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.


  • ELpork - October 29, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    Haunter is the best.
  • GameManiac - October 29, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    God, I love Giratina. It's a freakin' powerhouse with or without the Griseous Orb.
  • Larinah - October 29, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    I've really liked Froslass since Diamond/Pearl. Since I have a tendency to run really speedy pokemon, she is the obvious choice for me =D.
  • JayBeat - October 29, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    Great tribute :) I will always love the original trio though. Also, Gengar is the perfect shape for a pokemon branded lollipop. Just sayin.
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 29, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    @JayBeat Soul Suckers or Shadow Sweets?
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 29, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    I have never considered trying the Pokemon series, but you guys are actually convincing me to.
  • Tobio - October 29, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    "Fan favorite Sableye shares the distinction with Spiritomb of being the only two Pokemon who have no type weaknesses." Gen V brought us the feared Pure Electric with Levitate, essentially removing it's only weakness. Shibirudon FTW!
  • Crabhand - October 29, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    <3 Froslass
  • OhMyJosh - October 29, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    Banette is the best! And how could Duskonoir be pokemon os the week? I think everyone prefers dusclops over the nothing changed and 'made to look less awesome' evolution. Well theres my rant done :P 20 000 more watts till I get my Spiritomb :D
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - October 29, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Rotom is pretty damn cool. Jus' sayin'.
  • Doctalen - October 30, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    Gengar FTW. Seriously he is fast enough to be a real pain, and has a high enough SP. AT that it is still a pain. Give him Hypnosis, Nightmare, Dream Eater, and Shadow Ball/Sludge Bomb and it is devastating.
  • elpurplemonkey - October 30, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    Very informative!
  • ninjastovall0 - October 30, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    i said it before and ill say it again white ghost eeveelution love ghosts, especially since they got it right from the start with ghastlyhauntergengar and no real duds wish sableye was more powerful or had better moves cant wait for the new ones
  • H2A2I00 - October 30, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    out of all of them shedninja always freaks me out the most but my favourite ones are haunter and duscklops
  • CancerMan - October 30, 2010 2:53 a.m.

    There's a ghost dragon legendary? I got to pick up pokemon again!
  • P0LARCLAW - October 30, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    Haunter=Coolest Pokemon EVER
  • ThatGamerDude - October 30, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    Giratina FTW!!! It's my favorite Pokemon!
  • Schnipke - October 30, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    Misdreavus is the best in my opinion, and am I the only one who thinks Sableye is stupid? To me, he doesn't look like he should be a ghost pokemon at all and he's probably the only pokemon that I hate the design of
  • thedonut - October 30, 2010 5 a.m.

    Sableye is awesome, even though I agree with your statement about it not looking like much of a ghost type, Schnipke.
  • Moondoggie1157 - October 30, 2010 5:59 a.m.

    Aside from Porygon Z, Frosslass is easily my favourite pokemon. Speaking of which, anyone out there have a shiny Snorunt they would be willing to trade? I have been looking forever.

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