Gengar Ghost / Poison Ability: Levitate HP: 60 Attack: 65 Defense: 60 Sp.Attack: 130 Sp.Defense: 75 Speed: 110 Everyone's favorite Gen I Ghost is back for more action! Due to Gengar's blazing fast Speed, hard hitting Special Attack, and large movepool, Gengar remains one of the most powerful, and most unpredictable Pokemon around. This is even moreso on GBU since unpredictability is the name of the game. Because Gengar is so unpredictable in practice, there really is no "one" standard set, although there are plenty of great sets for Gengar to use. I'm going to try to list some of the best ones. Gen V Level-up Moves Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Code: Start Hypnosis Start Lick Start Spite 5 Spite 8 Mean Look 12 Curse 15 Night Shade 19 Confuse Ray 22 Sucker Punch 25 Shadow Punch 28 Payback 33 Shadow Ball 39 Dream Eater 44 Dark Pulse 50 Destiny Bond 55 Hex 61 Nightmare Gen V TM Moves Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Code: TM06 Toxic TM09 Venoshock TM10 Hidden Power TM11 Sunny Day TM12 Taunt TM15 Hyper Beam TM17 Protect TM18 Rain Dance TM19 Telekinesis TM21 Frustration TM24 Thunderbolt TM25 Thunder TM27 Return TM29 Psychic TM30 Shadow Ball TM31 Brick Break TM32 Double Team TM36 Sludge Bomb TM41 Torment TM42 Facade TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM46 Thief TM48 Round TM52 Focus Blast TM53 Energy Ball TM56 Fling TM61 Will-O-Wisp TM63 Embargo TM64 Explosion TM65 Shadow Claw TM66 Payback TM68 Giga Impact TM77 Psych Up TM84 Poison Jab TM85 Dream Eater TM87 Swagger TM90 Substitute TM92 Trick Room TM94 Rock Smash HM04 Strength Gen V Egg Moves Gen V Egg Moves (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Gen V Egg Moves (open) Gen V Egg Moves (close) Code: Astonish Clear Smog Disable Fire Punch Grudge Haze Ice Punch Perish Song Psywave Scary Face Smog ThunderPunch Dream World Moves Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Code: -Hypnosis (level-up) -Disable (HGSS egg move) -Sludge Wave (Dream World Exclusive) Previous Generation Moves Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Code: Gen III TM Moves - Gen V Duplicates omitted TM01 Focus Punch TM19 Giga Drain TM43 Secret Power TM48 Skill Swap TM49 Snatch Gen III Move Tutor Moves Body Slam - FrLgEXd Counter - FrLgE Double-Edge - FrLgEXd DynamicPunch - E Endure - E Fire Punch - E Ice Punch - E Mega Kick - FrLgE Mega Punch - FrLgE Metronome - FrLgE Psych Up - E Seismic Toss - FrLgEXd Selfdestruct - Xd Sleep Talk - E Snore - E ThunderPunch - E Gen IV TM Moves - Gen V Duplicates omitted TM01 Focus Punch TM19 Giga Drain TM43 Secret Power TM48 Skill Swap TM49 Snatch TM58 Endure TM60 Drain Punch TM78 Captivate TM79 Dark Pulse TM82 Sleep Talk TM83 Natural Gift Gen IV Move Tutor Fire Punch - PtHGSS Headbutt - HGSS Ice Punch - HGSS Icy Wind - PtHGSS Knock Off - PtHGSS Ominous Wind - PtHGSS Pain Split - HGSS Skill Swap - HGSS Snore - PtHGSS Spite - PtHGSS Sucker Punch - PtHGSS ThunderPunch - PtHGSS Trick - PtHGSS Uproar - PtHGSS Substitute Gengar @ item of choice Timid 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe -Substitute -Shadow Ball -Focus Blast -Disable / Pain Split / Protect / attack of choice / other Gengar's standard set on in Smogon is also quite useful in GBU for the same reasons. Substitute is used to block status (namely Thunder Wave) and scout your opponent's move, Shadow Ball and Focus Blast for nearly perfect coverage, and a fourth move to do ... well, whatever you want with it. Once you have Substitute up, you're basically free to do anything as long as you aren't ganged up on by priority users or anything faster like Jolteon. Just beware Prankster Taunt users like Thundurus or Whimsicott who can stop you from putting up a Substitute at all. Additional Comments: Gengar has a fairly wide range of options available to it outside of the listed moves. Some of them include Clear Smog, Confuse Ray, Energy Ball, Explosion, Hex, Psychic, Hidden Power, Icy Wind, Thunder, Sludge Wave through the Dream World, and even Trick Room. Perish Song Trapper Gengar @ Black Sludge / Sitrus Berry / Mental Herb Bold 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD -Perish Song -Mean Look -Substitute / Protect / -Taunt / Pain Split / Role Play or Skill Swap Gengar can use Mean Look + Perish Song to take out extremely annoying Pokemon like Chansey or Cradily that have accumulated an extreme amount of defensive and evasion boosts. The given EV spreads and nature are to give Gengar as much physical bulk as possible. You can shift the nature and EVs to your liking. The main reason to use this over Prankster Murkrow (which can accomplish the same job, only better) is the surprise factor, since Murkrow's existence will telegraph that it's probably going to utilize Prankster in some fashion. Murkrow also doesn't have access Pain Split. Additional Comments: The core moves in the set are Mean Look + Perish Song, with the other two moves acting as filler moves, however the choice of the second two moves determines what Gengar can do once it's primary objective has been accomplished. Substitute is to help block status and give Gengar a defensive buffer against attacks. Black Sludge and Sitrus Berry are to keep Gengar alive as long as possible, while Mental Herb is to counter the effects of Taunt. Excellent doubles and triples partners for this set are Whimsicott and Thundurus, whom Gengar can use Role Play on to copy Prankster while they proceed to do their business. Alternatively Skill Swap can be used on rival Whimsicotts, but you must beware Taunt. Skill Swap can hit non-adjacent targets in triples, unlike Role Play which can only hit adjacent targets. Note that Gengar can only learn Pain Split and Role Play in HGSS Move Tutor, and Skill Swap through a Gen III or Gen IV TM. Hypnosis is an option to further trap with Perish Song, but it's accuracy is shaky at best. Choice Scarf Gengar @ Choice Scarf Timid 100 HP / 252 SpA / 156 Spe -Shadow Ball -Focus Blast -Psychic / Thunderbolt / Sludge Ball / Sludge Wave -Dark Pulse / HP Fire or HP Ice / Trick With a Choice Scarf equipped and the given EV spread, Gengar reaches 247 speed which outspeeds Choice Scarf Haxorus while maintaining a little bit of bulk. With max speed investment Gengar can outspeed +1 Terrakion, and with no speed investment Gengar outspeeds just about everything that lacks a Choice Scarf and no speed investment. Shadow Ball and Focus Blast provide near perfect neutral coverage and are the main two moves on this set, leaving the second two moves to user preference. For the third move, Psychic provides perfect neutral coverage, Thunderbolt can take down water types like Gyarados, while Sludge Ball / Sludge Wave provide a secondary STAB attack that actually hits harder than Shadow Ball, but has poor offensive coverage. For the final move, Dark Pulse is ideal for Triples since it can hit the entire field regardless of position (which Shadow Ball cannot do); HP Fire can take down Ferrothorn, Scizor, Escavalier, and other pesky Steels more reliably than Focus Blast; HP Ice can OHKO most Dragons outside of Latios and Hydreigon, and hit flying types and grass types like Thundurus harder than other attacks. Gengar has several other attacking options Trick is also an option for the final slot, since Gengar is one of the very fastest Trick users in the game. Although it's been nerfed this generation, Explosion can provide a nasty surprise. Trick Room + Explosion Gengar @ Focus Sash / Macho brace Quiet IVs: 0 Speed EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 SpA -Shadow Ball -Trick Room -Explosion -Protect / Focus Blast With no speed investment and a Quiet nature, Gengar reaches a mere 103 speed (51 with a Macho Brace equipped), which makes it perform significantly better under Trick Room conditions than most teams are prepared for. Equipped with a Focus Sash, Gengar is virtually guaranteed to get Trick Room up as long as it's not Taunted. After the Trick Room is up, Gengar can either go on the offensive with Shadow Ball, or go out with an Explosion. Additional Comments: This set's main two moves are Trick Room and Explosion. Gengar is an unlikely candidate for using Trick Room and catches unprepared teams off guard. Despite it's nerf in Gen V, Explosion can still do significant damage, inflicting approximately 44-52% damage to even physically defensive Blissey in singles (33-39% in doubles or triples). The main item is Focus Sash, but Macho Brace will greatly "improve" Gengar's speed under Trick Room. Shadow Ball is the main STAB attack, with the fourth move being largely filler; this Gengar won't last long even under the best conditions. In doubles and triples, an ideal partner for this set is a Telepathy Helping Hand user, namely Gardevoir or Musharna. Telepathy allows the partner to not take damage from Explosion, while Helping Hand raises Explosion's offensive power enough to dent even the strongest physical walls. Other Options: Gengar literally has a gigantic movepool. If you want it, Gengar can often use it. Gengar is one of the few Pokemon with access to Clear Smog, which not only has perfect accuracy, it will remove all accumulated stat boosts, however it's useless on Steel types. Despite it's poor Attack stat, Gengar can use a fairly effective physical set to catch Specially Defensive opponents off guard, utilizing Substitute + Focus Punch, the Elemental Punches, Shadow Punch, Sucker Punch, and so on. Doubles / Triples Partners: Dual Screen support is greatly appreciated considering Gengar's abysmal defenses. Follow Me and Rage Powder users can help to set up a Substitute or other support move. Partnered with a Smeargle that knows Dark Void or another Pokemon that can reliably induce Sleep (such as Amoonguss), Gengar is a fearsome user of Dream Eater, Nightmare, and Hex as long as your opponent doesn't switch out. Though unreliable Gengar can utilize Hypnosis. If using Sludge Wave, Steel partners are greatly appreciated since they are immune to it. Check/Counters: Faster Psychics, faster Ghosts, and faster Darks can usually OHKO with a SE attack. Anything with Mold Breaker and Earthquake will ignore Levitate and hit for SE damage. Anything with a strong STAB can likely OHKO, and usually 2HKO, due to Gengar's abysmal defenses. Anything with Sucker Punch when Substitute isn't up is a check. Anything that can survive an attack and attack back. Prankster Taunt users stop Gengar from setting up, but they must beware an attacking Gengar. Though rare in GBU, Gengar must watch for Pursuit, as it will almost always OHKO.