Gengar is a Ghost and Poison type that is part of the first generation of Pokemon. It’s an incredibly popular Pokemon and it’s quite good in battles, too. The dual type of Ghost and Poison is very effective.

In this short guide, we will show you how to get Gengar in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. We’ll break down how to get Gengar without trading in Violet and Scarlet, as well as how to do it with the classic trading method.

If you are curious about special evolution changes, we will cover that here as well.

What is Gengar?

As mentioned before, Gengar is a Ghost and Poison type Pokemon. It evolves from Haunter, which in turn evolves from Gastly.

Gengar is a strong Pokemon with good stats. In particular, Gengar has a strong Special Attack and Speed stat, and the dual type can be incredibly useful in competitive battles.

Where to Get Gastly or Haunter

Haunter Evolving

Gastly is easy to find, but only if you’re out catching Pokemon at night. It has a time-sensitive spawn and won’t turn up at any other time of day.

You can find Gastly roaming around in the East and West regions of the map. To be more specific, it can be found just along the equator near the Great Crater.

If you are looking for Haunter, it also needs to be night time. Haunter spawn locations are in the mountains, snow, or ruins biomes.

You can find Haunters specifically in the Glaseado Mountains and North Province Area One. These Pokemon are not exclusive so you can see them in Scarlet or Violet versions.

How to Evolve Haunter to Gengar

Haunter Trading

There are two main ways to obtain Gengar.

The first method is by leveling Gastly to Haunter and meeting the special evolution requirement to get Haunter to Gengar. Gastly needs to be level 25 to evolve to Haunter, and Haunter then needs to be traded to a friend so that Haunter will evolve to Gengar.

Unlike evolving Slowpoke to a Slowking, there is no requirement for Haunter to hold an item before trading to trigger the evolution.

The second way of getting a Gengar is finding it through a Tera Raid Battle. This can be quite tricky, as almost any Pokemon can be found in a Tera Raid Battle and it is very dependent on random chance.

You can play with friends to make it a lot easier. Everyone can find their own Tera battles and keep hosting while in a Union Circle group.

Each player can easily join hosted raids by pressing ‘Y’ when in a Union Circle group.

If you choose to farm Gengar through Tera Raid Battles, you’ll be able to get your hands on a lot of Exp Candies and Rare Candies as they’re common drops. This is a great way to level up your team fast while you’re at it.

Haunter Trade

Although, if you are playing with friends, you might as well just look for a Haunter and just trade with each other. The Tera Raid Battle method is plausible but can be a grind.

However, if you do find a Tera raid battle with a Gengar, remember that the stats or the IV can depend on the star rating of the raid. For example, if you find a 5 or 6-star Gengar Tera raid battle, it is most likely to have amazing or perfect stats.

NPC Gengar Trade

For those who do not have any trade partners, Gengar is attainable from an NPC in Levincia City. She will trade you her Haunter for your Pincurchin.

You can find the NPC near the center of the city. The Haunter from this trade will automatically evolve to Gengar once the trade is over.

What to Do After Getting Gengar

After adding Gengar to your team, it’s worth reading up on Pokemon strengths and weaknesses and preparing counters accordingly.

For example, Gengar is a Ghost and Poison type. Ghost is weak to Dark and Ghost types, and Poison is weak to Ground and Psychic types. Make sure you’ve got Pokemon in your team that can counter these types, and consider changing your Gengar’s Tera type to something unique to strengthen it even further.