Hitmonlee, The Kicking Pokémon. The legs freely contract and stretch. The stretchy legs allow it to hit a distant foe with a rising kick. When in a hurry, its legs lengthen progressively. It runs smoothly with extra.long, loping strides. When kicking, the sole of its foot turns as hard as a diamond on impact and destroys its enemy. Some people refer to it as the "kicking master." If it starts kicking repeatedly, both legs will stretch even longer to strike a fleeing foe. After battle, it rubs down its legs and loosens the muscles to overcome fatigue. .
A Good Moveset for Hitmonlee would have to be this:
Earthquake OR Double Kick OR Mach Punch
Hidden Power Ghost
Strategy Using Hitmonlee
Personally, I like Jolly over adamant, it outruns
quite a fair few pokemon with such speed. I've tested
out this Choice banding Hitmonlee, and I can say for
certain that it is very effective.
Even though it has fairly weak defenses, it can pack a
punch, HP Ghost or Rock slide is capable of OHKO'ing
Gengar's. Its other moves can OHKO Blissey's,
Jolteon's, Electabuzz's, Magmars, Charizards etc.
It may not be as strong as Medicham as a choice
bander, it can 2HKO a Snorlax with Brick Break (
depending on the Lax, not that I advise you to keep it
out against a Snorlax since Return from this pokemon
will KO Hitmonlee. Unless it is an Adamant Hitmonlee
with 252 EV's into attack). Its obvious that you
should switch when you're up against Physical
sweepers/mixed sweepers that are faster than hitmonlee
(Skarmory, Aerodactyl, Crobat, Swellow and Zapdos come
to mind, who are all capable of defeating this
Hitmonlee also works well with Endure/Reversal, since
its quite common on fighting types (again, HP Ghost
should be included, mainly for ghost types who won't
be harmed by this strategy.)
Earthquake can be replaced with Double kick (for
substituters) or Mach punch (there will be times when
Hitmonlee needs to attack first), though EQ is useful
against Metagross (since Brick break does normal
damage, around 89% damage with Critical hit).
Max out the EVs in Attack & Speed for Hitmonlee with any remaining in HP
Strategy Against Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee is one of the few fighting types capable of
taking a psychic hit. Fortunately (for anyone facing
one), he isn't hugely capable of taking a physical
- Since Hitmonlee has a good maximum speed (300, which
outruns the max speed of a neutral nature Base 100
Pokémon), you need to be prepared to take a strong
physical hit or have a Pokémon fast enough to out
speed Hitmonlee (and strong enough to KO him).
Aerodactyl is a good choice for something fast and
Skarmory is a good example of something that can take
- Ghost types are good way to go, since Hitmonlee's
strongest attack against ghost types is Hidden Power
(which is hard to get unless you are using NetBattle).
Also, since most ghosts have access to Will-o-Wisp,
which can help neutralise that large attack stat (plus
you can't paralyse him so burning him is the best way
- Double Kick can be an annoyance for people using
Substitute (Tarboah [Substitute, Focus Punch, Crunch,
Thunderbolt] is screwed by a Double Kick Hitmonlee
since Crunch isn't very effective, Focus punch is
flinched), so beware of that if you see Hitmonlee
switched in against your Focus Puncher (or whatever
that happens to be using Sub).
- Limber prevents Paralysis, making it ideal for
- 110 Special Defence means it'll absorb a few Special
Hits before fainting.
- It's always handy to have something with Quick
Attack (or a Tyranitar with Sandstorm) since Hitmonlee
can make very good use of Reversal.
- Aerial Ace, Drill Peck or Hidden Power Flying is
your best bet for taking down Hitmonlee, though most
decent physical attacks will KO Hitmonlee with such a
pathetic HP and Defence stat.
A good Contest Moveset for Hitmonlee would have to be this for the Tough Contest best with Impish, Lax, Relaxed or Bold Nature:
Strategy Using Hitmonlee
If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Bulk up, 2nd - Rock Smash, 3rd - Bulk Up,
4th - Rock Smash, 5th - Earthquake/Brick break
Locations in Games
Trade from FR/LG
Trade from FR/LG
Fire Red/Leaf Green
Fighting Dojo - Only One