Pokemon of the Week 10: Gengar, the Shadow Pokemon

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Welcome to Pokemon of the Week, the tenth installment in a recurring series that looks at the impact of some of our favorite Pokemon on the anime, TCG and VGC. Taking a trip down memory lane to see the impact these Pokemon have had on the series and our lives is what makes Pokemon the magical thing it is.

For some people when they think of the first generation of Pokemon they think of the original starter Pokemon. Others think of Mewtwo because of the first movie. To me nothing represents the beginning of Pokemon like Gengar, the Shadow Pokemon. Involved in the introductory sequence of both the first video games and the anime, Gengar has literally been around since the beginning. Niodrino may be the other Pokemon in that sequence but he does not have the iconic stature of the original ghost.

Gengar is the only non-starter Pokemon to have the ability to both Mega Evolve and Gigantamax. While this may change over time as more of the latter is introduced it is telling that Gengar is in this select group. It is the only Poison- and Ghost-type Pokemon, along with its pre-evolutions. It has been a consistent feature in the lore of Pokemon, from the aforementioned introduction to moments of pranking our heroes to winning championships.

Gengar has been a fixture outside of the core sects of Pokemon fandom too. It has been a usable character in Pokken Tournament, including with a fifth place finish at the 2017 World Championships and a runner up finish in 2018. It has also appeared in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate as a spirit.

With its true fighting spirit, it makes sense that Mega Gengar boasts the highest Special Attack of any Ghost or Poison Type Pokemon. So let’s dig in to where it has made an impact so far.

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