This evil claw of water is a phenomenon only Raz and his family can see. Long ago, they were all cursed by a rival circus family - the Galochios - cursed to die in water, every one of them. So whenever a deep body of water is nearby, Raz gets understandably freaked out. He is literally gripped with fear, sometimes even paralyzed and pulled under. Do not take Raz swmming.

–Blurb from the Psycho Manual

The Hand of Galochio is a manifestation of the curse put upon Razputin's entire family. The curse says they are all doomed to die in water, and thus takes the appearance of a watery hand. It tries to drown any Aquato family members who come too close to a large body of water. It is named after the Galochios, the psychic family that created the curse.

Psychonauts

The hand will try to drown Raz each time he lands on the surface of a large of body water. Raz can avoid a maximum of two attempted grabs before being pulled under on the third, giving him (and the player) a chance to get back to dry land. The maximum amount of grabs is one instead of two in Lungfishopolis, and Raz is immediately pulled underwater without grabs in Gloria's Theater and Meat Circus. A few seconds after being pulled under, Raz crawls back onto land, panting in exhaustion. The hand will not appear when Raz walks in small puddles or water streams.

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin

In the opening credits cutscene after The Pelican crashes into the ocean, Raz is shown being grabbed by several bright orange hands and dragged underwater. However, it is possible that these hands are actually a feature of the Charlie Psycho Delta security system, as they are orange instead of the normal blue. The psi-lock that prevents the jet from taking off during the escape scene manifests as orange hands identical to the ones seen grabbing Raz in the initial cutscene.

The Hand of Galochio also appears when Charlie Psycho Delta gets flooded, preventing Raz from moving out of fear of being drowned by the curse. Using Clairvoyance on the other characters in the room confirms that only the Aquatos can see the hand. The hands that appear in this scene are the normal blue color.

Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2 will have a story arc about the curse of Galochio. More information will be added upon the release of the game.

Trivia

  • The hand is possibly a reference to the malocchio in Italian folklore.
  • The cardboard waves in Gloria's Theater can produce a cardboard Hand of Galochio to pull Raz underwater. A laugh track will play if the Hand grabs Raz.
  • The hand does appear in the pool in Milla's Dance Party, although it can't pull Raz underwater. Milla will comment his reaction, noting that she's never seen anything like it before. She implies that she believes it's caused by Raz having a subconscious fear of wetting the bed before Raz attempts to correct her.
  • Two Hands of Galochio will appear if Raz gets close to the edge of the lungfish air bubble in the Lair of the Lungfish.
  • It's impossible to use Clairvoyance on The Hand of Galochio.

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