Best moveset for Gengar and Mega Gengar in Pokémon Go

What are the best moves to use?

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While the stats of a Pokémon in Pokémon Go make a choice powerful, the types of attacks and movesets are unique to each choice. Not every Pokémon knows the same moves, limiting the attacks they can use in combat. Gengar is one of those Pokémon who has several unique choices available to you, and you want it to use the best ones available to it. When it Mega-Evolves, it receives a hefty power boost, and Gengar and Mega Gengar share the same moveset. What is the best combination yours can learn?

Gengar is a Ghost and Poison-type Pokémon. It has a maximum CP of 2,878, an attack of 261, a defense of 149, and stamina of 155. It has several resistances, making it a great counter to some of the more powerful Pokémon you regularly see in the Great and Ultra battle league. Mega Gengar has a maximum CP of 4,336, an attack of 349, a defense of 199, and stamina of 155. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use Gengar’s Mega-Evolved form against other players, but you can use it in various raids.

These are all of the moves Gengar and Mega Gengar can learn.

Fast moves

  • Hex (Ghost-type) – 6 damage, and 4 energy per turn (2 damage per turn)
  • Lick (Ghost-type) – 3 damage, and 3 energy per turn (3 damage per turn)
  • Shadow Claw (Ghost-type) – 6 damage and 4 energy per turn (3 damage per turn)
  • Sucker Punch (Dark-type) – 5 damage and 3.5 energy per turn (2.5 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Dark Pulse (Dark-type) – 80 damage and 50 energy
  • Focus Blast (Fighting-type) – 140 damage and 75 energy
  • Psychic (Psychic-type) – 90 damage and 55 energy (10 percent chance to lower the opponent’s defense by 1).
  • Shadow Ball (Ghost-type) – 100 damage and 55 energy
  • Shadow Punch (Ghost-type) – 40 damage and 35 energy
  • Sludge Bomb (Poison-type) – 110 damage and 65 energy
  • Sludge Wave (Poison-type) – 80 damage and 50 energy

Gengar has several options available to it, making your choice a bit complicated. Let’s focus on the fast move first. Of the four choices, shadow claw and hex provide the most energy per turn. They also do the most damage, but shadow claw will do more damage per turn, giving you the most bang for your buck. While hex is a good secondary option, the superior choice is shadow claw.

Time to focus on the charge move, easily the hardest choice because of how powerful these attacks can be. We can narrow down the choices. Focus blast is not what you want to use with Gengar, despite it doing the most damage. The same goes for sludge bomb and psychic, despite psychic’s passive effect of potentially lowering an opponent’s defensive stats. You’re left with dark pulse, shadow ball, shadow punch, and sludge wave. Gengar will receive the same attack type bonus (STAB) effect for using shadow ball, shadow punch, and sludge wave, meaning you can get rid of dark pulse. Of the three, the best options are shadow punch and shadow ball, given the amount of damage and energy they require. However, if your Gengar to use two different attack types that both receive a STAB effect, you want to use shadow punch and sludge wave.

Gengar’s best moves lean heavily into it being a Ghost-type Pokémon, so you want the best one can fight against other Ghost-type Pokémon and Psychic-types. The best fast move is shadow claw, and the best charge moves are shadow ball and shadow punch. You can switch shadow ball out for sludge wave if you want to use a Poison-type attack instead.