How To Catch Darkrai In Pokémon Legends Arceus
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest adventure in the Pokémon franchise, this time bringing with it a whole new open world, new catching mechanics and more.

While the deep mysteries of Hisui, and which Pokémon you’re going to encounter, are left for you to solve, there are a few quests that you might need a bit of help with, including how to catch certain Pokémon — Darkrai is one of them.

How to catch Darkrai in Pokémon Legends Arceus

In order to catch Darkrai, you’ll actually need an entirely different game.

If you have save data from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on your Switch, after you’ve finished the game, you can consult the message board in the Galaxy building, and you’ll be offered a quest to catch Darkrai.

Head to the area on the map, and you’ll get a spooky cutscene after which Darkrai will appear. Darkrai is extremely annoying to catch. He runs away from you, and he’ll disappear if you throw Poké Balls at him.

For this quest, you’ll need to use the large rocks around the area in order to sneak round Darkrai and get him to ignore you. Once he’s close enough, throw a Pokémon at his back, and it’ll hopefully stun him. After that, it’s a normal fight against a level 70 Pokémon.

Don’t worry if you knock it out, you get infinite chances to catch this legendary. Also, it’s worth noting that Darkrai doesn’t count towards Pokédex completion, so if you don’t have Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you can still complete the final quest in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.


This article is part of our Pokémon Legends: Arceus walkthrough and guide series. You can find every Pokémon in the game using our Complete Hisui Pokédex List And Pokémon Locations guide, or hunt for specific hard-to-catch Pokémon with our individual guides, including Every Alpha Pokémon (with Maps), Every Rare Space-Time Distortion Pokémon, Where To Find Every Unown, Where To Find The Other Starters, Where To Find The Sinnoh Starters, How To Catch Darkrai, How To Catch Shaymin, Where To Find Hisuian Zorua, Where To Find Hisuian Growlithe, Where To Find Hisuian Electrode, How To Get Sneasler, How To Get Wyrdeer, How To Get Alolan Vulpix, How To Get Kleavor, How To Catch Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus, How To Get Every Eeveelution, How To Catch The New 'Secret' Legendary, and (of course) How To Catch Arceus.

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