Hitmonlee

Hitmonlee, The Kicking Pokémon. Its legs can stretch double. First-time foes are startled by its extensible reach. This amazing Pokémon has an awesome sense of balance. It can kick in succession from any position. If it starts kicking repeatedly, both legs will stretch even longer to strike a fleeing foe.

Overview

Hitmonlee is awesome, especially in the lower tiers. There's not many other Fighting types that are such a dominating physical presence as soon as it is brought in. Reckless Hi Jump Kick is insanely brutal, there's no switching into that thing without a Ghost or a VERY good resist. You're acceptably fast, with base 87 Speed. Not ideal, but far from awful. Base 120 Attack? Awesome. You have awful HP and AWFUL Defence (good Special Defence though), basically solidifying how Hitmonlee should be played; excuse the pun, but recklessly. Lee is the definition of glass cannon (well, the definition of glass cannon is hugely powerful, fragile as hell), so should be played as such. I really like Lee, way cooler than Hitmonchan. Who wears a skirt, seriously?

Abilities

Limber: you're immune to paralysis. Pretty cool, but there are better abilities. Like the next two.
Reckless: moves with recoil get 20% extra power. Yeah, HJK just got buffed like crazy.
Unburden: if you use up your held item, you gain Speed. I think it doubled your Speed, but correct me if I'm wrong. I prefer Reckless, but Unburden is cool on lead sets, but as Hitmonlee is male only, it can't use Egg Moves if it has Unburden.

Movesets

Choice

- Hi Jump Kick
- Stone Edge
- Mach Punch / Close Combat
- Double-Edge
Item Attached: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
Ability: Reckless
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) / Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

Hi Jump Kick smashes everything with its ridiculous base power. It's pretty much the only move you'll want to use. Stone Edge ruins Flying types, which is cute. Mach Punch is great for priority, whereas Close Combat is handy to thrash stuff without risking the 50% HJK recoil. Double-Edge kills stuff like Weezing, which is one of the few things that can actually take your attacks well.

Fake Out

- Fake Out
- Hi Jump Kick / Close Combat
- Stone Edge
- Sucker Punch / Blaze Kick / Earthquake / another physical attack Lee has
Item Attached: Normal Gem
Ability: Unburden / Reckless
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) / Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

You use a boosted Fake Out for a 60 power flinch, then gain the Unburden boost, then try to deal as much damage as possible before you go down. Hi Jump Kick is stronger than Close Combat, but you risk the recoil, which might not be worth the risk without Reckless. Stone Edge is a good partner for your Fighting STAB, and it hits hard anyway. Sucker Punch pairs brilliantly with your Fighting move and gives you priority but can't be used with Unburden. Blaze Kick can be alright I guess, for 4x weak Pokémon. Earthquake... is great but pointless, as its coverage is the same as Fighting.

Life Orb Attacker

- Hi Jump Kick
- Stone Edge
- Double-Edge
- Sucker Punch / Mach Punch
Item Attached: Life Orb
Ability: Reckless
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) / Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

Played in a very similar way to the Choice set, except you can change your attack to deal with a threat better. Hi Jump Kick ruins everything, just BAM crane kick. Stone Edge is a great physical attack. Double-Edge deals with the Poisons like Weezing. Sucker Punch combos well type wise and offers priority. Mach Punch is an alternative priority move.

EVs & Natures

Hitmonlee
No reason not to use max Speed max Attack. Seriously.

Other Options

Bulk Up, Bullet Punch, Knock Off
Bulk Up is a decent move which boosts Attack and Defense
Bullet Punch gives decent priority move and has a type which isn't often resisted
Knock Off is good at taking out the items of various Pokémon who rely on them such as Eviolites

Double & Triple Battle Options

Although Hitmonlee isn't really designed for Double & Triples, you can use the Wide Guard move to protect against moves such as Earthquake and Surf which are commonly used and could take out many Pokémon. This is a key strategy within Double and Triples so would be helpful to have if you do choose to have Hitmonlee

Partners

As Hitmonlee is a Fighting-type, it can easily be taken out by Ghost-types where its moves are essentially useless and Flying-types so it's always good to have counters for those in your team such as Krookodile, Honchkrow, Houndoom etc.

Countering Hitmonlee

Hitmonlee is a Pokémon which can hit hard and relatively fast, but it has one flaw...it relies on Hi Jump Kick. If you can make Hi Jump Kick miss, you will be able to have Hitmonlee do serious damage to itself. Ghost-types like Dusknoir, Dusclops and Cofagrigus are great to use against Hitmonlee as its STAB attacks are not able to do damage and can survive a hit from Stone Edge. Finally, you can easily take out Hitmonlee by burning it with Will-o-Wisp from ghosts or Inferno from Fire-types which will end up halving its attack

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Trade from FireRed/LeafGreen/XD .

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Obtained after defeating Fighting Dojo in Saffron City .

Colosseum/XD:

Trade from FireRed/LeafGreen (Colosseum)
Snagged from Cipher Peon Petro in Citadark Isle (XD).

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Evolve Tyrogue.

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Evolve Tyrogue.

Black/White:
Evolve Tyrogue

Animé Appearences

Hitmonlee has made a few appearances. Most of these are cameos but various trainers such as Barry have had one.

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
29 The Punchy Pokémon Pokémon Match! Serious Battle! Pics
42 Showdown at Dark City Showdown! Pokemon Gym! Pics
47 A Chansey Operation Chansey's Clinical Records Pics
58 Riddle Me This Heated Battle in Cinnibar Gym Pics
M1 Mewtwo Strikes Back Mewtwo's Counterattack Pics
P1 Pikachu's Vacation Pikachu's Summer Vacation Pics
71 Lights, Camera, Quacktion! Pokémon: The Movie Pics
75 Bad to the Bone Marowak's Bone Club Pics
82 Friends to the End Pokémon League! The Final Battle! Pics
86 The Lost Lapras Lapras In Bonds! Pics
88 Pikachu Re-Volts Mystery of the Disappearing Pokémon! Pics
M2 The Power of One Revelation Lugia Pics
138 Chikorita's Big Upset Chikorita's Jealousy! Pics
142 Wired For Battle Battle! Heracross vs. Scizor!! Pics
168 Two Hits and a Miss Bulbasaur Vs. Hitmontop! Fighting Match! Pics
175 Wobbu-palooza Wobbuffet Village!  
178 Ariados Amigos Ariados and the Ninja Battle  
S2 Mewtwo Returns Mewtwo! I am Here Pics
C1 Legend of Thunder Raikou! Legend of Thunder! Pics
235 A Tyrogue Full of Trouble Tyrogue And The Karate King Nobuhiko! Pics
246 Enlighten Up! Slowpoke's Knowledge! Ash's Knowledge! Pics
274 Johto Photo Finish To the End of the Full Battle! Each One's Way!! Pics
275 Gotta Catch Ya Later! Farewell...and then Setting Off! Pics
C6 Cerulean Blue Revenge Match at Cerulean Gym! Pics
291 Gonna Rule The School! Try to Study! Pokémon Trainer's School! Pics
403 Saved by the Beldum Start The Preliminaries! Morrison Appears!! Pics
422 Pasta La Vista Hand-to-Hand Fighting Dojo! Ash VS May!! Pics
437 Harley Rides Again! Munchlax's Battle Debut! Harley & Taking the Game Seriously! Pics
458 Channeling the Battle Zone May VS Drew! The Final Battle! Pics
628 A Marathon Rivalry! Get Fired Up Snorlax! Prince of Pokéthlon! Pics
652 Casting a Paul on Barry! Sinnoh League Third Round! Barry VS Paul! Pics
653 Working on a Right Move! Trick Room of Terror! Ash VS Conway! Pics

 
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