These creatures first emerged after the solstice events in aokigahara forest, Japan. Also called ghost animals, they can take on the appearance of virtually any animal they encounter. The beasts shed their animal form when threatened. They take on the terrifying aspect of an eight foot tall, clawed and fanged wolf-like creature. Likely meant to frighten away would be attackers. In all their forms, they give off a pale blue glow and are semi-transparent.
Since Japan, phantom beasts have been sighted in forests in India, Russia, Europe and North America. No single specimen of phantom beast has survived more than three days on Earth. Leading experts believe their home environment is incompatible with life as we know it. The same experts have developed a short ranged electrical taser projectile that disrupts and kills the beasts regardless of what form they take.