Mega Gengar is back in Mega Raids in Pokémon Go!
Mega Evolution has finally arrived in Pokémon Go and with it, Mega Raids! A whole new class of Raids, Mega Raids let you and your friends challenge a Mega Evolved Pokémon. These are some of the most challenging Raids yet, but we here at iMore got your back! Mega Gengar is back and we have everything you need to know to take on its Mega Raid. And be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you can be fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!
Who is Mega Gengar in Pokémon Go?
The Mega Evolution of Gen I’s Ghost and Poison type, Gengar, Mega Gengar isn’t just an incredibly strong Mega Pokémon, but also a big fan favorite. It’s easy to see why; just look at him! A mischievous prankster, Gengar hides in the shadows of people and Pokémon alike. It also can fly, possess others, and even absorbs the warmth from its surroundings, literally chilling the air.
Gengar has both a Mega Evolution and a Gigantamax form, though it will be a while yet before Pokémon Go sees any Gigantamax Pokémon. Although Gengar are very rare in the wild because it evolves from Trading, Gengar has been around since day one in Pokémon Go and has been featured in a number of events, including Halloween and even a Community Day, so lots of Trainers will be eager for the change to Mega Evolve their own Gengar.
What are the best counters for Mega Gengar in Pokémon Go?
As a Ghost and Poison type, Mega Gengar is weak to Ground, Ghost, Psychic, and Dark type attacks. It’s capable of dealing Ghost, Dark, Poison, and Fighting type damage, making its moveset very important when building counter teams.
The Legendary Psychic type from Gen I’s Kanto region and the top Pokémon in Pokémon Go, Mewtwo will do a ton of damage to Mega Gengar, even if it doesn’t last particularly long. As a Psychic type, Mewtwo takes half damage from Fighting, but takes double damage from Ghost and Dark. It also has access to both excellent Psychic moves, Psycho Cut and Psystrike, as well as the most powerful Ghost type move in the game, Shadow Ball. Psystrike is the better of these two moves, but both are invaluable Legacy moves, so don’t TM either away! Mewtwo has also been available in a number of ways, including as a Shadow Pokémon, so many players have at least one or two already powered up for this fight.
Although Gengar is weak to its own Ghost and Dark type attacks, if you’re up against a Mega Gengar with a Fighting or Poison type move, both of which it takes quarter damage from, your Mega Gengar can do a lot of damage before it’s knocked out. It will also boost all the other Ghost type counters. If you are bringing a Mega Gengar along, you’ll want it to know Lick and Shadow Ball and make sure to coordinate with the rest of your Raid party to get the most out of that Mega boost!
For a Dark type offensive, your best bet is Mega Gyarados. This Dark and Water type Mega Pokémon resists Ghost and Dark type damage, but it takes increased damage from Fighting type moves. It will also provide a hefty boost to other Dark types on the field. You’ll want your Mega Gyarados to know Bite and Crunch and be sure to coordinate with your Raid party to get the most out of that Mega boost!
A Dark and Fire type from the Johto region of Gen II, Mega Houndoom is also an excellent choice for this Mega Raid, especially if you can coordinate with the other Trainers. Mega Houndoom takes double damage from Mega Gengar’s Fighting type move, but half damage from its Dark and Ghost type moves. It’s also one of the easier Mega Raids to beat so coming up with the Mega Energy for it shouldn’t be too challenging. If you’re bringing Mega Houndoom to this fight, you’ll want Snarl and Foul Play for the moveset.
Giratina Origin Forme
A Legendary Ghost and Dragon type from Gen IV, Giratina makes an excellent counter for Mega Gengar, but specifically the Origin Forme of Giratina. Although Giratina takes double damage from Ghost and Dark type moves, it takes half damage from Poison and quarter damage from Fighting. The Origin Forme hasn’t been available as many times as the Altered Forme, but both use the same Candy so many players still have the resources to power up at least one or two. If you’re bringing Giratina to this fight, you’ll want it to know Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball.
Another pseudo-Legendary, Garchomp is a Dragon and Ground type from the Gen IV Sinnoh region. Its first stage, Gible has been featured in multiple events and hatches from Eggs, so Garchomp is relatively accessible. It has no weaknesses Mega Gengar can exploit and takes half damage from Poison. Mud Shot and Earth Power is the ideal moveset for this Mega Raid. If you don’t have the Community Day exclusive move, Earthquake also works here.
Yveltal, the Legendary mascot of Pokémon Y is another great counter for Mega Gengar. As a Dark and Flying type, it resists both Dark and Ghost type damage, and it has no weaknesses Mega Gengar can exploit. Yveltal was the focus of the Luminous Legends Y event and came back during Pokémon Go Fest 2021, so most active players have had the chance to add it to their rosters. Snarl and Dark Pulse are the moves you’ll want your Yveltal to know for this Mega Raid.
A pseudo-Legendary from the Gen III Hoenn region, Metagross is easily the most accessible Pokémon on this list. Having been featured in a number of events, including a Community Day, and even as a Shadow Pokémon, most players have at least a few already powered up. As a Steel and Psychic type, it takes double damage from both Ghost and Dark type attacks, but only a quarter from Mega Gengar’s Sludge Bomb. That having been said, the ideal moveset for this Mega Raid is Zen Headbutt and Psychic, whereas Metagross’s Community Day exclusive Legacy move Meteor Mash is far more useful overall. So, don’t TM for this one!
Landorus (Therian forme)
Although it has an inferior moveset, Therian forme Landorus still outperforms Incarnate forme in this Mega Raid. As a Ground and Flying type, Landorus resists Fighting and Poison type moves, while having no relevant weaknesses. Unfortunately, the Therian forme has seen less Raid time than the Incarnate forme, but both use the same Candy, so you may already have the resources to power it up. Extrasensory and Earthquake are the ideal moves for a Therian forme Landorus in this Raid.
Confusuion and Psychic
Landorus (Incarnate forme)
Although its other forme is the better choice, Incarnate forme Landorus also performs quite well in this Mega Raid. A Ground and Flying type, it has no weaknesses Mega Gengar can exploit and takes reduced damage from Poison and Fighting. Landorus has been in Raids multiple times, as well as a Pokémon Go Battle League reward encounter, so most active players have already added it to their roster. If you’re bringingit to this fight, you’ll want your Landorus to know Mud Shot and Earth Power.
The Mythical Pokémon Darkrai was originally discovered in the Gen IV Sinnoh region. Although Mythical Pokémon in Pokémon Go are usually limited to one per account, Darkrai was released to Raids like a Legendary Pokémon so most players have had the chance to catch and power it up. While Darkrai may look like a Ghost, it’s a pure Dark type, meaning it resists Dark and Ghost type damage, while taking increased damage from Fighting type moves. If you’re bringing Darkrai to this fight, Snarl if the fast move you’ll want and Dark Pulse is the charged move.
Although most players will be able to make a team of the best counters, if you’re finding a gap in your team, there are plenty of back ups who work well in larger groups. Just make sure you’re dodging and any of the following could be a decent back up:
- Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake
- Latios with Zen Headbutt and Psychic
- Jirachi with Confusion and Psychic
- Latias with Zen Headbutt and Psychic
- Victini with Confusion and Psychic
- Excadrill with Mud-Slap and Drill Run
- Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch
- Mew with Snarl and Psychic
- Mega Blastoise with Bite and Hydro Cannon
- Gengar with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
- Celebi with Confusion and Psychic
- Hydreigon with Bite and Dark Pulse
- Espeon with Confusion and Psychic
- Armored Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike
- Alakazam with Confusion and Psychic
- Weavile with Snarl and Foul Play
- Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball
- Bisharp with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Honchkrow with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Lugia with Extrasensory and Future Sight
- Azelf with Confusion and Future Sight
- Tornadus (Incarnate forme) with Bite and Dark Pulse
The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events or with Elite TMs, it’s possible to change their moves. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:
- Shadow Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike
- Shadow Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch
- Shadow Weavile with Snarl and Foul Play
- Shadow Gallade with Confusion and Psychic
- Shadow Alakazam with Confusion and Psychic
- Shadow Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play
- Shadow Metagross with Zen Headbutt and Psychic
- Shadow Mamoswine with Mud-Slap and Bulldoze
- Shadow Honchkrow with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Shadow Raikou with Thunder Shock and Shadow Ball
Note: Shadow Mewtwo outperforms all of the best counters despite having weaknesses Mega Gengar can exploit.
How many players does it take to beat Mega Gengar in Pokémon Go?
Although it is technically possible for two Trainers with top counters to take on Mega Gengar, you may need quite a few more if you are dealing with a more challenging moveset, are lower level, or are missing the top counters. Personally, I’d aim for at least four Trainers. Weather Conditions that could play into this battle include:
- Fog boosts Mega Gengar’s Ghost and Dark type attacks, as well as your Ghost and Dark counters
- Cloudy weather boosts Mega Gengar’s Fighting and Poison type attacks
- Wind will boost your Psychic type counters
- Sunny/Clear weather will boost your Ground type counters
Questions about Mega Gengar in Pokémon Go?
Do you have any questions about taking on Mega Gengar? Any tips for fellow trainers? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Best Portable Battery Packs guide so you can stay charge for a whole day of Mega Raids!