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Hitmons is a fan term used to refer to the three evolutions of Tyrogue (Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan and Hitmontop). The name comes from the prefix shared by all three Pokémon, hitmon. The Hitmons all have low HP, high Attack, high Special Defense, average Defense, average Speed, and low Special Attack. All the Hitmons are male and are pure Fighting type. The Japanese equivalent of the hitmon prefix is the suffix ラー (). In the Nintendo Player's Guide for Pokémon Stadium 2, they were referred to as the Tyrogue squadron.[1]


Guts or
Hidden: Vital Spirit
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
35 35 35 35 35 35
Main article: Tyrogue (Pokémon)

Tyrogue is the first Hitmon and a baby form of the other Hitmons. Like others such as Eevee, it can evolve into a few different Pokémon. Tyrogue was introduced in Generation II, and originally only learned the attack Tackle by leveling up (but was capable of learning moves through TMs) until Generation IV when it learned Helping Hand and Fake Out as well.

Tyrogue are medium-sized Pokémon that are predominantly purple in color with a brown bottom, and resemble humans in general shape. Tyrogue have feet which resemble short pants and shoes. There are white lines on its torso which resemble bandages; these bandages also appear on its wrists as well. It has three spikes on top of its head which resembles a crest.

It evolves into one of three different Pokémon starting at level 20:

In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, as well as its remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver, Tyrogue is given away by the Karate King Kiyo in Mt. Mortar after defeating him. In Crystal only, there is also a chance of hatching a Tyrogue that knows Dizzy Punch from the Odd Egg given by the Day-Care Man. In Generation III games, it can be obtained by breeding the evolved Hitmons from FireRed and LeafGreen. In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, it can be found with the Poké Radar on Routes 208 and 211. In Pokémon Black and White it can be found on Unova's Route 10 during a swarm. In Dream World, it can be obtained in Rugged Mountain. In X and Y, it can be found in the Fighting-type Friend Safari. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it can be found on Route 112, Jagged Pass and Fiery Path as a hidden Pokémon after capturing or defeating Groudon/Kyogre. In Sword and Shield, it can be found on Route 3, as well as Rolling Fields, Dappled Grove, West Lake Axewell, South Lake Miloch, Giant's Seat and Stony Wilderness in the Wild Area. In addition it can appear in a Max Raid Battle in Dusty Bowl, North Lake Miloch, Rolling Fields, South Lake Miloch and Stony Wilderness.


Limber or
Hidden: Unburden
Evolve if Attack
is higher than Defense
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 120 53 35 110 87
Main article: Hitmonlee (Pokémon)

Hitmonlee evolves from Tyrogue when Tyrogue's Attack is higher than his Defense. Hitmonlee knows several kick-based moves, including its former signature moves Mega Kick, Jump Kick, and High Jump Kick, and the rarely seen Blaze Kick. Its leg muscles have the special ability to freely stretch and compress. In Generation IV, it had an Ability exclusive to itself: Reckless, which increases the base power of moves that can deal recoil damage.

Hitmonlee is a brown colored, human-shaped Pokémon. It has three-fingered hands and three claw-like toes, and has segmented, cream-colored arms and legs. Hitmonlee has almond-shaped eyes with black rings around them and appears to lack a nose, mouth, and neck. Its English name contains a reference of Bruce Lee, while its Japanese name is derived from the world's first kickboxer, Tadashi Sawamura.

In Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee!, Hitmonlee can be chosen as one of the prizes for beating the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City. In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! only, more Hitmonlee can be found as rare spawns in Victory Road. In other games, it is obtained by evolving Tyrogue.


Keen Eye or
Iron Fist
Hidden: Inner Focus
Evolve if Defense
is higher than Attack
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 105 79 35 110 76
Main article: Hitmonchan (Pokémon)

Hitmonchan evolves from Tyrogue when Tyrogue's Attack is lower than its Defense. Hitmonchan's most notable ability is its wide versatility in boxing--its major attacks are almost all punches, such as Bullet Punch, Sky Uppercut and the three elemental punches. In Generation IV, it also had an Ability exclusive to itself: Iron Fist, which increases the base power of punching moves.

Hitmonchan is a tan colored, human-shaped Pokémon. Its body resembles a light purple tunic and its fists resemble red boxing gloves. Its enlarged shoulders give the appearance of shoulder pads, while its purple feet give the appearance of a pair of boxer shoes. Unlike its parallel evolution, Hitmonlee, it has a mouth and a visible separation between body and head. Its English name contains a reference of Jackie Chan, while its Japanese name is derived from Japanese world champion boxer, Hiroyuki Ebihara.

In Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee!, Hitmonchan can be chosen as one of the prizes for beating the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City. In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! only, more Hitmonchan can be found as rare spawns in Victory Road. In other games, it is obtained by evolving Tyrogue.


Intimidate or
Hidden: Steadfast
Evolve if Attack
is the same as Defense
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 95 95 35 110 70
Main article: Hitmontop (Pokémon)

Hitmontop evolves from Tyrogue when Tyrogue's Attack is equal to its Defense. Hitmontop attacks by spinning both its feet and hands at high speeds. As such, its several attacks involving to spinning such as Rapid Spin and Gyro Ball, and most notable for its capability of learning the most increased priority moves of any Pokémon, including Pursuit, Feint, Quick Guard and Wide Guard. Until Generation VII, it was the only Pokémon that could learn Triple Kick.

Hitmontop's main body has a spherical shape and is mostly blue (except for a brownish triangular patch on his chest), with short white legs and big blue feet similar to Hitmonlee's (but with a different toe arrangement). It has a skinny brownish tail that ends with a blue sphere with a spike on it. Its head is round and brown with a beady-eyed face and a single spike on top.

Unlike its parallel evolutions, its name is not derived from famous people; its English name is simply combination of the prefix Hitmon and top, while its Japanese name is the corruption of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.

In the main series Pokémon games, it is obtained by evolving Tyrogue. In Colosseum, it can be snagged from Cipher Peon Skrub.

Similar movesets

Tyrogue only learns four moves by level up: Tackle, Helping Hand, Fake Out, and ForesightIV-VII/Focus EnergyGen VIII. In Generation VIII, these moves are also learned by its evolutions at level 1.

Lv. 0106Hitmonlee.png
Evo. Brick Break Drain Punch Triple Kick
1 Bullet Punch
Low Sweep Vacuum Wave Rapid Spin
Helping Hand
Fake Out
Focus Energy
4 Double Kick Mach Punch Quick Attack
8 Low Kick Power-Up Punch Gyro Ball
12 Endure Detect
16 Revenge
21 Wide Guard Quick Guard Wide Guard
Quick Guard
24 Blaze Kick Fire Punch Sucker Punch
Ice Punch
Thunder Punch
28 Mind Reader Agility
32 Mega Kick Mega Punch Dig
36 Close Combat
40 Reversal Counter
44 High Jump Kick Focus Punch Endeavor
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Base stats comparison

Pokémon 0106Hitmonlee.png
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def
Total 455 455 455

In the anime

Main series

Tyrogue in the anime
Hitmonlee in the anime

The Hitmons as an evolutionary family (or at least the evolved forms) are frequently seen together when they appear. Their first collective appearance was in The Punchy Pokémon!, where both Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan (not Hitmontop, however, since this episode aired before its creation) competed in the P1 Grand Prix Champion, with Hitmonchan under the use of Anthony and Hitmonlee being stolen for use by Team Rocket.

Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan later appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble!, under the ownership of Kiyo. He used them help him catch a Tyrogue and add him to his team as well.

Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and Hitmontop appeared in Pasta La Vista! as part of a dojo. Hitmonlee was under the possession of Master Hamm, Hitmonchan under the possession of his son Kyle, and Hitmontop under the ownership of one of the students, Terri. In this episode, there was another fight between the two original Hitmons like many other episodes. However, instead of Master Hamm and Kyle battling each other, Master Hamm had Ash use his Hitmonlee and Kyle had May utilize his Hitmonchan, with the battle ending in a stalemate after Terri and Hitmontop intervened.

The Hitmons are also the signature Pokémon of the Invincible Pokémon Brothers with each of them having a different one. All three of them first appeared in Gotta Catch Ya Later!, where they were used in a battle against Ash and his friends. Kim's Hitmonchan reappeared in Cerulean Blues, where it was used in a battle against Misty's Staryu.

Goh received a Hitmonchan after an off-screen battle against the Karate Master in Solitary and Menacing!. Bea used a Hitmontop in her battle against Ash in Octo-Gridlock at the Gym!.

Pokémon Origins

The Hitmons in Pokémon Origins

Both Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan briefly appeared in File 3: Giovanni, under the ownership of Kiyo. After Red battled and defeated him, Kiyo allowed him to take either Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan.

Hitmonlee was seen in the same episode with Red, where it battled against Giovanni's Rhyhorn and tied.

In the manga

Tyrogue in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Ash & Pikachu

Tyrogue appeared in The Tyrogue's Thoughts.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Monlee

Due to the fact that Pokémon Adventures, as a game-based manga, rarely adds in plots and locations that do not appear in the core series games, the Hitmons are mostly seen under the tuition of Fighting-type specialists such as Bruno, who owns Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and Tyrogue; and Chuck, who uses Hitmontop and Hitmonlee.

Aside from these two, Crystal also has a Hitmonchan named Monlee who served as a valuable member of both her team and Emerald's, but these three are the only notable people of the manga to possess members of this evolution line (though it is worth noting that since Crystal has captured every non-Legendary Pokémon up to Hoenn as of the Emerald arc, she has to have the rest of the Hitmons as well).

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

In Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!, Gold borrowed a Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and Hitmontop while he received a Tyrogue in that same chapter.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Shu caught a Hitmonlee in Down with the "Kick Fighter". A Hitmonchan first appeared in GDZ21. Shu owned a Tyrogue in GDZ51 which evolved into Hitmontop.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Main article: Giovanni's Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan
Main article: Red's Tyrogue

Giovanni owned both a Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. Red owned a Tyrogue.


  • Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee are the only Pokémon that were initially unrelated when they were introduced that are now in a common evolution family.
  • With three evolutions, Tyrogue has the most evolutionary capabilities of any baby Pokémon.
  • Because Tyrogue is not present in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are considered unrelated Pokémon with separate species-specific candy.

See also


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