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Gengar Guide: Builds and Best Items

Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Guide Builds Best Items and Moveset

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 (3/12)

Version 1.14.1.4 Patch Notes

Gengar Move Changes (March 12)
Will-O-Wisp Image
Will-O-Wisp
• Fixed the issue with Gengar's Will-o-Wisp not reducing the cooldown for Hex.

Stat Updates

1.2.1.8 Amount of special damage done to an enemy after Level 5 will be converted into heath regen with the same value.
1.4.1.7 Increased Sp Atk. scaling per level.
1.7.1.9 Increased: Sp. Attack Stat
1.12.1.2 Special Attack Damage increased from 80-660 to 80-690 (Level 1-15). Defense stat increased from 52~260 to 52-290 (Level 1-15). Special Defense increased from 38-190 to 38-210 (Level 1-15).

Standard Attack

1.1.1.4 Basic Attack: Bug Fixes
1.4.1.7 Enhanced Attacks damage increase.

Will-O-Wisp

1.14.1.4 Fixed the issue with Gengar's Will-o-Wisp not reducing the cooldown for Hex.

Shadow Ball

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

Hex

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

Dream Eater

1.1.1.4 Move speed increased.
1.4.1.2 Move now learned at Level 5. KOing opponents will reduce the cooldown of this move. Dream Eater+: Move now learned at Level 11.
1.7.1.9 Range decreased.
1.9.2.8 Fixed bugs causing one or more effects not to trigger.

Lick

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

Shadow Ball

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

Phantom Ambush

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

Gengar Basic Info

Gengar
Gengar.jpg
Tier Rating: A Rank Icon

Role: Speedster
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Special
Difficulty: Expert
Cost:
"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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5 Stars.png
3 Stars.png

Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High burst damage.
✔︎ Strong debuffs and disables.
✔︎ Has stealth via Phantom Ambush.
✖︎ Very Fragile. Relies on healing fo survival.
✖︎ Can only shine mid to late game.
✖︎ Subpar team fight capabilities.

Best Builds for Gengar

Gengar Builds
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Dream Eater Build

Dream Eater Build
Pokemon UNITE - Best Build Icon
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Sp. Atk: +108
HP: +210
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
Sp. Atk
Free Negative Stats:
Attack
Defense
Sp. Def
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Dream Eater Build Explanation

Build Explanation
This build focuses on bursting down targets with Dream Eater and Shadow Ball. It's best to use this build in the jungle, allowing Gengar to level up faster and get its core moves.
· Wise Glasses provides Gengar with a large Sp. Atk. stat boost thanks to its percentage bonus.
· Choice Specs gives Gengar more Sp. Atk. stat and increases its minimum move damage.
· Slick Spoon further adds Sp. Atk. stat and grants Gengar Sp. Def. penetration for its moves. It also gives a decent amount of HP for some durability.
· Eject Button gives Gengar extra mobility to set up its combo or escape a bad situation.
· The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Green Emblems for more damage and 7 Black Emblems for cooldown reduction.
· Equip Emblems that improve Sp. Atk. to further improve Gengar's move damage.
· Attack, Critical-Hit Rate, Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Dream Eater Build Damage Test

Items
(@Lvl 30)
Dream Eater
(@ Lvl 15)
Shadow Ball
(@ Lvl 15)
Wise Glasses
+
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Slick Spoon
2229 1734

Since the build is centerd on Dream Eater and Shadow Ball, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination.

Out of all the item combinations, Wise Glasses, Choice Specs, and Slick Spoon will be the best for the build. The item combination produced the second highest results that are only slightly lower than the top score, but it does not require Gengar to stack an item to maximize its damage.


These damage tests are conducted in Practice Mode with Goodra as the Training Partner. The Pokemon is set to level 15 and has no items equipped. The results are taken by substracting the Pokemon's max HP and its HP after taking damage.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(@Lvl 30)
Dream Eater
(@ Lvl 15)
Shadow Ball
(@ Lvl 15)
Wise Glasses
+
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Slick Spoon
2229 1734
Wise Glasses
+
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Sp. Atk. Specs
(6 Stacks)
2203 1673
Wise Glasses
+
Slick Spoon
+
Sp. Atk. Specs
(6 Stacks)
2142 1528
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Slick Spoon
+
Sp. Atk. Specs
(6 Stacks)
2280 1761

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Sludge-Hex Build

Sludge-Hex Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Sp. Atk: +93
HP: +210
Cooldown: -4.50%
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
Sp. Atk
Free Negative Stats:
Attack
Defense
Sp. Def
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Sludge-Hex Build Explanation

Build Explanation
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 provides Gengar with a large Sp. Atk. stat boost thanks to its percentage bonus.
· Slick Spoon further adds Sp. Atk. stat and grants Gengar Sp. Def. penetration for its moves. It also gives a decent amount of HP for some durability.
· Shell Bell gives Gengar cooldown reduction, healing, and more Sp. Atk. for its moves.
· Full Heal allows Gengar to purge disables and debuffs from itself, which is useful when spamming Hex.
· The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Green Emblems for more damage and 7 Black Emblems for cooldown reduction.
· Equip Emblems that improve Sp. Atk. to further improve Gengar's move damage.
· Attack, Critical-Hit Rate, Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Sludge-Hex Build Damage Test

Items
(@Lvl 30)
Sludge Bomb
(Initial Hit)
(@ Lvl 15)
Hex
(@ Lvl 15)
Wise Glasses
+
Slick Spoon
+
Shell Bell
720 781

Since the build is centered on Sludge Bomb and Hex, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination.

Out of all the item combinations, Wise Glasses, Slick Spoon, and Shell Bell will be the best for the build. Considering that Sludge Bomb needs to hit first for Gengar to spam Hex and perform the combo correctly, the bonus damage from Choice Specs will be quite insignificant already. Moreover, stacking Sp. Atk. Specs is not ideal for a Pokemon like Gengar, since it's better off starting in the jungle and the bonus damage isn't even that significant for the build. The healing effect and cooldown reduction from Shell Bell are more benefitial for the build.


These damage tests are conducted in Practice Mode with Goodra as the Training Partner. The Pokemon is set to level 15 and has no items equipped. The results are taken by substracting the Pokemon's max HP and its HP after taking damage.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(@Lvl 30)
Sludge Bomb
(Initial Hit)
(@ Lvl 15)
Hex
(@ Lvl 15)
Wise Glasses
+
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Slick Spoon
970 1033
Wise Glasses
+
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Sp. Atk. Specs
(6 Stacks)
960 1027
Wise Glasses
+
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Shell Bell
877 933
Wise Glasses
+
Slick Spoon
+
Sp. Atk. Specs
(6 Stacks)
786 858
Wise Glasses
+
Slick Spoon
+
Shell Bell
720 781
Wise Glasses
+
Sp. Atk. Specs
(6 Stacks)
+
Shell Bell
711 776
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Slick Spoon
+
Sp. Atk. Specs
(6 Stacks)
993 1058
Chioce Specs
(Includes effect)
+
Slick Spoon
+
Shell Bell
908 963

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Gengar Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Sp. Atk. Specs.pngSp. Atk. Specs Each stack of Sp. Atk. Spec's bonus increases Gengar's overall damage output. This allows the Pokemon to easily burst down its targets when it gets to combo off.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses drastically increases Gengar's Special Attack stat. This allows it to deal more damage when its moves hit.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell gives adds more HP recovery when its moves hit on top of Gengars innate healing.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Choice Specs adds more damage for every move hit. It also increases Gengar's Special Attack stat by a decent amount.
Slick Spoon.pngSlick Spoon Slick Spoon gives a decent amount of Sp. Atk. and allows Gengar to ignore a portion of its target's Sp. Def., increasing its damage output significantly.

List of Held Items

Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
Full Heal.pngFull Heal Full Heal allows Gengar to protect itself from disables and debuffs, particularly when performing its combos.
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gives Gengar more mobility to reach flee opponents. It also allows it to disengage in fights if it misses its combos.
X Speed.pngX Speed X Speed works similarly to Eject Button but gives immunity from slows for the duration as a bonus.

List of Battle Items

Best Moveset

Move Explanation
Dream Eater ImageDream Eater Dream Eater deals high burst damage to a single target. It also has great synergy with Gengar's other moves, decreasing their cooldowns drastically.
Shadow Ball ImageShadow Ball Shadow ball decreases a target's Sp. Def., increasing the damage it receives from Gengar's other moves. Also, its slow effect makes it a great chasing tool.

The lethality of Gengar's combos depends on the moves it learns. 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 bombard them with Hex.

Which Moveset Do You Think is Best For Gengar?

Shadow Ball & Dream Eater 75
Votes
Shadow Ball & Hex 11
Votes
Sludge Bomb & Dream Eate 1
Votes
Sludge Bomb & Hex 43
Votes

Let us know why in the comments!

Previous Poll Result

Shadow Ball & Dream Eater 154
Votes
Shadow Ball & Hex 13
Votes
Sludge Bomb & Dream Eater 3
Votes
Sludge Bomb & Hex 62
Votes

How to Play Gengar

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Focus on Leveling Up

In the early stages, it is crucial to focus on farming 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 or Shadow Ball, increasing Gengar's lethality

Jungler Role is Recommended

The fastest way to get to high levels is to take the jungle path. Here, you will be able to farm Wild Pokemon spawns without contention, giving you the full EXP for each defeated camp.

Jungle Guide and Best Junglers

Enhance Your Attacks with Lick

Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Fighting with Lick

Although Lick is a simple damage move, its pulling effect can be effective when used properly, especially in the early game. It also fills up your boosted attack meter when you hit an enemy.

Pull or Secure Wild Pokemon

Use Lick to pull wild Pokemon closer to you or your team's side, then knock it out quickly, especially when you're in the lane instead of the Jungle. Alternatively, you can use Lick to pull Wild Pokemon towards your side to easily secure them and deny the enemy EXP.

Target Fleeing Enemies

Lick is also effective in securing kills in the early game. Use it to stop enemies from fleeing or pulling them away from their goal zone to set up a knockdown.

Cancel Buff Pokemon Charge Attacks

Once they're engaged, Accelgor and Escavalier will use their charged attack against the aggressor. Use Lick to cancel their charge attack and save yourself time from avoiding it or getting hit.

Use Combos Effectively

Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Knocking Down Venusar with a Combo

What makes Gengar a strong assassin is its hard-hitting combos. To fully maximize your damage output, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the setups and the cooldown reduction mechanic attached to Hex and Dream Eater.

Use Dream Eater + Shadow Ball for Low HP Targets

The Dream Eater Burst Combo is suited for taking down low HP targets like Attackers or Supporters in quick succession. As much as possible, avoid targeting high-endurance Pokemon like Crustle and Snorlax since it will take you some time before you knock them out. They also have a lot of crowd control moves that can disrupt your combos or stun you entirely, allowing their allies to follow up.

Shadow Ball: Gengar Move Effect and Cooldown

Use Sludge Bomb + Hex for Sturdy Targets

The Sludge Hex Burst Combo is great for endlessly hitting a target with quick attacks until they fall. It is great for pinning down sturdy targets and hitting multiple enemies within the blast. As much as possible, only use Hex towards enemies who have received a debuff so you can take advantage of the cooldown reset mechanic!

Hex: Gengar Move Effect and Cooldown

Get More Value Out of Your Dash Moves

Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Disengaging with Dream Eater

Aside from setting up knockdowns, Gengar's dash moves can also help you reposition Gengar when you are on the defensive and need to get out of a pinch. Regardless of the combo you are running, if you fail to hit a target with the initial damage, do not attempt to follow up with the other move as you will not be able to trigger their cooldown reduction mechanic and get the maximu value. Always wait until both of your moves are ready before attempting to perform your combos again.

Disable an Opponent with Dream Eater

Dream Eater can make a target fall asleep for a short time. This gives you a moment to follow up with a burst attack. It can even be useful for disabling a target long enough for you to retreat from the fight.

Dream Eater: Gengar Move Effect and Cooldown

Disengage from the Fight with Hex

Hex is a straightforward dash move great for quickly teleporting to a location. Each time you use the move, you become Invincible for a brief duration. Take advantage of this short time window and use Hex to dodge incoming damage, especially Sure-Hit moves.

Hex: Gengar Move Effect and Cooldown

Get Invisibility and Mobility from Phantom Ambush

Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Stalking Opponents with Phantom Ambush

Phantom Ambush turns Gengar invisible and gives increased speed, when used again, it deals AoE damage. You can do more than simply damage enemies with Phantom Ambush by utilizing the invisibility and mobility effects.

Phantom Ambush: Gengar Move Effect and Cooldown

Hunt Easy Targets

Use Phantom Ambush to roam the map and hunt easy targets, especially when they're isolated from their allies. It's also useful for getting to the backlines and picking off squishy targets when a team fight breaks out.

Steal Objectives

When you see that enemies are taking objectives, use Phantom Ambush to turn invisible and hurry towards their location. With proper timing, you can deal enough burst damage to land the killing blow and steal objectives from the enemy. This is especially useful when contesting Rayquaza.

Objectives Guide: When to Target Bosses

Score Quick Goals

Alternatively, you can use Phantom Ambush to quickly get to enemy goal zones and score points. However, it's important to note that scoring, while Phantom Ambush is still in effect, will break the invisibility but not end the move. You can also use it after scoring points to ensure a safe retreat, especially when your team defeats Rayquaza.

Scoring Guide: How and When to Score Goals

Progression and Leveling Guide

Top or Bottom Lane Guide

Level 1 to 5

  • Secure as many Wild Pokemon as you can and get EXP to reach level 5.
  • Once at level 5, learn either Dream Eater or Hex.
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon and level up, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents.

Level 6 to 9

  • Once at level 7, learn Shadow Ball if you selected Dream Eater, or Sludge Bomb if you selected Hex, and start to get aggressive.
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents to level up.
  • Help your allies secure Regieleki and/or Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
  • Once at level 9, learn Phantom Ambush to get all moves.

Level 10+

  • Continue to farm and level up.
  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 13 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a full-upgraded moveset.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Jungle Guide

Level 1 to 5

  • Clear the first wave of jungle camps and level up to level 5 with the help of Will-O-Wisp and Lick.
  • Once at level 5, learn either Dream Eater or Hex.
  • Help the top or bottom lane by securing the Altaria and Swablu camps, knocking out opponents, and scoring points.

Level 6 to 9

  • Clear the second wave of jungle camps to reach level 7 and get Shadow Ball if you selected Dream Eater, or Sludge Bomb if you selected Hex.
  • At the 8:00 minute mark, go to the center of the map and secure the Altaria and Swablu camps.
  • At the 7:20 minute mark, go to the bottom lane and help secure the Altaria and Swablu camps, knock out opponents, and score points.
  • Once at level 9, learn Phantom Ambush.
  • At the 7:00 minute mark, help allies secure Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
  • Afterwards, try to secure Regieleki on the top lane if it's still there.

Level 10+

  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 13 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Gengar Combos

Early Pull Combo

Early Pull Combo
Lick IconWill-O-Wisp IconStandard Attack Icon ~
Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Early Pull Combo.gif
Sludge BombWill-O-WispStandard Attack ~
This is Gengar's early game combo that is great for ganking lanes. Start by pulling the target with Lick. Then, once they are in front of you, activate Will-O-Wisp so that all flames hit. After that, proceed to bombard the target with Standard Attacks.

Sludge Hex Burst Combo

Sludge Hex Burst Combo
Sludge Bomb IconHex Icon ~
Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Sludge to Hex Combo
Hex's cooldown 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. Once a debuff is inflicted, hit the enemy with Hex again and again as its cooldown has been drastically reduced to the point that you can essentially use it every second.

Dream Eater Burst Combo

Dream Eater Burst Combo
Dream Eater IconShadow Ball IconStandard Attack IconDream Eater IconStandard Attack IconShadow Ball Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Dream Eater Combo.gif
Dream EaterShadow BallStandard AttackDream EaterStandard AttackShadow Ball
This combo makes use of Dream Eater and Shadow Ball to quickly burst down a single target. Start by disabling the target with Dream Eater. Follow it up with a Shadow Ball and a Boosted Attack. Then, use Dream Eater's second activation to deal damage and teleport behind the target, fill up the Boosted Attack meter, and reset Shadow Ball's cooldown. Finally, end the combo with another Boosted Attack and Shadow Ball.

Ultimate Ambush Burst Combo

Ultimate Ambush Burst Combo
Shadow Ball IconDream Eater IconShadow Ball Icon or Phantom Ambush Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Gengar Ultimate Ambush Burst Combo.gif
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.

Matchups & Counters for Gengar

Gengar Matchups

Hard Counter
BlastoiseBlisseyBuzzwoleMimikyuSlowbroUrshifuWigglytuff
Fair Matchup
AbsolAegislashBlazikenCharizardCrustleDodrioDragoniteGoodraGreedentGyaradosLaprasLeafeonLucarioMachampMamoswineMega Mewtwo XMeowscaradaMetagrossMr. MimeScizorSnorlaxTalonflameTrevenantTsareenaTyranitarUmbreonZacianZeraoraZoroark
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesAzumarillChandelureCinderaceClefableComfeyCramorantDecidueyeDelphoxDragapultDuraludonEldegossEspeonGarchompGardevoirGlaceonGreninjaHoopaInteleonMega Mewtwo YMiraidonPikachuSableyeSylveonVenusaur
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
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.

Hard Counter With Recovery Moves or Disables

Gengar struggles with those that can interrupt its combos or those that minimize the damage it can deal.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Blissey ImageBlissey Rating: ★★★★★
• Can counter Sludge Bomb and Dream Eater debuffs with Safeguard, negating all of its combos completely.
• Can quickly recover damage with Soft-Boiled.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★
Telekinesis and Slowbeam instantly takes Gengar out of the fight, making it an easy target for its teammates.
• Can tank Gengar's offense using Amnesia.
Urshifu ImageUrshifu Rating: ★★★★
• Gengar's low HP and lack of sustain makes it difficult to survive Urshifu's combos.
• Can chase and stun Gengar using Surging Strikes, or Throat Chop.

Even Matchups for Gengar

Timing and successfully hitting Gengar's combos is the only way to get the upper hand against these Pokemon.

Disrupt/Dodge Their Attacks/Combos

All-Rounder
Aegislash Image Blaziken Image Charizard Image Dragonite Image Gyarados Image Lucario Image Machamp Image Mega Mewtwo X Image Metagross Image Scizor Image Tsareena Image Tyranitar Image Zacian Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. However, if they get disrupted, they can be vulnerable to Gengar's combos.
• When using Dream Eater and Shadow Ball, disable them first with Dream Eater, follow up with Shadow Ball, teleport behind them by activating Dream Eater again, then finish them off with another Shadow Ball.
• When using Hex and Sludge Bomb, make sure to hit them with Sludge Bomb first, then keep using Hex to finish them off but be sure to move away from them for each use, since they can retaliate easily when Gengar gets in melee range.
• Alternatively, use Phantom Ambush to find an opening before doing a combo.

Eliminate Them First

Supporters
Mr. Mime Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon typically stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Althrough they don't necessarily pose a threat to Gengar, their presence during fights is highly valuable to their team.
• Take them out first during fights using any combo.

Group Up with Allies

Highly Durable Pokemon
Crustle Image Goodra Image Lapras Image Mamoswine Image Snorlax Image Trevenant Image Umbreon Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are extremely durable and have crowd control moves that can disrupt Gengar's combos, making it a tedious task for Gengar to take them down alone. With that, it's best to group up with allies to bring them down with the help of Gengar.

Strike First

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Absol Image Dodrio Image Leafeon Image Meowscarada Image Talonflame Image Zeraora Image Zoroark Image
How to Beat
• Much like Gengar, these Pokemon are incredibly agile and deal high burst damage. Winning against them is all a matter of striking first.
• When using Dream Eater and Shadow Ball, disable them first with Dream Eater, follow up with Shadow Ball, teleport behind them by activating Dream Eater again, then finish them off with another Shadow Ball.
• When using Hex and Sludge Bomb, make sure to hit them with Sludge Bomb first, then keep using Hex to finish them off but be prepared to dodge their moves if they decide to retaliate.
• Alternatively, use Phantom Ambush to catch them by surprise, then finish them off with any combo.

Easy Matchups for Gengar

Easy matchups are Pokemon with low HP and Sp. Def. stats since they can easily fall to Gengar's combos.

Sneak Up with Phantom Ambush

Fragile, Ranged Pokemon with High Damage
Alolan Ninetales Image Chandelure Image Cinderace Image Cramorant Image Decidueye Image Delphox Image Dragapult Image Duraludon Image Espeon Image Gardevoir Image Glaceon Image Greninja Image Inteleon Image Mega Mewtwo Y Image Miraidon Image Pikachu Image Sylveon Image Venusaur Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon typically remain in the backlines of a teamfight and provide consistent damage using their moves. They also have high damage potential. However, they have very low HP and Sp. Def., making them extremely fragile to Gengar's combos.
• Use Phantom Ambush to sneak up and get close to them, then burst them down with any combo.

Disrupt/Dodge Their Attacks/Combos

All-Rounder
Garchomp Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. However, if they get disrupted, they can be vulnerable to Gengar's combos.
• When using Dream Eater and Shadow Ball, disable them first with Dream Eater, follow up with Shadow Ball, teleport behind them by activating Dream Eater again, then finish them off with another Shadow Ball.
• When using Hex and Sludge Bomb, make sure to hit them with Sludge Bomb first, then keep using Hex to finish them off but be sure to move away from them for each use, since they can retaliate easily when Gengar gets in melee range.
• Alternatively, use Phantom Ambush to find an opening before doing a combo.

Eliminate Them First

Supporters
Clefable Image Comfey Image Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image Sableye Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon typically stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Althrough they don't necessarily pose a threat to Gengar, their presence during fights is highly valuable to their team.
• Take them out first during fights using any combo.

Best Teammates for Gengar

Pokemon Explanation
Machamp ImageMachamp Pikachu ImagePikachu Slowbro ImageSlowbro Strong Disablers
Pokemon with strong AoE or single-target disabling moves makes it easier for Gengar to land its combos and burst targets down. Moves like Volt Tackle and Slowbeam are great for ensuring that the Shadow Ball and Dream Eater combo goes smoothly. On the other hand, moves like Thunderbolt and Surf can help set up the Sludge Bomb and Hex combo since they can stun multiple targets.
Greninja ImageGreninja Urshifu ImageUrshifu Has Execute Moves
Pokemon with moves that deals more damage the lower a target's HP is can benefit from Gengar's high burst damage combos. A single combo from Gengar should bring most targets' HP low enough that the bonus damage from moves like Surf and Wicked Blow become high enough to knock them out.

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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
Starting Damage: 519
167 per projectile, Burn Damage: 62 x 3
Final Damage: 841
272 per projectile, Burn Damage: 97 x 3
Shoots multiple sinister flames, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and leaving them burned when it hits.
Sludge Bomb ImageSludge Bomb
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Starting Damage: 10465
Initial Hit: 475, Poison Damage: HP-based x 10
Final Damage: 13033
Initial Hit: 1045, Poison Damage: HP-based x 12
Hurls unsanitary sludge to the designated area, leaving opposing Pokemon poisoned when it hits.
Upgrade: Increases the poison effect's duration
Shadow Ball ImageShadow Ball
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 4.5s
Starting Damage: 1176
Final Damage: 2227
Hurls a shadowy blob at the target, decreasing the movement speed and Sp. Def of opposing Pokemon for a short time when it hits.
Upgrade: Increase damage dealt by this moves

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Lick ImageLick
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7s
Starting Damage: 230
Final Damage: 287
Attacks with the user's tongue and pulls opposing Pokemon toward the user.
Hex ImageHex
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7.5s
Starting Damage: 327
Final Damage: 1118
Has the user disappear and move to the designated location, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. If this hits an opposing Pokemon, that is afflicted by a status condition, it deals increased damage and its cooldown is reduced. The user's next basic attack after this move becomes a boosted attack.
Upgrade: Increases damage dealt by this move.
Dream Eater ImageDream Eater
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 8s
Starting Damage: 1008
Final Damage: 2837
Puts opposing Pokemon to sleep when it hits. If used again while the opposing Pokemon is asleep, the user appears behind the sleeping Pokemon and attacks, restoring the user's HP and reducing the cooldown of Will-O-Wisp, Shadow Ball or Sludge Bomb. The user's next basic attack after this move becomes a boosted attack. If this move knocks out a Pokemon from the opposing team, its cooldown is reset.
Upgrade: Increases the amount of damage dealt and HP restored by this move.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Phantom Ambush ImagePhantom Ambush
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 133s
Starting Damage: 1487
Final Damage: 2542
Has the user jump to the designated area and start sneaking with increased movement speed. If the Unite Move is used again, it deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and decrease their movement speed for a short time.

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 All Evolution Stages
When the Pokemon is not in combat, its movement speed is increased

Gengar Stats & Evolutions

Gengar Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
Gastly.pngGastly
(Lv. 1)
Gastly.pngHaunter
(Lv. 5)
Gastly.pngGengar
(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 64 47 177
5 3931 82 60 192
6 4043 89 65 198
7 4177 98 71 205
8 4338 108 78 213
9 4905 144 104 243
10 5136 159 115 255
11 5414 177 128 270
12 5747 198 143 288
13 6162 223 161 309
14 6625 253 183 334
15 7200 290 210 364

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
3.5 Stars.png 2 Stars.png 4 Stars.png 3 Stars.png 0.5 Stars.png

Gengar Skins (Holowear)

Holowear
GengarSpace StyleSpace Style
GengarMasked StyleMasked Style
Zirco Trading:
Aeos Gems 1200
GengarReporter StyleReporter Style
Zirco Trading:
Aeos Gems 400
GengarTheater StyleTheater Style
GengarTuxedo StyleTuxedo Style
Zirco Trading:
Aeos Gems 400
GengarHoliday StyleHoliday Style
GengarBeach StyleBeach Style
GengarCostume Party StyleCostume Party Style
Zirco Trading:
Aeos Gems 2199

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Gengar Character Spotlight

Gengar Achievements

Hex Achievement

Hex
Pokemon Move
Gengar ImageGengar Hex ImageHex
Mission:
In a single battle, attack Pokemon from the opposing team afflicted by a status condition with Hex or Hex+ to reduce the move's cooldown 20 or more times (5/10/20 battles total)
Medals & Points Rewards
Pokemon UNITE - Beginner Achievement Medal Beginner
Pokemon UNITE - Achievement Points.png 5
Aeos Ticket IconAeos Ticket x100
Pokemon UNITE - Expert Achievement Medal Expert
Pokemon UNITE - Achievement Points.png5
Aeos Coin IconAeos Coin x300
Pokemon UNITE - Master Achievement Medal.png Master
Pokemon UNITE - Achievement Points.png10
Holowear Ticket IconHolowear Ticket x3

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Top 5 Master Rank Picks & Win Rate

All data is based on Season 18 Master Rank Top 100.
Last Updated: April 16, 2024
Pokemon Tier Most Played % Average Win %
Pokemon UNITE - MeowscaradaMeowscarada S Tier 10.2% 71.33%
Pokemon UNITE - ZoroarkZoroark SS Tier 8.5% 73.80%
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Pokemon UNITE - Hoopa IconHoopa S Tier 6.8% 76%

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Comment

56 Anonymous4 days

sério está dizendo que o move unite de gengar. Em um coisa concordo com você o move unite de gengar é realmente um lixo para teamfighirts mas o move unite do gengar não foi feito para teamfighrts foi feito para chegar furtivamente depois pegar os pokemons selvagens mais fortes como rotom e zapdos.

55 Anonymous7 days

I always and always will abhor fighting any build gengar. (every time I say its name it sounds like I'm cursing) the moment I see it it's just stun stun stun and I'm dead. over and OVER. then my whole team dies to a freaking gengar. I'm tired of it. I use blastoise, absol, zeraora, even ZACIAN. nothing can defeat it. can anyone help?

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