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.


Generations 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.

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

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.
SwSh 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
296 Makuhita Makuhita
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 31 22 22 22XY
297 Hariyama 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 Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
056 Mankey Mankey
FightingIC Big.png Field Field
066 Machop Machop
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
108 Lickitung Lickitung
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
209 Snubbull Snubbull
FairyIC Big.png Field Fairy
255 Torchic Torchic
FireIC Big.png Field Field
293 Whismur Whismur
NormalIC Big.png Monster Field
304 Aron Aron
SteelIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Monster
327 Spinda Spinda
NormalIC Big.png Field Human-Like
331 Cacnea Cacnea
GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like
453 Croagunk Croagunk
PoisonIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
532 Timburr Timburr
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
619 Mienfoo 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

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, SmellingSalt is a move with 12 base power, 88% accuracy, and 15 PP. The user attacks enemy in the front. If the target is paralyzed, the move's damage is doubled and the target is cured of its paralysis.


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.

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 (manga)
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Mirišljava So
Spain Flag.png Spanish Estímulo
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Trấn Tĩnh

Variations of the move Smelling Salts
Physical Smelling SaltsWake-Up Slap

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