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Dark Pulse

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Dark 80 100% 15 0 Special Single non-user

Description

Deals damage and has a 20% chance to flinch the target.

Competitive Use

One of the best special Dark moves available, with good Base Power, perfect accuracy, 20% chance to flinch, and great distribution. It's the main option for many specially inclined Dark-type Pokemon, and thanks to its great distribution is used as a coverage move on some other Pokemon as well. Note that if paired with a Fighting-type move, typically Focus Blast, it gains almost perfect neutral coverage, the combination only being resisted by Heracross and Toxicroak. In the last generation, it was most commonly used on mono-attacking Spiritomb's set since nothing is immune to Dark-type moves; however, it is currently a lesser option thanks to the newly introduced ability Justified, and more powerful Fighting-types. Another low point is that it lost its status as a TM move this generation, so its distribution is no longer as great as it once was. Still, it's worth using on a specially inclined Pokemon that either needs to remove Ghost- and Psychic-types, such as Nasty Plot Lucario, or just needs a good STAB move to abuse, as with Zoroark.

Related Moves

Night Daze is a slightly more powerful alternative with a 40% chance to lower the foe's accuracy by one stage; however, it loses 5% of its accuracy in exchange.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Darkrai Dark Uber Bad Dreams 70 90 90 135 90 125 600
Deino Dark / Dragon LC Hustle 52 65 50 45 50 38 300
Dusclops Ghost UU Pressure 40 70 130 60 130 25 455
Dusknoir Ghost RU Pressure 45 100 135 65 135 45 525
Duskull Ghost LC Levitate 20 40 90 30 90 25 295
Gastly Ghost / Poison LC Levitate 30 35 30 100 35 80 310
Gengar Ghost / Poison OU Levitate 60 65 60 130 75 110 500
Gothita Psychic LC Frisk / Shadow Tag 45 30 50 55 65 45 290
Gothitelle Psychic BL Frisk / Shadow Tag 70 55 95 95 110 65 490
Gothorita Psychic NU Frisk / Shadow Tag 60 45 70 75 85 55 390
Haunter Ghost / Poison NU Levitate 45 50 45 115 55 95 405
Honchkrow Dark / Flying UU Insomnia / Super Luck / Moxie 100 125 52 105 52 71 505
Hydreigon Dark / Dragon OU Levitate 92 105 90 125 90 98 600
Larvitar Rock / Ground LC Guts / Sand Veil 50 64 50 45 50 41 300
Lucario Fighting / Steel OU Steadfast / Inner Focus / Justified 70 110 70 115 70 90 525
Mandibuzz Dark / Flying NU Big Pecks / Overcoat / Weak Armor 110 65 105 55 95 80 510
Spiritomb Ghost / Dark RU Pressure / Infiltrator 50 92 108 92 108 35 485
Thundurus Electric / Flying Uber Prankster / Defiant 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
Tornadus Flying UU Prankster / Defiant 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
Tyranitar Rock / Dark OU Sand Stream / Unnerve 100 134 110 95 100 61 600
Vullaby Dark / Flying LC Big Pecks / Overcoat / Weak Armor 70 55 75 45 65 60 370
Weavile Dark / Ice UU Pressure / Pickpocket 70 120 65 45 85 125 510
Zoroark Dark UU Illusion 60 105 60 120 60 105 510
Zorua Dark LC Illusion 40 65 40 80 40 65 330
Zweilous Dark / Dragon NU Hustle 72 85 70 65 70 58 420