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If you have a good competitive moveset for Gourgeist, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for its pre-evolutions, if any, can also be shared on this thread.

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Likely tier: UU.
Maybe even OU.
Would also say that likely tier is UU, but it may even be RU imo.
They ended up putting Super sized in UU, and the other sizes all in RU. (I think)

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Super Size

Gourgeist @ Leftovers
Trait: Frisk
EV's: 252 Hp / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Impish Nature

  • Will-O-Wisp
  • Leech Seed
  • Pain Split/Seed Bomb
  • Phantom Force/Shadow Sneak

Despite what others may believe Gourgeist actually does serve a very valuable role in the current OU Metagame. It is easily the best Spin Blocker for Excadrill which is extremely common now due to the weather nerf and its impressive offenses are usually extremely hard for most Ghost types to handle. Gourgeist resists Earthquake and can easily burn any variant that does not pack Substitute. Breloom is also checked by Super Gourgeist since it is immune to Spore and it's Fighting STAB while resisting it's Grass STAB all while having the ability to burn it with WoW.

Will-O-Wisp is to inflict status, rack up residual damage, and shut down a large amount of physical threats. Leech Seed is for recovery and to continue racking up residual damage. Pain Split is for even more recovery though it can be somewhat unreliable so Seed Bomb can be used for added coverage if you want. Phantom Force may seem like a bad choice due to it taking 2 turns to attack but due to Gorgeist being so slow it will be able to attack after your opponent the second turn protecting it from damage or status while racking up damage with any Burns or Leech Seeds on the opponent all while getting another turn of Leftovers recovery as well. Shadow Sneak can be used instead to finish off weakened opponents but really there are better Pokemon for revenge killing so Phantom Force is generally the better option.

A more Specially Defensive spread can also be used to shut down Rotom-W lacking HP Ice without hindering it's ability to check both Excadrill and Breloom but it will not be able to handle other physical threats as well.

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I have been running Substitute over Pain Split or Seed Bomb and it is working out much better. Protects it from harmful status as well as letting it stay in and get some damage off on things like Talonflame or Burn/Status other threatening Pokemon making them easier to handle overall and makes the set much more difficult to take down.
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Super Size

Gourgeist @ Weakness Policy:
Trait: Frisk
EVs: 252 Def / 252 Atk / 4 Sp.Def
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Speed

  • Phantom Force
  • Trick-or-Threat
  • Seed Bomb
  • Gyro Ball

NU. Nuff' said. It serves no roles. Though, I might be wrong, but I do not see for it any role. Here is a slow tank. But one Fire Blast and it is over. It can tank some supereffective physical hits so that Weakness Policy renders it stronger. For Phantom Force, 2 turns is a cost, but with Trick-or-Threat, it is worthy of a try. Gyro Ball covers Ice Weakness and, um, is strong ? and Seed Bomb is STAB.

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you should probably add what size it is as well. Although because you have a slow physical attacker I assume it is Super.
Righter than right ;)
Why not replace Gyro Ball with Rock Slide, which is more powerful when it is in super size, and because Rock Slide handles more weaknesses than Gyro Ball?  It is worth a try.
Right, but Gyro Ball inflicts some better damages.
Well, that is right as well. You can toss up whether you want coverage or damage. I guess it's his decision.
I would say more RU than NU. It has pretty good defense and a large movepool.
bulky assault vest gourgeist is AMAZING
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Small Size

Gourgeist @ Leftovers
Ability: Frisk
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 HP, 252 speed, 4 sp. def

  • Substitute
  • Disable
  • Leech Seed
  • Bullet Seed / Will-O-Wisp / Curse

We all know the Sub Disable set, as well as the Sub Leech Seed, but what about the two tactics in one Pokemon? Well, here's the only Pokemon that can do that, and it's sadly usually too slow to run the Sub Disable set but--here's the interesting part--it can come as a Pokemon with completely different stats, including base 99 speed! With 326 speed, it can outspeed adamant or modest, fully invested, base 114 or lower Pokemon.
The first three moves are obvious, set up a Sub and move on from there. The last move is your choice: Bullet Seed for an attacking move, Will-o-Wisp for residual damage, Curse for an even quicker demise (though it may be smart to set up Leech Seed before using this move).

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Seems fairly interesting but from the data this site has so far it doesn't appear that Gourgeist can learn Curse...unless it can as an Egg move. Pain Split could be an option on this set as well however to improve its longevity and get a decent chunk of damage off on a high health opponent but it can be slightly unreliable.
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Gourgeist Moveset

Super Size
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Item: Rocky Helmet
Trait: Insomnia
EV's: 252 Hp/ 252 Def/ 4 SDef
Nature: Brave

  • Flamethrower-Good for taking care of Grass, Ice, Steel, and Bug types
  • Energy Ball-Good for taking care of Water, Ground, and Rock types
  • Shadow Ball-Good when used after Trick-or-Treat (See below)
  • Trick-or-Treat-This move is good because, after the opponent is part ghost-type, when they are hit with a ghost-type move (Shadow Ball), it will be super-effective, if they are not part normal-type

Description: Takes no damage from Normal or Fighting types, takes half damage from Water, Electric, Grass, and Ground, takes double damage from Fire, Ice, Flying, Ghost, and Dark types, takes normal damage from Poison, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Dragon, Steel, and Fairy. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Gourgeist makes it overall a good-typed Pokemon. Gourgeist does fairly well in-game and in competitive battles, battling against its bad reputation.

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Special gourgeist? wow o3o
Interesting. I liek it.
Brave raises attack, but you gave it all special moves. Also, its attack is higher than its special attack. It has some good physical moves that you could use.
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The Super Sized Prankster! (which is sadly not its Ability...)

Gourgeist
Item: Focus Sash
Ability: Frisk
Nature: Sassy or Relaxed
EVs: 252 Hp, 252 Sp. Def Or Def, 4 Atk

Moves:
Trick-Or-Treat
Shadow Sneak
Destiny Bond
Will-O-Wisp, Flame charge, or Trick Room

Description: Personally, I love Gourgeist, I just can't get enough of the Litt- er... BIG pumpkin!.. (I mean, its super sized form can be 5''7', that's not short.) This moveset is built for taking down an opponents Pokemon via destiny bond, but having other options just in case, please note that this set works best on trick room teams. First, make sure there aren't any hazards on the field, then send in Gourgeist after an ally has been defeated. Use Will-O-Wisp (halves enemy attack) or Flame Charge (Raises Gourgeist's speed) or Trick Room (to ensure it and your other slow Pokemon go first), then, use destiny bond and either kill them or give a nice scare to your opponent if they switch out (they wouldn't risk attacking you, for fear of losing a Pokemon). Trick-Or-Treat is used as another strategy in adding Ghost to your opponent, then hitting them with a super effective Priority Shadow Sneak (Or you can add it to a dark type ally in making an 'almost' No-Weakness friend). So while Gourgeist isn't top of the class, or packed full of strategies... I found that the Lovely Big... or small, Pumpkin Pokemon, can still pull off a few tricks!

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Ok, I'll write a good moveset for each size


Average Size

Average Size Gourgeist@ Leftovers enter image description here

Ability: Insomnia

Nature: Impish

EVs: 252 Defense/252 Attack/4 Speed

Moves:

  • Rock Slide-Powerful move which may make opponent flinch. Also gives Gourgeist coverage over three of its weaknesses, Ice-types, Fire-types & Flying-types
  • Seed Bomb-STAB, and pretty powerful
  • Phantom Force-STAB, very powerful, and also gives coverage over Ghost-types, Gourgeist's weakness
  • Focus Blast-Although it is a Special move, it is the strongest move that gives coverage over Gourgeist's last uncovered weakness, Dark

Small Size

Small Size Gourgeist@ Leftovers enter image description here

Ability: Insomnia

Nature: Jolly/Impish

EVs: 252 Defense/252 Speed/4 Attack

Moves:

  • Rock Slide-Powerful move which may make opponent flinch. Also gives Gourgeist coverage over three of its weaknesses, Ice-types, Fire-types & Flying-types
  • Seed Bomb-STAB, and pretty powerful
  • Phantom Force-STAB, very powerful, and also gives coverage over Ghost-types, Gourgeist's weakness
  • Focus Blast-Although it is a Special move, it is the strongest move that gives coverage over Gourgeist's last uncovered weakness, Dark

Large Size

Large Size Gourgeist@ Leftovers enter image description here

Ability: Insomnia

Nature: Impish

EVs: 252 Defense/252 Attack/4 HP

Moves:

  • Rock Slide-Powerful move which may make opponent flinch. Also gives Gourgeist coverage over three of its weaknesses, Ice-types, Fire-types & Flying-types
  • Seed Bomb-STAB, and pretty powerful
  • Phantom Force-STAB, very powerful, and also gives coverage over Ghost-types, Gourgeist's weakness
  • Focus Blast-Although it is a Special move, it is the strongest move that gives coverage over Gourgeist's last uncovered weakness, Dark

Super Size

Super Size Gourgeist@ Weakness Policy enter image description here

Ability: Insomnia

Nature: Adamant/Impish

EVs: 252 Defense/252 Attack/4 HP

Moves:

  • Rock Slide-Powerful move which may make opponent flinch. Also gives Gourgeist coverage over three of its weaknesses, Ice-types, Fire-types & Flying-types
  • Seed Bomb-STAB, and pretty powerful
  • Phantom Force-STAB, very powerful, and also gives coverage over Ghost-types, Gourgeist's weakness
  • Focus Blast-Although it is a Special move, it is the strongest move that gives coverage over Gourgeist's last uncovered weakness, Dark
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Super Size
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Gourgeist @ Leftovers
Trait: Frisk
EVs: 252 HP / 230 Def / 22 Sp Def
Impish Nature

Moveset:
- Phantom Force
- Leech Seed
- Will-O-Wisp / Toxic / Seed Bomb
- Protect

If you use Will-O-Wisp / Toxic over Seed Bomb you would be completely walled by Magic Guard Clefable but fortunately those aren't common but if you do face one you could probably switch to a strong sweeper (Lucario Roserade etc.)

Now the strategy is to burn/poison and seed your enemy (and hope Gourgeist survives) then use Protect and Phantom Force each second turn.

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Gourgeist Super-Size @Leftovers
Gourgeist
Ability:Frisk
Nature:Brave
IVs: 0 Speed
EVs:252 Attack 252 HP 4 Defense
•Poltergeist:Strong STAB, opponents are almost always holding items
•Power Whip:Strong STAB
•Trick-Or-Treat:Makes them weak to your ghost STAB attacks
•Trick Room:Makes you almost always go first with your terrible speed

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Gen 8 ZU


Gourgeist-Super @ Leftovers
Ability: Frisk
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD
Careful Nature

-Will-O-Wisp
-Leech Seed
-Power Whip
-Phantom Force/Poltergeist

Will-O-Wisp cripples physical attackers and does a little bit of passive damage, at least it invalidates leftovers. Leech Seed for more passive damage and recovery. Your opponent now loses 18% of their max HP every turn. Power Whip is grass-type STAB and is strong but has less accuracy than Seed Bomb, which only does 2/3 the damage PW does, but with 100% accuracy. Phantom Force is ghost STAB and lets you disappear while passive damage drains the enemy's health and lets you heal Leftovers and Leech Seed at the end of the turn, leaving them prone to getting torn apart the next turn. Meanwhile, Poltergeist is stronger than Phantom Force, and pairs very well with Frisk because Frisk tells you the enemy's item and Poltergeist fails if a Pokemon isn't holding one.

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Not seeing enough small gourgeist love. Figured I'd post my weird set that gives me great results

Gourgeist
Nickname: Jack settupaton
Small form and male
Ability: frisk/insomnia (insomnia for yawn users)
i use spell tag (+ghost attack) but maybe a gem, weakness policy, or life orb?
Jolly nature (the one I have in game has hardy and ive yet to change it)
252 speed, 252 attack, 4 hp

  1. Seed bomb/bullet seed (grass stab) (seed for sturdy/sash breaking on pokes it can KO)
  2. Shadow sneak/phantom force (stab revenge kill/cleanup move)
  3. worry seed/curse/safeguard (removes enemy abilities that can be problemsome. Ex: poison heal gliscor, rest using snorlax, even magic bounce it on yourself to be yawn proof) (curse for good damage on sap sipper + normal types like bouffant) (Safeguard for status spammers (glares at blissey))
  4. Leech seed/explosion/facade/rock slide (recovery, stall(poison heal gliscor after ability gets worry seeded), and also good setup for an injured bulky Pokemon to come in (like snorlax/clefable to take a shadow ball) and heal a bit) (explosion bc wynaut) (facade incase statused) (Rock slide is for the dumb fire types that think they are so powerful and don't respect the pumpking)

Set I use
neutral nature
spell tag
run away (need to change to frisk)
252 attack and speed
moves
seed bomb
shadow sneak
worry seed
leech seed

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Large Form
Gen 8 ZU

Gourgeist-Large @ Choice Band
Ability: Frisk
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Shadow Sneak
- Poltergeist
- Power Whip
- Trick

Shadow Sneak is priority STAB. Poltergeist is strong STAB and works well with Frisk. Power Whip is also STAB. Trick is to lock a Pokemon into one move.

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Super Form
Gen 8 ZU

Gourgeist-Super @ Leftovers
Ability: Frisk
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Impish Nature
- Substitute
- Leech Seed
- Synthesis
- Poltergeist

SubSeed set. Substitute can help you avoid taking damage. Leech Seed is to slowly drain the opposing Pokémon's HP and giving you a little recovery. Synthesis is for healing. Poltergeist is STAB and works well with Frisk.

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Gourgeist(Super Size) @ Chesto Berry
Ability: Frisk
Sassy Nature

Substitute
Trick-or-Treat
Shadow Sneak
Rest

Will probably take some damage the first turn, then use Substitute, then lose alot of HP, but hopefully hold on, the next turn your opponent will brake the substitute, without you taking any damage, then you use Trick-or-Treat to change his typing into part Ghost, then the next turn you use Shadow Sneak with priority so you will attack first, and with STAB, and the opponent changed typing it will do alot of damage, hopefully it will take the opponent out. After taking the opponent out he will switch into a different Pokemon, and then you use Rest to recover and wake up instantly with the Chesto Berry, then you do the same thing again, or switch out to save him for later in the battle so you can do that again.

Would this be a good moveset?

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It'd be okay, but Gourgeist has freakishly low special defense, so you may as well go Impish.
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Gougeist super [email protected]
Ability: Frisk
Impish nature
Evs: 252Hp/252Def/4SpDEf
-Leech seed
-Confuse ray
-Willo wisp
-Substitue

Ive been using this team in my mono ghost team and it does quite well with this set. Its basically and annoyer set

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Unfortunately, if it gets taunted, it's useless.
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SUPER SIZE
Pumpkaboo/gourgeist A.k.A GourdBomb
Nature:impish
Ability: insomnia
Item:assault vest
EVs:252 def 252 hp 4 spd
Move set
Explosion
Seed bomb
Phantom force
Shadow sneak

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Gourgeist(Super Size)(F) @ Choice Band
Ability: Insomnia
Evs: 252 HP, 252 Atk, 6 Def
Nature: Brave (+Atk,-Spd)
Ivs: 0 Spd
- Shadow Sneak/Phantom Force
- Seed Bomb/Bullet Seed
- Rock Slide
- Gyro Ball

There are other Pokémon that can do this better, but I like my Gourgeist with this set. Plus it works decent in Trick Room. Anyways, Shadow Sneak has Priority while Phantom Force is raw power, though it takes a turn to use. Both are STAB & cover your Ghost-type weakness. Seed Bomb and Bullet Seed are STABs. One is more raw power but the other can break through Subs. Rock Slide covers your Fire & Flying-type weaknesses, while Gyro Ball covers Ice-types and hits Fairys hard.

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Gourgeist @ Leftovers
ABILITY: Frisk
NATURE: Adamant (+Atk -SpAtk)
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Def/4 Spd

Seed Bomb
Phantom Force
Will-O-Wisp
Return

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Super Size
Gourgeist @Iron Ball
Ability: Frisk
Relaxed Nature
252 Sp. Def/252 HP/4 Def
IV: 0 Speed
Trick Room - Super Gouregeist is slow, and this is holding Iron Ball, so trick room is perfect for its
Will-o-Wisp - your oponent Pokemon probably is after you, and we gave Gourgeist 252 on Sp. Def, because we burn foe's Pokemon and we don't need so much Def on it
Seed Bomb - Gouregeist have greater Atk than Sp. Atk
Facade - if someone give you status condition, power of this move is doble/Shadow sneak - physical, only ghost move on its, priority

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Gen 6:
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Trait: Insomnia
Nature: Careful (+Sp. Defense, -Sp. Attack)
EVs: 252 HP, 128 Defense, 128 Sp. Defense
Role: Physical Tank

Moves:

  • Rest
  • Trick-or-treat
  • Shadow Sneak
  • Leech Seed or Seed Bomb
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Gourgeist
Gourgeist-Large @ Ghostium Z
Ability: Frisk
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Trick-or-Treat
- Phantom Force/Shadow Sneak
- Power Whip
- Rock Slide
Z-Trick-Or-Treat gives you a boost to all stats, as well as giving them a ghost typing, potentially giving them a ghost weakness.

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