Singing in eerie voices, they wander town streets on the night of the new moon. Anyone who hears their song is cursed.
– Pokemon X Pokedex
Was the choice of today’s wallpaper predictable? Well, when I first saw Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist, I thought they were made for Halloween (I mean, their signature move is called “Trick-or-Treat”, or “Halloween” in Japanese), so it’s a good opportunity. I picked Gourgeist over Pumpkaboo because its body has a more definite Jack-o-lantern design.
Gourgeist is one of the two new Grass/Ghost families (which is a new type combination in Gen 6, and I think defensively is better than Grass/Dark, since it’s immune to Normal and Fighting, and Ghost neutralizes Grass’s weakness to Bug). It evolves when traded. I discovered this by accident; my boyfriend and I decided to trade our Phantumps and Pumpkaboos thinking to level them faster with boosted experience. And what do you know, they evolved. It’s the first two-stage evolution family to trade-to-evolve (without held item). It has a lot of similarities with Trevenant, I’m kind of surprised they’re not version exclusive counterparts.
What makes the Gourgeist family unique, is that these Pokemon come in 4 different sizes: Small, Average, Large, and Super Size (because pumpkins and gourds come in different sizes I guess). But it’s not just aesthetics either, the different sizes have different stats as well. The bigger it is, the higher its HP and Attack, but at a cost of its Speed. I’m not sure about Gourgeist, but the Super Size Pumpkaboo’s cry is lower pitched, so maybe Gourgeist’s Super Size cry is lower pitched as well (?)
When I first saw Gourgeist, I remember thinking “wow it’s got a long neck and hair”, and also that it looks feminine despite the fact that it can be male.
As a Ghost type, its Pokedex entries are pretty creepy. Its cry does sound like a sort of wail/singing. Its Y entry is much more sinister than the X entry. It says “It enwraps its prey in its hairlike arms. It sings joyfully as it observes the suffering of its prey.” Eep.
Its signature move, Trick-or-Treat, adds Ghost type to the target. It’s sort of similar to Soak, except it adds the type instead of replacing. So it is possible for the target to temporarily have 3 types (woah). It can be used on an Ally, so it could help in double/triple battles. Or, since Ghost is supereffective against Ghost, make the opponent weak to your attack (except using it on Normal type Pokemon I guess).
I find it funny how it learns Explosion by level-up (twice in fact). Exploding pumpkins!