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What is a good moveset for Hitmonchan?

1 vote

My sister just traded me her Hitmonchan. It knows:

Mega Punch: Hitmonchan's ability powers it up.

Vacuum Wave: Attacks first, STAB.

Thunderpunch: Deals with Flying types. Powered up by ability.

Ice Punch: Deals with Flying types. Powered up by ability.

hitmonchan learnset

asked Jul 15, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Hitmonchan (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Iron Fist
EVs: 8 HP / 252 Atk / 248 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Mach Punch
- ThunderPunch
- Ice Punch
- Fire Punch

16 Answers

3 votes

Mach Punch: A truely powerful priority with Hitmonchan.

Ice Punch: Deals with Flying types.

Fire Punch: Deals with Bug types.

Earthquake: Deals with Poison types.

An excellent option is Focus Punch, which is incredibly powerful with Hitmonchan, although Close Combat is more reliable.

answered Dec 17, 2010 by trachy
Umm, why would hitmonchan want to deal with bug types when they aren't very affective on him?
Because otherwise it cannot hit them...
3 votes

Gen V

Hitmonchan (M) @ Choice Band

Trait: Iron Fist

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Bullet Punch
  • Drain Punch
  • ThunderPunch
  • Ice Punch

All moves get boosted by Iron Fist. Bullet Punch provides priority, Drain Punch is STAB that also heals you, and Thunder and Ice Punch are type coverage. Sweeping EVs.

answered Jun 27, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 24, 2011 by trachy
3 votes

Rayman (Hitmonchan) (M) @ Big Root

Trait: Iron Fist
EVs: 240 HP / 112 Atk / 16 Def / 140 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Bulk Up
- Drain Punch
- Ice Punch
- ThunderPunch

Bulk up = Bulk.
Drain Punch is STAB and your primary attacking move, it also pairs well with Big Root ( Thanks to Heinz Ketchum for making me think of that )
Ice Punch + Thunder Punch is a great coverage combo to abuse.

answered Jul 14, 2011 by Josh
edited May 30, 2012 by Josh
I use pretty well the same set, my EVs vary a bit to my taste, but not much. One thing I would suggest is to use Big Root, it gives a 30% increase in power to Hitmon's STAB Drain Punch (150 power after factoring STAB, Iron Fist, and Root Boosts). As Drain Punch is the most used attack on this set, increasing its power (and recovery) further will only help your success.
2 votes

Your move set is great. You might want to give it pursuit or theif to deal with psychic types, but since those moves aren't very strong and your ability does not help them you should think about it first.

answered Jul 15, 2010 by ohioscyther
2 votes

Vacuum Wave?? Seriously?? A 40 Power Move on A Pokemon With 100's of great Move Options?!

Heres A Good Set:
Ice Punch(Ability/Coverage)
Stone Edge(Strong Move)
Sky Uppercut(STAB/Ability)

answered Aug 10, 2010 by Swampert
Sister's Hitmonchan. Higher level than mine so that's the one I'm going to train to level 100.
Yeah, thats would I would do, because im lazy
2 votes

Here is another set:

Substitute-to protect yourself
Focus Punch-STAB and powered up by ability
Bullet Punch-Coverage

Ability-Iron Fist
Evs-252 ATT 252 SP
Item-life orb/Muscle Band

answered Feb 23, 2011 by Psychic x
1 vote

What I would give mine is:
Sky uppercut (stab)
Ice punch (type coverage)
Natural gift (with the berry which will effect psychic types, it works quite well with my torterra, I had to use it had no good rock type attacks left)
Thunderpunch (tupe coverage)

answered Dec 17, 2010 by J DOG DE LEGEND
1 vote

Double/Triple Battle

Hitmonchan (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Iron Fist
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Rock Slide
- Drain Punch
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch

Rock Slide hits multiple Pokemon, as does Earthquake. Drain Punch is STAB. Ice Punch is type coverage. Some Pokemon are just straight-foward.

answered Jan 19, 2012 by trachy
1 vote

A great moveset for Hitmonchan:

Ability: Iron Fist

Ice Punch - deals with Ground, Flying, Dragon, and Grass types. More coverage than ThunderPunch, so I highly recommend using Ice Punch rather than ThunderPunch.

Bullet Punch - deals with Rock and Fairy Types. Priority move as well.

Drain Punch - STAB, recovers HP, paired with Iron Fist ability, need I say more?

Focus Punch or Sky Uppercut - using a good strategy, I'd choose Focus Punch, but if you're wary about using it, choose Sky Uppercut instead.

This is an up-to-date Hitmonchan moveset, a couple weeks after the release of X and Y . It's very effective. (y)

answered Oct 20, 2013 by Dat LaprASSc:
reshown Apr 12, 2014 by Dat LaprASSc:
Don't need to be so rude about it. A person is asking for help with a moveset, not proclaiming it to be the best moveset ever.
Kick back dude. I was merely stating. Don't be one of those people pls.
BTW using thunderpunch covers the water/psychic type  (slowbro) that sees a lot of use.  Don't be so aggressive because you don't understand something, ask questions or do what EVERYONE ELSE a reply that doesn't include negativity.
1 vote

Hitmonchan @ Assault Vest


Role: NU Bulky Spinner

Ability: Iron Fist

EVs: 196 HP / 252 Atk / 60 Def

Adamant Nature (+ Atk , - Sp. Atk)

  • Rapid Spin
  • Drain Punch
  • Mach Punch
  • Ice Punch



While Hitmonchan is outclassed by a lot of Fighting-types in NU, he does have a niche in NU as a bulky spinner. One of his main appeals is his resistance to Stealth Rock. Hitmonchan also gets Iron-Fist boosted STAB Mach Punch, allowing it to pick off weakened foes. Drain Punch allows it to have a reliable form of passive recovery and is boosted by Iron-Fist. Ice Punch allows it to deal with Flying-types that try to switch-in and land the kill. It's also important to note that Ice Punch can OHKO Scyther and Archeops (if they try to predict the Drain Punch) with SR on their side of the field. Assault Vest is a nice item to bolster Hitmonchan's Sp. Def and give it nice bulk, although Life Orb can be used to boost his damage.

Note: This set was updated since the drop of Hitmonchan to NU (although it has been a while now). If this is not the set you're looking for, check here.

answered Mar 3 by MechSteelix
edited Aug 31 by MechSteelix
0 votes

I would say
-hold Leftovers
-Substitute(you'll find why)
-Focus Punch(godly with substitute)
-Ice punch(Deals with Dragon/Flying/Grass/Ground)
-Well the last move's your choice!

This is my first answer plz tell me how I did!

answered May 12, 2012 by coldfire375
I would deff put in a last move and not leave a " your choice " that's an easy way to get down-voted.
A suggested nature and role / EVs is also nice so viewers have more of an idea of what you're aiming for. For this particular set I would suggest Thunder Punch for good coverage with Ice Punch.
0 votes

This is the moveset I like to use for Hitmonchan:
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Iron Fist
EVS: 252 Attack, 248 Speed, 8 HP
Adamant Nature (+Attack, -Sp. Attack)

Drain Punch (STAB, Ability, and Healing)
Ice Punch (Ability and Coverage)
ThunderPunch (Ability and Coverage)
Earthquake (Makes good use of high attack and can deal with more enemies at the same time)

answered Aug 28, 2013 by IronKnight47
0 votes

Hitmonchan @ Choice Scarf
252Atk, 252 Spe, 4whatever,

Ability; Iron Fist
Nature; Jolly

Mach Punch
Fire Punch
Ice Punch
Thunder Punch

This set is like a slightly weaker Diggersby, (You can run Adamant with web, and match that mofo) and not only provides priority to face off personally against the bunny, and greninja's dark half, it also packs a physical bolt beam, and access to fire punch will really piss a lot of sun grass users that have chlorophyll, but get outsped by your scarf.

answered Jan 20, 2014 by TickTheNinja
0 votes

Wow, a lot of these don't make true use of Hitmonchan's stats. Whilst he has got high attack and a good ability and moveset to match, there are much better sweepers. The Hitmonchan I use works as a special wall. He has brilliant Sp. Def and his mediocre speed will allow him to out speed the majority of other tanks by having around 95 speed at Lv. 50, un-boosted. Here's my set for a special wall:

Ability: Iron Fist
Item: Big Root
EV's: 252 Att, 252 Sp. Def, 6 Speed

Drain Punch (Healing and massive power from Big Root, Iron Fist and STAB)
Bulk Up (Cover weak Defence)
Bullet Punch (Priority, deals with Fairy Types and good against fast Ghost Types, especially Frosslas to prevent it from setting up hazards)
Fire/Ice Punch (Powered up by ability, it depends on what base you want to cover, Ice Punch deals with Dragons and Flying, however Fire Punch mixed with Bullet Punch can be very good against Ageislash which usually causes a bit of trouble for my teams)

answered Jul 20, 2014 by jollypolly89
0 votes

Hitmonchan (M) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Iron Fist
Evs: 252 HP, 252 Atk, 6 Sp.Def
Nature: Adamant (+Atk,-Sp.Atk)
- Drain Punch
- Fire Punch/Earthquake
- Ice Punch/Earthquake
- Rapid Spin

answered Jul 21, 2014 by Soundwave
0 votes

Ice Punch (Covers flying weakness)
Pursuit (Covers psychic weakness)
Close Combat (STAB)
Bulk Up (Use after Close Combat)

answered Jul 13 by GreninjaBisharpSWAG