Of all the werewolves in the Teen Wolf franchise, this monstrous shadow wolf stands out even above the Alpha of Alphas.
Teen wolf features a large cast of werewolves finding their way to the sleepy town of Beacon Hills. Series protagonist Scott McCall, played by Tyler Posey, and season one antagonist Peter Hale are just two examples of some of the powerful Alpha werewolves dominating minor Beta werewolves. But a werewolf rises even above the mightiest of the Alphas: the Beast of Gevaudan.
Originally a terrible monster that terrorized France during the 1700s, the Beast of Gevaudan was revived by the Dread Doctors and unleashed in Beacon Hills during the events of the fifth season. Born as Sebastian Valet, the Beast gained his powers by accidentally drinking water from a pool formed by the imprint of a wolf’s paw. As a result, Sebastien’s werewolf form was more powerful than the common werewolf, made up of shadows, and oversized Peter’s full alpha werewolf transformation.
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The Beast had all the powers of a werewolf, but its abilities went beyond even Alpha werewolves. Beacon Hills resident hellhound Jordan Parrish fought the Beast in battle. By comparison, it took both Scott and his Beta werewolf, Liam, to work in sync to contain a hellhound. The Beast also lacked the typical weaknesses of a werewolf, such as electricity or wolf slaughter. The mountain ash functioned as a barrier, as it did with other supernatural creatures, but it could not harm or kill the Beast.
The only effective weapon against the Beast was a spear made of steel, mistletoe, mountain ash, and Valet’s blood used by a young woman under a full moon. Marie-Jeanne Valet, Sebastien’s sister, killed her monstrous brother after years of hunting him and destroyed all evidence of his existence so that her evil deed of killing 500 humans would not be remembered. Compared to other werewolves, who shared much more accessible weaknesses, the Beast had an extremely specific weakness that no one outside of the Argent family (descendants of the Valet family) knew about.
The only other weakness the Beast had was its reliance on the Dread Doctors upon resurrection. Brought back in the form of Beacon Hills High School student Mason Hewitt, Sebastien initially had no recollection of his past life and did not control his host during the day. The Dread Doctors used a special frequency to force Mason / Sebastian to transform into the Beast of Gevaudan at night, giving Sebastien control over the form and helping him slowly collect his memories. At the end of the season, this weakness is practically irrelevant thanks to the fact that Sebastien regained all his memories. As such, only the spear was left as a viable option to defeat him.
The most powerful trait of the Gevaudan Beast was its lack of need for a pack. Any werewolf, whether Beta or Alpha, depended on a pack for strength, as Betas fuel the power of an Alpha. Alphas, in turn, can temporarily upgrade their Betas and protect them from powerful enemies. Werewolves without a pack are called Omegas and are considered the weakest werewolves. Sebastian’s power as a Beast is not dependent on a pack, which technically makes him an Omega. However, the Beast’s solitary nature does not inhibit his strength, and he is stronger than Scott, a True Alpha werewolf with a full pack to back him up. Both Peter Hale and Deucalion were impressive Alphas who still relied on their respective packs for power, and Deucalion admitted that the Beast was a formidable and dangerous foe.
Although Sebastien is eventually defeated by Scott and his allies with Marie-Jeanne’s weapon, his legend lives on as the most powerful werewolf in the world. Teen wolf myths. Feared by both humans and supernatural creatures, the Beast of Gevaudan’s sole intention was to sow death and chaos. Burned out of history, Scott and his friends will always remember the Beast of Gevaudan as the most powerful werewolf they have ever faced.
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