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Pokemon Unite Gengar Build: Best Moves, Items, Strategy & More

Pokemon Unite gives you access to a whole host of different playable Pokemon, but none are quite as intimidating as the ghoulish Gengar. So without further ado, here is a guide on how best to play the ghost-type menace more effectively.

Pokemon Unite is finally here and many Switch owners are eagerly jumping in on the action. Whilst there is a huge roster of Pokemon to choose from, Gengar appears to be one of the most powerful for offensive and fast-paced action.

Interestingly, Gengar is listed as a Speedster, this means his job is to overwhelm and confuse the enemy with blinding speed. However, Gengar is also part of the melee specification, making him a tough character to play well.

In fact, Gengar comes with an ‘Expert’ level of difficulty. In order to play Gengar, you’re going to have to be quick, accurate, and adaptable with your moves.

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Gengar Guide – Pokemon Unite


Gengar begins the game as a simple Gastly, but at level 5 he transforms into Haunter. Finally, at level 9 Haunter will evolve into Gengar.

Unique Abilities

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

Basic Attack – Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, lunging at an opposing Pokemon and dealing damage.

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Level 1/3

The same rule applies for all Pokemon in Pokemon Unite, you are able to choose one of two moves to change up your strategy for each game. However, bear in mind the alternative ability will also be unlocked at level 3.

Will-O-Wisp – 5s Cooldown – shoots multiple sinister flames, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and leaving them burned when hit.

Lick – 7s Cooldown – Attacks with the user’s tongue and pulls opposing Pokemon towards the user.

Will-O-Wisp is the optimal choice for Gengar due to the fact he can attack from range and it has a shorter cool-down. Alternatively, pick Lick if you want to disrupt the enemy team and make securing kills easier for your teammates.

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Level 5

Shadow Ball – 4.5s Cooldown – Hurls a shadowy blob at the target, decreasing the movement speed and Sp. Def of opposing Pokemon for a short time when hit.

Upgrade: Increases damage dealt by this move

Sludge Bomb – 8s Cooldown – Hurls unsanitary sludge to the designated area, leaving opposing Pokemon poisoned when it hits.

Upgrade: increases the poison effects duration

Sludge Bomb is the best choice for Gengar at this stage of the game due to the AOE nature of the attack. Furthermore, Hex can be used in conjunction in order to reduce the cooldown time of this move.

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Level 7

Dream Eater – Cooldown 8s – Puts opposing Pokemon to sleep when it hits. If used again while a nearby opposing Pokemon is asleep, the user appears behind the sleeping Pokemon and attacks, restoring the user’s HP and reducing the cooldown of Shadowball or Sludge Bomb.

Upgrade: Increases the amount of damage dealt and HP restored by this move.

Hex – Cooldown 7.5s – Has the user disappear and move to the designated location, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect when the user re-appears. If this hits an opposing Pokemon that is afflicted by a status condition, it deals increased damage and its cooldown is reduced.

Upgrade: Increases damage dealt by this move

Hex is Gengar’s best move without a doubt. Whilst it grants Gengar the ability to travel through walls to surprise enemies or escape from harm, it can also provide a neat cooldown reduction. Hex should be used to initiate on a poisoned target.

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Level 9

Unite Move – Phantom Ambush – Has the user jump to the designated area and start 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.

As a sneaky ability, Gengar’s Unite Move should be used to initiate team fights by jumping into the fray from the rear or from the flank. This is an incredibly powerful ability so don’t waste it unnecessarily unless you’ve got the team to back you up.

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Best Gengar Items – Pokemon Unite

When playing as the ghostly Gengar, we recommend using the following Held items for best results:

Held Items

  • Wise Glasses – Increases the damage of special attacks.
  • Sp. Atk. Specs – Permanently increase Sp. Attack upon scoring a goal.
  • Energy Amplifier – After using your Unite Move, you deal extra damage for a short time.

Sp. Attack is the name of the game for Gengar, all of these Held items grant Gengar increased damage in some way making him a clear and visible (or invisible) threat on the battlefield.

Battle Item

We definitely recommend the X Attack to temporarily increase Gengar’s Sp. Attack stat even further. Furthermore, this item will turn Gengar into a monstrous damage dealer when played correctly and at the right time.

Gengar Strategy in Pokemon Unite

  • The key to playing Gengar is all in the damage and his hit-and-run playstyle. You want to play Gengar stealthily, hide in bushes and keep to the outskirts to farm points. However, you’ll want to help out teammates with effective ganks and co-ordinate with allies.
  • Sludge Bomb and Hex will grant you AOE damage, make sure you use Hex as a means of mobility to get around the map and to surprise enemies.
  • Sludge Bomb into Hex into Hex once more is an effective combo. Gengar’s Unite Move should always be used to initiate into a fight, and X-Attack should be utilized right before it.

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