Monferno, the Playful Pokémon and the evolved form of Chimchar. Monferno launches aerial attacks off of ceilings and walls, and its fiery tail is used as one of its weapons.
– Ash’s Pokedex
Monferno is the middle child of the Sinnoh Fire starter. Like Combusken before it, it gains the Fighting subtype. It evolved from Chimchar at level 14, and learns Mach Punch as its first Fighting move.
In the anime, Ash’s Chimchar evolved into Monferno (which later evolved into Infernape). Like its species, it was rather playful and a bit rowdy as a Monferno.
Stat-wise, it has good Speed, and good Attack and Sp Attack (which are equal). I’ve been recently playing Pearl, and picked Chimchar as my starter (I picked Piplup in Platinum). I like that Monferno got a Fighting move as soon as it evolved, and as much as I like the priority, Mach Punch lacks power; and Monferno was fast enough not to need a priority move anyway. I found myself wishing it got a better one, and it’s not until level 36 does it learn Close Combat (right before it evolves). It is nice that it got Flame Wheel quite early so I didn’t have to use Ember anymore though. However, it doesn’t learn Flamethrower by level-up, and I have to wait quite a while before getting Flare Blitz.