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Luigi accidentally using the Strobulb on himself for his first time use

The Strobulb is a flashlight tool which appears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. The Strobulb is required to stun some Ghosts as, unlike in the first game, shining light via flashlight is no longer sufficient to stun all ghosts in the game. Players need to charge up the Strobulb and unleash a powerful beam of light. The longer the charge, the greater the range. A fully charged flash allows the player to stun multiple ghosts at once than an ordinary flash. Some ghosts wear sunglasses to protect them from the light; these sunglasses must be removed with the Poltergust 5000 before the flashlight or Strobulb is used. When charging the Strobulb, the actual light coming from the flashlight decreases as it starts charging, and while it is fully charged, a small circle is seen at the source. Unleashing it creates a powerful beam of light, with small light particles at the end of the flash.

Luigi gets it in the first mission of the game when he enters Gloomy Manor and finds out two Greenies have it. The Strobulb is activated using A Button.

The Strobulb reappears in the Nintendo 3DS remake of Luigi's Mansion. The player can choose to use the flashlight from the GameCube version, or choose the Strobulb, activated with A Button, making the gameplay more like Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

In the announcement trailer for Luigi's Mansion 3, Luigi is shown using the Strobulb on some Goopers and a Strobulb terminal is seen behind the front desk of the cubby section in the back of the lobby.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ストロボ
From the English word: Strobe.
Spanish Estrobombilla Strobulb, pun on estroboscópico (strobe) and bombilla (light bulb)
French Spectroflash Spectroflash, pun on "specter" and "flash"
Dutch Fantoomflitser Phantomflasher
German Stroboblitz Strobeflash
Italian Strobobulbo Strobebulb
Portuguese Estrobolâmpada Strobebulb, pun on "estroboscópio" and "lâmpada" (light bulb)
Chinese 闪光灯 (Simplified)
閃光燈 (Traditional)


  • From a development and control standpoint, the Strobulb was most likely added to the game due to the player's lessened control over Luigi's flashlight due to the Nintendo 3DS' lack of two control sticks like the Nintendo GameCube controller.
  • In ScareScraper, the player's Strobulb when charging will glow the same color as the color they are wearing.