Garbodor has the appearance of a pile of trash spilling out of a large, torn garbage bag. It has a round, lumpy body that is mostly tan with blue and pink lumps. Its head has the appearance of the tied end of a garbage bag that has been ripped open and trails down like a cape. It has two appendages that look like clumps of garbage coming from its head. Its large, round eyes have small pupils, and when it opens its mouth, its large, triangular teeth can be seen. Garbodor has two long arms made of garbage that are held together with piping, and fingers also made up of piping material. It has one finger on its left hand and three on the other. It also has flat, dumpy feet.
Garbodor is able to spray poisonous gas and filth from its fingertips, but only from its right hand. If that filth is blocked, its arm can swell up, causing it considerable pain and discomfort. It also finishes off opponents by subduing them with its left arm and spewing an awful-smelling toxic gas from its mouth. Garbodor prefers to live in unsanitary places such as garbage dumps. Garbodor inhales garbage, which then becomes part of its body. Alola was once home to many Garbodor, but the population shrank precipitously after Grimer was introduced to its habitat. This is said to have made the remaining Garbodor population stronger than its counterparts from other regions. AlolanMuk preys on Garbodor.
Garbodor shares similar traits to Muk and Weezing. All three Pokémon are pure Poison-type Pokémon with a single pre-evolution, roughly the same base stat totals and evolution levels, and appear to be based on a different kind of pollution; Garbodor being land pollution.
Garbodor is based on a garbage bag that is bursting with garbage. Its visual design may be a reference the phrase "dust bunny", a term used in both the U.S. and Japan for clumps of lint. In Japan, the word "dust" is also used to refer to other forms of trash and refuse.
Garbodor is a combination of garbage and odor.
Dustdas may be a combination of dust and 出す dasu (to exert or produce). It may also involve the phrase "dust to dust," which is a part of, "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," a metaphor for finality in death.