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Why was the damage different without any stats boosts?

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In a Showdown Battle:

Turn 1 -
Rayquaza used ExtremeSpeed!
The opposing Xerneas lost 52% of its health!

Turn 2 -
Rayquaza used ExtremeSpeed!
The opposing Gwyndolin lost 45% of its health!

Xerneas didn't raised any stats.
Why did the 1st move do 52% and the 2nd 45%?

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Wait, did the opponent change Pokemon?

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It's because when a move is used it does between a range of damage, for example:

252+ Atk Tough Claws Mega Charizard X Fire Punch vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Aegislash-Shield: 254-300 (78.3 - 92.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

(254, 258, 260, 264, 266, 270, 272, 276, 278, 282, 284, 288, 290, 294, 296, 300)

↑ You see the numbers above? That's the range of damage the Mega Chaizard X in the calculation will inflict upon the Aegislash-Shield used in the calculation. (Aegislash's HP is maxed out at 364 for this calculation.)

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To understand this, we need to look at the damage formula itself:
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The one thing we need to focus on here is the Modifier part at the end, since all other factors are constant.

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Here, we need to look at the very last point. Putting it simply, this part generates a random number between .85 and 1. And that will be the number used during damage calculation. This means an attack can change damage withouth any factor actually changing.

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