Ash's Gengar

Ash's Gengar
サトシのゲンガー Satoshi's Gangar
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Ash's Gengar
Debuts in Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!
Caught in A Chilling Curse!
Caught at Cerise Laboratory
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location In rotation
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This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Gengar Yasuhiro Mamiya Marc Thompson

Ash's Gengar (Japanese: サトシのゲンガー Satoshi's Gangar) was the second Pokémon caught by Ash in Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and his fifty-fourth overall.

In the anime

History

 
Being left by its original Trainer

With another Trainer

As revealed in A Chilling Curse!, Gengar was originally caught by a Trainer living in Vermilion City, three years before the events of Pokémon Journeys: The Series. However, as he started losing battles and failing to catch other Pokémon in Gengar's presence, the Trainer attributed his misfortunes to a curse caused by Gengar and decided to get rid of it. Before he abandoned it, he instructed Gengar to wait for him at the place that would later become the Cerise Laboratory.

As a wild Pokémon

Not knowing its Trainer had no intention of returning for it, Gengar obediently waited for its Trainer, even staying at the building as it was being converted into Professor Cerise's research center. It tried to scare the Professor off by haunting the building, but as he only found its actions amusing, it eventually gave up trying to frighten him.

Gengar debuted in Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!, where it resumed its mischievous activity by scaring Ren, making its presence known for Ash and Goh in the process. The latter tried to catch it, but Gengar simply deflected all of the Poké Balls he threw at it. It eventually fled when Chloe commanded Yamper to use Spark. It was later seen at the end of the episode, perched atop the Laboratory.

At the end of Raid Battle in The Ruins!, Gengar phased through the wall and watched Ash, Goh, and their Pokémon as they returned from Unova.

In A Chilling Curse!, Gengar once again began causing trouble at the Laboratory and subsequently hid in Ash's shadow. When Ash ran into Gengar's former Trainer, it overheard the latter bragging about how much he enjoyed being free from its curse. Angered by the revelation that its Trainer abandoned it, Gengar started attacking him. When the Trainer fled in fear, Gengar ran off as well. Team Rocket found Gengar and asked it to join them, but when it refused, they instead tried to capture it. Ash showed up, managed to free Gengar, and convinced it to fight Team Rocket alongside him. After Gengar defeated Team Rocket's two Dusclops, Ash collapsed from a fever he had unknowingly caught earlier. When Ash woke up at the laboratory, Gengar appeared and dropped a Poké Ball for him, indicating it wanted to join his team. Ash accepted the request and caught Gengar.

With Ash

 
Gengar battling Visquez's Raichu

In Destination: Coronation!, Ash used Gengar in his battle against Visquez so he could increase his World Coronation Series ranking. Gengar substituted for Pikachu while going up against Visquez's Raichu, and it managed to defeat it with Psychic. Gengar then went up against Visquez's second Pokémon, Electrode, but was soon defeated, though not before dealing some damage on its opponent.

In A Festival Reunion!, Ash brought Gengar with him to Shalour City for a World Coronation Series Battle Festival Challenge. During Ash's match with Korrina, Gengar went up against her Mienshao and Lucario, getting defeated by the latter without managing to deal any damage on either.

In Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, Ash used Gengar to face a rampaging Gigantamax Coalossal alongside Leon's Dragapult. During the battle, Gengar saved the lives of a group of Workers who were nearby.

In Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start!, Gengar was the second Pokémon Ash sent out during his World Coronation Series match against Volkner after withdrawing his Lucario from the battle against Volkner's Luxray. It managed to disorient and deal massive damage to Luxray, forcing Volkner to switch it out for his Fan Rotom, which was able to match Gengar's speed. Rotom gained the upper hand by paralyzing Gengar with Thunder Wave, and subsequently defeated it with a powered-up super-effective Hex.

 
Gengar and Ash

In Showdown at the Gates of Warp!, Gengar devolved into Haunter, then Gastly, and finally an Egg as a result of a clash between Dialga and Palkia distorting time. After Arceus stopped the fight between Dialga and Palkia, the Temporal and Spatial Pokémon repaired the distortions their fighting had caused and restored all the devolved Pokémon back to normal.

In The Spectral Express!, one of the spirits from a Spiritomb possessed Ash after he touched its Odd Keystone. After Allister had driven the spirit out of Ash's body, Gengar chased after it into Ash's shadow and grabbed it with Psychic. Working together with Goh's Absol, the two managed to return the lost spirit to Spiritomb, ending the Forbidden Pokémon's rampage.

In The Winding Path to Greatness!, Gengar was Dynamaxed by Ash at the Stow-on-Side Stadium. When Ash learned that Gengar couldn't achieve the Gigantamax form he had heard of simply by training, he followed Allister's advice and set out to collect Max Mushrooms to make Max Soup, which could enable Gengar to Gigantamax. When getting the third and cluster of Max Mushrooms, Gengar defended Ash from a Drakloak that had gone wild after being agitated by Goh's Grookey. Once the soup was done, Gengar ate it and was able to successfully Gigantamax.

In JN099, Ash used Gengar in his World Coronation Series match against Marnie and her Grimmsnarl. A while into the battle, Marnie Gigantamaxed Grimmsnarl, but Gengar managed to survive his attacks and was Gigantamaxed as well soon after. Both Pokémon were still standing by the time their Gigantamax states ended, but ultimately, Gengar emerged victorious, increasing Ash's ranking.

In JN109, Ash used Gengar as his second Pokémon in his World Coronation Series match against Raihan. After a brief battle against Flygon, who used Sandstorm to hide from Gengar while landing some strong hits on it, Ash Gigantamaxed his Pokémon and used it to suck the sandstorm away, allowing it to defeat Flygon soon after. Gengar next fought against Goodra, who utilized rain-boosted moves to deal heavy damage on it. Gengar, however, stood firm, and eventually, both Pokémon knocked each other out simultaneously.

Personality and characteristics

 
Gengar in Ash's shadow

Gengar was once loyal to its previous Trainer, obeying his instructions to remain at the future site of the Cerise Laboratory. Over time, however, Gengar became resentful of its old Trainer, even to the point of attacking him upon seeing him again and only calming down once he ran away. It grew bitter and developed a hostile nature against all humans, repeatedly attacking them with its powers. After it bonded with Ash and was caught, it became friendlier, though it still seems to have a mischievous streak, such as when it showed its concern for Ash by dumping a pile of apples on top of him, and when it scared Ren and Chloe in Memories of a Warming Kindness! by phasing through a wall. In Errand Endurance!, Gengar kept scaring Eevee, Grookey, and a Geodude by repeatedly phasing through walls while moving objects with Psychic.

 
Gengar and Allister

Gengar dislikes being accused of something it didn't do, as seen in Panic in the Park!, when it appeared out of nowhere behind Ash and hit him with Shadow Ball after overhearing him accusing it of stealing Goh's Pokémon's food, and again in When a House is Not a Home!, when Gengar appeared out of nowhere behind Ren and began to hold onto him ominously after being accused of bringing Grookey to the lab, only letting him go after he apologized.

In battle, Gengar takes advantage of its Ghost-type abilities, allowing it to easily escape snares and confound opponents, as seen in Destination: Coronation!, where it was able to escape the tail hold of Visquez's Raichu simply by phasing through it. However, in the same episode, it was revealed to have trouble combating opponents that can match or exceed its speed such as her Electrode, and later Korrina's Mienshao and Lucario as well as Volkner's Fan Rotom. Gengar also has the ability to become invisible and to disappear and reappear. Like all of its species, Gengar is also able to decrease the temperature of its surroundings, as seen in Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!; and hide in the shadows, as seen in A Chilling Curse!.

During the search for the Max Mushrooms, Gengar became very close to Allister. During that same night, Allister and Gengar had a conversation about each other's feelings. When Gengar finally managed to Gigantamax, Gengar looked at Allister's reaction, seeing that the boy had taken pride in Gengar's progress.

Appearance

See also: Dynamax and Gigantamax

As an Egg (right) As a Gastly As a Haunter Gengar Dynamaxed As a Gigantamax Gengar
         

Moves used

 
Using Ice Punch
 
Using Sludge Bomb
Move First Used In
Night Shade Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!
Psychic Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!
Ice Punch  Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!
Shadow Ball  Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!
Dazzling Gleam  JN099*
Sludge Bomb  JN099
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Max Moves and G-Max Moves used

Picture Max Move/G-Max Move First Used in Base Move
  Max Ooze JN099 Sludge Bomb
Gigantamax Gengar releases a wave of purple sludge from its body at the opponent.
  Max Hailstorm JN099 Ice Punch
Gigantamax Gengar forms a big blue cloud over its head. Multiple huge balls of ice then fall down from the cloud and onto the opponent.
  G-Max Terror JN099 Shadow Ball
Gigantamax Gengar forms multiple giant objects around itself. The objects then glow purple and are hurled at the opponent.
  Max Starfall JN109 Dazzling Gleam
Gigantamax Gengar makes multiple yellow stars fall down from the sky and onto the opponent. When the attack hits, a multicolored star-shaped burst of energy is released.

Artwork

     
Artwork for Find the difference Fourth poster for the Japanese version of
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Artwork from "After the story" [1]

In the manga

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Gengar debuted in Caring for a Mystery!. It reappeared in Destination: Coronation!, where Ash used it during his battle with Visquez.

Moves used

 
Using Psychic
Move First Used In
Night Shade Destination: Coronation!
Psychic Destination: Coronation!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Pokémon Mezastar

Gengar appears in Pokémon Mezastar as one of Ash's Pokémon. It appears as an opponent during the first Super Tag set. It also appears as a tag partner for Lucario.

As an opponent
Gengar
 
  Sludge Wave


Disks
Tag No. Name Type Grade
2-1-011 Lucario     
 



Trivia

 
A Gengar as seen in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!. Note the deeper shade of purple compared to Ash's Gengar.
  • Gengar is the first of Ash's Pokémon to:
    • Be an officially owned Ghost type.
    • Use a Ghost- and Fairy-type move.
    • Be abandoned by a previous Trainer whilst not being a starter Pokémon.
    • Be abandoned by a previous Trainer while being fully evolved.
    • Have been abandoned by a previous Trainer and remain a wild Pokémon for years before being caught by Ash.
  • Gengar has a color scheme that is different from others of its species, although it isn't considered Shiny.
  • Gengar is the first Pokémon in the anime seen doing both a standard Dynamax and Gigantamaxing.
  • Gengar is currently the only Pokémon Ash caught in Pokémon Journeys: The Series to:
    • Not have been caught in its debut episode.
    • Not be shown having an on-screen battle in the Great Class of the World Coronation Series.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar.

References




  This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.