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if shedninja can only have 1 hp why does he defence or special defence as any move will KO him


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I guess you could argue, Shedinja doesn't need it with it's unsatisfying 1 HP however I could imagine it is still needed in many situations. e.g Transform copies everything par the HP, therefore a Def would be needed for damage calculation.

>Shedinja's Defense and Special Defense stats normally have no purpose in battle, as any damage will invariably cause Shedinja to faint. However, if Shedinja receives a substitute through Baton Pass, its Defense and Special Defense are factored into damage the substitute takes. Shedinja's Defense and Special Defense stats are also used when a Pokémon uses Transform on a Shedinja, and when Shedinja uses Power Trick (via Mimic).