Universe Pokemon
Appears in Super Smash Bros. Tourney 2: The New Challengers
Availability Starter
Bonus Costume No Bonus Costume
English voice actor Kevin T. Collins
Japanese voice actor Koji Ishizaka
French voice actor Christian Visine
German voice actor Jan Spitzer
Arabic voice actor Rafat Bazo
Mandarin Chinese voice actor Junhang Fan

How Darkrai joined the Tourney

Darkrai is a black, shadow-like Pokémon. It has a small head with a white fog-like ghostly plume billowing from its head covering one of its bright blue eyes, with the portion on its face resembling hair. It also has a red spiky growth around its neck. It has skinny arms and long black tatters hanging from its shoulders. It also has black, claw-like hands. It has the slight appearance of an hourglass figure and appears to be wearing an old, ripped cloak. It normally does not have any sort of legs, but it is able to extend stilt-like appendages in their place. In self-defense, Darkrai can retract its head and white "plume" into the pit atop its torso fringed by the aforementioned red growth.

Darkrai is known to "inhabit" dreams and causes the target to have unending nightmares, which can be stopped if exposed to a Lunar Wing from Cresselia. However, the "unleashing of nightmares" is actually a defense mechanism, instead of an intentionally malicious act. It can become a shadow and escape danger or contact of humans. It is also capable of little human speech. In The Rise of Darkrai, it was shown its power was little of that of Dialga and Palkia. As seen in an anime episode, Darkrai does not only cause nightmares; it is also attracted to them. It can also go around objects it is attracted to several times, as seen in the mentioned episode and Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. Darkrai possibly feeds off dreams, characterized by its association with never-ending nightmares. Darkrai is the only known Pokémon that learns Dark Void.

Awakening after this, Darkrai seeks to bring nightmares to PLANT and the Orb Union. However, the Joule Team and Dearka Elsman with the Buster Gundam set out to stop him.

Character Select Screen Animation

When highlighted

Darkrai holds a dark orb.

After the announcer calls his name

Darkrai shoots the orb as the camera zooms saying "It's time to say goodnight."

Special Moves

Dark Pulse (Neutral)

Darkrai shoots a black orb of enegry at the opponent.

Nightmare (Side)

Darkrai disappears and becomes invincible on activation, then rushes forward surrounded by an energy wave.

Shadow Claw (Up)

Darkrai flies up surrounded by a field of sharp darkness.

Dream Eater (Down)

Darkrai summons two green orbs. If they hit, a field of darkness ensnares the opponent, then dark claws crush the opponent.

Dark Void (Hyper Smash)

Based on his Pokeball move from SSB4. Darkrai sends an orb of darkness forward. If it hits, it creates that will not only damage the opponent, but also put him/her to sleep for 1 minute.

Infinite Eclipse (Final Smash)

Based on his Pokken Tournament Burst Attack. Darkrai takes a bow and produces a spherical energy field around himself. If the opponent is hit, the opponent will be trapped in another dimension with Darkrai who says "The night calls to you." and sends dark hands out of doorways. The hands hit the opponent then Darkrai summons a large dark being. As the being crushes the opponent, Darkrai says "Sweet dreams." then the being bursts the trapped the opponent, ending the nightmare and sending the opponent flying.

Victory Animations

  1. Darkrai surrounds himself with a dark field then explodes it outward, then stands on formed legs saying "I saw your future, and it will not be pleasant."
  2. Darkrai puts the area in a nightmarish state then says "The night has just begun."
  3. Darkrai crushes a dream cloud then says "And the nightmare ends with your body broken."

On-Screen Appearance

Darkrai rises out of the shadows and says "All your worst nightmares are about to come true."


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