Talk:Gengar (Pokémon)

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Back sprite colors?

Gengar's front sprite uses a different coloration in HG/SS than it does in D/P/Pt. However, only one back sprite is shown here, and it uses the same colors as the D/P/Pt front sprite. Did they change the colors of Gengar's back sprite in HG/SS? It would seem odd to me if they didn't, but if they did, maybe a note to that effect should be added? HerbieHero 14:01, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Urm...someone messed up

I quote... "In Generations I and II, and if Gravity, Skill Swap, or Gastro Acid is used, if the opponent has Mold Breaker, or the Pokémon is given an Iron Ball, the effectiveness of Ground-type moves is 2×."... Were any of them things available in Gen 1 and 2...considering Gravity was introduced in Gen 4? - unsigned comment from Buizel1991 (talkcontribs)

It's not saying that those criteria apply in Generation I and II; It's saying that it was weak to Ground-types back then, before abilities were introduced, and still is if it loses its ability via any of the aforementioned items, abilities, or moves. In fact, it should mention the new move Smack Down as well. Oh, and sign your comments with four tildes (~). --AndyPKMN (talk) 23:56, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Woops my bad =\ curse my reading skills! Sorry, just forgot to sign the comment. slipped my mind =\ Buizel1991 23:55, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

Trivia Worthy?

Gengar and Starmie are the only 2 Pokémon to be ranked as OU by Smogon in every generation, is this good enough to go into the trivia section? - Wexdarn 20:47, 21 February 2012 (UTC) See Starmie. --Spriteit 03:58, 22 February 2012 (UTC)


For location for DPPt, it says "Dongle instead of something like "Rare" or "Common". What does "Dongle" mean? --Ipodboqi 21:45, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

This is a dongle. Basically it means it'll appear when you have one of the Gen III games plugged into your DS at the same time as DPPt. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 21:48, 2 April 2012 (UTC)


Gengar seems to be a Clefable ghost or shadow: they are about of the same size and they have similar shapes (Gengar spikes can perhaps be Clefable wings) - unsigned comment from Reizo20 (talkcontribs)


With the Gastly/Haunter/Gengar line being treated as fully Ghost Types and I believe their secondary typing has not once been addressed in the anime (or even mentioned in a single episode). Would it be noteworthy that they are the only Generation I Pokémon whose secondary typing has not been mentioned once or used in the Anime? G50 03:01, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

They never mention any of the flying/normal types either. I don't think it's that important to be honest. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 03:12, 22 May 2012 (UTC)
Okay, I understand G50 03:13, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Gingis rescue team

Who took out the part about gingis rescue team?!?!Ashichu 19:53, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

gingies rescue 2

I found two errors on the page. Gengar is NOT on team meanies outside of the anime and knows dobble edge. I am going to fix this.Ashichu (talk) 14:09, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

How do I get the box off my writing on the pages? Please tell me! Its realy annoying!Ashichu (talk) 14:14, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

small trivia edit

it says under trivia that gengar is tied for fastest ghost but i belive it shoulde be mentiond that arceus with the spooky plate is faster - unsigned comment from Gman0079 (talkcontribs)

HGSS backsprites

...Should they be on this page? KyuremsIceBlade 22:00, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

Question about ゲンガー

That reads Ge N Ga (with that fourth character modifying the Ga), not Gangar. Why does it say Gangar? I've noticed this in quite a few pages, but I especially remember this one (now that we can edit, I'm asking now). - unsigned comment from Sinnoaria (talkcontribs)

It's the trademarked romanization, so while it's not how it would normally be read, it's how it's written out on official products. This is also the reason for any other ones you've probably seen. --It's Funktastic~!話してください 05:54, 26 October 2013 (UTC)
A full list of trademarked romanizations can be found at our list of Japanese Pokémon names. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 07:12, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

Shiny Mega Gengar

I don't know how to edit Wiki pages, but I bred a shiny ghastly and raised it to a shiny Gengar. Wanted to add the photo to Gengar's page. Here it is: [1] Hopefully someone who knows how to Wiki will add this photo for me. Thanks! - unsigned comment from Omgourds (talkcontribs)

Two new trivia.

Since I don't really know how to wiki, here two info that could pottentially fit in the trivia section.

  • When viewing mega gengar in its pokedex entry, you are unable to move the camera up or down.
  • Gengar, along with scizor, are the only pokémon unable to participate in sky battle that evolve form pokémon that are able to.

(Sorry for my bad english). SaikouTM (talk) 03:17, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Totoro Origin

Because of it's shape, grin and ability to fly, it could also be based on Totoro. - unsigned comment from Robbie (talkcontribs)

It doesn't really resemble Totoro much at all. Anyways, we try to avoid mentioning other copyrighted works in origins unless it's something that's unambiguously clear. --It's Funktastic~!話してください 00:42, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Sure it does; it has a round shape, long pointy ears, a grin, and flies in the air.Robbie (talk) 22:19, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

When Gengar Mega Evolves...

When Gengar Mega Evolves, is that little "gem" in its forehead the Gengarite, or is it actually part of Gengar's body? I read the Mega Evolution description and to be honest, I'm confused! WATERWARRIOR67 (talk) 14:10, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

It's a eye.--ForceFire 14:15, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! WATERWARRIOR67 (talk) 14:29, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Trivia: Both Steelix and Gengar tied with the distinction of being the first trade induced evolution (with or without item) to be met wild

Both Steelix and Gengar tied with the distinction of being the first trade induced evolution (with or without item) to be met wild, which occurred in Generation IV.

While Gengar comes first in the National Dex, it does require a third generation cart dongle, whereas Steelix can be encounterable without any such gimmicks.

After Gen IV, some other Trade-induced evolutions may be encounter-able in the wild (depending on the game), Such as Politoed, Huntail etc.

Theslayer (talk) 15:38, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

We generally go by the rule that something has to be unique (the only one) to be worth noting in Trivia. Since this is two separate Pokémon, it doesn't meet that rule. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 16:31, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Ability Trivia?

This question goes for all Pokemon who've had their ability changed between generations, but would it be worth noting that Gengar's ability changed from Levitate to Cursed Body in the Trivia section?Rainingblues (talk) 09:37, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

I would rather the infobox be modified so we can include the information there. But until then, there's nowhere else on species pages where Abilities are mentioned, leaving Trivia the only place to put it, and I'd rather it be somewhere on species pages than not at all (it seems like quite important information, after all). Put me down as a hesitant vote in favor, but only until it can be put in the infobox instead. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 17:50, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
Um. Can y'all look again at the infobox, and tell me what not adequate? I can't tell if I'm completely missing something here or what... Tiddlywinks (talk) 18:14, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
Ah! Didn't see that. I was thinking more broadly about all of the Pokémon that have had Abilities added/changed over the years. I'm guessing y'all have designed that parameter such that it probably works only for Gengar, or maybe a few more but certainly not all that need it. I've seen Ability change trivia removed from several species pages (like Ferrothorn, for the first one off the top of my head), so I didn't think to check if the infobox was modified in this specific article. My request still stands in regard to the other Pokémon on the list, though. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 18:26, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
That's not exactly an Ability change on Ferrothorn, though, that's it gaining a HA. When an Ability completely changes like Gengar's (or Venipede's), then it's easier to show the old one in a separate place. But when there is no old Ability, in our current layout, it's much harder to add a note about when the "new" one became available. (Unless you think of the old one literally as "None" and try to do the something like with Gengar for Ferrothorn's HA. That still seems a bit odd, perhaps, though. And that's mostly HAs... I'm really unsure what you could/should do for something like Feebas's Oblivious.) Tiddlywinks (talk) 20:20, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
I'm in favor of "None". Anything that makes the change easily visible. As for Feebas, perhaps "Swift Swim or Oblivious"/"Swift Swim (standard Ability prior to Generation VI)"? I'm kind of just spitballing here; I just think something more visible is better than what we've got now, where you have to bother to click to the Ability's page and scroll to the note at the bottom of the Pokemon list in order to even see whether it was changed or not. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 20:25, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Which picture of Mega Gengar should I use for Pokken? (To show the portal thing)

I tired to get a good shot of it alone, but it was really difficult, if not impossible. I took 6 pictures on my Switch and am wondering which one I should upload. ¿¡Unowninator?! (talk) 17:07, 17 October 2018 (UTC)


Is Gengar no longer capable of having Levitate, or is it now split between Lev and Cursed Body? The bio implies the former but I thought they still could Pallukun (talk) 17:09, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

It is the former. Cursed Body is now the only ability non-Mega Gengar can have. Gengarzilla! 19:13, 18 September 2019 (UTC)