Pokémon is huge. There’s no two ways about it, it was huge 15 years ago and its still huge now. It’s a game of friendship, striving for greatness and becoming the very best like no one ever was. Recent events involving certain animal rights groups aside, this place has always been wholesome, welcoming and ultimately non-threatening. Or has it? Did you ever read a Pokédex entry and think it seemed a little off? Did you ever look at one of these creatures and think “How did you come to be?”
Well, my children, that’s what we’re here to do today as we look at the SCARIEST Pokémon to ever be discovered! To put you in the mood, play this little melody in the background. That’s right, the original Lavender Town music. Purported to have caused a rash of child suicides in the early days of the franchise, it is a shocking reminder that not only can your Pokémon not escape death, neither can you…
We’ll start with something from the first generation, the cute little bone-chucker, Cubone. Some of you might not be old enough to remember this but the tale of this poor little orphan is harrowing, especially in context of the Red/Blue games.
It pines for the mother it will never see again. Seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon, it cries. The stains on the skull it wears are from its tears. It wears its mother’s skull, never revealing its true face.
In the course of the game, you come across a ghost that is revealed to be a Marowak murdered by Team Rocket. A truly horrible thought when you think about it but you’re not likely to read too deeply into it at a young age, you’re just trying to get to Cinnabar Island to use the Missingno cheat. Little orphan Cubone, you will always have a home in our hearts. And our storage boxes.
I have arachnophobia but that doesn’t apply to this little cutie. Galvantula is one of my favourite of Gen5, and one of my favourite Electric types but its modus operandi is very sinister.
You think you were scared of spiders before, how about one that throws LIGHTNING? How about if it’s 2ft tall and 30lbs? Yeah, it’s pretty big and it will devour you. But despite how sinister and horrifying the motives of this creature, I can’t help but love his fuzzy design and over all cuteness and that, dear readers, is frightening.
Here’s another cutie that can kill you (I’m starting to see a pattern with these Pokémon) Litwick is an adorable little sentient candle THAT WILL DEVOUR YOUR SOUL! It’s true! You look at him and make all the noise you’re supposed to, namely “D’awwww!” but take a look at it’s Pokédex entry.
Litwick appear to be helping to guide the way of people by illuminating areas that are darkened, but in reality they are actually leading them to the Ghost World. They feed off the life energy of people and Pokémon, and use it as fuel for the flames on their heads.
He tricks you into following him and slowly saps your soul! Geez, all this fire and brimstone from such an adorable little object. And that’s another thing, he’s like a little poltergeist thing, possessing an inanimate object and all. Weird. Cute, but weird.
Gengar is arguably the most well known Ghost Pokémon. Namely because he looks like a ghostly version of Clefairy. Now if these Ghosts are indeed the souls of other dead Pokemon, can the same be applied to humans? When we die, are we also able to become Ghost Pokémon? The truth may surprise you…
These Pokémon arose from the spirits of people interred in graves in past ages. Each retains memories of its former life. Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.
Hoo-boy, Yamask‘s entry is a doozy. Human spirits becoming Pokémon, fine, I can let that slide but having them retain their memories? Having a little mask based on their face and crying at what they have lost and what they have ultimately become? Christ, this is some existential nightmare fuel, right here! It doesn’t help that these appear in an area rife with Cofagrigus, Yamask’s evolved form is known for trapping people inside itself and mummifying them. It’s a vicious cycle: Humans die, become Yamask, evolve into Cofagrigus and then consume more humans.
So what do you think, folks? Are these entries spine-tingling or lacking bite? What are your favourite Pokédex entries, creepy or not. Let us know in the comments below!
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