Top 5 Darkest Pokédex Entries

Top 5 Darkest Pokédex Entries

Pokémon is a lighthearted, kid-friendly series. Aside from a few notable villains’ actions, you won’t find anything too dark here… until you start reading the Pokédex.

Did you think the Pokémon world was a fairly safe place? Guess again! Let’s dig into the 5 darkest Pokédex entries and see what horrors Pokémon has in store for us.

5. Sandygast and Palossand

Pokémon Sun and Moon brought us Sandygast, a sentient pile of sand that “embodies the grudges of the departed” and “takes control of anyone who puts a hand in its mouth” to make them pile more sand onto it. Its origin and mind control would be creepy enough, but then it evolves into Palossand. By this point, it had enough possessed thralls to become a full sand castle, and buried beneath it “are masses of dried-up bones from those whose vitality it has drained.”

That’s right, the ground beneath Palossand is the graveyard of its victims.

4. Dusclops

Dusclops is pretty twisted, and the nature of its horror changes from game to game. Dusclops is:

  • a hollow black hole that absorbs everything, and nothing comes back out (Ruby)
  • with mind control powers (Sapphire)
  • that steals people’s spirits (HeartGold/SoulSilver)

In short, stay far away from Dusclops.

3. Gourgeist

We’ll give the previous Pokémon some credit: Sandygast and Palossand are essentially predators, and Dusclops can’t help being a twisted eldritch abomination. Gourgeist, however, is a sadist.

This spectral Pokémon wanders through town during the new moon, singing an eerie song. Anyone who hears the song is cursed… and according to the Pokédex entries in Y and Alpha Sapphire, “it sings joyfully as it observes the suffering of its prey.”

Joyfully. Gourgeist won’t just hurt you, it will enjoy doing so.

2. Every Mega Evolution


When Mega Evolution was introduced in Generation VI, it seemed pretty harmless. After all, it’s just a cool way to give your Pokémon extra power, right? Well, Pokémon Sun and Moon decided the Mega Evolutions deserve their own Pokédex entries. These entries make one thing clear: Mega Evolution is torture.

Mega Alakazam has lost all strength in its muscles. For Mega Slowbro, the Slowpoke part has been swallowed whole. Mega Gyarados has had all of its brain functions destroyed except the instinct to destroy things. Mega Aerodactyl’s extra power is causing it pain. And Mega Salamence is “the blood-soaked crescent” that might attack its Trainer.

We could probably get a whole article out of the darkest Mega Evolutions!

1. Yamask

Yet even the tortured Mega Evolutions can’t compete with the twisted story of Yamask. This ghost Pokémon “arose from the spirits of people interred in graves.” Worse, it “retains memories of its former life.” But worst of all is the mask from which it gets its name. This Pokémon, a ghost that remembers being human, “carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.”

Yes, it’s carrying around its human face and crying when it remembers those days. That’s pretty twisted!

These are only five pieces of nightmare fuel brought to us by the Pokédex, but it has many more. What do you consider to be the darkest Pokédex entries?

Samantha is a published horror and fantasy writer, a professional freelance writer, and a longtime gamer. As a result, writing about games is one of her favorite activities. She likes a wide range of genres, especially RPGs, survival horror, and visual novels. More information can be found at her website:

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  1. great article!

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