Happy Friday everyone!
October is a time for spooks, and what better way to celebrate it than talking about Ghost-type Pokemon? Sure, you could argue that a better celebration would be to play horror games, but I’m not that type of gamer, so Pokemon it is!
First appearing in Gen. V, one of the main game Pokedex entries of this Pokemon states, “They pretend to be elaborate coffins to teach lessons to grave robbers.” In this case, that lesson is to swallow the person. Indeed, even the anime’s Pokedex says, “People who approach Cofagrigus are swallowed and turned into mummies.” Who in the Pokemon world witnessed this happening in order to write these entries? Did the writer’s friend end up dead when they were investigating Ghost Pokemon?!
Phantump is an adorable Ghost and Grass Pokemon that appeared in Gen. VI. Its first Pokedex entries says, “these Pokémon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died while lost in the forest,” which is heartbreaking enough in itself. However, the Gen. VII Pokedex entries talk about how, “By imitating the voice of a child, it causes people to get hopelessly lost deep in the forest. It’s trying to make friends with them.” Imagine the spirits entombed in these Pokemon as lost children crying out for friends!
This whole line of Pokemon talk about how the flames they have are the result of sapping the life force of people and Pokemon. Lampent, the middle tier of the evolution line, has entries speaking of how “this ominous Pokemon is feared” and “hangs around hospitals waiting for people to pass on.” Liking to steal spirits from people’s bodies, the anime Pokedex blatantly mentions that it helps lead “people and Pokémon to the Ghost World while stealing their life energy.” If the strength of this Pokemon’s line comes from life force energy, what happens to Lampent with a trainer? Is the Lampent stealing — or “borrowing” — their trainer’s life energy to grow stronger? The more life energy the line steals, the stronger their flames burn, after all.
A new Pokemon from Gen. VII, Palossand’s entry is pretty terrifying to me. All of the game entries speak of how Palossand’s castle and mounds of sand are the result of the sapped vitality of its victims: “Each of its grains of sand has its own will. Palossand eats small Pokémon and siphons away their vital essence while they’re still alive.” It’s not just Pokemon, of course. It’s sand castle is the result of the transformation of “possessed people controlled by this Pokémon.” Moon’s Pokedex entry goes one step further with, “buried beneath the castle are masses of dried-up bones from those whose vitality it has drained.” As someone who is personally a bit hydrophobic and not thrilled with the beach, I would not live anywhere near sand in the Pokemon world.