Primeape can use one of two Abilities: Vital Spirit, which makes it immune to the Sleep Status Condition; or Anger Point, which will maximize its Attack in the event it takes a Critical Hit. Its Hidden Ability is Defiant, which increases its Attack by two stages whenever an opposing Pokémon reduces its Statistics.
Mankey can evolve into Primeape at Level 28.
Primeape is in the Field Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Primeape One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Primeape is based off a primate, with white, messy fur covering its round body. It has small, triangular ears, a pink snout, and brown arms and legs, with boxing gloves worn on the hands. It always has an angry expression on its face, as well as a small stress mark on its forehead.
Primeape does not have any distinctive features to differentiate between the male and female.
Primeape can be found on Route 23 in Yellow, and Route 9 in Gold. Trading for one is the only way to obtain a Primeape in Blue, Silver, Crystal and Soul Silver, while evolving a Mankey is the only way to obtain one in Red, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Primeape makes appearances at Endless Level 13, Pair Trozei, Forever Level 62 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
The only way to obtain a Primeape in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games is to evolve Mankey. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Primeape can be found at Mt. Travail 1F-19F and Shimmer Hill 1F-17F. Primeape can also be found at Sky Summit in Explorers of Sky, appearing at PTC4 1F-3F, PTC5-PTC8 1F-4F, and PTC9 & PTCS 1F-5F. Primeape is exclusive to Light Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing on the Path to Treasure Island B10-B16.
Primeape can be found at Olive Jungle in Pokémon Ranger, but the Field Move Tackle x3 is required to reach it. Primeape can be found inside the Altru Building and Altru Tower in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Primeape can be found at the location of Trial 5 in Rasp Cavern and Faldera Volcano: Deep in the Present; and in the Ice Temple missions "Save the Frightened Vulpix" and "Don't Look Back! Run Through the Path" in the Past by defeating it or Mankey and obtaining its Slate.
Primeape can be found at the Meeting Place and Iceberg Zone in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. To obtain it, first complete Glalie's side quest, then battle it. In PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, Primeape can be found at Rockridge Fort in the Crag Area. Complete a Tag Race to befriend it.
Trading Card Game
Primeape is listed in 11 sets and the Southern Islands Promo set. It is listed as a Common Card in the Versus set; as a Common Card in the Jungle, Team Rocket, Gym Challenge, EX Holon Phantoms (Delta Species Card) and Plasma Freeze sets; and as a Rare Card in the Aquapolis, EX FireRed and LeafGreen, Great Encounters, Supreme Victors and Unleashed sets.
After evolving from Mankey in Primeape Goes Bananas, Primeape would go on a rampage, chasing after Ash and company until they fell down a pitfall created by Team Rocket. Ash would try to catch Primeape, having had enough of being chased, and he would succeed in a combined effort from Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander, along with Pikachu recovering Ash's hat. He would earn the trust of his Primeape in The Punchy Pokémon by diving to save it from a hard landing via a Seismic Toss from Machop. Ash and Primeape would proceed to win the P-1 Tournament, only for Primeape to remain with Anthony, a #1 Contender in said tournament.
Chuck would use a Primeape to take on challengers at the Cianwood City Pokémon Gym, making appearances in Chapters 122 and 154. Wild Primeape also make appearances in Chapters 15, 55 & 90.
Primeape resides in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. With a great offensive typing and powerful STAB attack in Close Combat, Primeape stands out as a very powerful offensive threat. It separates itself from Hariyama, Hitmonchan, and Gurdurr by having a better Speed stat and access to U-turn. With a Choice Band, Primeape has tremendous wallbreaking potential, being able to 2HKO some of the tier's bulkiest Pokémon. It is one of the best Choice Scarf users in the tier, being able to revenge kill set-up sweepers like Lilligant and Vivillon at +1 as well as Omastar and Barbaracle at +2. Primeape's ability Defiant can be extremely helpful in punishing Defog users, although Primeape sometimes risks being OHKOed by certain Defog users like Mantine and Pelipper. Primeape also has a nice resistance to Sucker Punch, which allows for it to revenge kill common users of the move like Kangaskhan, Skuntank, and Shiftry. However, Primeape's bulk is poor, which is a massive disadvantage when sizing up against its Fighting-type brethren that boast better bulk and more defensive utility as a result. It can be reliant on a Choice Scarf against faster foes like Archeops and Tauros, and if it does not have a Choice Band, its wallbreaking potential is limited quite a bit. Primeape struggles mightily against common Ghost and Poison-types, which is problematic against the likes of Garbodor, Weezing, Vileplume, Gourgeist-XL, Rotom, and Golurk.
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