After an encounter with Team Rocket where James kicked Mankey to get rid of it because it was annoying them in their attempt to capture Pikachu
, in its rage it evolved into a Primeape. Primeape didn't take too kindly to the way it was treated by Team Rocket and it ended up punching Jessie
in the face. In the process, Ash Ketchum
's hat came off Primeape's head but just as Pikachu
went to recover it, Primeape cornered Pikachu
tried to reason with it but just ended up getting punched so hard he went flying into the air.
It took Ash's Squirtle
, Ash's Bulbasaur
and then finally Ash's Charmander
to capture Primeape. Just before Ash's Charmander
was about to burn Ash Ketchum
's hat and Primeape, Pikachu
jumped over Primeape and recovered his hat. The combination attack proved to be enough to weaken Primeaple so that Ash Ketchum
was able to throw a Poké ball at it. Just after Ash Ketchum
caught Primeape, Team Rocket appeared at the top of the pit and Ash Ketchum
threw his newly captured Primeape into the pit with them.
P-1 Grand Prix Martial Arts Tournament
's daughter Rebecca
told Ash Ketchum
and his friends that in order to win the P-1 Grand Prix Martial Arts Tournament, her father Anthony
holed himself up in the mountains and wouldn't come home at all despite the pleading from her. Ash Ketchum
agreed to enter the tournament in order to beat Anthony
so that he'd come to his senses and return home to his family.
did very well in the tournament. In its first round it defeated a Machop after a shaky start but it managed to quickly adapt to the trained fighting skill and showed its superior strength. It then battled a Machamp and advanced to the final round against Giant's Hitmonlee
. After Team Rocket's plan to electrify Ash's Primeape
failed, it finished off Giant's Hitmonlee
with a powerful Seismic Toss
which knocked it out. Ash's Primeape
won the P-1 Grand Prix.
watched Ash's Primeape
win the P-1 Grand Prix and was very impressed. He told Ash Ketchum
that Primeape might be a fighting prodigy as it had shown potential to grow into something grand. Anthony
asked Ash Ketchum
if he could train his Primeape and Ash Ketchum
agreed. Before leaving, Ash Ketchum
finally conveyed his feelings to Primeape and told it that parting is tough but they would certainly meet again at some point. Ash's Primeape
was touched by Ash Ketchum
's farewell and looked sad to part ways as Ash Ketchum
continued on his journey.
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