Pokémon, who has taken over the gaming world for a long time, has grown into one of the biggest global media sensations. With the release of every new generation of Pokémon, their number in the Pokédex has only increased.
This franchise makes sure to bring fresh yet iconic characters closer to our world. Yes! All the characters in this series are inspired by real-world creatures, which have been the essence of this series.
One such character in Pokémon is the Monkey Pokémon, known for its ability to learn quickly and adapt.
For the Pokémon series, this character made a strong entry with its prehensile hands, evolved tail feature, and overall look, making it flashy enough to bring spice and thrill to the Pokémon World.
Regardless of different species, the Apes and the Monkeys series does not introduce them as exclusive and are part of the Primate Pokémon franchise.
To give our readers a comprehensive guide, we have collected everything we could about the series’s monkeys, apes, and lemur to make it an interesting read.
We have also brought some super comparisons based on strengths, stats, and special features of the Monkey Pokémon. So let’s begin our journey, shall we?
Every Monkey Pokémon from All Generations
Since the creators have always tried to keep the characters relatable, taking inspiration from the natural world seems like a priority.
In the article, we will be discussing all the Monkey-inspired Pokemon, their personality, attributes, strengths, and every other detail we could get our hands on.
Talking about the number, in total, there are up to 23 Monkey Pokemon in the series, from Generation 1 to the newly released Generation 9!
Monkey Pokémon Enlisted
You can find the list of all the Monkey Pokémon along with their element, type, and generation:
These are all the Monkey Pokémon throughout the generations. Now, let’s dig deeper into what these are and how they behave in the Pokédex.
A Generation 1 Monkey Pokemon, Mankey!
Real-life monkeys, Japanese Macaques, Snub-Nosed monkeys.
Mankeys are known for their startling aggressive fleck that no one can flee from.
- An aggressive Pokemon who just need no reason to go on a rampage. One mankey is enough to electrify its whole colony
- It can be easily identified when a Mankey is getting aggressive as its breathing becomes rougher, and it can be seen shaking heavily
- Stay alert!
- It has also been quite a talk in Pokedex that this aggressive streak helps Mankey to live a long life by releasing its stress
Save yourself and let that anger go ~Mankey Mantra~
Starting at Level 28, Mankey evolves into Primeape while taking along the family’s streak of Fighting type.
2nd Generation of Mankey.
- Mankey and Prime ape might appear similar, but if you look closely, a throbbing vein is popped up from a Prime ape’s head making it distinguished from Mankey
- Just like its aggressive ancestor, anything can make this Pokémon go full rogue
- Well, it works in Prime Ape’s favor as it can turn this intense fit of rage into energy
- This ball of energy turns out to be very useful in combat situations
- While this aggression lets Mankey live long, it turns out to be the reason for Prime ape’s death
Unfortunately, too much Anger does not work for me!
#3 Aipom – A Simian Pokémon
Enough for the aggressive talks, and let’s switch to some dose of cuteness to this Pokémon discussion.
Aipom is a 2nd generation Monkey Pokémon.
- It is a Long-Tail Pokémon
- A normal type, this Pokemon has a hand-like appearing tail with three fingers
- From tree to tree swinging or suspending itself in the air, Aipom uses its special featured tail
- It also uses its tail to pick up its favorite edibles from anywhere
- It uses its tail to steal Ash’s Hat and then begins to follow the squad
- Because of its overuse of the tail, that skill has made developed, leaving its hand dexterity a bit inept
I can give you a high-five but with my tail, Is that Okay?
A 4th Generation Monkey Pokémon.
An evolved Pokémon of Aipom.
- Being evolved from Aipom also has a long-fingered tail, but instead of one, it comes with two of such tail hands
- As a gesture of affection, a group of Ambipom can come together tail-in-tail. They can even squeeze you with their tail hug
- Having two such tail hands makes it less likely for Ambipom to use its hands anymore
- Skill Link
I can give you one shot of Tail-hug!
A Lazy Monkey Pokémon.
A Generation 3, Normal-type Pokémon.
- A final evolved derivative of Slakoth and Vigoroth
- A mixture of Sloth and Gorilla, slake has shared features of both
- Slake is best at SLACKING
- Do not take this Pokémon as only lying around good for none, as it keeps storing its energy and burst it out in one powerful strike
Let’s Slack with a bang!
A starter for Generation 4 Monkey Pokemon.
An amalgamation of Chimpanzee and Char, turning into Fire-type Monkey Pokémon.
- Chimchar resides in rocky mountainous places making it a good climber
- It has blazing flame at its back just like the rest of Fire Pokémon
- Its stomach produces gas which puts its red patch to flame
- Based on this red patch, it can be compared with Baboons with a hairless patch on their backs
- Iron Fist
Evolved from Chimchar, a Fire Type Pokémon that comes with a Fighting streak.
Descendant of Chimchar.
- It is especially known for its Aerial Attacks
- It can leap from the ceiling and walls to strike the opponent with its tail and hands
- It can control the fire flame on its tail
- Iron Fist
Sizzle with Drizzle!
The last step of the Chimchar evolution ladder.
- The Chimchar evolution wraps it up with the blazing Fire Pokémon- Infernape
- Keeps on the legacy of firefighting and Monkey Kung Fu
- Its attacks have the elegance and beauty of martial arts
- It has the highest speed stats along with attack and followed by the special attack
- It brings more precision to its agile movements and flaming attacks
- Iron Fist
I will hit you hard but with Grace!
Presenting you the Generation 5 Grass Monkey – Pansage.
- It is one out of the Pokémon Black and White Trio
- Its head has broccoli-similar green sprouts indicating its Grass type
- These green sprouts are good for wearing away stress
- It helps other Pokémon by offering them its green leaves when they are tired
- It has a caring and kind nature
- It also shares its favorite food with other Pokémon – Foraged Berries
~Green is Good~
Descended by Pansage when it gets a share of Leaf Stone.
- This generation of grass Pokémon comes with fully grown leaves and attitude as well
- This Pokémon’s body is fully covered with shrub-like leaves, and instead of body hair, Simisage has a leafy pompadour
- Although it shares the same sharing nature, it comes with beefy attack attributes too
- It uses its thorny tail to whip out and throw a strike
~I attack with Kind Face~
Now comes the Generation 5 Fire Monkey Pokémon – Pansear!
It is one of the Fire Monkeys that has been introduced in Generation 5 of Pokémon.
- It is one of the three elemental monkeys, along with Pansage (The Grass Type) and Panspour (The Water Type)
- It has a clump of hair at the top of its head
- Like Pansear, the clump should not be mistaken as something edible
- This fluffy tussock can get heated up and take up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit/ 315 degrees Celsius of temperature
- It prefers living near volcanoes due to its nature
- It roasts berries before chugging them
~Beat with Heat~
# 12 Simisear
Descended from Pansear when it is given Fire Stone.
- It has a head clump but is bigger in size and has fur resembling fire on its body, especially on its tail, shoulders, and head
- When shaken, this head clump and body fur can throw cinders and clinkers
- The fire inside Simisear is constantly burning, helping it to make Flame Burst attacks
- The fire fuel of Simisear is Sweets
~Fierce Sweet Tooth~
Generation 5’s last monkey Pokémon and one of the elemental monkeys is the Water Type- Panpour!
- According to legends, it once used to live in the forest, but it adapted its body to make its living in water
- It also has a head tuft like the Pansear and the Pansage, but unlike others, it is filled with water.
- The stored water in its clump is very beneficial for plants, and those watered by Panpour grow bigger and better
- It also uses its tail to sprinkle water on itself and plants, as it needs water to stay hydrated
~Stay Hydrated with Panpour~
Evolved from Panpour with just a Water Stone.
- The water clamp grows into long wavy curls in Simipour
- Simipour also gets an upgraded tail as a strong water hose
- It uses its hair lock to fill up water in its hair when they are low on it
- It also uses water pressure as an attacking tactic by throwing high-pressure water on the opponent
- This water release can bring down a strong concrete wall, so beware!
- It is a nice, jolly Pokémon until its tail is tested
An amalgamation of a Daruma Doll and a Gorilla.
- Evolved version of Darumaka turns into Damanitan
- The other forms of Darmanitan are a Galarian Ice version and Zen Mode
- The one mentioned above is the Standard Mode of Darmanitan
- Purely fire-type Pokémon
- It is inspired by the effigies burning ceremony that are a part of Japanese culture which is like a huge Gorilla like the appearance of Daruma Dolls
- Sheer Force (Standard Mode)
- Gorilla Tactics (Galarian Standard Mode and Zen Mode)
~Burning Daruma Doll~
A Generation 7 Ape Pokémon and is a Normal as well as a Psychic type, we present to you –Oranguru!
- The name is a synthesis of ‘Orangutan’ and ‘Guru’ referring to a “Sage Pokémon”
- This Monkey Pokémon is known for its due intelligence and mentoring capabilities
- It prefers meditating alone in the deep forest
- Oranguru comes with a helping nature; even though it has a preference for being alone, it would come to rescue anyone who is in need
- It can also use human-made tools because of its intelligence
- Inner Focus
- Telepathy Symbiosis
A counterpart Monkey Pokemon of Oranguru. Outlook and strength resemble a strong broad-shouldered Lemur.
- Unlike Oranguru, who has a preference for being alone, Passiman prefers to be in troops of at least 20 to 30 other Passiman
- Oranguru is known for its Psychic abilities, and Passiman is all about physical strength
- A fighting type Monkey Pokémon
- To perplex the opponents, it passes fruits around them, just like its name, “Passiman”!
- It uses fruits for its different types of offence and defensive attacking strategies
- To hurt the enemies, it uses fruits with a hardcover
- To blind them, it uses soft fruits to disorient them and catch them when they are not focused
- The Passiman group leader is the one who can throw things the farthest in the group
- They work best in teams
~Pass me the Berries~
Leaf Monkey Pokémon of Generation 8. The first Grass type of this Generation.
- Introduced first in the Sword and Shield games, Grookey turns out to be purely a Grass-Type Pokémon
- It also has a clump of two lush green leaves on its head and holds a stick that it brought along from his home back in the forest
- It uses this stick for multiple purposes
- Grookey uses it as a weapon and also an instrument for beating
- Since Grookey has been carrying this stick for quite a long, this staff has gained some special abilities because of energy absorption
- This stick can heal plants that have wilted or sagged
- Grass grows anywhere Grookey tapes his stick on the ground, and he also healed Bellsprout in the main Anime story with its stick’s healing powers
- Grassy Surge
~Healing comes with a Tap~
An evolved version of Grookey.
- As compared to Grookey, Thawkey holds sticks in both of its hands
- As it is the second evolved generation, it is obvious that the leaf clump would be bigger and the leaves will grow longer, which are held in a leaf bun with sticks in it
- When it is needed to drum the ground, Thwackeye pulls the sticks out of his clump
- The removal of sticks opens up his long Mohawk-Like leafy palette while Thwackeye goes out for drumming the beat
- It performs a ritual to show friendship and trust by making their friends cheer up
- Grass Surge
The final Ape-pic evolution of Grookey’s line ends with Rillaboom.
- Resembling gorilla, Rillaboom is an Ape Pokémon
- It has big lush leafy locks and has a likeness for playing wooden drums
- Purely Grass-type Monkey Pokémon
- It has a drum on its back all the time, and it carries the drum everywhere it goes
- This drum holds special powers as it is made of a tree stub that can amplify Grass type powers of this Pokémon
- The troop leader is chosen based on their drum-playing skills
- Rillaboom prefers to have a large harmonious group
~Dance to the Ape-pic Beat~
On Pokémon Day in 2020, the franchise released another Monkey Pokémon of Generation 8- Zarude.
- It is a Dark and Mythical Pokémon
- Grass-type, this Pokémon can extend vines from its neck, feet, and wrists
- The extended vines can be used for many purposes like swinging around from tree to tree, attacking, and they can even also be used for healing
- Only known Pokémon who has the ability of “Jungle Healing”
- When a Zarude binds a vine around tree trunks, it absorbs the power, and when it is wrapped around a wound, it heals and cures it
- A special character of Zarude was featured in “Secrets of the Jungle”, in which a Zarude raises an abandoned child regardless of its aggressive nature toward outsiders
- This dark mythical grass Pokémon has both its wild yet tender, warm and soft side
- Leaf Guard
The outlook might be awe-inspiring, yet this Generation 9 Pokémon can be the reason for your death! A Poison/ Normal Monkey Pokémon of this Generation.
- The name suggests the fusion of Graffiti and Aye-Aye, the primate
- Its appearance is very quirky, with black hooded fur on the whole body and spray-painted colorful fingers
- It gives off a vibe of an amateur graffiti artist, but the colorful paint is its venomous saliva
- It uses its saliva to mark its territory and to announce to other Pokémon about it
- It smudges its saliva around forest trees at night, which can be very attractive to see, and that is how it traps its prey too
- As attractive as its art is, its saliva can make its prey paralyzed upon contact
- Poison Touch
~Art that can Kill you~
The last entry of this whole list of Monkey Pokémon is coming to an end with Annihilape. A descendant of Mankey and Primeape has been introduced in Generation 9 as Annihilape.
- Annihilape shares the same rogue and anger of its ancestors and is a Ghost Type Pokémon
- Primeape turns into Annihilape after consuming the Rage Fist move 20 times!
- It has Folklore wisdom, as the anger was not helping Primeape survive
- Since Primeape’s body could keep in all that rage and anger, it transitioned its spirit and turned into an aggressive Fighting/Ghost-type Pokémon
- Annihilape powers up its fists and punches using this anger
~I will Ghost you~
Best Monkey Pokémon of All Time
Now that we have gone through a hectic long list of Monkey Pokémon, the question in mind is whom to choose and why? So let’s talk about the best choices among these Monkey Pokémon to make the most out of the game.
Note: The opinions stated in this part of the article are entirely from the writer’s perspective.
Mankey/ Primeape/ Annihilape
This entire evolutionary line is very impressive. Apart from a little lacking of Defense and Sp. Atk.
This Monkey Pokémon does not disappoint in any other state with its exclusively charming HP and Attack stand out.
So there is no reason it should not be anyone’s priority.
Ambipom is the Mischief Master and is always up to no good. It gets very strong after hitting Level 32. It has a high-speed stat and an above-average Attack stat as well.
With its two prehensile tail-like hands, it has a special “Skill Link” ability making it capable of striking back to back, which is DAEDLY!
It is a great all-rounder as it has immunity against every Ghost Type move, which covers up for it decently for its slackness against Fighting Type moves.
Evolving from Monferno at Level 36 is the best evolutionary character out of Chimchar’s line.
It is great with its Attack, Speed, Sp. Def stats and grows into someone who can perform Flying, Fire, and Psychic moves brilliantly at levels 42 to 68.
With its amazing Iron Fist and Blaze, it makes a great choice.
This Grass Type Monkey Pokémon has not impressed us with its Attack and Speed stats, but it does have other abilities to brag about.
An evolved descendent of Grookey, it shares the “Overgrow” ability and gets a 50% bonus to its overall power, which can be very beneficial when HP has dropped.
Its Grassy Surge hidden ability brings out grass based ecosystem that further powers its grass-type attacks and also heals the HP of Pokémon.
Thwackeye evolves into Rillaboom at level 35 and certainly makes its entry with a ‘Boom’. It has the best HP and Defense.
It walks in with the best Wood Hammer move when it reaches level 32; although it has the drawback of causing Recoil Damage to Rillaboom, the move itself is so strong.
At level 62, it also gets the Boomburst which has a 100% accuracy rate, 140 power, and the capacity to bring down all the surrounding Pokémon in combat.
This Monkey Pokemon can cause heavy damage to opponents who are not ready for its dark, psychic moves.
A good enough above-average stats in HP, Sp. Def and Sp. Attack.
Its ability to Inner Focus protects it from Flinching and has very few weaknesses.
Its ability of “Future Sight”, which comes up at level 60, is such a strong move. Although it takes two turns to hit 120 power, this move makes sure the opponents disorient by the damage.
That’s all from the Monkey Pokémon from Generation 1 to 9 and the top best Monkey Pokémon to be considered while making a choice.
The Pokémon franchise always comes up with amazing yet inspirational characters for the series. Monkey Pokémon are heavily inspired by real-life monkeys, gorillas, apes, and lemurs. Pokédex has a huge list of 23 Monkey Pokémon who have made their debuts from Generation 1 to 9. Each one of them holds a special ability and move sets, making it different from the others.
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