Pocketcat

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Pocketcat
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Affiliation Rher (master and creator)
Inflicted phobias
Phobias Zoophobia
Biographical information
Date of death 1942 (determinant)
Physical description
Gender Male
Item drops
Search (x3 Catnip)
Steal (Catnip)
Battle Theme
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"You have one of those familiar faces. I feel like we've met somewhere before. Perhaps in a past life?"
- Pocketcat in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina

Pocketcat is a non-playable character in Fear & Hunger, as well as a vendor and potential enemy encountered in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina.

Lore

"A servant of the trickster god – the Moon. His motivations lie in the path laid out by the older god. Unfortunately even we don’t understand his mysterious ways…"
- The New Gods, when asked about Pocketcat.

Pocketcat, though apparently a minor influence when compared to the likes of Gro-goroth's mages, Sylvian's marriages and sex cults, and Alll-mer's vast following, possesses a unique quality distinguishing him from mere adherents. Unlike others, Pocketcat is an actual creature spawned by Rher, the Moon God, much like the Lady of Moon. While specific details about his origin remain elusive, it is known that Rher, a jealous god who opposes humanity's ascension, created Pocketcat with the intention of preventing children with divine parentage from reaching the level of Rher. Pocketcat and Lady of Moon are believed to be figments of Rher's imagination, as he dreams them into existence.

Pocketcat also holds a prominent role in ancient fairytales used as cautionary tales to dissuade children from wandering alone. This narrative aligns with his mission of hindering the ascension of children to Rher's level. Whether the fairytale inspired Rher's creation of Pocketcat or if the creature itself became the source of the tale remains uncertain.

While the extent of Pocketcat's free will is unclear, his actions might be driven by a compulsion tied to his specific purpose. Despite engaging in malevolent acts, Pocketcat displays likable behaviour, expressing sentiments and emotions openly. He conducts himself with respect, thoughtfulness, and gentlemanly behavior, even when facing opponents in battle.

During the events of Fear and Hunger in 1590, the Kingdom of Rondon faces not only a deadly plague but also the mysterious disappearance of numerous children - Pocketcat's involvement in these disappearances is evident, and followed by his venturing into the dungeons of fear and hunger. By buying and eating children at these dungeons, Pocketcat seeks to undermine the power of other gods, preventing them from utilizing the children for their own religious purposes. Pocketcat likely recognized the girl imprisoned within the dungeons as a vessel with significance in the greater scheme of things and strived to prevent her ascension in the name of Rher, although it was a fruitless endeavor.

During the occurrences of the Festival of Termina in the year 1942, orchestrated by the influence of his master, Rher, Pocketcat makes a reappearance. Pocketcat's role appears to revolve around ensuring the Festival's seamless execution while refraining from direct participation. Instead, Pocketcat encourages contestants to actively engage in the Festival, suggesting a unique method of trading vital items: by obtaining the heads of other contestants. In a twist of fate, Termina contestant Daan will ultimately succumb to possession of sorts by Pocketcat, thus assuming the mantle of a new Pocketcat, unless dealt with beforehand. Caught in an existence marked by suffering, Daan's efforts to rebuild his life seemed futile, as if an unseen hand had orchestrated his perpetual suffering and had been groomed him for possession by Pocketcat from the very moment of his birth. This event hints at the possibility that the previous iteration of Pocketcat might have also been an ordinary human subjected to the influence of this entity.

Appearance

Personality

In Fear & Hunger

Location

Pocketcat can be found in the Cavern next to some crates and barrels. The first time Pocketcat speaks to the player, he will ask the player about their experiences in the dungeon and aspects of light and dark. Pocketcat explains that he is a merchant that accepts human children as currency instead of using Silver coins.

After the player meets him for the first time and has visited the Altar of Darkness, Pocketcat will appear in the Cavedweller village. Before the deal, he will offer to chat with the player, which can be refused. Depending on the player's responses, they can acquire a unique status indicated by an eye icon: either Happy or Depressed. These status effects are purely cosmetic and do not impact gameplay. Pocketcat will disappear from this location if the player has entered Ma'habre.

Later on, after defeating the Nameless Figurine in Ma'habre, Pocketcat will appear outside the entrance to the Golden Temple if the player has the the girl in their party. Pocketcat will ask the player to hand the girl over to him. The player can choose to hand her over, making it the last time they will see Pocketcat and the girl. After that, if the party leaves and re-enters the map again, there will be some catnip rolled into decorative candy wrappings in place of the Pocketcat. If the player refuses, Pocketcat will become angry, mutating into a larger form, saying that they barely know the girl and that they are denying him this one little 'pleasure', asking them once again to hand over the girl. Refusing him again will force Pocketcat to relent, asking his master, Rher, on what to do. After that, Pocketcat will go on a rant about how heartbroken he is towards the player, leaving the area and disappearing for good.

Trading

The player can bring a child (the girl or the Demon Kid) to Pocketcat and trade them in exchange for one of four valuable items:

Item Use
Claymore A 2-handed weapon with +80 Attack.
Ancient book Risks the player's life on a coin-flip. Teaches them a Blood magic spell if successful.
Book of enlightenment Saves the game.
Book of forgotten memories Teaches a skill related to the player character's skill tree.

The Pocketcat thanks the player for trading with them and tells them that they would like more human children, but will not offer to trade again if another child is brought to them.

Dialogue

See Pocketcat's dialogue (F&H1).

In Fear & Hunger 2: Termina

Location and behaviour

Pocketcat makes an appearance in the second game as a vendor and potential enemy. He can be found as early as day 1 morning at two locations in Prehevil:

When encountered, Pocketcat will be seen crouched over a bloody bag, hitting it violently as screams can be heard from the bag. After noticing the player, he will stand up and happily introduce himself to them. Pocketcat asks the player if he has met them before in a past life (likely a nod to the first game). He will question them on their thoughts of darkness and light in a similar fashion to his previous encounters. Pocketcat will offer his services in exchange for any contestant heads the player has collected. Afterwards, he will walk away and relocate to the Bohemia National Museum. If the player interacts with him here on Masoχ-S/M mode, it will pause the moonscorch timer during the whole interaction.


Pocketcat can be found in the Museum, where he will once again sell items in exchange for contestant heads. He can only be attacked here if playing as Daan.

On Day 3 Morning, the player can witness Pocketcat (Daan) leaving the Museum with a wheelchair if both Daan and Olivia are still alive at this point. Olivia will be waiting inside the museum, having turned into the Mechanical dance due to the Moonscorch. Pocketcat can be talked to or attacked here, and if he is killed, the player can retrieve the stolen wheelchair and loot his body. Otherwise, he will walk away, taking the wheelchair with him and moving to (?).

If Daan is dead, Pocketcat will disappear from the Museum.

Dialogue

See Pocketcat's dialogue (F&H2).

Trading

Those valuable items are sold with contestant heads in this interaction:

Item Use Cost
Book of enlightenment Saves the game. 3
Recipes of the 15th Century vol. 1 & 2 Contains recipes for the meat and vegetable pies. 2
Alchemillia vol. 1 Gives recipes for Blue vial, Mix of red and green, and Mix of red and blue. 1
Alchemillia vol. 2 Gives recipes for Murky vial, White vial and Yellow vial. 1
Alchemillia vol. 3 Gives recipes for Light blue vial and Brown vial. 1
Skin bible - Gro-goroth Allows for the drawing of Gro-goroth's sigil in Ritual Circles and engraving. 3
Skin bible - Sylvian Allows for the drawing of Sylvian's sigil in Ritual Circles and engraving. 3
Skin bible - Alll-mer Allows for the drawing of Alll-mer's sigil in Ritual Circles and engraving. 3
Skin bible - Rher Allows for the drawing of Rher's sigil in Ritual Circles and engraving. 3
Skin bible - Vinushka Allows for the drawing of Vinushka's sigil in Ritual Circles and engraving. 3
Skin bible - God of Fear and Hunger Allows for the drawing of the God of Fear and Hunger's sigil in Ritual Circles and engraving. 3

Battle

Stats
Body Part HP Blunt Slashing Piercing Fire Otherwordly Ev. Rate Magic Ev. Resistances
Head 1400 120% 80% 80% 80% 80% 5% None None
Torso 2500 (10000) None None
Torso (Rot) 1750 (7000) None None
Right Arm 2000 None None
Left Arm 2000 None None
Right Leg 2000 None None
Left Leg 2000 None None
  • Note: HP in parenthesis is only used for Damage-over-Time calculations.

Strategy

Fear & Hunger Mode

After skipping a turn, he will only attack with one move, "gentle dismemberment". Pocketcat will ask a random party member to pick a body part for him to remove. Afterwards, he will gladly oblige, and if the attack lands, he will deal a small amount of damage, casuing limb loss and bleeding to the target. The player cannot deny his request, and must "choose" between losing an arm, a leg, or their head. Of these, the head is not recommended because it will instantly end the run if it hits the player. Additionally, if the player chooses either "arms" or "legs" consecutively then he will tell them to stop cheating and force them to select a different body part for that turn.

Though Pocketcat has a moderate amount of HP, his head has a very low evasion rate of 5%, much like some of the other moonscorched contestants. Because of this, one can focus entirely on his head and take him down quite easily with the right equipment. Glass Shards can be used to blind him and cause him to miss his dismemberment attack far more often. Combine this with items that prevent limb loss and bleeding and he will be far less of a threat to deal with.

Masoχ-S/M Mode

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Interactions

“Pocketcat is down...”
Action Result Flavour text
Use Brain flower Success “You've laid down the seed for the flower.”
Use Heart flower Success “You've laid down the seed for the flower.”
Beat him Nothing “No reaction. He is dead.”
Medical diagnosis Nothing
Player:
“He looks to be dead. The mask looks to be fused with the person's face for whatever reason. You cannot get it off no matter how you try to peel it.”
If Daan is in the party:
“Seems dead to me. Don't know what else to say...”
Search (x3 Catnip) Nothing
Leave Success Nothing
Devour Success “You devoured the remains.”
Harvest an organ Success Nothing
Saw off his head (Head of the Pocketcat) Nothing
Necromancy Failure “The soul is too corrupted and frail to be summoned back to the body. The necromancy failed.”

Trivia

  • Pocketcat seems to be a general reference to the many children-eating boogeymen present in children's stories to make them behave better, albeit a much more grotesque version of said boogeyman.
  • Pocketcat begins to scratch his crotch when he is traded the Girl.
  • Pocketcat is one of only a few characters in the game to have voiced lines including discernible English speech. In his Termina fight, he says "Oh, hello there!", "Yes", and chuckles occasionally.
  • In Fear & Hunger 2: Termina, Pocketcat mentions "The world going through a true darkness and a standstill, with people hiding in their home and stocking up on toilet paper." This is likely a humorous reference to the Covid-19 pandemic and the phenomenon of people panic-buying and hoarding mass amounts of products such as toilet paper.
  • Game creator Miro Haverinen has mentioned that his inspiration for Pocketcat stemmed from an old vintage print ad featuring a black panther with an uncanny expression. Attempting to recreate the panther's face from memory, the result deviated significantly from the original. Moreover, Pocketcat has undergone substantial iterations since his inception, making him quite distinct from the initial influence of that vintage advertisement.
  • Haverinen's Tumblr page shows that Pocketcat was originally a character from his past small adventure game.
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  • Pocketcat's head is a mask, and behind the mask is a human, as seen in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina. The role itself seems to be passed down on hopeless individuals. This comes at the cost of completely losing ones will to Rher's. Possibly erasing anything that was in terms of memories and replacing it with Pocketcat's.
    • Pocketcat's mask is noted in the medical diagnosis to be fused with the wearer's face. This can physically symbolize the wearer's individuality being erased.
    • In the Rher occult book, The truth under the moonlight, the main theme appears to be about hiding the true self under masks to control public images, how ineffective this method is, and how the moon reveals true nature. It may be connected to Pocketcat being a servant of Rher and always wearing a physical mask.
  • Pocketcat mentions retelling of stories alluding to his own and how it has changed with time, this comment also comes off as a meta-commentary, on retelling of other stories I.E: retelling of games, movies, etc.
    • In the battle, a meta-commentary topic features questions about stories influencing other stories. Additionally, while not mentioning the game by name, Pocketcat starts the battle by heavily hinting at several Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask references within Fear & Hunger 2: Termina. The existence of such references can be considered an answer to the meta-commentary, as it in itself is a story being influenced by other stories.

Gallery

In-game Footage

Pocketcat Interactions in F&H1

Pocketcat Interactions in F&H2

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