I was wondering if anyone here has ever tried using a combination of the ability "technician" with an attack such as Return, or any other attack with "???" power?
I ask, because I'm on the hunt for a Male Meowth with the Technician Ability. I plan on teaching it Return, and I'm curious if since the base power is "???" if I'll still get a the 1.5x bonus at all, or after the power of the attack rises to above 60.
If I get the 1.5x on top of the rising attack power, plus the Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) on top of that, and maybe a hold item to increase Normal attacks even more... That could be a lethal Meowth/Persion. Especially with the moves it can learn.
It says ??? because, as you said, the power fluctuates depending on a Pokemon's Happiness, and that is always a fluid value. Pretty sure that once Return goes over 60 power, it's only getting STAB, not Technician.
Bear in mind that it's max power is 102 (153 with STAB), which is still 12 points higher than 60 Power with Technician, so it'd still be stronger.
Try using a Priority move or something with it. One of my Scizors has Bullet Punch and Technician. --- Furry pride! "Yiff in hell, you say? Gladly!" My Teams: http://i44.tinypic.com/1250y0n.png
Just to clarify, the effects do stack, and it's multiplicative. In the example I used, with my Bullet Punch Scizor, it starts at 40 Power, goes up to 60 because of Technician, then goes to 90 for STAB. Either that it goes to 60 Power because of STAB, then 90 through Technician. Either way, it works out the exact same way. He's packing a 90 Power priority move.
I don't know which way it works, but I'm hoping it's the prior, because the Scizor I have on my Soul Silver team is going to have both Bullet Punch and Bug Bite. If it's the prior, and Technician is applied first, then Bug Bite goes to 90 Power, 135 with STAB. --- Furry pride! "Yiff in hell, you say? Gladly!" My Teams: http://i44.tinypic.com/1250y0n.png
STAB is an additional 50%, like Technician, and like I said, they stack multiplicatively. So, it'd be 2.25x normal power if they are both in play. --- Furry pride! "Yiff in hell, you say? Gladly!" My Teams: http://i44.tinypic.com/1250y0n.png