Don’t be fooled by those cute face and little heart eyes! Beneath that adorable exterior lurks a soul-stealing monster!
Pokemon make for a pretty fun game of ‘catch the creature, obtain the badges, save the world.’ But some of the Pokemon take on a more sinister edge once you check out their Pokedex entries. Spiriting kids away? Check. Used to be human before suddenly becoming a Pokemon? Check. Hollow bodies that may be a gateway to hell? Check.
Digging beyond just a Pokemon’s appearance can almost make you maybe want to avoid putting some of these seemingly lovable Pocket Monsters on your team… Just kidding. Drifblim, whose unevovled form is listed below, has been one of my strongest and most dependable Pokemon on my X team since it was just a little Drifloon. But I do give him that side eye sometimes now when I put him into battle.
Below, in no particular order, are some of the creepiest and most alarming Pokedex entries. For some of the Pokemon, I included multiple Pokedex entries because they gave varying, yet all unsettling, descriptions of the Pokemon.
I will say, out of all the Pokemon listed, Banette has to be the absolute scariest. A little doll coming to life and trying to kill you? Yeah, that’s what my worst nightmare is made of.
Here we go:
- (Black) Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.
- (White) These Pokémon arose from the spirits of people interred in graves in past ages. Each retains memories of its former life. •
- (Ruby) Dusclops’s body is completely hollow – there is nothing at all inside. It is said that its body is like a black hole. This Pokémon will absorb anything into its body, but nothing will ever come back out.
- (Sapphire) Dusclops absorbs anything, however large the object may be. This Pokémon hypnotizes its foe by waving its hands in a macabre manner and by bringing its single eye to bear. The hypnotized foe is made to do Dusclops’s bidding.
- (FireRed/LeafGreen) Its body is entirely hollow. When it opens its mouth, it sucks everything in as if it were a black hole.
- (Emerald) It is thought that its body is hollow with only a spectral ball of fire burning inside. However, no one has been able to confirm this theory as fact.
- (Diamond/Pearl) Its body is hollow. It is said that those who look into its body are sucked into the void.
- (Platinum) It seeks drifting will-o’-the-wisps and sucks them into its empty body. What happens inside is a mystery.
- (HeartGold/SoulSilver) Anyone who dares peer into its body to see its spectral ball of fire will have their spirit stolen away. •
- (Sapphire) Glalie has the ability to freely control ice. For example, it can instantly freeze its foe solid. After immobilizing its foe in ice, this Pokémon enjoys eating it in leisurely fashion.
- (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald) If your nose becomes itchy while you are sleeping, it’s a sure sign that one of these Pokémon is standing above your pillow and trying to eat your dream through your nostrils.
- (Diamond) A Pokémon formed by the spirits of people and Pokémon. It loves damp, humid seasons.
- (Pearl) It tugs on the hands of children to steal them away. However, it gets pulled around instead.
- (HeartGold/SoulSilver) It is whispered that any child who mistakes Drifloon for a balloon and holds on to it could wind up missing.
- (Black 2/White 2) These Pokémon are called the “Signpost for Wandering Spirits.” Children holding them sometimes vanish.
- (X) Singing in eerie voices, they wander town streets on the night of the new moon. Anyone who hears their song is cursed.
- (Y) It enwraps its prey in its hairlike arms. It sings joyfully as it observes the suffering of its prey.
- (Y) According to old tales, these Pokémon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died while lost in the forest.
- (White) It arrives near the moment of death and steals spirit from the body.
- (Black 2/White 2) The spirits it absorbs fuel its baleful fire. It hangs around hospitals waiting for people to pass on.
- (Y) It arrives near the moment of death and steals spirit from the body.
- (Red/Blue) Under a full moon, this Pokémon likes to mimic the shadows of people and laugh at their fright.
- (Silver) To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey’s shadow and silently waits for an opportunity.
- (Ruby/Sapphire) Sometimes, on a dark night, your shadow thrown by a streetlight will suddenly and startlingly overtake you. It is actually a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow.
- (FireRed) It is said to emerge from darkness to steal the lives of those who become lost in mountains.
- (LeafGreen) On the night of a full moon, if shadows move on their own and laugh, it must be Gengar’s doing.
- (Pearl) Lurking in the shadowy corners of rooms, it awaits chances to steal its prey’s life force.
- (Platinum) The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.
- (Sapphire) Duskull wanders lost among the deep darkness of midnight. There is an oft-told admonishment given to misbehaving children that this Pokémon will spirit away bad children who earn scoldings from their mothers.
- (Diamond/Pearl) It doggedly pursues its prey wherever it goes. However, the chase is abandoned at sunrise.
- (Platinum) It loves the crying of children. It startles bad kids by passing through walls and making them cry.
- (HeartGold/SoulSilver) If it finds bad children who won’t listen to their parents, it will spirit them away – or so it’s said.
- (Ruby) Shedinja’s hard body doesn’t move – not even a twitch. In fact, its body appears to be merely a hollow shell. It is believed that this Pokémon will steal the spirit of anyone peering into its hollow body from its back.
- (Sapphire) Shedinja is a peculiar Pokémon. It seems to appear unsought in a Poké Ball after a Nincada evolves. This bizarre Pokémon is entirely immobile – it doesn’t even breathe.
- (Emerald) A peculiar Pokémon that floats in air even though its wings remain completely still. The inside of its body is hollow and utterly dark.
- (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) A discarded bug shell that came to life. Peering into the crack on its back is said to steal one’s spirit.
- (HeartGold/SoulSilver) A strange Pokémon – it flies without moving its wings, has a hollow shell for a body, and does not breathe.
- (Ruby) Banette generates energy for laying strong curses by sticking pins into its own body. This Pokémon was originally a pitiful plush doll that was thrown away.
- (Sapphire) A cursed energy permeated the stuffing of a discarded and forgotten plush doll, giving it new life as Banette. The Pokémon’s energy would escape if it were to ever open its mouth.
- (FireRed/LeafGreen) Strong feelings of hatred turned a puppet into a Pokémon. If it opens its mouth, its cursed energy escapes.
- (Emerald) An abandoned plush doll became this Pokémon. They are said to live in garbage dumps and wander about in search of the children that threw them away.
- (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) A doll that became a Pokémon over its grudge from being junked. It seeks the child that disowned it.
- (HeartGold/SoulSilver) This Pokémon developed from an abandoned doll that amassed a grudge. It is seen in dark alleys.
- (Yellow) Many odd things happen if this Pokémon is close by. For example, it makes clocks run backwards.
- (Gold) It possesses strong spiritual power. The more danger it faces, the stronger its psychic power.
- (FireRed) It happened one morning – a boy with extrasensory powers awoke in bed transformed into Kadabra.
- (Emerald) It is rumored that a boy with psychic abilities suddenly transformed into Kadabra while he was assisting research into extrasensory powers.
- (Diamond) If one is nearby, an eerie shadow appears on TV screens. Seeing the shadow is said to bring bad luck.
- (Sapphire) If a traveler is going through a desert in the thick of night, Cacturne will follow in a ragtag group. The Pokémon are biding their time, waiting for the traveler to tire and become incapable of moving.
- (Red/Blue) Because of its ability to slip through block walls, it is said to be from another dimension.
- (Yellow) By licking, it saps the victim’s life. It causes shaking that won’t stop until the victim’s demise.
- (Gold) In total darkness, where nothing is visible, Haunter lurks, silently stalking its next victim.
- (Silver) Its tongue is made of gas. If licked, its victim starts shaking constantly until death eventually comes.
- (Crystal) It hides in the dark, planning to take the life of the next living thing that wanders close by.
- (Ruby/Sapphire) 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.
- (FireRed) If you get the feeling of being watched in darkness when nobody is around, Haunter is there.
- (Platinum) It likes to lurk in the dark and tap shoulders with a gaseous hand. Its touch causes endless shuddering.
- (X) Apparently this Pokémon is born when a departed spirit inhabits a sword. It attaches itself to people and drinks their life force.
- (Y) If anyone dares to grab its hilt, it wraps a blue cloth around that person’s arm and drains that person’s life energy completely.
- (X) When this legendary Pokémon’s wings and tail feathers spread wide and glow red, it absorbs the life force of living creatures.
- (Y) When its life comes to an end, it absorbs the life energy of every living thing and turns into a cocoon once more.
- (Black) The fate of the ships and crew that wander into Jellicent’s habitat: all sunken, all lost, all vanished.
- (White) They propel themselves by expelling absorbed seawater from their bodies. Their favorite food is life energy.
- (Black 2/White 2) Its body is mostly seawater. It’s said there’s a castle of ships Jellicent have sunk on the seafloor.
- (Black) Litwick shines a light that absorbs the life energy of people and Pokémon, which becomes the fuel that it burns.
- (White) While shining a light and pretending to be a guide, it leeches off the life force of any who follow it.
- (Black 2/White 2) Its flame is usually out, but it starts shining when it absorbs life force from people or Pokémon.
- (Black) It uses its strong psychic power to squeeze its opponent’s brain, causing unendurable headaches.
- (White) This Pokémon had never been seen until it appeared from far in the desert 50 years ago.
- (Black 2/White 2) Rumors of its origin are linked to a UFO crash site in the desert 50 years ago.
- (Black) It absorbs a spirit, which it then burns. By waving the flames on its arms, it puts its foes into a hypnotic trance.
- (White) Being consumed in Chandelure’s flame burns up the spirit, leaving the body behind.
- (Black 2/White 2) The spirits burned up in its ominous flame lose their way and wander this world forever.
All Pokedex entries are taken from Pokemon Database