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

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Gengar (M) @ Big Root
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Hypnosis
- Dream Eater
- Giga Drain
- Shadow Ball
"Shadow force, Roar of time, Spacial rend and Aeroblast"
^ Bad...
Why has no one put destiny bond? Focus sash and destiny bond is a brilliant combo!
ppl keep in mind ... its not nicknamed MISSnosis without reasons ...
This needs to be asked again as a separate question for Gen VII Gengar, as the change to it's ability makes a big difference

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Gen V

Gengar (M) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Shadow Ball
  • Thunderbolt
  • Giga Drain
  • Sludge Bomb

Will's Gengar is better, but this is also a useful set. Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb provide STAB. Thunderbolt and Giga Drain provide type coverage, while Giga Drain also heals. Gengar isn't the fastest thing around anymore, but it should outspeed the foe with Choice Scarf. Sweeper EVs.

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My Gengar is exactly the same as yours except I switched thunderbolt with destiny bond! :)
My Gengar is also the same but with the extra four EV's on Health.
Gawd... some guy set me up with hypnosis, he battled me when my team was unfinished and full of pokes i didnt want to use. And freaking hell! Hypnosis doesn't even need a turn to kick in, this is why i need a jolteon or something in my team-outstanding speed.
with hynosis's accuracy I'd much prefer the sweeper builds
8 votes

GENGENGENGEN Gengar (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 128 HP / 128 Sp.Atk / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Hypnosis
  • Nightmare
  • Hex/Dream Eater/Confuse Ray
  • Mean Look

Put your opponent to sleep, trap them with mean look, give them nightmares, Confuse them/eat dat/attack dat, he mad yet?

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*Uses Taunt*
'Switches out*
Sends mega garchomp put
*misses hypnosis 6 times in a row*
4 votes

Will's Gengar

Hypnosis-without this, its a waste

Dream Eater-Decent coverage. It provides healing also, makign Gengar bulkier than normal.

Giga Drain-coverage. It also provides healing.

Shadow Ball-STAB

Ability-Levitate

Evs-252 SP ATT 252 Speed 4 HP

Item-Big Root

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This is best Gengar moveset for me.
4 votes

Gengar holding Choice Specs.
Timid Nature
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Sp.Atk / 252 Speed

  • Shadow Ball
  • Focus Blast
  • Thunderbolt
  • Sludge Bomb/Trick

Shadow Ball, Taking care of opposing Ghost and Psychic type Pokemon, Being STAB.
Focus Blast, If you didn't know, A Ghost move along with fighting provide at least neutral coverage on every Pokemon. Covers Steel, Rock, Dark, Ice and and Normal. The drawback is the shaky accuracy, Nevertheless, Better than Hidden Power Fighting.

Thunderbolt hitting super effective on Water types, Flying types.
Sludge Bomb is strong STAB. If you can manage to get Toxic Spikes support, Venoshock is even stronger.
Trick can ruin your opponent, A plus if Gengar gets something good.

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Nice moveset, should this Gengar be Timid or Modest or can be either nature?
If you are running trick it's probably better to go with timid nature.
i would run trick then give gengar a toxic orb and then have venoshock instead of thunderbolt (since a water type wont oppose much threat to gengar) to do more damage because of STAB and the pokemon will be poisoned
4 votes

Gengar

Ability: Levitate
Item: Black Sludge
EV's: 252Sp.Atk/ 252Speed/ 4 Sp.def

Attacks: Shadow ball: STAB, deals with Psychic

Giga Drain: Just to get some life back

Sludge Bomb: STAB

Focus Blast: Coverage

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I personally would use a differant hp because focus blast covers dark and shadow ball covers psychic
?What would you recommend I change it too?
Thunderbolts good but so is giga drain
You upvoted? Thanks
Might change focus blast to drain punch, should I?
Pleas don't.
This is what I did except I had Energy Ball instead because I can't get Giga Drain.
3 votes

Gengar (M) @ Wise Glasses

Role: Sweeper

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Hidden Power [Bug]
  • Giga Drain
  • Shadow Ball
  • Thunderbolt

Okay, this is a basic Special Sweeper If I've Ever seen one.

HP Bug - Takes down Dark Types, Fighting is also reasonable.

Giga Drain - Gets Hp Back, and Takes out Rock Ground and Water, all basic Feared types to die agaisn't,

Shadow Ball is for STAB and With STAB it takes down 2 of his weaknesses

Thunderbolt - For coverage

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Haunter @ Life Orb

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Shadow Ball
  • Thunderbolt
  • Hidden Power [Fighting]
  • Destiny Bond
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EVLOITE
It doesn't have to have an Eviolite, it isn't a rule set in stone.
Eviolite would take Haunter's depressing 45 and 55 defenses up to a worthless 67.5 and 82.5 respectively and he's not getting any bulk EVs beyond the 4 HP EVs so Life Orb is a lot better so Haunter can dish out some nice damage.
Total beast in the NU meta game.
Haunter is awasome!!!!
3 votes

Haunter (M) @ Eviolite

Role: Bulky Evoilite Sweeper

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 200 Def / 56 SAtk / 200 SDef / 52 Spd

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Hypnosis
  • Dream Eater
  • Hex
  • Sludge Wave ( EDIT: Just read Will's point about bomb )

My Favorite Ghost type.

Hypnosis puts them to sleep, leaving you with a powered up Hex or a Dream Eater recovery. Sludge Wave is STAB. Nature and EVs make him slightly bulky. This guy is a beast in the NU Meta game.

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Not a fan of the clashing between Sludge Bomb and Hypnosis. That could put you into some annoying situations against tricky typings.
Haunter??? This is Gengar...
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Gengar (M) @ Life orb / Black Sludge / Wide Lens

Role: Rain Sweeper

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 64 HP / 128 SAtk / 64 SDef / 252 Spd or 252 Sp Atk / 252 Spd / 4 Hp

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) or Modest Nature (+SAtk, - Atk )

  • Thunder
  • Hex
  • Hidden Power [Water] or Giga drain ( Black Sludge )
  • Focus Blast ( If you sub Giga Drain in, consider HP fighting! )

Well, here's a naturally beasty ghost, joining the rain squad.
While he has to compete with Jellicent, who has boosted STAB ( Much needed ) he gets Thunder instead of Thunderbolt and a new HP option, that packs a punch.

Hex is my choice of STAB, just because I love the move and it's general idea ( Thunder has a 30% chance to paralyze, so I can always take chances ) but Shadow Ball is a completely fair replacement if you don't like taking those kinds of chances.

HP Water is coverage, while you can sub this for something like Giga drain to break up Swamperts, Quagsires, and the devistating Gastrodon, murderer of all rain.
So that's always an option, it makes him a definite anti-water if you take onto that. You can also consider Black Sludge as an item if you pair him up with Giga Drain.

Focus Blast is your last move slot, Fighting + Ghost coverage is known for being pretty beastly, and that high powered coverage just gets me. I've experimented with Wide Lens with Thunder and Focus Blast, considering that some people can stop my weather, and that screws Gengar all up accuracy wise, but I preffer Life orb. Wide Lens still can work, if you aren't good @ weather wars :D While if you sub in Giga Drain for HP Water, HP Fighting can be fufilling.

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Water Absorb that raises Sp.atk is called Storm Drain.
Lol, I know that. I mean I've heard the item will make water attacks not hurt you until it's consumed.
Absorb Bulb doesn't grant immunity to Water type attacks.
Figured that out recently, meant to edit that, I'll get to it now.
3 votes

Wow I can't believe no-one has done a set that involves the move trick.

Trickster

Item: Choice Specs
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 Speed, 58 hp, 200 S.attack


Trick
Will-o-wisp/Hypnosis
Shadow-ball
HP(Fighting)


Trick is an insanely annoying move in this case even if you dont get to use Trick it benefit Gengar,
but in this case Trick should only be used on Physical Pokemon obviously. Will-o-wisp can annoy Physical Pokemon even more by cutting their attack, while Hypnosis puts them to sleep and allows you to KO them easily. Shadow-ball is the STAB move. HP(Fighting) deals with Steel, Normal, and Dark types that would get in the way otherwise.

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LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 votes

Sub Petaya Gengar

Sub Petaya Gengar is a new set I have been trying out, and it makes a great sweeper against slower teams, and even some faster ones. The idea is that Gengar already has great speed, so Substitute protects him from being revenge killed by things like Starmie and Priority moves, while also lowering his HP down to activate the Petaya Berry, raising his SAtk and making him extremely deadly.

@ Petaya Berry
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 12 HP / 244 Satk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast
- Hidden Power [Ice]/Thunderbolt/Giga Drain/Pain Split
- Substitute*

Pretty straight forward, for the 3rd slot, Thunderbolt and Giga Drain would be for coverage, Giga Drain would be nice for getting you HP back but Thunderbolt hits a little harder, while Pain Split would be for the purpose of regaining HP and doubling as a Sub-Split Gengar.

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2 votes

Zatoichi Gengar

Nature: levitate
Item: Wide Lens

  • Shadow ball
  • Thunder
  • Focus Blast
  • Hypnosis

Pretty generic set. The wide lens boosts up the accuracy of thunder, focus blast, and hypnosis, making him a powerful, but still slightly risky sweeper. Then again, every sweeper is kind of risky.

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Double/Triple battle

Gengar (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Icy Wind
- Shadow Ball
- Thunderbolt
- Focus Blast

Gengar is one of the most popular double/triple battle Pokemon due to it being a Ghost type with Levitate. It has taken a hit from the last generation with the weakening of Explosion though.
Icy Wind hits multiple foes and slows them down. Shadow ball is STAB. Thunderbolt and Focus Blast are coverage.

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thats my gengars MOVESET :0
It seems that he posted it before you. Stop trying to accuse people of stuff that they didn't even do.
Agreed and stop correcting people all the time.
2 votes

Gengar (M)
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
EV: 4 HP/ 252 Sp. A/ 252 Speed
Sludge Wave
Shadow Ball
Confuse Ray
Thunderbolt
This is what I use. :D

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2 votes

Gengar - Black Sludge

EVs: 252 spatk, 252 spd, 4 HP
Nature: Timid
Ability: Levitate
Moves:
Shadow Ball
Focus Blast
Taunt
Destiny Bond

Shadow Ball is STAB, and Focus Blast is good coverage. Taunt stops foe's from setting up, and it stops most walls/stallers/clerics in their tracks. When you are certain you will be KO'd on the next move, and you can't KO the enemy first, you go down fighting with Destiny Bond. NOTE: This set is more of a suicide assassin, as you will likely be KO'd after taunting, which gives you a great oppurtunity to use Destiny Bond.

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Then wouldn't Focus Sash be a better option??
yeah but unless you are leading with him hazards usually take that away, and even then sand can take it away. Also, when people see the sash they tend to predict Destiny Bond.
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Two Gengars.

#1 Gengar @ Choice Specs

Role : Special Sweeper
Trait : Levitate
EVs : 252 SpAtk, 252 Spd, 4 SpDef
Modest Nature (+Atk,-SpAtk)

Shadow Ball (STAB)
Thunderbolt (Coverage)
Focus Blast (Strong move, Coverage)
Giga Drain (Restore HP)

#2 Gengar @ Focus Sash

Role : Annoyer
Trait : Levitate
EVs : 252 SpDef, 252 Def 4 SpAtk
Bold Nature (+Def,-Atk)

Hypnosis (Set up moves)
Mean Look (No Escape)
Perish Song (Ha you cant switch out)
Shadow Ball (for Taunt)

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The top one you have was gonna be my moveset.
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My Gengar is a put-that-Pokemon-to-sleep kind of Gengar, so I hope this helps for any of you who are looking for that:
Trained in: 255 speed and 255 special attack.
Ability: Levitate.
1. Hypnosis; A status move. Puts the Pokemon to sleep.
2. Nightmare; A special attack move. Inflicts a little damage every turn.
3. Dream Eater; A special attack move. Does damage, works well with Nightmare.
4. Shadow Ball; A special attack move. Why wouldn't Gengar have Shadow Ball, anyways?
I didn't choose an item for Gengar, mostly because I don't know what most items do. But I hope this helped out people! (Please keep in mind this is my first post.)

Kawaii

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Lets try this:

Gengar (M) @ Razor Claw
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Naive Nature
IVs: 0 Def / 0 SpD
- Wonder Room
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Giga Drain

I think this set is really unique because of Wonder Room. First of all, its naive nature and 0 IVs in defense/ special defense gives Wonder Room the ability to make Chanseys, Clefables, Ferrothorns, or any other walls crumble while giving Gengar a lot of defense. Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb for STAB and Giga Drain for extra coverage. This moveset is probably best used against opponents with high defense/special defense, because if not, good luck with 0 IVs in defense/special defense.

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Gengar @ Gengarite
Ability: Cursed Body (Good for disabling super effective attacks, until you Mega Evolve of course)
EVs: 6 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Shadow Ball (STAB and coverage for Ghost and Psychic Types)
- Sludge Bomb (STAB and coverage for Grass and Fairy)
- Psychic (Poison and Fighting coverage)
- Giga Drain (Ground, Rock, and Water coverage)

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I already told you that the extra 2 EVs don't matter, right?

Also, I won't be able to finish my RMT by the end of the day. Sorry. :'(
It's ok, also, did you see that I replaced Blaziken with Aerodactyl? I asked you if you could change Charizard to the new Aerodactyl I put. I think a Pokemon is not truly complete without a total of 510 EVs.
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Gengar @ Focus Sash (to hit them twice or call back)
Trait: Levitate
Nature: Modest or Timid (+sp. attk or +speed -attk)
Evs: 252 speed 252 sp. attk 4sp. def.

-Shadow Ball (Stab)
-Will-o-wisp or Hypnosis (Take down or weaken their physical sweeper)
-Thunderbolt (coverage)
-Energy Ball (coverage)

Note: In a double battle Gengar rules. I use him with an explosive/earthquake lickilikki.

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