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Should you feel yourself attacked by a sudden chill, it is evidence of an approaching Gengar. There is no escaping it. Give up.
~ The Pokédex in Pokémon Sun on Gengar.
It lays traps, hoping to steal the lives of those it catches. If you stand in front of its mouth, you'll hear your loved ones' voices calling out to you.
~ The Pokédex in Pokémon Shield on Gigantimax Gengar.

Gengar, also known as the Shadow Pokémon, is a dual Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon introduced in the first generation. It is the final evolution of the Gastly line, evolving from Haunter when traded. While Gengar is not a sinister Pokémon by nature, there were many instances of where Gengar served as villains.

Appearance

Gengar has a roundish body covered in dark purple fur that spikes out at the top of its head. It has short arms and legs with three digits on each limb, a stubby tail, and two pointed ears. Its face consists of two pink eyes and a wide mouth that is usually curled in a wicked grin. In its shiny form, Gengar's fur turns dark gray.

In its Mega Evolution form, Gengar loses its legs with its arms, ears, and tail expanded in size. The fur on its arms, tail, and down its back is sharper and spikier. A third oval, yellow, and unblinking eye appears on its forehead. The lower portion of its body turns red. In its shiny form, Mega Gengar's fur turns white.

In its Gigantamax form, Gengar's lower body sinks into the ground, with its tail and arms protruding through the floor. Its eyes are white with yellow scleras. Its mouth becomes a gaping maw that tunnels down its throat with a long tongue sticking out. According to the Pokédex, its mouth is a tunnel to the afterlife. In its shiny form, Gigantamax Gengar's fur turns white, with its eyes, tongue, and insides of its mouth turn black.

Biography

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Main article: Gengar (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon)

A Gengar is the main antagonist of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, and their Nintendo Switch remake Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. He is the leader of Team Meanies and the boss of Ekans and Madicham. While other rescue teams profit over teamwork to save the day, Team Meanies use profit and status as a team to gain wealth and power, while Gengar plans to one day achieve world domination.

Pokémon Pinball

A Gengar appears as a boss in the second bonus stage of Red Field. After defeating ten Gastly and Haunter each, a giant Gengar appears. Gengar must be hit five times to defeat it and beat the stage.

Pokkén Tournament

Gengar is a playable character in all versions of Pokkén Tournament. It is a Technical style fighter, and Mega Evolves when activating Synergy Burst.

Detective Pikachu

A Gengar plays a role in Chapter 3 where it was one of the Pokémon from the Pokémon Comprehensive Laboratory before its renovation. It was awakened by Carlos Hernando and ordered to make a Trevenant go berserk by eating a berry dosed in R. Tim and Pikachu were later able to apprehend the Gengar and force it to expose the mastermind.

New Pokémon Snap

Gengar appears as in New Pokémon Snap as one of the game's many Pokémon that the player can take photos of, with Gengar in particular being found in Outaway Cave's Cave level. It often appears in ethereal portals, being able to be lured out with music to play tricks on other Pokémon.

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Gengar appears as one of the game's various playable Pokémon, with it appearing as a speedster-type unit with a focus on melee attacks. Starting as a Gastly before evolving into Haunter at Level 5 and then Gengar at Level 9, Gengar has the base moves of Will-O-Wisp (which shoots several purple flames that deals damage to and burns foes) and Lick (which makes the Pokémon use its tongue both as an attack and to drag foes towards the user). Will-O-Wisp can be upgraded at Level 5 to either Shadow Ball (which sends an energy ball towards any direction the player wants, dealing damage and both slowing and decreasing the target's Sp. Def upon impact) or Sludge Bomb (which chucks toxic ooze as an attack that poisons foes), with Lick being able to be upgraded at Level 7 to either Dream Eater (a move that first puts the Pokemon to sleep, and if used again, teleports the user behind the target to attack them in a move that both heals and reduces the cooldown of moves of the target) or Hex (which teleports the target, doing damage to those around it while doing increased damage and reducing the move's cooldown to those under a status effect). Gengar's Unite Move is Phantom Ambush, which has Gengar first hide in a portal to quickly move about, before popping back out on command to both deal damage and slow those around it.

Other Media

Super Smash Bros.

Gengar appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a support spirit that increases a fighter's resistance to poison damage. Its spirit battle is against Donkey Kong on the battlefield form of Luigi's Mansion with a sleep-inducing floor.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

A Gengar is seen facing a Blastoise in an illegal fight club, ultimately winning.

Trivia

  • Gengar is the only non-starter Pokémon to have both a Mega Evolution and Gigantamax form.
  • Before Generation VII, the only ability Gengar could learn was Levitate. Its current ability is Cursed Body.
  • Gengar and its pre-evolutions were the only Ghost-type Pokémon of Generation I.
    • They are also the only Pokémon to have the Ghost and Poison dual typing.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team, while Gengar is escorted through Mt. Freeze and Murky Cave, his moveset consists of Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack, which are moves that Gengar cannot normally learn in the main games.
  • Mega Gengar has the highest base Special Attack stat of all Ghost and Poison-type Pokémon.
  • In Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Gengar is the only Pokémon with the Levitate ability that is not eligible for Sky Battles.
  • Alongside Nidorino, Gengar is one of the first Pokémon seen in both Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue battling in the opening animation.

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