The Pokémon franchise is now over twenty years old. It’s been one of the lasting forces in pop culture over the last couple of decades and doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. The series is all about friendship and the bond you share with your Pokémon. Along with the general intrigue and adventurous nature that comes with being a child. While the general tone of the series is positive and very kid friendly, there are some instances that have seen the series sneak in some pretty frightening stuff via the Pokédex.
Pokédex entries are a fun way to learn more about a specific Pokémon, and they usually vary from game to game and version to version. While most of them are innocent enough, some really stray from what we’re used to as fans, and aid in creating this underlying sinisterness within the shadows of the Pokémon world. There are some really dangerous Pokémon out there. From aggressive natured ones to spine-chilling Psychic-types, the wonderful world of Pokémon has its fair share of hidden dangers that might be a little more than we were expecting as kids playing the games. So let’s all revisit our childhoods and take a look at 15 shocking Pokédex entries that scared us as kids.
15 Kadabra – FireRed
“It happened one morning - a boy with extrasensory powers awoke in bed transformed into Kadabra.”
Psychic-type Pokémon are pretty eerie. They’re some of the more intimidating in the entire series, but also some of the more convenient to have in your party. In Gen I, there weren’t that many in the bunch. But the one’s we did have were somewhat unsettling. It wouldn’t be till the Gen III remakes that we’d truly see how offsetting these original Psychic Pokémon could be. Many fans are familiar with Kadabra, but its entry in the
Many fans are familiar with Kadabra, but its entry in the FireRed version Pokédex puts a strange and worrying twist on its story. There are so many things wrong with this entry. How did the boy transform? Why a Kadabra? What happened to him afterward? Maybe it was just a myth spread throughout the Pokémon world. But then again, with all the mystery that surrounds Pokémon, you can never quite be sure.
14 Gorebyss – Sapphire
“Although Gorebyss is the very picture of elegance and beauty while swimming, it is also cruel. When it spots prey, this Pokémon inserts its thin mouth into the prey's body and drains the prey of its body fluids.”
Yikes! You wouldn’t consider that a Pokémon as gentle-looking as Gorebyss would have such a mean streak in it, eh? Apparently, it’s as dangerous as any Sharpedo or Gyarados if you catch it on the wrong day. Some Pokédex entries are fitting while some just come at you out of nowhere. You’d expect this from one of the more psychically aggressive looking creatures in the Pokémon world, but the fact that it’s describing such a docile looking thing really jumps out at you. The entry is just too brutal. Forget what the Pokémon in question looks like, this would definitely creep out any kids who read it. In a world that’s so focused on the bonding and camaraderie between Master and Pokémon, it’s kind of sobering to see that this kind of stuff still goes on behind the scenes.
13 Cacturne – 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.”
Cacturne is already one of the scariest looking Pokémon out there. The thing looks like a walking Halloween costume with spikes for crying out loud. If Game Freak was looking to creep out their young fans with this one they most certainly hit the mark. Kids aren’t huge fans of Scarecrows, and with Cacturne being the only Pokémon in the series with that designation, it stands out as a guaranteed scare magnet. And then there’s the Dex entry itself. Can you imagine a horde of these things creeping around at night, stalking you? One is frightening enough, but an organized unit of Cacturne’s is legitimately terrifying. Then there’s the ambiguity of it all. Just what do these things do after they’ve found you? It doesn’t sound too promising.
12 Dusclops – 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.”
What is it about ghost Pokémon that make them so damn creepy? Well, it makes sense that they’re the more frightening of the bunch, seeing as they’re based on the supernatural and all. Ghost-type Pokémon have always been mysterious and threatening, ever since they were introduced via Lavender Town in Gen I. From the haunting background music to the eerie Pokémon Tower and horde of ghosts dwelling inside, they’ve always been disturbing. Fast-forward to Gen III, and Dusclops makes an appearance. It’s been said before, but the fact that small children actually have power over these things is pretty amazing. You could consider a lot of Pokémon to be sort of demigods. In the case of Dusclops, it definitely has some weird Twilight Zone stuff going on. So you’d best be careful.
11 Spoink – Ruby
“Spoink bounces around on its tail. The shock of its bouncing makes its heart pump. As a result, this Pokémon cannot afford to stop bouncing - if it stops, its heart will stop.”
Spoink is an adorable little Pokémon first introduced to fans in Gen III. At first glance, this little Psychic-type looks innocent enough, and it’s not half bad in battle either. But its Spoink’s Pokédex entry that really sheds some light on this cheery little Pokémon’s morbid nature. To put it shortly, Spoink doesn’t bounce around because it finds it fun. It’s a matter of survival for this little guy. At this point, you’ll know that Pokémon is no stranger when it comes to lightly introducing some darker elements to its world. It’s put very subtly in the Dex entry. It has to bounce for its heart to work. If it stops – its heart stops. Which is a pretty gentle way of saying it’ll die. That’s not all that bad until you think about the ramifications this has on a fainted Pokémon. Of course, since this is Pokémon we’re talking about we usually aren’t directly exposed to death. But a scary thought nonetheless.
10 Pinsir – Diamond, Pearl, And Platinum
“It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can't tear, it tosses far.”
This isn’t so much scary as it is gruesome to imagine. Since it was first introduced back in Gen I, Pinsir has always looked like a mean little bugger. Its outward appearance isn’t exactly inviting, and because of that it was one of the most badass in its Generation. It still holds up as a pretty damn cool design. While most Pokémon look either gentle or at least somewhat approachable, Pinsir is one of the few 802 out there that doesn’t exactly give off a very inviting vibe. Look no further than this Pokédex entry to figure out just why that is. We knew that Pinsir could be aggressive, but this greatly outweighs any expectations had. It’s kind of cruel in a way.
9 Glalie – 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.”
Glalie doesn’t really look all that friendly to begin with, but once you read its Dex entry you’ll be convinced that this Ice-type is no friendly customer. Known as the Face Pokémon, Glalie has one of the more out there designs offered in the earlier games. When you look at it, it’s hard for you to think of anything else than a floating ice ball with horns. That’s essentially what it is. But as if its monstrous appearance wasn’t enough to turn you off, just look at its gruesome Pokédex entry. Getting frozen alive doesn’t sound all that fun. Neither does getting eaten alive while being rendered immobile by a levitating ice head. It’s a no-win situation.
8 Shedinja – 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.”
At first glance, Shedinja is one of those harmless looking Pokémon that looks like it could be a cool addition to your party at some point in the game. But like many other otherwise harmless-looking creatures in the series, Shedinja has a terrifying nature. As you can tell by reading the Dex entry above, Shedinja fits in well with what we expect from Ghost-type Pokémon. Something about stealing spirits and all that has a very demonic ring to it. You might think that this thing is just some kind of docile dupe, but that’s probably what it wants you to believe. This seems more like a cautionary tale rather than a Pokédex entry.
7 Drowzee – Ruby & Sapphire
“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.”
It isn’t enough that Drowzee is visibly off-putting, it’s actually a pretty dangerous Pokémon. Or so it would seem if this Pokédex entry is anything to go by. Along with its evolved form, Hypno (which we’ll discuss later on) Drowzee was one of the most terrifying Pokémon in the series at the time of its release. Not solely due to its appearance – though that didn’t help – but the eeriness surrounding the Psychic-type as well. Drowzee has always had a strong connection to dreams. And like most Psychic-type Pokémon, its Dex entries reflected that in their strange descriptions. We all know that Dream Eater is a move most Psychic-types can learn. But when it comes to Drowzee, it might just turn it around and use it on you instead!
6 Duskull – 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.”
Some Pokémon have to be used as cautionary tales in the Pokémon universe. If not, then parents are willingly letting their kids roam outside unsupervised knowing full well that dangerous creatures like this can easily snatch them up. We already know about Duskull’s evolved form, Dusclops, so now let’s focus in on this little terror. While Dusclops is said to absorb things like a black hole, Duskull keeps simple. Child abduction seems to be a favourite of some of these Pokémon. While we usually think of them only as games, the Pokémon world has its own established culture, customs, and practices. Duskulls’ could be harmless. Victims of overbearing mothers scaring their children silly. Of course, they could also be demented child snatchers. So watch out.
5 Cubone – Yellow
“Wears the skull of its deceased mother. Its cries echo inside the skull and come out as a sad melody.”
Pokémon is first and foremost a game for children to enjoy. It has been since it first came out and has been lighting up childhoods for years. So it’s odd to see the heartbreaking and cruel story that is Cubone’s find its way into the lore. Anyone who played the original Red & Blue Version’s will know what this is all about. Wearing your mother’s skull and then crying about is both morbid and gut wrenching. When you think about it, Cubone is an infant Pokémon. They don’t grow up until they evolve into Marowak – after which they’ll die, and the cycle will repeat itself. As fun as the series is, this is a downer to think about.
4 Haunter – Silver
“Its tongue is made of gas. If licked, its victim starts shaking constantly until death eventually comes.”
When first presented to audiences in the original animated series, Haunter was sort of a goofball that kind of spooked you put but seemed more like a Three Stooges homage than anything else. But Haunter in the anime and Haunter in the games are two different entities. It seems that unlike its animated counterpart, Haunter’s in the Pokémon series are far more dangerous and sinister. Always wearing its ominous smile, Haunter might not exactly be too kid friendly – especially when it can kill nearly anyone it touches in a rather painful and undesirable way. As much as you might like the mischievous Ghost-type, you definitely don’t want to be the one it chooses for a good lickin.’
3 Hypno – FireRed
“It carries a pendulum-like device. There once was an incident in which it took away a child it hypnotized.”
Well, we’ve finally arrived at the much anticipated Hypno entry. Those of you who are familiar with Creepypastas are probably aware of the one this Pokédex entry inspired. In short, in involves our friend Hypno here stealing away children – summed up in a very creepy poem. Like many of the entries on this list, the true fear factor here lies in the ambiguity of the Dex entry. We know that Hypno is capable of putting people under. And we know that it once stole a child by using its powers, but what then? Game Freak has been very good at leaving in creepy tidbits like this to stimulate their fan base. Instead of giving us the full story, they’d rather our imaginations run wild. And they have been for years.
2 Banette – 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.”
We’ve gone over some pretty eerie stuff on this list. Some kind of gory and some somewhat haunting. But this here seems like it came straight out of some low budget horror movie. Banette. It’s out for... REVENGE. Something along those lines at least. When you think about it though, that actually could’ve been some of the inspiration that went into Banette’s conception. Among all the entries we’ve looked at this is, hands down, one of the most legitimately frightening out there. It’s way more direct than some the other Dex entries have been. This Pokémon is pretty much out for blood. What does that say about the ones you find out roaming the wild? Well, this should give you a pretty good idea.
1 Gengar – Emerald
“Deep in the night, your shadow cast by a streetlight may suddenly overtake you. It is actually a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow.”
If you’re at all interested in the multitude of fan theories based around the Pokémon series that have popped up online, then you’re probably familiar with the Gengar is Clefable’s shadow theory. The two do share a similar build, but as far as theories go it seems like a bit of a stretch. But after reading this Dex entry, maybe it isn’t as crazy as it seems. Gengar – being a Ghost Pokémon – spends most of its time haunting people. It’s what ghosts do – even in the Pokémon world. But the fact that Gengar goes so out of its way to screw with you is what really sets you on edge with this entry. We’ve all walked around alone at night. It can get pretty creepy at times. The last thing you need on your mind is the image of this giant blob running past you, doing who knows what with your shadow.