Genshin Impact’s Paimon emergency food joke explained
Genshin Impact quickly reached viral popularity after its fall 2020 release. Within its community, a joke about Paimon has also gone viral.
Genshin Impact became a surprise viral hit upon its release in September 2020. The open-world RPG has amassed millions of players in just one week after its release. Any game that enjoys such popularity is doomed to inhabit its own corner of Internet culture and memes. However, few jokes have remained as strong as those describing Paimon as “emergency food.”
Paimon has been the player’s companion from the start of the game. It is a small flying creature that the Traveler encounters at the start of the story and always refers to itself in the third person. Paimon is not a playable character in Genshin Impact, but rather acts as a source of guidance and navigation as the game progresses. Either way, the game doesn’t waste time throwing antics at its expense. In the first half hour of the game, the Traveler meets a knight named Amber. Amber looks towards Paimon and inquires, “And this … mascot. What is the problem ?” The player then has the opportunity to respond, “Emergency food”, to which Paimon retorts, “Hey! It’s even worse than being a mascot!”
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The mascot’s commentary is already a meta-joke, since even the Genshin Impact Twitter is “managed” by Paimon. But luckily the game keeps on digging “Emergency food” joke, giving players the opportunity to audibly meditate on Paimon’s edible potential repeatedly as the game progresses. Paimon ends up getting fed up and shouts: “No! For the last time, Paimon is NOT EMERGENCY FOOD! Little time had passed since Genshin Impactbefore his community made the nickname “Emergency Food” Paimon.
Genshin Impact: When to use Paimon as an emergency food
The emergency food joke quickly spread online. The expression has spread sufficiently that the Genshin Impact Wiki lists it as the title of Paimon. He’s also been featured in countless memes, as brilliant fan art contemplates the myriad ways Paimon could be prepared. Perhaps because it channels fans’ frustrations over Paimon’s lack of mute in Genshin Impact, Emergency Food is nothing less than a culinary phenomenon.
Of course, Paimon isn’t really emergency food. Or at least no situation in Genshin Impact was bad enough to justify eating the little floating companion. Also, killing a video game mascot seems pretty unlikely, even though that mascot might look delicious. Regardless, the Paimon joke will likely remain in the fandom for a long time.
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