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[[File:Type Ghost/Poison.gif|link=Ghost/Poison type]]  
Species Shadow Pokémon
Abilities Levitate
None ← 094 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from [[Haunter]]
Evolves into None
(ゲンガー Gengaa)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Purple>Purple</font>
Shape Footprint

Gengar (Japanese: ゲンガー Gengaa) is a Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.


Gengar 1

Gengar is a circle-shaped Pokémon with two large ears and spikes all over its back. Gengar has two red eyes and a sinister smile. It has claws on its hands. Gengar stands on its two legs, but it can Levitate as well.

Special abilities

Gengars have the ability Levitate. Levitate makes Gengar immune to Ground-type moves. This Pokémon hides in the shadows. It is said that if Gengar is hiding, it cools the area by nearly 10°F. When there is a Full Moon, this Pokémon likes to scare people by pretending to be their shadow. Then, Gengar laughs at their fear. Gengars are mostly based on being mean and evil by tormenting people and hurting them and overtaking them. It can absorb any surrounding heat, leaving a sudden chill. To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey's shadow and silently waits for an opportunity. Gengar is also able to merge with and inhabit the shadow of another being.


Gengar is the evolved form of Haunter, by trade.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Evolve Haunter None
Yellow Evolve Haunter None
Gold/Silver Evolve Haunter None
Crystal Evolve Haunter None
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Evolve Haunter None
Diamond/Pearl Old Chateau (Any GBA Pokémon game) Dongle
Platinum Old Chateau (Any GBA Pokémon game) Dongle
HeartGold/SoulSilver Evolve Haunter None
Black/White Evolve Haunter (White only) None

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 68, Forever Level 18, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Haunter
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Sky Stairway (1-49F)
Pokémon Ranger Fiore Temple
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Hippowdon Temple, Altru Tower, Altru Building,
Pokémon Rumble Eternal Tower
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Haunted Zone
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Oblivia Ruins, Dark Temple

Pokédex entries


Side game data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-019 PR Gengar Sprite Gengar Ghost SOA Psy Power 3 Psy Power 3 PA Ghost SofA Ghost
Capture Points* On Sight**
5320 (approx.) Teleports towards and chases player.
Browser Entry
It attacks by spitting out eerie orbs and sinister ones imbued with loathing.
* - This is the amount of points required to capture the Pokémon (excluding boss Pokémon).
** - This is the reaction of the Pokémon when players approach it.


Gengar appears to be based off a ghostly cat. Its name is possibly based off "doppelganger".


  • Despite Gengar being able to sneak within shadows, it is unable to learn Shadow Sneak.
  • Despite being part Poison type, it cannot learn any Poison types by level-up. However, it learns 2 attacks via TM, 2 attacks via breeding, and 1 from a prior evolution.
  • Gengar is one of the three only stage two Ghost-Type Pokémon. The others being Dusknoir and Chandelure.
  • Unlike most Pokémon, a Shiny Gengar has a small physical difference from a normal Gengar in HeartGold and SoulSilver. In said games, the spikes on a Shiny Gengar's back are shaped differently than a regular Gengar's
  • Gengar is four inches shorter than Haunter, despite it being evolved from Haunter.
  • Gengar and its pre-evolutions are the only Ghost types to have a weakness to Psychic-type attacks, as the combination Ghost-Fighting has never existed. They are also the only Poison types to have a weakness to Dark-type attacks, as there has been no Psychic-Poison types.
    • This is because no other Pokémon have the same type combination as Gengar and its pre-evolutions.
  • Gengar may have been based on the Oni, a creature of ancient Japanese folklore that was said to float invisibly above cities, bringing anything from a natural disaster like an earthquake to a terrible disease.
  • There is a theory stating that Gengar might be the shadow of Clefairy.
    • This is because they have a similar physical appearance and because Gengar's name originates from the term "doppleganger", which means a copy of someone else.


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