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#94 Gengar

Discussion in 'Pokémon General' started by Ryan, Nov 23, 2012.

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  1. Ryan

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    #94 Gengar
    Item: Expert belt
    Nature: Timid
    Ability: Levitate
    EVs: 4 Hp, 252 SpA, 252 Spe
    -Shadow Ball
    -Focus Blast
    -Giga Drain​

    What!?!? Gengar gets thunderbolt and Giga Drain! Yes, it does. People often forget that Gengar has moves other than shadow ball and sludge bomb. No one runs an choice'd set anymore such as scarfed or specs, let alone an expert belt to bluff it. Shadow ball and focus blast give Gengar perfect neutral coverage. Throw in thunderbolt and giga drain and you have a couple of unpredictable moves. With all the ground, flying, and water types running around you'll get a few KO's with the thunderbolt or giga drain. Remember bluff the choice'd item, don't do more than one move if you don't have too. Keep thunderbolt and giga drain a secret, then when the time is right pull out the big guns for a KO.

    Now Gengar is an amazing sweeper, but he's the definition of a glass cannon. Gengar cant really take more than one hit so anything scarfed and can out speed it is a problem. Along side with speed is priority, a bullet punch from Scizor or a sucker punch from just about anything will probably OHKO it. Additionally it is pursuit bait trying to switch it out from a tyranitar only leading to it's demise. Then there's the special walls blissey, chansey, tentacrule, and gastrodon. While gengar has the moves available to deal supereffevtive damage, it'll still require several hits to knock them out.

    Gengar counters quite a bit, such as choice'd Terrakion locked into close combat or earthquake, any fighting types that dont have the type coverage to handle a ghost. The obvious normal types, then any physical walls that cant take it's hits. Now if bluffing isn't you're style, dont sweat. Replace the expert belt out for a choice scarf to out speed nearly anything, or a choiced spec's to deal heavy damage to even special walls. Just remember though, one Pokémon does not make your team. Ignore Gengar's weaknesses and it could be a hindrence, or build around them and it'll be your greatist asset.
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