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This Gengar is a Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon owned by Ash Ketchum and the second Pokémon he caught during his journey around the world with Goh.


Upon its debut, Gengar was rather hostile and embittered towards people and Pokémon alike; however, it is revealed that this was due not trusting them after his previous Trainer abandoned him. After he started bonding with Ash, Gengar became much friendlier and became more relaxed, although he still retained his mischievous streak.

For the majority of time, Gengar is a prankster; always pulling pranks, mostly around Goh, but is still friendly and grateful towards those who are kind to him, especially Ash. Similar to Ash's Palpitoad, Gengar shares Ash's strong love of battling and follows his commands without question. In combat, Gengar makes full use of his Ghost typing, such as being able to phase through solid objects. However, he suffers against faster opponents, like Electrode and Lucario. He can also disappear and reappear at will, hide in the shadows, and is able to decrease the temperature of his surroundings.

Gengar also hates being wrongly accused for actions he did not commit, as he hits Ash with a Shadow Ball for thinking he was behind the Pokémon food shortage at the Cerise Laboratory, or when Ren wrongly accused him for bring a Grookey in the lab.

In PJ114, Gengar became fast friends with all of Ash's Fire-Type Pokémon when he decided to train with them and Ash's Infernape became his sparring partner. His training and his friendship with all of Ash's Fire-Type Pokémon, led him to learn Will-O-Wisp.


Gengar with its trainer Ash and teammates Pikachu, Dragonite, Lucario, Sirfetch'd and Dracovish, along with Goh and his Galar Starters.


Ash and Goh encountered Gengar at Cerise Laboratory where he scared Ren and attacked Chloe and Yamper, but eventually fled. He returned and hid in Ash's shadow and ran into his former trainer, attacking him. After seeing that Ash was different from other Trainers in that he genuinely cared for his well-being and wanted him to be stronger, Gengar became fiercely loyal to him.

Gengar's Teammates


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As Gastly

He briefly appeared as a Gastly after devolving from Haunter, before being turned into an egg.[1]

As Haunter

He briefly appeared as a Haunter, after devolving from Gengar, not long after, he devolved into Gastly.[1]

As Gengar

Gengar being left by its original Trainer.

Gengar originally belonged to a Trainer in Vermilion City. However, the Trainer began to experience a string of bad luck, such as losing battles and not being able to catch Pokémon. Believing that Gengar had cursed him, he decided to get rid of him by telling him to wait until he came back. Gengar waited three years for his Trainer's return; when it became clear that his Trainer was never coming back upon witnessing that it was only a woman and a housing agent that was looking around the building, Gengar grew bitter and started haunting what would later become the Cerise Laboratory after he scared off both the agent and the woman. According to Professor Cerise, it was most likely Gengar's actions that made facility seem haunted. Unlike the other potential buyers, the professor wasn't bothered by the unusual phenomenon, but actually didn't want to miss out which caused Gengar to cease stop the haunting for a while.[2]

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Gengar meeting Ash and Goh for the first time.

Gengar first appeared at the Cerise Laboratory, where it maliciously attacked Ren and incapacitated Francois, who was attempting to work in the institute's basement. He then made an appearance in front of Professor Cerise and Chrysa (utterly terrifying them for a brief moment) before vanishing again. Ash and Goh later encountered him in the main corridor, futilely attempting to capture and battle him before he took off again. When Chloe entered the institute after a long day at school, Gengar went to attack her, being stopped by the efforts of Ash and Pikachu. Professor Cerise then told his daughter to command her family's Yamper to fight the evil Pokémon and send him away. Since Chloe didn't like Pokémon and wasn't a battler, she had a dangerously long internal debate for a while. However, she eventually gave in and ordered Yamper to use Spark, resulting in the malicious Pokémon being blasted out of the building. While everyone was saved for the moment, their troubles were not over during the nighttime, Gengar stood atop the Cerise Laboratory, apparently plotting his next scheme.[3]

He later reappeared when he was watching Ash and Goh as he began to set up his new tricks.[4]

Gengar hiding in Ash's shadow and found out its old Trainer's betrayal.

Sometime later, Gengar returned to cause more trouble at the institute. He continuously scared Ren, made messes everywhere, turned the lights on and off and made the doors open and close by themselves. He later hid in Ash's shadow and secretly took control of him, making him do various weird things. Ash soon ran out of the institute and began strolling down the streets of Vermilion City. But during his walk, he ran into two people. One of them was a boy that Gengar happened to know prior to his stay at the institute. The boy turned out to be its original Trainer, who told Ash and Goh that he ordered it to stay at the institute and made it wait for him until he returned. As Gengar listened, he heard his former Trainer bragging about getting rid of him and had no intention of returning for him. Gengar became enraged and emerged, attacking both him and his girlfriend with multiple Shadow Balls, but Ash had him stop. After the two fled, Gengar ran off to calm himself, but was soon captured by Team Rocket after a failed attempt to recruit him to their cause. Ash saved Gengar and thanked him after blasting Team Rocket off, asking him if he would like to join his team. Before Gengar could respond, Ash collapsed from a fever, but when he came to sometime later, Gengar had accepted his offer and officially joined his team.[2]

Gengar battling in Ash's first match of the World Coronation Series.

Ash used Gengar in his first battle of the World Coronation Series against Visquez as a substitute for Ash's Pikachu. He was victorious against Raichu but soon lost to Electrode, not before managing to do some damage to it with Psychic.[5]

When Ash and Goh were discussing who was behind the disappearance of the Pokémon food at Cerise Laboratory, Ash suspected Gengar of being the culprit, only for him to appear and hit Ash with a Shadow Ball for the accusation, much to Pikachu's anger.[6]

Gengar, Dragonite and Riolu meet Korrina along with her Lucario.

Gengar was later used in Ash's battle in the World Coronation Series battle tournament in the Kalos region. Gengar went up against Korrina's Mienshao, but Mienshao switched out with its U-turn attack and Lucario proceeded to defeat Gengar.[7] Gengar was later seen in a fantasy as the narrator explains Ash's winning streak in the World Coronation Series.[8] Gengar was later seen as he was eating food with Goh's other Pokémon.[9] Gengar was later seen enjoying lunch with Ash's current team and Alolan team at the Pokémon School.[10] Gengar later helped Ash's Riolu in his training in order to win against Bea in a rematch.[11]

Gengar was later sent out to save several mine workers from a Gigantamaxed Coalossal that was rampaging all over the worksite.[12] Gengar was doing some battle training with Pikachu until the session was interrupted by Ash's Farfetch'd.[13] Gengar was later seen in a fantasy as the narrator explains Ash's progress in the World Coronation Series.[14] Gengar was later seen in the Cerise Laboratory with Ash's other Pokémon when Iris invited Ash in a World Coronation Series match in the Unova Region at Opelucid City Gym.[15] Gengar was later seen when he was used by Ash to help out with Goh's Grookey and Chloe's Eevee's first errand, where he was playing tricks on them to scare them off while also keeping them on track of their errand.[16] Gengar was sent out along with Dragonite to search for Alolan Ninetales but no avail.

Gengar later took part in his third World Coronation Series match where he battled against Volkner and his Luxray. He managed to do a vast amount of damage to Luxray, which forced Volkner to switch it out with Fan Rotom. Gengar became overwhelmed when Rotom was able to match his speed and was paralyzed by its Thunder Wave. He was eventually defeated when Rotom used a super effective Hex on him, despite being a Ghost-type Pokémon.[17]

Gengar was sent out, along with Ash's team to show Bea, and then had lunch and was seen eating with Dragonite and Bea's Hitmontop.[18]

Gengar was sent out to head to the Pokémon Center. However, when he got sent out again, Gengar devolved into Haunter while Dragonite devolved back into Dragonair. They were forced to be recalled shortly afterward. He was sent out again as a Haunter, but devolved again into a Gastly, alongside Dragonair who devolved into a Dratini. But not long after, they were both turned into eggs. Moments after the Alternate World Team Rocket was defeated, Ash, his friends, and their Alternate World counterparts, along with some help from Cynthia, Alternate World Professor Rowan, Jessie, James, and Alternate World Nurse Joy, prayed for Dialga and Palkia to stop fighting and pleaded them to turn their Pokémon back to their normal forms. Just then, a bright golden silhouette of Arceus appeared, calmed the temporal and spacial Pokémon down and destroyed the Red Chain that the Alternate World Team Rocket had them binded by. Dialga and Palkia then fixed the damage their fighting caused and returned everyone back to their respective dimensions, while also granting their wish to reverse the devolution effects on all of their Pokémon, returning Gastly all the way back to Gengar and returning Dratini all the way back to Dragonite.[1]

Gengar was later sent out to help Ash and Allister obtain an ill-natured spirit that was recently removed out of Ash's body after it possessed him for a while when he touched Spiritomb's Odd Keystone. Gengar chased after it inside Ash's shadow and was able to grab it with Psychic. Working together with Goh's Absol, Gengar successfully managed to return the missing spirit to Spiritomb, ending the Forbidden Pokémon's rampage on the Ghost Train.[19] When Ash and Goh arrived at Stow-on-Side and entered its stadium, Ash and Gengar attempted to do some Dynamax training there after learning of his Gigantamax form from Allister. However, their first attempt only resulted in Dynamaxing, much to his disappointment. Allister then suggested they would need Max Mushrooms to create Max Soup, so he went with Ash to collect three bundles of them. After collecting the bundles, Gengar tried to sneak in an early portion, but was stopped by Allister, who remarked on his fierce loyalty to Ash, upon which he hugged the Gym Leader in response. The following day, Gengar gulped down the entire soup and was able to achieve his Gigantamax form for the first time. He was delighted at the achievement and was later seen waving goodbye to Allister alongside Ash and Goh, grateful for the assistance.[20]

Gengar was seen, alongside with Goh's other Pokémon, meeting the newly caught Lilligant Goh just recently obtained.[21] Gengar was later used in a World Coronation Series battle against Marnie and her Grimmsnarl. During the battle, Marnie Gigantamaxed Grimmsnarl. However, Gengar was still able to withstand his attacks and was Gigantamaxed as well soon after. Both Pokémon battled fiercely until their Gigantamax powers wore off while they remain standing. But despite having drained their powers, Gengar still managed to defeat Grimmsnarl and emerge victorious in the battle, increasing Ash's Hyper Class rank in the process.[22] Gengar, along with his other teammates, was later sent out to introduce himself to Ash's former travelling companions, Clemont, and his little sister, Bonnie during the visit in Lumiose City. He later was seen training with Clemont's Pokémon and then watched Ash's double practice battle.[23] Gengar was later seen training with his teammates in Cerise's Laboratory. He then witnessed Goh's Froakie evolving into Frogadier during a battle with Chloe's Eevee, which inspired Ash to go to Kalos and find his Greninja.[24]

Gengar was later used in another World Coronation Series battle against Raihan, having been sent out after his Flygon knocked out Ash's Dragonite. However, he ended up taking heavy damage from Flygon's Crunch and began to show signs of exhaustion, forcing Ash to Gigantamax him, instead of his original intention to Mega Evolve Lucario. Upon being Gigantamaxed, Gengar was able to take out Flygon and his Goodra with Max Starfall. However, he ended up fainting against the latter, after taking Thunder, a Rain Dance-boosted Surf and Hydro Pump.[25]

When Ash and Goh were recalled to Oak's laboratory, Gengar went off to train with Ash's Fire Pokémon to train for the upcoming World Championship, practicing some fire punches with Ash's Infernape. During the training, he was able to emit some fire from his hands, causing both him and the Fire Pokémon to become delighted at the achievement as he ended up learning Will-O-Wisp once the training concluded. Gengar was later sent out as the final Pokémon against Paul's Metagross. He used Will-O-Wisp against Metagross, causing a burn that allowed him to withstand the incoming Meteor Mash. Gengar later finished Metagross off with Shadow Ball, knocking it out and allowing Ash to win the impromptu match.[26]

Known moves

Move notes

  1. ^ Shown to know the move in 'Pocket Monsters: Right Before Summer Vacation 1-Hour Special!', but first used in 'PJ099: Battling Turned Up to Eleven!'
  2. ^ a b c This is a Max Move
  3. ^ This is a G-Max Move


  • Gengar is Ash's first:
    • Official Ghost-type Pokémon, as well as the latest type that Ash has caught.
    • Pokémon to know a Ghost-type and Fairy-type move.
    • Abandoned Pokémon that isn't a Starter Pokémon (most of them are Fire-type) and is fully evolved.
  • With Gengar's capture, Ash now officially owns or has owned at least one Pokémon of all 18 types.
  • Gengar's coloring is different from those that have previously appeared.
  • Gengar is the first Pokémon in the anime seen doing both a standard Dynamax and Gigantamaxing.



  1. ^ "PJ114", Professor Oak referred Gengar as male.