VGC Gengar Analysis

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Welcome. Today, in the spirit of Halloween, I've decided to cover my favorite and the first ever ghost type, Gengar. Being the first ghost type comes with a lot of responsibility since whoever it is will be setting the stage for all future ghost types as either a major threat, or a total weakling that will be disrespected by all other types. Luckily, Gengar did that job perfectly as a strong ghost type, which is why I want to coverage on him. Without further ado, let's dive in to my coverage of Gengar.

Base Stats
60 HP - While not being the highest, Gengar doesn't need it to be higher because the way you'll be playing it doesn't call for more bulk, although that would be nice.
65 Attack (Non-Mega to Mega) - Not even going to talk about it. Gengar is a Special Attacker so that low attack means that you'll be using special based attacks more often and it has a wider special movepool than physical so that's pouring salt into the wound on why it shouldn't be used.
60-80 Defense (Non-Mega to Mega) - Its a very frail stat. The best I can say about this stat is don't expect your Gengar to be taking powerful hits like they were nothing. They were something and your Gengar will not be enjoying those hits.
130-170 Sp. Attack (Non-Mega to Mega) - This an amazing stat. All it means is that you will be doing some major damage to your foes and for good reason. Since Gengar is a frail Pokémon, it needs a powerful offensive stat to make it usable. Luckily, a powerful offensive stat that gets better as a Mega means Gengar actually has use on certain teams.
75-95 Sp. Defense (Non-Mega to Mega) - Another frail stat. Even though its slightly better than its Defense, Gengar still won't enjoy eating special based hits. Its Mega Evolution isn't making a case for that either.
110-130 Speed (Non-Mega to Mega) -  Very fast. Your Gengar will be zooming around the battlefield at record speeds. 110 base means that Gengar will be getting some amazing outspeeds. Outspeeding threats such as Mega Kangaskhan and Mega Gardevoir so you can do major damage. And after Mega Evolution, you get to base 130, which means that you'll outspeed the majority of the current metagame and can use your 170 Sp. Attack to destroy your foes.

Overall, Gengar is a fast and strong Pokémon that can't  take a hit to well. Now that we know about Gengar on a technical level, let's get into some moves that put Gengar on the market as a powerhouse

Recommended Moves for Gengar
  1. Shadow Ball
  2. Taunt
  3. Protect
  4. Thunderbolt
  5. Sludge Bomb
  6. Energy Ball
  7. Will-O-Wisp
  8. Trick Room
  9. Perish Song
  10. Reflect Type
  11. Icy Wind
  12. Substitute
  13. Disable
As you can see, Gengar has a impressive movepool. From supportive to offensive and everything in between, Gengar can do all sorts of things very well. Now, let's go into some set's for Gengar that make it the threat it is.

Supportive Gengar

Gengar @ Focus Sash
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Sludge Bomb/ Shadow Ball
- Icy Wind
- Will-O-Wisp
- Taunt/ Protect

This is the standard normal Gengar that was popularized in the early VGC2015 season by Aaron Zheng (Cybertron) after he won a Premier Challenge with it. The idea of this set is to use Gengar's speed to lower the opponent's speed with Icy Wind, get off a fast Taunt, or burn a slower physical attacker with Will-O-Wisp. The EVs for this Gengar is very simple. Max Sp. Attack and Speed allows Gengar to do it's supportive job and support it's team very well. Sludge Bomb or Shadow Ball is for the team. Sludge Bomb allows you to hit fairy types if you feel that's important while Shadow Ball allows you to hit Aegislash. If you choose Shadow Ball, please remember you won't be able to hit Kangaskhan with it and have to rely on Icy Wind and burn damage to take it out 1v1. Focus Sash allows Gengar to take a hit to get off at least 1 hit.

Jon Hu's Mega Gengar
Gengar @Gengarite “Saya”
Ability: Levitate -> Shadow Tag
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spe, IVs: 27 HP
Timid Nature
-Shadow Ball
-Icy Wind

This is the Gengar that Jon Hu (JHufself) used to make Day 2 at the 2015 Pokemon US National Championships and got an impressive Top 32 finish. If you don't know who he is, Jon managed to get Top 4 at US Nationals the year before, losing to eventual champion Alex Ogloza (Evan Falco) This Gengar is the reason I put Substitute in the recommended move section. Let's see what Jon had to say about his Gengar. "Gengar remains the same from my last season, but I’ve replaced Sludge Bomb with Icy Wind to snipe Landorus, avoid redirection, and have another form of Speed control. Shadow Tag as usual works extremely well for my team, as having certain matchups and knowing the opponent won’t be able to switch benefitted me greatly. At one point changing Gengar’s EV spread to be more defensive was considered, but in the end the use of Substitute conflicted with any kind of defensive investment. Gengar would also miss out on OHKOs with Icy Wind if it were running anything other than 252 SAtk." - Jon Hu (JHufself)

Wolfe Glick's Mega Gengar

Gengar @ Gengarite
Ability: Levitate -> Shadow Tag
EVs: 252 HP / 44 Def / 4 SpA / 28 SpD / 180 Spe
Timid Nature
- Shadow Ball
- Perish Song
- Disable
- Protect

This is the Gengar that Wolfe Glick (Wolfey) used to get 1st Place at the 2015 Pokemon Regional Championships in Massachusetts. This Gengar was able to help Wolfe's Perish Trap team with the ability Shadow Tag and the move Perish Song. Because it was never posted into an article, I wanna try something new and show the actual video that Justin Flynn did with Wolfe about his team. Let me know how it works for you.

That's my Gengar analysis. I hope you enjoyed reading it. I also hope you will come back for my next article. Also, check out my older articles if you haven't read them. They're all pretty cool and fun to read. Hope you come back for either a individual Pokemon analysis, team strategy guide, team review, or a guide to help you in some way for real life. I'll see you next time everyone. Bye!


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