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Top 6 Dark Pokemon Cards: Team Rocket Expansion

Updated on May 17, 2017
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A 90's kid, Jeremy now studies chemistry and works multiple jobs in-between Pokemon journeys.

The Team Rocket Set

Like many kids, I didn't even know how to play the TCG, I just enjoyed collecting and trading the cards. As an adult, I can better appreciate the strategic aspects of the game, and still love to scour through cards and find the best of the best.

Recently, I stumbled upon the Team Rocket expansion, which features several "Dark" Pokemon. Not to be confused with the actual element Dark, Dark Pokemon typically demonstrate great power but low HP. Read on to discover the six deadliest Dark cards of Team Rocket!

Pokemon TCG Quiz


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Evolution Stages

Basic Pokemon can be played from your hand as you like.

Stage 1 Pokemon are evolutions that must be played on a corresponding Basic Pokemon.

Stage 2 Pokemon are further evolutions to be played on corresponding Stage 1 Pokemon.

Dark Muk
Dark Muk

6. Dark Muk

Typical of his kind, Muk has low Hit Points but some impressive abilities:

  • Sticky Goo (Poke-Power) Adds 2 energy to an opponent's Retreat Cost, making it difficult to flee.
  • Sludge Punch (2 energy) Does a mild 20 damage and Poisons your opponent. Not the strongest move, but the poison will rack on some hurt, and the low cost lets you strike quickly.

A Stage 1, Dark Muk can come into play quickly and envenom foes before they have a chance to fight back. Just keep him away from Psychic opponents.

Dark Raichu
Dark Raichu

5. Dark Raichu

Another Stage 1, Dark Raichu joins with more HP than most Dark Pokemon, 70. He accesses a single formidable technique:

  • Surprise Thunder (3 energy) Shocks for 30, then you flip a coin. If Heads, you flip again. Get another Heads, and all Pokemon on your opponent's Bench take 20 damage, if Tails, they take 10.


30 damage with a chance to deal 10 or 20 to the Bench? Heck yes. As a bonus, Dark Raichu only needs one energy to retreat if things get dicey.

Dark Slowbro
Dark Slowbro

4. Dark Slowbro

Yet another Stage 1, Dark Slowbro tempts most players (despite low HP) with his interesting Poke-Power:

  • Reel In (Poke-Power) Lets you add up to 3 Pokemon from your discard pile to your hand, letting you refresh your roster with fallen creatures.
  • Fickle Attack (2 energy) Scores an impressive 40 damage, but does nothing if you lose the coin flip.

Slowbro's energy-efficient move and great power landed him a spot in many decks.

Dark Jolteon
Dark Jolteon

3. Dark Jolteon

Dark Jolteon may possess only 50 HP (terrible for a Stage 1), but he's got 2 great attacks and a low Retreat Cost.

  • Lightning Flash (1 energy) Works wonders for 1 energy. You deal 20 damage, and if your opponent attacks next turn, they must flip a coin. A Tails negates that attack!
  • Thunder Attack (3 energy) Inflicts 30 damage, and if you win a coin flip, Paralyzes your opponent. However, if you land Tails, you'll take 10 damage.


Each of Dark Jolteon's attacks has a 50% chance to prevent your opponent from attacking the next turn, and you only need one energy to start piling on the damage.

Dark Gyarados
Dark Gyarados

2. Dark Gyarados

Dark Gyarados comes with 70 HP, not bad for a Stage 1 Dark Pokemon. He's weak to Grass, but enjoys a resistance to Fighting.

  • Final Beam (Poke-Power) Deals massive damage when Gyarados perishes. When it feints, if you land Heads on a coin flip, Gyarados unleashes 20 damage for each Water energy it had. However, keep in mind Gyarados must be free from status conditions for the power to work.
  • Ice Beam (3 energy) Seizes 30 damage and has half a chance to Paralyze your opponent.


Dark Gyarados has plenty of abilities that made him one of Pokemon's best early cards.

Dark Dragonite
Dark Dragonite

1. Dark Dragonite

Dark Dragonite may possess only 70 HP (awful for a Stage 2 Pokemon), but his other qualities more than compensate.

  • Summon Minions (Poke-Power) Simply lets you refill your Bench by adding 2 Basic Pokemon from your deck to it.
  • Giant Tail (4 energy) Smashes a whopping 70 damage, but has a 50% chance to do nothing.


Throw in no weakness and a resistance to Fighting (useful for a Normal Pokemon, who tend to be weak to the type), and you've got one behemoth of a Pokemon.

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Hopefully today's list highlighted some awesome Pokemon and let old fans revisit classic cards.

As a kid seeing "Dark" in front of a Pokemon's name engraved it into our minds, and with luck we'll see more Dark cards released in the future.

For now, feel free to vote for your favorite, and I'll see you at our next expansion countdown: the Gym Heroes set!

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