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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Greavard the Dangerous Ghost Mutt Pokémon

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Good-bye, life-force.

In a terrifying two videos, The Pokémon Company International once again dedicated time to revealing a new Pokémon found in the Paldea region. Meet Greavard, the Ghost Dog Pokémon. Here you can see it kill (?) a passerby by the end of the video:



For slightly more detail, here's a small trailer featuring Gastly somehow kicking a soccer ball without any legs:



I know this is about Greavard, but what the heck? I just had to make a .gif of this:

Gastly kicks soccer ball with ethereal power Pokémon Scarlet Violet Greavard trailer gif


I asked a friend how this is possible, and she claims Gastly blew on the ball. Seems doubtful, unless Gastly's breath is way stronger than what it looks like.

Okay, so Greavard. Sounds like graveyard. But it's possibly grave + briard, a variant of dog that also has hair over its eyes. Greavard's most notable characteristic in that it “will slowly and inadvertently absorb the life-force of those around it[.]” This is especially problematic in that it'll try to make friends with people because it doesn't want to be lonely, and it's otherwise hiding underground with the lit candle being what's visible. It's like a more dangerous and mobile Litwick. It also apparently “has powerful jaws that can shatter bones—a single bite from Greavard can be grievous!” Hence why its mouth resembles a Drednaw.


Greavard carries a stick while sucking life force out of trainer
...Sucks the life out of you quite literally...


Greavard is just the mutt version of the life-force-stealing horses of Galar. You may remember that Galarian Ponyta absorbs the life energy of the surrounding atmosphere, and Spectrier that absorbs the life-force of other creatures. I said horses were bad in Generation 8, and I'll happily say dogs are bad in Generation 9. ...It's also a fact that I don't like dogs in general. The only dog I've tolerated has been Robert E. Lillipup. As for Greavard, its trailer ends with many of them buried together in the ground, ready to spring up and kill off anyone who walks by. That's very typical dog behaviour, be it Ghost-type or something else. You can't control these things and they're naturally feral monsters. Dunno why people give them affectionate names like “doggo” and consider them members of the family. It's awful!

Paldea is going to be yet another uninhabitable region with these Greavard everywhere.



What do you think the safest region is, with the least likelihood of getting killed off by a common Pokémon just for it passing by the area?


This is still not nearly as bad as the last reveal about Bellibolt and Iono.
What's next in Paldea? Ghosts that hang out with gold coins.

14 comments :

  1. "The only dog I've tolerated has been Robert E. Lillipup."

    I thought you liked Missile from Ghost Trick.

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    1. I... do... but from a distance.
      I wouldn't want to be in the same room as Missile.

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    2. "Dunno why people give them affectionate names like “doggo” and consider them members of the family. It's awful!"

      Dogs appeal to two different kinds of people. Those who like a feeling of control and those who like something to nurture.

      Dogs can be trained to be obedient but there is always a chance of them snapping. An owner can feel powerful making a potentially vicious animal be under control.

      Dogs basically are wolves who can never fully mature into adult wolves and are mentally wolf puppies. So they can act comparatively like human children. Owners who do not like human children but still need the feel to nurture can find dogs appealing.

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    3. There's a wide variety of cute and cuddly and furry beasts that are lower on the feral scale and won't suck away your life energy. People should look into those.

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    4. Maybe not furry, but I hear sharks and eels are great pets and do not suck away life energy.

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    5. Might be dangerous for Australians.

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    6. Any more than sharks and eels are dangerous for other people?

      They might not suck energy but they'll mash you into energy with their jaws.

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  2. When I get one of those, I'm going to name them after the green plumber. (I almost actually said his name before I remembered that's not a thing we do in these parts.) I don't want to name them Polterpup because then its like my TRAINER is a green plumber analogue, and I don't want that.

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    1. So what analogue is your trainer if you have a green plumber in a ball?

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    2. No analogue at all, ideally. That, or them being an analogue simply for me, is what I like best in my player characters. To the point that in my favorite series, for as long as I possibly could I held out on the theory that the hero is called Link by default not because it's his name, but because they're the "link" to the player.

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    3. Alright, but why IS he named that?

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    4. According to Zeldapedia, the recently emancipated Zelda wiki: "According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Link's name comes from the fact that, during development of The Legend of Zelda, he was the link between the past and the future, which was the original setting for the game. Miyamoto has also stated that Link is named after the fact that he connects people together."

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    5. Well, The Legend of Zelda has a lack of both time travel as well as NPCs to link together.

      Perhaps "people" includes the Old Man in the cave and the player.

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