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Sp. Attack vs. Attack?

#1TyrjalaPosted 10/12/2013 11:40:24 AM
Hey guys, I haven't played pokemon since the original red, so I'm feeling way behind in all these mechanics and stuff.

First question I'm trying to figure out, what's the difference between Sp. Attack and regular attack, and what do they effect?
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#2HalecticPosted 10/12/2013 11:41:12 AM
Moves with the purple symbol are special attack moves


Moves with the red symbol are attack moves
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#3HowardTheMizerPosted 10/12/2013 11:42:00 AM
Special attacks are attacks that do not physically contact the opposing Pokemon. Damage calcuations are primarily based upon the opponent's special defense (very few exceptions). Attack stat (or physical attacks) make contact with the opposing Pokemon and have damage calculations based upon the opponent's defense (very few exceptions).
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#4ZeroxKnuxPosted 10/12/2013 11:42:16 AM
Moves are divided now into special attack and attack. The explosion symbol next to the move is physical while the circles are special. The higher your special attack stat the more damage your special moves are. Same for physical
#5KibalnuzukaPosted 10/12/2013 11:42:30 AM
Physical move damage like Tackle is based on a Pokémon's attack stat while Special move damage like Water Gun is based on the special attack stat.
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#6CA0001Posted 10/12/2013 11:45:57 AM
Moves now come come in Physical and Special for all types of attacks.

The simplest example is Flame Thrower is a Special Attack, Fire Punch is a Physical Attack.

Flame Thrower is then dependent on Special Attack and Fire Punch is dependent on Attack.

You can tell what attacks are by looking at their category when viewing them at your Pokemon's movelist.

The orange explosive looking icon is Physical Attack and the blue ripple like icon is Special Attack.

Defense reduces damage from Physical Attacks and Special Defense reduces damage from Special Attacks.
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#7myusernametakenPosted 10/12/2013 11:46:49 AM
HowardTheMizer posted...
Special attacks are attacks that do not physically contact the opposing Pokemon. Damage calcuations are primarily based upon the opponent's special defense (very few exceptions). Attack stat (or physical attacks) make contact with the opposing Pokemon and have damage calculations based upon the opponent's defense (very few exceptions).


Not quite correct, because earthquake is a physical move that doesn't make contact, while grass knot is a special move that does...

But, close enough.
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#8Tyrjala(Topic Creator)Posted 10/12/2013 12:04:21 PM
So then is it ideal to make sure all of the abilities on a pokemon are one or the other and fully train up either SP attack or regular attack?
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#9HalecticPosted 10/12/2013 12:05:41 PM
Tyrjala posted...
So then is it ideal to make sure all of the abilities on a pokemon are one or the other and fully train up either SP attack or regular attack?



If a pokemon has 100 base Sp. Atk and 60 base Atk, there is no point of putting a physical attack move on that pokemon as a Sp. Attk move will always be better.
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#10ZeroxKnuxPosted 10/12/2013 12:07:23 PM
Tyrjala posted...
So then is it ideal to make sure all of the abilities on a pokemon are one or the other and fully train up either SP attack or regular attack?


For the most part yes. There are some pokemon that are viable mixed attackers but overall just focus on the stat the pokemon is best with.