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Type Ghost

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 type.
    • 4 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 7 moves are of the Other type type.
  • In contests: Clever moves stand out.
    • 9 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Cute type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Tough type type.
    • 2 moves are of the Cool type type.
    • 1 move is of the Beautiful type type.

List of Ghost-type moves

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

[2]

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

Effectiveness of Ghost-type moves

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

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
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
Immune
Type of the move
Bug type vertical Dark type vertical Dragon type vertical Electric type vertical Fairy type vertical Fighting type vertical Fire type vertical Flying type vertical Ghost type vertical Grass type vertical Ground type vertical Ice type vertical Normal type vertical Poison type vertical Psychic type vertical Rock type vertical Steel type vertical Water type vertical
Type Ghost
½
[5]
×2
×0
×2
×0
½
Type GhostType Bug
½
×2
×0
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×0
½
×2
Type GhostType Dark
×2
×0
×0
½
×0
Type GhostType Dragon
½
×2
×2
½
×2
×0
½
×2
½
×2
×0
½
½
Type GhostType Electric
½
×2
½
×0
½
×2
×2
×0
½
½
Type GhostType Fairy
¼
×0
×0
×2
×0
×2
Type GhostType Fighting
¼
×2
×0
×2
×2
×0
½
×2
½
Type GhostType Fire
¼
×2
½
×0
½
×2
½
×2
½
×0
½
×2
½
×2
Type GhostType Flying
¼
×2
×2
×0
×2
½
×0
×2
×0
½
×2
Type GhostType Grass
×2
½
×0
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×2
×0
½
Type GhostType Ground
½
×2
×0
×0
×2
×2
×2
×0
¼
½
×2
Type GhostType Ice
½
×2
×0
×2
×2
½
×0
½
×2
×2
Type GhostType Poison
¼
[6]
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
×0
¼
×2
Type GhostType Psychic
×4
×0
×4
×0
¼
½
Type GhostType Steel
¼
×2
½
½
×0
×2
½
×2
½
×2
½
×0
×0
½
½
½
Type GhostType Water
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
Morty
Ecruteak City, Johto Fogbadge
Fog Badge
VSFantina
Fantina
Hearthome City, Sinnoh Relicbadge
Relic Badge
Allister League Card
Allister
Stow-on-Side, Galar GhostBadge
Ghost Badge

Ghost-type-Pokémon Trial Captains

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

Ghost-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
Agatha(GenIII)Sprite
Agatha
Kanto Elite Four
ORAS VSPhoebe
Phoebe
Hoenn Elite Four
VSShauntal
Shauntal
Unova Elite Four
VS Acerola SM
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
200Misdreavus
#200
----

Type Ghost

222ACorsola
#222
----

Type Ghost

353Shuppet
#353
----

Type Ghost

354Banette
#354
----

Type Ghost

355Duskull
#355
----

Type Ghost

356Dusclops
#356
----

Type Ghost

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

Type Ghost

477Dusknoir
#477
----

Type Ghost

562Yamask
#562
----

Type Ghost

563Cofagrigus
#563
----

Type Ghost

854Sinistea
#854
----

Type Ghost

855Polteageist
#855
----

Type Ghost

Cursola
864Cursola
#864
----

Type Ghost

Primary Ghost-type Pokémon

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

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

Type GhostType Poison

093Haunter
#093
----

Type GhostType Poison

094Gengar
#094
----

Type GhostType Poison

425Drifloon
#425
----

Type GhostType Flying

426Drifblim
#426
----

Type GhostType Flying

442Spiritomb
#442
----

Type GhostType Dark

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

Type GhostType Dragon

607Litwick
#607
----

Type GhostType Fire

608Lampent
#608
----

Type GhostType Fire

609Chandelure
#609
----

Type GhostType Fire

708Phantump
#708
----

Type GhostType Grass

709Trevenant
#709
----

Type GhostType Grass

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

Type GhostType Grass

711Gourgeist
#711
----

Type GhostType Grass

741SeOricorio
#741
----

Type GhostType Flying[7]

769Sandygast
#769
----

Type GhostType Ground

770Palossand
#770
----

Type GhostType Ground

778Mimikyu
#778
----

Type GhostType Fairy

Dhelmise
781Dhelmise
#781
----

Type GhostType Grass

Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon

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

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

Type FireType Ghost

292Shedinja
#292
----

Type BugType Ghost

302Sableye
#302
----

Type DarkType Ghost

478Froslass
#478
----

Type IceType Ghost

479Rotom
#479
----

Type ElectricType Ghost

562AYamask
#562
----

Type GroundType Ghost

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

Type WaterType Ghost

593AJellicent
#593
----

Type WaterType Ghost

622Golett
#622
----

Type GroundType Ghost

623Golurk
#623
----

Type GroundType Ghost

679Honedge
#679
----

Type SteelType Ghost

680Doublade
#680
----

Type SteelType Ghost

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

Type SteelType Ghost

720Hoopa
#720
----

Type PsychicType Ghost

724Decidueye
#724
----

Type GrassType Ghost

792Lunala
#792
----

Type PsychicType Ghost

802Marshadow
#802
----

Type FightingType Ghost

806Blacephalon
#806
----

Type FireType Ghost

Runerigus Dreepy Drakloak Dragapult
867Runerigus
#867
----

Type GroundType Ghost

885Dreepy
#885
----

Type DragonType Ghost

886Drakloak
#886
----

Type DragonType Ghost

887Dragapult
#887
----

Type DragonType Ghost

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
094MGengar
#094
----

Type GhostType Poison

094GGengar
#094
----

Type GhostType Poison

302MSableye
#302
----

Type DarkType Ghost

354MBanette
#354
----

Type Ghost

487BGiratina
#487
----

Type GhostType Dragon

493Arceus Ghost Dream
#493
----

Type Ghost[8]

681BAegislash
#681
----

Type SteelType Ghost[9]

Silvally Dawn Wings Necrozma
773Silvally Ghost Dream
#773
----

Type Ghost[10]

DawnWingsNecrozma
#800
----

Type PsychicType Ghost[11]

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.
  • Tieing with Ice Type, Fighting type, Ground type, and Dark type, Ghost type has the least Gigantamax forms than any other type.

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 PJ016.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type-type move.
  2. ^ Before Generation V, Curse was a ???-type move.
  3. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Tough type-type move.
  4. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type-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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