Gengar Raid Counters Guide

Gengar is a Tier 3 (or a Tier 4 during Gengar day) raid boss in Pokemon GO with 19768 boss combat power. Gengar counters are mostly strong Ghost, Psychic, Dark and Ground Pokemon like Shadow Ball Mewtwo, Groudon, Bite / Crunch Tyranitar, Espeon and Psychic Latios. In this guide, we’re covering best Gengar counters for both Tier difficulties, and the best strategies to defeat it.

A Gengar raid boss can have these Combat Power values when caught through raid encounters:

  • 1420 – 1496 CP at Level 20, without weather boost
  • 1776 – 1870 CP at Level 25, under Fog or Cloudy weather boost

A Tier 3 Gengar raid can be effectively solo’d, as outlined in our Gengar Solo Raid Guide, while you will need at least 2 (we recommend 3) players to take down a Tier 4 Gengar raid boss.

Best attackers against Gengar


Gengar counters
WEAKNESS Dark Psychic Ghost Ground BOOSTED BY Cloudy Fog
Supreme Gengar raid counters
MewtwoMewtwo Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost

Psychic Psychic

Mewtwo is absolutely your top counter for Gengar. It is both the DPS (Damage Per Second) and TDO (Total Damage Output) King here. The only things that faint less are tanks like Lugia, and the only thing that can come close to damage is Gengar itself with legacy Shadow Claw, but it faints insanely fast against several moves. Use Mewtwo, love Mewtwo, but not against Shadow Ball (check move analysis below).
Great Gengar raid counters
GengarGengar Shadow Claw Ghost

Hex Ghost

Shadow Ball Ghost
Gengar is great against itself, being the second highest TTW (Time to Win) on the list. It is incredibly frail though, so it is best kept as a lead or your first few ‘mons in the team. Shadow Claw is preferable, but it is a rare legacy so Hex is serviceable.
EspeonEspeon Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic
Espeon is a great choice, outperforming Alakazam in both TTW and faint count. If you do not have access to a Mewtwo, this is the greatest alternative.
GroudonGroudon (Only if Sunny) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
AlakazamAlakazam Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic
GardevoirGardevoir Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
MetagrossMetagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Meteor Mash Steel
Potion Efficient Gengar Counters
Lugia is going to be your best option if you are potion-poor, while still dealing your highest amount of damage. It will probably show up in your recommended when you first start a raid battle, for this reason. For context though, Mewtwo faints just about the same, while dealing infinitely more damage.
LugiaLugia Extrasensory Psychic Future Sight Psychic

No matter if you try to solo Gengar or raid with friends, keep in mind that Gengar is dual typed: ghost and poison.

The best Pokémon to fight Gengar is undoubtedly Mewtwo. A Mewtwo, even if you only had Psychic, is going to be infinitely better than any counter on the list.

As stated above, Alakazam and Espeon are about similar, Alakazam hits harder but Espeon lasts longer, and overall Espeon has a lower TTW because of this.

Additional Counters

If you are rather poor on the counters above, there are some other options for you, including:

  • Banette with Shadow Claw / Shadow Ball
  • Latios with Zen Headbutt / Psychic
  • Deoxys with Zen Headbutt / Thunderbolt
  • Dragon Generalists like Salamence, Rayquaza, and Dragonite
  • Legacy Exeggutor with Confusion / Psychic
  • Houndoom with Snarl / Foul Play
  • Sharpedo with Bite / Crunch (Caution, a worse glass cannon than Gengar)

The list above is not complete without a complete TDO / Faint chart, so here we go (includes Gen IV Pokemon, simulated against a T3 fight, looks more or less the same for T4 Gengar raids):

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Darkrai Feint Attack Shadow Ball 130.8s 10
2. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 117.3s 7
3. Deoxys Zen Headbutt Dark Pulse 92.3s 11
4. Mewtwo Confusion Shadow Ball 111.7s 6
5. Azelf Confusion Futuresight 121.9s 8
6. Absol Psycho Cut Dark Pulse 137.3s 10
7. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 140.5s 6
8. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 147.9s 11
9. Weavile Feint Attack Foul Play 139.3s 12
10. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 144.2s 10
11. Gardevoir Confusion Psychic 147.8s 7
12. Espeon Confusion Futuresight 126.6s 9
13. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic 145.3s 6
14. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 148.5s 6
15. Exeggutor Confusion Psychic 148.9s 9
16. Sharpedo Bite Crunch 134.9s 10
17. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic 148.7s 9
18. Gallade Confusion Psychic 147.1s 6
19. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 147.5s 12

Gengar’s raid moves analysis

Gengar is notorious for it’s varied move pool, with moves like Shadow Ball and Focus Blast eliminating certain counters in their respective match ups. Let’s see how they stack up.

Fast move Charge move
  • Lick Ghost
  • Hex Ghost
  • Sucker Punch Dark
  • Focus Blast Fighting
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Shadow Ball Ghost

If you take a deeper look at Gengar’s fast moves, you’ll soon realize that they’re not that different in a raid environment. All of them are dangerous against your Mewtwo and Gengar teams, where they deal Super Effective damage, but you will likely keep Gengar energy capped for the better part of the encounter, so it doesn’t really matter that much.

Charge move analysis

  • Shadow Ball is Gengar’s most dangerous charged move, as it eliminates Mewtwo as a viable counter and deals a ton of damage to other Gengar counters. Best counters against this move are Tyranitar and Gengar, with Tyranitar being a potion friendly option.
  • Focus Blast is another interesting move, as it eliminates Tyranitar from the list of viable counters. Although Gengar doesn’t benefit from STAB when using Focus Blast, the sheer damage output is too high for Tyranitar. Best Gengar counters versus Focus Blast are Mewtwo and Gengar.
  • Sludge Bomb is a two bar Poison type move which we consider to be a easy Gengar raid move: it’s not super effective against any of the top counters and the damage output is not that high. Best counters against a Sludge Bomb Gengar are Mewtwo, Gengar and Tyranitar, but Groudon, Espeon and Meteor Mash Metagross are also viable.
  • Psychic is Gengar’s exclusive raid day move, and it’s also Gengar’s easiest move to fight against. Pokemon like Tyranitar and Metagross perform remarkably well against it, while others remain excellent choices in smaller groups.

Quick Gengar Solo Raid Tips

Gengar Solo raids, when it is a Tier 3, are possible and have been already achieved using the Pokémon highlighted above.

  1. Stock up with a healthy amount of Mewtwos and any combination of the above mentioned Pokémon
  2. Do not attempt if you’re under Level 30 and your Pokémon are not decently powered up, you will just waste resources
  3. Do not enter the raid unless you have proper movesets. Movesets are everything against Gengar. A focus blast Gengar can ruin a Tyranitar for example, but at the same time it just makes the already godly Mewtwo and frail Gengar that much better.