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[[File:Type Fire.gif|link=Fire type]]  
Species Chimp Pokémon
Abilities Blaze
Iron Fist (Dream World)
None ← 390 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Monferno]]
(ヒコザル Hikozaru)
[[Generation IV]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Red>Red</font>
Shape Footprint

Chimchar (Japanese: ヒコザル Hikozaru) is the Fire-type Starter Pokémon of the Sinnoh region.


Chimchars are based on monkeys. Being very agile, Chimchar are able to climb the rocky ledges of tall mountains, where they live. Their fiery butts are produced by burning gas in their stomachs. Chimchar also has a light colored stomach with a little swirl at the top on its chest. The swirl on Chimchar's chest carries over to its second and third evolutions. The flames do not go out in the rain like the flames on Charmander's tails, Chimchar's rear flame goes out when they go to sleep. Chimchar is based on a monkey, with a cry similar to a spider monkey's cry. Like regular monkeys, Chimchar are very mischivous, but can show courage at times. Chimchar are very rare and only make their nests in cliffsides and rocky mountains, because If they were to live in jungles, there would be forest fires everyday.


Chimchar evolves into Monferno once it reaches level 14 and into Infernape at level 36.

In the anime

Main article: Ash's Chimchar

A Chimchar first appeared in the Pokémon anime series in "Following A Maiden's Voyage!". The little fire-monkey was teasing a Piplup (that is now under Dawn's ownership) after stealing food from it. Piplup then started to fire a bubble beam, but Chimchar kept dodging the attack. A Staraptor and a Starly that were part of Professor Rowan's evolution project, were hit by Piplup's bubbles and created a whirlwind attack from their wings that wrecked everything in Professor Rowan's lab. After these sudden events took place, Chimchar jumped out of a broken window, with Piplup; chasing after it.

A Chimchar appears again with a trainer, Paul. Paul captured Chimchar because he witnessed a battle between Chimchar and a group of wild Zangoose. Chimchar uses a very powerful Flame Wheel to scare off the Zangoose. Paul is amazed with the power Chimchar produced and decided to capture it. Template:I Template:I Chimchar is often ill-treated by Paul. Instead of encouraging him, Paul reprimanded him, making his life miserable (as he wants Chimchar to create the same power that scared away the Zangoose). Paul uses his strong Pokémon to train Chimchar; by using all his other Pokémon's moves at the same time to attack Chimchar (however, he reveals that this is what Chimchar wanted). Chimchar suffered mental injuries because of this.

When Ash is enter a tag-team battle, his tag-partner is Paul. When Chimchar is faced off against a strong Zangoose, Paul does not command Chimchar to use its attacks. Then Paul turned away and started to walk off the arena. Chimchar felt very disappointed. After this, Paul released Chimchar into the wild and said that he doesn't want Chimchar anymore. Chimchar was very upset with Paul's decision.

Ash witnessed the entire event and asked Chimchar to join his team. Chimchar is crying with joy when Ash encouraged him and told him that his moves were awesome.

In The Rise of Darkrai, Alice has a Chimchar that she uses to power her hot-air balloon.

In the episode Paul vs Ash part 2 Chimchar evolved into Monferno but sadly was defeated.

In the episode "Fighting Ire With Fire! " Monferno evolved into Infernape; saving Piplup, Empoleon and Pikachu; from Team Rocket.

It is set to reappear in the Pikachu short airing along with the 15th Pokémon movie

Game Info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Diamond/Pearl Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase near Lake Verity One
Platinum Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase on Route 201 One
HeartGold/SoulSilver Trade None
Black/White Trade None

Side Game Locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Starter Pokémon
Giant Volcano (1F-10F)
Dark Crater (B1F-B10F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Chroma Highlands

Pokédex Entries


Known Trainers with a Chimchar


Generation IV

Level Up

TM/HM Attack Name Attack Type
Start Scratch Normal
Start Leer Normal
7 Ember Fire
9 Taunt Dark
15 Fury Swipes Normal
17 Flame Wheel Fire
23 Nasty Plot Dark
25 Torment Dark
31 Facade Normal
33 Fire Spin Fire
39 Slack Off Normal
41 Flamethrower Fire


Chimchar may be named after "Chimp" and "Charcoal".


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