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Munchlax Hides Food In Its Body Hair And Then Forgets About It

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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 Munchlax!


Munchlax Details

Type: Normal

Average Height: 2' 00"

Average Weight: 231.5 lbs

First Added In Generation IV

When I was younger and lived with my brother, we both ended up hiding food. Our parents bought plenty of groceries every other week and neither of us was starving. But we would hide Oreos or Pop-Tarts. Stuff we knew we both liked and didn’t want to share. At one point I forgot about some hidden Nutty Bars and years later found them shoved under my bed. They were old but surprisingly not bad. Munchlax also hides food. And just like me and my Nutty Bars, they often forget about their hidden snacks.


One big difference between me and Munchlax, besides the fact that it’s a fictional Pokemon creature and I’m a human, is where it hides its food. It stores snacks and meals in its long and thick fur. I’m not here to judge, but this seems like a terrible place to hide food for a list of reasons. The biggest problem, I think, is that if you forget about the food and it starts to go moldy and gross, it’s on you while it happens. That sounds awful! Unless you’re Munchlax. According to Bulbapedia, this garbage monster will eat rotten food.

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In fact, it seems like Munchlax will eat anything it can find. It doesn’t care about taste either. And it will eat without chewing, instead just swallowing stuff whole. Again, not trying to judge you Munchlax, but that’s a great way to ruin your digestive system. Then again you probably have like 20 stomachs and a bunch of weird Pokemon-only organs, so what do I know?

According to one Pokedex entry found in Pokemon Shield, if Munchlax trusts you it might share some of its hidden food with you. This is very different than younger me. I would hoard and never share. Do you know how great it is to have a stash of Oreos hidden in your room? If you did you would know why I told nobody and never shared.


Favorite Fan Art

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Illustration: Clinkorz (DeviantArt)

I’m happy to see Munchlax eating healthy. Last I heard they had like 20 pounds of fried chicken shoved in their fur. So, nice to see them eating an apple today.

Random Facts

  • Munchlax needs to consume its body weight in food every day. I guess that explains why it eats basically anything.
  • But seriously, that’s a lot of food. On average these things weigh about 230lbs. Eating that much food seems extremely hard and then to do that every day. The areas where these things live must be wastelands, picked clean by hungry Munchlax.
  • According to one Pokedex entry, forgotten food on Munchlax does sometimes rot and become stinky. I can’t imagine that it makes a very appealing Pokemon for children to catch. “Oh great, Timmy, you caught a smelly and gross Munchlax. Just leave the Pokeball here and let’s go home.”

Best Comment From Last Week

“Another fun fact, if you look at the backside, Whismur has a visible butthole.”


We have different definitions of “Fun.” But okay, let me Google this real quick...and....oh.

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Well... that’s a butthole alright. I feel dirty. I need to step away and get some air.


Previously On Here’s Another Pokemon

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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Side note,

Thank you for doing these, Mr. Zwiezen. Things are... not good in the outside world right now. I have honestly grown to look forward to these, it’s a good laugh. Not now nor ever have been a Pokeperson - but dear god have I spent too long with a seven year old relation trying to do what you’re doing over a binder full of cards.


Thank you, again.