Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Darumaka!
Average Height: 2‘ 00"
Average Weight: 82.7 lbs.
First Added In Generation V
There are things in this world that we all know to be true, have probably experienced at some point and which we try to not dwell on or talk about. I think one such fact is that poop is really warm. If you’ve ever picked up dog shit or changed a diaper, you know this. We all understand this. Yet, I try to not think about this and I would never try to use hot shit to warm myself. But that’s exactly what folks once did in the world of Pokemon.
As mentioned in Pokedex entries, back in the olden days, people would take “droppings” from Darumaka and stick this stuff into their clothes. The purpose was to keep them warm and Darumaka has some of the hottest poop in the world, it seems. How did they stick this shit in their pants and shirts? Did they fill up their pockets with the stuff or maybe put it in between layers of shirts and jackets? We don’t know. Just use your imagination.
I think the real question I want to ask is simple. Who figured this out? Who was the person that looked a Darumaka taking a shit and was like, “Yeah, I’m sticking that in my jacket.” How did other folks react to this? How long did it take before it caught on? So many questions, but no answers.
It makes sense that Darumaka droppings are so warm. The creature is a little ball of fire, basically. It has an internal flame and once this thing gets going it can’t stop until its flame dies down to a cooler temperature of 1,100 Fahrenheit. So yeah, it makes sense that this thing would have some hot shit.
This is a great painting of this week’s Pokemon, but I have to admit I’m disappointed with the lack of poop-filled fan art. I feel like the internet really dropped the ball on this one. Darumaka shooting out hot poop should exist and yet I couldn’t find it.
- Once its internal fire chills it just tucks all its limbs into its body and fall asleep.
- When it is all tucked up into a small lump, it rocks back and forth while it sleeps. It also can’t be tipped over, which Bulbapedia says is based on those famous toys that roll around but never fall over. Not sure what the evolutionary reasons are for this feature, but it also has firey poops, so it is filled with mystery.
- According to Bulbapedia, Darumaka has the lowest Special Attack base stat of all other Fire-type Pokemon.
As a kid I was always bummed it had the word “gross” in it so I convinced myself it was a mistranslation of “Metacross” because it’s a cross between Metangs and it has a big ole X on its head.
I’ve gotten over it in a way that I haven’t for Feraligatr. I’ll never forgive Feraligatr.
I feel bad for kids who’s favorite Pokemon our saddled with dumb names.
“So Sally, what’s your favorite Pokemon!?”