Tier 4 Raid Boss Guides
Gengar Duo Raid Guide
Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP9,000 ATK218.04 DEF135.09
CP Range
Lvl 20 1566 - 1644 Lvl 25 1958 - 2056

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Fog, Cloudy Fog, Windy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Hex Intermediate
Sucker Punch Easy

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Focus Blast Easy
Shadow Ball Challenging
Sludge Bomb Intermediate

Overview

On November 3rd, Gengar will appear in a Special Raid Challenge for 3 hours. Based on pictures put out by Niantic, this appears to be a tier 4 version of Gengar. It should be a feasible duo for many players. While the Gengar you catch from a raid will have Lick and Psychic, the expectation is that the ones you battle will have their usual moves.

As a Tier 3 boss, Gengar is a fairly easy solo. With 2.5x HP and higher stats, Tier 4 Gengar has far fewer options viable for a duo. Trainers without a couple of powered up Mewtwo may find this challenge difficult, as the remaining counters specialize against 1 or 2 movesets. You may need 2 teams: one for Shadow Ball and another for Focus Blast.

Approach

Team composition

  • Use those Mewtwo! It's the best counter by far, regardless of moveset.

  • Use Psychic-types, Gengar vs. Focus Blast; Tyranitar vs. Shadow Ball
  • Compared to soloing normal Gengar, there is less flexibility in counters

  • Sludge Bomb in cloudy weather will be about as tough as Shadow Ball

Dodging strategy

  • Dodging can help if it lets you use 1 more Future Sight or Shadow Ball

  • Expect to relobby, although you may not have to with an ideal matchup

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 30
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Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Gengar and overall superior counter

  • Psychic performs very well if you don't have Shadow Ball

Cons:

  • Faints quickly vs. Shadow Ball movesets without dodging

Counters viable at level 35
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Doubly resists Sludge Bomb, triply resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • One-hit KO’d by Shadow Ball at all levels; can't dodge

Alakazam Alakazam
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Pros:

  • Resists Focus Blast; can survive a hit with HP to spare

Cons:

  • One-hit KO’d by Shadow Ball at all levels; can't dodge

Counters viable at level 40
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Focus Blast; can survive a hit with HP to spare

Cons:

  • Narrowly avoids one-hit KO by Shadow Ball at level 40

Tyranitar Tyranitar
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
Bite Crunch Best

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Avoid using vs. Focus Blast, as it's always one-hit KO’d

Metagross Metagross
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Naturally bulky with a double resistance to Sludge Bomb

Cons:

  • Does quite bad vs. Shadow Ball due to Ghost weakness

  • Needs exclusive Community Day move to be viable at all

Counters viable for best friends at level 40
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Impeccable natural bulk with a resistance to Sludge Bomb

Cons:

  • Shadow Ball is still hard to deal with, despite its bulkiness

Raid Graph