There are many new Pokémon to capture in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, but there are also a significant number of returning Pokémon. For example, players will recognize the familiar appearance of Gastly, the first Ghost-type Pokemon in the franchise. It’s great to capture a Gastly, but players will be eager to evolve it into its two subsequent forms, Haunter and Gengar. The methods for obtaining these evolutions have not changed since the original release of Pokemon Red and Blue, which is good news for veterans, but it may still cause confusion for newer players.
Gastly evolves into Haunter upon reaching a high enough level. This is accomplished by simply raising the Pokemon’s level. In order to evolve their Haunter into a Gengar and complete the Gastly evolution line, players of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will have to utilize the game’s trading system.
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The evolution of Gastly into Haunter is relatively simple to achieve. The only requirement is that players level up their Gastly until it reaches level 25. At level 25, if the Pokemon is not holding an Everstone that prevents evolution, it will automatically evolve into a Haunter. During this time, the Pokemon will also learn Shadow Punch, a useful Ghost-type attack that never misses. In order for Gastly to reach its full potential, the player will need to evolve it one more time.
How Haunter evolves into Gengar
The player must trade their Haunter to another trainer in order for it to evolve into Gengar. This may seem counterintuitive to new players, but it is always possible to simply trade back the Gengar after it has evolved. Positively, this means that Gengar can be obtained immediately after Gastly evolves into Haunter at level 25. This evolution requirement, on the other hand, has always been notoriously challenging for solo players. In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the only way to evolve Haunter into Gengar is through trading.
Gengar has been a formidable Pokémon since its inception. Its impressive speed and high Special Attack stat make it a formidable foe and ally, as it is capable of sweeping the opposing team with powerful Ghost-type moves such as Shadow Ball. Even though its Poison type gives it some nasty weaknesses, it is also effective with moves like Sludge Bomb.