Competitive Information for Gengar [Gold/Silver]
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Gengar? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Gold/Silver Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Gold/Silver generation metagame.
Gengar is an outstanding Ghost and Poison-typed Pokemon. Gengar is a pretty common Pokemon to see in Generation 2. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Gengar is weak to Dark, Ghost, Ground, and Psychic-typed attacks.
- Thunderbolt / Thunder Punch
- Fire Punch
- Ice Punch
Special Sweeper Gengar (Retro)
Gengar is popular Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Back before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Thunder Punch is a special 75-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
♦ Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
♦ Fire Punch is a special 75-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
♦ Ice Punch is a special 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
- Confuse Ray
- Dream Eater
- Toxic / Shadow Ball
Gengar Special Tank (Status Offender*)
Gengar is pretty popular Special Tank. This moveset attempts to take a good amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. In the old days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Gengar last longer regaining it's it's life every turn.
♦ Dream Eater is a special 100-base power Psychic-type move (Gengar gains 1/2 hp inflicted. sleeping target only).
♦ Hypnosis is a status move (causes the target to fall asleep).
♦ Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
♦ Shadow Ball is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Wondering what moves can Gengar learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.
These are a list of several common move combinations Gengar can perform in Gold/Silver. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.
Competitive GS Move and Ability Combos for Gengar
- Moves: Psych Up + Haze
- Moves: Rain dance + Thunder
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- Moves: Perish Song + Protect
- Item: Blunder Policy + Move: Zap Cannon
- Item: Blunder Policy + Move: Dynamic Punch
- Moves with Priority: Endure, Protect
- Moves that Break Screens: Haze
Optimize Gengar's EVs for Gold/Silver
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