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Can a pokemon attack but do no damage ??

1 vote

Take this case :

A lv. 100 aggron vs. a lv. 1 rattata .

Aggron has MAXED Defense . And uses iron defense to the max .

Rattata has lowest attack possible on lv. 1 and it uses quick attack when aggron is on 1 HP .

Aggron has 4X type adv. against quick attack and maxed def. and rattata has lowest possible attack and its lv. 1 .

Will it even do like 1 damage ?? Cause that wouldn't make sense , in fact i think ratatta would be the one who would get hurt !!

asked Jun 30, 2011 by Unidentified
edited Jul 13, 2011 by Pokemaster
This is finally when Magikarp comes in and uses splash!
To destroy everything and win the olympics
How did that Aggron get to hp 1 against a level 1 rattaata !!!
Magikarp had to switch thats how
here comes magikarp XDD!!!!

4 Answers

5 votes

They will always do SOME damage, the minimum being one.

So no matter how it is, rattata would do 1 damage.

Also wanted to point this out, moves can do nothing if it doesn't affect a pokemon at all,

Eg. Toxic agaisn't a poison or steel type.

EDIT: Dt was right about the faulse Swipe thing

answered Jun 30, 2011 by Josh
edited Jul 13, 2011 by Josh
Although in some cases on Pokemon Online, the damage is so minimal that it shows as doing 0% damage in some cases.
Oh Crap, Dt found something nobody else did.... Dt's has the completely correct answer.
WHAT ABOUT SPLASH,HUH?????
4 votes

Depending on items, stats, abilities, and types, most attacks will do 1 damage to the opponent at the least. Unless if the Aggron was holding an item or has a certain ability, the Rattata should do at least 1 damage. Also, if the Rattata's move type move does not affect Aggron's type, then there will not be any damage done. Another thing, the Aggron's speed stat should be higher than the Rattata's as of Aggron being level 100 and Rattata being level 1, causing Aggron to attack first. If Aggron uses a move that can in some way damage Rattata, then Rattata will most likely faint because the Aggron's attack stat is so high and the Rattata's defense stat is so low. So, if Rattata faints, then it wouldn't have gotten the chance to attack, therefore causing Rattata not to do any damage to Aggron.

answered Jul 1, 2011 by WhiteWarrior
He said that the rattata uses quick attack so it would move first
Sorry forget about that part I didn't notice that
4 votes

Like everyone here said, if there's a really small amount of damage being done, a decimal will round it up to one, meaning most moves won't do zero damage. However, it is possible to attack but do no damage; if you attack a pokemon with 1HP with the move false swipe, it will hit, but do no damage.

You could also attack a shedinja holding a focus sash with a super effective move. The sash lets him hold on, but since he has one HP, he won't take damage.

answered Jul 2, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Jul 13, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
I have found that false swipe sucks . My pokemno had 4 hp Purugly used false swipe.... KO!
False swipe won't KO the pokemon. You don't use false swipe for battles. It's best used for catching rare pokemon like legendaries. The lower their health, the better their chance is for being captured, so it can't get lower than 1, and you have  the safety knowing it won't KO them.
3 votes

All attacks will do at least 1 damage unless the move is not effective or has a ability that would change that like wonder gaurd or levitate.

answered Jun 30, 2011 by landertw123