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What's a good moveset for Gengar?

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Gengar Learnset

asked Jul 21, 2010 by altagrave08
edited Jul 8, 2011 by Pokemaster
Gengar (M) @ Big Root
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Hypnosis
- Dream Eater
- Giga Drain
- Shadow Ball
GENGAR (F) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Levitate
-Focus Blast
-Shadow Ball
-Dark Pulse
-Energy Ball

This is GREAT for a coverage setup.  But not much else.
"Shadow force, Roar of time, Spacial rend and Aeroblast"
^ Bad...
Gengar (F) @ Gengarite
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Dazzling Gleam
- Energy Ball
Why has no one put destiny bond? Focus sash and destiny bond is a brilliant combo!

39 Answers

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This is what I use:
Gengar (M) @ Focus Sash
Timid Nature
Shadow Ball
Venoshock (One of the most underrated moves in the entire game with over 180 base power when the opponent is poisoned and with STAB)
Destiny Bond

The Basic strategy here is Toxic something, Venoshock it, Shadow Ball it if it survives, rinse and repeat until you're on low HP, then Destiny Bond.If you have a dedicated toxic spiker on your team then set those up and sub toxic out for something like Thunderbolt, Ice Beam or Psychic for better coverage. The bonus to this set is if it looks like you're gonna be OHKO'd first turn, straight away use destiny bond. either you'll outspeed which is the best case scenario, or you'll get knocked down to your focus sash and then use destiny bond which means they can't hit next turn without sacrificing their sweeper.

answered Dec 21, 2012 by Haywir317
If you start the battle with toxic, why not switch shadow ball to hex? Much better base power with the stab.
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EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd


Giga Drain [HP + coverage]
Shadow Ball [stab]
Thunderbolt [coverage]
Sludge bomb {stab]

answered Dec 31, 2012 by sarvesh672
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The Sleeping Death!
Item: Zoom Lens
Hypnosis (has 60 accuracy, but is raised by Zoom Lens)
Nightmare (does continual damage while opponent is sleeping)
Dark Pulse (good defense against ghost and psychic types. Affects all types)
Dream Eater (of coarse)

I know that hypnosis won't hit perfectly even with zoom lens (from experience) and won't have much/any affect with abilities Early Bird and Insomnia. So use wisely!

answered Feb 26, 2013 by Troll Patrol
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How about this? It's a different moveset that could work to get rid of threats.

Item-Focus sash

Hex-kills status (sleep)
Dream eater-kills sleeping
Hypnosis-puts to sleep
Shadow ball

answered Apr 8, 2013 by Cal10
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Gengar (M) @ Black slugde
Trait : Levitade

-Focus blast

answered Jul 10, 2013 by Leechseed
Great moveset!
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Gengar@Life Orb
Ability: Levitate


  • Shadow Ball (STAB and Great Power)

  • Focus Blast (Great Power, dark protection

  • Giga Drain (Heal life orb damage)

  • Thunderbolt (Gengar's move)

answered Aug 5, 2013 by erock5902
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ability: levitate
item: your choice

shadowball- STAB also takes care of 2 of its weaknesses
focus blast- takes care of dark types and coverage
dark pulse coverage
T-bolt coverage

answered Aug 20, 2013 by kingfav
Dark Pulse is pretty much useless here. It gets almost identical coverage to Shadow Ball, but without STAB.
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Nature: Jolly (+Spd, -Satk)
Ability: Levitate
- Protect
- Spite
- Disable
- Will-o-whisp
I use this set a LOT. Very annoying for the opponent, this is how it should go:
First use Protect, because the ennemy's going to do everything to take you down as soon as possible considering Gengar's reputation. You can then Disable the last move or use Spite if your ennemy's move had 5pp. Will-o-whisp is to prevent huge physical damage.

Gengar has a lot of immunity (Toxic, Ground type, Fighting type and Normal type) and an incredible Speed when boosted to it's maximum (350). You can if you're a fan of Haunter put one with evolite, but a Gengar with Leftovers is still better for recovering and for Speed.

answered Sep 20, 2013 by TsubasaRC
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Gengar @ Gengite
Trait: levitate (will turn into shadow tag)
EVs: 252 SpA/ 4 HP/ 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Hidden Power {Fire}
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast
- Psychic

Basically, this thing will become a trapper the entire metagame will fear. Hidden Power {Fire} is to nail Forretress, Ferrothorn, Scizor, and skarm. With a just plain scary SpA stat of 170, backed with a speed of 130, the best word I can use to describe it is ouch.

answered Oct 23, 2013 by tazzie
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Gengar (M) @ Gengarite

Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Perish Song
  • Substitute
  • Protect
  • Shadow Ball
answered Nov 29, 2013 by Mewderator
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Mewderator, seriously, Mega Gengar without PS is stupid. However, I would put Mean Look instead of something (can't decide which) so if you die before setting up your substitute (which is entirely possible) they still can't switch. Obviously, my comment is almost a year after yours and my thought is to OR/AS as Salamence will be getting a Mega, probably allowing the outspeed, plus Crunch will most likely KO your Gengar before you can even start Protecting. I don't often do Competetive though, so if you see a problem just tell me what it is and I'll corret it ASAP.
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Gen VI

Gengar (M) @ Gengarite
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Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 SpAtk / 4 HP / 252 Spe
Modest Nature (+SpAtk, -Atk)

  • Shadow Ball
  • Psychic
  • Thunderbolt
  • Dazzling Gleam

Standard special sweeping Gengar updated for Gen VI. Damges 348 Pokemon normally and 426 superbly.

answered Dec 1, 2013 by MonkeyHouse143
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Gengar (M) @ Big Root
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Hypnosis (I have no idea, this is certainly not for sleeping)
  • Hex (STAB and good for after hypnosis and covers weakness to psychic, ghost and dark)
  • Dream Eater (Heals and good pair w/ hypnosis)
  • Smog (STAB and good for use before hex)
answered Dec 7, 2013 by Bob Mcfluffykins
Hex does not cover Dark :|
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Item: Gengarite
Ability: Levitate (changes to Shadow Tag after Megavolution)
EVs: 252 Special Attack 252 Speed 4 HP

Shadow Ball- Most powerful special ghost move Gengar gets.
Focus Blast- Coverage on Dark.
Confuse Ray- Chance of opponent damaging itself. Works good with Shadow Tag.
Hypnosis- Puts the opponent to sleep. Works well with Shadow Tag.

answered Mar 10 by The Froakster
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Hex (Gengar) @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 Def
Timid Nature
- Substitute
- Sludge Wave/Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast

A lot of Gengar use Substitute + Disable, so this will catch some people off guard. Substitute to soak up statuses and if you predict a switchout, and the rest are just attacking moves. Shadow Ball + Sludge Wave (or Sludge Bomb) for powerful STABs, and Focus Blast deals with anything that resists it's STAB moves.

answered Mar 31 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
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I think you should have on GENGAR

HYPNOSIS for the effects of sleeping

DREAM EATER to regain health and do damage without just losing the heal on the next turn

NIGHTMARE to provide serious damage while the enemy is sleeping

SHADOW BALL because its powerful and GENGAR needs an attack that doesn't require the enemy to be sleeping


answered May 22 by maximbob
but what if... they're normal type???

(SB will not hit them)

and what if... they're normal type and they have insomnia???

(you cannot hit them - I don't know there is one, but there is a move which makes your ability insomnia-)
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Is this a viable M-Gengar set-
Gengar @ Gengarite
Ability - Levitate -> Shadow Tag
Timid Nature
EVs 200 HP/56 Sp.Att/252 Spd
-Shadow Ball
-Focus Blast
-Destiny Bond

answered Jun 27 by M-Salamence08
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Ability: Levitate->Shadow Tag
EVs 4/0/0/252/0/252
Timid Nature
-Shadow Ball
-Focus Blast
-Dazzling Gleam/Taunt/Thunder Bolt
-Destiny Bond

This set uses Shadow Ball as Primary Stab. Focus Blast hits Dark Types hard. Dazzling Gleam is for Dragons. But if your fine without Dragon coverage Thunder Bolt is the better option as your SE coverage increases and it has more power. Taunt is to cripple those nasty hazard setters. When your at low health you'll outspeed almost everything at 0 speed increase. Use Destiny Bond and you've taken down one more of your opponents Pokes. This set is really successful. Please test it out.

answered Aug 14 by M-Salamence08
edited Aug 14 by ƒιzz
I like this ^(like every one like it) but it is veeery similar to a few other sets (there is one two that I think are exactly the same)

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"Nightmare" Gengar moveset

(Gengar-Mega) (M) @ Gengarite
Ability: Shadow Tag
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Hypnosis
- Hex
- Sludge Bomb
- Dream Eater/Dazzling Gleam/Focus Blast

(This is my first moveset I created ever) This set heavily revolves around hypnosis. I realize that Hypnosis, with its 60% accuracy is unreliable at times, but when you do put your opponent to sleep, this set for Gengar proves to be an effective sweeper.

Hypnosis-Put the opponent to sleep and let the magic happen.

Hex- STAB Base power is doubled when the opponent has a status condition. (Asleep from Hypnosis and poisoned from Sludge Bomb

Sludge Bomb- STAB For pure special attack power and a 30% of poisoning enemies

Dream Eater- Recover HP and deal a good amount of damage to those opponents who are Normal typed.

I really appreciate feedback on this moveset. I have been testing it out, and when it works it proves to be very effective :)

answered Sep 26 by GengarthePoltergeist
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Gengar (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Shadow Ball (STAB)
  • Sludge Bomb / Sludge Wave (STAB)
  • Focus Blast / Hidden Power [Fighting] (Coverage)
  • Dark Pulse / Dazzling Gleam / Energy Ball / Psychic (Further Coverage)
answered Nov 29 by frczen