Smelling Salts (move)

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Smelling Salts
きつけ Resuscitation
Smelling Salts VII.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  70
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Raises the score if the Voltage is low.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Affected by how well the previous Pokémon's move went.

Smelling Salts (Japanese: きつけ Resuscitation), named SmellingSalt prior to Pokémon X and Y, is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation III. It is the signature move of Makuhita and Hariyama, but other Pokémon can still inherit it via breeding.


Generation III to V

SmellingSalt deals damage. Its base power of 60 will double against a paralyzed target, but it will also cure the target of paralysis. If the target has a substitute, it only does normal damage (paralysis cannot be cured and power is not doubled).

Generations VI and VII

The name of this move was changed from SmellingSalt to Smelling Salts.

The base power of Smelling Salts is increased to 70.

Smelling Salts can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, giving the user an extra three appeal points if a certain move (Force Palm, Glare, Nuzzle, Stun Spore, Thunder Wave or Zap Cannon) was used in the prior turn.

Generation VIII onwards

Smelling Salts cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
RSE Powerful against paralyzed foes, but also heals them.
FRLG Doubly effective on a paralyzed foe, but it also cures the foe's paralysis.
Colo.XD Strong against paralyzed targets, also heals them.
DPPtHGSSPBR This attack inflicts double damage on a paralyzed foe. It also cures the foe's paralysis, however.
BWB2W2 This attack inflicts double damage on a target with paralysis. It also cures the target's paralysis, however.
XYORAS This attack inflicts double damage on a target with paralysis. This also cures the target's paralysis, however.
SMUSUMPE This attack's power is doubled when used on a target with paralysis. This also cures the target's paralysis, however.
This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0296 Makuhita FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 31 22 22 22XY
0297 Hariyama FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 33 22 22 22XY
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0056 Mankey FightingIC Big.png Field Field
0066 Machop FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
0108 Lickitung NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
0209 Snubbull FairyIC Big.png Field Fairy
0255 Torchic FireIC Big.png Field Field
0293 Whismur NormalIC Big.png Monster Field
0304 Aron SteelIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Monster
0327 Spinda NormalIC Big.png Field Human-Like
0331 Cacnea GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like -
0453 Croagunk PoisonIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
0532 Timburr FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
0619 Mienfoo FightingIC Big.png Field Human-Like
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Smelling Salts inflicts damage. If the target is paralyzed, the move's damage is doubled and the target is cured of its paralysis.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
MDRB 12 - 15 - 88% - Front Enemy No
MDTDS 12 - 15 - 88% - Front Enemy No
BSL 12 - 15 - 88% - Front Enemy No
SMD 8 99 13 30 95% 98% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

NormalIC RR.png Smelling Salts
Attack power 34.54797
Charge time 0.54 seconds
Range type Arc (melee)
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None
Smelling Salts Rumble Rush.png


Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It inflicts greater damage if the target has paralysis, but it also heals paralysis.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target, doing more if it has a Paralysis status, but it will then heal the target's Paralysis status.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる あいてが まひじょうたいなら ダメージが おおきくなるが まひじょうたいは なおってしまう
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It damages an enemy. It causes more damage if the enemy has paralysis, but it heals the paralysis.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games


  • Despite real-life smelling salts restoring consciousness, Smelling Salts cures paralysis. Another move, Wake-Up Slap, does this instead.
  • Smelling Salts curing paralysis may be reference to its Japanese name, Resuscitation, the process of using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to rescue paralyzed patients in place of mechanical ventilators.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 清醒 Chīngsíng *
甦醒 Sōusíng *
Mandarin 清醒 Qīngxǐng *
甦醒 / 苏醒 Sūxǐng *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Ruikend Zout
France Flag.png French Stimulant
Germany Flag.png German Riechsalz
Greece Flag.png Greek Ανάνιψη
Italy Flag.png Italian Maniereforti
South Korea Flag.png Korean 정신차리기 Jeongsin Charigi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Essência Salgada
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Mirišljava So
Spain Flag.png Spanish Estímulo
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Trấn Tĩnh

Variations of the move Smelling Salts
PhysicalIC HOME.png Smelling SaltsWake-Up Slap

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