Best Gengar Moveset in Pokémon Go

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A popular Pokémon in Pokémon Go dates back to the original version of the game (which only included the first 150 Generation 1 Pokémon). Gengar, the mischievous Ghost/Poison Pokémon, is known for playing pranks and being difficult to beat due to the fact that it can phase through certain attacks. Its battlefield advantage makes it highly sought after, and in this guide, we're going to cover the best moves you can use when catching one.


Best Gengar Moveset in Pokémon Go

The best movesets for Gengar sometimes depend on what technique you as the player are using and what Pokemon the opponent is using. However, in this guide, we will cover top tier moves based on their average damage and hit stats.


Before listing the moves, we are going to cover some basic Gengar stats, so you can properly prepare your playstyle and pick the appropriate moves.

Basic statistics

  • Type(s): Ghost, Flying
  • Heavy Weakness(es): None
  • Weakness(es): Dark, Ghost, Earth, Psychic
  • Resistance(s): Fighting, Fairy, Bold
  • Strong Resistance(s): Bug, Normal, Poison
  • Enhanced by: fog and cloudy weather
  • Max CP: 3254
  • attacks | Defense | Stamina: 261 | 149 | 155

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Best Movesets

The next two hits reflect the attacks that appear most frequently on the first five hits. While that usually means it's the best move of that type, that's not guaranteed.


  • Quick Attack #1: Shadow Claw
  • Charge Attack #1: Shadow Ball

The remaining movesets are the top 10 movesets for Gengar, ranked by DPS (damage per second).


  • #1
    • DPS: 19.07
    • Quick Attack: Shadow Claw
    • Charge Attack: Shadow Ball
  • # 2
    • DPS: 18,37
    • Quick Attack: Hex
    • Charge Attack: Shadow Ball
  • # 3
    • DPS: 18,33
    • Quick Attack: Shadow Claw
    • Charge Attack: Mud Bomb
  • # 4
    • DPS: 18,27
    • Quick attack: lick
    • Charge Attack: Shadow Ball
  • # 5
    • DPS: 17,77
    • Quick attack: punch
    • Charge Attack: Shadow Ball
  • # 6
    • DPS: 17,49
    • Quick Attack: Hex
    • Charge Attack: Mud Bomb
  • #7
    • DPS: 17,34
    • Quick attack: lick
    • Charge Attack: Mud Bomb
  • # 8
    • DPS: 16,73
    • Quick Attack: Suction Cup Punch
    • Charge Attack: Mud Bomb
  • # 9
    • DPS: 16,57
    • Quick Attack: Shadow Claw
    • Charge Attack: Psychic
  • #ten
    • DPS: 16,42
    • Quick Attack: Shadow Claw
    • Charge Attack: Mud Wave

Types of attacks

Similar to Pokémon, attacks have a type (ie, Fighting, Fairy, Psychic, etc.). In the list below, we list the attack type of each attack mentioned in the movesets for Gengar above. Use this list to determine the best moves against the Pokemon your Gengar is fighting.



  • Ghost-type attacks
    • Gengar's moves
      • Shadow Claw
      • shadow ball
      • Hex
      • Lick
    • Super effective against: Ghost, Psychic
    • Not Very Effective Against: Dark, Normal
  • Poison-type attacks
    • Gengar's moves
    • Super Effective Against: Fairy, Grass
    • Not very effective against: Ghost, Ground, Poison, Rock, Steel
  • Dark Type Attacks
    • Gengar's moves
    • Super effective against: Ghost, Psychic
    • Not very effective against: Dark, Fairy, Fighting
  • Psychic-type attacks
    • Gengar's moves
    • Super Effective Against: Fighting, Poison
    • Not very effective against: Dark, Psychic, Steel

With these lists, you will know when to use Gengar and how to use it most effectively. Good luck in battle!


Want to know the most powerful moveset for other Pokemon? Check out our guides for Slaking and Tyranitar!

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