Dark-Light Device

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Luigi testing the Dark-Light Device in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Luigi using the Dark-Light Device to reveal Polterpup tracks in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
“I call it the Dark-Light Device. It's a nifty little doodad able to break illusions, such as objects that have been turned invisible.”
Professor E. Gadd, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

The Dark-Light Device (also simply known as Dark-Light or Dark Light[1]) is a flashlight tool that appears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Luigi's Mansion 3. In the former game, it is an add-on to the Poltergust 5000. When Luigi uses the Dark-Light Device, his flashlight instead emits a rainbow-colored light, which allows him to see objects that are hidden in a manner similar to an ultraviolet lamp. After shining the Dark-Light Device on these objects, Luigi needs to vacuum the Spirit Balls that are revealed so that the objects can become visible again. However, the Dark-Light Device has an energy gauge represented by a rainbow-colored meter in the top right corner, and if the Dark-Light Device is used for too long, it overheats. A few upgrades to the gauge can be acquired from Professor E. Gadd by collecting treasure and leveling up. The Dark-Light Device can also reveal Polterpup tracks so Luigi can follow them, Boo trails to follow a Boo, and Toads, coins, or gems trapped in paintings. The Dark-Light Device is also usable on ghosts such as Greenies and Sneakers. Sneakers are revealed when hit by the light, while Greenies start to taunt Luigi. The Dark-Light Device is also required to free Mario from his painting. In the ScareScraper, Spirit Balls do not come out of revealed furniture, and if one Luigi has been cursed, other Luigis can use their Dark-Light Devices on him to remove the curse.

In Luigi's Mansion 3, the Dark-Light Device is an add-on to the Poltergust G-00. The Dark-Light Device is used by pressing X Button. It is used similarly, but it can now be held indefinitely without overheating, in addition to revealing purple Spirit Balls that possess certain objects.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークライト

Chinese (simplified) 暗影光线灯
Ànyǐng Guāngxiàn Dēng
Shadow Light Lamp

Chinese (traditional) 暗光燈
Àn Guāng Dēng
Dim Light Lamp

Dutch Uv-lamp
UV-lamp; UV stands for Ultraviolet
(The name is also a joke since some vacuum cleaners are equipped with UV-light)
French Révéloscope
German Düsterlampe
Gloomy Lamp
Italian Arcobaluce
Rainbow-light; pun on arcobaleno ("rainbow") and luce ("light")
Korean 다크라이트

Portuguese Dispositivo de luz negra
Black-Light Device
Russian Спектрон

Spanish Desoscurizador