The Poltergust 4000 (オバキューム Obakyūmu) is a kart appearing in the Mario Kart series. This kart is the upgraded version of the Poltergust 3000 in Luigi's Mansion, as well as the Super Poltergust 3001 in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, both of which were built by Professor E. Gadd. Upgraded versions can be found in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Luigi's Mansion 3.
Mario Kart DS
During gameplay, at first, only Luigi can use this kart. However, if the player can complete all Nitro Grand Prix cups in 150cc, it becomes open to Yoshi and Waluigi. Once all cups in Mirror Mode are completed, the Poltergust 4000 is open to all characters in the game.
The Poltergust 4000 with Luigi is used in Time Trial, on the courses, GCN Luigi Circuit, with the allotted time of 1:29:759 by Ninten★おつぼ, and GBA Luigi Circuit, with the allotted time of 1:46:581, by Ninten★モリオ.
Luigi's Poltergust 4000 is one of four ideal snaking karts; the others are Yoshi's Egg 1, Dry Bones's Dry Bomber, and R.O.B.'s ROB-BLS. This kart has high speed, acceleration, and handling, but low drift, weight, and items. These stats make the Poltergust ideal for snaking in the early-game, where the only other viable option is the Egg 1. It is fairly popular at all levels for having an excellent compromise between speed and handling compared to other karts.
However, since its attributes are squarely in-between many other karts, it faces heavy competition at the highest level of Time Trials and is the least seen out of the four ideal snaking karts. Some courses necessitate the Egg 1's consistency and Mini-Turbo length to maintain PRB for 3 laps, and often times, if top players want more speed, they will skip the Poltergust and immediately learn the course with the ROB-BLS. Despite this, the Poltergust is still able to hold records on courses such as GBA Peach Circuit, where the leniency of the Egg 1 isn't needed but the ROB-BLS cannot consistently perform.
This and Waluigi's Gold Mantis are the fastest karts within the mediumweight class. It also has the highest acceleration within the mediumweight class. This and Toad's Mushmellow are also the second lightest karts in the game, losing to Mario's Shooting Star and Yoshi's Egg 1.
Mario Kart Tour
In Mario Kart Tour, there is a variant of the Poltergust 4000, the Ice-blue Poltergust (スノーバキューム Sunō Bakyūmu), which hence its name, is icy-blue colored, with silver details. It is equipped with a larger version of the Pipe Buggy's tires. It is the signature kart for Penguin Luigi. It is classified as a High-End kart. Unlike the Poltergust 4000, which offers longer slipstreams, the Icy-blue Poltergust increases the speed boosts and points resulted when driving over a Dash Panel.
This kart was exclusive to the Ice Tour, during the second week's spotlight, also including Penguin Luigi and the Blizzard Balloons.
Mario Kart DS
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