How to beat Mega Gengar in Pokémon Go – Weaknesses, counters, strategies

How do you take down Mega Gengar?

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The Mega Raids in Pokémon Go don’t mess around. You and a group of trainers need to work together to take down the Mega-Evolved Pokémon to acquire its energy and evolve your Pokémon to their respective Mega Evolutions. For those looking to receive Mega Gengar energy, you need to find Mega Gengar raids randomly scattered around the game starting on October 23, the same day Pokémon Go’s Halloween 2020 event goes live. It won’t be around forever. Here’s what you need to know to beat it with your group of friends.

Mega Gengar weaknesses

Mega Gengar is a Ghost and Poison-type Pokémon, the same as its standard evolution. It’s weak to Dark, Ghost, Ground, and Psychic-type attacks. However, it’s resistant to Bug, Normal, Poison, Fairy, Grass, and Fighting-type Pokémon. You want to avoid using any of these attacks against it during the fight.

Pokémon to counter Mega Gengar

The best Pokémon to use in the raid battle against Mega Gengar include Mewtwo, Origin Giratina, and Mega Houndoom.

Mewtwo is likely the best Pokémon to use against Mega Gengar. It’s purely a Psychic-type Pokémon, and if you have the shadow version of it, it’s easily the strongest Pokémon in the game once you remove frustration from its moveset. It has a maximum CP of 4,178 CP, an attack of 300, a defense of 182, and a stamina of 214. The best moves your Mewtwo can use during the battle include confusion for its fast attack and psychic and shadow ball.

Not too far behind Mewtwo is Origin Giratina, another legendary Pokémon that trainers might have in their collection. It’s a Ghost and Dragon-type Pokémon and one of the more difficult creatures to capture. It’s elusive and incredibly powerful. It has a maximum CP of 3,683, an attack of 225, a defense of 187, and a stamina of 284. The best moves it can use against Mega Gengar include shadow claw for its fast move, and then shadow ball and ominous wind for its charge moves.

The final best Pokémon choice you can use against Mega Gengar is Mega Houndoom. It’s a powerful Dark and Fire-type Pokémon that also provides an attack boost to your team during a battle, so it’s always good to use a Mega-Evolved Pokémon during a mega raid. Mega Houndoom has a maximum CP of 3,842, an attack of 289, a defense of 194, and stamina of 181. During the battle, the best moves it can use are snarl for its fast attack and foul play and crunch for its charge attacks.

There are other Pokémon you want to use against Mega Gengar to back up your stronger choices. The other good Pokémon include Metagross, Garchomp, Groudon, Rhyperior, Darkrai, Gengar, Hydreigon, Victini, Excadrill, and Chandelure. Once you defeat Mega Gengar, you have a chance to capture a standard Gengar using a limited number of Premier Balls and receive Mega Gengar energy based on how quickly you and your teammates were able to defeat it.