Greavard is the Ghost Dog Pokemon who debuted in the Ghost Hunt trailer on October 25th, 2022, the highly affectionate poltergeist pup with a little candle on its head. While we weren’t treated to many details in the short trailer, the Pokemon Company thankfully released a second trailer revealing some information about Greavard.
According to the trailer, the Ghost-type (obviously) Greavard is “so affectionate that paying it any attention will make it so happy that it will follow you wherever you go. However, Greavard will slowly and inadvertently absorb the life-force of those around it.” Their suggestion is that “you don’t play with it too much,” although it’s suggested that you play with it frequently as it gets lonely easily.
The other neat thing about Greavard is its ability to bury its body underground, leaving only the little candle on its head peeking out. As the official entry on Greavard says, it lies in wait for someone to come near it, and when someone does, it leaps out from below ground and lets out a “spooky cry.” While it would startle most unsuspecting people, if you’re on the lookout for these little candles at night, you’ll be fine. After all, Greavard never seems to have any “ill intent.”
Neat flavor aside, Greavard is a strangely heavy ghost (77 lbs) for a dog that stands only two feet tall. This suggests that it’s a fairly physical ghost, as opposed to many other ghosts who lean into their special stats. The Pokemon website also mentions Greavard having powerful jaws and that a “single bite can be grievous!”
Greavard’s only ability is Pickup, which is pretty useless in battle, but very useful during the open world adventure. If you’re just exploring, it’s probably a good idea to have one or more Greavard available to sniff out items for you (literally) much like you would with Zigzagoon in Ruby and Sapphire or Pachirisu in Diamond and Pearl.
It’s likely that Greavard will enjoy an evolution at some point, whether it’s on release or in a future content update. In any case, this is a Pokemon that would be a great candidate for grinding Tera Raids for a Dark or Normal Tera Type, as many strong Physical attacks are in these types. Also, a Ghost who can become Normal type gains a lot of defensive utility, something Greavard may actually have.
As new Ghost types go, Greavard seems to be a strong candidate for best new Ghost type in awhile. Especially with a powerful evolution, this Ghost Dog may be one of the winners in a generation with many underwhelming designs.
More to come.
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