Teen Wolf: Why the Beast of Gevaudan Is the Series' Most Powerful Werewolf Of all the werewolves in the Teen Wolf franchise, this monstrous shadow wolf stands above even the Alpha of Alphas.
Teen Wolf features a huge cast of werewolves who find their way to the quiet town of Beacon Hills. Series protagonist Scott McCall, played by Tyler Posey, and first season antagonist Peter Hale are just two examples of some of the powerful Alpha werewolves who hold dominion over the lesser Beta werewolves. But one werewolf towers above even the most powerful of Alphas — the Beast of Gevaudan
Originally a terrible monster who terrorized France during the 1700s, the Beast of Gevaudan was revived by the Dread Doctors and set loose on Beacon Hills during the events of the fifth season. Born Sebastian Valet, the Beast gained his powers by accidentally drinking water from a puddle made by a wolf”s paw print. As a result, Sebastien”s wolf form was more powerful than the common werewolf, being made of shadows and outsizing Peter”s full Alpha werewolf transformation.
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The Beast had all the powers of a werewolf, yet its abilities went beyond even Alpha werewolves. Beacon Hills” resident hellhound Jordan Parrish struggled against the Beast in battle. In comparison, it took both Scott and his Beta werewolf Liam working in sync to hold back a hellhound. The Beast also lacked the typical weaknesses of a werewolf, like electricity or wolfsbane. Mountain ash worked as a barrier — as it did for other supernatural creatures — but it could not harm or kill the Beast.
The only weapon effective against the Beast was a spear made of steel, mistletoe, mountain ash and Valet 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 his evil deed of slaughtering 500 humans would not be remembered. Compared to other werewolves, who all shared far more accessible weaknesses, the Beast had an extremely specific weakness that no one outside the Argent family (descendants of the Valet family) knew about.
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The only other weakness the Beast held was its reliance on the Dread Doctors upon being resurrected. Brought back in the form of Beacon Hills High School student Mason Hewitt, Sebastien initially had no recollection of his past life and no control of 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. By the end of the season, this weakness is all but moot thanks to Sebastien regaining all of his memories. As such, only the spear remained as a viable option for beating him.
The Beast of Gevaudan”s most powerful trait was its lack of need for a pack. Any werewolf, whether they be Beta or Alpha, relied on a pack for strength, as Betas feed the power of an Alpha. Alphas, in turn, can temporarily enhance 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 the Beast is not dependent on a pack, technically making him an Omega. Yet the Beast”s solo nature does not inhibit his strength, and he is stronger than Scott, a True Alpha werewolf with an entire pack to back him up. Both Peter Hale and Deucalion were impressive Alphas that still relied on their respective packs for power, with Deucalion admitting that the Beast was a formidable and dangerous foe.
Though Sebastien is eventually defeated by Scott and his allies with Marie-Jeanne”s weapon, his legend lives on as the most powerful werewolf of the Teen Wolf mythos. Feared by both humans and supernatural creatures alike, the Beast of Gevaudan”s only intention was to spread death and chaos. Burned away from history, the Beast of Gevaudan will always be remembered by Scott and his friends as the most powerful werewolf they”ve ever faced.