This feared Pokémon is said to travel to worlds unknown. Some even believe that it takes lost spirits along with it.
~ Heart Gold Pokédex entry
The antenna on its head captures radio waves from the world of spirits that command it to take people there.
~ Diamond Pokédex entry
It is said to take lost spirits into its pliant body and guide them home.
~ Platinum Pokédex entry


Dusknoir is a final form ghost-type Pokémon introduced in Gen IV. It evolves from Duskull into Dusclops, and from Dusclops into Dusknoir by holding a Reaper Cloth and being traded.

The antenna on Dusknoir's head allows it to receive transmissions from the spirit world, which tell it to bring people there. The band on its body can open, similar to a mouth. It uses this ability to take spirits into its body and carry them home or as it travels to unknown places.

Powers and Stats

Tier: At least 7-A

Name: Dusknoir

Origin: Pokémon

Gender: Varies

Age: Varies

Classification: Third Form Pokémon, Gripper Pokémon

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Superhuman Speed, Self-Sustenance (Types 1 and 2), Invisibility (Dusknoir's pre-evolution, Duskull, is able to make itself invisible), Intangibility and Non-Corporeal (Dusknoir is a Pokémon native from the Ghost World, another plane of existence where the spirits of deceased humans and pokémon reside, as well as other ghost-type pokémon. Dusknoir's body is intangible and completely hollow, and inside there is only a void and spectral flames. Dusknoir also should be comparable to Pokémon like Gengar), Levitation, Limited Accelerated Development (Via Exp. Elite), Elemental Manipulation (Of the Darkness, Hellfire, Fire, Ice, and Electricity variety), Air Manipulation (Via Ominous Wind), Ectoplasm Manipulation (Via Ghost-Type moves), Enhanced Senses (Via Stair Sensor. The antenna on its head captures radio waves from another worlds), Water Walking (Via All-Terrain Hiker), Stealth Mastery and Camouflage (Its pre-evolution, Duskull, can hide among the shadows and is an excellent tracker), Telekinesis (Via Psychic), Immortality (Type 1 and 7), Dimensional Travel, Teleportation and possible Portal Creation (Dusknoir can travel and teleport to other worlds and places, its PMD counterpart can create portals), Body Control, Mind Manipulation (Its pre-evolution, Dusclops, can hypnotizes its foe by waving its hands in a macabre manner and by bringing its single eye to bear. The hypnotized foe is made to do Dusclops's bidding), Absorption (Its pre-evolution, Dusclops, can absorb anything, however large the object may be), Soul Absorption (Dusknoir can absorb souls), Possession (Of an empty body), Limited Death Manipulation and Fate Manipulation (Via Destiny Bond), Limited Probability Manipulation (Via Type-Advantage Master and Sharpshooter), Fear Manipulation (A glare from the single scarlet eye of Duskull makes even burly grown-ups freeze in utter fear), Empathic Manipulation (Via Dark Pulse. Dusknoir can shoot orbs imbued with loathsome emotions), Aura (Explosive and Fear type; Via Dark Pulse), Sleep Manipulation (Via Sleep Charm), Void Manipulation (Inside Dusknoir's body there is a void, everything that absorbs this void will never come back), Dimensional/Spiritual BFR (Dusknoir can drag souls to other dimensions), Power Nullification (Via Disable, Mean Look and Imprison. Dusknoir can inflict the "Paused" status, which prevents the opponent from using moves temporarily), Curse Manipulation (Via Curse and Grudge), Smoke Manipulation and Negation (Via Haze), Berserk Mode, Danmaku, Homing Attack (Shadow Punch), Perception Manipulation (Via Night Shade), Illusion Creation (Its pre-evolution, Duskull, can create illusions to frighten or deceive its opponents), Light Manipulation (Via Confuse Ray), Precognition (Via Future Sight), Resistance Negation (Via TCG Shadow Punch), Limited Immunity Negation, Invisibility Negation and Illusion Negation (Via Foresight), Mind Reading (Via Foresight), Status Effect Inducement (Via Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Thunder Punch, Sleep Charm, Will O' Wisp and Confuse Ray), Statistics Reduction (Via Leer, Shadow Ball, Frighten and Memento), Statistics Amplification (Via Ominous Wind), Gravity Manipulation (Via Gravity), Soul Manipulation (The spectral ball of fire that Dusknoir generates inside its body steal the soul instantly from those who look at it. Dusknoir can tear the soul directly from its opponents and can harm ghosts and souls), Durability Negation (Via Curse, Pain Split and Soul Manipulation), Life Force Absorption (Via Pain Split), Damage Boost (Via Payback, Hex and Pursuit), Damage Transferal (Via Pain Split), Pseudo-Black Hole Creation, Can swap passive abilities via Skill Swap, Can do more damage when things are looking desperate, Takes down stamina twice as quick, Non-Physical Interaction (Can harm non-corporeal Pokemon), Dynamax, Resistance to Poison and Bug moves, Immunity to Normal and Fighting moves, Resistance to Gravity Manipulation, Future Sight bypasses Shields and Precognition.

Attack Potency: At least Mountain level+ (Comparable to other 3rd stage Pokémon like Charizard, Tyranitar, or Salamence)

Speed: Relativistic (Pokémon of this caliber are more than capable of reacting to Seismic Tosses from the likes of Pokémon who can throw at these speeds, like Machamp or Primeape. His PMD counterpart can do this)

Lifting Strength: Class 100

Striking Strength: At least Mountain Class+

Durability: At least Mountain level+

Stamina: Above average

Range: Standard melee range, tens of kilometers with most attacks

Standard Equipment: Reaper Cloth

Intelligence: Above average, but as a Pokémon, has naturally high battle capabilities

Weaknesses: Dark moves as well as other Ghost moves

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Pressure: Dusknoir makes the opponent expend twice as much energy, tiring them out twice as quickly.
  • Frisk: When it enters a battle, Dusknoir can check an opponent's held item.
  • Black Hole: Enemies adjacent to the Pokémon cannot move.
  • Frighten: Reduces nearby enemies Speed.
  • Interference: Reduces nearby enemies accuracy.
  • Last-Ditch Effort: Increases damage when things are looking desperate.

  • Shadow Punch: Dusknoir throws a fist composed of shadows at the opponent with unerring accuracy.
  • Future Sight: Dusknoir prepares a powerful psychic attack which strikes the opponent later on. It ignores moves like Protect and Detect, meaning barriers and precog don't help against it. Future Sight has a second ability that allows the user to see into the future.
  • Fire Punch: Dusknoir sets its hands ablaze, and punches, which can cause burns.
  • Ice Punch: Dusknoir envelopes its hand in ice and punches his foe, this may leave his foe frozen.
  • Thunder Punch: Dusknoir releases a powerful punch charged with electricity that can potentially paralyze the target.
  • Gravity: Dusknoir pins its foe down by rapidly increasing gravity around its target.
  • Bind: Dusknoir squeezes its targets with its whole body.
  • Sleep Charm: Leaves the foe asleep.
  • Leer: Dusknoir looks at the opponent intimidatingly, which lowers the defense of the opponent.
  • Night Shade: Dusknoir uses its ghostly powers to dupe the target into witnessing a frightening mirage.
  • Disable: Dusknoir nullifies the use of the attack last used by the opponent.
  • Astonish: Dusknoir attacks the opponent while attempting to scare them. It has a chance to make them flinch.
  • Foresight: Dusknoir identifies the opponent, allowing non-corporeal entities to be hit, this also enables an evasive target to be hit. Foresight can also negate illusions and make visible invisible objects or beings.
  • Shadow Sneak: Dusknoir extends its shadow and attacks the opponent from behind, almost always managing to hit first.
  • Pursuit: Dusknoir attacks the opponent with dark energy, and does double damage if the opponent attempted to flee.
  • Will O' Wisp: Dusknoir shoots a bluish-white flame that burns upon contact.
  • Confuse Ray: Dusknoir emits an odd light that confuses the one it hits.
  • Curse: Dusknoir evokes a curse by reducing as much of half of its own health. The opponent is then "cursed" and gradually sapped of their own health until either unconsciousness or death.
  • Hex: Dusknoir fires a hex that inflicts direct damage on opponents; however, against foes under the influence of malignant status conditions (severe burns, paralysis, body-freezing, forcible sleep), the damage is doubled.
  • Shadow Ball: Dusknoir hurls a powerful black blob of shadow at the foe, and it has a chance to lower special defense.
  • Mean Look: Dusknoir fixes a dark, arresting look at the opponent, freezing their actions on the spot and preventing further escape. Even abilities like teleportation are ineffectual.
  • Payback: Dusknoir begins to store up its energy reserves, reserving it for a retaliatory strike of dark energy against the opponent's prior attack. The nature of the energy appears to enable Dusknoir to augment the strike beyond its standard power if it occurs after a previous offensive blow from the foe.

  • Dark Pulse: Dusknoir focuses its negative and violent thoughts into a visibly dark aura, before projecting the aura outwards as an omnidirectional "wave" of dark energy. This may also make the target flinch.
  • Destiny Bond: Dusknoir links its life and fate with its opponent, so if it falls in battle, so does the opponent. This doesn't translate the other way around though.
  • Feint Attack: Dusknoir hits the opponent with a darkness move as soon as the moment arises. It has a hard time missing.
  • Grudge: Dusknoir casts another curse on the opponent. This time, if Dusknoir succumbs to its injuries and is defeated, the opponent becomes incapable of using the move that did Dusknoir in.
  • Haze: Dusknoir emits a haze, which resets all statistics, and has also been used as a smokescreen.
  • Imprison: Dusknoir manifests a psychic seal inscribed with the character 封 (the first kanji of 封 印, which translates to English as "seal") on the target's body, preventing them from using any techniques that Dusknoir also has complete knowledge of.
  • Memento: Dusknoir sacrifices itself to sharply lower the physical and special attack of the opponent. This is pretty much useless in a versus match.
  • Ominous Wind: Dusknoir blows a blast of repulsive and ghostly wind. This has a chance to raise the physical and special attack and defense, as well as speed, of Dusknoir, on top of the damage.
  • Pain Split: Dusknoir adds its HP to the target's HP, then equally shares the combined HP with the target.
  • Skill Swap: Dusknoir employs its psychic power to exchange Abilities with the target.

  • Shadow Punch (TCG): Similar to the conventional Shadow Punch, but ignores resistance.

  • Psychic: Dusknoir uses a strong psychokinesis for offensive, defensive, and supplementary means such as lifting the target in question or simply blasting them. It may also lower their special defense.

(Can be disabled at will unless stated otherwise.)

  • Course Checker: A skill all partners must know, regardless of IQ Group or amount of IQ Points, and exclusive to them. If targeting an enemy, Dusknoir will instinctively check for things that will get in the way, and will stop if such an obstacle exists to conserve stamina.
  • Status Checker: Dusknoir knows to not beat a dead horse and will not use a status move that'll cause a status effect that the opponent already has.
  • Non-Traitor: Dusknoir, if confused or cowering, will not damage allies with out-of-control attacks.
  • PP Saver: Dusknoir will occasionally use a move without consuming PP.
  • Self-Curer: Dusknoir recovers faster than usual from status problems.
  • Type-Advantage Master: Dusknoir's critical hit rate skyrockets if attacking one with a type of disadvantage.
  • Weak-Type Picker: When near several enemies, Dusknoir will target the one that has a type of disadvantage.
  • Gap Prober: Dusknoir can send thrown items and deliver moves through team members to target only enemies.
  • Wary Fighter: If Dusknoir misses its attack, it takes a step back to distance itself from its target.
  • Sharpshooter: Boosts the critical-hit ratios of Dusknoir's moves and attacks.
  • Hit-and-Runner: Dusknoir may avoid a counter-attack that the enemy uses in response to being struck with an attack or move.
  • Multitalent: Adds 5 to Dusknoir's max PP. Cannot be turned off.
  • Exp. Elite: Dusknoir earns extra Exp. Points after defeating enemies.
  • All-Terrain Hiker: Dusknoir can walk on water, lava and valleys.
  • Stair Sensor: When she reaches a new floor, Dusknoir uses its intuition to know where the floor's stairway is.
  • No-Charger: The Pokémon charges then unleashes any move that normally requires 2 turns in only one turn. Powering up these charge-up moves so quickly consumes 2 PP, however.
  • Pierce Hurler: Throwing items hurled by Dusknoir pierces through walls and other Pokémon, without showing signs of stopping.



Notable Victories:

Notable Losses:

Inconclusive Matches:

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  • Dynamax Dusknoir?

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    • But again, it's not exclusive to final evos. And even then, I assume we'd be going based off what Pokemon are available within SwSh,...
    • That's why I put D-Max Dusk in unknown tier. Until we find out what tier is the suitable one.
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