Tuesday, December 11

Ranking the Pokemon: #70- Hitmonlee

I don't know what it is, but I've always kind of liked Hitmonlee. Along with Hitmonchan, it's one of two Generation I Pokemon named after an actor that excelled in martial arts. Except Bruce Lee isn't alive anymore, so Hitmonlee has to carry on his name. Kick-san is also in Super Smash Bros., while Punch-chan is nowhere to be found. I don't know what Hitmonlee says when it attacks in the fighting game, but it's terrifyingly amusing. And the kicking Pokemon reminds me a LOT of the men whose heads do grow beneath their shoulders that appear in a ton of Shakespeare novels. Good stuff.

I prefer Hitmonlee over Hitmonchan because 'lee doesn't pretend to be something it's not. You get it at the Fighting Dojo, it looks like a fighter, and that's what you'll get. No "Oh, I learn a bunch of elemental punches, but my Special is so atrocious you won't do any damage with these attacks." Hitmonlee says "eff that." The only two Special moves it learns at all are Meditate and Rest, which will do the same thing regardless of what your Special is. You might even consider putting both on your Hitmonlee, and then rounding it off with High Jump Kick and Double-Edge or Mega Kick or some other high damage Normal move. Gotta take advantage of Hitmonlee's absurd Attack and pretty good Speed. 'Lee gets a bit of a bad break, though, as in later generations its Special Defense is really strong, so it has a chance to take some hits from a Psychic. It still can in Gen. I, but it's less likely. Guess it should have spent a little less time on its legs and some more on its bulbous body, so it could absorb a few more blows.

Battling Grade: C

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