Type Ghost.gif

The Ghost type (ゴーストタイプ Gosuto taipu in Japanese) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

The Ghost type is notable for having few Pokémon, many of whom have low HP, and moves. In battles, the Ghost-type is useful because it's the only type that has two immunities: Normal and Fighting, both of which are common move types. From Generation VI onwards, Ghost-types are also immune to moves and abilities that prevent escaping, like Block and Shadow Tag.

Pokémon of this type are usually connected to fear, the dark and the afterlife. They usually live in abandoned houses, cemeteries, funeral places and uninhabited dark places such as caves. Also, Ghost-type Pokémon tend to be extremely naughty, pranking humans just to see their faces and reactions. Curiously, the more scared a human is, the more power the Ghost Pokémon will have to prank with it. At worst, some Ghost-type Pokemon may have relatively murderous behaviors, such as Jellicent preying on ships and their crews or the Litwick evolutionary family draining the life energy from people that are lost.

Famous Ghost-type Pokémon Trainers include Agatha, third member of the Kanto Elite Four; Morty, the fourth Gym Leader of Johto; Phoebe, second member of the Hoenn Elite Four; Fantina, the fifth Gym Leader in the Sinnoh region; Shauntal, a member of the Unova Elite Four; Acerola, a Trial Captain of Ula'ula Island, Alola as well as its third Elite Four member; and Allister, the fourth Gym Leader of Galar in Pokémon Shield.

Ghost-type moves

  • There are 18 Ghost-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical and Other moves stand out.
    • 7 moves are of the Physical type.
    • 4 moves are of the Special type.
    • 7 moves are of the Other type.
  • In contests: Clever moves stand out.
    • 9 moves are of the Clever type.png type.
    • 3 moves are of the Cute type.png type.
    • 3 moves are of the Tough type.png type.
    • 2 moves are of the Cool type.png type.
    • 1 move is of the Beautiful type.png type.

List of Ghost-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Astonish Physical type.gif Cute type.png[1] Generation III 30
Confuse Ray Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation I -
Curse

[2]

Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation II -
Destiny Bond Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation II -
Grudge Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation III -
Hex Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation V 65
Lick Physical type.gif Cute type.png[3] Generation I 20
Moongeist Beam Special type.gif - Generation VII 100
Night Shade Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation I 1-100 depending on the user's level
Nightmare Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation II -
Ominous Wind Special type.gif Beautiful type.png[1] Generation IV 60
Phantom Force Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation VI 90
Shadow Ball Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation II 80
Shadow Bone Physical type.gif - Generation VII 85
Shadow Claw Physical type.gif Cool type.png[4] Generation IV 70
Shadow Force Physical type.gif Cool type.png[1] Generation IV 120
Shadow Punch Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation III 60
Shadow Sneak Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation IV 40
Spectral Thief Physical type.gif - Generation VII 90
Spirit Shackle Physical type.gif - Generation VII 80
Spite Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation II -
Trick-or-Treat Other type.gif Cute type.png Generation VI -

Effectiveness of Ghost-type moves

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Ghost.gif and Type Psychic.gif.
½
Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Dark.gif.
×0
Ineffective against Pokémon of the types: Type Normal.gif.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Ghost type

A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistance of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.

×4
Doubly super effective
×2
Super effective
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Resistant
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Very resistant
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Immune
Type of the move
Bug type vertical.gif Dark type vertical.gif Dragon type vertical.gif Electric type vertical.gif Fairy type vertical.gif Fighting type vertical.gif Fire type vertical.gif Flying type vertical.gif Ghost type vertical.gif Grass type vertical.gif Ground type vertical.gif Ice type vertical.gif Normal type vertical.gif Poison type vertical.gif Psychic type vertical.gif Rock type vertical.gif Steel type vertical.gif Water type vertical.gif
Type Ghost.gif
½
[5]
×2
×0
×2
×0
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Type Ghost.gifType Bug.gif
½
×2
×0
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×0
½
×2
Type Ghost.gifType Dark.gif
×2
×0
×0
½
×0
Type Ghost.gifType Dragon.gif
½
×2
×2
½
×2
×0
½
×2
½
×2
×0
½
½
Type Ghost.gifType Electric.gif
½
×2
½
×0
½
×2
×2
×0
½
½
Type Ghost.gifType Fairy.gif
¼
×0
×0
×2
×0
×2
Type Ghost.gifType Fighting.gif
¼
×2
×0
×2
×2
×0
½
×2
½
Type Ghost.gifType Fire.gif
¼
×2
½
×0
½
×2
½
×2
½
×0
½
×2
½
×2
Type Ghost.gifType Flying.gif
¼
×2
×2
×0
×2
½
×0
×2
×0
½
×2
Type Ghost.gifType Grass.gif
×2
½
×0
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×2
×0
½
Type Ghost.gifType Ground.gif
½
×2
×0
×0
×2
×2
×2
×0
¼
½
×2
Type Ghost.gifType Ice.gif
½
×2
×0
×2
×2
½
×0
½
×2
×2
Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif
¼
[6]
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
×0
¼
×2
Type Ghost.gifType Psychic.gif
×4
×0
×4
×0
¼
½
Type Ghost.gifType Steel.gif
¼
×2
½
½
×0
×2
½
×2
½
×2
½
×0
×0
½
½
½
Type Ghost.gifType Water.gif
½
×2
×2
×0
½
×2
×2
½
×0
½
½
½

Ghost-type-Pokémon Trainers

Ghost-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
VSMorty.png
Morty
Ecruteak City, Johto Fog Badge
Fog Badge
VSFantina.png
Fantina
Hearthome City, Sinnoh Relic Badge
Relic Badge
Allister League Card.png
Allister
Stow-on-Side, Galar Ghost Badge
Ghost Badge

Ghost-type-Pokémon Trial Captains

Leader Location Z-Crystal
VS Acerola SM.png
Acerola
Thrifty Megamart, Alola Ghostium Z
Ghostium Z

Ghost-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
Agatha(GenIII)Sprite.png
Agatha
Kanto Elite Four
ORAS VSPhoebe.png
Phoebe
Hoenn Elite Four
VSShauntal.png
Shauntal
Unova Elite Four
VS Acerola SM.png
Acerola
Alola Elite Four

Ghost-type records

  • Giratina (Origin Form) is the tallest Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • Sinistea is the smallest Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • Giratina (Altered Form) is the heaviest Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • Gastly and Haunter are the lightest Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • Gastly evolves at the lowest level (25)
  • Drakloak evolves at the highest level (60)
  • Drifblim & Giratina tie for the most HP of all Ghost-types (150)
  • Mega Banette has the most Attack of all Ghost-types (165)
  • Doublade has the most Defense of all Ghost-types (150)
  • Aegislash (Shield Form) has the most Sp. Def of all Ghost-types (140)
  • Mega Gengar has the most Sp. Atk of all Ghost-types (170)
  • Dragapult has the most Speed of all Ghost-types (142)
  • Giratina and Lunala have the highest base stat totals of all Ghost-types (680)

Ghost-type Pokémon

54 Pokémon are Ghost-type. (5.36% of all Pokémon)

Pure Ghost-type Pokémon

13 Pokémon are pure Ghost-type. (20.93% of the Ghost-type Pokémon)

Misdreavus Corsola Shuppet Banette Duskull Dusclops
Misdreavus
#200
----

Type Ghost.gif

Corsola
#222
----

Type Ghost.gif

Shuppet
#353
----

Type Ghost.gif

Banette
#354
----

Type Ghost.gif

Duskull
#355
----

Type Ghost.gif

Dusclops
#356
----

Type Ghost.gif

Mismagius Dusknoir Yamask Cofagrigus Sinistea Polteageist
Mismagius
#429
----

Type Ghost.gif

Dusknoir
#477
----

Type Ghost.gif

Yamask
#562
----

Type Ghost.gif

Cofagrigus
#563
----

Type Ghost.gif

Sinistea
#854
----

Type Ghost.gif

Polteageist
#855
----

Type Ghost.gif

Cursola Spectrier
Cursola
#864
----

Type Ghost.gif

897Spectrier HOME.png
#897

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Type Ghost.gif

Primary Ghost-type Pokémon

19 Pokémon are primary Ghost-type. (44.19% of the Ghost-type Pokémon)

Gastly Haunter Gengar Drifloon Drifblim Spiritomb
Gastly
#092
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Haunter
#093
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Gengar
#094
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Drifloon
#425
----

Type Ghost.gifType Flying.gif

Drifblim
#426
----

Type Ghost.gifType Flying.gif

Spiritomb
#442
----

Type Ghost.gifType Dark.gif

Giratina Litwick Lampent Chandelure Phantump Trevenant
Giratina
#487
----

Type Ghost.gifType Dragon.gif

Litwick
#607
----

Type Ghost.gifType Fire.gif

Lampent
#608
----

Type Ghost.gifType Fire.gif

Chandelure
#609
----

Type Ghost.gifType Fire.gif

Phantump
#708
----

Type Ghost.gifType Grass.gif

Trevenant
#709
----

Type Ghost.gifType Grass.gif

Pumpkaboo Gourgeist Oricorio Sandygast Palossand Mimikyu
Pumpkaboo
#710
----

Type Ghost.gifType Grass.gif

Gourgeist
#711
----

Type Ghost.gifType Grass.gif

Oricorio Sensu Style
#741
----

Type Ghost.gifType Flying.gif[7]

Sandygast
#769
----

Type Ghost.gifType Ground.gif

Palossand
#770
----

Type Ghost.gifType Ground.gif

Mimikyu
#778
----

Type Ghost.gifType Fairy.gif

Dhelmise
Dhelmise
#781
----

Type Ghost.gifType Grass.gif

Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon

22 Pokémon are secondary Ghost-type. (34.88% of the Ghost-type Pokémon)

Alolan Marowak Shedinja Sableye Froslass Rotom Yamask
Alolan Marowak
#105
----

Type Fire.gifType Ghost.gif

Shedinja
#292
----

Type Bug.gifType Ghost.gif

Sableye
#302
----

Type Dark.gifType Ghost.gif

Froslass
#478
----

Type Ice.gifType Ghost.gif

Rotom
#479
----

Type Electric.gifType Ghost.gif

Galarian Yamask
#562
----

Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif

Frillish Jellicent Golett Golurk Honedge Doublade
Frillish
#592
----

Type Water.gifType Ghost.gif

Jellicent
#593
----

Type Water.gifType Ghost.gif

Golett
#622
----

Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif

Golurk
#623
----

Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif

Honedge
#679
----

Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif

Doublade
#680
----

Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif

Aegislash Hoopa Decidueye Lunala Marshadow Blacephalon
Aegislash
#681
----

Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif

Hoopa
#720
----

Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif

Decidueye
#724
----

Type Grass.gifType Ghost.gif

Lunala
#792
----

Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif

Marshadow
#802
----

Type Fighting.gifType Ghost.gif

Blacephalon
#806
----

Type Fire.gifType Ghost.gif

Runerigus Dreepy Drakloak Dragapult
Runerigus
#867
----

Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif

Dreepy
#885
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ghost.gif

Drakloak
#886
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ghost.gif

Dragapult
#887
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ghost.gif

Pokémon with Ghost-type alternate formes

The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Ghost-type.

Mega Gengar Gigantamax Gengar Mega Sableye Mega Banette Giratina Arceus Aegislash
Mega Gengar
#094
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Gigantamax Gengar
#094
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Mega Sableye
#302
----

Type Dark.gifType Ghost.gif

Mega Banette
#354
----

Type Ghost.gif

Origin Giratina
#487
----

Type Ghost.gifType Dragon.gif

Arceus
#493
----

Type Ghost.gif[8]

Aegislash
#681
----

Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif[9]

Silvally Dawn Wings Necrozma Calyrex Spectral Rider
Silvally
#773
----

Type Ghost.gif[10]

Dawn Wings Necrozma
#800
----

Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif[11]

898Calyrex Spectral Rider HOME.png


#898

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Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Psychic-type because some people are afraid of ghosts, and fears affect the mind. Communing with ghosts is also said to be a much different process than simply reading minds through physical or empirical means.
  • They're strong against themselves because ghosts can only touch each other, and there's a belief that the strongest spirit wins, with spirit referring to the desire to win something.
  • They're weak against the Dark-type because dark represents terror and evil, and it is said that evil spirits (like Spiritomb) are punished. According to some belief systems, ghosts who lead evil lives and refuse to go to the afterlife are said to transform into demons, and demons in some mythologies are feared and also rumored to eat lost souls.
  • They're immune to the Fighting and Normal-types because spirits are incorporeal beings and thus can't be hit normally. This is also the reason why the Normal-type is immune to them, because a mortal and a ghost can't hurt each other. Interestingly, the Fighting-type is not immune to them.
  • They resist the Poison-type because you can't poison someone who's already dead, and since spirits don't have a physical form, toxins can't pass through.
  • They resist the Bug-type because members of that type cannot easily transcend the spiritual barrier members of this type hide behind in order to attack them. Also because parasites can't infect someone who's already dead.

Trivia

  • The only Ghost-type Pokémon of Generation I were Gastly and its evolutions.
  • Before Generation II, Psychic-type Pokémon were immune to Ghost-type moves.
  • The first pure Ghost-type Pokémon was Misdreavus, which was introduced in Generation II.
  • No Gym Leader or Elite Four member who specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon was introduced in Generation VI.
  • Similarly to the Dark type, the Ghost type is usually not straightforward when representing a Pokémon. Sometimes, Ghost Pokémon like Yamask and Gengar are this type because they are actual dead humans. This could also be seen as a term of murderous instincts like Jellicent which sinks ships and Froslass which freezes and keeps humans. It could also come from the fact that normal items could be possessed by a ghost like Banette or Aegislash (Banette being a possessed doll and Aegislash being a possessed sword). This could also relate to the mischievous actions of ghosts like Misdreavus and Rotom. This could also be because they have supernatural powers like Hoopa or Giratina (Hoopa can create portals and Giratina can use the powers of gas-type-matter).
  • As shown from certain Pokémon like Mimikins, it is shown that certain Ghost-types can in fact die despite being considered a "ghost".
  • Ghost type is the only single type with two immunities.
  • Morty and Allister are the only male Ghost-type trainers so far.
  • The Ghost-type is tied with the Ice-type and the Ground-type for the least Gigantamax forms, each having 1.
  • The Ghost type is the last type Ash Ketchum caught in the anime, where he caught a Gengar in A Chilling Curse!.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type.png-type move.
  2. ^ Before Generation V, Curse was a ???-type move.
  3. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Tough type.png-type move.
  4. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type.png-type move.
  5. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves did normal damage on Ghost-type Pokémon.
  6. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were super effective on Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon.
  7. ^ Only in its Sensu Style.
  8. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Spooky Plate.
  9. ^ In its Blade Forme.
  10. ^ Thanks to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Ghost Memory.
  11. ^ In its Dawn Wings Forme when fused with Lunala.


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