A tribute to Ghost-type Pokemon

Yamask / Cofagrigus

Yamask and Cofagrigus are the only two pure Ghost types introduced in Black and White, and they're also the only two Pokemon with the new Mummy ability. Design-wise, Yamask and Cofagrigus are two of our absolute favorites this generation. Both have two faces – which one are you supposed to look at? Cofagrigus's Egyptian sarcophagus design is the perfect mix of creepy and cute, and his favorite snack is humans (d'aww). In a rare role reversal though, Yamask is actually scarier than its evolution, especially when you read its Pokedex entry: "Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.”

Oh, and to avoid any potential embarrassment, please note that it's pronounced "Coh-fah-GREE-us."

Training tip: Here's how Mummy works: any time the user makes contact with an opponent either by hitting or being hit with a contact move, the opponent's Ability changes to Mummy for the duration of the battle, effectively neutralizing its own ability. Also worth noting, Cofagrigus not only has the highest defense of any Ghost-type to date, but it has the highest defense of any Unova Pokemon. Its speed is dismal though, so it might be worth considering a Trick Room (TM92) moveset to turn that to your advantage.

Frillish / Jellicent

Continuing the tradition of dual Ghost-types with unique typing, Frillish and Jellicent are the first and only Water/Ghost types in the game. Each has two distinct forms, with color schemes reminiscent of Shellos and Gastrodon from Diamond/Pearl, but Frillish and Jellicent's forms are determined by gender rather than locale. Their jellyfish-like appearance my look non-threatening, but just like real jellyfish they can pack a serious sting. Like Yamask, Jellicent's Pokedex entry, which basically claims that it will kill anyone who crosses its path, is horrifying enough to qualify it as one of the creepiest Pokemon of Black and White.

Training tip: Both of their regular abilities are formidable, and Cursed Body is new, so it's definitely worth trying out – with a 30% chance of disabling any attack used against it, it definitely has the potential to be annoying. They both only learn special attacks via level up, so it's easy to stick to what they're good at. New move Scald (TM55) is a good choice because it takes advantage of their special attack and adds the possibility of inflicting a burn.

Litwick / Lampent / Chandelure

Another evolutionary line with completely new typing, this dual Ghost/Fire three stage family is easily one of the coolest new Unova Pokemon gameplay-wise. Litwick starts as an adorable little smiling candle with wax covering one eye, and ultimately ends up as Chandelure, a terrifying chandelier with the highest special attack of any non-legendary Pokemon. Like all proper Ghost-type Pokemon, Chandelure is all about death, and its known to suck out its victims' souls and leave nothing but the charred husk of a body behind.

Training tip: If you EV train in special attack and speed, Chandelure has the potential to be a formidable special sweeper. Will-o-wisp (inflicts burn) and Hex (does double damage when opponent is burned, plus since it's a Ghost-type move Chandelure gets a STAB) also make a great moveset combo.

Golett / Golurk

With yet another unique typing (are you seeing a pattern here?), Golett and Golurk don't conform to the typical creepy, morbid design of most Ghost-type Pokemon. With their heavy suits of armor and ultra-high attack stats (Golurk has the highest attack stat of any Ghost-type), they're said to use their power to protect all people and Pokemon. Oddly enough, despite its Ground-type, Golurk can also fly through the sky at mach speeds. 

According to Game Freak (via Bulbapedia), Golett and Golurk are the first Pokemon ever to be designed by a westerner, British designer James Turner. Along with Golett and Golurk, he also designed four other Unova Pokemon: Vullaby, Vanillite, Vanillish and Vanilluxe.   

Training tip: Golett and Golurk's Ground/Ghost combo give them three immunities to Normal, Fighting, and Electric. Golurk is a pure physical attacker, and with its Iron Fist ability, Focus Punch is a must, which Golett learns at level 55 and Golurk learns at level 70. Even though it doesn't get a STAB, Focus Punch's base power of 150 plus the 20% Iron Fist bonus make it a good choice for any Golurk moveset. 


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  • 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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