Bowling Ghost

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Bowling Ghost
Bowling Ghost from Luigi's Mansion
First appearance Luigi's Mansion (2001)
Latest appearance Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS) (2018)
Variant of Ghost

Bowling Ghosts, also known as Bowlers,[1] are ghosts encountered by Luigi in Luigi's Mansion and its Nintendo 3DS remake, Bowling Ghosts are fairly common, though they appear only in the corridors instead of the rooms. They resemble Gold Ghosts in shape, but are yellow, have longer, green eyes, and the points atop their heads curve downward instead of pointing straight up. Bowling Ghosts haunt the corridors instead of the rooms, and are usually found along with Ceiling Surprises and, in later areas, Purple Bombers. They throw bowling balls at Luigi, trying to trip him. They are one of the weakest ghosts in the game as they have zero HP. Even if the player wards them off with the Poltergust 3000 or an element, they eventually return. In the PAL and 3DS Hidden Mansion, four Bowling Ghosts appear also in the Telephone Room and one on the Roof.

Bowling Ghosts made minor appearances in a few other games. In Mario Power Tennis and its New Play Control! version, a Bowling Ghost is a ball boy in the minigame, Terror Tennis. In Mario Party 8, Bowling Ghosts appear in the minigame Specter Inspector, alongside Gold Ghosts.


  • Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS) in-game description: "A ghost carrying a heavy ball. It carefully lines up its shot."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボウルボウル

French (NOE) Fantôme renversant
Overturning Ghost
German Bowling-Geist
Bowling ghost
Italian Spettro lanciapalle
Phantom Ballpitcher
Spanish (NOE) Ente lanzabolas
Ball-throwing Entity


  1. ^ Loe, Casey (November 19, 2001). Luigi's Mansion Perfect Guide. Versus Books (American English). ISBN 1-931886-00-8. Page 23.