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First appearance Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
Notable members
This article is about the Polterpup species. For the Polterpup character, see Polterpup (character).

Polterpups are medium-sized ghost dogs that appear in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.


Luigi's Mansion series[edit]

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon[edit]

Blue collar version as seen in the ScareScraper mode.

They are one of the many ghosts living in Evershade Valley, and are normally friendly, but when the Dark Moon shattered, they started causing mischief. There is one main Polterpup character that appears throughout Story Mode. Polterpups as a species only appear in the ScareScraper. In the ScareScraper mode, they are featured in their own mode: Polterpup Mode. In Polterpup Mode, the Luigis must hunt down as many Polterpups as possible by using their Dark-Light Devices to see the footprints. Once a Polterpup has been located, he must be flashed with the Strobulb and vacuumed up. Each Polterpup has 50 HP, but Luigi can find a Big Polterpup, which has 100 HP.

Regular and Big Polterpups in the ScareScraper mode always drop a Gold Bar when captured, even if the Poltergust 5000 is at minimal power. This means that they will drop an additional Gold Bar on top of whatever Power Surge a Luigi uses to drain its health, from two Gold Bars from a Blue Surge up to four from a Red Surge. A Polterpup drops five Gold Bars if it is captured with another ghost from a Red Surge.

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

Polterpup in the Nintendo 3DS remake

Despite not appearing in the original Luigi's Mansion, Polterpup appears in the Nintendo 3DS remake. When Luigi's amiibo is scanned, Polterpup appears when Luigi has lost all of his health by eating the Gold Bone to recover Luigi.

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

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A Polterpup appears in Luigi's Mansion 3, the same Polterpup from the story mode of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, as Luigi kept it as a pet after the game ended.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A Polterpup appears as an Advanced-level, support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Polterpups are shown as white, slightly transparent canine-like ghosts. Polterpups' eyes are white and opaque, which makes them stand out against their transparent bodies. Unlike real dogs, Polterpups lack ears, thus their head is completely rounded. Polterpups wear collars with ID tags on the bottom of them; Polterpups in Scarescraper mode wear blue collars, while the single Polterpup that appears during the Dark Moon Quest sports a red one.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Ghost Container description[edit]


Polterpup: Normally playful and kind, these Polterpups started misbehaving after the Dark Moon shattered.

Big Polterpup: This pooch is very big, so it might take more than one ghost hunter to keep him under control!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Polterpup PolterpupTrophy3DS.png If you combine a puppy and a ghost, you'll get a cute little Polterpup. They seem to enjoy causing no end of trouble, but I couldn't tell you if they're enemies or just really mischievous. This big guy's a lot bigger than normal—hopefully he just wants to be friends? The little guy...or girl—who can tell—is always finding ways to cause mischief, but it's not clear whether he's your friend, your foe, or just a crazy critter who can't decide one way or the other. Still, as much of a handful as this pup can be, he's nothing compared to Big Polterpups!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effects How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Polterpup SSBU Polterpup Spirit.png Luigi's Mansion Series Support (1) Advanced Bury Immunity Spirit Board Clear Duck Hunt
  • The enemy is invisible
Luigi's Mansion On the Hunt -Gloomy Manor Ver.- (Instrumental)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オバ犬
oba ken
Oba Dog; a pun on お化け obake, meaning "ghost".
Spanish (NOA) Espectrochucho (Polterpup)
Espectrochucho gigante (Big Polterpup)
Spectrum mutt
Giant Spectrum mutt ("chucho" standing for a common pet name for dog)
Spanish (NOE) Ectochucho (Polterpup)
Ectochucho gigante (Big Polterpup)
Giant Ectomutt (Ecto being Ectoplasm)
French Ectochien (Polterpup)
Méga Ectochien (Big Polterpup)
Mega Ectoplasm-Dog
Dutch Polterpup From the English name.
German Polterpinscher (Polterpup)
Riesenpolterpincher (Big Polterpup)
Giant Polterpup
Italian Poltercucciolo Polter-Puppy
Portuguese Fantacão Portmanteau of fantasma (ghost) and cão (dog)
Russian Полтерпес
From polter and пёс (dog).
Korean 유랑아지
Ghospuppy (Ghost+Puppy); from 유령 yureong, meaning "ghost", and 강아지 gangaji, meaning "a puppy".
Chinese 鬼怪犬
Guǐguài quǎn
Ghost Dog


  • According to a Swapnote message sent by Shigeru Miyamoto, the Polterpup is his favorite ghost.
  • Polterpups leave invisible imprints when they jump through walls, floors, or ceilings, similarly to Slimer from Ghostbusters.