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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, Gym Leader of Johto; Phoebe, second member of the Hoenn Elite Four; Fantina, 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: Smart moves stand out.
    • 10 moves are of the Type Smart type.
    • 4 moves are of the Type Tough type.
    • 1 move is of the Type Cute type.
    • There are no moves of the Type Beauty or Type Cool types.
    • 2 moves don't have this categorization.

List of Ghost-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Astonish Physical type Type Smart Generation III 30
Confuse Ray Other type Type Smart Generation I -
Curse[1] Other type Type Tough Generation II -
Destiny Bond Other type Type Smart Generation II -
Grudge Other type Type Tough Generation III -
Hex Special type - Generation V 65
Lick Physical type Type Tough Generation I 20
Night Shade Special type Type Smart Generation I 1-100 depending on the user's level
Nightmare Other type Type Smart Generation II -
Ominous Wind Special type Type Smart Generation IV 60
Phantom Force Physical type - Generation VI 90
Shadow Ball Special type Type Smart Generation II 80
Shadow Claw Physical type Type Cute Generation IV 70
Shadow Force Physical type Type Smart Generation IV 120
Shadow Punch Physical type Type Smart Generation III 60
Shadow Sneak Physical type Type Smart Generation IV 40
Spite Other type Type Tough Generation II -
Trick-or-Treat Other 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
×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
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
×0
¼
×2
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

Known Ghost-type Pokémon Trainers

Agatha(GenIII)Sprite Morty(B2W2)Sprite Phoebe(GenIII)Sprite FantinaB2W2 Shauntal Nouhime Hanzo Kanbe
Kanto Elite Four Agatha Johto Gym Leader Morty Hoenn Elite Four Phoebe Sinnoh Gym Leader Fantina Unova Elite Four Shauntal Spectra Warlord Nō Warlord Servant Hanzō Warlord Servant Kanbei

Ghost-type Pokémon

34 Pokémon are Ghost type. (4.74% of all Pokémon)

Pure Ghost-type Pokémon

9 Pokémon are pure Ghost type. (26.47% 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. (41.18% 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

11 Pokémon are secondary Ghost type. (32.35% 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

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

Mega Evolved Ghost-type Pokémon

Mega Gengar Mega Sableye Mega Banette

094MGengar
#094


Type GhostType Poison

302MSableye
#302


Type DarkType Ghost

354MBanette
#354


Type Ghost

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 spirtis (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 released in Generation I were Gastly and its evolutions.
  • The first pure Ghost-type Pokémon was Misdreavus.

Notes

  1. ^ Before Generation V, Curse was a ???-type move.

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