How to Get Gengar in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

You can get Gengar by trading your Haunter. Catch a Haunter in Lavender Town’s Pokémon Tower or evolve your Ghostly into one. Trade it with a friend and it will evolve into Gengar.

Catching Haunter
Gengar is an evolution-only Pokémon. It cannot be found in the wild, so you need to have caught its lower evolution forms first. Its first form is Gastly, which then evolves into Haunter.

You can catch Haunter in the wild. It can be found in Lavender Town’s Pokémon Tower for a 5% encounter rate, as well as in Five Island’s Lost Cave.

Since Haunter has a low encounter rate, it might take you a few tries before you can find and catch one. Alternatively, you can choose to catch a Gastly instead and train it to Level 25 to evolve into Haunter. Gastly is abundant on any of the foggy floors in Pokémon Tower and is easier to catch.

With Haunter in your party, you can then trade it with a friend. As long as it’s not holding an Everstone that prevents it from evolving, it will evolve into Gengar upon trading no matter its level.

Go to the 2nd floor of any Poké Center and talk to the receptionist at the farthest counter. You can then link up with a friend if you have a link cable. You’ll see a screen wherein you choose which Pokémon to trade.

Once Haunter is traded, it will automatically evolve into Gengar.

You can then have your friend trade it back to you.

Training Gengar

Gengar is a Poison and Ghost-type Pokémon. It has a high Special Attack at base and a really good Speed stat as well.


Your Gengar’s move set may vary depending on its level, but when sufficiently raised, it learns a plethora of strong Ghost-type moves such as Shadow Punch at Level 25 and Shadow Ball at Level 45. It can also learn Psychic moves such as Dream Eater, which deals 100 damage.

While Gengar is a common enemy Pokémon you might encounter when battling with NPC trainers, it’s a bit more challenging to get one for yourself aside from trading. If you’re aiming for a completed Pokédex however, it’s time to look for trade buddies to trade your Haunter with.

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