Kinda nerdy (actually, VERY nerdy) fun fact for the competitive battlers out there...
by, 7th August 2012 at 01:54 PM (818 Views)
I've stumbled upon this several years ago on GameFAQs, and it still never ceases to amaze me.
Let's say you have a Nidoking with Focus Punch and Earthquake. Focus Punch is a 150 base power move, while Earthquake is 100 power + STAB, making it 150 power as well. Logic would suggest that they would deal exactly the same amount of damage on a neutral target. However, take a look at this:
This is the damage formula, courtesy of Bulbapedia. See the + 2? This amount also gets modified by STAB (which goes under "Modifier"). This means that Nidoking's Earthquake will always deal exactly one damage more (2*0,5) than Focus Punch on a neutral target.
So if you have a choice between two attacks of the same power (STABed and non-STABed), always choose the STABed one :)
(for the record, I'm not a mathematics nerd by any means, but even I thought this fact is interesting enough to know :P)
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