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If Gastly can punch, then surely it can learn Poison Gas.

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Edit: I Just thought of a non Gamefreak Logic answer :)

What if Ghastly being poison air itself means it can't learn Poison Gas. I mean, how would it throw gas on it's opponent if it is gas itself? Well it could sneeze I guess, but sneezing, really? It could materialize hands but then what? It can't throw itself. If it blasts/blows itself onto the opponent, what would be the chances of it surviving?

Gamefreak logic

If you've been in the Pokebase for a while then you should probably already know this is the answer. Gamefreak does weird stuff sometimes, like letting Diglett learn Cut, giving Cryogonal attract, somehow a 10 year old had defeated an evil organization and become champion in a span of maybe weeks, and while it is understandable for Gyarados not to be Dragon type so the Dragonite line would be the only ones in Gen I, that doesn't explain why its Mega is Dark type.

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People who comment Game Freak logic just gets me mad. Most of the time it's not GameFreak Logic.
ghastly can punch makes sense cuz it can make illusions into fist and punch (or ghastly itself is the fist idk)
I hear ya, but do you have any other answer? It's litterally called Poisoned Gas, introduced in the same gen as Ghastly, which is basically poison gas.

How about this, if you have a better answer your free to answer yourself, I can't stop you. No hard feelings.

I guess that makes sense.
Just edited now with logic.
That's better.
so ghastly cant SHOOT poisenes gases on the fow? HOW DUMB
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Because his role is another one, and he know similiar moves for his maim role. For example poison gás would cause damage over time, however he can already learn curse by level up and toxic by tm. Curse better suit his type Ghost/poison and do almost the same thing. So thoose moves its not an upgrade of one another like ember/flametrower/fire blast. But do almost the same thing and toxic cause badly poison instead of only poisoning the target by the standarth way. So if Gastly would cause damage over time he could use any of the two or both. So there is no reason to add a move who will do exaclly as another but is not an upgrade, or is fit particularlly for visual effect or combination of types. They could easily put him with that move, maybe they even put one day, but untill now, curse and toxic already complete his arsenal and do the same thing as poison gas.
And toxic is an upgrade of poison gás, so if he would'n learn curse by level up, he probably would learn poison gas. But since he already learn curse early and by level up, and toxic later by TM. Poison gas become a little, obsolete used by him at the time he can learn curse and Toxic.

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If your answer did make sense, then how would you explain Pokemon learning tackle when they can already learn return?
They comepletelly different moves, tackle is a basic attack move, return is a move that can become stronger the more close the pokemon is to the trainer. It can be very powerfull or very weak, but never basic damage like tackle, they are made for different circunstances. Tackle for early game good move to advance in the walkthrough and return for a pokemon with improved relationship in any time during the walkthrough.
However you could compare moves like tackle with scratch and pound, who is a look alike move. If you use TReecko as an example, you' see that he and his evolutions has claws, and could easily tackle into anything. Howeve he doesn't learn thoose moves because he already have Pound in his arsenal. :)      This is a RPG thing, they do it in most games.

 For example if Gastly would learn curse for example at level 5 and could only found the toxic TM when he was about to level 40, 35, etc, then he maybe could learn poison gás about to level 25, 18, etc. To mediate beetween the two. Of course,this is only an example.  Like for example a pokemon who can learn ember, flametrower, fire blast / Water gun/Water pulse/Hydro pump, etc.
That comment just contradicted your answer...