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Gengar Solo Raid Guide

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Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Gengar Solo Raid Guide
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,600 ATK201.48 DEF124.83
CP Range
Lvl 20 1566 - 1644 Lvl 25 1958 - 2056

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Fog, Cloudy Sunny / Clear, Fog, Windy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Sucker Punch Easy
Hex Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Shadow Ball Challenging
Sludge Bomb Challenging
Focus Blast Easy

Overview

Gengar bears many similarities to Machamp, including low defense and some of the same weaknesses to the highest DPS attackers in the game. Depending on moveset, Gengar is strongly countered by either Tyranitar or Psychic-types and Gengar itself. Time shouldn’t be a constraining factor in this fight.

What complicates Gengar is its high attack stat that is complemented by hard-hitting charge moves. Many of Gengar’s best counters are also weak to it in some way, making dodging paramount to success. This isn’t too difficult vs. Shadow Ball and Focus Blast, which have dodge windows that can be seen coming from a mile away. Sludge Bomb is trickier to dodge but less threatening overall.

Approach

Team composition

  • Ideal team composition is 6 Mewtwo with Psystrike.
  • Front load with glass cannons such as Gengar, Alakazam, and Espeon
  • Lugia, Tyranitar, Metagross, or Groudon pad the team vs. different sets
  • Giratina-O actually tanks better than anything else, and has DPS a bit below glass counters.

Dodging strategy

  • Don't get one-hit KO’d by a charge move before using own charge move
  • If failing: attempt fewer dodges if timing out, more dodges if fainting out

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 25
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Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Gengar and overall superior counter

  • Psychic is a non-event move and very effective.

  • EX-raid exclusive Shadow Ball is the weakest of the three Super Effective options, but still extremely viable.

Cons:

  • Faints quickly vs. Shadow Ball movesets without dodging

  • Psystrike is best, but is an event move.

Giratina Origin Forme Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin Forme)
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Pros: 

  • Remarkably bulky, great overall performance despite weaknesses to both Quick Moves and Shadow Ball
  • Resists Sludge Bomb, double-resists Focus Blast
  • Highest average TDO of any existing counter, including Lugia, while sacrificing only a bit of DPS.

Cons:

  • Loses some of its edge Vs. Shadow Ball movesets.
  • Low candy availability due to Legendary status.
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Pros:

  • Very high DPS; a generous win time at L25

  • Doubly resists Sludge Bomb, triply resists Focus Blast

  • Easily accessible due to being a common tier 3 raid boss

Cons:

  • Frail and one-hit KO’d by Shadow Ball without dodging

  • Best movesets are Legacy, other movesets are sub-par

Chandelure Chandelure
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Pros:

  • Very close to Gengar in performance, trades a little DPS for a little TDO.

Cons:

  • Has less relevant resistances, falls behind Gengar Vs. Sludge Bomb and Focus Blast.
  • Currently very rare and hard to obtain.
Metagross Metagross
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Pros:

  • Naturally bulky with a double resistance to Sludge Bomb and neutral damage from Focus Blast

  • Fantastic mix of DPS and TDO

  • Fairly common due to previous Community Day

Cons:

  • Weak to Shadow Ball and all of Gengar's Fast Moves.

Hydreigon Hydreigon
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Pros:

  • Top overall performer among Dark Types
  • Resists both of Gengar's Quick Moves and Shadow Ball, helps shore up team weaknesses.

Cons:

  • Weak to Focus Blast, does not resist Sludge Bomb
  • Rare and hard to obtain
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Bite Crunch Best

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Gengar; a generous win time at L30

  • Bulky and resists all of Gengar’s moves but Focus Blast

  • Current tier 4 raid boss; also featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • One-hit KO’d by Focus Blast and must dodge to survive

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Pros: 

  • Very high DPS, highest among Dark Types
  • Resists all Quick Moves, great performance Vs. Shadow Ball
  • Pre-evolution is fairly common, featured in several past events.

Cons:

  • Very frail when not hiding behind a resistance.
  • Double Weakness means that it's virtually unviable Vs. Focus Blast
Excadrill Excadrill
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Pros:

  • Good clear times, high DPS and respectable TDO.
  • Triple-resists Sludge Bomb, a good choice to shore up a potential weakness.
  • Highest DPS among Ground Type counters

Cons:

  • Has no usable resistance besides Sludge Bomb
  • Somewhat frail when not against Sludge Bomb movesets.
  • Weak to Focus Blast
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Good DPS vs. Gengar; a generous win time at L30

  • Impeccable natural bulk with a resistance to Sludge Bomb

  • Many players have one, as it was a former tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Gengar; a generous win time at L30

  • Resists Focus Blast; will often survive without dodging

  • Highly accessible; a common species in many locations

Cons:

  • Frail, weak to Shadow Ball; one-hit KO’d at lower levels

  • Very difficult to dodge with when using Confusion

Alakazam Alakazam
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Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Gengar; a generous win time at L30

  • Resists Focus Blast; will often survive without dodging

  • Obtainable at a high level in locales with windy weather

  • Best moveset is legacy

Cons:

  • Frail and one-hit KO’d by Shadow Ball without dodging

Gardevoir Gardevoir
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Pros:

  • Doubly resists Focus Blast, not weak to Sucker Punch

Cons:

  • Nearly one-hit KO’d by Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb

  • Very difficult to dodge with when using Confusion

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Basically Gardevoir without the Poison weakness and a single resist to Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Basically Gardevoir without the Poison weakness and a single resist to Focus Blast
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Pros:

  • Decent bulk among Gengar counters; resists Focus Blast

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Usually has more desirable movesets in other matchups

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Counters viable at level 30
Honchkrow Honchkrow
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Pros: 

  • Good DPS option, hits hard and has good clear times.
  • Resists both Quick Moves and Shadow Ball
  • Has no weaknesses among Gengar's moves
  • Pre-evolution is very common and easily accessible

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail despite lack of weaknesses
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Gengar; a generous win time at L30

  • Resists Sludge Bomb and doubly resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Frail and one-hit KO’d by Shadow Ball without dodging

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Pros:

  • Shadow Ball resistance slightly compensates for frailty

Cons:

  • Frail and one-hit KO’d by Focus Blast without dodging

Houndoom Houndoom
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Snarl Crunch Good

Pros:

  • Shadow Ball resistance slightly compensates for frailty

Cons:

  • Frail and one-hit KO’d by Focus Blast without dodging

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Pros:

  • Acceptable overall performance.

Cons: 

  • Basically a worse Mewtwo.
Exeggutor Exeggutor
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Pros:

  • Resists Focus Blast; bulkier than Alakazam and Espeon

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

  • Easily accessible due to being a current tier 2 raid boss

Cons:

  • Nearly one-hit KO’d by Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb

  • Best moveset is legacy

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Pros:

  • One of the bulkiest Gengar counters despite weaknesses

  • Doubly resists Focus Blast; very efficient in this matchup

  • Many players have one, as it was a former tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • At low levels, requires team help to get ahead of the clock

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Other viable level 30 counters
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Pros:

  • Highly accessible; a common species in many locations

Cons:

  • Frail and one-hit KO’d by Focus Blast without dodging

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Pros:

  • Easily accessible due to being a tier 3 raid boss

Cons:

  • Frail, one-hit KO’d by Shadow Ball unless near max level

  • Very difficult to dodge with when using Confusion

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

  • Does acceptable neutral DPS, useful in numerous matchups

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 5 raid boss

  • Resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

  • Less than stellar performance due to a lack of Super Effective damage

  • More of a stop-gap than a counter, needs support from high-DPS counters to work.

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