Pokémon Unite Gengar Guide: Best Build, Held items, Movesets and Gameplay Tips

Tips to play Gengar in the all-new MOBA!

Gengar, a Pokémon that lurks in the shadows, is a master of surprise attacks. It is one of the fan-favorites and a mischievous, ghostly speedster in Pokémon Unite. A master of surprise, Gengar is also a hard Pokémon to play within the new fun MOBA. Therefore, trainers need to be clued up on everything with whatever this sneaky Pokémon has to offer. In Pokémon Unite, Gengar is an A-Tier Speedster with an Expert Difficulty to play. With a moveset that can drop wild Pokémon with no time whatsoever, it can also serve as a major threat in the laning phase and team fights. With a speedy movement passive and high special damage-dealing abilities, Gengar can be highly dominating in the arena. Using this Pokémon properly can result in a match-changing performance. In this guide, we will let you know all about Gengar in Pokémon Unite, his abilities, best items, and team comps.

Previously, we have discussed how to master playing with other Pokémons like Pikachu, MamoswineEldegoss, Zeraora, Blissey, Charizard, Snorlax, Tsareena, Decidueye, Dragonite, Talonflame, Cinderace, Greninja, Gardevoir, Venusaur, Wigglytuff, and Trevenant. Therefore, one must make sure to check those guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Gengar.

Gengar: In-game Cost

Pokemon Unite Gengar
Pokemon Unite Gengar (Image via The Pokémon Company)

Gengar’s Unite License can be obtained with 10,000 Aeos coins or 575 Aeos Gems from the in-game shop called the Unite Battle Committee. Season 2 Battle Pass Space-Style Holowear and masked-style Holowear are available for 1200 Aeos Gems.

Gengar Stats and Evolution

1st Evolution2nd EvolutionFinal Evolution

 Gastly (Lv. 1)
Haunter (Lv. 5)

  Gengar (Lv. 9)

Pokémon Unite Gengar movesets

The Kanto region’s spooky ghosts have some tricky and useful sets of moves in Pokémon Unite. The scariest part of this tricky Pokémon is its combo potential that will leave the enemy Trainer looking at the respawn timer within seconds. With some tricky combos to offer and comparatively hard cast skillsets, Gengar is an Expert level Pokemon to take over.

But once in control, the potential of this Pokémon is massive from mid to late game. In the following section, we would be talking about all the abilities and moves of Gengar across all of its evolutionary forms, and suggest you the best builds out of them.

basic attack gardevoir

Basic Attack

It becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, lunging at an opposing Pokemon and dealing damage.

Passive – Levitate

When the Pokemon is not in combat, its movement speed is increased.

Ability 1- Will-O-Wisp

  • Cooldown: 5 seconds
  • Damage: 357

Shoots multiple sinister flames, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon and leaving them burned when it hits.

Ability choices after reaching 5

With the evolution of Gastly into Haunter at Level 5, Will-O-Wisp can be upgraded to either of these two moves discussed below.

Shadow BallSludge Bomb
It hurls a shadowy blob at the target, decreasing the movement speed and Sp. Def of opposing Pokémon for a short time when it hits.It hurls unsanitary sludge to the designated area, leaving opposing Pokémon poisoned when it hits.
Cooldown: 4.5 seconds
Damage: 1602
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Damage: 13011

Ability 2- Lick

  • Cooldown: 7 seconds
  • Damage: 233

Attacks with the user’s tongue and pulls opposing Pokemon toward the user.

Ability choices after reaching 7 (From Lick) 

With the evolution of Haunter into Gengar at Level 5, Lick can be upgraded to either of these two moves discussed below.

Dream EaterHex
Launches hypnotic waves, on hit with enemy Pokemon, causes them to fall asleep and allows Gengar to use this move again to appear behind Pokemon and attack. This attack restores HP and reduces the cooldown of a specific move. Has the user disappeared and moved to the designated location, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. If this hits an opposing Pokemon that is afflicted by a status condition, it deals increased damage and its cooldown is reduced.
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Damage: 2776
Cooldown: 7.5 seconds
Damage: 1371

Unite Move – Phantom Ambush

  • Cooldown: 1 seconds
  • Damage: 2487

Has the user jumped to the designated area and started sneaking with increased movement speed. If the Unite Move is used again, it deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

Best items for Gengar in Pokémon Unite

Further in this guide, we will discuss the best-held items for Gengar in Pokémon Unite, as well as its best battle item.

Best Held items for Gengar

Item Why it’s useful
Wise GlassesAs this item increases Sp. Atk by 3/5/7% it is needless to say that this is the perfect item for Gengar as this Pokemon heavily relies on Sp. Atk.
Shell BellThis battle item recovers the user’s HP a bit, each time it hits the opponent with a move. The amount of recovered HP depends upon the item’s level and the Pokemon’s Sp. Atk. Since Gengar is an attacker with SP. Atk but has very low endurance, this item comes in handy.
Buddy BarrierTo support allies during the Unite move phase this item is very amazing. When the Gengar will use its Unite Move, then itself and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to 20% of their max HP. This can help to win close teamfights.

Besides these, gamers can also use the following battle item combinations for Gengar.

  • Shell Bell, Wise Glasses, Assault Vest
  • Shell Bell, Wise Glasses, Choice Specs
  • Special Attack Specs, Shell Bell, Wise Glasses

Best Battle Items for Gengar

  • Eject Button: Genagar is a Pokemon with very low endurance, hence might often need retreating. Eject Button helps in this purpose.
  • X-attack: It boosts the Pokemon’s Atk. and Sp. Atk., and hence, can be helpful for an attacker like Gengar.Fluffy Tail: Prevents wild Pokemon from acting and increases their damage taken by 1.5 times so that Gengar can farm fast and deal a lot of damage.
  • Fluffy Tail: Prevents wild Pokemon from acting and increases their damage taken by 1.5 times so that Gengar can farm fast and deal a lot of damage.

Pokemon Unite Gengar Gameplay Tips

Gengar excels at chipping away at opponents from range before teleporting in to secure the kills. This tricky Speedster can easily go to the back lane and secure the damage dealer kills from behind. With its high damage skills and spamming abilities, Gengar makes the life of the opponent very uncomfortable in the late game. Our Pokémon Unite Gengar Guide includes the perfect game plan for the early and late game during Unite battles.

Early Game

In the early stages, it is crucial to level up to unlock Gengar’s every set of moves and focus laning with the team. As Gengar is really weak in the early game as Gastly, users should take time to farm and open every set of abilities and try to sneak up some kills. It is recommended to choose Will-O-Wisp first, as its burn effect is quite useful. Gastly can also use Lick to harass enemy Pokemon.

Image via The Pokémon Company

Gengar as Gastly in Early Game

Since Gengar has low durability, avoiding fights as much as possible at the beginning will be the smart move. Users should stay behind another damage dealer and support that Pokemon to secure kills and to defend.

Late Game

After evolving into Haunter and taking Shadow Ball allows Gengar to deal more damage and poke enemies from a distance. But the trainer should keep focusing on supporting the other damaged dealers. Using Lick and Shadow Ball gives the user a good grip to deny enemy escape resulting in some secure kills. Gengar is also a good supporter slaining Rotoms or Drednaws. 

Pokémon Unite Gengar gameplay
Image via The Pokémon Company

Gengar in Late Game

Since Gengar is a  Speedster, it can rotate from the center to other lanes faster than most. This makes Gengar quite dangerous in ganks and useful to join in fights out of nowhere. Gengar is amazing for killing squishy Pokemon in the back lane during battles.

Since it can put them to sleep and reduce their movement speed, Gengar makes escape pretty difficult without any help from allies. Users should focus on supporting their team in every big fight during objective claiming and always focus on the backline damage dealer so that at the right moment a takeout move can be performed.


As a Speedster Gengar can be very handy when it’s jungling as the rotation speed will be an additional point for the users. Gengar can also be used in the bottom lane to support a damage dealer and help defeat Drednaw.

Gengar with other Pokémon

Best Synergies with Gengar

Our Pokémon Unite Gengar guide also focuses upon the relationship between Gengar and other Pokémon.

Pokémon Benefits
CrustleCrustle can be used to trap enemies with Rock Tomb so that they can not escape from Gengar’s ability, thus resulting in an amazing combo play.
CrustlePikachu is a very high damage dealer also it can stun. Pikachu’s stun moves allow Gengar to beat out the opponents before they could even attempt to escape.
Alolan NinetalesSimilar to the other Pokemon mentions which are good with Gengar, Alolan Ninetales also has some cool crowd control abilities. These abilities can allow Gengar to spam its skills and implement combos resulting in a perfect KO composition.

Pokémon which are strong and weak against Gengar

Strong againstWeak against
Lucario Alolan Ninetales
Absol Pikachu
Alolan Ninetales Gardevoir

Pokémon Unite Gengar: Tips, tricks, and strategies

  1. Though Gengar is a melee Pokemon Gengar is best to use its moves when they are not on cooldown to land ferocious damage.
  2. Sludge Bomb not just damages enemies in the area, but poisons them. Poisoning enemies cause damage over several seconds, so trying to get as many enemies in the Sludge Bombs as much as possible will be handy.
  3. Retreating with Hex is useful and Gengar’s Levitate will allow it to leave with increased movement speed to safety. Gengar is squishy, so users should try to escape if battles are far too risky for them.
  4. Hex cooldown is reduced when using on an enemy with a status condition. Users should keep an eye on what sorts of status conditions your teammates can also implant, so Gengar can spam Hex more often by which the team can dominate team fights.

Final Thoughts

With this, we conclude our guide on Gengar. One of the oldest Ghost-type Pokemon in the series Gengar has a special place in every fan’s heart. Powerful, charming, and mischievous all the mixture of fan-favorite elements makes Gengar the perfect choice for any trainer. In the new MOBA, this trickster looks just as fine as the anime. Very effective in the teamfights and combo options making him one of the most fun Pokemon to play in Pokemon Unite.

That’s all for today’s Pokémon Unite Gengar Guide. Do you prefer to use Gengar in any other way? Let us know in the comment section below!

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