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Greavard (Japanese: ボチ, HepburnBochi) is a Ghost-type Pokémon introduced in Generation IX.

Biology[]

Physiology[]

Greavard is a small canine-like Pokémon with a shaggy light-gray coat. Its coat covers its eyes as well as droops down to its pawed feet. The ends of the coat, as well as its tail, is tipped with white. Greavard also sports a large under-bite with sharp teeth and a large tongue, alongside a black nose and whisker spots. Atop its head is a white candle-like formation with a black wick and a purple flame similar to Litwick. The inside of Greavard's mouth as well as the tongue itself are red in coloration.

Behavior[]

Greavard rarely moves and usually rests underground with only the candle-like formation on their head sticking up from the ground, creating an eerie glow in the surrounding area. When something draws near, it leaps out of the ground and lets loose a ghastly cry that could startle others, though it doesn’t do so with ill intent. Greavard are also very friendly and affectionate Pokémon that are often lonely, leading to them getting easily excited when given the slightest of attention. Of all the Pokémon residing in the Paldea region, Greavard is known to be especially easy to befriend with People and Pokémon.

It is said that dog Pokémon that never get to interact with humans died in the wild and was reborn a Greavard.

Natural abilities[]

It is known to slowly and unwittingly drain the life energy of those around it. It often follows others due to its friendly personality, accidentally draining their life force along the way.

Because of this, Greavard is completely unaware of its ability even though they mean no harm, and it is recommended not to play with them for long periods of time. Trainers are strongly advised to keep their distances for the best if they value their life, and it is recommended to limit their playtime with Greavard.

Greavard also has strong jaws that are capable of crushing and shattering bones, a single bite from it can be grievous.

Evolution[]

Greavard evolves into Houndstone at level 30 during nighttime.

Game Info[]

Locations[]

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity

Pokédex entries[]

  • Scarlet

    It is said that a dog Pokémon that died in the wild without ever interacting with a human was reborn as this Pokémon.

  • Violet

    This friendly Pokémon doesn't like being alone. Pay it even the slightest bit of attention, and it will follow you forever.


Stats[]

Stats
HP
50
Attack
61
Defense
60
Sp. Atk
30
Sp. Def
55
Speed
34
Total
290

Learnset[]

Leveling[]

Generation IX
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Tackle Type Normal Physical 40 100% 35
1 Growl Type Normal Status - 100% 40
3 Lick Type Ghost Physical 30 100% 30
6 Tail Whip Type Normal Status - 100% 30
6 Bite Type Dark Physical 60 100% 25
9 Roar Type Normal Status - -% 20
12 Headbutt Type Normal Physical 70 100% 15
16 Dig Type Ground Physical 80 100% 10
24 Rest Type Psychic Status - -% 5
28 Crunch Type Dark Physical 80 100% 15
32 Play Rough Type Fairy Physical 90 90% 10
37 Helping Hand Type Normal Status - -% 20
41 Phantom Force Type Ghost Physical 90 100% 10
46 Charm Type Fairy Status - 100% 20
52 Double-Edge Type Normal Physical 120 100% 15
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM[]

Generation IX
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM001 Take Down Type Normal Physical 90 85% 20
TM002 Charm Type Fairy Status - 100% 20
TM005 Mud-Slap Type Ground Special 20 100% 10
TM006 Scary Face Type Normal Status - 100% 10
TM007 Protect Type Normal Status - -% 10
TM008 Fire Fang Type Fire Physical 65 95% 15
TM009 Thunder Fang Type Electric Physical 65 95% 15
TM010 Ice Fang Type Ice Physical 65 95% 15
TM017 Confuse Ray Type Ghost Status - 100% 10
TM018 Thief Type Dark Physical 60 100% 25
TM025 Facade Type Normal Physical 70 100% 20
TM028 Bulldoze Type Ground Physical 60 100% 20
TM029 Hex Type Ghost Special 65 100% 10
TM030 Snarl Type Dark Special 55 95% 15
TM035 Mud Shot Type Ground Special 55 95% 15
TM042 Night Shade Type Ghost Special - 100% 15
TM047 Endure Type Normal Status - -% 10
TM049 Sunny Day Type Fire Status - -% 5
TM050 Rain Dance Type Water Status - -% 5
TM051 Sandstorm Type Rock Status - -% 10
TM055 Dig Type Ground Physical 80 100% 10
TM063 Psychic Fangs Type Psychic Physical 85 100% 10
TM070 Sleep Talk Type Normal Status - -% 10
TM084 Stomping Tantrum Type Ground Physical 75 100% 10
TM085 Rest Type Psychic Status - -% 5
TM103 Substitute Type Normal Status - -% 10
TM108 Crunch Type Dark Physical 80 100% 15
TM109 Trick Type Psychic Status - 100% 10
TM114 Shadow Ball Type Ghost Special 80 100% 15
TM127 Play Rough Type Fairy Physical 90 90% 10
TM130 Helping Hand Type Normal Status - -% 20
TM151 Phantom Force Type Ghost Physical 90 100% 10
TM171 Tera Blast Type Normal Special 80 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding[]

Generation IX
Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
Ally Switch Type Psychic Status - -% 15
Parent Candidates:
Destiny Bond Type Ghost Status - -% 5
Parent Candidates:
Disable Type Normal Status - 100% 20
Parent Candidates:
Howl Type Normal Status - -% 40
Parent Candidates:
Memento Type Dark Status - 100% 10
Parent Candidates:
Shadow Sneak Type Ghost Physical 40 100% 30
Parent Candidates:
Yawn Type Normal Status - -% 10
Parent Candidates:
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via TM.

Tutoring[]

Generation IX
Games Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Trivia[]

  • Unlike Litwick that drains life energy purposely, Greavard does it by accident even though they mean no harm and are completely unaware of it.
  • Kazuyuki Kurashima is the designer of Greavard, as revealed on December 18, 2022. [1]

Origin[]

Greavard appears to be based on the Briard dog breed, which have similarly long coats which cover their eyes to protect them from sunlight and snow blindness. It may also generally take inspiration from other sheep dog breeds such as the Catalan Sheepdog. The candle on its head also bears some resemblance to a topknot, a hairstyle typically worn by long-haired toy dog breeds, such as Shih-Tzus and Yorkshire Terriers.

Its tendency to dig underground and rest may be based on the digging behavior exhibited by dogs while it emerging from the ground may reference depictions of the undead rising from their graves. The candle atop its head which sticks up when it digs underground may be based on a grave candle, which is lit in memoriam of the dead.

Greavard's candle and dog-like appearance may be a reference to the process of rendering animal fat into tallow, which was historically used to make candles and leaves behind a solid material called greaves that is often used as dog food.

Greavard may also be based on the cadejo, a dog-spirit/ghost in Central American and Mexican folklore. Its ability to drain the life of those around it are references to dog owners getting tired after playing with them.

Greavard coming out of the ground may be inspired by the Yōkai, Inugami. It could also be based on the Hanna-Barbera character: Muttley.

Etymology[]

Greavard may come from "greaves" (a solid material derived from tallow, which can be used for both candles and dog food), "grieve" and "Briard". It may also incorporate "graveyard", a resting place for the deceased.

In Other Languages[]

Japanese: ボチ (Bochi) may derive from the term for graveyard (墓地) and the dog name (ポチ Pochi). It may also be derived from the Japanese term for lonely, correlating to Greavard always being lonely due to fear towards its unintentional life-draining powers.

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References[]

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