Ghost-type Pokémon have pretty decent strengths and resistances that make them stand out. This is especially true for Pokémon with combined types, like Gengar and Dragapult.
For instance, Gengar might not be the best Ghost-type Pokémon in the game, but its immunities and high Special Attack IV make this Pokémon viable in many different team compositions.
That said, Gengar is just one of many good Ghost-type Pokémon. However, there are others with much better combined IVs that can grant you the upper hand in Pokémon battles.
This guide has the best Ghost-type Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.
Although I love Gengar, this Pokémon is the weakest in this list. Still, it is a decent Pokémon that you can use effectively due to its high Special Attack IV, which can be as high as 130.
Gengar’s base stats max at a total of 500. With the Mild Nature, this Pokémon gets +10% Special Attack, making it even more effective in battle when using Special type moves.
You might need some help catching a Gengar if you don’t know how to do it. Gengar evolves from Haunter, which is Gastly’s evolution.
Haunter only evolves to Gengar when traded, so leveling it up won’t do the trick. You can also find it in a 5 stars Tera Raid if you know where to look.
As a combined Poison- and Ghost-type, Gengar has some decent resistances. It is weak to Ghost, Dark, Ground, and Psychich-type moves.
On the other hand, Gengar takes half damage from Grass- and Fairy-type attacks, and it takes only 25% damage from Bug- and Poison-type attacks.
It is also immune to Normal- and Fighting-type moves, ensuring that Gengar’s resistances make it very effective depending on who you put it to fight against.
In Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, your first Fire-type buddy evolves from Fuecoco to Crocalor and then Skeledirge. It is one of the best Fire-type Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and one of the best Ghost-type ones.
At this point, the Pokémon stops being exclusively a Fire-type Pokémon and becomes a Ghost- and Fire-type crocodile. The addition of the Ghost type to this Pokémon substantially alters its combat interactions.
Skeledirge is not one of the most powerful Pokémon in Scarlet & Violet. Still, it will always be a solid choice. It’s considered an A-Tier Pokémon due to a maximum of 530 total base stats.
It’s possible for this Pokemon to have one of the following Abilities: Sheer Force, Swarm, or Flame Body. The best IV stat for Skeledirge is Special Attack, which has a maximum value of 110. Not the best, but respectable.
The Quiet Nature grants you a +10% Special Attack, increasing the potency of this Pokémon’s Fire Attacks.
Skeledirge is exceptionally resistant to enemy attacks thanks to its mix of the Fire and Ghost types.
It is resistant to nine distinct move types yet only vulnerable to five of them. By avoiding its weaknesses, which are few, Skeledinger can easily have the upper hand in battles.
Avoid Ground-, Rock-, Water-, Ghost-, or Darkness-type moves since they deal double damage to Skeledinge. On the other side, this Pokémon takes 50% less damage from Steel-, Fire-, Grass-, Ice-, Fairy-, and Poison-type moves.
Additionally, it is completely immune to Normal and Fighting attacks and only takes 25% damage from Bug-type moves.
Concept-wise, I love Annihilape’s unique combination. This Pokémon is a new evolution to Primate that happens once you use Rage Fist 20 times.
You can also find a level 75 Annihilape in 5 and 6 stars Tera Raid Spawns. Annihilape is an A-Tier Pokémon due to a maximum of 535 total base stats.
Its highest IV stat is Attack, which can go as high as 115. Due to its Ghost type, this Pokémon is entirely immune to Normal- and Fighting-type attacks.
It also takes 75% less damage from Bug-type moves and half damage from Rock and Poison attacks. On the other hand, Annihilape takes twice as much damage from Flying-, Psychic-, Fairy-, and Ghost-type moves.
Although its attacks are nothing special Annihilape is not a Pokémon with many vulnerabilities. That alone can make it fit in some team compositions.
As a Fighting-type Pokémon, it has access to Close Combat, an A-Tier attack with 120 Power and 100 Accuracy.
If you want something safer, you can always go for Cross Chop. With this move, Annihilape delivers a double chop with its forearms crossed. This move has a heightened chance of landing a critical hit.
Dragapult is an S-Tier Pokémon due to a maximum of 600 total base stats. Its highest IV stat is Speed, which can be as high as 142. It also has pretty decent attack values.
Its Attack IV can go up to 120, while its Special Attack can reach 100. Those high stats combined with Dragapult’s significantly high Speed give you some advantage in the fight and a decent one-shot potential.
As a combined Ghost- and Dragon-type Pokémon, Dragapult is weak to Ice-, Dragon-, Fairy-, Ghost-, and Dark-type attacks. However, it has more resistances than weaknesses.
Dragapult takes half damage from Fire-, Water-, Grass-, Electric-, Bug-, and Poison-type moves. Not only that, but it is also immune to Normal and Fighting-type attacks.
You can get Dragapult in Tera Raids. If you find where it spawns, you will end up with a level 75 Dragapult. You might want to check where to catch every Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.
As for its best moves, Dragapult has access to Outage and Giga Impact. They both use Dragapult’s Attack.
That said, this Pokémon also has access to Hyper Beam and Draco Meteor. Although these moves use your Special Attack IV, Dragapult’s Special Attack is high enough to make it work.
Flutter Mane Misdreavus
Although Misdreavus is considered a weak ghost-type Pokémon, its Paradox variation, Flutter Mane Misdreavus, is one of the best in this game.
Flutter Mane Misdreavus is an S-Tier Ghost- and Fairy-type Paradox Pokémon. Its combined IV stats can make a total of 570.
Flutter Mane Misdreavus’ highest possible IV stats are Speed, Special Defense, and Special Attack. They can all go as high as 135.
This Pokémon strikes hard and strikes fast, but it can take no damage. Its HP and Defense are significantly low.
So, although you can use it to wreck your opponent, you have to make sure you can one-shot the adversary, or you might be in trouble.
Flutter Mane Misdreavus has some very interesting Weaknesses and Resistances. It takes half damage from Ghost- and Steel-type attacks while taking only 25% from bug-type damage.
On top of that, this Pokémon is entirely immune to Normal-, Fighting-, and Dragon-type moves.
As for the moves you might want to use with Flutter Mane Misdreavus, some people might recommend Giga Impact or Hyper Beam for the damage.
However, both moves make Flutter Mane Misdreavus unable to move after the attack, which can mean a guaranteed defeat.
Maybe have Hyper Beam in your Arsenal to finish off a troubling opponent, but make sure you can keep your Pokémon alive, too.
For instance, Phantom Force makes your Pokémon dodge an attack and then attack during its next turn with 90 Power and 100 Accuracy. It is a pretty good tactical move.
What to Do Next
After you’ve picked out some Ghost Pokemon for your team, spend some time looking at the strengths and weaknesses in your team so you know where you need to boost your team. Ghost Pokemon are great, but they do have some weaknesses to be mindful of.
In particular, it’s a good idea to read up on the best Dark type Pokemon as Ghost types get hit extra hard by these and you’ll need to come up with a counter.