We all know about Pokémon like Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Lucario. But what about Luvdisc, Nuzleaf, and Natu? I've added all 649 Pokémon into a randomizer and I will try to focus on all of them as they come and in no particular order. Even if you are not a Pokémon fan, I hope you'll get nostalgic with me as you read about their origins and how they've impacted my gaming experience.
This time I will focus on Furret, the Long Body Pokémon. After evolving from Sentret, Furret is one of those archetypal rodents you first encounter in your adventures as soon as you leave your hometown. In Pokémon Red and Blue, we have Raticate and in Pokémon Gold and Silver, there's Furret.
Being a Normal-type Pokémon, Furret is very simple and actually doesn't have anything that makes it specifically stand out like some other Pokémon. Its design is based on a stylized ferret with a tail so long that it makes it difficult to know where its tail begins on its body. Its Pokédex entries make comments about its long thin body and how it runs away from its enemies by hiding in narrow spaces. The mother puts its offspring to sleep by wrapping its long furry body around them. Its name is a portmanteau of fur and ferret while its Japanese name Otachi combines o (big) with itachi (weasel.)
Like Furret, most real-life ferrets love to burrow underground and in anything that gives them protection. Ferrets have been used throughout history as tools for hunting rabbits, rodents, and other small pray down holes to catch them. Also, these animals like to sleep a lot and are mostly active at night. Ferrets also exhibit what is called the weasel war dance which is crazed movements and hops following play. They also have anal glands that sometimes secrete a strong odor when startled or surprised. Strangely enough, Furret doesn't learn any specific moves that even references these common ferret behaviors. Not even a Poison Gas.
I remember using Furret after it evolved in the beginning part of my game in Pokémon Gold. I used it to battle Whitney in her gym, though it fainted at the hands of the evil Miltank and its Rollout. I also needed a Pokémon to learn Strength, and Furret was a great candidate. Furret can learn a plethora of elemental moves from Surf to Thunderbolt to Flamethrower. But its Special Attack stat is really low so it can't successfully take advantage of its wide movepool. It later gains the ability to learn moves like U-turn that take advantage of its Speed to scout the battlefield and retreat.
Furret really is only good as a scouting Pokémon. I remember using Furret and its Run Away ability in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire when searching for specific Pokémon in the grass. If I didn't run into the one I wanted, Furret's ability always helped me escape the battle. It may not be much of an attacker, but it sure was helpful.