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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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If you don't care of fighting with annoying people using OP legends, you might use this:

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Trait: Cursed Body---Shadow Tag

EVs: 4hp, 252 SPA, 252 SPE

Modest Nature (+spa-atk)

Moves:

Will-O-Wisp (burns the foe, taking care of it's physical attack. gengar special defense is nice anyways, so it may make it a bit bulkier)

Hex (482 SpA. + 130 BP STAB move = OHKO. don't need to say anything more, eh?)

Thunderbolt (coverage, nice power, almost always hits, plus it can paralize, making it such as even faster)

Focus Blast (Excellent power, not the best accuracy, but shadow tag traps the opponent making it unable to flee even if you miss. and if it avoids shadow tag by being a ghost type, why in the world would you use focus blast?)

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I guess nobldy will come this far down for a good move set but I found one that dominates in the Battle Maison!

Gengar @ Gengarite
Ability:Levitate
EVs: 252HP/142DEF/116SPE
Bold Nature

• Snatch
•Will-O-Wisp
•Giga Drain
•Shadow Ball

Snatch is criminally underrated in competitive battles, you can steal a foes stat boosts and healing moves (RIP Vespiquen). Once you've memorised the AI's moves you can predict a stat boost and steal it. Plus since they're boost or heal failed, they'll use it again and again. Boost up Gengar with stolen Calm Mind, Stockpile or Double Team, then sweep with shadow ball and giga drain (which cover all types except Sap Sipper Miltank/Bouffalant). Will-O-Wisp is in case they're purely physical.

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Gengar @Gengarite
EVs: 252 Sp.Atk, 252 Spd, 4 Atk
Ability: Cursed Body (Shadow Tag after Mega Evolving)
Nature: Timid
Moves:
Shadow Ball
Sludge Bomb
Sucker Punch
Toxic

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Gengar @Black Sludge
Nature: Modest
EV's: SAt: 252/SDf: 4/ Spd: 252
Ability: Levitate
Hex
Confuse Ray
Brick Break / Mega Drain
Toxic

Using Toxic and Confuse ray means that your opponent are getting hurt every turn with a chance of you being untouched as well as doubling the power of Hex from 60 to 120, through brick break or Mega Drain to deal with Gengar's Dark or Ground weakness.

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Gengar can actually be really good for a team because of it's fantastic sp atk. This is my best set for it

Koszmar (F)@ Gengarite
Nature:Timid
Ability: Cursed Body
Evs: 252 SpA/ 4 SDef/ 252 Spd

-Toxic (Poison)
-Venoshock (STAB, does amazing dmg after the toxic)
-Destiny Bond (You know why)
-Dark pulse (Coverage, psychic types can be annoying for instance Gardevoir with hypnosis and dream eater)

Gengar

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Mega Gengar @ Gengarite
Nature: Timid (-Atk, +Spe)
EVs: 252 Spe, 252 SpAtk, 4 SpDef

Hex: Power doubles if the target is crippled, for this reason, get a Pokémon to set up Poison Barbs
Sludge Wave: STAB, good for single battles
HP Fighting/Energy Ball: Cover weakness
Destiny Bond/Any High Power SpAtk move: Last Trick to Pokemon you can't kill or further coverage

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Energy ball doesn't cover weaknesses. Also thunderbolt civers more stuff. I get the hex gimmik, but toxic spikes can be removed by any grounded poison type so shadow ball is more reliable. I don't think High Power special attack move is a good enough description for a move. I doubt destiny bond if good on gengar, but it serves a purpose.

Sludge wave is a spread move, so why is it better for singles? Gengar is better for singles, but sludge wave is better in doubles. Not saying sludge wave is bad in singles, but it's just better in doubles because of spread.
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Gengar @ Ghost Gem
ABILITY: Cursed Body
NATURE: Timid
EVs: 252 SpAtk/252 Spd/4 HP

Shadow Ball
Sludge Wave
Icy Wind
Thunder

Shadow Ball and Sludge Wave as strong STAB. Icy Wind to KO Rayquaza and other threats. Thunder as coverage.

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No, just no. Shadow ball and slude wave are fine. Icy wind and thunder is where  I draw the line. You won't be fighting rayquaza with gengar, unlees your a manian who uses big brain sets on ladder. Ghost gem isn't even availible nowadays, and it's a trash item. Why can't you just use traditional power boosting help items like choice band/specs or life orb? Also thunder sucks. Just run thunderbolt. It's vastly superior
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Wallbreaker

Gengar @ Focus Sash
Ability: Cursed Body
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast
- Taunt

Nasty Plot boosts Special Attack. Shadow Ball and Focus Blast hit every Pokemon for at least neutral damage. Taunt prevents OU threats from recovering health like Roosts from Mandibuzz, Corviknight, and Togekiss, Wish/Soft-Boiled from Clefable, Slack Off from Hippowdon, and Recover from Toxapex.

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SubPlot

Gengar @ Black Sludge / Life Orb / Spell Tag / Air Balloon
Ability: Cursed Body
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Substitute
- Nasty Plot
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast

Sub up, Nasty Plot, and start breaking things. Shadow Ball and Focus Blast give perfect coverage against all Pokemon with at least neutral damage.

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Gen VI

Gengar @ Black Sludge
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Shadow Ball/Focus Blast
- Sludge Bomb
- Hex
- Pain Split

Black Sludge obviously for healing
Shadow Ball/Focus Blast - Shadow Ball is STAB with reliable power, Focus Blast for Dark coverage
Sludge Bomb - STAB, with 30% Poison chance
Hex - STAB, for after a target is poisoned to give boosted power over Shadow Ball
Pain Split - Personally, I just didn’t like his other healing options and this helps against Steel/Poison types

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Gengar is way too frail to abuse Pain Split
I was planning on using this in Doubles or Triples, using his speed to take some HP to leave the target more vulnerable for cleanup from your partner
Pain split splits your hp. If gengar is at full hp, you will be healing the opponent
Gengar at full HP with this set would be lower than most Pokemon so I think using pain split, it would come out with a higher percentage of HP than the target
I don't think that's how it works
If both Pokémon are at full HP, Gengar with this set has 136 at Lvl 50, if the target has say 160 HP, they would be averaged (136+160)/2=148 HP for both, so the higher the difference in their overall HP, the more the target loses