Chimchar, or Hikozaru, is a very bizarre little Fire monkey. You know how sometimes you get a special move that you only get if you keep a pokemon in a lower evolution for a long time past the level at which it would normally evolve? And sometimes, you get a special move only if you allow the pokemon to evolve at the EXACT right level? Well, Chimchar has both. It has moves you can only get by leaving it as Chimchar forever, and moves you can only get by letting it evolve at the exact level. How bizarre. Chimchar is focused on Special Attack moves. If you keep your starter as Chimchar, it learns: lvl 23 Nasty Plot Dark status move -- -- Raises SP.ATT two stages lvl 41 Flamethrower Fire Sp.Atk move 95 100 May induce burn. However, if you allow your starter to evolve at the usual time, Monferno learns: lvl 14 Mach Punch Fight Atk move 40 100 Always strikes first. lvl 26 Feint Normal status move? -- -- Only works when foe uses Protect or Detect (I have no idea what this move does) lvl 36 Close Combat Fight Atk move 120 100 Lowers user's DEFENSE and SP.DEF Then, really bizarrely, Infernape learns a move called Punishment at lvl 33 - even though the usual evolution level for Monferno to turn into Infernape is lvl 36, and it's therefore impossible to have a lvl 33 Infernape! I'm not so bothered about the Monferno vs Infernape evolution, but I want advice about when to evolve Chimchar. All three versions of the Fire starter have equal Attack & Special Attack base stats, and Infernape can learn powerful TM & HM attacks of both Physical & Special types. So it really is up to the player whether to train for Attack or Sp.Atk moves, but I don't know which to go for. What do you reckon - leave her as Chimchar until lvl 41 & EV train for Sp.Atk, or evolve her to Monferno a.s.a.p. & EV train for Attack?