Shiny Gastly Guide: Must-Have Pokemon Knowledge

Gastly may be one of the original 151 Pokemon. But this gaseous Pokemon is a must-have in your collection. Gastly will evolve to an even ghost-like Pokemon when it reaches level 25 and becomes Haunter.

However, its final evolution into Gengar can only be formed when you trade Haunter. Either way, you can get your hands on this terrifying Pokemon that will prove itself useful in many battles with your rivals.

Gastly Stats

Stats Shiny Gastly
HP 37
ATK 43
DEF 43

Shiny Gastly Summary of Appearances in Pokemon Versions and Media

Shiny Gastly

Major Appearances in Anime/Manga

  • The Ghost of Maiden’s Peak
  • The Tower of Terror
  • Pikachu Re-Volts
  • A Shipful of Shivers
  • From Ghost to Ghost
  • Fear Factor Phony
  • PK15
  • Scary Hospitality
  • A Haunted House for Everyone
  • Let’s Save The Lugia!
  • Pocket Monsters DP (PMDP03)
  • That Awful Arbok!
  • As Gastly as Before
  • You Ain’t Nothing but a Houndour
  • Misdreavus Misgivings
  • The Last Battle XIII
  • A Vicious Cycle Of Possibilities
  • Robust Rotom
  • Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia V
  • Softening Up Kakuna
  • Unplugging Rotom (Heat, Wash, Mow, Fan, Frost)
  • Out-odding Oddish
  • A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart
  • Let’s Fight! The Mini Pokemon Tournament
  • Get Rid Of The Ghost Pokemon!!
  • Which One is the Real Clefairy!?
  • Fierce Competition at the Pokemon Baseball Tournament!
  • Red VS Green?!
  • Squirtle, the Crybaby Pokemon
  • PZ05 (Pokemon Zensho)

Major Appearances in Video Games

  • Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal (Gen II)
  • Pokemon Stadium 2
  • Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen (Gen III)
  • Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver (Gen IV)
  • Black, White, Black 2, White 2 (Gen V)
  • X,Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire (Gen VI)
  • Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee (Gen VII)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Shiny Gastly: Specific Summary of Appearances in Pokemon Versions and Media

The Ghost Of Maiden’s Peak Gastly

The Ghost Of Maiden’s Peak

In this major appearance, Gastly made an appearance showcasing their ability to shape-shift and talk. Specifically, Gastly was able to form into the shape into the spirit of a woman who turned to stone after waiting a long time for her lover to return.

Gastly used this shapeshift as a way to fool young men.

Pikachu Re-Volts

Gastly was a Pokemon used by Officer Jenny as it was the only Pokemon that could not fall under the Hypnosis of Drowzee, used in the battle by Butch and Cassidy.

Shipful of Shivers

Gastly was responsible for guarding a trophy that had once belonged to a trainer, who was since deceased.

From Ghost to Ghost

When Ash battled Morty in a gym battle, the latter chose Gastly while Ash used Noctowl. Ash would then switch to Pikachu, who would be beaten by Gastly. Ash later switched to Cyndaquil, defeating Gastly at the end.

Fear Factory Phony

This features two Gastly that were living in an abandoned mine. They were annoyed by the constant antics of the Psychic Pokemon that were living near them. In an effort to scare them off, they created an illusion that would resemble Gastly’s evolved form of Haunter.

Scary Hospitality!

This episode features Gastly and both of its evolved forms, Haunter and Gengar. These Pokemon were used by Lon, intended to scare away visitors of the ‘Scary House’, including Ash, Brock, Misty, and Team Rocket.

Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Gastly would make its appearance as ‘Shiny Gastly’ in the Gen II series of Pokemon video games. This includes appearances in Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Shiny Gastly will commonly be found in Sprout Tower and Tin Tower.

In Pokemon Crystal, you can be able to find Shiny Gastly on Routes 31, 32, and 36.

Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen

Shiny Gastly can be found in two different locations. First, you can find it in the Lost Cave in Kanto. You’ll be able to find it walking around. Typically, the levels for a Shiny Gastly will range from level 38 to 40.

Shiny Gastly can also be found in the Pokemon Tower but will be at a lower level. It’s not as rare to find them in both locations.

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Shiny Gastly will be commonly found in the Old Chateau of Pokemon Diamond/Pearl. It can also be found in the Lost Tower. You may find a Shiny Gastly along Route 209, but the chances of finding it along this area is rare compared to some of the other Pokemon you may find while walking around.

Pokemon Platinum

In Pokemon Platinum, the Shiny Gastly will be commonly found in the Lost Tower, Old Chateau, and Turnback Cave. They can be found in the Eterna Forest, but will usually be rarer to find.

Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver

Shiny Gastly can be found in two locations. The first is the Bell Tower and the second is the Sprout tower. They are common Pokemon, so you may not have any trouble finding Gastly (or even a Shiny Gastly here).

Pokemon White

Shiny Gastly can be found in the White Forest. However, like most Pokemon, it’s uncommon to find them in the White Forest while walking.

Pokemon Sun/Moon

As expected, you can find Shiny Gastly in places like Hau’oli Cemetery and Memorial Hill. Those who have played Pokemon games in Gen I may remember finding Gastly in Pokemon Tower in Lavender Town.

Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee

Shiny Gastly can be found in Pokemon Tower.

Pokemon Sword/Shield

Shiny Gastly can be found in the following places in Pokemon Sword and Shield: Giant’s Seat, Hammerlocke Hills, North Lake Miloch, and Watchtower Ruins. Gastly will be a rare find in most of these locations with Watchtower Ruins being the one place where a Gastly will be slightly more common to find.

Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

Shiny Gastly will make its appearance in Route 209, Lost Tower, Old Chateau, Dazzling Cave, and Stargleam Cavern. It will be more common to find in all of these places but Route 209, where Gastly will be a bit of a rare find compared to the other Pokemon you’ll commonly see.

Pokemon Go

You can catch Shiny Gastly in Pokemon Go. It will be more purple than a regular Gastly. More commonly, Shiny Gastly will appear when you play the game at nice.

During themes surrounding ghost Pokemon, you’ll have an even greater chance of capturing Shiny Gastly (or its regular version). Another way to find one is to figure out where Gastly is more commonly found in your local area.

Shiny Gastly: When Does Shiny Gastly Evolve?

Shiny Haunter

Shiny Gastly evolves in the same way that a regular Gastly does. Shiny Gastly will evolve into a Haunter right around Level 25. In most games, Haunter will evolve into its final evolution of Gengar whenever it’s traded.

Shiny Gastly Strengths

Shiny Gastly is a ghost and poisonous Pokemon. 95 percent of its body consists of poisonous gas, thus making it a force to be reckoned with against other Pokemon in battle. As a poisonous Pokemon, Shiny Gastly’s attacks are very effective on Grass and Fairy-type Pokemon.

If you have an opponent that is using Bulbasaur or Oddish, you can put an end to the fight quickly by using Gastly using poison attacks such as Toxic or Sludge Bomb. As a ghost Pokemon, you can use various moves such as confuse ray and lick. As Shiny Gastly levels up, they can use other moves such as hypnosis, spite, or curse. There are also other stronger attacks you can learn while it levels up.

Some of these moves can bring down the defenses of opposing Pokemon. You can train your Shiny Gastly with moves that will put opposing Pokemon to sleep and hit them with the Nightmare move that includes damage at every turn.

When battling against other Poisonous, Bug, Grass, or Fairy Pokemon, Shiny Gastly will be resistant to almost any attack their opponent throws at them. You may even beat them with a Sludge Bomb as it is one of the strongest Poison-type attacks you can get done.

Shiny Gastly Weakness

Shiny Gastly

As a Ghost pokemon, Shiny Gastly will be vulnerable if not weak to other Ghosts and even Dark pokemon. For example, it can be weak against attacks from Sableeye or Raticate. As a Poison pokemon, Shiny Gastly’s attacks will not be as effective against other pokemon of the same type.

The same can be said when Shiny Gastly goes up against Rock and Ground pokemon. While their attacks are useful against Psychic-type pokemon, they can do a weak amount of damage.

If you are in a battle with opponents that will largely use rock or ground-type Pokemon, it would not be the smartest decision to use a Shiny Gastly. Likewise, if you are fighting against other Ghost pokemon, consider swapping out a Shiny Gastly with one of your own Rock or Ground pokemon.

Here are the three best pokemon you can use to defeat a Shiny Gastly:


Rhydon is one of the best pokemon to use against Shiny Gastly as its ground attacks are super effective (especially the Mud Slap). It can also use special attacks such as Stone Edge and Earthquake to put an end to the fight fairly quickly.


Another ground pokemon you can put to good use against Shiny Gastly is Cubone. Cubone is usually strong against Poison pokemon, making him a formidable choice. His attacks include the Rock Smash, but the Bone Club and Dig can provide devastating damage when you need it most.


Sandslash can use a Mud Shot as it’s one of the best fast attacks it’s got. It also has the Bulldoze and Earthquake moves that will make it super effective in damage. When fighting against Shiny Gastly or any other Poison pokemon, Sandlash is reliable because of its repertoire of ground attacks.

Best Moveset

Its best moves that it has includes a sucker punch, which does 7 damage compared to the 5 damage the Lick attack provides. It’s special attacks include the Dark Pulse, Sludge Bomb, and Ominous Wind. The Sludge Bomb delivers the most damage and can poison opposing pokemon quickly.

In Pokemon Go, it also has a quick move known as Astonish, which incurs the most damage. Meanwhile, other special attacks include the Night Shade and Dark Pulse, which delivers 60 and 80 damage respectively.

Shiny Gastly is a 50/50 split in gender. Half are male and the other half are females. So the movesets may vary depending on what gender they are.

Shiny Ghastly Guide: FAQs

Question: How Rare is a Shiny Gastly?

Answer: Gastly’s shiny rate is approximately 1 in 500. This means you’ll find one Shiny Gastly for every 500 regular Gastlys you will find in the wild. Remember, the best place to find Gastlys will be in areas where they are usually common such as Pokemon Tower, the Lost Cave, and other places where ghost Pokemon are common.

Question: Is There a Shiny Gastly in Pokemon Go?

Answer: Yes. You can find a Shiny Gastly in Pokemon Go. What differs itself from a regular Gastly is the colors it has.
A Shiny Gastly will have a gas cloud that is more purplish blue compared to the purple cloud of a regular Gastly. Its body will also be a bit more purple compared to the black shade the original Gastly has.

Question: How do I Evolve Gastly?

Answer: The best way to evolve Gastly into Haunter is by leveling it up to Level 25. You won’t be able to evolve a Haunter into Gengar unless you trade it.

Question: What PokeDex Number is Gastly?

Answer: Gastly is #092 in the Pokedex.

Question: How Strong is Gastly?

Answer: As a combined Ghost/Poison-type pokemon, Gastly has an attack of 186, defense rating of 67, and a stamina rate of 102.
It also has a maximum CP of 1390 when it’s being used in Pokemon Go. Its strongest moves usually err on the side of its identity as a Poison pokemon. But it does have Ghost-type attacks that can be effective.

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