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What is better? Defense or hit points?

4 votes

Please base your decision off of facts.

asked Nov 2, 2010 by Xapper
edited Nov 2, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
It's spelled defense - only 1 F and S instead of C
HP - Hit Points, not Health Points
Defense is spelled differently in different areas. In the UK, it's acceptable to spell "defense" as "defence" similar to how color can be colour.
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Best answer

In actuality, both are very important. Think about the pokemon Drifblim, which has very high HP. Even with that nice HP stat, it still takes a lot of damage from a hit due to its low defenses, same situation with Blissey, even with its HP in the 700's, it still could easily go down with a physical attack. Pokemon like Slowking however, have high defense and HP. Trying to get damage on him is a difficult task. Pokemon like Shuckle have abysmal HP, but high defenses. While this is useful, he doens't have much HP for his defenses to cover. HP and defenses go hand in hand, one isn't very useful without the other, similar to how attack power also needs speed to be useful.

answered Nov 2, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
3 votes

The amount of damage you take from an attack ends up proportional to HP x Def or HP x SpDef for special attacks.

This means that you usually want to improve the lowest stat. Here's a bit of math: say for example you start with HP=100, Defense=40 and you add 60 points from EVs.

Adding them to HP means you end up with HP=160, Def=40.
160x40 = 6,400 defense from physical attacks.

Adding them to Defense means you end up with HP=100, Def=100.
100x100 = 10,000 defense: much higher!

answered Nov 3, 2010 by Pokemaster