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Gengar (F) @ Gengarite
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Dazzling Gleam
- Energy Ball
Why has no one put destiny bond? Focus sash and destiny bond is a brilliant combo!
Gengar (M) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Timid Nature
-Toxic
-Venoshock
-Hex
-Destiny Bond
Happy?
This move set is actually pretty good since Venoshock and Hex benefit from Toxic, doubling its 65 power to a whopping 130 and Toxic to finish the job if it survives a hit.
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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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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This is what I use:
Gengar (M) @ Focus Sash
Timid Nature
252 SP.ATK/252 SPEED/4 SP.DEF
Shadow Ball
Toxic
Venoshock (One of the most underrated moves in the entire game with over 180 base power when the opponent is poisoned and with STAB)
Destiny Bond

The Basic strategy here is Toxic something, Venoshock it, Shadow Ball it if it survives, rinse and repeat until you're on low HP, then Destiny Bond.If you have a dedicated toxic spiker on your team then set those up and sub toxic out for something like Thunderbolt, Ice Beam or Psychic for better coverage. The bonus to this set is if it looks like you're gonna be OHKO'd first turn, straight away use destiny bond. either you'll outspeed which is the best case scenario, or you'll get knocked down to your focus sash and then use destiny bond which means they can't hit next turn without sacrificing their sweeper.

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If you start the battle with toxic, why not switch shadow ball to hex? Much better base power with the stab.
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EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Modest

Giga Drain [HP + coverage]
Shadow Ball [stab]
Thunderbolt [coverage]
Sludge bomb {stab]

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The Sleeping Death!
Modest---Levitate
Item: Zoom Lens
Hypnosis (has 60 accuracy, but is raised by Zoom Lens)
Nightmare (does continual damage while opponent is sleeping)
Dark Pulse (good defense against ghost and psychic types. Affects all types)
Dream Eater (of coarse)

I know that hypnosis won't hit perfectly even with zoom lens (from experience) and won't have much/any affect with abilities Early Bird and Insomnia. So use wisely!

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How about this? It's a different moveset that could work to get rid of threats.

Gengar
Item-Focus sash
Ability-levitate

Hex-kills status (sleep)
Dream eater-kills sleeping
Hypnosis-puts to sleep
Shadow ball

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Gengar (M) @ Black slugde
Trait : Levitade

-Disable
-Focus blast
-Subsitude
-Shadowbal

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Great moveset!
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Ability: Levitate

Moveset

  • Shadow Ball (STAB and Great Power)

  • Focus Blast (Great Power, dark protection

  • Giga Drain (Heal life orb damage)

  • Thunderbolt (Gengar's move)

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Gengar
ability: levitate
item: your choice

shadowball- STAB also takes care of 2 of its weaknesses
focus blast- takes care of dark types and coverage
dark pulse coverage
T-bolt coverage

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Dark Pulse is pretty much useless here. It gets almost identical coverage to Shadow Ball, but without STAB.
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Gengar
Nature: Jolly (+Spd, -Satk)
Ability: Levitate
- Protect
- Spite
- Disable
- Will-o-whisp
I use this set a LOT. Very annoying for the opponent, this is how it should go:
First use Protect, because the ennemy's going to do everything to take you down as soon as possible considering Gengar's reputation. You can then Disable the last move or use Spite if your ennemy's move had 5pp. Will-o-whisp is to prevent huge physical damage.

Gengar has a lot of immunity (Toxic, Ground type, Fighting type and Normal type) and an incredible Speed when boosted to it's maximum (350). You can if you're a fan of Haunter put one with evolite, but a Gengar with Leftovers is still better for recovering and for Speed.

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Gengar @ Gengite
gengar
Trait: levitate (will turn into shadow tag)
EVs: 252 SpA/ 4 HP/ 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Hidden Power {Fire}
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast
- Psychic

Basically, this thing will become a trapper the entire metagame will fear. Hidden Power {Fire} is to nail Forretress, Ferrothorn, Scizor, and skarm. With a just plain scary SpA stat of 170, backed with a speed of 130, the best word I can use to describe it is ouch.

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Gengar (M) @ Gengarite

Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Perish Song
  • Substitute
  • Protect
  • Shadow Ball
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Mewderator, seriously, Mega Gengar without PS is stupid. However, I would put Mean Look instead of something (can't decide which) so if you die before setting up your substitute (which is entirely possible) they still can't switch. Obviously, my comment is almost a year after yours and my thought is to OR/AS as Salamence will be getting a Mega, probably allowing the outspeed, plus Crunch will most likely KO your Gengar before you can even start Protecting. I don't often do Competetive though, so if you see a problem just tell me what it is and I'll corret it ASAP.
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Gen VI

Gengar (M) @ Gengarite
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Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 SpAtk / 4 HP / 252 Spe
Modest Nature (+SpAtk, -Atk)

  • Shadow Ball
  • Psychic
  • Thunderbolt
  • Dazzling Gleam

Standard special sweeping Gengar updated for Gen VI. Damges 348 Pokemon normally and 426 superbly.

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Gengar (M) @ Big Root
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Hypnosis (I have no idea, this is certainly not for sleeping)
  • Hex (STAB and good for after hypnosis and covers weakness to psychic, ghost and dark)
  • Dream Eater (Heals and good pair w/ hypnosis)
  • Smog (STAB and good for use before hex)
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Hex does not cover Dark :|
SMOG??? use sludge bomb, it still has a great 30% chance of poisoning and at least deals a good damage and has good accuracy
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Gengar
Gengar
Item: Gengarite
Ability: Levitate (changes to Shadow Tag after Megavolution)
EVs: 252 Special Attack 252 Speed 4 HP

Shadow Ball- Most powerful special ghost move Gengar gets.
Focus Blast- Coverage on Dark.
Confuse Ray- Chance of opponent damaging itself. Works good with Shadow Tag.
Hypnosis- Puts the opponent to sleep. Works well with Shadow Tag.

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Hex (Gengar) @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 Def
Timid Nature
- Substitute
- Sludge Wave/Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast

A lot of Gengar use Substitute + Disable, so this will catch some people off guard. Substitute to soak up statuses and if you predict a switchout, and the rest are just attacking moves. Shadow Ball + Sludge Wave (or Sludge Bomb) for powerful STABs, and Focus Blast deals with anything that resists it's STAB moves.
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I think you should have on GENGAR

HYPNOSIS for the effects of sleeping

DREAM EATER to regain health and do damage without just losing the heal on the next turn

NIGHTMARE to provide serious damage while the enemy is sleeping

SHADOW BALL because its powerful and GENGAR needs an attack that doesn't require the enemy to be sleeping

HOPE I HELPED!!!

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but what if... they're normal type???

(SB will not hit them)

and what if... they're normal type and they have insomnia???

(you cannot hit them - I don't know there is one, but there is a move which makes your ability insomnia-)
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Is this a viable M-Gengar set-
Gengar @ Gengarite
Ability - Levitate -> Shadow Tag
Timid Nature
EVs 200 HP/56 Sp.Att/252 Spd
Moves-
-Shadow Ball
-Thunderbolt
-Focus Blast
-Destiny Bond

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Ability: Levitate->Shadow Tag
EVs 4/0/0/252/0/252
Timid Nature
Moves
-Shadow Ball
-Focus Blast
-Dazzling Gleam/Taunt/Thunder Bolt
-Destiny Bond

This set uses Shadow Ball as Primary Stab. Focus Blast hits Dark Types hard. Dazzling Gleam is for Dragons. But if your fine without Dragon coverage Thunder Bolt is the better option as your SE coverage increases and it has more power. Taunt is to cripple those nasty hazard setters. When your at low health you'll outspeed almost everything at 0 speed increase. Use Destiny Bond and you've taken down one more of your opponents Pokes. This set is really successful. Please test it out.

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I like this ^(like every one like it) but it is veeery similar to a few other sets (there is one two that I think are exactly the same)

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