The Ghost-type was introduced in Pokémon Red & Green in 1996. At present, there are 88 different Pokémon, including unique forms and Mega Evolutions, that share this type and 33 different moves with it.
Attack Count: 33
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The Ghost type (Japanese: ゴーストタイプ Ghost type ) is one of the eighteen types . Ghost-type moves are super effective against Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokémon , while Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to Dark - and Ghost-type moves.
- 1.1 Overall
- 1.2 Fully evolved
- 2.1 Generation I
- 2.2 Generations II to V
- 2.3 Generation VI onwards
- 2.4 Additional effects
- 3.1 Pure Ghost-type Pokémon
- 3.2.1 Primary Ghost-type Pokémon
- 3.2.2 Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon
- 3.3 Changed types
- 4 Pokéstar Studios opponents
- 5.1 Changed types
- 6.1 Interacting with the Ghost type
- 6.2 Exclusive Abilities
- 7.1 Cram-o-matic
- 8 Notable Ghost-type Trainers
- 9.1 Core series
- 9.2 Side series
- 9.3 Spin-off games
- 10 In the TCG
- 12 In other languages
Fully evolved, battle properties.
Note: Type effectiveness multipliers may vary in other games outside the core series .
Generations ii to v, generation vi onwards, additional effects.
If the user has the Ability Scrappy or Mind's Eye , or the target is under the effect of the moves Foresight or Odor Sleuth , Normal - and Fighting-type moves will deal ×1 damage to Ghost-type Pokémon .
In Generation I only, Ghost-type Pokémon cannot be paralyzed by Lick , and are affected by Bide , Counter , Seismic Toss , SonicBoom , and Super Fang , despite these moves being Normal-type, which the Ghost type is normally immune to.
The move Curse , introduced in Generation II , functions differently when used by a Ghost-type Pokémon.
In Generations II and III only, Ghost-type Pokémon are immune to Glare .
From Generation VI onwards, Ghost-type Pokémon are immune to effects that prevent recall or escape (such as Mean Look and Shadow Tag ), and they are also guaranteed to flee from any wild battle regardless of Speed .
The move Trick-or-Treat , introduced in Generation VI, adds the Ghost type to the target's types .
As of Generation IX , 72 Pokémon or 7.05% of all Pokémon are Ghost-type (counting those that are Ghost-type in at least one of their forms , including regional forms ), making it the third rarest type among Pokémon after Fairy and before Dragon and Electric .
The Pokémon below are listed by their current types. Some Pokémon have had their types changed.
Pure Ghost-type Pokémon
Half ghost-type pokémon, primary ghost-type pokémon, secondary ghost-type pokémon, changed types.
These Ghost-type Pokémon have had their types changed.
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As of Generation IX , 34 moves or 3.72% of all moves are Ghost-type (excluding those that are Ghost-type only under certain circumstances), causing it to tie with Bug as the 5th rarest type among moves after Ice and Fairy and before Poison . Prior to changes in Generation IV , all damaging Ghost-type moves were physical , but they may now also be special depending on the attack.
Some moves have had their types changed.
The following Ghost-type moves have had their types changed.
Interacting with the Ghost type
A Pokémon with Protean or Libero will become a Ghost-type Pokémon if it uses a Ghost-type move. A Pokémon with Color Change , Imposter , RKS System , or Multitype will become a Ghost-type Pokémon if (respectively) it is hit with a Ghost-type move, is sent out against a Ghost-type opponent, is holding a Ghost Memory , or is holding a Spooky Plate or Ghostium Z .
Since Generation VI, Ghost-type Pokémon are also immune to Magnet Pull , Arena Trap , and Shadow Tag .
Only Ghost-type Pokémon have these Abilities. This does not include signature Abilities .
Notable ghost-type trainers, core series, side series, spin-off games.
Due to the decreased amount of types in the TCG compared to the game series, Ghost-type Pokémon fall under the Psychic-type .
Psychic-type Pokémon in the TCG are generally weak to Darkness and other Psychic Pokémon, with resistances to Colorless and Fighting . Psychic-type Pokémon are strong against Grass (until Diamond & Pearl ), Fighting and Psychic Pokémon, whilst Colorless , Darkness , and Metal Pokémon can resist this type.
- Despite being introduced in Generation I , there were no pure Ghost-type Pokémon until Generation II introduced Misdreavus.
- Generation VII introduced the most Ghost-type moves of any generation, with eight. Generation V introduced the fewest Ghost-type moves, with only one, Hex .
- In Generation I , Ghost-type moves have no effect on Psychic-type Pokémon, though an abundance of evidence suggests that this may have been an error. Multiple sources mention that Ghost-type moves are super-effective on Psychic-type Pokémon: official strategy guides published by Nintendo , two episodes of the anime ( The Tower of Terror and Haunter versus Kadabra ), and even the games themselves, where a Pokémon Trainer in the Saffron Gym mentions that Psychic-type Pokémon "only fear Bugs and Ghosts" (though the reference to Ghost-type Pokémon was removed in Pokémon Yellow ). This was corrected in Generation II to make Ghost-type moves actually be super effective against Psychic-type Pokémon.
- It is also the only type to have ever been ineffective against two types: Normal and Psychic in Generation I.
- Ghost and Normal are the only two types to be ineffective against each other.
- As of Generation VI , Ghost is tied with Dragon for being the least resisted type.
- While the Ghost-type has an immunity to Normal-type moves, several damaging moves that display as Normal-type can affect them, including Hidden Power (whose actual type varies) and Struggle (which inflicts typeless damage from Generation II onward).
- Despite not being Ghost-type, Darkrai is also able to walk through walls.
- The only Pokémon to have ever possessed a double resistance to the Ghost-type naturally were Pawniard and Bisharp , both of which are dual-type Dark / Steel .
- Kalos is the only region without a notable Ghost-type specialist .
- In Pokémon Conquest , Ghost-type Pokémon which are not part- Flying-type or have Levitate are shown with an animation of physically passing through enemies, referencing the common belief that real-life ghosts can pass through solid objects. They cannot, however, pass through any other obstacle on the field in-game.
- Ghost- and Dark-type moves are super effective against the same types. As of Generation VI, the only difference between them is that Dark-type moves are not very effective on Fighting - or Fairy-type Pokémon while Ghost-type moves do not affect Normal-type Pokémon.
- As shown in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon , some Ghost-type Pokémon, despite their name, can still die . This was first mentioned in Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? , where Acerola revealed that her Shiny Mimikyu , Mimikins, is in fact the ghost of a deceased Mimikyu. Later, in A Timeless Encounter! , it is revealed that Professor Kukui had once befriended a Totem Trevenant that he nicknamed Elder. It is later revealed that Elder has since died, its body now a regular tree, though the circumstances of its death weren't revealed. Giratina is another Ghost-type whose life has been in danger, in Giratina and the Sky Warrior . However, despite this, it still appears that many Ghost-type Pokémon, particularly ones who are more similar to traditional ghosts, are indeed immune to the ravages of time and can live on indefinitely; for instance, a Yamask shown in A Night in the Nacrene City Museum! was told to be millennia old.
- All Ghost-type moves are eligible to be used in Sky Battles .
- The Ghost type was the last type to have at least one Pokémon officially owned by Ash in the anime, following his capture of a Gengar in A Chilling Curse! .
- Rock is the only type that has yet to be paired with Ghost.
- originally had three Pokémon in Generation I, then gained only one more in Generation II.
- are the only types that are weak to themselves.
- have one type immune to them and one type resistant to them.
- Until The Isle of Armor and the introduction of Poltergeist , every Ghost-type move had 100% accuracy or could not miss.
- In Japanese, the Ghost type shares its name with Haunter , whose Japanese name is ゴースト Ghost .
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The Ghost type (ゴーストタイプ, Gosuto taipu ) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types .
The Ghost type is notable for having few Pokémon (many of whom have low HP) and moves. In battles, the Ghost-type is useful because it's the only type that has two immunities: Normal and Fighting , both of which are common move types. From Generation VI onwards, Ghost-types are also immune to moves and abilities that prevent escaping, like Block and Shadow Tag .
Pokémon of this type are usually connected to fear, the dark and the afterlife. They usually live in abandoned houses, cemeteries, funeral places and uninhabited dark places such as caves. Also, Ghost-type Pokémon tend to be extremely naughty, pranking humans just to see their faces and reactions. Curiously, the more scared a human is, the more power the Ghost Pokémon will have to prank with it. At worst, some Ghost-type Pokémon may have relatively murderous behaviors, such as Jellicent preying on ships and their crews or the Litwick evolutionary family draining the life energy from people that are lost.
Famous Ghost-type Pokémon Trainers include Agatha , third member of the Kanto Elite Four ; Morty , the fourth Gym Leader of Johto ; Phoebe , second member of the Hoenn Elite Four ; Fantina , the fifth Gym Leader in the Sinnoh region; Shauntal , a member of the Unova Elite Four ; Acerola , a Trial Captain of Ula'ula Island , Alola as well as its third Elite Four member; and Allister , the fourth Gym Leader of Galar in Pokémon Shield .
- 1 Ghost-type moves
- 2.1 List of Ghost-type moves
- 2.2 Effectiveness of Ghost-type moves
- 2.3 Weaknesses and resistances of the Ghost type
- 3.1 Ghost-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders
- 3.2 Ghost-type-Pokémon Trial Captains
- 3.3 Ghost-type-Pokémon Elite Four members
- 3.4 Ghost-type records
- 4.1 Pure Ghost-type Pokémon
- 4.2 Primary Ghost-type Pokémon
- 4.3 Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon
- 4.4 Pokémon with Ghost-type alternate formes
- 5 Relations with other types
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Ghost-type moves [ ]
- In Generation I , 3 moves were introduced.
- In Generation II , 5 moves were introduced.
- In Generation III , 3 moves were introduced.
- In Generation IV , 4 moves were introduced.
- In Generation V , 1 move was introduced.
- In Generation VI , 2 moves were introduced.
- In Generation VII , 4 moves were introduced.
Items associated with the Ghost-type [ ]
- The Ghost Gem , which boosts the power of Ghost-type moves once by 30%.
- The Spell Tag , which boosts the power of Ghost-type moves once by 20%.
- The Kasib Berry , a berry lessens the damage taken by a super effective Ghost-type move.
- The Dusk Stone , an Evolution Stone that is used to evolve Ghost-type Pokémon.
- The Spooky Plate , a stone tablet that boosts the power of Ghost-type moves by 20% and changes Arceus and Judgment to become Ghost-type.
- The Ghost Memory , which acts like a counterpart to the Spooky Plate and changes Silvally and Multi-Attack to become Ghost-type.
- The Ghostium-Z , a Z-Crystal that converts Ghost-type moves to Ghost-type Z-Moves .
- The Decidium-Z , a Z-Crystal that converts Decidueye 's Spirit Shackle to Ghost-type Z-Moves .
List of Ghost-type moves [ ]
Effectiveness of ghost-type moves [ ], weaknesses and resistances of the ghost type [ ].
A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistance of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.
Ghost-type-Pokémon Trainers [ ]
Ghost-type-pokémon gym leaders [ ], ghost-type-pokémon trial captains [ ], ghost-type-pokémon elite four members [ ], ghost-type records [ ].
- Giratina (Origin Form) is the tallest Ghost-type Pokémon.
- Sinistea is the smallest Ghost-type Pokémon.
- Giratina (Altered Form) is the heaviest Ghost-type Pokémon.
- Gastly and Haunter are the lightest Ghost-type Pokémon.
- Gastly evolves at the lowest level (25)
- Drakloak evolves at the highest level (60)
- Drifblim & Giratina tie for the most HP of all Ghost-types (150)
- Mega Banette has the most Attack of all Ghost-types (165)
- Doublade has the most Defense of all Ghost-types (150)
- Aegislash (Shield Form) has the most Sp. Def of all Ghost-types (140)
- Mega Gengar has the most Sp. Atk of all Ghost-types (170)
- Shadow Rider Calyrex has the most Speed of all Ghost-types (150)
- Giratina , Lunala , Dawn Wings Necrozma and Shadow Rider Calyrex have the highest base stat totals of all Ghost-types (680)
Ghost-type Pokémon [ ]
54 Pokémon are Ghost-type. (5.36% of all Pokémon)
Pure Ghost-type Pokémon [ ]
Primary Ghost-type Pokémon [ ]
Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon [ ]
Pokémon with ghost-type alternate formes [ ].
The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Ghost-type.
Relations with other types [ ]
- They're strong against the Psychic -type because some people are afraid of ghosts, and fears affect the mind. Communing with ghosts is also said to be a much different process than simply reading minds through physical or empirical means.
- They're weak against themselves because ghosts can only touch each other, and there's a belief that the strongest spirit wins, with spirit referring to the desire to win something.
- They're weak against the Dark -type because dark represents terror and evil, and it is said that evil spirits (like Spiritomb ) are punished. According to some belief systems, ghosts who lead evil lives and refuse to go to the afterlife are said to transform into demons, and demons in some mythologies are feared and also rumored to eat lost souls.
- They're immune to the Fighting and Normal -types because spirits are incorporeal beings and thus can't be hit normally. This is also the reason why the Normal -type is immune to them, because a mortal and a ghost can't hurt each other. Interestingly, the Fighting -type is not immune to them.
- They resist the Poison -type because you can't poison someone who's already dead, and since spirits don't have a physical form, toxins can't pass through.
- They resist the Bug -type because members of that type cannot easily transcend the spiritual barrier members of this type hide behind in order to attack them. Also because parasites can't infect someone who's already dead.
- The only Ghost-type Pokémon of Generation I were Gastly and its evolutions.
- Before Generation II, Psychic -type Pokémon were immune to Ghost-type moves, although it's largely believed this was due to a programming error, since Nintendo-published guides claimed they were weak to them. This created a balance issue that was rectified in later generations.
- The first pure Ghost-type Pokémon was Misdreavus , which was introduced in Generation II.
- No Gym Leader or Elite Four member who specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon was introduced in Generation VI.
- Similarly to the Dark type, the Ghost type is usually not straightforward when representing a Pokémon. Sometimes, Ghost Pokémon like Yamask and Gengar are this type because they are actual dead humans. This could also be seen as a term of murderous instincts like Jellicent which sinks ships and Froslass which freezes and keeps humans. It could also come from the fact that normal items could be possessed by a ghost like Banette or Aegislash (Banette being a possessed doll and Aegislash being a possessed sword). This could also relate to the mischievous actions of ghosts like Misdreavus and Rotom . This could also be because they have supernatural powers like Hoopa or Giratina (Hoopa can create portals and Giratina can use the powers of gas-type-matter).
- As shown from certain Pokémon like Mimikins , it is shown that certain Ghost types can in fact die despite being considered a "ghost".
- The Ghost type has the same type advantages as the Dark -type ( Psychic and Ghost ).
- The Ghost type alone is the only type with two immunities.
- Morty and Allister are the only male Ghost -type trainers so far.
- The Ghost type is tied with the Ice type and the Ground type for the least Gigantamax forms, each having 1.
- The Ghost type is the last type Ash Ketchum caught in the anime, where he caught a Gengar in A Chilling Curse! .
- The Ghost type has the most accurate moves of any type, as the only Ghost-type move capable of missing is Poltergeist .
- The Rock type is the only type that hasn't been paired with the Ghost type thus far.
- Some Ghost types are based on Yōkai from Japanese mythology; Froslass being based on the Yuki-Onna and Phantump being based on the Kodama.
- ^ Before Generation V , Curse was a ??? -type move.
- ^ In Generation I , Bug-type moves did normal damage on Ghost-type Pokémon.
- ^ In Generation I , Bug-type moves were super effective on Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon.
- ^ Only in its Sensu Style.
- ^ Due to the ability Multitype , equipped with the Spooky Plate .
- ^ Due to the ability RKS System , equipped with the Ghost Memory .
- ^ In its Dawn Wings Forme when fused with Lunala.
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20 Strongest Ghost Pokemon, Ranked
Ghost-type Pokémon can be tough to handle. These are the strongest you can get.
Ghost-type Pokemon are interesting. Way back in the days of the first generation, there were only three Ghosts in the entire game—Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar—and all three were also part Poison. In addition, their moves were only super effective against other Ghost Pokemon, making them questionably useful at best.
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But as later games came out, Ghost became the primary type used for taking down the notoriously powerful Psychic-type (back before the days of Dark-type Pokemon). Ghost Pokemon make up some of the most powerful monsters in the entire game, and we're counting down the strongest of them.
Updated April 22, 2023, by Casey Foot: Pokemon Scarlet & Violet introduced us to various new Ghost-type Pokemon that certainly impress on the battlefield. Because of this, it’s only right to add them to the growing roster of strong Ghost-type Pokemon. Their spooky appearances and prowess when it comes to battling makes them viable Pokemon to have on your team and great partners too.
This dual-wielding, ghostly Pokemon is the Violet counterpart to Armarouge and excels in Physical Attack . Its unsurprising that its Attack is its highest stat, considering it's got sharp blades for arms.
While most Ceruledge will have the Flash Fire Ability, its Weak Armor Hidden Ability is worth seeking out. If Ceruledge is hit by a Physical Attack, its Speed will increase by two stages at the cost of its Defense.
This means it can swiftly use its high Physical Attack to attack foes before their next turn. It also has a great signature move in Bitter Blade, which deals strong damage while restoring Ceruledge’s HP.
19 Flutter Mane
Flutter Mane is the Paradox version of Misdreavus, taking on the Fairy type alongside Ghost. While this Pokemon’s HP, Physical Attack, and Defense are abysmally low, its Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed are all exceptionally high, sitting at 135 each.
Thanks to its high Speed stat, Flutter Mane can get the jump on other Pokemon and take them down with Special moves like Shadow Ball and Phantom Force. Its Ability, Photosynthesis, takes its Special Attack even higher in harsh sunlight, making it truly a Pokemon to be reckoned with.
Starter Pokemon usually have respectable stats all around, and Skeledirge is no different. It has a sizeable Special Attack stat of 110 that can make use of the Ghost-type move Shadow Ball, and a solid Defense of 100 and HP of 104, meaning it can take a few hits without feeling the pressure.
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Where it’s let down, however, is its Speed stat, which sits at a low 66. It won’t be landing the first hit any time soon, but when it does, you can be sure the other Pokemon will know about it.
Marshadow isn't only a competitive Ghost-type Pokemon, but it also happens to be tough in terms of collectors trying to get their hands on the Gloomdweller Pokemon. When looking at its base stats the things that stand out are its Physical Attack and Speed as those come in at elite levels, which isn't surprising for a legendary Pokemon of its acclaim.
Even if it happens to know some weaker moves, its Ability called Technician powers them up, helping it round out its move set and making everything it knows viable to some extent.
16 Alolan Marowak
Alolan Marowak took an already appreciated Kanto Pokemon design and took it to the next level, getting inspired by the islands and culture it calls home, wielding a spectral flamed bone that it uses as its primary weapon. The Bone Keeper Pokemon isn't just tough-looking but backs that up with solid defensive base stats.
Just don't look for it to win any races or strike first as its Speed is a bit of a weakness. If it has the Ability Lightning Rod, Alolan Marowak makes for an ace-in-the-hole against Electric-type moves, an ability that allows it to absorb that electricity to power up its Special Attack stat.
The Swift Horse Pokemon known as Spectrier was introduced in Pokemon Sword & Shield 's Crown Tundra DLC expansion. Both its Speed and Special Attack are incredibly high, with its health also being a top-tier base stat.
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It builds its power as it engages in battle with an Ability called Grim Neigh that boosts Spectrier's Special Attack each time it knocks out another Pokemon in battle. This means that it only grows stronger as the fight rages on and can quickly sweep through an opponent's roster if they're not careful.
Starter Pokemon generally just have solid stats across the board as they're meant to stick with you through the entirety of your journey through their particular region. Decidueye's Hisuian variant form may not be Ghost-type, but the native species hailing from the Alolan Islands is a ghostly archer.
The Arrow Quill Pokemon has solid base stats from top to bottom and its dual-typing of Grass and Ghost provides it access to several nifty moves. Long Reach is a Hidden Ability - likely attached to it thanks to its Ghost-typing - that makes it so Decidueye's moves don't make physical contact with its target, regardless of if it's a physical move or not.
Shedinja gets an honorable mention because of its very unique defense, an Ability no other Pokemon has called Wonder Guard. This Ability prevents any move that isn't Super Effective from hitting Shedinja at all.
Its typing is Bug/Ghost, so there are a fair amount of moves that can still hit it, including Rock, Dark, and Fire - but everything else passes right through this little insect.
However, it only has one single hit point, so any move that hits is a sure KO. You also get this Pokemon using a strange method, as the result of the only evolution that turns one Pokemon into two.
When Nincada evolves into Ninjask, if you have a free party slot and a spare Poke Ball, you get a Shedinja - Nincada's empty, cast-off shell.
What happens when you trap 108 restless spirits inside of a rock with a scary face on it? You get Spiritomb, of course!
This Pokemon is Ghost/Dark-type, which makes it completely immune to Fighting, Psychic, and Normal moves.
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It also has great defensive stats and pretty good Attack, with a lot of moves that make Spiritomb a good support team member. However, it doesn't have a lot of HP to back up its Defense and no useful way to recover health, which limits its overall usefulness.
One look at Dusknoir will probably invoke the thought of, "Yeah, this chunky ghost can probably take a hit or two," which is very accurate. Its attacking stats are quite lackluster when compared to other Ghost-types, so it'll mainly want to prioritize defensive gameplay with some 'tricky' strategies.
Dusknoir is a great user of Trick Room due to its abysmal Speed stat that would be pretty useless otherwise, and it can give some Pokemon Trainers a pretty big run for their money if they aren't prepared for it.
Unfortunately, Dusknoir's best Ability is Frisk, and you always hate to see that happen.
This imposing goliath of a Pokemon might not seem like the best choice at first.
It's part Ground-type, which makes it weak to common types like Water and Grass, and its Defense stats are nothing to write home about. Maybe it's a little fragile; it even has a bandage sticking together and a crack in its chest!
But what really makes Golurk stand out is its incredible Physical Attack stat. Plus, it has an Ability that boosts all of its punch-based attacks.
With an absolutely devastating Shadow Punch and immunity to Fighting and Electric moves, Golurk's a good addition to any team.
This might just be some sentient algae possessing some bits off a shipwreck, but that doesn't mean it can't be formidable in the right hands. Dhelmise has good Defense and access to the self-healing move Synthesis, making it easy to keep it in play for a long time.
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It also has access to Rapid Spin, a move that rids the field of all environmental hazards like Stealth Rock, which is all over the competitive play. Add to that a truly incredible Attack stat, and Dhelmise is ready to go head-to-head (does this thing have a head?) with even the sturdiest Pokemon.
First of all, let's just start with this: Mega Sabeleye is banned in most competitive play tiers. That on its own should give you an idea of how strong it is.
Regular old Sabeleye isn't bad, especially with its Dark/Ghost-typing whose only weakness is Fairy. But it is still a single-stage Pokemon, and those are rarely stand-outs with regard to strength.
Mega-evolving gives it massive Defense and Special Defense, probably because of the gigantic gem it's hiding behind. That, in addition to its ability Magic Bounce, which rebounds status moves and environmental hazards onto the user, makes it almost entirely overpowered.
Everyone's favorite little creepy Pikachu stalker doesn't look like a very powerful Pokemon. It's made itself a little costume to appear as sweet and likable as possible, and it might lead you to think there isn't a lot going on under its disguise.
But Mimikyu is actually shockingly useful and its disguise works to its benefit. In fact, its Ability is called Disguise and allows Mimikyu to take one free hit where the stuffed Pikachu head absorbs all damage.
It also has the unique Ghost/Fairy-typing, which lets it use powerful STAB (same type attack bonus) moves on every other type of Pokemon for at least neutral damage. Of course, once Mimikyu's disguise is broken, it doesn't have a lot of HP to its name, so it'd be wise to take your foe out quickly before it can whip up something deadly.
Cofagrigus has an absolutely massive Physical Defense stat, and its Special Defense is nothing to scoff at either. Actually, that makes sense considering it's hiding most of its substance inside a sarcophagus.
It's a pure Ghost-type too, meaning it's only weak to Dark-types and other Ghost Pokemon while being completely immune to Normal and Fighting.
What really gives Cofagrigus an offensive edge is that it can use the moves Nasty Plot — which sharply boosts its Special Attack — and Trick Room — which affects the Speed stat of all Pokemon on the field. Fast Pokemon become slow, slow become fast, and Cofagrigus becomes terrifying.
This spectral chandelier is an offensive force to behold on the battlefield. It has a beastly Special Attack stat, which, when paired with its dual type of Ghost and Fire, gives it monstrously powerful STAB moves like Shadow Ball and Flamethrower.
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Its only real downside is that it has a less-than-ideal Speed, which means its usefulness as a sweeper are limited. Still, it's a very dangerous Pokemon to encounter on the field.
And its scary purple flames don't even burn your body, they burn your soul. Think about that for a minute.
4 Galarian Corsola
This addition to Sword & Shield is a rare example of a Pokemon actually being better than its evolution and for some very important reasons. This poor soul may not look like the prime example of a tank Pokemon, but Corsola can be an absolute nightmare to take down and seems to virtually live forever.
With the use of Eviolite to take advantage of its base form and boost defenses, and the amazing move that is Strength Sap, physically attacking Pokemon are going to have an extremely rough time against it.
Strength Sap has the unique property of healing the user an amount equal to the target's Attack stat, as well as lowering the enemy's Attack by one stage. This can completely shut down most Physical Attackers, and it isn't made any easier for them with the Ghost-type being immune to common Physical typings like Normal and Fighting.
3 Mega Gengar
Here he is, the original Scary Boy. Gengar was already a powerful Pokemon long before Mega Evolutions came around, and they went and made it into a force of nature.
Gengar is something you would be afraid to check under your bed for as the ultimate Ghost Pokemon, with a Speed of 130 and a Special Attack of 170. On top of that, it's Ghost/Poison-type, so it's immune to Normal and Fighting and can go up against passive enemies that rely on moves like Toxic or Toxic Spikes.
And it's also the only Ghost Pokemon to have the Ability Shadow Tag, which prevents opposing Pokemon from switching out of battle. Mega Gengar isn't trapped in here with you, you're trapped in here with it.
All it wants to do is use its children as high-powered torpedoes of mass destruction, and who's going to stop it from having so much fun?
In Sword & Shield, Dragapult serves the role of a wildly fast glass cannon that can sweep half a team when utilized correctly. Its Speed stat, being a base 142, is one of the highest Speeds around, and Dragapult makes great use of it with an equally threatening Attack stat.
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It has access to a wide array of move options, like most Dragon-types do, which allows it to fill any gaps within your team quite well. Moves like Psychic Fangs, Dragon Darts, and Sucker Punch are all great options to quickly take down opponents, which is what Dragapult does best.
Being Steel/Ghost-type grants Aegislash an impressive amount of resistances and immunities right off the bat, but that's not what makes it so formidable. No, that would be its unique Ability Stance Change, which lets it swap between its Blade Forme and Shield Forme.
In Blade, it sacrifices Defense for 150 in both Attack and Special Attack, while in Shield it does the exact opposite. And since it's an Ability and not a move, it does this stance change automatically whenever it uses an offensive move, or its signature move, King's Shield.
This makes Aegislash an extremely powerful and dangerous attacker that's also incredibly hard to take down. If a rival Pokemon even tries to attack it after it's used King's Shield, that Pokemon has its Attack drastically lowered.
How dare it even think about laying a claw on Aegislash.
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The Ghost-type is one of the fifteen elemental types introduced in the first generation of Pokémon. As one might expect, Ghost-type Pokémon are quite elusive and mostly gas-based organisms haunting the Pokémon world. They are extremely rare to encounter, too.
It is to note that before Generation 4, all damaging Ghost-type moves were categorized into physical attacks, while afterward being split up into the special and status categories too – depending on the move.
Offensive and defensive effectiveness
Offensively, effectless against (x 0), weak against (x ½), strong against (x 2).
Immune to (x 0).
Resistent to (x ½)
Weak against (x 2), ghost-type pokémon, ghost-type moves.
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20 Best Ghost-Type Pokemon
Over the decades, Game Freak has introduced 44 number of ghost-type Pokemon to the Pokemon franchise. These are the best ghost-type Pokemon.
In the first generation of Pokemon games, Game Freak introduced three Ghost-type Pokemon, all part of the same evolutionary line. Since the days of Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar, the number of Ghost-type Pokemon in the Pokemon series has grown to 44, making Ghost-types some of the rarest and most sought-after Pokemon.
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Ghost-type Pokemon are unique, often having abilities or odd backstories that help them stand out from the hundreds of other pocket monsters. For any Pokemon trainers looking to add a Ghost-type Pokemon to their roster, here are the best Ghost-type Pokemon in series history.
Updated on July 9, 2023, by Jeff Drake: Ghost-type Pokemon are an interesting lot. They have trouble doing damage to Normal types and are super weak against Dark Pokemon, but other than that, they are very capable combatants against most other types. It's always smart to bring along a Ghost-type in the main party to deal with Normal and Fighting-type Pokemon that can dish out Physical damage by the truckload. Ghost types are great choices to enter battle first, as they do not have many weaknesses to other types. This list has been updated to add five additional entries to the list.
Introduced in Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet , Gholdengo is a Steel/Ghost-type that proves that Niantic might be running out of ideas for Pokemon designs. Regardless, this Pokemon is a capable combatant when fully leveled.
The move-pool for Gholdengo is a bit on the small side; however, its high Special Attack rating lets it make the most of its moves - which are Special Attacks for the most part. Its Good As Gold ability makes it immune to the opponent's status-affecting moves. Gholdengo's only true negatives are its average speed and a move-pool that is lacking in variety and quantity.
Many Pokemon have a name that conjures a mental image that is somewhat close to the actual image. Skeledirge is not one of those Pokemon. This Fire/Ghost-type resembles a robotic alligator with a red paint job, and yes, it is every bit as formidable in battle as that sounds.
Skeledirge has stats that range from average to great. It also has a fantastic move-pool. Most of its available moves are of the Fire type, but this lack of variety is a good thing with Skeledirge, thanks to its Blaze ability. With this ability, its Fire-type moves deal 50% more damage while its hit points are below one-third of the maximum.
Annihilape is a great Pokemon with very few negatives. This Ghost/Fighting-type has good all-around stats, except for Special Attack, but only one of the moves in Annihilape's move-pool is a Special Attack. This one move (Final Gambit) does damage equal to the user's current hit points - the low Special Attack doesn't even come into play.
One of the most annoying status effects in the Pokemon series is Sleep. This nasty effect usually spells doom for all but the strongest Pokemon. Annihilape has the Vital Spirit ability, so it cannot fall asleep in battle. This protection from sleep includes the beneficial Rest move.
This Ghost/Dragon-type Pokemon has many positive traits that trainers should seek in their Pokemon. First and foremost, Dragapult is fast - it has one of the highest speed ratings in the Pokedex. There are only about a dozen Pokemon that are, on average, faster than Dragapult. A high speed ensures Dragapult will move first in combat, and its Dragon-type moves ensure it will deal significant damage.
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In addition to having an excellent move-pool, filled with some very damaging attack moves, Dragapult possesses two very rare and powerful abilities. Clear Body prevents opposing Pokemon from lowering Dragapult's stats, though its moves can lower its stats. Infiltrator allows Dragapult's attacks to pierce the protection offered by Reflect, Light Screen, and Safeguard.
Golurk is essentially the Pokemon version of an iron golem. This towering automaton is a Ground/Ghost-type, which at first sounds unstoppable, but there are five move-types that are super effective against this combination. On the other hand, this combination is immune to three types (Normal, Electric, and Fighting) and strong against Poison, Grass, and Rock.
This Pokemon has the Iron Fist ability. All "punch" attacks deal 20% more damage. Golurk has numerous punch moves in its move-pool and can learn others via TMs or TRs.
Aegislash earns a spot on this list for not only being a special Ghost-type Pokemon but one of the more unique Pokemon in general . As of Pokemon Sun and Moon , Aegislash and its evolutionary line were the only Pokemon to be both Ghost and Steel-type until recently. Its rare type combination isn't the only reason why Aegislash is such a unique Pokemon, though.
It also has two forms that it can switch between in battle, with its Blade Forme used for offensive attacks, and its Shield Forme used as a defensive stance. And if that weren't enough, Aegislash is also the only Pokemon in the series that can learn the move King's Shield , so saying it is a "unique" Pokemon is a bit of an understatement.
First introduced as a part of the third generation of Pokemon, Banette is the evolved form of Shuppet. And as far as Ghost-type Pokemon go, Banette has one of the creepiest backstories .
Banette has been brought to life by hatred and specializes in cursing its enemies by sticking pins in its own body like a voodoo doll. Later games would see Banette's supernatural powers increase with the Banettite item , which transforms it into the powerful Mega Banette.
Chandelure looks like a chandelier possessed by a ghost, which seems like reason enough to earn it a spot among the dumbest-looking Pokemon. However, Chandelure has proven to be a favorite Ghost-type Pokemon , making appearances in video games outside the mainline Pokemon titles.
For example, Chandelure appears as an enemy in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS and is also a part of the Pokken Tournament roster.
Spectrier is like the ghostly, shadowy version of Rapidash. In other words, a spectral black stallion. This Pokemon's claim to fame is its great Special Attack and Speed ratings. It is also part of the union that forms possibly the best Ghost-type Pokemon (#1 on this list).
Many of Spectrier's attack moves are powerful; the problem is that the best of its attacks cause recoil damage. Its best attacks are also physical attacks; this doesn't work well with its high Special Attack and average Attack scores. It does get Stomp and Shadow Ball , though.
When the starter Pokemon for Pokemon Sun and Moon were first revealed, by far the most popular new creature was Rowlet, whose cuteness caught the attention of Pokemon fans the world over.
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Rowlet became even more popular when its final form, the Grass/Ghost-type Pokemon named Decidueye, was revealed. Decidueye's popularity saw the Pokemon added to Pokken Tournament DX as an exclusive fighter in the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
10 Flutter Mane
In the Pokemon series, it's often the most innocent-looking ones that are the fiercest combatants. This theory definitely holds true for Flutter Mane. This diminutive Pokemon has phenomenal Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed ratings; its other stats are below average.
Flutter Mane gets a good assortment of strong attacks . Its move list is also quite varied in terms of move types. It gets Perish Song, Moonblast, Pain Split, Mystical Fire, and Psyshock. As long as trainers keep this Pokemon from strong physical attackers, like Fighting-types, it should have no problem winning matches.
One of the most recognizable Ghost-type Pokemon in series history, Gengar was first introduced in Pokemon Red and Blue . The evolved form of Gastly and Haunter, Gengar has been regularly featured in all forms of Pokemon media since his introduction and is notable for being one of the first on-screen Pokemon in the anime series .
Gengar's creepy Pokedex entry in Pokemon Moon makes the creature even more noteworthy, as its loneliness and desire for a traveling companion apparently cause it to kill people to create other ghosts.
Out of all the Ghost-type Pokemon on this list, Giratina is arguably the most powerful, with the ability to travel freely between different dimensions. A Ghost and Dragon-type , Giratina is one of the legendary Pokemon in the fourth generation of games and serves as the mascot for Pokemon Platinum .
Giratina was also featured prominently in the Pokemon anime movie Giratina and the Sky Warriors , cementing itself as one of the most important ghost-type Pokemon in series history.
Lunala is another legendary Ghost-type Pokemon introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon . Lunala is powerful enough to create wormholes , which is remarkable as it is the final evolved form of the relatively weak Pokemon Cosmog in Pokemon Moon .
Lunala's immense power is also the only Pokemon (to date) that can learn the Ghost-type move Moongeist Beam , which forces the Pokemon to transform into its Full Moon phase when activated.
6 Marowak (Alola Form)
Pokemon Sun and Moon introduced a popular new concept to the franchise called Alola Forms . For the uninitiated, Alola forms are redesigned versions of first-generation Pokemon, which have developed differently than their Kanto region counterparts due to the unique climate of the Alola region. Marowak is one such Pokemon that has an Alolan regional variant, going from a Ground-type Pokemon to a Fire/Ghost-type Pokemon in Sun and Moon .
Alola Form Marowak being a Ghost-type Pokemon is arguably more fitting for the creature's backstory. As fans may recall, Marowak evolves from Cubone, which is a Pokemon wearing the skull of its dead mother as a helmet. In Pokemon Red , Blue , and Yellow , players encounter a ghost Marowak in Lavender Town, so the Pokemon always had a spooky element to it, even before it became a Ghost-type.
Marshadow is a relatively new Pokemon, having been introduced in generation seven ( Sun and Moon ). This is only one of two Fighting/Ghost-types in the entire Pokemon franchise. This combo is fairly efficient, too - types that do well against Fighting-types are generally poor choices against Ghost-types, and visa versa.
This Pokemon also has a great ability, Technician, which boosts the damage of all moves with a power of 60 or less by 50%. This makes all those middling attack moves noticeably better. Close Combat, Spectral Thief, Drain Punch, and Laser Focus are its best moves.
Some Ghost-type Pokemon have dark backstories, but Mimikyu's is just depressing. This small Ghost and Fairy-type Pokemon desperately wants to be friends with people, but its appearance reportedly causes illness. Due to this, most people avoid it.
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In an attempt to boost its popularity, Mimikyu takes on a disguise, dressing up as a Pikachu , the most famous Pokemon. Despite its cute, yet still unsettling, appearance, Mimikyu is easily one of the best Ghost-type Pokemon in the entire series.
A strange, goblin-looking creature, Sableye is a Dark and Ghost-type Pokemon introduced in the franchise's third generation . Sableye is rarely seen in the daytime and tends to live in caves, with its diet mainly consisting of gemstones.
Pokemon GO players may be lucky enough to find a shiny Sableye out in the wild, but they should be careful not to look into its eyes, as rumor has it that doing so will cost a person their soul.
2 Necrozma (Dawn Wings Form)
Necrozma is frighteningly powerful. This Pokemon uses the number four Pokemon on this list, Lunala, to power its supernatural powers. Necrozma's Dawn Wings form has an insanely high Special Attack score ; enough to one-shot many Pokemon with a sufficiently powerful attack move. The rest of this Pokemon's stats are well above average, except Speed - which is still about average.
Some of the best moves that Necrazma can learn are Prismatic Laser, Photon Geyser, Psycho Cut, and Morning Sun. Prismatic Laser is particularly vicious, with a 160 power rating , 100 accuracy, and a PP count of 10. Morning Sun allows Necrozma to heal itself in battle .
1 Calyrex (Shadow Rider Form)
The Shadow Rider form of Calyrex is arguably the best Ghost-type Pokemon in the series (so far). This Pokemon is the union of Calryrex and Spectrier . Other than being weak to Bug, Dark, and Ghost types, Shadow Rider Calyrex doesn't have any glaring negatives . All of its stats are incredibly high; its Special Attack and Speed ratings are among the best in the game.
While it may be lacking in actual Ghost-type moves, Shadow Form Calyrex has access to some of the best Grass and Psychic-type attack moves . Future Sight, Solar Beam, Leech Seed, and Giga Drain are possible additions to its move-set.
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All About Pokemon Ghost Types You Should Know
Pokémon has a total of 18 different types with their respective strengths and weaknesses. One of them is the Pokemon Ghost type.
Pokemon type refers to properties element different ones that have to do with the abilities that Pokémon use in battle.
This article will cover everything you need to know about Pokemon Ghost types. Curious? Come on, see more in the article below!
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Ghost Pokemon type
The Ghost type is famous for Pokémon who has low HP. However, this type of Pokemon is very useful in battle because it is the only type that has two immunities, namely the Normal and Fighting types.
This Pokemon is usually associated with fear, darkness, and the afterlife. They usually live in abandoned houses, cemeteries, burial places, and dark, uninhabited places like caves.
The Ghost type tends to have a very naughty nature, they make fun of humans just to see their faces and reactions.
The more afraid a human is, the stronger this Pokemon's power is to bully them.
Some Ghost types may have deadly traits, for example Jellicent which devours ships and crew and Litwick which evolves from the life energy of stragglers.
Attack, Defense and Ghost Type Effects
Each type of Pokemon has different Attack, Defense, and Effects. What are the effects and advantages and disadvantages of Pokemon Ghost's Attack and Defense? Read more below:
Strengths and Weaknesses Attack
- Ghost types are very effective against fellow Ghost types and Psychic types;
- Ghost types are not very effective against Dark types;
- The Ghost type does not have any effect on the Normal type.
Defense Strengths and Weaknesses
- Normal and Fighting types have no effect on Ghost types;
- Poison and Bug types are not very effective against Ghost types;
- Ghost and Dark types are very effective against Ghost types.
Ghost Type Effect
- This Pokemon type cannot be prevented from switching out via Mean Look and Shadow Tag or running from the battlefield;
- The Foresight and Odor Sleuth abilities as well as the Scrappy ability can make Normal and Fighting type Pokemon deal damage to Ghost types;
- The Curse ability can work differently for Ghost types, where the user's HP will be reduced by half and a curse can make the target's HP decrease by as much as 1 17/24/2017 4 their every turn;
- The Rattled ability can increase a Pokemon's speed by one level when they are hit by a Ghost-type attack;
- A Pokemon with the Purifying Salt ability gets a 50% damage reduction when they are hit by an attack from a Ghost type;
- Spook Plate and Spell Tag items can increase Ghost-type attack power by 20% when they use them;
- Ghost Gem can increase Ghost-type attack by 30% when used and consumed;
- Kasib Berry will neutralize attacks from Ghost types super effectively when used.
Items Related to Pokemon Ghost
There are 8 items related to Ghost Type Pokemon. Here is a list of items and their uses:
- Decidium-Z – A Z-Crystal that can change Ghost-type abilities to Ghost-type Z-Moves
- Ghostium-Z – A Z-Crystal that can transform Decidueve Spirit Shackle into Ghost type Z-Moves
- Dusk Stone – An Evolution Stone used to evolve Ghost-type Pokemon
- Ghost Gems – Increases the strength of 30% from Ghost-type attacks once
- Spell Tag – Increases 20% the strength of Ghost-type attacks by one time
- Kasib Berry – A berry that can reduce damage dealt by super-effective attacks of the Ghost type
- Spooky Plate – A stone that can increase the power of Ghost-type attacks by 20% and change Arceus and Judgment to Ghost-type
- Ghost Memories – Acts as a counter for Spooky Plate and changes Silvally and Multi-Attack to become Ghost type
In-game items can be obtained in several ways. You can get it from other characters in the game, buy it at Poké Marts, or find them scattered throughout the Pokemon world.
Well, that's an article about everything you should know about the Pokemon Ghost type. How about you, what is your favorite type of Pokémon?
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