Gastly (Pokémon)

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Cloyster #091: Cloyster
Pokémon
#093: Haunter Haunter
Gastly
ゴース Ghos
#092
092Gastly.png
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
Body01.png
Footprint
 F092.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Indeterminate group 21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
1
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 95 Battle Exp.: 951*

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

It evolves into Haunter starting at level 25, who evolves into Gengar when traded.

Biology

Physiology

Gastly appears to be nothing more that a black ball of ghostly matter that is surrounded by a purple glow of smog. Gastly has big, white eyes and a mouth with a pair of fangs in it. Gastly's face is 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. However, it apparently can communicate with telepathy.

Gastly can learn and use the elemental punches, despite appearing to have no hands.

Behavior

As a Template:Type2 Pokémon, Gastly tend to be pranksters that go scaring people just for the fun of it. They are also proficient at sneaking up on unsuspecting prey and putting it to sleep or poisoning it through its skin. As Gastly's body is blown away by wind, groups of them shall gather under the eaves of houses to prevent being blown away.

Habitat

Gastly live in old, dilapidated buildings and can also be found at cemeteries. It is a common sight in Kanto, Johto and Sinnoh.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

As the victims of Gastly's gas enveloping technique have been called prey, it can be presumed that it derives energy from them. It may also lick its prey.

In the anime

File:TheGhostofMaidensPeak.gif
Gastly in the anime

Major appearances

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.

The first time a regular Gastly appeared was in The Tower of Terror. Ash and his friends went to Lavender Town in search of a Template:Type2 Pokémon to aid Ash in defeating Sabrina.

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 everyone away.

Minor appearances

File:Jenny Gastly.png
Officer Jenny's Gastly

An Officer Jenny owned a Gastly in Pikachu Re-volts. This Gastly appeared to be the only Pokémon not affected by the psychic wave caused by Butch & Cassidy's Drowzee.

A Gastly appeared in Ghoul Daze!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP020 Gastly Ash's Pokédex Gastly, a Ghost Pokémon. It is usually invisible. Its specialty is Hypnosis.
Original series entries continue below.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP095 Gastly Ash's Pokédex Gastly, the Gas Pokémon. Some researchers believe this Pokémon is a Multidimensional being.
This concludes the entries from the original series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP028 Gastly Dawn's Pokédex Gastly, the Gas Pokémon. Although it can sneak in anywhere with its gaseous body, it can also be blown away by wind.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In the manga

Gastly first appears in Volume 1 of Pokémon Adventures, 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 Template:Type2 army Agatha sends out to attack the Gym Leaders.

The Masked Man 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.

Gastly also appear in the Diamond & Pearl chapter.

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 them in gas.
Platinum Born from gases, anyone would faint if engulfed by its gaseous body, which contains poison.
HeartGold With its gas-like body, it can sneak into any place it desires. However, it can be blown away by wind.
SoulSilver Its thin body is made of gas. Despite lacking substance, it can envelop an opponent of any size and cause suffocation.
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
Common Route 209, Old Chateau, Eterna Forest, Lost Tower
HeartGold SoulSilver
Common Bell Tower, Sprout Tower, Safari Zone
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
Dim Cave, Scary Cave
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
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Buried Relic (9F-14F)
Darknight Relic (1F-6F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Sky Stairway (1F-49F)
Pokémon Ranger Dusk Factory
Sekra Mountain Range
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Ranger School
Pokémon Rumble Eternal Tower

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

Base stats

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

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/4 ★★★★
Power
1/1
Skill
4/4 ★★★★
Stamina
1/2
Jump
3/4 ★★★
Total
13/15 ★★

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:

Learnset

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

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By breeding

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By tutoring

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|- style="background:#A292BC" | colspan="13" | Bold indicates a move that gets STAB
Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only from an evolution of this Pokémon
A colored initial indicates that the move is not available to be tutored in this game,
while a colored background indicates that the move is available.
|} |}

TCG-only moves

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin092.png Pinani092.png 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani092.png 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP092.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 1%
Friend Area: Darkness Ridge
Phrases
51%-100% HP Peeeuuw! Do I smell gas?
26%-50% HP Umm... There goes half my HP.
1%-25% HP I'm growing faint... My gas is seeping away...
Level up I leveled up! Joy of joys! My gas thickened, too!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up! Joy of joys! My gas thickened, too!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP092.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: G
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Ghost  Poké Assist: Ghost PA.png
( Ghost )
Field move: None
Loops: 5 Min. exp.: 42 Max. exp.: 66
Browser entry  
Gastly fades in and out of view while it tries to spirit your Pokémon away.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Ghost  Poké Assist: Ghost PA.png
( Ghost )
Field move: Psy Power 1 field move.png
(Psy Power ×1)
Browser entry  
It attacks by spitting out eerie orbs.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Ghost  Ghost Assist.png
( Ghost )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Psy Power 1 field move.png
(Psy Power ×1)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

Gastly
Unevolved
Gastly
 Ghost  Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 25


Haunter
First evolution
Haunter
 Ghost  Poison 
Pal Pad
Trade


Gengar
Second evolution
Gengar
 Ghost  Poison 

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.png Spr b 2g 092.png
Spr 2g 092 s.png Spr 2s 092 s.png Spr 2c 092 s.png 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

  • 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 as egg moves from Dusclops or Dusknoir or as move tutor moves.
    • As shown in the anime episode The Tower of Terror, it is able to create hands out of its gas around the black matter.
  • Gastly is the first Ghost Pokémon in National Pokédex order; its evolutionary line comprise the only Ghost-types present during Generation I.
  • Despite all of them being Poison type, Gastly together with its evolutionary family are not able to learn Template:Type2 moves by leveling up.
  • Gastly's evolution line is the only Ghost-type family that requires the Silph Scope to be seen. Therefore, they must be the only ones that are invisible normally while in the wild; and only in their native region of Kanto.
  • The Gastly family is the only one of the original four trade-evolution families (its own, Geodude's, Abra's, and Machop's) which does not appear in all regional Pokédexes, being absent from Hoenn's.

Origin

It seems to be simply based on general cartoonish ghosts, or maybe a will o' the wisp. It may also have basis in the Japanese yōkai sōgen bi, the decapitated head of a monk whose head is doomed to wander the Earth, consumed by fire.

Name origin

Gastly's name origin may be a combination of gas and ghastly, dreadfully frightening or horrible. Its Japanese name Ghos (ゴース) is simply a shortened form of ghost and may also incorporate gas into its name. Its French name is a corrupt version of phantom.

In other languages

  • German: Nebulak - Referring to Nebel (fog or mist) and nebula.
  • French: Fantominus - From fantôme (ghost). The rest may come from minus, which is a pejorative expression, meaning useless, or waste of time.
  • Korean: 고오스 Gooseu

External links

Notes


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