Overview: Darkrai is one of the most important special sweepers of the Oras Ubers tier. It also has access to a rather accurate sleep inducing move Dark Void to put targets to sleep, which helps it break many defensive walls and forces the opponent to either use a sleep fodder, or have a certain Pokemon that can check Darkrai. Nasty Plot helps it boost it's special attack and many times overcome it's own checks, with the use of the appropriate coverage moves. Its high base stats (125 Speed, 135 Special Attack), in combination with its amazing movepool, sets it as one of the most important offensive threats of the tier. It can function greatly in offensive teams, and it can serve as a lead with Dark Void causing problems to slower foes, or limiting faster ones. Darkrai may have an amazing offensive presence, but it is really fragile; It needs Life Orb so it can deal the needed amount of damage, but that does not let it attack many times. It is also weak against Choice Scarfed Pokemon or revenge killing priority moves, and there is always the factor of Dark Void missing, which causes Darkrai to get damaged severely. Set: Darkrai @ Life Orb Ability: Bad Dreams EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe Timid Nature - Dark Pulse - Dark Void - Nasty Plot - Thunder / Sludge Bomb Dark Void helps Darkrai lead and force the opponent into foddering something. With Nasty Plot, it can boost its special attack, abusing the fact that most Pokemon switch out when they face Darkrai and then use its rest moves so it can deal significant damage to opponent's team. Dark Pulse, is Darkrai's dark stab move and with the 20% of flinching puts on additional offensive pressure. Sludge Bomb is used to deal with the fairy types that can check Darkrai, while Thunder is there to 2HKO common sleep talk users such as Ho-Oh or Primal Kyogre, while it can OHKO Yveltal after rocks and deal a significant damage to Klefkis attempting to switch in. Other Options: Another set that can be taken under consideration is Substitute and Leftovers.Darkrai can set up substitute pretty easy,but the option of having only one dark damaging attack, makes Darkrai weak to checks like Tyranitar,Mega Diancie,Klefki etc.Focus Sash can also be used as an item,which can help Dakrai avoid a possible 1HKO knock out, but the entry hazards make this set hard to function.Taunt can be used on Darkrai as well, since it can help against Klefki. Thunder Wave can cripple some common faster than Darkrai switch ins as Choice Scarf Xerneas, Mega Mewtwo Y. Will-O-Wisp can be used to neutralize physical threats as Arceus, which try to set up in front of Darkrai. Some other niche moves that Darkrai can use are Ice Beam, so it can 1HKO Mega Salamence trying to set up, or using Hidden Power Steel which 1HKOs Mega Diancie. Team Options: Darkrai can function best on Hyper Offense teams,especially when they have some suicide leads like Deo-S, where Darkrai can get in and pressure the defogger.There are two kind of Pokemon that can team up nice with Darkrai. The ones which take care of Darkrai's weaknesses, and the ones which have their weaknesses been taken care of by it. Primal Groudon is able to deal with most Darkrai's checks, such as Choice Scarf Xerneas, Mega Diancie, Tyranitar etc. Also, hazard setter are much appreciated, since Darkrai can perform well against the most solid defogger of the tier, such as Giratina-O, Latios etc. A Pokemon that appreciates Darkrai's ability to deal with its checks, is Arceus, since Darkrai can be proven effective against Arceus-Ghost, Lugia & Giratina-O. Darkrai, apart from pressuring Lugia, also pressures Primal Groudon, giving the opportunity to Xerneas to have a potential set up. Checks & Counters: Fairy -Types: Although Darkrai has access to Sludge Bomb, many fairy types can check it. Mega Diancie, can bounce back Dark Voids, due to its ability. It can as well 1HKO Darkrai with Moonblast while it tanks Darkrai's stab dark moves. Choice Scarf Xerneas can switch into Dark Void and 1hko Darkrai with Sleep Talk Moonblast. Klefki resists Dark Pulse, while is immune to Sludge Bomb and it can cripple Darkrai with prankster Thunder Wave. Arceus-Fairy can tank a boosted Sludge Bomb and 1HKO with Judgement. Dark - Types: A notable amount of Dark types can tank Darkrai's Sludge Bomb and Dark Pulse and can deal good amounts of damage to it. Priority Move Users: Due to its low base defense, priority moves as Fake Out, ExtremeSpeed, Bullet Punch etc can be used to take down Darkrai. Choice Scarf Users: Many Choice Scarf users such as Genesect, Xerneas, Landorous etc can outspeed and revenge kill Darkrai. Mewtwo: Mewtwo can OHKO with fighting stab in Mewtwo X form, or OHKO with Mewtwo or Mewtwo Y form, with Focus Blast. It should be noted though, that none can switch in safely, and they are better used as revenge killers. Mega Gengar: It can trap Darkrai with Shadow Tag, and OHKO it with Focus Blast. Thunder Wave Users: Thunder Wave cripples Darkrai, letting even slower Pokemon OHKO it.