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Okay, so I was just wondering what determines a status condition affecting your Pokemon, For example, what determines when your Pokemon will be unable to move when they have the paralyzed status condition? Or what determines when a Pokemon hurts itself in confusion or if they attack?


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for paralysis:

The paralysis condition (PAR) causes a Pokémon to be unable to attack
("fully paralyzed") a quarter of the time. Additionally, its Speed is
reduced to 25% of its previous value (except for Pokémon with the
Quick Feet Ability, where this condition raises the Speed by 50%).
Many moves that cause paralysis are of the Electric type. Ground-type
Pokémon can be paralyzed, but not by Electric-type moves or by the
Battle Arcade. In Generation V, Pokémon glow yellow when afflicted
with paralysis and their animation will be slowed significantly. As of
Generation VI, Electric-type Pokémon can no longer be paralyzed

for confusion:
> The confused condition causes a Pokémon to hurt itself in its
> confusion 50% of the time. The damage is done as if the Pokémon
> attacked itself with a 40-power typeless physical attack. Confusion
> wears off after 1-4 attacking turns. This means that turns recharging,
> such as after using Hyper Beam, and turns unable to attack, such as
> from paralysis, will not lower the remaining number of turns of
> confusion. However, a sleeping Pokémon may hurt itself in confusion if
> using a move such as Snore or Sleep Talk. Multi-turn attacks such as
> Fly and Dive require that confusion be checked both turns, further
> reducing the chance of successful attack. Pokémon with the Own Tempo
> Ability are immune to being confused.

these are the two you asked about. however its also attract, flinching and much more you can read about here

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It is randomly determined.

Being Paralysed causes a Pokémon to be unable to attack 25% of the time and being Confused causes a Pokémon to hurt itself in it's confusion 50% of the time for 1-4 turns.

Source: Here, Here and Experience

Hope I helped :)

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