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Stench (Ability)

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This article is about the Ability Stench. For the field move Stink, see Field Move (Ranger).
Stench あくしゅう
Stench
Flavor text
Generation III
Helps repel wild Pokémon.
Generation IV
The stench helps keep wild Pokémon away.
Generation V
The stench may cause the target to flinch.
Generation VI
The stench may cause the target to flinch.

Stench (Japanese: あくしゅう Stench) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Seven Pokémon can have this Ability, all of which are Poison types. Prior to Generation IV, it was the signature Ability of Grimer and Muk.

Effect

In battle

Generations III and IV

Stench has no effect in battle.

Generation V onward

Stench has a 10% chance of making the target flinch when hit by a damaging move. Stench does not stack with King's Rock or Razor Fang.

Outside of battle

If a Pokémon with Stench is leading the party, then Stench reduces the chances of encountering wild Pokémon by 50%. In the Battle Pyramid, the chances are decreased by 75%.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

If a Pokémon with Stench is attacked by an adjacent Pokémon, the attacker may become terrified for a short time.

Pokémon with Stench

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Gloom Gloom Grass Poison Chlorophyll None Stench
Grimer Grimer Poison Poison Stench Sticky Hold Poison Touch
Muk Muk Poison Poison Stench Sticky Hold Poison Touch
Stunky Stunky Poison Dark Stench Aftermath Keen Eye
Skuntank Skuntank Poison Dark Stench Aftermath Keen Eye
Trubbish Trubbish Poison Poison Stench Sticky Hold Aftermath
Garbodor Garbodor Poison Poison Stench Weak Armor Aftermath
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

Officer Jenny Stunky Stench.png Trubbish Stench.png Trubbish Stench effect.png None.png
Stunky Trubbish Effect
The user releases a horrible smell that lasts for twenty-four hours.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
434 Stunky Stunky stands on its two front legs and a purple ball appears at the end of its behind. Stunky then flips around and fires the purple ball at the opponent, causing a purple foul-smelling fog to appear and smell for twenty-four hours.
Officer Jenny's Stunky A Secret Sphere of Influence! Debut
568 Trubbish Trubbish belches out a small olive-colored cloud from its mouth. When the cloud disappears, it spreads throughout the whole area and causes it to smell.
A wild Trubbish Here Comes the Trubbish Squad! None
569 Garbodor Garbodor belches out a small olive-colored cloud from its mouth. The cloud then expands over throughout the whole area and causes it to smell.
A wild Garbodor Scraggy and the Demanding Gothita! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 惡臭 Èchòu
France Flag.png French Puanteur
Germany Flag.png German Duftnote
Italy Flag.png Italian Tanfo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 악취 Akchwi
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Fedor
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hedor


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