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Pipo Monkey

The Pipo Monkeys from left to right; Red, Blue, White, Yellow, Black, Sky Blue, and Green.

Pipo Monkeys (ピポサル), sometimes just called Monkeys (サル) and Apes in Ape Escape, are ordinary monkeys under the control of a mass produced helmet called the Peak Point Helmet. Being the main symbol of the whole Ape Escape franchise, they appear in every game and all other Ape Escape-related media. They have gained many cameo-roles in other non-Ape Escape related media. There are currently eight different known types of Pipo Monkeys.

Behavior and Appearance[]

Pipo Monkeys are brown apes with tan mouths, feet, and hands. They have big round eyes and usually very simplistic expressions. Depending on the type, they may have a certain expression or item different from the common yellow pantsed apes. Each Pipo Monkey wears a Pipo Helmet.

They are very simpleminded when compared to Specter's way of thinking. As a result, they seem to only speak their own ape language, which comes out as "Ukki". When they feel threatened, they can attack their assailant by using random items at their disposal such as banana peels, rocks and other violent weapons they may possess such as bombs and machine guns. They can even flail their own arms as a means of defense. There are also many other different monkeys throughout the series that have their own ways of fighting back against their enemies.

These little apes also have human-like behaviors. They eat, sleep, drink, play and do whatever they want. The pipo monkeys can even operate all sorts of vehicles which they use to attack the player and make it more difficult to be caught. Their specific behavior can be easily identified by analyzing their pants' color, their gear or their suits.

Pants color[]

The color of a Pipo Monkey's pants can give a glimpse on the monkey's personality and behavior.

  • Yellowpants Yellow: The most common color a Pipo Monkey can be seen wearing. There isn't any extra feature or item shown. These apes can usually be caught easily, although this varies, especially since some wield weapons such as laser guns.
  • Bluepants Light Blue: Sad little Pipo Monkeys that are very nervous and skittish, should you get too close. They often have below average stats except for alertness and are often considered weak and wimpy because of this. However due to their fearful nature, they often have good hiding spots in levels.
  • Darkbluepants Blue: These Apes wear running shoes, goggles and scarves. They usually have very high speed stats and are quite fast at moving around in comparison to others. Can also sometimes throw banana peels. In the first game, their eyes were revealed to be the same shape as the Pipo Monkeys wearing light blue pants.
  • Redpants Red: Tough monkeys with a lot of fire power! In the first game, they used a combination of machine guns, missiles, and bombs. In later installments this was changed to them wearing boxing gloves, and they aren't afraid to beat you up when you get too close! Their attack (aggression in Ape Escape 2) is usually higher than other monkeys.
  • Blackpants Black: Distinguished by their black tie and sunglasses, these monkeys carry submachine guns, and the very moment they notice you, they will fire their guns. They can't move nor turn around while firing,making their backs especially vulnerable. They also tend to have decent attack or aggression stats.
  • Whitepants White: Spiral-glasses wearing Monkeys. They had the highest alert rate of all in the first game, known for their ability to spot the player, but in later installments their alert rate was lowered and they became known for struggling to spot the player. In addition, they have the ability to throw bombs. As the first game reveals, their eye shape is the same as the ones wearing yellow pants.
  • Greenpants Green: Apes wearing special sight goggles and a backpack that can fire missiles. They seem to be more into technology and currently have the highest alert rate.
  • Pink: Only appearing in Ape Escape Move. They are almost like Yellow Pants Pipo Monkeys, but with thinner eyes. They can throw items at the player character. They have a pink item pack worn around their necks and seem uneasy.
  • Uniquepants No Color: Monkeys that wear unique costumes, this making the color of pants they wear (and the type of monkey they are) impossible to tell. While most of them will still have the properties of whatever type they are, others use the properties of their costume they wear to their advantage. These kinds of monkeys are represented by a pants icon with all the possible pants colors but with a question mark at the side of it.


Stats and information on individual pipo monkeys is stored in-game in a monkey book or monkepedia. See Monkepedia for more information.

Secret Monkeys[]

Certain monkeys require certain gadgets and abilities to find, and can't be encountered on the first play-through of a level. These have been referred to as secret monkeys or rare type monkeys. For more information see Secret Monkeys.

Notable Pipo Monkeys Facts[]

  • Ape Escape or Ape Escape: On the Loose: A total of 204 monkeys can be caught. Of these 204 monkeys, 115 wear yellow pants, 33 wear light blue pants, 11 wear black pants, 7 wear blue pants, 7 wear green pants, 21 wear white pants and 10 wear red pants. Only 102 monkeys total are required to catch in order to beat the game. Monkeys in this game had a monkey level ranging from 1 to 7 with Level 1s being the easiest to capture and level 7s being the most difficult. Some monkeys operated vehicles such as UFOs which became a staple throughout the series, however despite the various vehicles monkeys operate in the other games, this is the only main series game where monkeys could operate tanks.
  • Ape Escape 2: In the American version a total of 300 monkeys can be caught, while in Japan there's a total of 297 monkeys. There was something called a "DLC disc" floating around on the internet that, when loaded onto a PS2, added 3 monkeys to the save file and then could be captured in-game. The Freaky Monkey Five also make their first appearance. Pipotchi is also introduced as the little pet of Jimmy. There is a total of 77 yellow pants monkeys, 31 light blue pants monkeys, 36 black pants monkeys, 27 blue pants monkeys, 25 green pants monkeys, 39 white pants monkeys, 28 red pants monkeys and 37 non-specifically colored pants monkeys to catch. Despite this, only 180 total monkeys are required to catch to beat the game.
  • Ape Escape 3: A total of 434 monkeys can be caught. There are also 8 "code monkeys" that can be entered into the game making a total of 442. In this game they prove to be somewhat smarter than previously, wearing costumes and even stealing the weapons used against them. After you beat the game, a few secret codes can be purchased to release more Pipo Monkeys. A special ape was also introduced: Pipo Snake. Out of the catchable monkeys 248 wear yellow pants, 32 wear light blue pants, 14 wear black pants, 32 wear blue pants, 14 wear green pants, 21 wear white pants, 34 wear red pants and the other 47 don't have a specific assigned color pants. Only 224 total monkeys are required to catch to beat the game.
  • Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed: This game introduced a mutant breed of Pipo Monkeys called Pipotrons, which consist of Pipotron Red, Pipotron Blue, and Pipotron Yellow.



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  • The monkeys' design is based on the Japanese Macaque, which are known for having short tails.
  • Purple and Orange are the only colors not seen in relation to a Pipo Monkey.
  • Ape Escape 3 was the only game where Pipo monkeys could steal the weapons used against them.
  • The reason they say "Ukki" is because that is the sound used to describe a monkey sound in Japanese.
  • In Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed, "Team Monkey" consisted of all Monkey colors except Yellow and White. The Pipo Monkey Team in Ape Escape: Million Monkeys, however, had the missing yellow.
  • The Pipo Monkeys seem to truly admire and respect Specter.
  • The Pipo Monkeys could be considered "Brainless" considering their dangerous habits like riding on sharks.
  • It's been revealed that under the goggles of Blue Pants monkeys, they have the same eyes as Light Blue Pants monkeys.
  • In Japan, the Pipo Monkeys were voiced by Fushigi Yamada, Kikumi Umeda and Shinichi Namiki.
Ape Escape Franchise
Main Games Ape Escape ( On the Loose )  · Ape Escape 2  · Ape Escape 3
Spin-offs Ape Escape 2001  · Ape Escape Million Monkeys  · Saru Get You: Pipo Saru Racer  · Ape Escape SaruSaru Big Mission  · Ape Quest
Party games Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed  · EyeToy: Monkey Mania  · Ape Academy  · Ape Academy 2  · Ape Escape Move
Soundtracks Ape Escape Originape  · Ape Escape 3 Originape  · Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed ~Sound Tracks!!~
Other Media Anime  · Cartoon  · Shorts  · Comics  · Manga  · Cameos
Gameplay Chips  · Cookies  · Glitches  · Grid Core  · Peak Point Helmet  · Shirts  · Specter Coins
Minigames Galaxy Monkey  · Ski Kidz Racing  · Specter Boxing  · Ape Ping Pong  · Jake Attacks

Dance Monkey Dance  · Monkey Climber  · Monkey Soccer
Mesal Gear Solid  · Super Monkey Throw Stadium  · Ultim-ape Fighter!

Protagonists Spike  · Jimmy  · Kei  · Yumi  · Professor  · Casi  · Natalie  · Helga  · Aki  · Pipotchi  · Pipo Snake
Antagonists Specter (Dark Specter)  · Jake (Dark Jake) · Doctor Tomoki  · Monkeys  · Monkey Five ( Blue  · Pink  · Red  · White  · Yellow )  · Pipotrons (Pipotron J)  · Virus Casi
Enemies Ape Escape Enemies  · Ape Escape 2 Enemies  · Teleborgs
Gadgets Ape Vacuum  · Bananarang  · Banannerizer  · Dash Hoop  · Electro Magnet  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Smasher  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Cannon  · Water Net
Vehicles Boat  · Pipobot  · Robot  · Snowmobile  · Sports Car  · Submarine  · Tank
ApeEscapeTemplate ApeEscapeOTLTemplate
Characters Casi  · Jake  · Natalie  · Professor  · Specter  · Spike
Gadgets Dash Hoop  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Net
Levels (/ Apes/ Enemies)
Hub World
Time Station
Prehistoric Era/ The Lost Land Fossil Field  · Primordial Ooze  · Molten Lava
Cenozoic Era/ Mysterious Age Thick Jungle  · Dark Ruins  · Cryptic Relics
Dimension/Dimension X Stadium Attack
Primitive Age/Oceana Crabby beach  · Coral Cave  · Dexter's Island
Ice age/New Freezeland Snowy Mammoth  · Frosty Retreat  · Hot Springs
Dimension/Dimension X Gladiator Attack
Recent Past/Medieval Mayhem Sushi Temple  · Wabi Sabi Wall  · Crumbling Castle
Present-Day/Futurama City Park  · Specter's Factory  · TV Tower
Present-Day 2/Specter Land Monkey Madness
Dimension/Dimension X Peak Point Matrix