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What is a good moveset for Primeape?

1 vote

It knows: Brick Break, Stone Edge, Payback, Overheat.

Primeape learnset

Also, this is a pretty common misconception that's been posted a few times...note that Defiant does not work with self inflicted stat drops, so it won't boost up his attack.

asked Jul 8, 2010 by trachy
edited Oct 13, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Primeape (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Vital Spirit
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Close Combat
- Outrage
- U-turn
- Stone Edge

12 Answers

2 votes

Suggested Ability: Vital Spirit
Suggested item: Expert Belt/Life Orb

  • Close Combat
  • Stone Edge/Ice Punch
  • Earthquake
  • U-Turn

This is a pretty standard set. Close Combat gives him STAB, Stone edge/ice punch cover his flying weakness, Earthquake gives some type coverage, and U-Turn lets him run off from psychic types, as well as deal with all the grass types in NU.

answered Jun 6, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Oct 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
1 vote

Yes,very good.Stone Edge will make up for its weakness against flying types,and payback will make up for its weakness against
psycic types.Brick break is a matching type and can break through
light screen and reflect.Maybe get rid of overheat,since it decreases
the special attack stat.Replace it with somthing that is a fighting type or somthing that makes up for any other weaknesses PRIMEAPE

answered Jul 8, 2010 by PokeGirl
edited Jul 8, 2010 by PokeGirl
Whats wrong with my answer?Why is it -1
Primeape has no other weaknesses, somebody saw that and probably rated it down. Try also giving a move example to replace Overheat. I sometimes think people rate others down for no reason.
Personally, I wouldn't put overheat on Primeape to begin with, seeing as its Special Stats are abysmal. Poison Jab would be a great addition if you have access to it. :)

Also, Primeape's pretty quick, so Payback may be flawed. However, if you're using it solely to hit Psychics, who are mainly frail in Defense, then I see it as a great idea!
I'll teach it Poison Jab. Payback is for Psychic types, some of whom are fairly fast. It can also be used on the chance that Primeape is the slower of the two Pokemon.
1 vote

Gen V

Primeape (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Vital Spirit

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Close Combat
  • Stone Edge
  • Ice Punch
  • ThunderPunch

Again, standard sweeper. Life Orb boosts the power of your moves. Close Combat is STAB, all the toher moves are type coverage. Vital Spirit stops the foe from putting you to sleep. Really, not much explanation is required here.

answered Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
0 votes

Gen V

Primeape@ Life Orb

Trait: Vital Spirit

Jolly Nature(-Sp Attack +Attack)

EVs:252 Attack 252 Speed 4 HP

  • Close Combat
  • Outrage
  • U-Turn
  • Ice Punch/Thunder Punch
answered Jul 1, 2011 by Psusnis◇
0 votes

Primeape (M) @ Fire Gem

Role: Physical Sweeper

Trait: Defiant

EVs: 96 Sp Atk / 160 Atk / 252 Spd

Rash Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Overheat
  • Close Combat
  • U-turn
  • Acrobatics

Okay, I really like this guy.

I'm not 100% sure about defiant boosts, but I'm pretty sure he gets them, but even without them, the set is still intact.

Overheat Deals good damage with the Fire Gem, And gives Defiant boosts.

Close Combat is Hard hitting STAB and Defiant boosts.

And Acrobatics Is beastly after your Fire gem is Used.

While U-Turn is classicaly used to escape.

answered Jul 16, 2011 by Josh
Nope, self-stat drop does not give boosts with Defiant. As such, you'll be better off with Vital Spirit.
a defiant move but unfortunately this wont work and rash nature boosts sp.atk and weakens sp.def
0 votes

A good Physical Sweeper set I found:

Primeape (M) @ Expert Belt
Trait: Vital Spirit
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Brick Break
- U-turn
- Dig
- Rock Slide

Expert Belt works well with the strategy here. Evs are standard Physical Sweeper. Brick Break is STAB, and breaks screens. U-turn is coverage against Psychics, and helps you escape. Dig is just a good move, even though you have to wait two turns. However... When you use Dig, the foe switches to a Flying type to avoid damage. But with Rock Slide, you hit them super effective. Expert Belt helps here. Rock Slide also kills Bug types resisting the rest of the moveset.

answered Sep 9, 2011 by Fate Itself
0 votes


Primeape (M) @ Lum Berry

Ability: Vital Spirit

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Cross Chop
  • Body Slam
  • Rock Slide
  • Earthquake

This Guy laughs at status with a Vital Spirit + Lum Berry Combo, he can't be put to sleep, and you have to use any other status twice for it to last.
Aside from That, Cross Chop is lower accuracy than other choices, but still probably the best if you want him to actually sweep effeciently, Rock Slide is great coverage for Fighting Types, and prior to Gen IV+ it was one of the best rock choices for any pokemon needing a rock move.
Body Slam gives some brute normal type damage, and can paralyze, which makes it superior to Return/Frustration to be honest. Last but not least, Earthquake gives amazing type coverage for this thing to sweep along, and it's got a reliable 100 accuracy too!

answered Sep 13, 2011 by Josh
0 votes

Suggested ability: vital spirit
Suggested item: Life orb

  • Earthquake
  • Thunder punch
  • Close Combat
  • Ice Punch

This is basically an electivire set refitted for Primeape. It covers several types of pokemon and is a pretty nice way to cover pokemon.

answered Oct 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
0 votes

Double/Triple battle

Primeape (M) @ Life Orb/Flying Gem
Trait: Defiant
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Assurance
- Earthquake
- Close Combat
- Acrobatics/Rock Slide/Aerial Ace

Assurance gets good coverage along with the other moves and gets more powerful when it hits a Pokemon already damaged, great for multi-battles. Earthquake hits multiple Pokemon. Close Combat is STAB. The final move is your choice. Acrobatics is the best move, as it does great damage, gives good coverage, and can hit any foe in a Triple Battle. However, to make best use of it will require a Gem (Flying is best). So you might want to not use Acrobatics in favor of a Life Orb. Rock Slide hits multiple Pokemon, but does not get as good of coverage as Flying. Aerial Ace is weaker than Rock Slide, but it gets slightly better coverage and can hit any foe in a Triple Battle. Defiant works great as Intimidate is a common ability. So you'll get +1 Attack from Intimidate.

answered Jan 17, 2012 by trachy
0 votes

Ability-Anger Point
EV- 252 atk/ 252 speed
Close Combat [stab]
Ice punch/thunder punch/Brick break[use it on weak Pokemon and CC on bulky ones like liketung/snorlax] /seed bomb/[coverage]
Earthquake [coverage]
Substitute[as it is weak] /Stone edge [coverageis you r not using puches]

answered Dec 30, 2012 by sarvesh672
0 votes

Oh, the last answer is in Dec 2012, guess I can still make it.
Here's my [Berserk-Ape]
Primeape (M) @ Focus band
Trait: Anger Point
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+ATk, -S.Atk)
- Reversal
- Bulk-up
- Beat up (well, if you have 6 Pokemons, gonna be pretty badass)
- Stone Edge

Primeape has a pretty low Hp-defense, so everybody tends to go for a 1HKO, and thats how this thing works.

Just make sure you have enough spd, Bulk-up on the very first turn, then Reversal/Stone edge your way to victory. Replace Adamant with Jolly if your Berserk-ape has trouble dealing with speedy-sweepers.

answered Mar 23, 2013 by Inferno.hell
0 votes

Primespe moveset
Nature: Jolly
Item: Expert Belt

  • Cross Chop (STAB)
  • Rock Slide (Flying Coverage, Damages Multiple Foes)
  • U-Turn (Psychic Coverage, and to switch to perhaps a Dark-type so the psychic moves won't do any damage
  • Protect (For a distraction. As Primeape's defenses aren't that fantastic, many foes would target Primeape first as it would do big damage, and you could do some damage to the Pokémon trying to attack the protecting Primeape)
answered Jul 12, 2013 by FrogGwee
Is this for doubles?
Yeah probably :3
Oops sorry to mention. Its for doubles :)