Mega Gengar Raid Guide

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Gengar (Mega)

Mega Gengar is a mega raid boss in Pokémon GO. Its best counters are strong Dark types, Psychic types, Ghost types and Ground types such as Primal Groudon, Darkrai, Shadow Mewtwo, Metagross, itself, Chandelure, Giratina-Origin, Groudon, Excadrill, Rhyperior, Garchomp and Landorus.

Gengar can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 1566 – 1644 CP at level 20, no weather boost
  • 1958 – 2055 CP at level 25 with Cloudy or Fog weather boost

Duo shenanigans aside, 3-5 trainers with strong counters should be able to take down Mega Gengar without too much trouble, regardless of weather. The charge move it has in battle should still be kept in mind, however. 

Shiny Gengar is available in Pokémon GO, and shiny Mega Gengar is available as well.

Best Mega Gengar Counters in Pokémon GO

In this guide we will cover the strongest Mega Gengar counters, the best strategies on how to defeat it, and what CPs you can get when catching a strong Gengar.

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Mewtwo (Shadow) Psycho Cut Psychic Psystrike Psychic 23 305.8s
2. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 13 323.4s
3. Tyranitar (Mega) Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 12 337.4s
4. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 25 349.8s
5. Tyranitar (Shadow) Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 18 347.1s
6. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Psystrike Psychic 24 359.7s
7. Alakazam (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 29 369.1s
8. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 22 370.3s
9. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 18 379.8s
10. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 32 396.4s
11. Gardevoir (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 27 387.5s
12. Garchomp (Shadow) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 21 382.3s
13. Latios (Shadow) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 29 393.5s
14. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 24 393.3s
15. Metagross (Shadow) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 26 400.6s
16. Alakazam (Shadow) Psycho Cut Psychic Psychic Psychic 44 442.2s
17. Lunala Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 27 413.8s
18. Cursola (Shadow) Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 38 433.1s
19. Tyranitar Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 18 410.6s
20. Hydreigon Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 20 410.1s
21. Exeggutor (Shadow) Extrasensory Psychic Psychic Psychic 40 439.5s
22. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 22 415.2s
23. Mamoswine (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground High Horsepower Ground 29 421.8s
24. Latias (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 21 417.6s
25. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 20 427.0s
26. Weavile (Shadow) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 34 442.2s
27. Rhyperior (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 23 433.3s
28. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark 17 437.6s
29. Gallade (Shadow) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 38 455.1s
30. Gardevoir (Shadow) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 40 461.0s

Shiny Gengar and Mega Gengar

Normal Shiny

Mega Gengar Duo

Mega Gengar can be duoed, but it can also be difficult as it requires top-tier counters such as itself + Ghost types, Mega Houndoom + Dark types, or Psystrike Mewtwo.

The charge move Mega Gengar has in the raid battle also plays a huge factor in a duo, if not the biggest factor, since it can one hit KO almost all of its counters if it has the right charge move.

The safest way to achieve the duo is to use Psystrike Mewtwo against Focus Blast, or Mega Gengar + Ghost types against Focus Blast. Mega Houndoom + Dark types can also achieve the duo against Shadow Ball, but even a resisted Shadow Ball does a ton of damage due to Mega Gengar’s crazy high Attack stat.

Last but not least, Ground types can duo it against Sludge Bomb, but Sunny weather is mandatory.

Mega Gengar Facts

Gengar (Mega) GhostPoison
Max CP 4336
ATK 349 DEF 199 HP 155
Weak to Strong Against
Ghost Psychic Ground Dark Grass Ghost Psychic Fairy

Mega Gengar Moveset Analysis

Mega Gengar can have the following moves in a raid battle and when captured as its base form:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Sucker Punch Dark
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Hex Ghost
  • Focus Blast Fighting
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Shadow Ball Ghost

Focus Blast is the easiest charge move overall, since it’s a one bar move and makes Psychic types and Ghost types much better counters. It’s also fairly easy to dodge.

Sludge Bomb is a two bar move that is very difficult to dodge. However, it is resisted by Ghost types, Tyranitar, Metagross and Ground types.

Shadow Ball is a nightmare for everything, even Dark types. Mega Houndoom and Darkrai take more than 50% damage from just one Shadow Ball. Not only that, it’s a two bar move, meaning Mega Gengar will use it frequently in battle.

Sucker Punch is the weakest fast move since it lacks STAB (same type attack bonus), but it is still super effective against Psychic types and Ghost types.

Shadow Claw has STAB, but doesn’t generate energy very quickly.

Hex has one more base power than Shadow Claw and generates energy much faster, making it the deadliest fast move, especially if it’s combined with Sludge Bomb or Shadow Ball.


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