Grabbing Ghost

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Grabbing Ghost
White Grabbing Ghost in the game Luigi's Mansion.
A lavender Grabbing Ghost from Luigi's Mansion
First appearance Luigi's Mansion (2001)
Latest appearance Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS) (2018)
Variant of Ghost

Grabbing Ghosts are a type of ghost encountered in Luigi's Mansion. They attack by grabbing hold of Luigi from behind and choking him, which prevents movement. The player has to shake the Control Stick to throw off a Grabbing Ghost. As they move, they constantly make gasping or wheezing noises.

The weakest Grabbing Ghost is light lavender (white in the remake) and has ten Heart Points, while all other types have twenty. The lavender type cannot damage Luigi (unless they are bumped into), but will still grab him, leaving him vulnerable to attacks from another ghost. Red Grabbing Ghosts will damage Luigi for 5-13 points of damage, letting go if he takes the maximum amount of damage. The turquoise Mirror Ghosts are completely invisible unless Luigi stuns one with his flashlight. However, they are visible in the large mirror on the wall of the Mirror Room, the only room in which they are encountered (in the PAL Hidden Mansion, they are also encountered in the Wardrobe Room). Another hint to their location is a small puff of dust on the ground that appears when they materialize. Later on, purple Cinema Ghosts appear, which Luigi has to detect via their silhouette cast on a movie screen in the Projection Room; similar to Mirror Ghosts, this is the only room in which they can be found. Like Mirror Ghosts, they leave behind a dust cloud when they materialize. These two types are otherwise identical to the red type. All of the variations can be hurt by any element as well.


Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS)[edit]

  • In-game description (White): "A slow-moving ghost who likes to grab you and hold on."
  • In-game description (Red): "A red Grabbing Ghost whose grip is quite painful."
  • In-game description (Mirror Ghost): "A Grabbing Ghost in the Mirror Room, seen only as a reflection."
  • In-game description (Cinema Ghost): "A Grabbing Ghost visible only on the Projection Room screen."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トッキー
Possibly a corruption of「取り付き」(toritsuki, grapple) or「取り憑き」(toritsuki, haunt)
French Attrapeur Catcher
German Greifer-Geist Grabbing Ghost or Gripper Ghost
Italian Acciuffone
Spirito dello specchio
Fantasma del cinema
Mirror Spirit
Cinema ghost