Shiny Gastly Guide: Must-Have Pokemon Knowledge

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Gastly may be one of the original 151 Pokemon, but even with so many other options offered from Game Freak over the years, Gastly is still a must-have Ghost Type Pokemon. However, if you want to be the envy of all your Poke-pals, then you might want to focus on grabbing a shiny version of this spooky Pokemon.

Whether you are on the hunt for a Shiny Gastly, a Shiny Haunter, or a Shiny Gengar, the good news is that you are in the right place. In this Shiny Gastly guide, we will be helping you understand how to get your hands on a shiny Pokemon such as this, and we will also weigh up your options when it comes to capture methods, evolution, and more. So join us, here is our Shiny Gastly Guide. Enjoy!

Gastly Stats

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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
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Pokemon Shining Pearl

Shiny Gastly: Should I Evolve My Gastly?

Shiny Haunter

Let’s focus on Aesthetic value first, as the differences in shiny models between Gastly, Haunter and Gengar are minuscule.  When compared to their standard counterparts, they appear to be slightly more purple. However, the main difference comes when you use your mega evolution stone, as Mega Gengar has a shiny model which is a while and pink blend. So if you want to have the most outlandish and aesthetic option, Gengar is the best option. 

Then from the competitive perspective, this rings true as well. While Gastly is an excellent option for the LC thanks to it’s great speed and special attack stats, Gengar is leaps and bounds ahead, and Haunter isn’t even worth mentioning. Thanks to the ability to evolve into Mega Gengar, you can morph into a very effective offensive trapper, with incredible speed, special attack to burn and also, killer moves like Sludge Bomb, Thunder and Shadow Ball really help you take down opponents with ease. So from both perspectives, you will want to evolve your shiny Gastly into a Gengar. 

How to Catch a Shiny Gastly

So the good news is that Gastly is not a particularly difficult Pokemon to capture. Since it has been around in Pokemon games since the 1990s, there have been ample chances to catch one down the years, and when you encounter Gastly, they are usually weak and easy to catch as they will always be less than level 25. However, when looking for a shiny Gastly, other considerations must be taken into account. So with that in mind, here are a few methods that you should consider using to increase your shiny rate and shorten the time searching for this elusive Pokemon: 

  • The Dex Nav Chain Method
  • The Shiny Charm Method
  • The Masuda Method

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 to other Ghosts and even Dark pokemon. For example, it can be weak against attacks from Sableye 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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