Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Gengar Solo Raid Guide
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,000 ATK201.48 DEF124.83

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

  • Use Psychic-types, Gengar vs. Focus Blast; Dark-types vs. Shadow Ball
  • Front load with glass cannons such as Gengar, Alakazam, and Espeon
  • Lugia, Tyranitar, Metagross, or Groudon pad the team vs. different sets

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
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Gengar and overall superior counter

Cons:

  • Faints quickly vs. Shadow Ball movesets without dodging

  • Limited EX raid availability and difficult to obtain candy for

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Gengar; a generous win time at L25

  • Doubly resists Sludge Bomb, triply resists Focus Blast

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

Cons:

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

Tyranitar Tyranitar
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
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

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high 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

Alakazam Alakazam
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

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

Cons:

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

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

Gardevoir Gardevoir
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

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:

  • 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

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

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Shadow Ball resistance slightly compensates for frailty

Cons:

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

Houndoom Houndoom
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
Snarl Crunch Good

Pros:

  • Shadow Ball resistance slightly compensates for frailty

Cons:

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

Counters viable at level 30
Metagross Metagross
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Naturally bulky with a double resistance to Sludge Bomb

Cons:

  • Difficult to obtain and power up for less privileged players

Rayquaza Rayquaza
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Does excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Exeggutor Exeggutor
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

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

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

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

Dragonite Dragonite
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Decent bulk among Gengar counters; resists Focus Blast

  • Many players have one, as it featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • Low candy access for those who missed Community Day

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Easily accessible due to being a current 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

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highly accessible; a common species in many locations

Cons:

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

Other viable level 30 counters
Sharpedo Sharpedo
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
Bite Crunch Best
ノクタス Cacturne
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

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