Friday, May 4

Ranking the Pokemon: #91- Mankey

If we were going by stats alone, Mankey would certainly be below its main Fighting-type rival of Machop (and rest assured, unless I just completely screw this up, Machamp WILL be ahead of Primeape). But fortunately, we're factoring in other things, like how a weird taloned pig-monkey is more entertaining than a gingerbread man (but slightly less delicious). Mankey's true hilarity doesn't really come until Pokemon Stadium, when you can see it dancing around and occasionally grabbing its tail as if it's a lasso. Or maybe I just dreamed that. I don't know. Either way, Mankey is funny.

The other part that's funny about Mankey is how easily it can be killed. Wait, that's not funny, it's irritating. With terrible HP and even worse Defense and Special, the Mankster can't take many hits before it gets its bell rung (see what I did there, it's a boxing reference since Mankey always throws punches!). The Manky Panky does have good Attack and Speed, however, which means it can (probably) strike first and do some solid damage with a Fighting or Normal move. While I'm not a huge fan of the move Dig, it was at its best in the first generation of games, so Mankey being able to learn it is a plus to give it a Fighting chance (man, I'm on FIRE with these cross references) against Psychics. Throw Rock Slide on there instead (or in addition to) for use against flyers and Mankey can harm a vast array of opponents. It probably won't kill any of them, but who knows, maybe you'll get lucky.

Battling Grade: C

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