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Overview

Haunter is a Ghost & Poison-type Pokémon that first appears in Pokémon Red/ Blue.  It first appears in this game in the Pokémon Tower in Lavender town as one of the wild Pokémon when the hero sets out to rest the soul of a deceased Marowak that was haunting the tower.  
 
Haunter's Ghost-type characteristics give it immunity to all Normal and Fighting-type moves.  Its Poison-type cuts down the damage done by Grass-type moves by 50%, and poison type moves by 75%.  Its two types together cut down damage from Bug-type moves by 75%.  However, its Ghost-type properties make Haunter take double the damage from Dark and Ghost-types, and its Poison-type takes double damage from Psychic-type moves. 
 
Haunter, like all other Ghost-type Pokémon, can use the attack Curse (the only Pokémon move with no type attached) with special properties.  Instead of raising the Attack & Defense stats while lowering Speed, this move with inflict a "curse" upon their opponent, significantly whittling away its health (25% of max HP) once a turn unless the Pokémon is switched out of battle.  
 
Haunter's Japanese name is Gôsuto (ゴースト), which is intended to phonetically sound identical to the English word "ghost."  
 

Evolution

Haunter is the evolved form of  Gastly, a Pokémon who's body is entirely comprised of gaseous matter.  Haunter evolves into the Pokémon  Gengar when traded.  
  

Data   

Pokédex #TypeHeightWeightJapanese Name
 093 Ghost/ Poison 5'03" 0.02 lbs ゴースト
ClassificationAbility
 Gas Pokémon Levitate: Ground-type moves, as well as the ability Arena Trap and the move Spikes have no effect on Haunter
Base HappinessCapture RateExperience GrowthGender RatioSafari Zone Flee Rate
 70 90 1,059,860 pts.Male: 50%
Female: 50%
 90
 
 

Pokédex Entries

 
Each version of Pokémon has a different entry that describes Haunter

Generation I 

  • Red and Blue Version:

    'Because of its ability to slip through block walls, it is said to be from another dimension.'

  • Yellow Version:

    'By licking, it saps the victim's life.  It causes shaking that won't stop until the victim's demise.'


Generation II

  • Gold Version:

    'In total darkness, where nothing is visible, Haunter lurks, silently stalking its next victim.'

  • Silver Version:

    'Its tongue is made of gas.  If licked, its victim starts shaking constantly until death eventually comes.

  • Crystal Version:

    'It hides in the dark, planning to take the life of the next living thing that wanders close by.'


Generation III

  • Ruby Version/ Sapphire Version:

    'Haunter is a dangerous Pokémon.  If one beckons you while floating in darkness, you must never approach it.  This Pokémon will try to lick you with its tongue and steal your life away.'

  • Emerald Version:

    'If a Haunter beckons you while it is floating in darkness, don't approach it.  This Pokémon will try to lick you with its tongue and steal your life away.'

  • FireRed Version

    'If you get the feeling of being watched in darkness when nobody is around, Haunter is there.'

  • Leaf Green Version:

    'Because of its ability to slip through block walls, it is said to be from another dimension.'


Generation IV

  • Diamond Version:

    'It can slip through any obstacle.  It lurks inside walls to keep an eye on its foes.'

  • Pearl Version:

    'It licks with its gaseous tongue to steal the victim's life force.  It lurks in darkness for prey.'

  • Platinum -

    'It likes to lurk in the dark and tap shoulders with a gaseous hand.  Its touch causes endless shuddering.'

  • HeartGold:

    'In total darkness, where nothing is visible, Haunter lurks, silently stalking its next victim.'

    • SoulSilver: 

      'Its tongue is made of gas.  If licked, its victim starts shaking constantly until death eventually comes.'

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