Ghost-type Pokemon weaknesses & resistances

Gengar Pokemon ghost-typeThe Pokemon Company / Game Freak

Ghost-type Pokemon can be tricky to deal with in battle so we’ve got a handy guide that details their weaknesses and resistances, as well as the best counters to use against them. 

Some Pokemon are more troublesome in battles than others, and Ghost-types are definitely some of the sneakiest creatures in the franchise due to their status-altering moves. This means they can often be some of the toughest opponents to face.

Just like every type in the series, however, Ghost-types can, of course, have their own set of weaknesses and they can be countered. Now that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are with us, here’s what you need to know to survive an encounter with a Ghost-type Pokemon – and to come out victorious.

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Ghastly Pokemon Ghost-type who has weaknesses.The Pokemon Company / Game Freak
Ghastly is often the first Ghost-type Pokemon players come across.

What is a Ghost-type Pokemon’s weaknesses

Ghost-type Pokemon have two primary weaknesses when it comes to moves and opposing Pokemon types:

  • Dark-types
  • Other Ghost-types

Therefore, when looking to take down a Ghost-type Pokemon, bring along a team that includes Pokemon which belong to those categories. However, we’d focus your efforts on Dark-types, as if you field another Ghost-type Pokemon, you’ll also be weak against your opponent.

Don’t forget that a Pokemon can have multiple types; For example, your chosen ‘mon may be a Ghost and Psychic-type Pokemon. So be sure to take advantage of any other weaknesses they may have by being aware of their secondary type.

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Best counters for Ghost-types

When coming up against Ghost-types, Pokemon like Darkrai, Umbreon, and Absol are reliable options. These are pure Dark-types and can do a lot of damage while taking little in return.

Always bear in mind a Pokemon’s secondary type when selecting your counter Pokemon and moves. While the above three examples are effective against Ghost-types, the opposing Pokemon may have resistances based on their primary/secondary type.

Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar ghost-type Pokemon with weaknesses.Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Ghastly evolves into Haunter, and finally, into the powerful Gengar.

Strengths & resistances

As well as having weaknesses, Ghost-type Pokemon are also resistant to certain other types and moves. When going up against a Ghost-type Pokemon, avoid Bug and Poison-types.

Pure Ghost-types are also immune to Fighting-type and Normal-type damage, so try to bear this in mind when heading into battle.

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What is a Ghost-type Pokemon?

Ghost-type Pokemon are normally pretty creepy looking or will inhabit spooky areas, floating around the map, looking slightly forlorn in their appearance.

Some Ghost-type Pokemon can be especially easy to spot, but others are less distinguishable. If you’re confident that a Pokemon is not a Ghost-type, but bears similar characteristics, then you could be looking at a Dark, Fairy, or Psychic-type Pokemon.

So, that’s everything you need to know about Ghost-type pokemon including their weaknesses and resistances.

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