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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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gengar @ gengarite
trait: levitate
EVs: ur choice
Modest nature +sp atk -atk
- toxic (u'll see why)
- hex (that's why)
- venoshock (also makes use of toxic)
- focus blast (coverage!)

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Haunter@Focus Sash
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Role: Anti-Lead
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk / 252 Speed / 4 Sp. Def

  • Destiny Bond
  • Taunt
  • Energy Ball
  • Hidden Power [Fire]

(note: This set is created for NU)


The EVs give it good Sp. Atk and Speed. Focus Sash allows Haunter to survive an otherwise OHKO. This works well with Destiny Bond.
Taunt is used to prevent hazard-setters, namely Rhydon and Ferroseed. Finally, Energy Ball counters NU leads, such as Rhydon, and Hidden Power [Fire] beats Steel-types, like Ferroseed, KlinKlang, and Mawile.

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Gengar(M)@Focus Sash
-Dazzling Gleam
-Dark Pulse
This moveset is awesome.Dark Pulse is coverage against Psychic and Ghost,Dazzling Gleam is for dragons and darkness,thunder for water and flying and focus blast for darks.

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ability : Levitate
item : black sludge to heal while the opponent is sleeping
EV's : 252 SP attack 252 Speed 4 hp


Hypnosis - a must have!
Shadow ball - pretty good 80 damage + stab = 120 base damage and 100% accuracy
Sludge bomb - 90 damage + stab = 135 base damage and 100% accuracy
Dream eater - 100 base damage and 100% accuracy. without this then hypnosis is useless

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Gengar @ Focus Sash
Trait: Levitate
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Spe/252 SAtk/4 SDef

  • Shadow Ball
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Dazzling Gleam
  • Destiny Bond

Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb provide Gengar with great STAB and effective moves. Dazzling Gleam is good coverage, and Destiny Bond with Focus Sash is a good combination.

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What I use.Very Risky, High Reward
Gengar (M)
Item:Zoom Lenses
Evs:252Hp 252Spd 4Sp.Atk
(1)Confuse Ray-Confuse target
(2)Hypnosis-Put target to sleep
(3)Nightmare target loses 1/4 health per turn
(4)Dream Eater-Regain life and damage target
First Turn:Confuse Ray.
Then use hypnosis until the enemy is asleep.
Then nightmare.
And finally dream eater until it faints.
After defeating the first Pokemon maybe skip the nightmare to gain extra life

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Toxic+Special attacker
Item: Focus Sash
EVs: 252 Speed, 252 S.Atk, 4 HP
Nature: Timid
destiny Bond
(this set can work well with toxic spikes support)

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Gengar (F) @ Wise Glasses
Ability: Levitate
EV's: 252 Special Attack, 252 Speed, 4 Special Defense
Modest Nature (+Sp. AtK -Atk)
-Shadow Ball (STAB)
-Dazzling Gleam (Coverage and good move overall)
-Thunderbolt (Common for Gengar, but useful against things like Starmie)
-Sludge Bomb (STAB and coverage against Grass)
Basic sweeper set, but still useful.

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Here's Mine!

Biggest Boy (M) @Gengarite/Focus Sash


EV's 252 SpA 4 SpD 252 SP

Shadow Ball (Obvious)
Sludge Ball (Once again, obvious)
Focus Blast (Cover them Dark types!)
Destiny Bond (When you feel your doomed)

Other moves you can try...

Giga Drain (HEAL YO SELF!)
Hypnosis (Put EVERYONE to sleep)
Dream Eater (Best served with faints)
Dark Pulse (Cause people said so)
Thunderbolt (Do it for Surge!)

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Gengar Moveset! Your Welcome ;D
Modest Nature
Spd 252 Sp Atk 252 Hp 4
Holding Focus Sash

Hypnosis (For Other Moves)
Nightmare (To Start Killing The Opponent)
Destiny Bond (If They Almost Kill You )(Focus Sash Helps)
Dream Eater (For Gaining Hp And To Get STAB In)

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Um ok here ya go
Ability:Shadow Tag
Shadow Ball:STAB
Sludge Bomb:STAB
Dazzling Gleam:Dark type coverage
Dark Pulse/Hidden Power Fighting/Focus Blast/Thunderbolt/Energy Ball:Well, coverage!
I can't find any good Sp. Attack setup moves like Calm Mind, Nasty Plot and others, well um k bye.

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I have one and it SWEEPS. This is its set:


Shadow ball: Used to deal with psychic and ghost types.
Sludge bomb: Why not? This move has fairy killing machine written all over it!
Thunderbolt: Used to deal with greninjas and other water types.
Dazzling gleam: Kills dark, Fighting, (Although its not needed because fighting doesn't affect ghost,) and Dragon types.

Timid nature

252 Sp. Atk
252 Spd
4 Sp. Def

That is impressive Mega+Sweeper very interesting moveset
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Gengar @ Gengarite
Trait: Cursed Body
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk, 252 Speed, 4 Hp
Nature: Timid(+Speed, - Atk)

  • Shadow Ball
  • Focus Blast
  • Thunderbolt
  • Sludge Bomb/Dazzling Gleam
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When someone has knocked out all of my other Pokémon, I don't worry, 'cause I can GENGAR SWEEP!
(Preferable if mega)

Nature: Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Def, 252 Sp, Def Sp Atk 4

Shadow Ball (STAB)
Sludge Bomb (STAB)
Hypnosis (I hit most of the time)
Dream Eater (Yay, even more damage!/recovery)

Some people just don't want to take the risk of missing Hypnosis with it's 60 accuracy. But as said before, I've used this moveset many times and I've swept teams with it.

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Item: Gengarite
Shadow Punch (Damage)
Hypnosis(They are sent to sleep unable to attack)
Toxic (Poisoned/Badly Poisoned deals some damage)
Thunderbolt (Can cause paralysis and deals damage)
This is my Mega Gengar Moveset

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If you have no morals I suggest this build of:

Hypnosis- Literally prevents Pokemon from doing anything, spammable.
Hex-Does double damage to against Pokemon with status conditions (Sleeping included)
Dream Eater- For healing, while target Pokemon is asleep.
Focus Blast- For dealing with Dark types (recommended since hypnosis won't work)
Or Energy ball- For ground types
Item: Gengarite- Not only will it boost Gengars stats but it will also give him the ability 'Shadow Tag' this disables the enemy Pokemon from switching which lets him micromanage his battles.
Evs: 252 Spc.Atk - 252 Speed - 4 Health

Right off the bat use hypnosis, once the enemy Pokemon is asleep use hex over and over again. That's it. When the enemy Pokemon wakes up use hypnosis again. Need healing? Use dream eater! Are pesky dark types not falling asleep? Try Focus Blast! (Unless you went with energy ball)

If you really want to anger I believe this Strategy is for you.

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Gengar @Leftovers
Ability: Levitate/Cursed Body
Evs: 252SpA 252Spe 4Def
Nature: Modest
Shadow Ball (STAB)
Sludge Bomb (STAB)
Dazzling Gleam (Dark Coverage)
Energy Ball (Ground types? Gone!)

Weeeeeell... Switch in, hit hard, switch out. 'Nuff said.

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Gengar (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait : Cursed Body
EVs: 252SpA/4Hp/252Spe
- Hypnosis
- Nightmare
- Dream Eater
- Destiny Bond
This is obviously a Hypnosis combo. Put the opponent to sleep, Nightmare him, then spam Dream Eater. If Hypnosis misses and the opponent one-shots you, there the Focus Sash and Destiny Bond come in handy. A perfect combo in my opinion. It has 1 weakness: Hypnosis doesn't affect Dark-Types. But Destiny Bond covers that. A pretty neat combo. Can be used both for sweeping and taking out one problematic target.

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Keep in mind this is my 2nd post and I would like an opinion, I not a gengar user and thinking of using a strategy against my cousin. So please comment some suggestions of what I could replace, besides Destiny Bond and Shadow Ball, I am open to any other suggestion. keep in mind I am not a gengar user so I would like an opinion on my set.

Gengar (Mega)
Item: Gengarite
Ability: Levitate (Shadow Tag as mega)
Nature: Timid (-Attack +Speed)
Destiny Bond: Low Health, use speed to take down your opponent with you.
Protect: Protects you when you Mega evolve in case your opponent switches out, if not you stay safe and think of a Pokemon you should switch in to.
Shadow Ball: STAB power and a chance of -sp. attack to your opponent, takes down Ghost and Psychic.
Sludge Bomb: STAB power with a chance of poison, also strong against Fairy and Psychic.

Please comment a few suggestions to Sludge Bomb and protect, maybe even ability.

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I have a level 100 Gengar with these traits:
Gengar (M) @ Gengarite
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 SpA/ 252 Spe/4 HP
Timid Nature
-Shadow Ball
-Focus Blast
-Mean Look
-Perish Song
The idea is to Mean Look your opponents so they can't switch out. Then, you Perish Song and beat them up with Shadow Ball while the Perish Song counts down. On the final turn, you switch out Gengar for another party member while your opponent falls to the Perish Song. If you're fighting a Dark Type, Focus Blast covers nicely, even if it is inaccurate and isn't STAB. I've found this set to work nicely for my Gengar!