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On websites and Pokemon guide books it has a Pokemon's stats like in a graph of some sort what do the numbers mean?

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like I said the Pokemon's stats are shown on a graph, but what I don't get is: how do you determine a Pokemon's stats using that graph? Do you multiply the number on each stat times something or what and how do you determine if a Pokemon is good in a certain stat. What I mean is what range is low,normal, or high? Example on butterfree's stat graph it says HP-60 is that low,normal, or high? and how would you determine its actual HP because its HP doesn't stay the same all the time.

asked Nov 16, 2012 by salamenceFTW

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Those numbers are called Base Stats, sometimes abbreviated as 'BST' or 'BS'.

Base stats are the general outline of statistics for a specific Pokémon species.
Base stats usually give a general idea of the strengths and weaknesses a specific Pokémon will have. Pokémon often focus on some stats more than others. For example, Umbreon is mainly a defensive Pokémon; therefore its base stats in Attack and Special Attack are low compared to their corresponding defensive stats.

Base stats range from 1 to 255, and are most often the prime representation a Pokémon species has in battle. For example, Blissey has the highest possible HP base stat (255), but has Attack and Defense base stats of 10.

Commonly, related Pokémon will have similar base stats, though distributed differently. This is one main difference between the two or more branches of a split evolutionary line. For example, while Gardevoir's base stats for Attack and Special Attack are 65 and 125, respectively, its counterpart Gallade's Attack and Special Attack stats have inverted values. Pokémon of a higher evolutionary stage will also usually have higher base stats than those of a lower one, and will have higher total stats than those of their pre-evolved counterparts; the only exceptions are Shedinja, whose base stat total is lower than its pre-evolved form, Nincada, by 30, and Scizor, whose base stat total is the same as its pre-evolved form, Scyther.

Pokémon with very high base stat totals are often banned from tournaments. This is because they are considered too powerful.

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Base_stats

The base stats do not multiply/divide etc. to find out how high the real stat the Pokemon will actually have; they give a rough idea on how good they are. Like in your Butterfree example, 60 HP isn't very high and in conjuction with it's defending stats makes it frail, whereas Dragonite's (a Pseudo legendary mind you) Attack is a high 134.

Example:
Butterfree's base Attack is 45, giving it a range of 85 - 207
Dragonite's base Attack is 134, giving it a much higher range of 245 - 403

Here is a list of Pokemon and their base stats.

answered Nov 17, 2012 by ƒιzz
selected Nov 17, 2012 by salamenceFTW