Gengar

Gengar is a Ghost/Poison type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Shadow Pokémon.

Gengar has a Mega Evolution, available from X & Y onwards.

Prior to Generation 7, Gengar had the Levitate ability.

Pokédex data

National № 094
Type Ghost Poison
Species Shadow Pokémon
Height 4′11″ (1.5 m)
Weight 89.3 lbs (40.5 kg)
Abilities 1. Cursed Body
Local № 094 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
060 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
094 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
071 (Diamond/Pearl)
071 (Platinum)
060 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
032 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
063 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
075 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
094 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)

Training

EV yield 3 Special Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 225
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Amorphous
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 60
230 324
Attack 65
121 251
Defense 60
112 240
Sp. Atk 130
238 394
Sp. Def 75
139 273
Speed 110
202 350
Total 500 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Gengar.

Pokédex data

National № 094
Type Ghost Poison
Species Shadow Pokémon
Height 4′07″ (1.4 m)
Weight 89.3 lbs (40.5 kg)
Abilities 1. Shadow Tag
Local № 094 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
060 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
094 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
071 (Diamond/Pearl)
071 (Platinum)
060 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
032 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
063 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
075 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
094 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)

Training

EV yield 3 Special Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 270
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Amorphous
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 60
230 324
Attack 65
121 251
Defense 80
148 284
Sp. Atk 170
310 482
Sp. Def 95
175 317
Speed 130
238 394
Total 600 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Gengar.

Evolution chart

(Level 25) (Trade)

Gengar changes

Pokédex entries

Gengar

Red
Blue
Under a full moon, this POKéMON likes to mimic the shadows of people and laugh at their fright.
Yellow A GENGAR is close by if you feel a sudden chill. It may be trying to lay a curse on you.
Gold It steals heat from its surroundings. If you feel a sudden chill, it is certain that a GENGAR appeared.
Silver To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey's shadow and silently waits for an opportunity.
Crystal Hiding in people's shadows at night, it absorbs their heat. The chill it causes makes the victims shake.
Ruby
Sapphire
Sometimes, on a dark night, your shadow thrown by a streetlight will suddenly and startlingly overtake you. It is actually a GENGAR running past you, pretending to be your shadow.
FireRed It is said to emerge from darkness to steal the lives of those who become lost in mountains.
LeafGreen On the night of a full moon, if shadows move on their own and laugh, it must be GENGAR’s doing.
Emerald Deep in the night, your shadow cast by a streetlight may suddenly overtake you. It is actually a GENGAR running past you, pretending to be your shadow.
Diamond It hides in shadows. It is said that if GENGAR is hiding, it cools the area by nearly 10 degrees F.
Pearl Lurking in the shadowy corners of rooms, it awaits chances to steal its prey’s life force.
Platinum The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a GENGAR delighting in casting curses on people.
HeartGold It steals heat from its surroundings. If you feel a sudden chill, it is certain that a GENGAR appeared.
SoulSilver To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey’s shadow and silently waits for an opportunity.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.
X It hides in shadows. It is said that if Gengar is hiding, it cools the area by nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Y Hiding in people’s shadows at night, it absorbs their heat. The chill it causes makes the victims shake.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Sometimes, on a dark night, your shadow thrown by a streetlight will suddenly and startlingly overtake you. It is actually a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow.
Sun Should you feel yourself attacked by a sudden chill, it is evidence of an approaching Gengar. There is no escaping it. Give up.
Moon It apparently wishes for a traveling companion. Since it was once human itself, it tries to create one by taking the lives of other humans.
Ultra Sun You can hear tales told all over the world about how Gengar will pay a visit to children who are naughty.
Ultra Moon Even your home isn’t safe. Gengar will lurk in whatever dark corner of a room it can find and wait for its chance to catch its prey.

Mega Gengar

Sun Gengar’s relationships are warped. It has no interest in opponents unless it perceives them as prey.
Moon The energy of Mega Evolution awakened it. It sinks into another dimension, where it keeps a patient watch for its chance to attack.
Ultra Sun It tries to take the lives of anyone and everyone. It will even try to curse the Trainer who is its master!
Ultra Moon Mega Evolution has made it possible for Gengar to access other dimensions. Its entire body is brimming with strange power.

Moves learned by Gengar

Moves learnt by level up

Gengar learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HypnosisPsychic 60
1LickGhost 30 100
1Shadow PunchGhost 60
1SpiteGhost 100
5SpiteGhost 100
8Mean LookNormal
12CurseGhost
15Night ShadeGhost 100
19Confuse RayGhost 100
22Sucker PunchDark 70 100
28PaybackDark 50 100
33Shadow BallGhost 80 100
39Dream EaterPsychic 100 100
44Dark PulseDark 80 100
50Destiny BondGhost
55HexGhost 65 100
61NightmareGhost 100

Moves learnt on evolution

Gengar learns the following moves when it evolves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon (regardless of level).

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Shadow PunchGhost 60

Egg moves

Gengar learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Gengar egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AstonishGhost 30 100
Clear SmogPoison 50
DisableNormal 100
Fire PunchFire 75 100
GrudgeGhost
HazeIce
Ice PunchIce 75 100
Perish SongNormal
PsywavePsychic 80
Reflect TypeNormal
Scary FaceNormal 100
SmogPoison 30 70
Thunder PunchElectric 75 100

Move Tutor moves

Gengar can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Moves learnt by TM

Gengar is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
9VenoshockPoison 65 100
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
12TauntDark 100
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
27ReturnNormal 100
29PsychicPsychic 90 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
36Sludge BombPoison 90 100
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
53Energy BallGrass 90 100
56FlingDark 100
61Will-O-WispFire 85
63EmbargoDark 100
64ExplosionNormal 250 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
77Psych UpNormal
83InfestationBug 20 100
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
85Dream EaterPsychic 100 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
92Trick RoomPsychic
97Dark PulseDark 80 100
99Dazzling GleamFairy 80 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Gengar can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
Mega DrainGrass 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Self-DestructNormal 200 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
SubmissionFighting 80 80 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
Zap CannonElectric 120 50 Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
CounterFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Dynamic PunchFighting 100 50 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega KickNormal 120 75 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega PunchNormal 80 85 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MetronomeNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Seismic TossFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Ominous WindGhost 60 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Power-Up PunchFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

Gengar learns the following moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Confuse RayGhost 100
1DisableNormal 100
1HazeIce
1HypnosisPsychic 60
1LickGhost 30 100
1SmogPoison 30 70
5Confuse RayGhost 100
7Poison GasPoison 90
12Night ShadeGhost 100
14Will-O-WispFire 85
19Sucker PunchDark 70 100
21ToxicPoison 90
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
36Dark PulseDark 80 100
45Dream EaterPsychic 100 100

Moves learnt by TM

Gengar is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HeadbuttNormal 70 100
2TauntDark 100
5RestPsychic
7ProtectNormal
8SubstituteNormal
11Will-O-WispFire 85
12FacadeNormal 70 100
13Brick BreakFighting 75 100
15Seismic TossFighting 100
20Dark PulseDark 80 100
21Foul PlayDark 95 100
23Thunder PunchElectric 75 100
26Poison JabPoison 80 100
27ToxicPoison 90
31Fire PunchFire 75 100
32Dazzling GleamFairy 80 100
35Ice PunchIce 75 100
36ThunderboltElectric 90 100
38ThunderElectric 110 70
40PsychicPsychic 90 100
42Self-DestructNormal 200 100
43Shadow BallGhost 80 100
48Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
52Sludge BombPoison 90 100
53Mega DrainGrass 40 100
59Dream EaterPsychic 100 100

Gengar sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
Normal Gengar  sprite from Red & Blue Gengar  sprite from Silver Gengar  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Gengar  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Gengar  sprite from Black & White Gengar  sprite from X & Y Gengar  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Shiny Gengar Shiny sprite from Silver Gengar Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Gengar Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Gengar Shiny sprite from Black & White Gengar Shiny sprite from X & Y Gengar Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Gengar

Red
Blue
Yellow
Evolve Gastly/Haunter
Gold
Silver
Crystal
Evolve Gastly/Haunter
Ruby
Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
FireRed
LeafGreen
Evolve Gastly/Haunter
Emerald Trade/migrate from another game
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Old Chateau
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Evolve Gastly/Haunter
Black Trade/migrate from another game
White Evolve Gastly/Haunter
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Evolve Gastly/Haunter
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Thrifty Megamart
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Evolve Gastly/Haunter

Other languages

English Gengar
Japanese ゲンガー (Gangar)
German Gengar
French Ectoplasma

Name origin

doppelgänger
a person’s exact double or ‘shadow’