Lucky and Terrible
Primeape distinguishes itself among the various Fighting-types in LGPE OU by virtues of its access to U-turn, allowing it to function as a fearsome pivot and switch out from common checks such as Mew and Zapdos. This, in tandem with Primeape's access to plentiful coverage options and a strong Low Kick, gives it a decent niche as an All-out attacker. However, its mediocre Speed stat leaves it susceptible to prominent threats such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Aerodactyl, and Starmie. Furthermore, it faces competition from other Fighting-types such as Poliwrath, Machamp, and Hitmonlee that possesses better defensive or offensive capabilities.
name: All-out Attacker
move 1: Low Kick
move 2: Ice Punch / Rock Slide
move 3: Thunder Punch
move 4: U-turn
item: No Item
nature: Adamant / Jolly
Low Kick is Primeape's most powerful STAB move, allowing it to 2HKO Melmetal and Rhydon while also dealing with prominent threats such as Mega Gyarados and Snorlax. Ice Punch OHKOs Dragonite and pressures Zapdos, Nidoqueen, and Mega Venusaur while Rock Slide provides coverage against the former two and Mega Charizard Y. Thunder Punch serves as coverage for Water-types such as Gyarados, Poliwrath, and Vaporeon. U-turn allows Primeape to function as an offensive pivot, establishing momentum by switching out against checks such as Mew and Zapdos. An Adamant nature is preferred for the damage output, although a Jolly nature can be utilized to outspeed Nidoking and neutral Speed variants of Mew and Zapdos.
Primeape is best utilizied early- to mid-game as a wallbreaker, threatening common Stealth Rock setters such as Rhydon, Nidoqueen, and Alolan Dugtrio with supereffective coverage to prevent Stealth Rock from being set up. Primeape should be utilizing U-turn to retain offensive momentum, allowing it to escape from its checks such as Mew and Zapdos while bringing in a suitable answer to them such as Alolan Muk and Rhydon, respectively. Furthermore, Primeape can take advantage of its various coverage options to weaken its numerous checks, although that requires careful predictions.
Alolan Muk synergize well with Primeape, serving as a check to Psychic-types such as Mew, Mega Alakazam, and Starmie. In return, Primeape can threaten Rhydon, Alolan Dugtrio, and Melmetal that give Alolan Muk trouble. Ground-types such as Nidoqueen, Alolan Dugtrio, and Rhydon provide Stealth Rock support to weaken foes while serving as checks to Zapdos with Alolan Dugtrio also checking the aforementioned Psychic-types. Melmetal and the aforementioned Rhydon also function as physical walls against powerful revenger killers such as Mega Aerodactyl and Mega Beedrill, covering Primeape's susceptibility to both. Powerful wallbreakers and sweepers such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Beedrill, and Gengar can take advantage of U-turn from Primeape to safely switch into battle and threaten its checks such as Mega Venusaur and Mew. Mega Beedrill is a notable partner, providing U-turn support to safely bring Primeape into battle while Primeape can return the favor by pressuring Melmetal.
Earthquake is a notable alternative over Thunder Punch to OHKO Gengar and does more damage to Nidoqueen than Ice Punch, although Ice Punch already provides the coverage for Earthquake's other targets. Poison Jab threatens Clefable, but the loss of better coverage moves or U-turn is not optimal. Bulk Up can turn Primeape into a fearsome offensive presence, but is generally inconsistent due to Primeape's subpar Speed stat and mediocre defenses.
Checks and Counters
**Mew**: Mew outspeeds Primeape and can cripple it with Will-o-Wisp or weaken it with Psychic. However, Mew should be wary of potentially switching into a U-turn or being inflicted with Toxic poison.
**Fast Psychic-types**: Although Mega Alakazam and Starmie cannot directly switch into Primeape due to the fear of U-turn, they can easily revenge kill it with a powerful Psychic.
**Zapdos**: Zapdos takes minimal damage from Low Kick and can 2HKO Primeape with Drill Peck. However, it dislikes switching into an Ice Punch or Rock Slide and must be aware of carelessly using Roost due to Earthquake.
**Mega Venusaur**: Mega Venusaur's impressive bulk allows it to absorb hits, even Ice Punch, from Primeape and 2HKO it back with Mega Drain or Sludge Bomb.
**Revenge Killers**: Faster Pokemon such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Beedrill, and Mega Pinsir can revenge kill Primeape due to its middling defenses and Speed stat.
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