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Pokemon of the Week RS: Primeape

by Eraleas

Primeape Artwork

General info

Type
Fighting
Ability
Vital Spirit (during a Battle, The Pokémon cannot be in a Sleep condition while having this ability. On the Map, If the POKéMON is in the lead spot, chance of encountering a high level wild POKéMON decreases to 50%.)
Base Stats
HP
65
Attack
105
Defense
60
Sp.Atk
60
Sp.Def
70
Speed
95
Description
Eventhough Primeape is considered one step down from Machamp, it still is not all that bad. Primeape is an underused Pokémon that combines both an excellent Attack and an impressive Speed. It teams up the above combination with strong moves and an ability that helps it out. Consider training Primeape as it is one good Fighting Pokémon!
Strategy against Primeape
Primeape is not to be considered a menace but shouldn’t be given the time to act. Using a quick sweeping, super-effective hit will get rid of him fairly quickly. It is best sdvised you move faster than it does to avoid heavy amounts of damage landing on your back. Remember that both of its Defenses are below average and bare in mind its invulnerability to sleep effects.
Online Pokédex
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Role: Physical Sweeper

Item Held
Sprite of Salac BerrySalac Berry (Speed increases when Hit Points drop low)
Nature
Jolly (+Speed –Special Attack)
Effort Points
252 Attack 252 Speed, 6 Hit Points
Moveset
Strategy
As mentioned above, Primeape has very impressive Attack and Speed stats but lacks almost everything else. Focus on sweeping as fast as you can and prefer Jolly over Adamant in order to increase the chance of moving first in battle. Distribute the Effort Points accordingly. Use Bulk Up only when you consider it is needed (to increase its Defense for instance)as Primeape might take a hit until the next round. Cross Chop is strong and STAB but might prove unreliable so your best choices might be Earthquake as it not only is strong but reliable as well. Use Rock Slide if you can’t get the proper Hidden Power, but keep in mind that the move might miss.

Egg Moves

These are the moves Mankey can learn through breeding with Pokémon of the Ground Egg Group. Click here for the Pokémon it can get them from.

Training Grounds

This section is to advise you on the areas in which you can train for the acquisition of the Effort Points presented above. It is recommended you use 10 vitamins on the stat you desire to raise. Do not use vitamins on stats that require less than 100 Effort Points. Equip the Macho Brace on your Pokémon to speed up the process even more.

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
HP
Rusturf Tunner [Wishmur +1]
Attack
Fish with Super Rod on Route 118 [Carvanha +1]
Speed
Route 118 [Elektrike +1] [Manectric +2] [Zigzagoon +1] [Linoone +2] [Wingull +1]
Fire Red/Leaf Green
HP
Viridian Forest [Caterpie +1]
Attack
Routes 16, 18 [Doduo +1] [Dodrio +2]
Speed
Routes 13 to 15 [Pidgey +1] [Pidgeotto +2]
Diglett’s Cave [Diglett +1] [Dugtrio +2]

Contests

Item Held
Sprite of Yellow ScarfYellow Scarf
Nature
Bold, Impish, Lax or Relaxed
Contest Moveset
Scratch [Tough]
Focus Punch [Tough]
Aerial Ace [Tough]
Thrash [Tough]

As in all Smart movesets, Hidden Power is a must as it can be used each turn without bother the judge or the audience. Confusion and Psybeam are both moves with different effects which should be used accordingly and combo very well with Calm Mind. Smart movesets are not perfect for appeal points acquisition as most moves usually jam others. However, with a bit of luck and the moves above you will be able to excel!

More precisely

  • If you appeal 1st:
    • Round 1: Aerial Ace
    • Round 2: Scratch or Focus Punch
    • Round 3: Aerial Ace (if you appeal first) or Scratch
    • Round 4: Focus Punch
    • Round 5: Thrash
  • If you appeal 2nd or 3rd:
    • Round 1: Scratch or Focus Punch
    • Round 2: Aerial Ace (if you appeal first), Scratch or Focus Punch
    • Round 3: Aerial Ace (if you appeal first) or Scratch
    • Round 4: Focus Punch
    • Round 5: Thrash
  • If you appeal last:
    • Round 1: Scratch or Focus Punch
    • Round 2: Aerial Ace (if you appeal first), Scratch or Focus Punch
    • Round 3: Aerial Ace (if you appeal first) or Scratch
    • Round 4: Focus Punch
    • Round 5: Thrash

Useful Links: If you are not familiar with game language used above, read through the
Stats & Training Guide, the Team Building Guide and the Egg Group Guide. More guides shall be added soon to help you out. If you have suggestions on additional movesets for either Battles or Contests, please post them in the Comments section. I will then evaluate them and probably add some of them, giving you credit.

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