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List of All Monkey Pokemon

List of All Monkey Pokemon

We’re not monkeying around with our Pokemon list today!

We’re featuring every monkey Pokemon that have appeared in all the games so far! This includes ape Pokemon and others with simian-like features.

So how many monkey Pokemon are there in total? Currently, there are 23 monkey Pokemon, from the classic Gen 1 Mankey to the newly introduced Grafaiai in Gen 9.

Let’s meet these ape-solutely fantastic Pokemon, shall we?

Monkey Pokemon List

Here is a list of all monkey Pokemon arranged according to their Pokedex numbers.

MankeyFightingGen 1
PrimeapeFightingGen 1
AipomNormalGen 2
SlakingNormalGen 3
ChimcharFireGen 4
MonfernoFire/FightingGen 4
InfernapeFire/FightingGen 4
AmbipomNormalGen 4
PansageGrassGen 5
SimisageGrassGen 5
PansearFireGen 5
SimisearFireGen 5
PanpourWaterGen 5
SimipourWaterGen 5
DarmanitanFireGen 5
OranguruNormal/PsychicGen 7
PassimianFightingGen 7
GrookeyGrassGen 8
ThwackeyGrassGen 8
RillaboomGrassGen 8
ZarudeDark/GrassGen 8
GrafaiaiPoison/NormalGen 9
AnnihilapeFighting/GhostGen 9


Mankey in a forest
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Let’s get ready to rumble! Starting off our list is the Gen 1 Fighting type monkey Pokemon – Mankey.

Mankey may be based on a few real-life monkeys, such as New World monkeys and Japanese macaques. Its pig-like nose might even be from Snub-nosed monkeys!

Mankey is quite an angry Pokemon. It doesn’t need a lot for it to start rampaging. And when one Mankey rampages, the entire colony gets mad as well!

In its angry mode, it’ll start shaking and its breathing will sound rough. No one can easily flee a mad Mankey!

Funnily enough, the Pokedex notes that Mankey can live a long life due to how it releases stress. 


A group of Primeape looking angry
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Starting at level 28, Mankey can turn into Primeape. It continues the evolution line’s Fighting type.

While Mankey and Primeape look similar, the distinguishing detail that separates them is the popped up throbbing vein on Primeape’s head. In a lot of Japanese media, this shows anger, and boy does Primeape have a lot of anger!

Just like Mankey, Primeape is one angry Pokemon. Even short eye contact can make it fly into a fit of rage. 

According to the Pokedex, this intense rage has its pros and cons. Primeape can transform its anger into energy, which it can use in battle. Unfortunately, it can also die from getting so angry.

Releasing stress? Good. Too much anger? Bad. Got it.


Aipom jumping with its tail
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Let’s take a break from all that anger and go to the cute and cuddly monkey side. Here’s Aipom, the Normal type “Long Tail Pokemon” from Gen 2.

Just as its category suggests, Aipom uses its long hand-like tail a lot. It uses it for swinging from tree to tree, suspending itself in the air, and delicately picking up fruit.

Because of how much use its tail gets, it has become quite dextrous. Unfortunately, this has left its hands to be rather clumsy. 

That’s okay Aipom, we’ll high-five your tail instead.


Slaking taking a break
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Let’s take it easy with our next ape Pokemon. Here’s Slaking, a Normal type Pokemon from Gen 3.

Slaking is the final evolution of Slakoth and Vigoroth. Although those two were based on sloths, Slaking became a mix of sloths and gorillas.

Its name encapsulates everything about this Pokemon. Yep, Slaking is the king of slacking! It’s even considered the laziest Pokemon in the world.

But its lolling around isn’t for nothing. Slaking gathers its energy while resting and then releases all that built-up power in one strong attack!


Chimchar getting ready to battle
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Time for Gen 4’s sizzling monkey starter Pokemon, Chimchar!

Its name is a creative combination of chimpanzee and char, which is perfect for this fire monkey Pokemon. It is said to be a great climber, given that its home is in the rocky mountains.

Like other fire Pokemon, Chimchar has a flame on its rear end. A red patch on its behind lets out the flames, which is connected to its gas-producing stomach.

This detail might suggest that Chimchar is also based on baboons, whose buttocks have a hairless pad of skin.


Monferno looking confident
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Chimchar then becomes a Fire/Fighting Pokemon in the form of Monferno!

This dual typing might be a reference to Monkey Kung Fu. Monferno is said to be great at aerial attacks, leaping from ceilings and walls to launch hits with its arms and tail.

And yep, its tail is all fiery now. The Pokedex says that Monferno can control the flame in its tail to signify its importance in the pack. If a Monferno is someone important in the group, it lets its tail fire grow higher and brighter.

Flame on, Monferno!


Infernape posing for battle
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The Chimchar and Monferno evolution line takes its final step with this next fire monkey Pokemon. Their evolution journey ends with the fiery “Flame Pokemon” – Infernape!

Infernape continues the Fire/Fighting dual typing and Monkey Kung Fu reference of Monferno. Its agile movements and attacks look like the graceful and dance-like movements of martial arts!

That is all reflected in its stats, with Speed as its highest and closely followed by Attack and Special Attack. This is one cool monkey that will hit hard and hit fast!


Ambipom leaping with its tails
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Remember how Aipom only had one hand-like tail? Well, it gets an evolution in Gen 4 in the form of Ambipom, and it now has two tail-hands!

The concept of its dextrous tail comes from the prehensile tails of real-life monkeys. These tails can grasp branches, food, and other objects.

For Ambipom, having two dextrous tails prove to be very useful that it barely uses its own hands anymore.

A group of Ambipom can gather together and hold tail-hands with each other. To show affection, it can even squeeze you with its tails.

One Ambipom tail-hug please!


Pansage raising its hand
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The rustling of its fluffy leaf sprouts signals the arrival of our next entry. Here’s the grass monkey Pokemon from Gen 5 – Pansage!

Pansage is one of the monkey Pokemon trio introduced in Pokemon Black and White. To show its Grass typing, it has broccoli-like sprouts on top of its head.

These sprouts can actually remove stress and weariness when eaten. Pansage won’t hesitate to offer its sprouts to any tired Pokemon, which shows its caring nature. It even shares its foraged berries!

We’ll share our snacks with you too, Pansage.


Simisage getting ready to battle
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Well, if you share a Leaf Stone with Pansage instead, it evolves into Simisage!

This green monkey Pokemon has intensified its leaves and attitude. It now has full-on shrubbery around its body, with its hair looking like a leafy pompadour.

And if Pansage liked to share, Simisage is sort of the same…with its attacks. Yep, Simisage won’t hesitate to dish out its whip-like tail that is riddled with thorns and barbs. It can get violent at the drop of a hat!

This is one thorny monkey.


Pansear smiling with glee
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Next on our list is the fire monkey Pokemon of Gen 5’s monkey trio – Pansear! 

Just like Pansage, Pansear has a tuft of hair on its head that’s related to its typing. But for Pansear, this isn’t something to be eaten or lightly touched. 

That fluffy fire-shaped tuft on its head can actually heat up and reach temperatures of 600 degrees Fahrenheit or 315 degrees Celsius! Gotta be careful when patting this cute Pokemon.

Due to its pure Fire typing, Pansear likes to live near volcanoes, particularly in nearby caves. It likes to roast berries before eating them too. *Chef’s kiss*


Simisear looking angry at other Pokemon
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When given a Fire Stone, Pansear evolves into Simisear.

Simisear now has bigger tufts of smoke-like and fire-like fur on its body, particularly on its head, shoulders, and tail. These tufts can actually spread embers and bits of fire when shaken.

Deep inside Simisear is a fire that constantly burns, which explains how it can do Fire type attacks like Flame Burst. Simisear actually fuels this fire by eating lots of sweets!

A Fire type sweet-tooth? That’s quite unique, but maybe Alcremie needs to stay away.


Panpour's easygoing smile
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Drizzling in next is the water monkey Pokemon and the last member of Gen 5’s elemental monkeys – Panpour!

According to the anime, Panpour used to live in forests, but it changed its body to be able to easily adapt to living in the water.

Panpour’s head tuft is actually filled with water. While stored in it, the water becomes very nutritious, and plants watered by it will grow big and healthy.

Panpour uses its tail to spray water on plants or on itself. This way, it keeps its body damp and moisturized, since it can’t thrive being dry.

Panpour is a hydro bro, alright.


Simipour in a drizzle
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With just a Water Stone, Panpour evolves into Simipour!

Simipour’s water-filled hair tufts now cascade down to its face in nice wavy curls. Its tail also gets an upgrade and now acts like a powerful water hose.

So when Simipour’s hair is low on water, it siphons the water up to its locks with its tail.

If it wants to fight, it can blast a strong, high-pressure stream of water with it. The Pokedex even warns trainers that this powerful expulsion of water can break through a concrete wall!

Simipour might look like a chill and easygoing Pokemon, but it’s best not to test its tail.


Darmanitan looking eager to fight
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What do you get when you combine a Daruma doll with a gorilla? You get a Darmanitan!

Darmanitan is the evolution of Darumaka. It has other forms, like Zen Mode and a Galarian ice version. This one is Darmanitan’s Standard Mode, which is a pure Fire type.

In Japanese culture, Daruma dolls are said to bring good luck. At the end of the year, the dolls are returned to the temple it was purchased from, thanked for the luck they brought, and then burned.

The designer for Darmanitan witnessed a Daruma burning ceremony with gorilla-looking Daruma dolls. Thus, Darmanitan Standard Mode was born!


Oranguru smiling

Sharing its wisdom to all, here’s Gen 7’s Normal/Psychic ape Pokemon – Oranguru!

Oranguru’s name is a fusion of orangutan and guru and is appropriately categorized as the “Sage Pokemon” due to its intelligence and mentor-like tendencies.

It prefers to be alone in the forest so it can meditate. However, if it sees anyone in need of food or aid, it won’t hesitate to help!

As a testament to its wisdom, Oranguru actually knows how to use some human tools and would go to the beach to debate with Slowking.

Now that’s a debate to watch!


Passimian with its troop
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If Oranguru is the brains, this one’s the brawn! Up next is Passimian, a Fighting type monkey Pokemon.

Passimian is considered the counterpart of Oranguru, and the two are quite opposites in a lot of ways. If Oranguru prefers to be alone, Passimian is always in a troop of 20 to 30 members!

Just as its name suggests, Passimian likes to pass fruits around to confuse enemies. They attack by throwing berries – hard fruit to hurt and soft berries to splat and blind – and then catch enemies off-guard by passing fruit among themselves.

The leader is usually the one who can throw things the farthest. Go long, Passimian!


Grookey tapping its stick
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Let’s welcome our next leaf monkey Pokemon with a drumroll! Give it up for Gen 8’s Grass starter – Grookey!

Grookey is a pure Grass type starter Pokemon introduced in the Sword and Shield games. It has two green leaves as its hair tufts, and carries a special stick from its forest home.

Most of the time, this stick acts as a weapon and a percussion instrument for Grookey. But since it has been exposed to Grookey for quite a while, the energy it has absorbed can make it do special things.

When the stick is rhythmically tapped by Grookey, it can grow grass and revive wilted plants around it. In the anime, it even healed Bellsprout!

In Grookey’s case, music can literally give life.


Thwackey using its sticks and revealing its hair
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What’s better than one stick? Why, two sticks, of course! And Thwackey’s here to prove it.

Thwackey is the second evolution of the Grookey evolution line. The leaf tufts on Grookey’s head are now longer and held in a bun by two sticks.

When Thwackey needs to drum, it pulls the two sticks from its head, which reveals its mohawk-like leaves. Thwackey then goes to town with drumming!

Sometimes it gets so caught up with drumming that it doesn’t immediately notice that it has knocked its opponents out with its beats. Continue the rock and roll life, Thwackey!


Rillaboom drumming
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With its lush leafy locks and a beat that goes wild, the final evolution of Grookey and Thwackey is here for its epic (ape-pic?) drum solo!

Rillaboom is an ape Pokemon that resembles a gorilla. Its pure Grass typing shows through its bushy and vine-like hair and fondness for using wooden drums. 

Yep, it carries its drum on its back everywhere. This drum is made using a special tree stump that can amplify Rillaboom’s Grass type powers. A Rillaboom who drums the best usually gets picked to be the troop’s leader.

Perhaps it’s due to its musicality, but Rillaboom highly prioritizes harmony in a group. That’s the kind of leadership that’s music to anyone’s ears!


Zarude standing in the forest
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Gen 8’s not done with its monkey Pokemon yet! Revealed during Pokemon Day 2020, this Dark/Grass Mythical Pokemon shows us its dual wild and tender sides!

Zarude shows its Dark/Grass capabilities by extending vines from its wrists, neck, and feet.

These vines can be used for attacking, swinging from tree to tree, and even healing. When its vines wrap around trees it absorbs power, and around wounds it cures them.

A special Zarude called Dada was featured in the Pokemon movie Secrets of the Jungle.

In it, Dada raised an orphaned human child. Even though Zarude usually gets aggressive against outsiders, Dada developed a special bond with the child instead.


Grafaiai spreading its colorful saliva
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This artistic Pokemon might seem like the Michelangelo among monkey Pokemon, but its art can be quite deadly! Up next is Grafaiai, a Poison/Normal monkey Pokemon from Gen 9.

Grafaiai’s name seems to be a combination of graffiti and the primate aye-aye. With its hoodie-like black fur and colorful fingers that look like spray paint, Grafaiai gives off the image of a young graffiti artist.

Grafaiai’s paint is actually its colorful but poisonous saliva. It smears it around trees at night to signal its territory to other Pokemon, as well as mesmerize and trap its prey.

Its “art” is quite a show-stopper, not just for its colorful artistry but because of how the poison can immobilize you upon contact. Yikes!


Annihilape showing its anger
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Our list comes full circle with our last entry. Remember Mankey and Primeape and their intense rage? Well, Gen 9 decided to add another Pokemon to their evolution line in the form of the angry ghost Annihilape!

Annihilape is what becomes of Primeape after using the move Rage Fist 20 times. Lore-wise, this is due to uncontainable fierce anger. Primeape’s body literally cannot keep its rage anymore!

And so its spirit transitioned and it became an angry Fighting/Ghost type Pokemon. As Annihilape, it uses its rage to power up its punches.

Not even turning into a ghost can stop its anger.

Passimian throwing fruits
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Whew, long list, but you’re a chimp-ion for reading all that!

If you’re up for more reading, we’ve got a list of Pokemon Easter Eggs you might’ve missed while playing. For a refresher on all mainline Pokemon games, we’ve compiled a list for easy reading as well.

Thanks for swinging by!