Gastly

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Ghost / Poison LC
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
30
- 105 137 -
Atk
35
49 55 87 95
Def
30
45 50 82 90
SpA
100
108 120 152 167
SpD
35
49 55 87 95
Spe
80
90 100 132 145
  • Little Cup

Overview

Gastly used to be one of the most feared Pokemon in Little Cup; in particular, its nasty Substitute + Hypnosis set had users of all backgrounds screaming and ripping their hair out. Unfortunately for Gastly, Misdreavus—arguably a perfected version of Gastly—was unbanned. Misdreavus sports a superior movepool, higher Speed, and the highest base stat total in Little Cup. With Misdreavus ruling the tier, why, one might ask, would you ever use Gastly?

One of the highest Special Attack stats in Little Cup means that, unlike Misdreavus, Gastly doesn't have to rely on Nasty Plot to hit hard. Additionally, especially if running a Modest nature, Gastly has the potential to beat Porygon, one of the most popular counters to Misdreavus. Unfortunately for the gas bubble, its pros stop here. When you are considering Gastly for a spot on your team, remember to play it to its strengths, most notably its ability to hit hard immediately. Although Gastly is outclassed by Misdreavus in numerous aspects, you'd be foolish not to consider it on your team.

Name Item Nature

Substitute

Oran Berry / Life Orb Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Hypnosis
~ Shadow Ball
~ Sludge Bomb / Hidden Power Fighting
68 HP / 40 Def / 200 SpA / 200 Spe

This is Gastly's most dangerous and well-known set. As Gastly is able to force switches easily, it makes for a great Substitute user; furthermore, Substitute is incredibly useful as it helps mitigate Gastly's mediocre bulk. Shadow Ball is the main STAB move, as it severely dents most opponents that don't resist it. Sludge Bomb allows Gastly to possibly 2HKO Porygon without Stealth Rock damage, and always 2HKO it if Stealth Rock is in play. Hypnosis is useful for shutting down threats on the switch, especially Stunky, Gastly's largest counter. Hidden Power Fighting is an alternative option to hit Ferroseed and Magnemite, both of which otherwise wall this set.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Shadow Ball
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Trick / Destiny Bond
68 HP / 40 Def / 200 SpA / 200 Spe

When equipped with a Choice Scarf, Gastly becomes a potent revenge killer. Shadow Ball is the STAB move of choice, as it hits most opponents hard. Sludge Bomb nets a 2HKO on Porygon and is a powerful secondary STAB move. Hidden Power Fighting garners perfect neutral type coverage alongside Shadow Ball and puts huge dents in Ferroseed, Houndour, and Magnemite. Trick cripples walls such as Ferroseed, Munchlax, and Porygon, but Destiny Bond is an alternative as it gets rid of a Pokemon that might be troublesome for your team.

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Other Options

As with most RBY Pokemon, Gastly has an enormous movepool. It has access to Rain Dance, but it has difficulty setting it up multiple times in a match. Thunderbolt is a fine option to hit fast Water-types, such as Staryu, before they can OHKO Gastly. Toxic is useful for walls, namely Lileep, while Will-O-Wisp cripples physical attackers such as Munchlax. Disable helps Gastly combat Pokemon that only carry one move that can hit it, such as Porygon. Many of Gastly's other options are useless physical attacks, such as Fire Punch, and should not ever be considered.

Checks and Counters

As Gastly has a very narrow list of counters, one needs to first scout its moveset. Sets not running Hidden Power Fighting are easily walled by Ferroseed, which can set up entry hazards, as well as Scraggy, which can gain Dragon Dance boosts. Houndour deserves a special mention because it can trap and KO Gastly with Pursuit. If Gastly is using Hidden Power Fighting, however, it is very difficult to take down outside of Stunky. Faster threats that resist one of Gastly's STAB moves are often good switch-ins; Murkrow can switch into a predicted Shadow Ball and OHKO with Brave Bird, set up a Substitute on a predicted switch, or Sucker Punch Choice Scarf variants. Other examples include Misdreavus, Abra, Staryu, and Choice Scarf Mienfoo.