A tribute to Ghost-type Pokemon


Introduced in Diamond and Pearl, Spiritomb was a tough Pokemon to obtain if you didn't have a friend who was willing to enter and exit the Underground with you 32 times. Although they don't look anything alike, Spiritomb is like a Sableye 2.0 in a lot of ways, since they have the same typing and similar stats.

Like so many other Pokemon, Spiritomb is also based largely on Japanese folklore. It's said to be formed from 108 spirits, which is the same number of spirits that are banished during a Buddhist New Year tradition in order to ward off temptation.

Training tip: With no weaknesses and solid defense stats, Spiritomb is a respectable defensive Pokemon. With its Pressure ability (opponent uses two PP instead of one each time), it definitely has the ability to wait out its opponents, especially if it has a solid recovery strategy like Rest/Sleep Talk.


Beginning in generation four, a female Snorunt evolves into Froslass when exposed to a Dawn Stone (factoid: she and Gallade are the only two Pokemon who evolve via Dawn Stone). Snorunt and its original evolution, Glalie, are both pure Ice-types, making Froslass the only Ghost-type in her family.

Kimono-clad Froslass may look harmless, but it's said that she freezes her prey with icy cold breath and then displays the bodies in a secret trophy room. Furthering her creepiness, she may be related to the notorious Jynx, since both are dual Ice-type and have a female humanoid appearance.

Training tip: Take advantage of Froslass's super high speed stat and send her out first to get in some quick hits. Powerful Ice Beam is a must, which takes advantage of Froslass's Ice typing and has a chance of freezing the target.


Ghost-type Pokemon usually have a unique angle, and Rotom is no exception. When Rotom was introduced in Diamond and Pearl, it has a single form and was purely Electric/Ghost type. In Platinum, Rotom's five electrical appliance forms were added, but transforming Rotom into different forms didn't affect his typing. In Black and White however, Rotom loses his Ghost typing when it transforms into an appliance, so we'll focus on original Rotom today.

Rotom originally appears in the Old Chateau in D/P/P, a creepy place in its own right. Multiple ghosts inhabit the abandoned mansion, including a little girl who can be seen in a room adjacent to where you're standing, but if you go looking for her she disappears. Reminiscent of the movie Poltergeist, you can only find Rotom if you approach a creepy old TV in the bedroom of the chateau at night.

Training tip: Take advantage of Rotom's great special attack stat – powerful and paralyzing Thunderbolt is a must for original Rotom's moveset. Shadow Ball (TM30) is also a solid Ghost-type option.



The Renegade Pokemon – the only legendary with Ghost-typing (including Black and White), Giratina is a fearsome Pokemon in both its forms. Banished from our dimension for its violence and aggression, this Ghost/Dragon type is the most terrifying member of the dragon trio (Palkia and Dialga being the other two 4th gen dragons).

Despite its ferocity though, it's the only dual-type Pokemon to have a weakness to both of its own types, but it makes up for it with the highest HP of any legendary Pokemon.

Training tip: Choosing between Giratina's Altered forme and its Origin forme (have Giratina hold a Griseous Orb in Platinum) depends on whether you want to focus on offense (Origin) or defense (Altered). Its attack and special attack stats are dead even, so you can keep your opponent guessing by using a mix of both.


  • psycho ninja 4 - November 1, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    Great article. But I swear I read this (or something like this) in another halloweek article way back.
  • jenovalife1 - October 27, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    awesome article carolyn! i can't wait for the next pokemon monday. and thanks for teaching us that several b/w mon's were made by westerners. the vanillite line is my favorite unova evolution chain!!
  • Overlord153 - October 25, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Great article but i'm getting a weird glitch that says some of the comments were posted 12 months ago.
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 25, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    HEY! CAROLYN! Just so you know, the TM "Boiling Water" is called "Scald" in the US B/W versions... Also, wasn't there a Ghost Pokemon article like this last year during Halloweek?
  • SunniDee - October 25, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    Great article! Nice that gr had a little Pokemon coverage which is always a good thing. Btw tm 55 is scald not boiling water which is the Japanese translation of it before they gave its official name.
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - October 25, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    Haha, I must have played too much of my import version.
  • emeraldphoenix7 - October 25, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    I love ghost types. They're easy pickings for my prized Scrafty.
  • WTeen8 - October 25, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    nice article, and I also learned that a Western developer made the ice cream it makes sense.... Despite that I use Vanilluxe on my team.... And Sableye is beast looking.
  • P0LARCLAW - October 25, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Haunter's been my favorite pokemon since forever. <3 ghost pokemon
  • efreed52 - October 25, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    Great article. just one thing Carolyn, Eelektross, in addition to Spiritomb and Sabeleye, has no weaknesses.
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - October 25, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    Ah, thanks. I wrote that part before B/W came out =D. Updated!
  • Personamanxx - October 25, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    Argh! I hate Ghost Pokemon. They're such a Pain in the Ass. I'll admit that using a Gastly with Curse was the only reason I did not rage quit Platinum though. Curse is one of my favourite moves.
  • iluvpkmnmonday - October 25, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    I have such a love/hate relationship with Shedinja. He's super cool but I hate facing them in the Battle Tower. Particularly if I'm on my last pokemon and don't have anything that can hit him. Another great Pokemon article on GR.
  • codystovall - October 25, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    The next game better have either a grass or ghost champion and there better be a ghost eevee. (thats white with red eyes) Haunter still coolest looking though.
  • codystovall - October 25, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Forgot, the scariest ghost of all is cubones mom.
  • TheKey - October 25, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    The only way this could have been better is if you somehow got the Lavender Town music to play, and there was no way to stop it. You know, to freak everyone out.
  • GR HollanderCooper - October 25, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    GENGAR YOU GUYS! ITS GENGAR! #teamgengar #occupygengar #gengarleiber
  • gopikmin - October 31, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    I thought togekiss was evolved from togetic with dawn stone. Other than that this article is really good. Sabeleye looks very creepy in the console pokemon games which eliminates my doubt on why its a ghost type
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - October 25, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    Togetic evolves via shiny stone =D
  • Wildstyle31 - October 31, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    Ghost type pokemon are usually the coolest to look at but they are also probably amongst the weakest ones out there as well. In the spirit of Halloween though this is a cool segment!!

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