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Mankey is a Fighting-type Pokémon introduced in the Generation I games. It evolves into Primeape at level 28.

Game appearances

Pokémon series

In Generation I, Mankey is only found in Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition as a very common Pokémon in the earlier routes. In the Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions remakes, Mankey appears in several routes and in the Rock Tunnel.

In Generation II, Mankey is only available in Pokémon Gold Version on Route 9 and Route 42.

Mankey is severely lacking in all of its stats, except Speed and Attack. Its has the Vital Spirit ability means it cannot be put to sleep.

Pokémon Snap

In Pokémon Snap, Mankeys are found in the Valley Course. They will be hopping around at solitary places somewhat far away from the camera, but they are integral to two important events in the course. One, hitting a Magikarp near a Mankey will cause Magikarp to be launched further down the course, where the Magikarp can be evolved into a Gyarados for photographing. Also, near the end of the course, a Mankey on a mountaintop can be knocked down by a withdrawn Squirtle hit by a Pester Ball as a Bowling Pin can be struck down by a bowling ball (lining up the two Pokémon for this is crucial). The knocked down Mankey will be much closer up for photographing, and that Mankey can be hit by another ball so that it will land on a nearby button that opens up an alternative exit which will lead to the Pokémon Signs subquest.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team / Blue Rescue Team

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, a group of Mankeys are encountered at Uproar Forest. Once the protagonist defeats them, the Mankey will return, but change their minds for revenge, as the player receives a chestnut from Wynaut and Wobbuffet. Mankey love chestnuts, but there's this spiky shell that the Mankey can't open, so they agree to work on the rescue team base for three chestnuts. After the partner of the protagonist says they don't need to find any more chestnuts, the Mankey try to destroy the base, but are quickly sent fleeing.

Pokémon anime

The first Mankey that appeared was in the episode right before Ash Ketchum and co. were heading for Celedon City. While Brock was cooking some of his rice donuts, the passing Mankey picked up the scent and stole one. Ash then decided to try to catch that Mankey while it was eating which eventually angered it that it took his hat and evolved into a Primeape and ran after the group. But just as Primeape got the three of them surrounded into a dead end, the Primeape wearing Ash's hat awakens Ketchum's humiliation side that Ash himself becomes a Primeape-like to get it back with the help of both his Charmander and his own well-done knuckle-sandwich. And after the two of them finally beats up the angry Primeape, Ash catches it and later uses it to beat out Team Rocket.

In "Showdown at Dark City", a Mankey is one of the Yas Gym's Pokémon.

Another Mankey was in a Tyrogue's gang causing trouble in Johto.

Pokémon manga

In chapter 15 of Pokémon Adventures, which is in volume 2, Red encounters a wild Mankey which he battles against his Bulbasaur, which promptly evolves.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Mankey has appeared on eight trading cards, always as a fighting Pokémon. It is common in Jungle, Team Rocket, Gym Heroes, Gym Challenge, Legendary, and Aquapolis. There are two in Gym Heroes where it is owned by Brock. In Gym Challenge, however, it is owned by Blaine. It is also an uncommon card in EX Fire Red & Leaf Green.

General information

Physical appearance and traits

Mankey are light and agile, living in groups in the treetops; if one loses sight of its group, it becomes infuriated with loneliness. They are extremely quick to anger, and can be docile one moment and thrashing wildly the next. They will not hesitate to attack anything, and often attack others in their group for no reason. If one does get violently enraged, it is unsafe to approach it, as it can't distinguish between friend and foe. It is easy to tell when a Mankey becomes angry, as it starts shaking and its nasal breathing turns rough. However, because it angers so quickly it is nearly impossible for anyone to escape its wrath.


The name "Mankey" could be a portmanteau of the words "monkey" and "lanky", or simply a misspelling of the "manky", a British Isles slang word meaning "dirty". Its species classification is "Pig Monkey". Mankey resembles a white fluffball with arms, legs, and a tail sticking out. Its face features red eyes and a prominent, pig-like snout. Mankey is known to fly into rages when it is disturbed.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マンキー
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