- This article is about the item in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. For the Gloomy Manor mission, see Poltergust 5000 (mission). For other uses of "Poltergust", see Poltergust.
Artwork of the Poltergust 5000
|First appearance||Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013)|
|Latest appearance||Luigi's Mansion 3 (cameo) (2019)|
The Poltergust 5000 is the name of the vacuum that Luigi uses in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. It is an upgraded version of the Poltergust 3000 from the first game, both of which were created by Professor E. Gadd.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
The Poltergust 5000 debuts in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon as the vacuum Luigi uses throughout the game. When the ghosts of Evershade Valley become hostile due to the shattering of the Dark Moon, E. Gadd escapes, leaving the Poltergust 5000 behind. As part of the first mission of the game, recovering the vacuum from the vehicle in the Garage is Luigi's first objective.
While the Poltergust 5000 is marked as an improved version of the Poltergust 3000, they share the same basic properties. Players can use the Poltergust 5000's vacuum by pressing and blow things away by pressing . While the Poltergust 5000 does retain the Flashlight attachment, it works differently than the original version's. The basic light can no longer stun ghosts, so the player has to first find the Strobulb in order to do so. The Strobulb can be used by pressing . If the player long presses , the Strobulb's range will increase, however, the Strobulb can stun a maximum five ghosts, three of which can be captured, but the other two won't be captured. While the Poltergust 5000 cannot expel elements like the Poltergust 3000 could, an additional Dark-Light Device can be added to the Poltergust 5000, which is used to uncover invisible secrets.
Unlike the Poltergust 3000, the Poltergust 5000 can perform a "Power Surge" attack while sucking in ghosts. After charging a meter for a short time, players can press to deal extra damage. A blue, green, or red surge drains 10, 20 or 50 health respectively. Furthermore, sucking multiple ghosts fills the meter faster and surges will damage all of them. Ghosts defeated with a blue, green, or red surge drop 3 coins, 1 gold bar, or 3 gold bars respectively. Catching multiple ghosts at once also causes each to drop an additional gold bar. The Power Surge is required to defeat Creepers, enemies with paranormal shields, and Possessor bosses.
Additionally, the Poltergust 5000 can be seen in an additional four colors during the ScareScraper: Green, Blue, Orange, and Pink, which is respective to the player wearing it.
The Poltergust 5000 can also be upgraded over the course of the game, based on how much gold Luigi collects.
- 2,000 G: The Green Surge is unlocked, allowing Luigi to do more damage and receive more gold.
- 4,000 G: The Dark-Light Level 2 is unlocked, increasing the length of the Dark-Light Device's meter.
- 7,000 G: The Red Surge is unlocked, allowing even more damage and even more gold with Power Surges.
- 10,000 G: The Dark-Light Level 3 is unlocked, maxing out the Dark-Light meter.
- 20,000 G: The Super Poltergust is unlocked, which fills the power bar and drains the ghost's HP faster. It also features a design on the wheels, though it disappears when the player is in the Bunker.
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Luigi uses the Poltergust 5000 for his Final Smash, replacing his previous Final Smash, the Negative Zone, from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Upon activating the Final Smash, Luigi will don the Poltergust 5000 and begin vacuuming in his opponents and nearby items, with the caught opponents receiving repeated damage. After a short period of time, he will then launch out anyone he caught in the direction he is facing, along with any items that were caught in the process. If no opponents are caught in the vacuum's suction, the Final Smash will fail.
A controller based on the Poltergust 5000 is used for Luigi's Mansion Arcade.
In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Luigi wearing the Poltergust 5000 on his back is a playable skin.
Profiles and statistics
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effects||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|Poltergust 5000||Luigi's Mansion Series||Support (1)||Advanced||Fog Immunity||Spirit Board||Luigi ×4||The enemy's throws have increased power||Luigi's Mansion||Luigi's Mansion Series Medley|
Luigi sucking up a Greenie with the Poltergust 5000
Four Luigis using Poltergust 5000 in ScareScraper mode
The Poltergust 5000 in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
The Poltergust 5000 in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Names in other languages
|From「お化け」(obake, ghost) and "vacuum"; shared with the other main Poltergust models|
|Ghost Vacuum Cleaner|
|Dutch||Spookzuiger 5000||Ghostvacuum 5000|
|French||Ectoblast 5000||From ectoplasme, ectoplasm and blast.|
|German||Schreckweg 09/15||Scareaway 09/15 [09/15 is a joke based on a German expression for normal or everyday: 08/15 "Null-acht-fünfzehn"; The expression itself comes from the standard-issue German machine gun in WW1.]|
|From "유령" (yuryeong, ghost) and "싹싹" (ssak-ssak, Korean onomatopoeia for sweeping sound); ultimately, it translates to "Ghost Sweeper"|
|Portuguese (NOE)||Sugospectro 5000||"Specter-Sucker" 5000; "Sugo" coming from "sugar" (to suck) and "espectro" (specter).|
|Spanish||Succionaentes 5000||Entitiessuctioner 5000|
- On March 27, 2013, Nintendo revealed that they had posted a challenge to iam8bit to make a working Poltergust 5000 replica, complete with a lit Strobulb and overall backpack design just as in the game.
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon instruction booklet, "(When POWER GAUGE appears) Press for power surge"
- YouTube - Nintendo 3DS - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Poltergust 5000 Making of Video