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The best guide on how to play Gengar in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Gengar Latest Nerfs & Buffs (01/20)

Version Patch Note Updates (01/20)

Gengar Move Changes
Hex Image
• Move now learned at Level 5.
• Damage is decreased from 1173 to 1092 (-7%).
Hex+: Move now learned at Level 11.
Dream Eater Image
Dream Eater
• Move now learned at Level 5.
• KOing opponents will reduce the cooldown of this move.
Dream Eater+: Move now learned at Level 11.
Sludge Bomb Image
Sludge Bomb
• Move now learned at Level 7.
Sludge Bomb+: Move now learned at Level 13.
Shadow Ball Image
Shadow Ball
• Move now learned at Level 7.
Shadow Ball+: Move now learned at Level 13.

Gengar Previous Move Patches

Stat Updates Amount of special damage done to an enemy after Level 5 will be converted into heath regen with the same value.

Standard Attack Basic Attack: Bug Fixes

Shadow Ball Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 1602 to 2200 (+37%). Move now learned at Level 7. Shadow Ball+: Move now learned at Level 13.

Hex Fixed a bug where Hex was not dealing damage to opposing Pokemon. Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 1317 to 1173 (-11%) . Move now learned at Level 5. Damage is decreased from 1173 to 1092 (-7%). Hex+: Move now learned at Level 11.

Dream Eater Move speed increased. Move now learned at Level 5. KOing opponents will reduce the cooldown of this move. Dream Eater+: Move now learned at Level 11.

Lick Fixed a bug that occured when opposing Pokemon are pulled toward the user. Fixed a bug affecting this move's timing.

Shadow Ball Fixed a bug that occured when opposing Pokemon are pulled toward the user. Fixed a bug affecting this move's timing.

Phantom Ambush Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 1602 to 2200 (+37%). Move now learned at Level 7. Shadow Ball+: Move now learned at Level 13.

Gengar Basic Info

Tier Rating: A Rank Icon

Role: Speedster
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Special
Difficulty: Expert
"Gengar, a Pokémon that lurks in the shadows, is a master of surprise attacks."

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Gengar Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Status inducing moves
✔︎ Good range despite being a melee attacker
✔︎ Good damage bursts
✖︎ Fragile
✖︎ Can only shine mid to late game

Best Builds for Gengar


Sludge-Hex Build

Sludge-Hex Build
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Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Sp. Atk: +102
Cooldown: -4.50%

This build takes advantage of Gengar's near-endless Hex and Sludge Bomb combo. While classified as a Speedster, Gengar can function more as an Attacker with this build and is excellent for quickly bursting down enemies.

Wise Glasses, Choice Specs, and Shell Bell make your Hex-Sludge Bomb combo deadlier. Shell Bell also compensates for Gengar's fragility due to its healing effect.

Fluffy Tail is the best battle item for this build since you'll most likely be a jungler. X Attack can be an alternative battle item if you want more damage.

Debilitator Build

Debilitator Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Sp. Atk: +78
HP: +600

This build trades Hex's burst damage combo for safer damage output during a team fight. While Hex does an insane amount of damage, it makes Gengar prone to counterattacks. Because of this, the build focuses on a safer route by ensuring your teammates can assist in finishing off enemies afflicted with Shadow Ball and Dream Eater.

Choice Specs and Wise Glasses are staple damage boosters for Gengar. Buddy Barrier makes you tankier through its large HP bonus. It also works well for when you use Phantom Ambush to initiate fights.

Eject Button makes up for the reduced mobility you have since the build uses Dream Eater instead of Hex. You can use it defensively or offensively.

Support Build

Support Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Sp. Atk: +102

This build maximizes Sludge Bomb's poison effect by putting enemies to sleep via Dream Eater. You can also use Dream Eater to put targets to sleep and sneak a goal. This makes Gengar into a semi-support and semi-attacker.

Wise Glasses, Choice Specs, and Sp. Atk. Specs all contribute to your moves' damage output but incentivizes scoring a little.

X Attack is the cherry-on-top for this build, boosting your moves' damage further.

Gengar Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Sp. Atk. Specs.pngSp. Atk. Specs When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Sp. Attack increases by (8/12/16).
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Recovers a minimum of (45/60/75) HP when a move hits an enemy. You will recover more HP if your Sp Attack stat is higher.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Increases the damage of moves by a minimum of (40/50/60) when they hit. The higher the Pokemon's SP. Atk. the more the damage is increased

Gengar's stats across the board aren't as great as most Attackers but makes up for it by having some decent combos up its sleeve that can burst down opponents. With the addition of Choice Specs you can now stack up other SP Attack items like Wise Glasses and Shell Bell to help boost the damage up.

Being a Speedster, Gengar's scoring comes a little easier than most, allowing it to use Sp. Atk. Specs to its full potential. For a more offensive playstyle, a Buddy Barrier is always a welcomed item for survivability.

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.
Fluffy Tail.pngFluffy Tail Prevents wild Pokemon from acting and increases their damage taken by 1.5 times.

Depending on your playstyle, Fluffy Tail and Eject Button will be your best friend. For the more offense-oriented players, Fluffy Tail will help you get to higher levels faster, giving you faster access to your deadlier combos. If you're the more careful type, Eject Button can get you in or out of nasty fights.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Hex ImageHex Gengar disappears then teleports and repeats at the target location. When Gengar reappears they deal damage to Pokemon in a small area around the location. If the enemy Pokemon is affected by debuff, this skill damage is increased and cooldown is reduced.
Upgrade: Increased damage.
Sludge Bomb ImageSludge Bomb Throws a dirty sludge at the target location. When the attacks hits, inflicts poison to all enemy Pokemon hit.
Upgrade: Increases the duration of the poison debuff.

While Shadow Ball and Dream Eater do tend to do higher damage, Hex and Sludge Bomb's heavy burst and chase potential can take down even the toughest of enemies on its own. Successfully hitting an opponent when it is inflicted with a debuff will allow you to bombared them with Hex.

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How to Play Gengar

Gengar excels at chipping away at opponents from range before teleporting in to finish the job. Prioritize those positioned at the back line as much as possible to easily swing the clash to your team's favor.

Farm Wild Pokemon in Early Game

Pokemon UNITE- Gengar Attacking Bouffalant

In the early stages, it is crucial to hunt down Wild Pokemon to get Gengar's more advanced moves. If you can cooperate with your friends via voice chat, then Level 5 will be sufficient enough for fights with your teammates. If you're solo, going as high as Level 7 unlocks Hex allowing Gengar to be an attacking force.

Help Lanes Push

Pokemon UNITE- Gengar Helping Top Lane Push

Once you get Sludge Bomb, you may begin assisting top or bottom lanes. However, choose the lane that will give you an advantage in numbers (3 vs 2), otherwise, Gengar will fall prey to team attacks. If there is no distinct advantage, continue hunting Wild Pokemon.

Score Goals when the Opportunity Arises

Pokemon UNITE - Speedster Scoring Quick Goals

If you happen to go to a lane with a numerical advantage, use that to get a quick goal once all enemies are defeated. Getting quick early goals is also a good way of earning EXP and leveling up.

Hunt Solo Targets

Pokemon UNITE- Gengar Hunting Solo Targets

Once fully evolved, Gengar can begin hunting down solitary enemies and create a favorable situation for the team. At Level 13, you unlock Hex+, which allows you to burst down most enemies 1-on-1 with the Sludge Bomb-Hex combo.

Use Unite Move to Teleport to or Away from Opponent's Goal

Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Pursuing Mr. Mime with Unite Move

Gengar's Unite Move makes it disappear once and when ZR is pressed again, it unleashes a ranged attack. However, Gengar's regular moves in itself has high enough power that you can let go of the Unite Move for attacking purposes.

Instead, you may use it to teleport yourself to the final goal area to score huge points especially when you have defeated Zapdos. Also, when in a pinch, you may use your Unite Move to escape difficult situations, such as making a quick escape after scoring a goal.

Gengar Combos

Sludge Hex Burst Combo

Sludge Hex Burst Combo
Sludge Bomb IconHex Icon ~
Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Sludge Hex Burst Combo
This combo penalizes anyone that has Debuffs. Hex's countdown timer is reduced for every successful hit on an enemy with a Debuff. With this combo, even when Gengar is in a team without debuffing skills, it can apply the debuff on its own via Sludge Bomb. After that, hit the enemy with Hex again and again as its cooldown has been drastically reduced to the point that you can basically use it every second.

Hex Nerfed

Note that in the recent Patch, Hex's damage has been decreased so take extra precaution when using this particular combo. Hit an opponent with Sludge Bomb then use Hex twice and then quickly get out of the way unless you are sure you can finish off the opponent.

Dream Eater Combos

Multi-Strike Combo
Shadow Ball IconDream Eater IconShadow Ball Icon or Phantom Ambush Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Multi-Strike Combo
This combo uses both debuffing skills of Gengar in a row to setup an insane damaging follow up with Phantom Ambush. This can affect two targets at once if Shadow Ball and Dream Eater hits two different targets. Otherwise, this is a severely punishing move for one target.
High-Burst Combo
Dream Eater IconShadow Ball IconStandard Attack IconDream Eater IconStandard Attack IconShadow Ball Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Gengar High-Burst Combo
This combo makes use of Gengar's boosted attack to maximize the mechanic from Dream Eater. Initiate with Dream Eater and Shadow Ball. Get in range for a boosted attack, then cast Dream Eater again to teleport you to your target, granting you another boosted attack. Perform the second boosted attack, then finish with another Shadow Ball.

Matchups & Counters for Gengar

Gengar Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
AbsolBlastoiseCharizardCramorantCrustleGarchompGreninjaLucarioMachampMr. MimeSnorlaxTalonflameZeraora
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesCinderaceDecidueyeEldegossGardevoirGreedentPikachuTsareena

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Gengar.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Counter With Recovery Moves

Gengar struggles with those that can interrupt its Hex-Sludge Bomb combo or those that hinder the damage it can deal.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Blissey ImageBlissey Rating: ★★★★★
Blissey can counter Sludge Bomb and Dream Eater with Safeguard, negating all of its combos completely. Further, it can heal the damage Gengar can cause.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★
Slowbro's Telekinesis instantly takes out Gengar out of the fight, making him an easy target for its teammates. Most of the damage Gengar's inflicts Slowbro can easily endure as well.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Rating: ★★★★
Getting close to Wigglytuff exposes Gengar to its passive ability and with its revamped defenses, Gengar will simply find it difficult to eliminate Wigglytuff on its own and allow Wigglytuff some time to set up its own combos.

Even Matchups

Even matchups are always a matter of skill, luck and timing. Here are some tips to help push Gengar ahead against other Pokemon on equal footing.

Catch Off-Guard

Pokemon with High Damage but are Fragile
Absol Image Zeraora Image Greninja Image Cramorant Image

These Pokemon have enough damage to take out Gengar quickly. However, they are also fragile against Gengar's burst damage. To key to winning against these Pokemon is to catch them off-guard. You can use Phantom Ambush to get close to them, then bombard them with your high burst damage moves.

Avoid Direct Fights

Pokemon with High Durability
Blastoise Image Crustle Image Snorlax Image Mr. Mime Image

These Pokemon can tank Gengar's damage and have disabling moves. You should avoid fighting them directly and aiming for them first, going for squishier Pokemon instead. Once they're alone or isolated, you can take them down.

Disengage and Out Maneuver

Pokemon that can Fight Head-On
Lucario Image Machamp Image Garchomp Image Charizard Image

These Pokemon can fight head-on and overpower Gengar. Disengaging and out manuveuring them when they try to fight you is the best course of action against them.

Best Matchups for Gengar

Low Defense and Mobility

Low Defense and Mobility
Alolan Ninetales Image Cinderace Image Decidueye Image Gardevoir Image Pikachu Image Eldegoss Image

These Pokemon have little to no defense against Gengar's Sp. Atk. bursts, making them easy targets for Gengar. They also have no means of escaping Gengar's Hex and Phantom Ambush.

Dodgable Moves

Dodgable Moves
Greedent Image

Greedent can definitely take hits from Gengar's moves. However, Greedent's moves are easy to dodge for Gengar's mobility, making it hard for Greedent to land its combos.

Best Teammates for Gengar

Pokemon Explanation
Crustle ImageCrustle Trap enemies with Rock Tomb
The best counter to Gengar's amazing Sludge Bomb-Hex Combo is to escape Gengar's range. However, with Crustle's Rock Tomb, that is essentially rendered useless (save for teleporting moves and Eject Button) allowing Gengar to maximize the damage from this combo.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Has excellent stun moves for deadly setups
Same thing with Crustle, Pikachu's stun moves allows Gengar to beat out the opponents before they could even attempt to escape. And with Gengar and Pikachu's insane damage output, it will almost ensure an enemy KO.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Moonblast-Psyshock combo is extremely deadly
Similar to Pikachu, Moonblast OR Fairy Singularity basically locks opponents in place, allowing Gengar to abuse its Sludge Bomb-Hex combo to its maximum output.

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Gengar Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Will-O-Wisp ImageWill-O-Wisp
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 525 (Lv. 3)
Shoots 3 fireballs. When a fireball hits, it deals damage and inflicts burn.
Sludge Bomb ImageSludge Bomb
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 390 (Lv. 5) / 1023 (Lv. 15)
Throws a dirty sludge at the target location. When the attacks hits, inflicts poison to all enemy Pokemon hit.
Upgrade: Increases the duration of the poison debuff.
Shadow Ball ImageShadow Ball
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 4.5s
Total Damage: 1032 (Lv. 5) / 2200 (Lv. 15)
Throws a ball of shadow that goes through terrain. If the attack hits, it slows down and decreases their Sp. Defense.
Upgrade: The damage dealt increases.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Lick ImageLick
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 233 (Lv. 3)
Gengar sticks out its tongue and attacks pulling enemies towards them.
Hex ImageHex
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7.5s
Total Damage: 297 (Lv. 7) / 1092 (Lv. 15)
Gengar disappears then teleports and repeats at the target location. When Gengar reappears they deal damage to Pokemon in a small area around the location. If the enemy Pokemon is affected by debuff, this skill damage is increased and cooldown is reduced.
Upgrade: Increased damage.
Dream Eater ImageDream Eater
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 8s
Fires a projectile that puts enemy Pokemon to sleep on hit, and allows Gengar to use the Move again. If Gengar is in range and uses the Move again after hitting it, Gengar teleports behind the Pokemon and deals damage while restoring their own HP. Will also reduce the cooldown of Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb.
Upgrade: Increases the damage dealt and HP restored.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Phantom Ambush ImagePhantom Ambush
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 50% of enemy HP (Lv. 9) / 50% of enemy HP (Lv. 15)
Teleports a short distance and then becomes invisible, gaining increased Movement Speed. When used again, Gengar will go out of invisibility and scare nearby opponents, damaging and slowing them.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, lunging at an opposing Pokemon and dealing damage.

Ability (Passive)

Levitate ImageLevitate When not in battle, Gengar's Movement Speed increases.

Gengar Stats & Evolutions

Gengar Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 5)
(Lv. 9)

Gengar Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3456 52 38 167
2 3510 55 40 170
3 3574 59 43 173
4 3651 63 46 177
5 3931 79 57 192
6 4043 85 62 198
7 4177 92 67 205
8 4338 101 74 213
9 4905 133 97 243
10 5136 146 106 255
11 5414 161 117 270
12 5747 179 131 288
13 6162 201 147 209
14 6625 228 166 334
15 7200 260 189 364

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Gengar In-Game Stats Listing

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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    • >>[486]
      I can help you! I’m currently Masters 1400+, and main Eldegoss, Dragonite and Snorlax, but I can do decently well with all the Pokémon I own. IGN is KSire and my Discord is IDunno#2708, accept so we can crush some games together.

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      that's not a good build, especially the battle item wth?

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