How to Catch Darkrai in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

A close-up of Darkrai during the cutscene where the player finds them.

Key Takeaway

To get Request #93, which starts the quest to find Darkrai, you'll need to complete the main quest as well as possess save data from either Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl on your Nintendo Switch.

Catching Darkrai in Pokémon Legends: Arceus will differ from how you catch most other legendaries. Besides having to go through a request, you’ll need to possess save data from another Pokémon game. Catching them all has never been so gimmicky.

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    What You Need to Get Request #93 to Appear

    Dialga on the left and Palkia on the right with the game titles below them.

    First, you’ll need to possess save data of either Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl on your Nintendo Switch. Where you are in those games does not matter—all you need is an active save file. As such, you can just start a new game and save immediately if all you care about is getting Darkrai in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

    Secondly, you’ll have to beat the main quest in Pokémon Legends: Arceus for Request #93 to appear.

    After you’ve done both of the above-mentioned steps, head to professor Laventon’s lab in Galaxy Hall. On the chalkboard, you’ll now find Request #93: The Darksome Nightmare. Accept the request to begin your hunt for Darkrai.

    How to Find and Catch Darkrai

    A red circle on the map showing where Darkrai spawns in the Coronet Highlands.

    To locate Darkrai after you begin Request #93, you’ll need to head to the Coronet Highlands. This legendary Dark-type Pokémon will be hanging out in the clearing southeast of Clamberjaw Cliffs. However, they will only appear at night.

    Despite being relatively easy to track down, Darkrai can be rather annoying to catch. This is due to the Dark-type pocket monster teleporting away the moment you attempt to throw a Poké Ball at them.

    They will evade you both when you try to send out a Pokémon to battle them or try to catch them in an empty Poké Ball. Thankfully, Darkrai won’t go too far, which will give you nearly an infinite number of attempts to catch them.

    Tips for Catching Darkrai

    A player hiding in a smokescreen and aiming a jet ball at Darkrai.

    While doing battle with Darkrai can be fun and feel epic, it’s much easier to catch them through stealthy methods. The latter option will also be satisfying due to you being able to give Darkrai a taste of their own medicine.

    After engaging Darkrai in the clearing southeast of Clamberjaw Cliffs, use a Smoke Bomb to lay down a cloud of white mist. While you’re crouching in this dense fog, Darkrai won’t be able to see you.

    While you have this advantage, you can wait until Darkrai turns their back, which will give you the best odds of catching them. At the right moment, throw a Gigaton Ball at their back.

    Since Gigaton Balls have the best success rate when attempting to catch an unaware Pokémon, it’s arguably the best Poké Ball to use for catching Darkrai via the stealth method. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to be pretty close to Darkrai, as Gigaton Balls can’t be thrown very far.

    What You Get for Completing Request #93

    When you catch Darkrai, Request #93 will be completed. In addition to snagging a legendary Pokémon, you’ll also get one Exp. Candy XL. When used on a Pokémon, an Exp. Candy XL will give them 30,000 experience points.

    More importantly, you’ll be one step closer to completing the Pokédex in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.