Gengar - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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This is a strategy guide for using Gengar in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Gengar, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Gengar

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ghost Type Poison Type
Abilities
Levitate Gives immunity to Ground type moves.

Type Defenses

Type
Deals 4x damage
-
Deals 2x damage
Ground Image Psychic Image Ghost Image Dark Image
Deals 0.5x damage
Grass Image
Deals 1/4x damage
Poison Image Bug Image
Deals 0x damage
Normal Image Fighting Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
60 65 60 130 75 110

Best Nature for Gengar

Best Natures
Timid (+Spd, -Atk) Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Gengar

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def. 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 135 / Def. 81 / Sp.Atk. 150 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 178
Ability Cursed Body
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Shadow Ball
Focus Blast
Sludge Wave
Thunderbolt

This is a classic set for Gengar, positioning it as an attacker who can hit fast and hard. Thanks to Focus Sash, Gengar is guaranteed to be able to survive a hit, and it's almost certain that by the time it goes down, it will have taken at least one of your opponent's Pokemon with it.

Alternate Move Choices

Dazzling Gleam Super effective against Fighting, Dragon and Dark-types.
Energy Ball Very useful in lowering opponents' Special Defense, especially Gyarados and Wash Rotom.

Black Sludge Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 204 / Sp.Atk. 52 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Atk. 76 / Def. 80 / Sp.Atk. 157 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 178
Ability Cursed Body
Held Item Black Sludge
Moveset Will-O-Wisp
Substitute
Icy Wind
Hex

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Black Sludge forces your opponents to choose between allowing Gengar's HP to be restored, or damaging themselves. With Will-O-Wisp, Gengar will be able to withstand up to three Max Steelspike (or Iron Head) attacks from Durant. This moveset maxes out Gengar's Speed, allowing it to hit Durant first with his Dynamax attacks.

Alternate Move Choices

Hypnosis 60% Accuracy, but putting your opponents to sleep will prevent damage to Gengar.
Dazzling Gleam Super effective against Fighting, Dragon and Dark-types.
Focus Blast 70% Accuracy, but high Attack. Also super effective against Dark-types, like Tyranitar and Hydreigon.

How to Use Gengar Effectively

Outspeed and Punish Slower Foes

Even from just its base stats, Gengar's Speed is relatively high. Unfortunately, its Speed is still not high enough to hit faster than other top-tier Pokemon, especially Dragapult. This limits Gengar to roles like wearing out enemies' Dynamax turns, and using Status Moves like Will-O-Wisp and Icy Wind to lend support to its teammates.

Support Your Teammates

Gengar has a wide-ranging movepool that can help its teammates move with more leeway. Icy Wind will lower the Speed of opponents, while Will-O-Wisp will limit their damage output.

Counters for Gengar

Hit its weak point with a fast Pokemon

The best way to counter Gengar's Speed is with quick Pokemon of your own. Exploit Gengar's low Defense and HP by attacking first with high-powered moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking: ★★★★★
Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace

Use the Prankster ability to limit its moves

When Gengar is using a defensive build, its potential is highly limited when it can't use support moves like Will-O-Wisp and Substitute. Attack first with Taunt or Encore to cut down its options, using a Pokemon with the Prankster Ability to automatically move first when using Status Moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking: ★★★★
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Sableye ImageSableye Ranking: ★★★★

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