It’s always great to see one of your pretty rare shiny’s become obsolete.
So far for the introduction. This is about PvP, as Shadow Punch is obviously redundant in PvE and will not make a slight difference at all.
So, what do you think of Gengar with Shadow Punch?
Here are some thoughts of mine:
We already have Haunter in Great League. With the same moveset if Shadow Punch becomes available. Will Gengar be better now?
Comparison in stats:
I guess you could say that… Gengar is slightly bulkier? Honestly, I think Haunter is still the way to go as the whole point of Haunter is not getting hit by a charged move, while trying to land a nuke. Though the differences are so small. Nonetheless I think this community day is very good for those lacking a decent PvP Haunter (like I do). So that’s a big plus for some people.
Now, Ultra League. Gengar actually has an incredible niche here. Those who’ve been hanging around rating 2200+ (or so I have read) probably have encountered a LOT of Cresselia’s running Grass Knot and Moonblast. And the PvP’ers here can all agree that Cresselia is unarguably the most overpowered thing in Ultra League, to the point that Registeel is the ONLY pokemon to reliably take it down. Melmetal, Ferrothorn and others can too, but Cresselia has the greatest move of all time called Moonblast, which has a 100% chance of debuffing you, and a 10% of you debuffing the opponent (obviously it’s a 30% chance in general), and thus flipping those matchups.
Yes, maybe a bit of frustration there. BUT the thing here is that Gengar absolutely destroys Cresselia here.
Cresselia with Future Sight:
Cresselia with Grass Knot / Moonblast:
Cresselia Future Sight actually wins in the 2v2 if Gengar decides not to bait at all, but this is looking very good for Gengar.
Other than that, Ghost is a very narrowly resisted type, and it can hit so much for at least neutral damage. It also resists Fairy, as it is a poison type. I’m not saying Gengar will totally shake up the UL meta, as it’s still a fragile fatty, however I am hoping that it will decrease the amounts of Cresselia’s in season 3.
I don’t want to get too much into this. Gengar doesn’t reach CP 3000 and despite being capable of one shotting Metagross with Shadow Ball, and resisting Togekiss’ charm, it’s niches are quite narrow, as there is not much play in the field of Swampert, Gyarados, Mamoswine, Dragonite, and Garchomp.
Let me know what you think!