Best moveset for Gengar in Pokemon Go & is it any good?

Daniel Megarry
Gengar in Pokemon Go

Gengar is an incredibly good Ghost-type creature to have in Pokemon Go. To make the most of this powerful fighter, you’ll need to know its best moveset.

The greatest fighters in Pokemon Go tend to be Legendaries or pseudo-Legendaries, but Gengar has proven itself to be one of the greatest assets you can have on your team – which is great news for those who love the OG Kanto Pokedex.

This Ghost/Poison-type final evolution of Gastly has access to all the best Ghost-type moves for extra STAB damage, an insane Attack stat for quickly taking down opponents, and a Mega Evolution that’s arguably one of the best in the game.

To maximize Gengar’s potential, though, you’ll need to make sure you’re using its best moveset.


Gengar in a Pokemon battle in Pokemon Go
Gengar is a top-tier fighter with the right moveset.

Best moveset for Gengar in Pokemon Go

The best moveset Gengar can learn in Pokemon Go is Lick as a Fast Move and Shadow Ball as a Charged Move. Lick is an Elite TM that is great to have as a Fast Move that has fast energy regeneration. Shadow Claw is also another good alternative.

When it comes to Charged Moves, go with Shadow Ball as it deals huge damage and benefits from STAB. Shadow Punch is a great secondary Charged Move that can be spammed thanks to its very low cost, but you’ll need an Elite Charged TM to get it.

All moves Gengar can learn in Pokemon Go

Gengar can learn a total of four Fast Moves and seven Charged Moves in Pokemon Go, although some of these require an Elite TM to learn. We’ve listed all of Gengar’s potential moves below.

Gengar Fast Moves

  • Hex
  • Shadow Claw
  • Sucker Punch
  • Lick (Elite TM)

Gengar Charged Moves

  • Focus Blast
  • Shadow Ball
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Dark Pulse (Elite TM)
  • Psychic (Elite TM)
  • Shadow Punch (Elite TM)
  • Sludge Wave (Elite TM)
Gengar next to a mobile phone with Pokemon GO on it
It’s not just PvP that Gengar excels at – it’s also a solid PvE choice.

Is Gengar any good in Pokemon Go?

Gengar is a top-tier Pokemon in Go, with its greatest strength being its versatility: It can be used across all three major leagues in the Go Battle League, puts in a great performance in PvE, and has a Mega Evolution.

If you’re looking to use Gengar in PvP battles, focus on the Great League and Ultra League, where Gengar can beat the likes of Togekiss and Melmetal and easily take down shields with its low-cost Charged Moves.

Gengar can be used in the Master League with enough XL Candy, but a low max CP means you’d be better off focusing on the higher-ranking Ghost/Dragon-type Legendary Giratina in its Altered Forme if possible.

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