Pokemon X and Y: Aromatisse versus Slurpuff

In Pokemon Y version, you can find a pure Fairy type Pokemon on Route 7 (not Flabebe) named Spritzee. Spritzee, the Perfume Pokemon is one that can only be evolved if it is traded with a Sachet. If it does, it evolves into Aromatisse, the Fragrance Pokemon. In a similar way, if you are playing Pokemon X, you can find a Pokemon on Route 7 named Swirlix. Swirlix, the Cotton Candy Pokemon. This Pokemon also evolves when traded with an item, that item being a Whipped Dream. If it does, it evolves into Slurpuff, the Meringue Pokemon. Spritzee and Swirlix aren’t exactly exclusive to Pokemon Y and Pokemon X, but you cannot find Spritzee on Route 7 in Pokemon X nor Swirlix on Route 7 in Pokemon Y. The only way to find them both in your game is through the Fairy Friend Safari. If you were thinking of which version to buy, please do not let my opinion be the reason for why you pick one over the other. I will explain why I think one is better than the other.

In my opinion, Slurpuff seems like it would be a better Pokemon. Both of these Pokemon are pure Fairy types and have similar movesets and stats. However, the one distinct reason why I think Slurpuff is better is because of its ability.

Aromatisse’s regular ability is Healer, which is only useful if you have multiple Pokemon out. Even then, it only works if your allies have a status condition. Plus, it only works 30% of the time.

Aromatisse’s hidden ability is Aroma Veil, which make the following moves fail on this Pokemon as well as its allies under normal circumstances:

  • Taunt
  • Torment
  • Encore
  • Disable
  • Heal Block
  • Attract

While preventing these moves from working may seem like a good thing, these moves aren’t used often competitively. Even if they are, they are not terribly devastating. Sure, being able to only use attacks, not being able to use the same move twice in a row, only being able to use the same move over and over for 3 turns, not being able to use a certain move for 4 turns, not being able to heal for 5 turns, or becoming infatuated can mess up your strategy, but it won’t be a catastrophe.

Slurpuff, on the other hand, has a more useful regular ability and hidden ability. Its regular ability is Sweet Veil, which prevents both this Pokemon and its allies from being put to sleep under most circumstances. Being put to sleep can be devastating. Most of the time, you are incapable of action unless you use Snore or Sleep Talk. Even then, Snore doesn’t work on Ghost types or Pokemon with Soundproof, and Sleep Talk does not allow you to choose which move gets used. Plus, you can take damage from the move Nightmare or Darkrai’s ability Bad Dreams. Your opponent can even heal damage if they use Dream Eater on you.

Its hidden ability can be useful if it has an item, and one that is one-use. A Sitrus Berry might be useful, especially if your opponent is slower than you. Here’s a good strategy:

Give your Unburden Slurpuff a Sitrus Berry and the following moveset:

  • Substitute
  • Belly Drum
  • Play Rough
  • Aromatherapy

What will happen is if your Slurpuff can survive the first hit, you can use Substitute. Then, if your Slurpuff has less than 50% of its HP, it will use its Sitrus Berry, gaining back 25% of its HP. Your Slurpuff will now be twice as fast. Maybe not faster if your opponent is fast, but you will definitely be faster. Use Belly Drum; Your health will drop by 50%, but your attack will be maximized. You can use your raised speed and attack to sweep the team if possible.

Aromatisse has some good qualities, like being useful for double and triple battles, but I think Slurpuff is better.

Do you agree with me? Why or why not?


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