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Difference between physical/special attacks?

#11xLilxPhoPridePosted 7/14/2009 6:35:37 AM
Sorry but you alll are wrong. Look at the move description... you'll see a picture. Its either with a explosions or purple waves.

Explosion = Physical

Purple Waves = Special.
#12Chaos GenesisPosted 7/14/2009 7:05:36 AM
Likewise, my Weavile has extremely high attack vs. special attack, so its ice moves stink. I just wanted to double check with everyone. Thanks, y'all.

You need to stop thinking of the Gen 1-3 paradigm of "Fire, Ice, Water, etc." are special. Completely wipe that from your mind; it is no longer relevant.

I say this because there are now Ice attacks that are powered by the Attack stat (Ice Punch, for example) that Weavile could use very effectively if he didn't suck.
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#13Chaos GenesisPosted 7/14/2009 7:06:14 AM
Sorry but you alll are wrong. Look at the move description... you'll see a picture. Its either with a explosions or purple waves.

Explosion = Physical

Purple Waves = Special.


"All" wrong? It's the one poster who isn't understanding it.
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#14FvPPosted 7/14/2009 7:16:46 AM
Forget what was in the previous generations - some things have changed

For one, each type is not physical or special. Moves that fall under a certain type can be either physical or special. Type does not indicate special or physical moves anymore. Therefore, whatever it is in the move description indicates where the power comes from - physical or special. To answer your question, ignore the types, and if the symbol next to the move is the physical one, then it takes its power from the attack stat. If it is the special icon, then its power comes from the pokemon's special attack.

Ice moves:
Ice Beam = Special, special attack
Avalanche = Physical, attack.
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#15FvPPosted 7/14/2009 7:19:12 AM

From: rmac5 | Posted: 7/13/2009 10:48:00 PM | #009
OK. That's what I thought. My Marstomp has a much higher attack, so surf and ice beam aren't effective on it. Likewise, my Weavile has extremely high attack vs. special attack, so its ice moves stink. I just wanted to double check with everyone. Thanks, y'all.


Marshtromp
Waterfall - physical water attack, so it gets its power from its high attack.

Weavile
Ice Punch - Even though Alakazam could use this effectively in the past, this is not a physical move, so pokemon like Weavile (with a high attack) can use this effectively.
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#16HasirePosted 7/14/2009 7:41:26 AM
Average troll is average.
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