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Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Pansage, Simisage

#017Unova / #511 National
Species classification: Grass 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): From woman inDreamyard (if you pickedTepig as your starter),Pinwheel (shaking grass only, rare),Lostlorn Forest(shaking grass only, rare)
Wild hold items: Oran Berry, Occa Berry
Egg groups: Ground
Capture rate: 190
Gender ratio: 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Effort values: 1 Speed
Evolution family: Pansage >Simisagevia 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, whichPansage 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 theEeveelutionsof Red/Blue, except that they don't have a Normal-type base formandthere are only three types, with one evolution each.

It might be easier to think of them ascounterpartsto the starters, since depending on the starter you picked, an NPCeast of Striation City (in thearea where you first encounterMunna)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 ofthe 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).

Life is nature's way of keeping meat fresh.