Guzzlord the Ultra Beast may have appeared in the original Sun and Moon, but the latest games introduce this monster in one of the creepiest scenes in modern Pokémon games.
Guzzlord, as many of you know, is a creature famed for devouring everything. To wit, here are his Pokedex entries in Sun and Moon:
Sun: It has gobbled mountains and swallowed whole buildings, according to reports. It’s one of the Ultra Beasts.
Moon: A dangerous Ultra Beast, it appears to be eating constantly, but for some reason its droppings have never been found.
In Sun and Moon, you encounter Guzzlord within a cave. Pretty normal. Lots of legendaries can be found in caves. In Ultra Sun and Moon, however, you have to travel through a Wormhole to see Guzzlord. And once you arrive in Guzzlord’s dimension, it’s clear that something has gone horribly wrong, as you can see in this video by FateAwaits:
Here you’ll find a man at the other end of the warp hole. He tells you that the population of this planet had to leave. Then, the player goes through the pipe and sees the remains of what appears to be a devastated city. At the end of the screen is Guzzlord, happily chowing down on the remains of this empty planet. Guzzlord, we are told, eats anything—including toxic waste.
The ruins on their own are eerie, but what’s really unnerving here is the music. It’s strange and disjointed in a way that makes Lavender Town sound like a nursery song. Players discovered that actually, this audio sounds mighty familiar if you reverse it, as you can hear below in rusyaeffy++’s footage:
It’s the Hau’oli City theme song. You know, the starting area in Sun and Moon with all the shops? It’s right next to the beach.
The connection isn’t just in the music: you see bits and pieces of the Hau’oli storefronts in the ruins, along with a digital display of a beachfront:
In this dimension, Guzzlord ends the world, eating everything you know and love. Geeze.
After you capture Guzzlord, you can go back out and talk to the guy near the Warp. He’ll tell you that you’ve only captured one of the Guzzlords, though recently their numbers have been dwindling. Presumably, this is because the Guzzlords are running out of stuff to eat. He does say, after all, that these Ultra Beasts have been around for long before he was even born, so they’ve been at this for a while. Long enough that the sky is no longer blue.
He also makes it sound like the Guzzlord—who he calls “Mr. Glutton”—is the result of a power plant accident and is perhaps a mutated version of a Pokémon we already know. The leading theory has thus become that this is actually a super-powered version of Muk, another monster who is associated with power plants, toxic waste, and even has an ability called Gluttony.
But, that’s just speculation. However Guzzlord was created, one thing is for certain: Game Freak loves to push Pokémon to some dark places nowadays.