Ash's Primeape

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Ash's Primeape
サトシのオコリザル Satoshi's Okorizaru
Poké Ball
Ash Primeape.png
Ash's Primeape
Debuts in Primeape Goes Bananas
Caught at Route 7
Evolves in Primeape Goes Bananas
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Training with Anthony
Mankey Primeape
This Pokémon spent less than 1 episode as Mankey.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Mankey Hiroshi Ōtake
As Primeape Hiroshi Ōtake Hiroshi Ōtake (EP025)
Michael Haigney (EP029)
Unknown (BW116)

Ash's Primeape (Japanese: サトシのオコリザル Satoshi's Okorizaru) was the eighth Pokémon that Ash caught in the Kanto region, and his ninth overall.


As a wild Mankey

Original series

Ash caught Primeape on Route 7 in the episode Primeape Goes Bananas. On the road to Celadon City, Ash learned that Gary had already caught 30 Pokémon. Upon hearing this, Ash aspired to catch more for himself. Soon afterward, a friendly wild Mankey ate some of Brock's food. Ash took this opportunity to try to catch the Pokémon, but the Poké Ball failed, instead catching a rice ball. Mankey was angered and chased the group, beat up Ash, and stole his hat. Mankey gleefully teased Ash as the young Trainer fumed about having his beloved cap stolen.Team Rocket took this opportunity to make a plan to capture Pikachu, with Mankey walking up to Team Rocket. James kicked it out of sight and this angered the Pig Monkey so much that it evolved into Primeape. It proceeded to punch Jessie in the face, sending her face-first into a rock, then viciously attacked the Team Rocket members. After it beat up Brock, chased Ash and Misty down Route 7 and followed Ash into one of Team Rocket's pitfalls, Ash made several attempts to catch the berserking Primeape, and eventually, his Charmander was finally able to defeat it. Ash caught it and unleashed it upon Team Rocket, where it brutalized them and sent them blasting off into a nest full of wild Primeape.

It appeared in a flashback in Pokémon Scent-Sation! and was planned to be used against Erika. However, Ash decided not to when he recalled how crazy it was.

Primeape's appearance in Spurt!

In The Punchy Pokémon, after leaving Celadon City, Ash and his friends met a man named Anthony who was training to win the P1 Grand Prix, a tournament for Fighting-type Pokémon. Anthony's daughter, Rebecca, wanted him to stop spending so much time away from home training. Brock and Ash volunteered to enter the tournament to discourage Anthony, with Ash entering Primeape. In the first match against a Machop, Ash saved Primeape from a nasty fall, which caused the usually angry Pokémon to become closer to Ash. Primeape eventually won the tournament. Anthony offered to train Primeape for Ash, with the promise of training it to become a P1 champion, so Ash left Primeape with Anthony. Primeape, unlike the other Pokémon that Ash has given to another Trainer for training, hasn't been seen since (although the narrator in the dub hinted at the end of the episode that it's possible that Primeape would return).

Other appearances

Primeape made a cameo appearance along with Ash's other Pokémon in Spurt!, GLORY DAY ~That Shining Day~, Be an Arrow!, and It's Always You and Me. It was also seen in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!when Ash remembered the time when Charmander battled Primeape.

Personality and characteristics

Primeape and Ash

Primeape was only around for a few episodes, but it had a lot of personality. It was very mischievous, mercilessly vicious, extremely violent, almost always out of control, had a very short fuse and was prone to an explosive rage. This notably caused Ash to audibly reconsider using Primeape in a Gym battle against Erika. But under the explosively violent personality, it had a softer side, which allowed it to bond with Ash.

Moves used

Ash Primeape Mega Kick.png
Using Mega Kick
Move First Used In
Thrash Primeape Goes Bananas
Scratch The Punchy Pokémon
Mega Kick The Punchy Pokémon
Seismic Toss The Punchy Pokémon
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

Mankey with its group in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Ash's Mankey debuted in Clefairy Tale and was initially part of a larger group being pursued in a forest by Ash and his Fearow. When Fearow cut them off, Ash orders a Thunder Shock from Pikachu, the Mankey panic and slam into a Beedrill nest, attacking the two groups. Later in the Pokémon Center the attendant informs him of his Grade D capture, disappointed, he wanders the street and finds a stall. Here, he trades Mankey away to the owner for a map of Mt. Moon with directions to find a Clefairy, which he later finds out is false.


  • Primeape was the first of Ash's Pokémon to be left with another Trainer for training, and the only one among them that has not been reunited with Ash.
  • Primeape is the first of Ash's Pokémon that evolved on-screen prior to its capture.
  • Primeape is the first Pokémon that Ash caught in its fully evolved form.
  • During Pokémon Sunday on June 27, 2010, presenter Shokotan chose Primeape in her ideal team for Ash.
  • Among Ash's Pokémon, Primeape holds the record for the fewest on-screen appearances, appearing in only two episodes (four including flashbacks).
  • Primeape was the first Pokémon Ash captured by weakening it in battle with a Pokémon other than Pikachu.
  • Ash's Primeape is Ash's only Pokémon in training that has never stayed at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Mankey and Primeape.

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