Pokémon Unite Gengar build, items and more – how to play Gengar in Pokémon Unite

Learn all about how to play Gengar in Pokémon Unite, including the best Gengar build, moves, and items

Pokémon Unite's Gengar smiling at the camera

Pokémon Unite is upon us. It’s free, it’s got lots of fan-favourite Pokémon, and it’s a MOBA, so you can be assured of some intense, addictive battles. One fan-favourite to play with is the ghostly speedster that is Gengar. A master of surprise, Gengar is one of the hardest monsters to play with, so you best be clued up on everything this sneaky Pokémon has to offer.

In our Pokémon Unite Gengar build guide, we’ve put together all the info you need on how to play Gengar in Pokémon Unite, including the shadow monster’s best moves, battle items, and held items to help you prepare to cause devastation in the battle arena. Gengar isn’t immediately available at the start of Pokémon Unite, it will cost you 10,000 Aeos coins to purchase the Gengar Unite license.

If you’re still thinking about which character you want to use, we’ve put together a Pokémon Unite tier list you can check out. We also have guides on Pokémon Unite’s Blastoise, Pokémon Unite’s Greninja, Pokémon Unite’s Gardevoir, these give you the lowdown on their best builds.

What are Pokémon Unite Gengar’s moves?

At the beginning of each battle, Pokémon Unite’s Gengar will need to focus on levelling up to unlock some of those Pokémon-destroying abilities. There’s a lot to choose from and you’ll want to keep scoping out how each battle goes to decide how best to take it on. As we’ve alluded to already, Gengar is all about the sneak and surprise. Whilst new moves will keep building towards those incredible combos, you’ll also want to make sure you’re utilising the area, hiding in foliage, and popping out when the time is right.

Pokémon Unite's Gengar jumping next to its name

Gengar’s passive ability

Move name Attack type Description
Levitate Passive When out of combat, movement speed increases

Gengar’s early game abilities

Gengar in the early game is all about displacing and damaging the opposing team. You’ll have to decide between the two options below when you start, but once you hit level three, you can add the second move to your arsenal. Will-o-wisp is great for dealing damage from range and lick pulls opposing Pokémon towards you, taking them away from their teammates.

We’d recommend will-o-wisp to begin with as it continues to deal damage by burning the opposing Pokémon, and it can be great for farming those initial points to get you levelled up from your Gastly state.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Will-o-wisp Ranged Five seconds Shoots flames at opposing Pokémon, dealing damage that continues to hit after leaving them burned
Lick Area Seven seconds Attacks with a lick that pulls Pokémon towards it

Gengar’s mid-game abilities

At level five, Gengar can choose one of two moves, both of which are AOE. The chosen attack will replace lick. Shadow ball is great for decreasing movement speed and special defence of your opponents. Sludge bomb is another move, like will-o-wisp, that continues to devastate after impact by poisoning opponents with sludge.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Shadow ball Ranged 4.5 seconds Hurls a shadowy blob that both decreases movement speed and weakens opponents’ special defence for a short time. Upgrading increases damage caused by this move
Sludge Bomb Area Eight seconds Hurls a sludge bomb that poisons opponents and continues to injure the enemy after it hits. Upgrading increases the poison effect’s duration

Gengar’s late game abilities

At this point, you’re really getting levelled up, evolving into Haunter and learning a new move. Again, you can pick one of two. Dream eater will send your opponents to sleep whilst you cause damage and restore HP. Hex, though, is leading us up to those sneaky, creepy moves that Gengar possesses with the ability to disappear and reappear, dealing damage on impact. We recommend Hex, as it will also get you out of tricky situations, freeing up a space in your battle items as you won’t need the eject button like many of the other players.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Hex Dash 7.5 seconds Disappear then reappear in a designated location, dealing damage in the area of effect. If a hit is successful, the opposing Pokémon is poisoned, and your cooldown is reduced. Upgrading increases damage dealt
Dream eater Ranged Seven seconds Sends opposing Pokémon to sleep. If used again on a sleeping Pokémon, your HP is restored and the cooldown of shadow ball or sludge bomb is reduced. Upgrading can increase damage and healing

Pokémon Unite's Gengar fighting Mr. Mime

Gengar’s end game abilities

Gengar’s Unite move brings everything together, unleashing the potential for some catastrophic combo moves. Phantom ambush is the perfect move for a shadow Pokémon like Gengar. You completely disappear, emerging with the ability to unleash damage and decrease the movement of the opposing Pokémon. They won’t see you coming, but they will see the respawn timer.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Phantom ambush Dash Percent based Jumps to an area and becomes invisible, gaining increased movement speed. If used again, deals damage to opposing Pokémon and decreases their movement speed for a short time

What is the best build for Pokémon Unite’s Gengar?

We’re focusing on the element of surprise with this Pokémon Unite Gengar build. But, in order to get to that point, you’ll need those early level attack moves to get the mid to late game abilities unlocked. It’s all situation-based though, so while we think this is a great example of a build, you might think different.

Level one: will-o-wisp
Level three: lick
Level five: sludge bomb
Level seven: hex

What are the best held items for Pokémon Unite’s Gengar?

The below options will really help bolster the moves of Pokémon Unite’s Gengar. You can only choose three, but we think these are some of the best options to suit this speedster.

  • Wise glasses: increases the damage of your special attacks
  • Sp. atk. specs: permanently increases sp. attack upon scoring a goal
  • Energy amplifier: after using your Unite move, you’ll deal extra damage for a short time
  • Leftovers: when not in combat, you recover 1% of your HP every second
  • Shell bell: special attacks heal 45 HP, plus a percentage of your sp. attack

Pokémon Unite's Gengar fighting Slowbro

What is the best battle item for Pokémon Unite’s Gengar?

You can choose one battle item per match. For Gengar, we recommend you choose one of the following.

  • X attack: temporarily increases your attack and sp. attack damage
  • X speed: temporarily increases movement speed
  • Fluffy tail: stuns nearby wild Pokémon, making them take more damage

If you want to research some more Pokémon builds, we’ve got Pokémon Unite’s Lucario, Pokémon Unite’s Slowbro, and Pokémon Unite’s Eldegoss.

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