#018 Isshu / #512 National
Species classification: Thorn Monkey Pokemon
Ability: Gluttony – Eats held berry when 50% HP remains instead of 25%
Dream World ability: Overgrow – increases power of Grass-type moves by 1.5 if Pokemon has less than 1/3 HP remaining
Location found (Black/White): Evolve Pansage
Egg groups: Ground
Gender ratio: 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 75 HP / 98 Atk / 63 Def / 98 SAtk / 63 SDef / 101 Spd / 498 Total
Effort values: 2 Speed
Evolution family: Pansage > Simisage via Leaf Stone
The first of the monkey trio to be revealed pre-release in Japan, broccoli-esque Pansage's final form, Simisage, is probably the most appealing of the trio looks-wise. If you've got all your TMs in order, you shouldn't have to worry too much about evolving too early. Leech Seed is always a good option for Grass-types, which Pansage learns at level 16. Like all the monkeys, Simisage's Attack and Special Attack base stats are even at 98 each, so teaching physical vs special attacks isn't really an issue, although it also depends on what nature you pick.
General notes on the elemental monkeys:
They're somewhat similiar to the Eeveelutions of Red/Blue, except that they don't have a Normal-type base form and there are only three types, with one evolution each.
It might be easier to think of them as counterparts to the starters, since depending on the starter you picked, an NPC east of Striation City (in the area where you first encounter Munna) will give you the monkey that's weak to your starter. All three monkeys have these facts in common:
1) They all have the same base stats.
2) None of their evolutions learn any moves through level up, so evolve wisely.
3) They can all learn the new Flying-type move Acrobat at level 31 (first stage only), which does light damage but can hit any of the three opponents in a triple battle no matter where the user is positioned, and does double damage if the user isn't holding an item.
4) The trio's design is partially based on the three wise monkeys: see no evil (Panpour), hear no evil (Pansear) and speak no evil (Pansage).
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