The Smiling Fairy is a monster encountered in Dark Cloud (known as the Pockle) and Dark Cloud 2. It makes its debut in the Wise Owl Forest, and on the first floor of the Starlight Canyon, respectively. It is seen as a small, thief-like monster with an Elven racial appearance.
In Dark Cloud, seven sub-variations of the Pockle exist, together which make up The Legendary Pockle Seven. Another variation, the Hell Pockle, exists in Dark Cloud, and is encountered in the Moon Sea, but does not have sub-variations like the Pockle does. In Dark Cloud 2, only one sub-variation of the original Pockle transferred, and is referred to as the Smiling Fairy. Although it is referred to as a Fairy in Dark Cloud 2, it is actually a dwarf revealed by the Pocklekul weapon in both games.
In the Wise Owl Forest, seven sub-variations of the Pockle exist, each named after a day in the week. Each Pockle has their own color scheme, fighting style, and item drops. Although they are each different, the Pockles are generally easy to dodge and defeat, given their small size and vulnerability to combo attacks. The Pockle, and its later variant the Hell Pockle, mostly use hit-and-run tactics, no matter what weapon they may be carrying.
Sunday, the yellow one, carries around a knife and uses it for quick attacks. Monday, the blue one, carries a spear and robs you of your money. You must defeat it to get your money back. It may drop Cheese on defeat. Tuesday, the pink one, uses a blowdart and can easily poison you. Wednesday, the red one, carries an axe and will quickly charge at you while attacking. Thursday, the green one, carries poisonous apples and will throw them at you. It may drop Regular Water on defeat. Friday, the black one, doesn't carry any weapon, but will instead leap kick you to attack. Saturday, the white one, carries boxing gloves it uses to punch you. It may drop Regular Water on defeat. Hell Pockle in Moon Sea uses a shovel and attacks very much like the Wednesday.
Dark Cloud 2Edit
The Smiling Fairy and its variations are agile, and are one of the fastest attacking enemies in the game. In direct knowledge of your presence, it will dash towards you with a charging knife attack. This is one of its two attacks. Be ready to block at all times when it has noticed you; it will startle you with the speed it charges. The second attack is a simple two swing knife attack, used when adjacent to the player. The attack is safely blocked, and is easy to predict, as the Smiling Fairy will make a high pitched devil-like laugh when making this attack.
The Smiling Fairy is unpredictable. It moves around one second, and is throwing five attacks the next. Be on your guard at all times. But you must bear in mind that this monster does have weaknesses. For all the speed it has, it sacrifices its strength. It has a very low pain chance and quite low health. Use this to dominate the fight, by timing your first attacks, and delivering massive damage when you have the chance.
|Dark Cloud||The Legendary Pockle Seven||Hell Pockle|
|Habitat||Wise Owl Forest||Moon Sea|
|Dark Cloud 2||Smiling Fairy||Heat Fairy||Fairy Helper||Hell Fairy|
|Habitat||Starlight Canyon||Starlight Canyon Star Path||Zelmite Mine||Zelmite Mine Depths|
|Weakness||Chill (150%)||Chill (250%), Cyclone (150%)||Chill (150%)||Chill (150%), Exorcism (200%)|
|Item Inventory||Bread, Wind Crystal||Bread, Wind Crystal||Bread, Wind Crystal||Bread, Wind Crystal|
- The armband Pocklekul is named after the Pockle monster, as its description states, "A weapon made to honor the forest dwarfs".
- The Legendary Pockle Seven are a reference to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as their appearance is dwarf-like, but rather then being named after emotions, they are named after the seven days of the week. We know they are based off Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs because the Pocklekul weapon specifically states they are forest dwarfs and there is seven of them.
- In the Japanese version they are known as Pokkuru which is means they were based off the Koro-pok-kuru" which are a race of small people in folklore of the Ainu people of the northern Japanese islands. In the English release of Dark Cloud they are renamed to "Pockle" as Pockle means "swindle, cheat, hustle". The name could be also reference to the many pockets they sport on their attire. In Dark Cloud 2, the name "Pockle" is changed to "Fairy" for some reason. Although they are not really fairies, they are forest dwarfs as referenced by the description of the Pocklekul weapon, and the description of the Pokkuru people in Japanese folklore. It is also likely Pockle is a nickname for them being pick-pockets. Interestingly the Pocklekul weapon name wasn't changed. It is likely this was a translation error naming the Pockle to Fairy.
- Tuesday, Thursday, and Hell Pockle were stronger in the Japanese version of Dark Cloud. Tuesday has a larger bamboo stick where it constantly spited poison blow-darts at you and it, Thursday, and Hell Pockle could chase you being one of the fastest enemies in the game. The run attack was changed to the hit and run attack in the USA version and was made much slower. Smiling Fairy and it's variants get the run attack again in Dark Cloud 2.
- The variations of the Smiling Fairy in Dark Cloud 2 wield a variety of weapons as well. The Heat Fairy uses a jitte, a weapon used by samurai primarily for parrying. The Fairy Helper uses a wrench, which references the Santa's little helper elves, and the Hell Fairy uses a Trowel which is basically a little hand shovel being parallel to the Shovel used by Hell Pockle's in Dark Cloud.
- Hell Pockle/Hell Fairy gets a different weapon (a trowel) and palette swap compared to what it has in the original Dark Cloud.