Best Ghost Type Pokémon In Pokémon Sword And Shield

Ghost Pokémon are pretty niche when it comes to competitive play but that doesn’t mean that some of them are actually really strong. Let’s take a look at some of the best Ghost Types in the game.


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There are plenty of mysterious things going on in the world of Pokémon. Who could forget the iconic Lavender Town and the terrifying stories that plagued its residents for being home to a Pokémon graveyard? While Ghost Pokémon are definitely scary, they’re even scarier when used in battle. These Pokémon are astonishingly powerful and can fill any hole that your team has. So, without further ado, here are the essential Ghost Pokémon you need to have on your team.

Palossand

Type: Ghost/Ground

Locations: (Sword/Shield) Trade; (Expansion Pass) Loop Lagoon (Wanderer), Challenge Beach, Courageous Cavern, Stepping-Stone Sea (Max Raid Battle), Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure)

Weakness: Ghost 2x, Water 2x, Grass 2x, Ice 2x, Dark 2x

Starting off with a fairly new Pokémon, Palossand is a Ghost/Ground dual type introduced in Generation VII. Palossand is a welcome addition to the running themes of Ghost Pokémon possessing inanimate objects. In this case, it’s essentially a sand castle that came to life. While it won’t wow you with it’s raw stats, it can be a vital defensive centerpiece in your competitive lineup. This Pokémon has a very high Defense and Special Attack stat. One of its signature abilities, Shore Up, is pretty handy against teams that play around Sandstorm as Shore Up allows Palossand to continually restore HP while under the effects of Sandstorm. It also has access to powerful special moves like Earth Power and Shadow Ball, both of which receive STAB (same type attack bonus) thanks to Palossand’s unique typing.

Runerigus

Type: Ghost/Ground

Locations: Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, Giant’s Mirror, Rolling Fields, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness, Watchtower Ruins, Dusty Bowl (Max Raid Battle)

Weakness: Ghost 2x, Water 2x, Grass 2x, Ice 2x, Dark 2x

Ghost Pokémon have a surprising number of quality tanks that can anchor the defense of your team. Much like Palossand, Runerigus is another Ghost/Ground type with really high defensive stats. In this case, Runerigus can both be a Physical and Special Wall. It can provide you with decent utility and can spread both status and entry hazards. What sets it apart is its ability, Wandering Spirit, which allows the ability bearer to swap abilities with opponents on contact. A pretty handy ability when used in the right situation.

Cursola

Type: Ghost

Locations: (Sword) Trade; (Shield) Giant’s Mirror, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness, Watchtower Ruins (Max Raid Battle)

Weakness: Ghost 2x, Dark 2x

Upon arriving at the Galar region, the first thing you’ll notice is that it seems more industrialized and a bit more technologically advanced compared to its counterparts. Of course, reckless industrialization comes with environmental repercussions. A good example of that is Corsola’s regional variant and its evolution, Cursola. Gone are bright pink corals found in Corsola’s body and it’s instead replaced with a lifeless husk featuring a gloomy expression. Despite the terrifying allegory, Cursola is still a pretty strong Ghost Pokémon. It has great Attack and amazing Special Attack making it fit to be a sort of hybrid Wallbreaker. Plus, it has pretty great Special Defense as well so it can definitely hold its own in battle. All these wrapped up in a poignant design that reminds us to take good care of our environment.

Aegislash

Type: Steel/Ghost

Locations: Watchtower Ruins (Max Raid Battle)

Weakness: Ground 2x, Ghost 2x, Fire 2x, Dark 2x

Aegislash is hands down not only one of the best Ghost types, but one of the best Pokémon for competitive play in general. It is extremely versatile and can be used in a lot of different setups. It’s unique typing does give it a handful of weaknesses but it also gives it a ton of immunity and resistance to other types. Aegislash is a very dangerous attacker that can break Walls and sweep the opposing team but it’s also great defensively with moves that make it ridiculously hard to take down. This Pokémon is definitely formidable and if it weren’t for our next pick, Aegislash would take the throne for being the best Ghost type Pokémon.

Gengar

Type: Ghost/Poison

Locations: (Sword) Giant’s Cap (Wanderer), Giant’s Mirror, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle); (Shield) Giant’s Cap (Wanderer), Giant’s Mirror, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle), Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle) Gigantamax Factor; (Sword Expansion Pass) Slippery Slope, Old Cemetery, Giant’s Foot, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake (Max Raid Battle); (Shield Expansion Pass) Slippery Slope, Old Cemetery, Giant’s Foot, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake (Max Raid Battle)

Weakness: Ground 2x, Ghost 2x, Psychic 2x, Dark 2x

Could it have been anything else? The first and original Ghost Pokémon is still the best the type has to offer. With blinding Speed and incredible Special Attack, Gengar is a very potent damage dealer that can easily take out whatever the opposing team has to throw at you. Having Gengar learn Shadow Ball gives it a very spammable STAB move that can give the enemy team a never ending nightmare. Its defenses are a bit on the frail side though so it’s best to have pivots on your team to allow it to switch in safely. All that plus a Gigantamax form makes Gengar without a doubt the best Ghost Pokémon in Sword/Shield and possibly, the entire franchise.

So there you have it! These are the best Ghost type Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield. There are lots of Ghost Pokémon that could’ve made this list but we find that these five Pokémon are stronger than the rest and can easily be successful in most scenarios. 

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