It’s Halloween, Let’s Rank The Best Ghost-Type Pokémon

Gengar floats in the air with a tree and blue sky behind it.

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The end of October is nigh, which means the spooky decorations are about to make way for snow, presents, and mistletoe. But before we say goodbye to the jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating, we can still pay tribute to the spookiest, the scariest, the ghouliest(?) of Pokémon: the ghost types.

Over the years, ghost Pokémon have exploded in number, starting from just the Gastly line, which was their sole representative in the original games, to now dozens of critters haunting the Pokémon world. Ghost-type Pokémon Pokedex entries are some of the most terrifying lore dumps this typically all-ages series has, and that’s what makes them some of the most interesting. But while we’d love to give every ghost-type friend their due, today we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 creepiest, spookiest, and most memorable lines in the first nine generations of Pokémon. But before we get to the honorees, here are the honorable mentions:

  • Aegislash
  • Cursola
  • Dragapult
  • Drifblim
  • Froslass
  • Galarian Marowak
  • Gholdengo
  • Golurk
  • Hisuian Typhlosion
  • Houndstone
  • Mismagius
  • Polteageist
  • Rotom
  • Skeledirge

Welcome to Exp. Share, Kotaku’s Pokémon column in which we dive deep to explore notable characters, urban legends, communities, and just plain weird quirks from throughout the Pokémon franchise.


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