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Gastly (Pokémon)

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000 #{{{prevnum}}}: Cloyster
Pokémon
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Gastly
ゴース Ghos
#092
130
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Ghost Poison
Category
Gas Pokémon
Ability
Levitate
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,059,860
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#092
Johto
#058
Hoenn
#262
Sinnoh
#069
Regional Browser numbers
Height
4′03″
Imperial
1.3 m
Metric
Weight
0.2 lbs.
Imperial
0.1 kg
Metric
Dex color
Purple
Catch rate
190 (24.8%)
Body style
BodyUnknown.png
Footprint
 F092.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Indeterminate group 1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 95 Battle Exp.: 951*

Gastly (Japanese: ゴース Ghos) is a Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon.

Its ability is Levitate, which prevents damage to it from Ground-type moves.

Biology

Physiology

Gastly appears to be nothing more that a black ball of ghostly matter that is surrounded by a purple glow. Gastly has big, white eyes and a mouth with a pair of fangs in it. Gastly's face is apparently similar to Cloyster's, but the two Pokémon aren't related.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Due to having a body made of gas, Gastly can slip into any place it wants. However, Gastly's body will dwindle away when exposed to a strong wind (but it can probably regenerate itself later). A Gastly is capable of toppling an Indian Elephant within two seconds by enveloping it in poisonous gas.

Despite Gastly's evolutionary level, it is quite powerful at using special attacks such as Shadow Ball, Dark Pulse, Thunderbolt and Energy Ball. Gastly can learn quite a few moves with all sorts of disruptive effects such as Will-O-Wisp, Confuse Ray, Hypnosis, Taunt and Embargo.

There have been claims that on rare occasions, a Gastly can gain the ability to speak like a human and transform itself, but these rumors have yet to be proven true.

Behavior

As a Ghost-type Pokémon, Gastly tend to be pranksters that go scaring people just for the fun of it.

Habitat

Gastly live in old, dilapidated buildings and can also be found at cemetaries.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

File:Gastly anime.gif
Gastly in the anime

Gastly first appeared in The Ghost of Maiden's Peak. This Gastly had the ability to talk and shape-shift. He kept posing himself as the spirit of the woman which legend said turned to stone after many years of waiting for her love to return to her. Gastly kept on toying with the minds of young men. Brock and James just happened to become victims of Gastly's trickery.

The first time a regular Gastly appeared was in The Tower of Terror. Ash and friends went to Lavender Town in search of a Ghost-type Pokémon to aid Ash in defeating Sabrina.

An Officer Jenny owned a Gastly in Pikachu Re-volts.

Morty used a Gastly to battle Ash in From Ghost to Ghost.

A pair of Gastly were among a group of Ghost Pokémon living in an abandoned mine in Fear Factor Phony. The Ghost Pokémon couldn't stand the partying Psychic Pokémon that lived in the nearby town, so they created a Haunter-like illusion to scare anyone away.

In the manga

Gastly first appears in Template:PSV of Pokémon Special, possessing the corpses of dead Pokémon in Pokémon Tower. Red's Bulbasaur manages to defeat it by sucking up the surrounding air with its bulb, along with Gastly's gaseous form, and expelling it in a SolarBeam.

Gastly also forms as part of the Ghost-type army Agatha sends out to attack the Gym Leaders.

The Mask of Ice also used a Gastly in his team to capture Celebi, due to its type advantage. It was purposed to possess intruders that entered the Ilex Forest. Later, during the fight at the Indigo Stadium, it took out Suicune using its Curse technique, locking Suicune and Misty inside Suicune's crystal wall. It was later defeated by Eusine's Haunter.

In the TCG

Main article: Gastly (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Almost invisible, this gaseous Pokémon cloaks the target and puts it to sleep without notice.
Blue
Yellow Said to appear in decrepit, deserted buildings. It has no real shape as it appears to be made of a gas.
Stadium Made of a thin, gas-like substance that induces fainting if you get enshrouded in it. Will not appear if it is very windy.
Generation II
Gold With its gas-like body, it can sneak into any place it desires. However, it can be blown away by wind.
Silver Its thin body is made of gas. It can envelop an opponent of any size and cause suffocation.
Crystal It wraps its opponent in its gas-like body, slowly weakening its prey by poisoning it through the skin.
Stadium 2 With its gas-like body, it can sneak into any place it desires. However, it can be blown away by wind.
Generation III
Ruby Gastly is largely composed of gaseous matter. When exposed to a strong wind, the gaseous body quickly dwindles away. Groups of this Pokémon cluster under the eaves of houses to escape the ravages of wind.
Sapphire Gastly is largely composed of gaseous matter. When exposed to a strong wind, the gaseous body quickly dwindles away. Groups of this Pokémon cluster under the eaves of houses to escape the ravages of wind.
Emerald When exposed to a strong wind, a Gastly's gaseous body quickly dwindles away. They cluster under the eaves of houses to escape the ravages of wind.
FireRed A being that exists as a thin gas. It can topple an Indian elephant by enveloping the prey in two seconds.
LeafGreen Almost invisible, this gaseous Pokémon cloaks the target and puts it to sleep without notice.
Generation IV
Diamond This Pokémon's body is 95% made up of gases, which are blown away by strong gusts of wind.
Pearl A Pokémon born from poison gases. It defeats even the largest foes by enveloping then in gas.
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Common Pokémon Tower
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
Common Pokémon Tower
Generation II
Gold Silver
Common Tin Tower, Sprout Tower
Crystal
Common Routes 31, 32, and 36, Tin Tower, Sprout Tower
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Common Pokémon Tower
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Many Route 209, Old Chateau, Lost Tower
Platinum
None Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Trozei! Phobosphere
Endless Level 38
Trozei Battle
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Buried Relic (9F-14F)
Darknight Relic (1F-6F)
Pokémon Ranger Dusk Factory
Sekra Mountain Range

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 30
90 - 137 170 - 264
Attack: 35
36 - 95 67 - 185
Defense: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Sp.Atk: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Sp.Def: 35
36 - 95 67 - 185
Speed: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Total: 310   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 100.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None

Notes:

  1. If a move such as Foresight is used, the effectiveness of Normal and Fighting becomes 1× and ½×, respectfully.
  2. In Generations I and II, or in later generations if Skill Swap is used or an Iron Ball is held, the effectiveness of Ground becomes 2×.
  3. In Generation I, the effectiveness of Bug-type moves is 1×.

Learnset

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By leveling up

Level Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV
RSE FR/LG
Start Lick
Night Shade
Confuse Ray
Hypnosis
Lick
Hypnosis
Lick
Hypnosis
Lick
5 Spite
8 Spite Spite Mean Look
12 Curse
13 Mean Look Mean Look Curse
15 Night Shade
16 Curse Curse Night Shade
19 Confuse Ray
21 Night Shade Night Shade Confuse Ray
22 Sucker Punch
26 Payback
27 Hypnosis
28 Confuse Ray Confuse Ray Dream Eater
29 Shadow Ball
33 Dream Eater Dream Eater Destiny Bond Dream Eater
35 Dream Eater
36 Destiny Bond Destiny Bond Shadow Ball Dark Pulse
40 Destiny Bond
41 Nightmare
43 Nightmare
48 Mean Look

By TM/HM

# Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV
TM03 Curse
TM06 Toxic Toxic Toxic Toxic
TM07 Zap Cannon
TM09 Psych Up
TM10 Hidden Power Hidden Power Hidden Power
TM11 Sunny Day Sunny Day Sunny Day
TM12 Taunt Taunt
TM13 Snore
TM17 Protect Protect Protect
TM18 Rain Dance Rain Dance Rain Dance
TM19 Giga Drain Giga Drain Giga Drain
TM20 Rage Endure
TM21 Mega Drain Frustration Frustration Frustration
TM24 Thunderbolt Thunderbolt Thunderbolt
TM25 Thunder Thunder
TM27 Return Return Return
TM29 Psychic Psychic Psychic Psychic
TM30 Shadow Ball Shadow Ball Shadow Ball
TM31 Mimic
TM32 Double Team Double Team Double Team Double Team
TM34 Bide Swagger
TM35 Sleep Talk
TM36 Selfdestruct Sludge Bomb Sludge Bomb Sludge Bomb
TM41 Torment Torment
TM42 Dream Eater Dream Eater Facade Facade
TM43 Secret Power Secret Power
TM44 Rest Rest Rest Rest
TM45 Attract Attract Attract
TM46 Psywave Thief Thief Thief
TM47 Explosion
TM48 Skill Swap Skill Swap
TM49 Snatch Snatch
TM50 Substitute Nightmare
TM53 Energy Ball
TM58 Endure
TM61 Will-O-Wisp
TM63 Embargo
TM64 Explosion
TM66 Payback
TM77 Psych Up
TM78 Captivate
TM79 Dark Pulse
TM82 Sleep Talk
TM83 Natural Gift
TM85 Dream Eater
TM87 Swagger
TM90 Substitute
TM92 Trick Room

By breeding

TCG-only Moves

Side game data

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Evolution

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Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 092.png Spr 1y 092.png Spr 1g 092.png Spr b g1 092.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 092.png Spr 2s 092.png Spr 2c 092.gif Spr b 2g 092.png
Spr 2g 092 s.png Spr 2s 092 s.png Spr 2c 092 s.gif Spr b 2g 092 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 092.png Spr 3e 092.png Spr 3f 092.png Spr b 3r 092.png
Spr 3r 092 s.png Spr 3e 092 s.png Spr 3f 092 s.png Spr b 3r 092 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 092.png Spr 4p 092.png Spr 4h 092.png Spr b 4d 092.png
Spr 4d 092 s.png Spr 4p 092 s.png Spr 4h 092 s.png Spr b 4d 092 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 092.png Spr 5b 092.png Spr b 5b 092.png
Spr 5b 092 s.png Spr 5b 092 s.png Spr b 5b 092 s.png
Gastly For other sprites and images, please see Gastly images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Even though Yellow is a game made nearly the same time as Red/Blue, Gastly's sprite shows its black orb while Red/Blue/Green doesn't.
  • Gastly's prototype name was "Spirit".
  • Gastly and its evolution Haunter are the lightest Pokémon in existence.
  • Although it has no visible hands, Gastly is able to learn all the Elemental Punches in Generation IV. It seems that the three moves were added to its Egg Moves list in order to account for more widespread availability on its final evolution, Gengar, which had been able to learn the moves either via TMs or Move Tutors in previous generations. Considering that these moves are now physical, and that it is possible to transfer a Gengar knowing the moves from Generation III, this addition would appear to be unnecessary.
  • Gastly (and its evolve forms) Misdreavus (and its evolve form) are immune to more types than any other Pokémon. They are immune to Normal, Fighting, and Ground.

Origin

It seems to be simply based on general cartoonish ghosts, or maybe a will o' the wisp.

Name origin

Gastly's name origin may be a combination of gas and ghastly, dreadfully frightening or horrible. Ghos is simply a shortened form of ghost. The French name is a corrupt version of phantom.

In other languages

  • German: Nebulak
  • French: Fantominus - Fantôme means ghost, and the rest may come from minus, which is a pejorative expression, meaning useless, or waste of time.
  • Korean: 고오스 Gooseu

External links

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