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Slurpuff Can Smell How Sad You Are

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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 Slurpuff!

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Slurpuff Details

Type: Fairy

Average Height: 2' 07

Average Weight: 11.0 lbs.

First Added In Generation VI


Having a bad day, but trying to hide it from everyone? Well, you can’t hide it from Slurpuff. If you are feeling sad, depressed, anxious or just bad, Slurpuff can tell. It will know. How? Because it has an extremely powerful sense of smell. So powerful that it can even, somehow, detect the differences in your mental state. I didn’t know happy people smelled differently than sad people but turns out Slurpuff knew all along.

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According to Bulbapedia, Slurpuff has a sense of smell that is 100 million times stronger than a human’s own nose. To put that in perspective, a dog’s sense of smell is around 100 times more powerful than a human’s sense of smell. Bears are thought to have even stronger smell perception, with their sense of smell being 1200 times stronger than a human. Meanwhile, Slurpuff is over here with a sense of smell that is so strong it is scary.

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Screenshot: Pokemon Company

Seriously, think about that. A sense of smell that strong and that powerful might be useful, but it could be a distraction too. Imagine going to a park and smelling some dog shitting in another park in another state. Imagine all the dog poop you would smell, everywhere. Slurpuff seems to have evolved a way to deal with this or is just really good at ignoring how bad every person it encounters must smell.

A nice bonus is that not only can Slurpuff smell how sad you might be feeling, but it can also help you right away. According to Pokedex entries, this small Pokemon is extremely fluffy and soft. This is because it is mainly made out of air. So it is the perfect Pokemon to hug when you are feeling sad or stressed. Just take a shower before you hug it because that poor thing is going to smell you in a way you can’t understand.

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Did you eat Taco Bell last week? Oh, it knows. God, it wishes it didn’t.

Favorite Fan Art

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Illustration: blueharuka (DeviantArt)
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I don’t find this version of Slurpuff cuter, but it is a dog now and people like dogs. So I guess it’s an improvement?

Random Facts

  • Because it has such a great sense of smell some chefs use it to help them while cooking. Please, don’t cut onions near Slurpuff. It might die.
  • Apparently, there are some folks who in the Pokemon universe who are trying to use Slurpuff to help detect medical conditions in patients. Which sounds extremely useful! Finally, a useful Pokemon for a change.
  • I need to say it somewhere so why not here, the random facts section. What would a fart smell like if you were Slurpuff? Keep Stunky away from Slurpuff!
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Best Comment From Last Week

This thing looks like a cute subway car. If real subways looked like this I think we would see more instances of people trying to hug’em.

-Cecil_banon

Please, do not try to hug the subway cars. Especially when they are moving.


Here’s Another Pokemon is a weekly look into one Pokemon and how weird, disturbing, silly, or cool it is and why. Catch new entries each weekend and click here to see all of the past Pokemon we have covered.

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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DISCUSSION

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Stalematebread

I’m not sure if you’ve done Aromatisse yet. If not, you’re in for a treat.

Aromatisse is probably a plague doctor (see image below). The mask is giveaway enough, but the Pokemon description itself is also worth examining.

Aromatisse, as its name suggests, produces smells of various sorts. “It devises various scents, pleasant and unpleasant, and emits scents that its enemies dislike in order to gain an edge in battle” reads its Pokedex entry. It evolves from Spritzee when traded holding a sachet, which is a pouch with “overwhelming perfumes.” Now let’s look at a description of a plague doctor:

“Some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air” (Wikipedia)

Mask: Check. Aromatic items: Check.

It’s also worth noting that Aromatisse’s primary ability is Healer, the implications of which are self-explanatory.

*Also* worth noting is that Aromatisse is a fairy type, which gives it resistance against poison (which is what one would expect to be the type of a plague).

Image of a plague doctor