Polterpup (species)

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The Polterpup character from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
First appearance Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013)
Notable members

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


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 the main Dark Moon Quest 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.

Other appearances[edit]

The Polterpup character reappears in Luigi's Mansion for the Nintendo 3DS and Luigi's Mansion 3, and has also made minor appearances as a trophy and spirit in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Physical description[edit]

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.

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!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オバ犬
Oba Ken
Pun on「お化け」(obake, ghost) and「犬」(ken, dog)
Chinese 鬼怪犬
Guǐguài quǎn
Ghost Dog
Dutch Polterpup From the English name.
French Ectochien (Polterpup)
Méga Ectochien (Big Polterpup)
Mega Ectoplasm-Dog
German Polterpinscher (Polterpup)
Riesenpolterpincher (Big Polterpup)
Giant Polterpup
Italian Poltercucciolo Polter-Puppy
Korean 유랑아지
Ghospuppy (Ghost+Puppy); from 유령 yureong, meaning "ghost", and 강아지 gangaji, meaning "a puppy".
Portuguese Fantacão Portmanteau of fantasma (ghost) and cão (dog)
Russian Полтерпес
From polter and пёс (dog).
Spanish (NOA) Espectrochucho (Polterpup)
Espectrochucho gigante (Big Polterpup)
Espectroguau (Luigi's Mansion 3)
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)


  • Polterpups leave invisible imprints when they jump through walls, floors, or ceilings, similarly to Slimer from Ghostbusters.