Pkmn:Gengar (character)

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Rescue Team source book artwork.
Character's information
Location Baram Town
Gender Male
Age 1,000+ years
Background information
Earliest Mystery Dungeon appearance Game Boy Advance/Nintendo DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team (2005)
Latest Mystery Dungeon appearance Nintendo Switch Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (2020)
Created by Shin-ichiro Tomie
Voice actors
Flag of the United States
Jimmy Zoppi Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate
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神奈 延年 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate

For Gengar as a species, see Pkmn:Gengar.

Gengar (Japanese: ゲンガー) is a Pokémon and a recurring character in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series. He made his debut in Game Boy Advance/Nintendo DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team in 2005.

He is a former human, and the former leader of the Rescue Team Team Meanies, after having presumably disbanded it or outright leaving.


The Curse of Ninetales

Gengar was once a human Pokémon Trainer who foolishly touched one of the tails of Ninetales. Hid Pokémon, Gardevoir bore the brunt of the curse, and when Ninetales offered to let him take her place, he'd already fled. Gengar was reincarnated 1,000 years later as a Pokémon, for reasons related to the curse.[Citation needed]

Team Meanies

Little is known about how or when Gengar became a Pokémon, or what his human name was before he became a Pokémon. At some point, he created Tea Meanies, with fellow members Ekans and Medicham as members.

Rescue Team Titles

Throughout the events of the Rescue Team Titles, Gengar and his team are always out to serve themselves, or harm others, sometimes both. While Gengar helps to create the Teleport Gem, he also tries to drag the Hero into the Dream World, but gets lost and gives up. He later seeks out their help to break the curse over Gardevoir and set her free. He tags along with the Hero to the peak of Mt. Freeze, where he requests Ninetales to break the curse. Ninetales says it's beyond their power, gives Gengar the Nine Tail Crest, and directs him to Murky Cave.

Gengar has to allow the Hero to speak for him, while he's paralyzed. However, the voice of Murky Cave denies their request, until Gengar breaks free and proves that he does, on some level, have remorse for his actions. After this, his fellow members of Team Meanies comment that he hasn't been around much. Medicham went on to join Team Charm, while it's unknown what happened to Ekans.

It's never explained who, or what, the voice in Murky Cave is, much like Luminous Cave. It's possible that the voices of both locations are the Voice of Life.

Go-Getters Out of the Gate

In the anime Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate, Team Meanies try to show up Team Go-Getters and save Pikachu from Skarmory. They were unable to do so, and Team Go-Getters was able to finish the mission.

Ginji's Rescue Team

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, Gengar has generic villain motivations of wanting to destroy the world. Despite this, he aids in defeating Groudon, by using Double Edge against it. He's not seen after this point in the manga and is presumed dead.

Physical Appearance


Gengar is a vile, duplicitous, greedy, selfish Pokémon in every bit of media he's shown in. While a sliver of humanity shines through at the end of his character arc in the video games, he still fronts as a scumbag. It's possible that this is how he wants to be seen, or it could be a case of him not wanting people thinking he turned over a new leaf, simply because he did a single selfless act.


Games Anime Manga
RT EoT/D Sky AS GtI SMD RTDX RT EoT&D BT&D GtI Ginji's Blazing Guide SMD



Games: Other



For all of the Gengar art used across the wiki see: Category:Gastly Family


  • Gengar can use often use moves he can't learn in the games.
    • He uses confusion in the Go-Getters Out of the Gate Anime.
    • He uses Double Edge in Ginji's Rescue Team.
      • Double Edge is a tutor-only move in the main-series games at the time of release.
    • When Gengar asks the player to escort him through Murky Cave, he knows Leer, Quick Attack, Scratch, and Taunt. Gengar aren't able to learn the first 3 moves. They're the first four level-up moves of Absol and Sneasel, and the data was likely just copy/pasted from Absol's, who appears as an ally earlier in the game.
      • Rescue Team DX fixed Gengar's learnset, replacing it with; Shadow Ball, Hypnosis, Sucker Punch, and Dream Eater.

In Other Languages

Language Name
English Flag of the United Kingdom
Flag of the United States
日本語 Flag of Japan イジワルズ

Language Name
English Flag of the United Kingdom
Flag of the United States
Jimmy Zoppi
日本語 Flag of Japan 神奈 延年
español Europe Flag of Spain Fernando Elegido
Latin America Flag of Mexico Gabriel Ortiz
português Flag of Portugal Dado Monteiro
한국어 Flag of South Korea 김관진

See Also

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Characters
Anime Charmander • Chimchar (AnimeBlazingExplorers Guide) • Pichu • Pikachu (Go-GettersGates Anime) • PiplupOshawottSquirtle
Elders Kecleon (elder)Slowking (elder)Torkoal (elder)Whiscash (elder)
Heroes Hero Characters (Rescue TeamExplorersGatesSuper MD)
Manga Fire(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Froakie(NT) - This name may be officially used elsewhere, but this media hasn't been officially translated.GinjiMudkipRioluTotodile(NT) - This name may be officially used elsewhere, but this media hasn't been officially translated.
Partners Partner Characters (Rescue TeamExplorersGatesSuper MD)
Teams Gates to Infinity Team (Pikachu's Team)Team A.C.T.Team AWDTeam CharmTeam ConstrictorTeam EbonyTeam FlameTeam FrontierTeam GleeTeam Go GettersTeam HydroTeam PoochyTeam PokémonTeam PokéPalsTeam MeaniesTeam RaiderTeam Razor WindTeam RogueTeam RumblerockTeam SeedgeyTeam ShiftyTeam SlackerTeam SkullTeam TastySuper MD Team (Riolu's Team(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.)
Individual AlakazamAmpharosArchenAzumarillBeedrillBidoofBudewBuizelBunnelbyCelebiCelebiChatotChimechoCinccinoCofagrigusCombeeCorphishCresseliaCroagunkDarkraiDark MatterDedenneDeerlingDeoxysDialgaDiglettDucklettDugtrioDunsparceDusknoirEmolgaEnteiEspurrGardevoirGengarGoomyGrovyleGuildmaster WigglytuffGurdurrHawluchaIgglybuffJirachiKangaskhan • Kecleon Bros. (Kecleon (Big Brother)Kecleon (Little Brother))KeldeoKlefkiLaprasLatiasLatiosLitwickLopunnyLoudredMakuhitaMakuhita's BrothersMagnemiteMagnetonMagnezoneMawileMeowthMewMunnaNuzleafNinetalesOctilleryPanchamQuagsireRaikouRampardosRoseliaScizorScraggyShayminShelmetSkarmorySuicuneSunfloraSwannaSwirlixTimburr brothersTsubugorou(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.VespiquenVirizionVoice of LifeWooperXatuXerneasYveltal