Dark type pokémon were introduced in Gen 2 along with steel types. Although I prefer not to use pure dark pokémon, many of my favorite pokémon, some of which have been included in previous lists, have dark as a secondary typing. Either way, I think dark type pokémon are some of the coolest looking in the games. I will be excluding Gen 1 today, because the only dark types are Alolan (which I’ve counted as Gen 7) and mega forms.
Gen 2 – Johto – Umbreon
Umbreon is tied with sylveon for my favorite eeveelution. I love its dark, sleek appearance and I love its shiny form, which replaces the golden rings with blue ones.
Gen 3 – Hoenn – Absol
Absol is known as the disaster pokémon, because it often appears around locations where disasters occur. This is supported by many of its in game locations, including near Lake Valor in Diamond/Pearl and the Giant Chasm in Black and White. Despite its reputation, I’d still love to hang out with absol!
Gen 4 – Sinnoh – Spiritomb
Everything about this pokémon is associated with the number 108 – “based on the number of temptations a person must overcome to reach Nirvana in Buddhism” (from Bulbapedia). It also doesn’t actually have a physical form. It just projects its appearance. It’s pretty cool, and spooky…and hard to catch. The only game I have spiritomb in is Pokémon Go.
Gen 5 – Unova – Zorua
Zorua is so cute and I love its fox-like design. I love that they went for a dark color scheme, rather than the classic red fox look.
Gen 6 – Kalos – Malamar
I don’t know what I like about this one. It’s kind of ugly, but kind of cool? Either way, it totally owns it.
Gen 7 – Alola – Meowth
I wish Alolan persian looked more like Alolan meowth. Kantonian persian was a great looking evolution for Kantonian meowth. And Alolan meowth is my favorite meowth (Galarian meowth is terrifying). They just didn’t pull through for Alolan persian. But that doesn’t make my love for Alolan meowth any less.
Gen 8 – Galar – Nickit
Hey look, another fox pokémon. I’ve had at least 4 fox pokémon make these favorite pokémon lists. But this one is literally Swiper from Dora. And its shiny form is a silver fox. It all adds up for one really great pokémon.
What are your favorite dark type pokémon?