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If my Dialga has a higher Sp. Attack than Attack, would it be worth it for me to use Earth Power instead of Earthquake?

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I am really curious about that.

asked Jul 27, 2012 by SzupR

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Yes. Earth Power would do more Damage with your Higher SAtk.

Of course, it does depend on the foe you face and also your Attack EV investment or nature if you have any, but a Dialga with a Hardy Nature (or other neutral nature) and no EV investment will do more damage with Earth Power against a foe with equal Defense and Special Defense than an Earthquake would do.

Earthquake will end up doing more damage to a foe with equal defensive stats if Dialga has at least 120 more Attack EVs than Special Attack EVs. Or only 12 more Attack EVs than Special Attack EVs if you have an attack beneficial nature such as Lonely.

Earthquake will also end up doing more damage (neutral nature, no EV investment) if the foe has a Special Defense stat that is 27 points (not EVs, just points) higher than its Defense.

All these calcs hold true only if IVs are equal.

Also, because Dialga gets an Attack boosting move (Bulk Up) you can also use that to make Earthquake do more damage.

answered Jul 27, 2012 by Mewderator
selected Sep 17, 2012 by Psusnis◇
I am just beefing up this answer a whole bunch. It could warrant me making my own answer, because what I am adding on is a lot, but nah.
Bottom five paragraphs are mine.
Wow. Three votes for this? I'm always too late... Curse you Mew! lol