Competitive Information for Gengar [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Gengar gengar
Base Stats for Gengar

Ghost / Poison

Abilities:
Cursed BodyCursed Body: If this Pokemon is hit by an attack, there is a 30% chance that move gets disabled.


Evolutions / Family:
Gastly
Haunter
Gengar
Gengar-Gmax

Weakness Chart for Ghost/Poison-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.25x
2x
  
  
0.5x
0x
  
  
2x
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.5x
2x
  
0x
0.25x
2x
  
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Gengar? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Gengar in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

TogekissRotom-WashConkeldurrIncineroarBisharpExcadrillArcanineWhimsicottGothitelleBlastoise


Gengar is a marvelous Ghost and Poison-typed Pokemon. Gengar are common Pokemon to see in the SS metagame. Gengar is weak to Dark, Ghost, Ground, and Psychic-typed attacks.


Species: Gengar
Item: Focus Sash / Expert Belt
Ability: Cursed Body
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Wave / Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Ball
- Icy Wind
- Trick Room / Imprison

Special Sweeper Gengar (Analytic)

Gengar is a notable Special Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Gengar from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Cursed Body, if Gengar is hit by an attack there is a 30% chance that move gets disabled.

Sludge Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to poison adjacent pokemon).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Shadow Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Trick Room is a status move (goes last. for 5 turns, turn order is reversed).
Imprison is a status move (no foe can use any move known by your Gengar).




Species: Gengar
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Cursed Body
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Wave / Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Ball / Hex
- Psychic
- Thunderbolt

Special Sweeper Gengar (Cursed Body)

Gengar is a notable Special Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Gengar from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Gengar's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cursed Body, if Gengar is hit by an attack there is a 30% chance that move gets disabled.

Sludge Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to poison adjacent pokemon).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Shadow Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Hex is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Ghost-type move (power doubles if the target has a status ailment).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Thunderbolt is a special 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).




Species: Gengar
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Focus Blast
- Shadow Ball / Taunt
- Substitute
- Disable

Gengar Special Sweeper (Oppa Gengar Style)

Gengar is a phenomenal Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Gengar last longer regaining it's HP every turn. The goal of this build is so once they've taken down your Substitute, Disable ruins the move that likely had the best chance of getting Gengar out of the way. Substitute is to give you a buffer against Paralysis, Pursuit users, and make Disable far easier to pull off. It also helps ruin mono-attacking walls (such as Ferrothorn, Blissey, Chansey, etc) and offensive Pokemon that only have one or two coverage moves. Shadow Ball and Focus Blast give Gengar perfect neutral coverage (with Shadow Ball getting a nice STAB) making it all the easier to either cripple an opponent by removing it's only method of Gengar annihilation or KOing them with a powerful attack that is going to hit them for either normally effective or super effective damage.

Focus Blast is a special 120-base power Fighting-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Shadow Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Taunt is a status move (target can't use status moves its next 3 turns).
Substitute is a status move (Gengar takes 1/4 its max hp to put in a substitute).
Disable is a status move (for 4 turns, disables the target's last move used).




Species: Gengar
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Quiet (+SpA, -Spe)
EVs: 131 Hp / 124 Def / 252 SpA
Moveset:
- Hex
- Venoshock
- Dark Pulse
- Toxic

Gengar Special Tank (Ghost Power)

Gengar is popular Special Tank. This moveset attempts to take a large amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Life Orb boosts the power of Gengar's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack.

Hex is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Ghost-type move (power doubles if the target has a status ailment).
Venoshock is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Poison-type move (power doubles if the target is poisoned).
Dark Pulse is a special 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target; Note: Poison types can't miss with Toxic).




Species: Gengar
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Mild (+SpA, -Def)
EVs: 57 Hp / 213 Atk / 240 SpA
Moveset:
- Focus Blast
- Mean Look
- Toxic
- Thunderbolt

Gengar Mixed Tank (Gastly Evil)

Gengar is an interesting Mixed Tank. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Gengar last longer regaining it's healthiness every turn.

Focus Blast is a special 120-base power Fighting-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Mean Look is a status move (prevents the target from switching out).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target; Note: Poison types can't miss with Toxic).
Thunderbolt is a special 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).




Species: Gengar
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Dazzling Gleam
- Energy Ball
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb

Gengar Special Sweeper (Cheshire Shadow)

Gengar is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Gengar's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack.

Dazzling Gleam is a special 80-base power Fairy-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Energy Ball is a special 90-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Shadow Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).




Species: Gengar
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 152 Def / 252 SpA / 104 SpD
Moveset:
- Confuse Ray
- Dream Eater
- Hypnosis
- Toxic / Shadow Ball

Gengar Special Tank (Status Offender*)

Gengar is a stupendous Special Tank. It is meant to take a decent amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Gengar last longer regaining it's healthiness every turn.

Confuse Ray is a status move (confuses the target).
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; Note: Poison types can't miss with Toxic).
Shadow Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Gengar? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Gengar in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

ClefableSeismitoadFerrothornRotom-HeatBisharpKommo-oMandibuzzKeldeoRotom-WashMamoswineRibombeeRhyperior


Species: Gengar
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Cursed Body
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Wave / Sludge Bomb
- Dazzling Gleam
- Shadow Ball
- Icy Wind

Doubles Special Sweeper Gengar (Cursed Body)

Gengar is an outstanding Special Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Gengar from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Gengar's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cursed Body, if Gengar is hit by an attack there is a 30% chance that move gets disabled.

Sludge Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to poison adjacent pokemon).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Dazzling Gleam is a special 80-base power Fairy-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Shadow Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).



Movepool


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.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Clear Smog
50
--
15
Resets all of the target's stat stages to 0.
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Dazzling Gleam
80
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
Dream Eater
100
100%
15
User gains 1/2 HP inflicted. Sleeping target only.
Energy Ball
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Giga Drain
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Hex
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target has a status ailment.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Night Shade
--
100%
15
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Sludge Wave
95
100%
10
10% chance to poison adjacent Pokemon.
Smog
30
70%
20
40% chance to poison the target.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Thunder
110
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunderbolt
90
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Venoshock
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target is poisoned.
Astonish
30
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Drain Punch
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fire Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Foul Play
95
100%
15
Uses target's Attack stat in damage calculation.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Lick
30
100%
30
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Phantom Force
90
100%
10
Disappears turn 1. Hits turn 2. Breaks protection.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Self-Destruct
200
100%
5
Hits adjacent Pokemon. The user faints.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Shadow Punch
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Sucker Punch
70
100%
5
Usually goes first. Fails if target is not attacking.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Ally Switch
--
--
15
The user swaps positions with its ally.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Destiny Bond
--
--
5
If an opponent knocks out the user, it also faints.
Disable
--
100%
20
For 4 turns, disables the target's last move used.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Grudge
--
--
5
If the user faints, the attack used loses all its PP.
Haze
--
--
30
Eliminates all stat changes.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Imprison
--
--
10
No foe can use any move known by the user.
Mean Look
--
--
5
Prevents the target from switching out.
Metronome
--
--
10
Picks a random move.
Nasty Plot
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Perish Song
--
--
5
All active Pokemon will faint in 3 turns.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Reflect Type
--
--
15
User becomes the same type as the target.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
Skill Swap
--
--
10
The user and the target trade Abilities.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Trick
--
100%
10
User switches its held item with the target's.
Trick Room
--
--
5
Goes last. For 5 turns, turn order is reversed.
Will-O-Wisp
--
85%
15
Burns the target.
Wonder Room
--
--
10
For 5 turns, all Defense and Sp. Def stats switch.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Gengar can perform in Sword/Shield. 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 SS Move and Ability Combos for Gengar

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