Mismagius < Honchkrow > Glameow
Species Type
Big Boss Pokémon Dark.gif Flying.gif
Number Ability
#430 Insomnia/ Super Luck
Height Weight
2′11″ (0.9m) 60.2 lbs. (27.3kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 50% ♂ Female: 50% ♀
Evolves From Evolves Into
Murkrow None
Egg Group Catch Rate
Flying 30
Tier EV Yield
BL2 2 Attack Points

Honchkrow (ドンカラス) is the 75th Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex. It is a Dark/Flying Type, and is known as the Big Boss Pokémon.

Honchkrow can use one of two Abilities: Insomnia, which gives it an immunity to Sleep; or Super Luck, which doubles the Critical Hit Ratio of its attacks. Honchkrow use a different Dream World Ability than their previous form, as they use the Moxie Ability. This Ability increases its Attack by one stage each time it KO's an opposing Pokémon.

Murkrow can evolve into Honchkrow by using a Dusk Stone.

Honchkrow is in the Flying Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Honchkrow 1,059,860 Experience Points to reach Level 100.




Honchkrow takes on the appearance of a dark crow whose head fur resembles that of a cowboy hat. The only parts that aren't dark are its yellow beak, light-colored chest fur and the red portion of its tail, which resembles a bush-like plant.

Gender Differences

Unlike its previous form Murkrow, Honchkrow doesn't have any differences to differentiate between Male and Female.

Game Information

Original Games

The only way to obtain a Honchkrow in Generation IV is to evolve a Murkrow. In Pokémon Black, Wild Honchkrow can be found at Abundant Shrine.

Spin-Off Games

Honchkrow can be found at Sky Rift B1-B15, DPB1-B4 & DPB6-B9 in Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness. In Explorers of Sky, the floor range is the same but the dungeon is known as Sky Fissure. Honchkrow appears in all three versions of Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Weird Mountain, Weird Rockland and Weird Forest on the even-numbered floors from 12F-22F; and Legendary Volcanic Island on floors 28, 30, 32-34, 36, 39, 43, 46, and 48 & 49; at Legendary Wetland it appears on floors 28-32, 34, 36 & 37, 40, 42-44, 47 and 49; and at Legendary Mountains on floors 31-37, 39, 42-44 and 47.

Honchkrow appears at the Oil Field Hideout in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Honchkrow appears in the Skies of the Oblivia Region in the Present; and in the Dark Temple Missions "Danger! Surrounded by Pokémon!" and "Ground-Shaking Dragon Pokémon!" by defeating it and obtaining its Slate.

Honchkrow can be obtained in the Haunted Zone by battling it after obtaining Murkrow in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. In PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, Honchkrow appears at the Tech Area's Train Depot after befriending Murkrow. Battle Honchkrow to befriend it, after which you'll be able to call Honchkrow into battle.

Trading Card Game

Honchkrow is listed as a Common Card in the Platinum set, and as a Rare Card in the Mysterious Treasures, Supreme Victors, Undaunted (2) and Dragons Exalted sets. Honchkrow is listed as an Ultra Rare Card in the Secret Wonders set, this Honchkrow being a Lv. X Card.

Anime/Manga Information


Paul has used a Honchkrow since the episode Lost Leader Strategy!. It would lose to Ash's freshly-evolved Staraptor in the episode Pursuing a Lofty Goal, which featured a PokéRinger Contest, and would also be used in Paul's first 6-on-6 battle against Ash. It defeated Grotle, then was substituted.


Another trainer would use a Honchkrow in the film The Rise of Darkrai. Wild Honchkrow make an appearance in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.


Honchkrow's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Honchkrow resides in the Borderline 2 (BL2) tier of competitive battling, which means that it is banned from the Rarelyused (RU) tier but not used enough to be in the Underused (UU) tier. With a high base 125 Attack, great offensive typing, solid ability in Moxie, and strong priority in Sucker Punch, Honchkrow is a Pokémon not to be underestimated. It can be a strong wallbreaker and late game cleaner thanks to the snowball effect that Moxie can bring with each Attack boost, and a strong STAB in Brave Bird to complement Sucker Punch can heavily damage opposing teams. Honchkrow can even play mind games with Pursuit and hit Steel-types that resist its Brave Bird with Superpower. However, Honchkrow suffers from having a mediocre defensive typing and being easy to wear down due to Life Orb and Brave Bird recoil to go along with a Stealth Rock weakness, even though Roost can alleviate this somewhat. Honchkrow also has poor defenses and a mediocre Speed stat, meaning that it will be heavily reliant on Sucker Punch and can be taken out by Pokémon that can tank a Sucker Punch, such as Cobalion or Heracross.

Area Location

Game Rarity Location
Diamond None Evolve Murkrow
Pearl/Platinum None Trade
Heart Gold/Soul Silver None Evolve Murkrow
Black 5% Abundant Shrine (Shaking Spots)
White None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade
Black2/White2 None Evolve Murkrow

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red N/A
Blue N/A
Yellow N/A
II Gold N/A
Silver N/A
Crystal N/A
III Ruby N/A
Sapphire N/A
Emerald N/A
FireRed N/A
LeafGreen N/A
IV Diamond Becoming active at night, it is known to swarm with numerous Murkrow in tow.
Pearl It makes its Murkrow cronies bring it food. It idles its time away, grooming itself in its nest.
Platinum If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called "Summoner of Night."
HeartGold It is merciless by nature. It is said that it never forgives the mistakes of its Murkrow followers.
SoulSilver It is merciless by nature. It is said that it never forgives the mistakes of its Murkrow followers.
V Black If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called "Summoner of Night."
White If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called "Summoner of Night."
Black 2 If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called “Summoner of Night."
White 2 If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called “Summoner of Night."
VI X If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called "Summoner of Night."
Y Becoming active at night, it is known to swarm with numerous Murkrow in tow.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

Pokéthlon Statistics



Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 310 404 .
229 255 349 383
98 109 203 223
Sp. Atk
193 215 309 339
Sp. Def
98 109 203 223
132 147 241 265


Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Astonish Ghost.gif 30 100 Physical.png
Start Pursuit Dark.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Haze Ice.gif N/A N/A Other.png
Start Wing Attack Flying.gif 60 100 Physical.png
25 Swagger Normal.gif N/A 90 Other.png
35 Nasty Plot Dark.gif N/A N/A Other.png
45 Foul Play Dark.gif 95 100 Physical.png
55 Night Slash Dark.gif 70 100 Physical.png
65 Quash Dark.gif N/A 100 Other.png
75 Dark Pulse Dark.gif 80 100 Special.png


TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM04 Calm Mind Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM12 Taunt Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM29 Psychic Psychic.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying.gif 60 -- Physical.png
TM41 Torment Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM46 Thief Dark.gif 40 100 Physical.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM59 Incinerate Fire.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM60 Quash Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM63 Embargo Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM66 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM67 Retaliate Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM73 Thunder Wave Electric.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM77 Psych Up Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM85 Dream Eater Psychic.gif 100 100 Special.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM95 Snarl Dark.gif 55 95 Special.png
HM02 Fly Flying.gif 90 95 Physical.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Whirlwind Flying.gif -- 100 Other.png
Drill Peck Flying.gif 80 100 Physical.png
Mirror Move Flying.gif -- -- Other.png
Wing Attack Flying.gif 60 100 Physical.png
Sky Attack Flying.gif 140 90 Physical.png
Confuse Ray Ghost.gif -- 100 Other.png
Featherdance Flying.gif -- 100 Other.png
Perish Song Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Psycho Shift Psychic.gif -- 90 Other.png
Screech Normal.gif -- 85 Other.png
Faint Attack Dark.gif 60 -- Physical.png
Brave Bird Flying.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Roost Flying.gif -- 100 Other.png
Assurance Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png

Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Dark Pulse Dark.gif 80 100 Special.png
Foul Play Dark.gif 95 100 Physical.png
Heat Wave Fire.gif 100 90 Special.png
Icy Wind Ice.gif 55 95 Special.png
Roost Flying.gif -- -- Other.png
Sky Attack Flying.gif 140 90 Physical.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Snatch Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
Spite Ghost.gif -- 100 Other.png
Superpower Fighting.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Tailwind Flying.gif -- -- Other.png
Uproar Normal.gif 90 100 Special.png

Murkrow Exclusive Moves

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
1 Peck Flying.gif 35 100 Physical.png
21 Night Shade Ghost.gif ?? 100 Special.png
25 Assurance Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
31 Taunt Dark.gif N/A 100 Other.png
35 Faint Attack Dark.gif 60 N/A Physical.png
41 Mean Look Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
51 Tailwind Flying.gif N/A N/A Other.png
55 Sucker Punch Dark.gif 80 100 Physical.png
61 Torment Dark.gif N/A 100 Other.png

Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves

NOTE: The only way a Honchkrow can learn any of these moves is for its pre-evolved form Murkrow to know them when they are transferred to a Fourth Generation and/or Fifth Generation, then evolving to Honchkrow. Otherwise, Honchkrow won't be able to learn these moves.

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Double-Edge Normal.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Mimic Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Nightmare Ghost.gif -- 100 Other.png

Generation IV Exclusive Moves


Via Move Tutor (Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Air Cutter Flying.gif 55 95 Special.png
Ominous Wind Ghost.gif 60 100 Special.png
Sucker Punch Dark.gif 80 100 Physical.png
Swift Normal.gif 60 -- Special.png
Mud-Slap Ground.gif 20 100 Special.png
Twister Dragon.gif 40 100 Special.png

Evolution Line


Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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