv.30
Shadow Machamp Shadow Machamp
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highest DPS counter, great option for the duo
  • Resists Dark Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
  • Somewhat frail, appreciates dodging
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highest non-shadow DPS option in neutral weather, can help beat down the clock
  • Resists Dark Type moves

Cons:

  • Weak to Focus Blast
  • Fairly frail, greatly appreciates dodging
  • Still considered a fairly rare species overall
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Outstanding mix of DPS and TDO, the real all-arounder for this match
  • Pre-evolution is a semi-common raid boss, making it very obtainable
  • Resists Dark Type movesets
  • Can be evolved to final form for free if traded

Cons:

  • If not traded, costs a whopping 200 candy to evolve
ShadowGardevoir Shadow Gardevoir
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Double-resists Focus Blast, one of the best counters Vs. this move

Cons:

  • Weak to Shadow Ball
  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
Counters viable at Lv.40
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Great overall counter, many players have at least one raised
  • Resists Dark Type movesets
Hariyama Hariyama
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Basically a budget Machamp

Cons:

  • Basically a budget Machamp
Togekiss Togekiss
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Bulkiest counter, great anchor for this raid
  • Resists Dark Type movesets, double resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • DPS is a bit low
Counters Viable at Lv.35
ShadowPinsir Shadow Pinsir
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Decent DPS option if lacking supreme counters
  • Resists Dark Type movesets

Cons:

  • Fairly frail, appreciates dodging
Gardevoir Gardevoir
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have at least one, as it was featured in its own Community Day
  • Double-resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Weak to Shadow Ball
Blaziken Blaziken
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have at least one, as it was featured in its own Community Day
  • Resists Dark Type movesets

Cons:

  • Generally more effective as a Fire attacker
Heracross Heracross
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Dark Type moves and Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Regional species, not generally available
Togekiss Togekiss
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Bulky choice that can help keep trainers in the game
  • Resists Dark Type movesets, double-resists Focus Blast
Counters Viable at Lv.40
Shadow-Alakazam Shadow Alakazam
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Focus Blast, though it will still probably KO if not dodged

Cons:

  • Extremely frail, dodging is manditory
  • Best moveset is Elite
  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
Genesect Genesect
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highest non-shadow Bug Type DPS

Cons:

  • Mythical Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain and cannot be traded

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