Gengar (ゲンガー Gengaa) is a Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Biology

Physiology

Gengar 1.jpeg

Gengar is a shadow-like, round-bodied Pokémon with two large, pointed ears and short spikes lining its back. Gengar has two red eyes and a toothy, sinister smile. It has claws on its hands. Gengar stands on its two short legs, but it can Levitate as well.

Natural abilities

Gengar have the ability Levitate. Levitate makes Gengar immune to Ground-type moves, but this was later removed in Generation VII. This Pokémon hides in the shadows. It is said that if Gengar is hiding, it cools the area by nearly 10 °F. When there is a Full Moon, this Pokémon likes to scare people by pretending to be their shadow, then laugh at their fear. Gengar are typically mean-spirited and enjoy tormenting people, hurting them and overtaking them. It can absorb any surrounding heat, leaving a sudden chill. To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey's shadow and silently waits for an opportunity. Gengar is also able to merge with and inhabit the shadow of another being.

Evolution

Gengar is the evolved form of Haunter, by trade. It can further evolve into Mega Gengar by using its Gengarite.

Game info

Pokédex entries

  • Red and Blue

    Under a full moon, this Pokémon likes to mimic the shadows of people and laugh at their fright.

  • Yellow

    A Gengar is close by if you feel a sudden chill. It may be trying to lay a curse on you.

  • Gold

    It steals heat from its surroundings. If you feel a sudden chill, it is certain that a Gengar appeared.

  • Silver

    To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey's shadow and silently waits for an opportunity.

  • Crystal

    Hiding in people's shadows at night, it absorbs their heat. The chill it causes makes the victims shake.

  • Ruby

    Sometimes, on a dark night, your shadow thrown by a streetlight will suddenly and startlingly overtake you. It is actually a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow.

  • Sapphire

    Sometimes, on a dark night, your shadow thrown by a streetlight will suddenly and startlingly overtake you. It is actually a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow.

  • FireRed

    It is said to emerge from darkness to steal the lives of those who become lost in mountains.

  • LeafGreen

    On the night of the full moon, if shadows move on their own and laugh, it must be Gengar's doing.

  • Emerald

    Deep in the night, your shadow cast by a streetlight may suddenly overtake you. It is actually a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow.

  • Diamond

    It hides in shadows. It is said that if Gengar is hiding, it cools the area by nearly 10 degrees F.

  • Pearl

    Lurking in the shadowy corners of rooms, it awaits chances to steal its prey's life force.

  • Platinum

    The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.

  • HeartGold

    It steals heat from its surroundings. If you feel a sudden chill, it is certain that a Gengar appeared.

  • SoulSilver

    To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey's shadow and silently waits for an opportunity.

  • Black

    The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.

  • White

    The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.

  • Black 2

    The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.

  • White 2

    The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.

  • X

    It hides in shadows. It is said that if Gengar is hiding, it cools the area by nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Y

    Hiding in people's shadows at night, it absorbs their heat. The chill it causes makes the victims shake.

  • Omega Ruby

    Sometimes, on a dark night, your shadow thrown by a streetlight will suddenly and startlingly overtake you. It is actually a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    Sometimes, on a dark night, your shadow thrown by a streetlight will suddenly and startlingly overtake you. It is actually a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow.

  • Sun

    Should you feel yourself attacked by a sudden chill, it is evidence of an approaching Gengar. There is no escaping it. Give up.
    Mega Evolution: Gengar's relationships are warped. It has no interest in opponents unless it perceives them as prey.

  • Moon

    It apparently wishes for a traveling companion. Since it was once human itself, it tries to create one by taking the lives of other humans.
    Mega Evolution: The energy of Mega Evolution awakened it. It sinks into another dimension, where it keeps a patient watch for its chance to attack.

  • Ultra Sun

    You can hear tales told all over the world about how Gengar will pay a visit to children who are naughty.
    Mega Evolution: It tries to take the lives of anyone and everyone. It will even try to curse the Trainer who is its master.

  • Ultra Moon

    Even your home isn’t safe. Gengar will lurk in whatever dark corner of a room it can find and wait for its chance to catch its prey.
    Mega Evolution: Mega Evolution has made it possible for Gengar to access other dimensions. Its entire body is brimming with strange power.

  • Let's Go Pikachu

    A Gengar is close by if you feel a sudden chill. It may be trying to lay a curse on you. Mega Evolution: It can pass through other dimensions and can appear anywhere. It caused a stir one time when it stuck just one leg out of a wall.

  • Let's Go Eevee

    A Gengar is close by if you feel a sudden chill. It may be trying to lay a curse on you. Mega Evolution: It can pass through other dimensions and can appear anywhere. It caused a stir one time when it stuck just one leg out of a wall.

  • Sword

    On the night of a full moon, if shadows move on their own and laugh, it must be Gengar's doing.
    Gigantamax: Rumor has it that its gigantic mouth leads not into its body, filled with cursed energy, but instead directly to the afterlife.

  • Shield

    It is said to emerge from darkness to steal the lives of those who become lost in mountains.
    Gigantamax: It lays traps, hoping to steal the lives of those it catches. If you stand in front of its mouth, you'll hear your loved ones' voices calling out to you.


Stats

Gengar's Stats
HP
60
Attack
65
Defense
60
Sp. Atk
130
Sp. Def
75
Speed
110
Total
500

Gengar's Stats
HP
60
Attack
65
Defense
80
Sp. Atk
170
Sp. Def
95
Speed
130
Total
600

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Shadow Punch 60 —% 20 Ghost Physical
1 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status
1 Lick 30 100% 30 Ghost Physical
1 Spite 100% 10 Ghost Status
5 Spite 100% 10 Ghost Status
8 Mean Look —% 5 Normal Status
12 Curse —% 10 Ghost Status
15 Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost Special
19 Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status
22 Sucker Punch 70 100% 5 Dark Physical
28 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
33 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
39 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
44 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
50 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Status
55 Hex 65 100% 10 Ghost Special
61 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status Smart 1 3 ♥
1 Lick 30 100% 30 Ghost Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
5 Spite 100% 10 Ghost Status Tough 2 1 ♥
8 Mean Look —% 5 Normal Status Beauty 2 0 ♥
12 Curse —% 10 Ghost Status Tough 3 0 ♥
15 Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost Special Smart 3 0 ♥
19 Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status Smart 2 0 ♥
22 Sucker Punch 80 100% 5 Dark Physical Smart 3 0 ♥
25 Shadow Punch 60 100% 20 Ghost Physical Smart 2 0 ♥
28 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
33 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Smart 4 0 ♥
39 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Smart 2 0 ♥
44 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Cool 4 0 ♥
50 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Status Smart 7 0 ♥
55 Hex 65 100% 10 Ghost Special Smart 2 1 ♥
61 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost Status Smart 1 3 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status
1 Lick 30 100% 30 Ghost Physical
5 Spite 100% 10 Ghost Status
8 Mean Look —% 5 Normal Status
12 Curse —% 10 Ghost Status
15 Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost Special
19 Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status
22 Sucker Punch 80 100% 5 Dark Physical
25 Shadow Punch 60 100% 20 Ghost Physical
28 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
33 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
39 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
44 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
50 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Status
55 Hex 65 100% 10 Ghost Special
61 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status Smart 2
1 Lick 30 100% 30 Ghost Physical Tough 0
5 Spite 100% 10 Ghost Status Tough 2
8 Mean Look —% 5 Normal Status Beauty 2
12 Curse —% 10 Ghost Status Tough 0
15 Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost Special Cool 3
19 Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status Smart 2
22 Sucker Punch 80 100% 5 Dark Physical Smart 2
25 Shadow Punch 60 100% 20 Ghost Physical Smart 2
28 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Cool 1
33 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Smart 2
39 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Smart 1
44 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Cool 2
50 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Status Smart 0
55 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost Status Smart 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Smart 1 3 ♥
1 Lick 30 100% 30 Ghost Tough 1 4 ♥
8 Spite 100% 10 Ghost Tough 2 0 ♥
13 Mean Look —% 5 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
16 Curse —% 10 Ghost Tough 3 0 ♥
21 Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost Smart 2 1 ♥
25 Shadow Punch 60 100% 20 Ghost Smart 2 0 ♥
31 Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Smart 3 0 ♥
39 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Smart 2 2 ♥
48 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Smart 8 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Lick 30 100% 30 Ghost
1 Spite 100% 10 Ghost
1 Mean Look —% 5 Normal
1 Curse —% 10 Ghost
1 Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost
1 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic
31 Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost
39 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic
48 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration I
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Lick 30 100% 30 Ghost
1 Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost
1 Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost
29 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic
38 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM09 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status
TM64 Explosion 250 100% 5 Normal Physical
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM83 Infestation 20 100% 20 Bug Special
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
TM99 Dazzling Gleam 80 100% 10 Fairy Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM09 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status Clever 2 1 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special Tough 2 1 ♥
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status Tough 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Tough 1 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Cute 3 0 ♥
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM64 Explosion 250 100% 5 Normal Physical Beautiful 8 0 ♥
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Tough 4 4 ♥
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Clever 2 0 ♥
TM83 Infestation 20 100% 20 Bug Special Cute 3 0 ♥
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Clever 2 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM94 Rock SmashXY 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Cool 3 0 ♥
TM98 Power-Up Punch 40 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 1 0 ♥
TM99 Dazzling Gleam 80 100% 10 Fairy Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
HM06 Rock SmashORAS 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM09 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM19 Telekinesis —% 15 Psychic Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status
TM64 Explosion 250 100% 5 Normal Physical
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status
TM94 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 1
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beauty 2
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status Smart 0
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 10 Grass Special Smart 1
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Smart 2
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Smart 2
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Cool 3
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special Tough 2
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status Tough 0
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 0
TM48 Skill Swap —% 10 Psychic Status Smart 0
TM49 Snatch —% 10 Dark Status Smart 0
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special Cool 2
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special Beauty 2
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 1
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM60 Drain Punch 60 100% 5 Fighting Physical Beauty 1
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status Beauty 2
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status Cute 2
TM64 Explosion 250 100% 5 Normal Physical Beauty 0
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical Cute 2
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Cool 1
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Beauty 2
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM79 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Cool 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical Smart 2
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Smart 1
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status Cute 2
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
HM06 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Tough 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Smart 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Smart 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Beauty 1 0 ♥
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Smart 2 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 0 ♥
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 5 Grass Smart 2 1 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Smart 1 3 ♥
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Smart 3 0 ♥
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Cool 1 4 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Tough 2 1 ♥
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Tough 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Smart 1 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Cute 2 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Tough 1 0 ♥
TM48 Skill Swap —% 10 Psychic Smart 1 0 ♥
TM49 Snatch —% 10 Dark Smart 2 1 ♥
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Tough 2 1 ♥
HM06 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting Tough 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM01 DynamicPunch 100 50% 5 Fighting
TM02 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal
TM03 Curse —% 10 ???
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM07 Zap Cannon 100 50% 5 Electric
TM08 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting
TM09 Psych Up —% 10 Normal
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 5 Grass
TM20 Endure —% 10 Normal
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM33 Ice Punch 75 100% 15 Ice
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal
TM41 ThunderPunch 75 100% 15 Electric
TM42 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark
TM48 Fire Punch 75 100% 15 Fire
TM50 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation I
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM01 Mega Punch 80 85% 20 Normal
TM05 Mega Kick 120 75% 5 Normal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM08 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
TM09 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal
TM10 Double-Edge 100 100% 15 Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
TM17 Submission 80 80% 25 Fighting
TM18 Counter 100% 20 Fighting
TM19 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting
TM20 Rage 20 100% 20 Normal
TM21 Mega Drain 40 100% 10 Grass
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic
TM31 Mimic —% 10 Normal
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM34 Bide —% 10 Normal
TM35 Metronome —% 10 Normal
TM36 Selfdestruct 130 100% 5 Normal
TM40 Skull Bash 100 100% 15 Normal
TM42 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM46 Psywave 80% 15 Psychic
TM47 Explosion 170 100% 5 Normal
TM50 Substitute —% 10 Normal
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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Breeding

To see the Egg Moves that Gengar can learn, refer to Gastly.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Ally Switch USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Drain Punch USUM 75 100% 10 Fighting Physical
Fire Punch USUM 75 100% 15 Fire Physical
Focus Punch USUM 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical
Foul Play USUM 95 100% 15 Dark Physical
Giga Drain USUM 75 100% 10 Grass Special
Ice Punch USUM 75 100% 15 Ice Physical
Icy Wind USUM 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Knock Off USUM 65 100% 20 Dark Physical
Laser Focus USUM —% 30 Normal Status
Pain Split USUM —% 20 Normal Status
Role Play USUM —% 10 Psychic Status
Skill Swap USUM —% 10 Psychic Status
Snatch USUM —% 10 Dark Status
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Spite USUM 100% 10 Ghost Status
Telekinesis USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Thunder Punch USUM 75 100% 15 Electric Physical
Trick USUM 100% 10 Psychic Status
Uproar USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Wonder Room USUM —% 10 Psychic Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Drain Punch ORAS 75 100% 10 Fighting Physical Tough 1 0 ♥
Fire Punch ORAS 75 100% 15 Fire Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
Focus Punch ORAS 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
Foul Play ORAS 95 100% 15 Dark Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
Giga Drain ORAS 75 100% 10 Grass Special Clever 1 4 ♥
Ice Punch ORAS 75 100% 15 Ice Physical Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Icy Wind ORAS 55 95% 15 Ice Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Knock Off ORAS 65 100% 25 Dark Physical Clever 2 3 ♥
Pain Split ORAS —% 20 Normal Status Clever 1 0 ♥
Role Play ORAS —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
Skill Swap ORAS —% 10 Psychic Status Clever 1 0 ♥
Snatch ORAS —% 10 Dark Status Clever 1 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Spite ORAS 100% 10 Ghost Status Tough 2 1 ♥
Thunder Punch ORAS 75 100% 15 Electric Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
Trick ORAS 100% 10 Psychic Status Clever 2 1 ♥
Uproar ORAS 90 100% 10 Normal Special Cute 2 1 ♥
Wonder Room ORAS —% 10 Psychic Status Clever 3 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Dark Pulse B2W2 80 100% 15 Dark Special
Drain Punch B2W2 75 100% 10 Fighting Physical
Fire Punch B2W2 75 100% 15 Fire Physical
Foul Play B2W2 95 100% 15 Dark Physical
Giga Drain B2W2 75 100% 10 Grass Special
Ice Punch B2W2 75 100% 15 Ice Physical
Icy Wind B2W2 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Knock Off B2W2 20 100% 20 Dark Physical
Pain Split B2W2 —% 20 Normal Status
Role Play B2W2 —% 10 Psychic Status
Skill Swap B2W2 —% 10 Psychic Status
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snatch B2W2 —% 10 Dark Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Spite B2W2 100% 10 Ghost Status
ThunderPunch B2W2 75 100% 15 Electric Physical
Trick B2W2 100% 10 Psychic Status
Uproar B2W2 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Wonder Room B2W2 —% 10 Psychic Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Fire Punch HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Fire Physical Beauty 2
Headbutt HGSS 70 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
Ice Punch HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Ice Physical Beauty 2
Icy Wind HGSSPt 55 95% 15 Ice Special Beauty 2
Knock Off HGSSPt 20 100% 20 Dark Physical Smart 3
Ominous Wind HGSSPt 60 100% 5 Ghost Special Smart 0
Pain Split HGSS —% 20 Normal Status Smart 2
Role Play HGSS —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Spite HGSSPt 100% 10 Ghost Status Tough 2
Sucker Punch HGSSPt 80 100% 5 Dark Physical Smart 2
ThunderPunch HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Electric Physical Cool 2
Trick HGSSPt 100% 10 Psychic Status Smart 0
Uproar HGSSPt 50 100% 10 Normal Special Cute 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Body Slam FRLGEXD 85 100% 15 Normal Tough 1 4 ♥
Counter FRLGE 100% 20 Fighting Tough 2 0 ♥
Double-Edge FRLGEXD 120 100% 15 Normal Tough 6 0 ♥
Dream Eater FRLGEXD 100 100% 15 Psychic Smart 2 2 ♥
DynamicPunch E 100 50% 5 Fighting Cool 2 1 ♥
Endure E —% 10 Normal Tough 2 0 ♥
Explosion FRLGE 250 100% 5 Normal Beauty 8 0 ♥
Fire Punch E 75 100% 15 Fire Beauty 4 0 ♥
Ice Punch E 75 100% 15 Ice Beauty 4 0 ♥
Mega Kick FRLGE 120 75% 5 Normal Cool 4 0 ♥
Mega Punch FRLGE 80 85% 20 Normal Tough 4 0 ♥
Metronome FRLGE —% 10 Normal Cute 3 0 ♥
Mimic FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
Nightmare XD 100% 15 Ghost Smart 1 3 ♥
Psych Up E —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0 ♥
Seismic Toss FRLGEXD 100% 20 Fighting Tough 2 1 ♥
Selfdestruct XD 200 100% 5 Normal Beauty 8 0 ♥
Sleep Talk E —% 10 Normal Cute 3 0 ♥
Snore E 40 100% 15 Normal Cute 4 0 ♥
Substitute FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0 ♥
Swagger EXD 90% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
ThunderPunch E 75 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Thunderbolt C 95 100% 15 Electric
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red and Blue Evolve Haunter None
Yellow Evolve Haunter None
Gold and Silver Evolve Haunter None
Crystal Evolve Haunter None
Ruby and Sapphire Trade None
FireRed and LeafGreen Evolve Haunter None
Emerald Trade None
Diamond and Pearl Old Chateau (Any GBA Pokémon game) Dongle
Platinum Old Chateau (Any GBA Pokémon game) Dongle
HeartGold and SoulSilver Evolve Haunter None
Black and White Evolve Haunter (White only) None
X and Y Evolve Haunter None
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Trade None
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Evolve Haunter None
Sword and Shield Giant's Cap

Max Raid Battle: Giant's Mirror, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness
Gigantamax Raid Battle: Stony Wilderness (shield only)

Common


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 68, Forever Level 18, Mr. Fuji (Adventures)
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Haunter
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Sky Stairway (1-49F)
Pokémon Ranger Fiore Temple
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Hippowdon Temple, Altru Tower, Altru Building,
Pokémon Rumble Eternal Tower
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Haunted Zone
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Oblivia Ruins, Dark Temple


Side game data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-019 PR Gengar Sprite.png Gengar Ghost SOA Psy Power 3.png Psy Power 3 PA Ghost SofA.png Ghost
Capture Points* On Sight**
5320 (approx.) Teleports towards and chases player.
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It attacks by spitting out eerie orbs and sinister ones imbued with loathing.
* - This is the amount of points required to capture the Pokémon (excluding boss Pokémon).
** - This is the reaction of the Pokémon when players approach it.


Sprites


Anime

Main article: Ash's Gengar

Ash encounters a wild Gengar in "Best Friend…Worst Nightmare!," where it was making some trouble at the Cerise Laboratory. After learning that Gengar was abandoned by its original trainer, Ash decided to add Gengar to his team, where he officially caught it in PJ016. Ash's Gengar has a lighter color scheme than the other members of its species.

Trivia

  • Despite Gengar being able to sneak within shadows, it is unable to learn the move Shadow Sneak.
  • Despite being part Poison-type, it cannot learn any Poison-type moves by leveling up.
  • Even though Gengar isn't shown levitating in any of the core series games, it still has the ability Levitate. However, its ability was changed to Cursed Body in Generation VII.
  • Unlike most Pokémon, a Shiny Gengar has a small physical difference from a normal Gengar in HeartGold and SoulSilver. In said games, the spikes on a Shiny Gengar's back are shaped differently than a regular Gengar's.
  • Gengar is four inches shorter than Haunter, despite it being evolved from Haunter.
    • Mega Gengar, like Mega Alakazam, gets shorter when it Mega Evolves.
  • Gengar's Mega Stone is banned by Smogon on online battles in X/Y due to Shadow Tag and Perish Song.
  • There is a theory stating that Gengar might be the shadow of Clefairy or Clefable.
    • This is because they have a similar physical appearance, because Gengar's name originates from the term "doppelganger", and because Gengar's species is the Shadow Pokémon.
  • Gengar, along with Nidorino and Jigglypuff, are the first Pokémon to appear in any Pokémon media.
  • Back in 2014, a shiny Gengar was released with the move Sludge Wave, a move Gengar normally cannot learn.
  • Gengar is one of the 16 Pokemon to be made into a puppet in Japan.
    • It is also one of the 5 dual types to become a puppet along with Marshtomp, Slowpoke, Croagunk & Buneary. This also means it is the only fully evolved puppet Pokemon.
  • Gastly and its evolved forms are the first and only Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon.
    • This makes Gastly and its evolutions the only Poison-type Pokémon weak to the Dark-type.
  • Gengar could be seen as a counterpart to Alakazam. Both are part of a three-part evolution line that first requires leveling and then trading in order to fully evolve. Both can Mega Evolve and both of them get shorter once doing so. Both have a BST of 500 in Generation VI. Both are weak to each others STAB moves (Alakazam is weak to Ghost-type moves and Gengar is weak to Psychic-type moves). Both can also learn a total of 13 egg-moves in Generation VI. Both are also weak to Dark-type moves.
  • Gengar can also be seen as a counterpart to Machamp. Both have three-stage evolutionary lines, into their first evolution by leveling up, and then into the second evolution by trading. They are also introduced in Generation I. Both also have a Gigantamax form, and are version exclusive, and also are the signature Pokémon of version exclusive Gym Leaders in Generation VIII.
  • Gengar and the Kanto starters are the only Pokémon that have both a Mega form and a Gigantamax form.

Origins

Gengar may have been based on the Oni, a creature of ancient Japanese folklore that was said to float invisibly above cities, bringing anything from a natural disaster like an earthquake to a terrible disease. It also appears to be based off a ghostly cat. Its name is possibly based off "doppelganger".

Gallery

See also

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