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Gengar Lv 46
What is this? Popular Pokémon week? Isn’t it odd that we
only have one Wobuffet (for example) in Modified, but
now we have four Stage 2 Gengars (plus an SP and a Level
Gengar is usually at least an interesting Pokémon.
Gengar DP has an incredibly risky but potentially
devastating attack, Curse Gengar from AR is a useful
spread tech, and Gengar SF is hated by everyone (except
Seniors who play it to death, for some reason) for its
skill-free and incredibly cheap Fainting Spell PokePower.
Sadly though, this particular Gengar is relatively
It does have an extra 10 HP over the others, I suppose,
and it shares the useful Gengar attributes of Free
Retreat, Darkness Weakness, and Colourless Resistance.
It does have a decent snipe attack, doing 40 to any
Pokémon for [P][C] which can target weak Basic and
damaged Pokémon, but when you consider that Gengar SF
can snipe for30/60 damage (as long as the target doesn’t
have Unown G attached), it seems less worthy of
inclusion in a Gengar deck than you might think.
Gengar’s second attack, Poison Jab, is ok as it does 60
damage plus auto Poison for [P][C][C], but it’s really
nothing special, and Poison is easily removed by
retreating or evolving.
It’s not that this Gengar is a terrible card, it’s just
a mediocre Stage 2 in a format where there are already
better Gengars in existence. When you have a choice of
two other Gengars with very useful Powers, plus a LV X
which can do nasty things to your opponent’s LV Xs, it
is really hard to justify giving this version any deck
space at all.
Modified: 1.75 (Won’t make the cut in Gengar decks)
Limited: 2.5 (better attacks here, but it’s a Stage 2,
so not easy to get out)
Um, wow. This Gengar is just bad. Not only does it
activate the ever growing Salamence deck's Battle Rush
(so it can be knocked out quicker), but also there are
no consequences to knocking Gengar out. In other words,
the ONLY Gengar that should be played in this format is
the Shadow Room Gengar. The Curse Gengar CAN be combod
well with the level X Gengar in a spread deck, but I
have yet to see a good one. Gengar's first attack,
Sharpshooting, does 40 to anyone but hardly does it
compare to Shadow Room. The second attack is only so-so
as it allows you to do 60 and poison (disabling
powers/bodies) to the defending. This Gengar is simply
not playable. Just keep it in the binder.