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DARK, known as Darkness in the OCG, monsters are perhaps the most numerous of all monsters. Many well-known monsters are of the Dark attribute, such as "Dark Magician of Chaos" and "Jinzo". Fiends and Zombies are usually DARK types and so are all members of the "Destiny HERO" and "Ally of Justice" archetypes. Many Spellcasters are also DARK, such as "Dark Magician" and "Dark Magician Girl". Most of the "Red-Eyes" monsters are also DARK. Although LIGHT is the polar opposite of DARK, neither side has a true advantage over the other in general, although there are cards such as "Luminous Soldier", "Penumbral Soldier Lady", "Hoshiningen" and "Witch's Apprentice" which lower the stats of the opposing Attribute. The "Ally of Justice" archetype focuses heavily on DARK monsters that power up by destroying LIGHT monsters. DARK monsters have their own Structure Deck in the OCG, Structure Deck 12: Curse of Darkness. "Consecrated Light" also plays against the DARK Attribute by preventing them from being summoned or attacking at all while it is face up, as well as being unable to be destroyed by battle by any DARK monster.

Being one of the most versatile and common Attributes, DARK monsters and the cards akin to them can work with many different Deck Types, and rarely does a typical deck lack at least one. Because they are so widespread, DARK monsters have themes comparable to many other Attributes (for example, there are enough burn-damage DARK monsters to rival FIRE monsters). However, the one thing that DARK monsters specialize in more than any other Attribute are card effects relating to the Graveyard, often by using it as a resource in some way (though the predominately-DARK "Gravekeeper's" Archetype notably prevents the use of the Graveyard as a resource). Most other DARK monsters like "Blackwing" monsters have swarming abilities that allow you to summon monsters to your field to overwhelm your opponent by numbers in battle.

DARK-based Archetypes include "Ally of Justice", "Blackwing", "Chaos", "Cyberdark", "Dark Scorpion", "Destiny HERO", "Dark World", "Gravekeeper's", "Infernity", "Inzektor", "Steelswarm", "Gagaga", "Jinzos", "Vampire", "Yubels", "Verz" and "Zombie" as well as The "Dark counterparts".


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