The Fluff: The Best “Things” in Pokémon (Are Free Until You Catch Them)


Hello, my dear PUCLonians, and welcome to another custom-tailored edition of The Fluff! After taking Bo’s topic request last week, Snag and I immediately got another one from our favorite almost-a-miniature-soccer-team PUCLonian, Ten Little Men. As you probably know, he shares a favorite evolutionary line with Viger, and true to this love, he asked us to share our own preferences regarding Pokémon with a slightly less… natural origin. So there you have it: my Top 5 Pokémon based on inanimate objects!

Number 5: Klefki


Yes. It’s a keychain. That’s also a Pokémon. My first impression was definitely a… perplexed one. Even Viger had a tiny existential crisis and had to take a moment when he first saw it. But Klefki has fantastic typing, a cute design, and, well, it’s a fellow Prankster.

Can’t go wrong with that! Unless you’re a Thundurus, I guess.

Yeah, Whimsicott, I’m as tired as you are of seeing genies everywhere. Although Thundurus Therian is actually less overpowered and has an interesting design…

No! Don’t go over to the Dark Side! Come back!

Ah, don’t worry, the chances I’ll take the time to soft reset for one are slim. Anyway, back to Klefki. I’m sure if I didn’t already have my go-to Prankster (and maybe if Klefki learned Encore) I’d have bred a Klefki for my team already. Even with Swagger banned, it rules. But the absolute best part is Klefki’s Pokémon X Pokédex entry: These key collectors threaten any attackers by fiercely jingling their keys at them.In Thatch’s words: “JINGLE JINGLE JINGLE!” I mean, what could be more adorable? I just want to meet a Klefki, wait for it to jingle its keys at me ferociously, and then pat its head.

Number 4: Rotom


Rotom is an… electirical… thingie?

It’s a lightning rod.

Oh! You’re right! I had never seen one with that shape. OK, then, Rotom is a lightning rod. But most importantly, Rotom is a washing machine. And a fridge. And a lawn mower. And a fan. And an Easy-Bake oven.

110px-479Rotom-Heat110px-479Rotom-Fan 110px-479Rotom-Mow 110px-479Rotom-Wash110px-479Rotom-Frost

Definitely a colorful bunch.

Yeah, owning all of them would make for an interesting household, indeed. Rotom is made incredibly versatile by its Forms, especially since they started changing its typing in Gen V. While my favorite to use is definitely Socks’n’Roll the Rotom-Wash (because I use Grass types and Talonflame exists), I have a very special place in my heart for Rotom-Fan.

Oh, no. Not that stupid set again. Why do you love it so much?

Because it’s a Flying type, with Levitate, holding an Air Balloon! I’m sorry, it’s just too funny. I’ll never get over it.

Number 3: Drifloon


This much-maligned, cute little balloon is one of the most misunderstood Pokémon ever. I am a staunch campaigner for the innocence of Drifloon.

I’m with you, sister. Those are all lies, I’m telling you!

Yeah! I mean, we’ve both said it before. Drifloon just wants to play with those kids! It’s not its fault that it’s a balloon that gets carried away by the breeze, and that it has such an atrocious sense of direction that it takes it a week to find the same place again. Drifloon is just very lonely. Look at Drifblim, too! It carries both people and Pokémon, wanting to help and to have some company, but since it can only drift on the wind, and not decide where it’s going, it’s impossible to know where you’ll end up. Drifloon is just the same.

Absolutely. Drifloon are made from the spirits of “people and Pokémon”. Unlike other Ghost types, who are always said to be the spirits of one person or one object or one Pokémon. Drifloon are gregarious by nature, but they can’t stick together because they’re always scattered by the wind!

Exactly! In fact… You know what, if you train a Drifblim and a Buizel together, and have the Buizel use its tails as a propeller… I may have just found a fantastic business idea! If only I actually lived in the Pokémon world…

And you didn’t have crippling acrophobia.

Yeah. That, too.

Number 2: Chimecho


Chimecho is, obviously, a Japanese wind chime. Besides looking really cute, and having, I hear, an adorable relationship with James in the anime, Chimecho has some funny stuff up its… ribbon-sleeve?

Somehow, that sounded really wrong.

Anyway! Chimecho travels by riding on winds. Like Drifloon. And Whimsicott. I’m starting to see a pattern to the Pokémon I like…

I, for one, see nothing wrong with that. I’d love to fly around with a Chimecho. Imagine the sound!

Yes! Chimecho’s cry is absolutely lovely. But if you make it angry, it will turn into ultrasonic waves and knock you down! How cool is that? And then, it uses the suction cup on its head to stick to trees, and picks up Berries (and not Cherubi, Scron!) with its ribbon to eat them.

Yet another reason I’d love to hang out with a Chimecho. We chill out, and it picks Berries for both of us.

I guess, if it liked you well enough. I wish Chimecho was a bit more competitively useful, but I still want to use it in a playthrough some day.

Number 1: the Chandelure Line

250px-607Litwick 250px-608Lampent 250px-609Chandelure

I’m not sure how vocal I’ve been about my love for Chandelure and its evolutionary brethren, but I really, really like them. I used one in my Black playthrough, along with Whimsicott here, and while at the beginning it was mostly because Litwick is cute and I couldn’t find anything else I liked (most Gen V Pokémon are an acquired taste for me), I now count Chandelure among my favorite Pokémon, and actually own a competitive one (I could probably not fill a box with my competitive Pokémon, and three of them are Whimsicott, so that’s saying something).

You don’t use Sawako all that often, though.

Well, I’m always using SovietShinyThatch these days, so I’m having trouble fitting her on the team. But she’s amazing, and I should build another team where she can shine. Oh, and by the way…

The shinies?

Yes! This line has amazing shinies. Look at them!


I wish Chandelure kept Lampent’s lilac flame, because that would absolutely be the best of both worlds, but its aqua tinge and magenta eyes are amazing, too. That is one shiny I might actively breed for if I have some time on my hands.


Well, I thought this would be hard, because I usually like my Pokémon fluffy and cutely animal-like, but I guess object Pokémon have plenty of charm, too! I apologize to Ten Little Men (and Viger) for not including Magneton or Magnemite, but my tastes evidently run elsewhere. Oh, and I should mention Snag and I agreed that Golurk did not qualify as an inanimate object, or it would have made the list for sure, out of sheer, utter coolness.

What about you, my dear PUCLonians? After you’ve read both this and Snag’s article tomorrow, tell us about your favorite not-so-inanimate Pokémon! And always feel free to join Bo and Ten Little Men among the ranks of awesome people who request topics from us. We definitely appreciate the interaction (and also having a ready-made topic)!

Until next time,

The Fluffiest Whimsicott


I discovered Pokémon at 17 and never looked back (thanks, Team Rocket, for making the anime more fun and making me want to pick up the game). I'm now 31 and I'm not in the least ashamed to still love Pokémon... especially Grass types! I'm from Italy, so time zones will be a thing if we want to battle or trade. Sorry in advance. Trivia: my first Pokémon ever was a Charmander.

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