Shrewd Possessor

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Shrewd Possessor
Mansion Secret Mine
Room Frozen Pit

The Shrewd Possessor (Scornful Possessor in the British English version) is the fourth Possessor boss Luigi faces in the Nintendo 3DS game Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. The Possessor's American name is a pun, as shrewd means piercingly cold.

He is first encountered in the Secret Mine's Workshop where he is seen trying to harass a Fuzzball. When Luigi faces the Possessor, he will take control of the frozen ground below him, in an attempt to escape with the Dark Moon piece, causing Luigi to chase it down the pit. The Shrewd Possessor holds the fifth Dark Moon piece.


The Shrewd Possessor as an icy monster.

When possessing ice, the Possessor resembles a large, icy face with a big jaw and two gray eyes.

When not being shielded by ice, the Shrewd Possessor is a thin, white, multilayered skin ghost. This Possessor has four horns: two horns that curve outward and a horn on each of those horns that protrude sideways.


Luigi battling the Shrewd Possessor.

The Shrewd Possessor does not directly attack Luigi. Instead, it spirals down the Frozen Pit clockwise while shielding itself with ice sheets. If Luigi destroys the ice shield, it stops spinning and attempts to eat Luigi.

While not possessing the ice, the Shrewd Possessor tries ramming his face into Luigi three times. Unlike the previous Possessors, this Possessor travels randomly through portals. After its third charge, it is stunned momentarily. It is possible for Luigi to stun it and start capturing it before it can attack.

Unlike previous battles, Luigi is sitting atop the Bomb Sled. The Possessor protects itself with ice sheets. These sheets must be destroyed using the machine. Each time a bomb is used, the Bomb Sled overheats slightly, and the Possessor moves down further. The Possessor is invincible even if it is hit with a bomb. The only way to damage the Shrewd Possessor is to destroy all the ice sheets protecting him. This causes him to fly into a rage and attempt to eat Luigi. During this time, his mouth is open. If a bomb is shot into the Possessor's mouth before he can hit Luigi, the bomb destroys the ice protecting the boss and reveal his true form. If the Possessor's charge comes in contact with the machine, it significantly overheats. If the Bomb Sled overheats, Luigi automatically gets a Game Over. If Luigi takes too long destroying the ice sheets or keeps missing, the Possessor fully rebuilds the broken ice sheets. The Bomb Sled does not cool down from this. With each phase change, the machine goes back to normal and the Shrewd Possessor gets an extra sheet of ice protecting his face. Repeating this process three times earns Luigi a victory.


Ghost Container description[edit]

This possessor turned into a huge icy monster and tried to escape with the Dark Moon piece by tunnelling down through the Secret Mine. I thought Luigi was a goner for sure!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クアート
From quarto, Italian for "fourth."
Spanish Supraente resentido Suffered supraentity
French Mangesprit glacial Icy spirit-eater
Dutch Ontevreden indringer Dissatisfied Intruder
German Schmollmeister Pout Master
Italian Possessore sprezzante Scornful possessor
Russian Агрессивный вселенец
Agressivnyy vselenets
Aggressive possessor


  • When Luigi is watching the Possessor in the workshop for the first time, he does not have the Dark Moon piece in him. This could either be an accident, or King Boo had not given him the piece yet.
  • The theme that plays during the battle is an altered version of the song in the trailer for the game.
  • Even after being caught, in the bonus mission, if the player peers through the workshop window again, the Possessor will be seen attempting to kill the Fuzzball again, but it will never notice the player. For some reason, the Workshop cannot be entered, even though there is nothing blocking the door.