'Pokémon Go' Mega Gengar Raid: Counters and Everything You Need to Know

The start of the Halloween 2020 event in Pokémon Go brings not just new Shinies, but a brand new Mega Pokémon to battle.

Mega Gengar will be arriving in Mega Raids starting Friday, October 23, at 9 p.m. EDT, replacing Mega Venusaur and giving trainers a brand new Mega Pokémon to battle and add to their Pokedexes.

The release of Mega Gengar will also bring the Mythical Dark-type Pokémon Darkrai and plenty of other Ghost-type Pokémon to Raids during the annual event.

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Mega Gengar is a dual Ghost and Poison-type Pokémon, making it weak to Psychic, Ghost, Dark and Ground-type attacks.

Pokémon Go has plenty of powerful Psychic, Ghost and Ground-type Pokémon to use against Mega Gengar, so trainers shouldn't have a problem finding a few to take into battle.

If you're looking to take a Mega Pokémon into battle, bringing your own Mega Gengar is your best bet. Making sure it has Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball would be the best way to ensure you can take down Mega Gengar. Here are some options you should be aware of:

  • Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike
  • Darkrai with Faint Attack/Snarl and Dark Pulse/Shadow Ball
  • Giratina (Origin Forme) - Shadow Claw and Ominous Wind/Shadow Ball
  • Gengar with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
  • Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earthquake/Sand Tomb
  • Latios with Zen Headbutt and Psychic
  • Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch
  • Weavile with Feint Attack/Snarl and Foul Play


Niantic confirmed some of the Pokémon that will appear in Raids when the Halloween 2020 event begins.

Darkrai, a Level 5 Raid Boss, will return to the mobile game. Darkrai, a pure Dark-type Pokémon is weak to Fighting, Bug and Fighting-type attacks, so bringing in Machamp, Hariyama, Heracross or Toxicroak with two Fighting-type attacks, or Togekiss with two Fairy-type attacks will help you take down the Mythical Pokémon.

Gengar wearing a Banette costume and Sableye wearing a Litwick costume will appear in their respective Raids.

When the event goes live, we'll update this section with the full list of Raid bosses.

Level 1

  • Sableye (Litwick Costume)

Level 3

  • Gengar (Banette Costume)

Level 5

  • Darkrai

Mega Raids

  • Mega Charizard X/Y
  • Mega Blastoise
  • Mega Pidgeot
  • Mega Houndoom
  • Mega Gengar

What do you think of the latest Raid update for Pokémon Go? Which Pokémon are you taking into battle against Mega Gengar? Let us know in the comments section.