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Type Ghost

The Ghost type (ゴーストタイプ Gosuto taipu in Japanese) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

It is a type that's characterized for having few amounts of Pokémon and moves, also because its Pokémon tend to have low HP. In battles, this type is useful because it's the only type that has two immunities, Normal and Fighting, and its common to have moves of those two types. From Generation VI onwards, they are also immune to moves and abilities that prevent the Pokémon from escaping, like Block and Shadow Tag.

The Pokémon of this type are usually related to fear, dark and the afterlife. They usually live in abandoned houses, cemeteries, funeral places and inhabited and dark places. Also Ghost-type Pokémon tend to be extremely naughty, pranking on humans just to see their faces and reactions. A curious thing is that if the human is more scared, more power the Pokémon it will have to prank with it.

Famous Ghost-type Pokémon Trainers include Agatha, third member of the Kanto Elite Four; Morty, the fourth Gym Leader of Johto; Phoebe, second member of the Hoenn Elite Four; Fantina, the fifth Gym Leader in the Sinnoh region; and Shauntal, a member of the Unova Elite Four.

Ghost-type moves

  • There are 18 Ghost-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical and Other moves stand out.
    • 7 moves are of the Physical type type.
    • 4 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 7 moves are of the Other type type.
  • In contests: Clever moves stand out.
    • 9 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Cute type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Tough type type.
    • 2 moves are of the Cool type type.
    • 1 move is of the Beautiful type type.

List of Ghost-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Astonish Physical type Cute type[1] Generation III 30
Confuse Ray Other type Clever type Generation I -
Curse[2] Other type Tough type Generation II -
Destiny Bond Other type Clever type Generation II -
Grudge Other type Tough type Generation III -
Hex Special type Clever type Generation V 65
Lick Physical type Cute type[3] Generation I 20
Night Shade Special type Clever type Generation I 1-100 depending on the user's level
Nightmare Other type Clever type Generation II -
Ominous Wind Special type Beautiful type[1] Generation IV 60
Phantom Force Physical type Cool type Generation VI 90
Shadow Ball Special type Clever type Generation II 80
Shadow Claw Physical type Cool type[4] Generation IV 70
Shadow Force Physical type Cool type[1] Generation IV 120
Shadow Punch Physical type Clever type Generation III 60
Shadow Sneak Physical type Clever type Generation IV 40
Spite Other type Tough type Generation II -
Trick-or-Treat Other type Cute type Generation III -

Effectiveness of Ghost-type moves

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Ghost and Type Psychic.
½
Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Dark.
×0
Ineffective against Pokémon of the types: Type Normal.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Ghost type

A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistances of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.

×4
Doubly super effective
×2
Super effective
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
No damage
Type of the move
Bug type vertical Dark type vertical Dragon type vertical Electric type vertical Fairy type vertical Fighting type vertical Fire type vertical Flying type vertical Ghost type vertical Grass type vertical Ground type vertical Ice type vertical Normal type vertical Poison type vertical Psychic type vertical Rock type vertical Steel type vertical Water type vertical
Type Ghost
½
[5]
×2
×0
×2
×0
½
Type GhostType Bug
½
×2
×0
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×0
½
×2
Type GhostType Dark
×2
×0
×0
½
×0
Type GhostType Dragon
½
×2
×2
½
×2
×0
½
×2
½
×2
×0
½
½
Type GhostType Electric
½
×2
½
×0
½
×2
×2
×0
½
½
Type GhostType Fire
¼
×2
½
×0
½
×2
½
×2
½
×0
½
×2
½
×2
Type GhostType Flying
¼
×2
×2
×0
×2
½
×0
×2
×0
½
×2
Type GhostType Grass
×2
½
×0
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×2
×0
½
Type GhostType Ground
½
×2
×0
×0
×2
×2
×2
×0
¼
½
×2
Type GhostType Ice
½
×2
×0
×2
×2
½
×0
½
×2
×2
Type GhostType Poison
¼
[6]
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
×0
¼
×2
Type GhostType Psychic
×4
×0
×4
×0
¼
½
Type GhostType Steel
¼
×2
½
½
×0
×2
½
×2
½
×2
½
×0
×0
½
½
½
Type GhostType Water
½
×2
×2
×0
½
×2
×2
½
×0
½
½
½

Ghost-type-Pokémon Trainers

Ghost-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
VSMorty
Morty
Ecruteak City, Johto Fogbadge
Fog Badge
VSFantina
Fantina
Hearthome City, Sinnoh Relicbadge
Relic Badge

Ghost-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
Agatha(GenIII)Sprite
Agatha
Kanto Elite Four
ORAS VSPhoebe
Phoebe
Hoenn Elite Four
VSShauntal
Shauntal
Unova Elite Four

Ghost-type Pokémon

35 Pokémon are Ghost type. (4.86% of all Pokémon)

Pure Ghost-type Pokémon

9 Pokémon are pure Ghost type. (25.71% of the Ghost-type Pokémon)

Misdreavus Shuppet Banette Duskull Dusclops Mismagius
200Misdreavus
#200

Type Ghost

353Shuppet
#353

Type Ghost

354Banette
#354

Type Ghost

355Duskull
#355

Type Ghost

356Dusclops
#356

Type Ghost

429Mismagius
#429

Type Ghost

Dusknoir Yamask Cofagrigus
477Dusknoir
#477

Type Ghost

562Yamask
#562

Type Ghost

563Cofagrigus
#563

Type Ghost

Primary Ghost-type Pokémon

14 Pokémon are primary Ghost type. (40.00% of the Ghost-type Pokémon)

Gastly Haunter Gengar Drifloon Drifblim Spiritomb
092Gastly
#092

Type GhostType Poison

093Haunter
#093

Type GhostType Poison

094Gengar
#094

Type GhostType Poison

425Drifloon
#425

Type GhostType Flying

426Drifblim
#426

Type GhostType Flying

442Spiritomb
#442

Type GhostType Dark

Giratina Litwick Lampent Chandelure Phantump Trevenant
487Giratina
#487

Type GhostType Dragon

607Litwick
#607

Type GhostType Fire

608Lampent
#608

Type GhostType Fire

609Chandelure
#609

Type GhostType Fire

708Phantump
#708

Type GhostType Grass

709Trevenant
#709

Type GhostType Grass

Pumpkaboo Gourgeist
710Pumpkaboo
#710

Type GhostType Grass

711Gourgeist
#711

Type GhostType Grass

Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon

12 Pokémon are secondary Ghost type. (34.29% of the Ghost-type Pokémon)

Shedinja Sableye Froslass Rotom Frillish Jellicent
292Shedinja
#292

Type BugType Ghost

302Sableye
#302

Type DarkType Ghost

478Froslass
#478

Type IceType Ghost

479Rotom
#479

Type ElectricType Ghost

592AFrillish
#592

Type WaterType Ghost

593AJellicent
#593

Type WaterType Ghost

Golett Golurk Honedge Doublade Aegislash Hoopa
622Golett
#622

Type GroundType Ghost

623Golurk
#623

Type GroundType Ghost

679Honedge
#679

Type SteelType Ghost

680Doublade
#680

Type SteelType Ghost

681AAegislash
#681

Type SteelType Ghost

720Hoopa
#720

Type PsychicType Ghost

Pokémon with Ghost-type alternate formes

The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Ghost type.

Mega Gengar Mega Sableye Mega Banette Giratina Arceus Aegislash
094MGengar
#094

Type GhostType Poison

302MSableye
#302

Type DarkType Ghost

354MBanette
#354

Type Ghost

487BGiratina
#487

Type DragonType Ghost

493Arceus Ghost Dream
#493

Type Ghost[7]

681BAegislash
#681

Type SteelType Ghost[8]

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Psychic type because some people are afraid of ghosts, and fears affect the mind, just as the Bug type.
  • They're strong against themselves because there's a belief that the strongest spirit wins, referring to the spirit to the desire to win something.
  • They're weak against the Dark type because dark represents terror and evil, and they say that evil spirits (like Spiritomb) are punished.
  • They're immune against the Fighting and Normal types because spirits are incorporeal beings, thus can't be hit normally. This is also the reason why the Normal type is immune to them, because a mortal and a ghost can't hurt each other. Interestingly, the Fighting type is not immune to them.
  • They resist the Poison type because you can't poison someone who's already dead.
  • Before Generation VI, a Ghost and Dark type didn't have any weakness and was immune to the types Psychic, Normal and Fighting. However, from Generation VI onwards, they're weak only against the Fairy type.

Trivia

  • The only Ghost-type Pokémon of Generation I were Gastly and its evolutions.
  • The first pure Ghost-type Pokémon was Misdreavus, which was introduced in Generation II.
  • No Gym Leader or Elite Four member who specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon was introduced in Generation VI.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type-type move.
  2. ^ Before Generation V, Curse was a ???-type move.
  3. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Tough type-type move.
  4. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type-type move.
  5. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves did normal damage on Ghost-type Pokémon.
  6. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were super effective on Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon.
  7. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Spooky Plate.
  8. ^ In its Blade Forme.

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