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I noticed this on many Pokemon such as Sceptile, Weavile, Thundurus, Gyarados, Ninjask, Aerodactyl, Alakazam, Accelgor, Electrode, Jolteon, Gengar, Greninja, and Tornadus.

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Please don't just say "ask Gamefreak".
That might be the only answer though
But Pokemaster specifically said in a post that these questions are OK, and we should come up with legit answers for them.
I'm just saying that there might not be a 100% answer
I'm not satisfied with either of these answers. I'm bumping it to the top of the "all activity" list.

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Here's my understanding of defenses (I could be wrong, but here goes):


  • Physical Defense

... is exactly what it says: how defensive your build is. Pokemon like Aggron are quite literally steel clad, so that's high defense stat. I'm going to make a lot of comparisons between real life and Pokemon, so a Pokemon with high attack is similar to a predatory animal or an overall reckless person.

Reckless people often don't care what happens to what happens to their own body, so long as they are getting their job done. They leave they're defenses wide open in hopes of landing hits, giving all their focus to offense. This is the most likely explanation as to why Pokemon with high attacks have low physical defenses.

  • Special Defense

... on the other hand, would probably indicate mental strength. Prior to Gen 2, we had just one "special stat" which indicated psychic (or mental) power. After the split though, it's safe to assume that Special Attack is one's power to influence someone (or something) with your mind, while Special Defense is your power to withstand this control. Or your willpower.

Now I would proceed to compare a Pokemon of high attack stats to our same old reckless person. Most reckless people are very competitive people, who alongside having strong means of executing their ideals also have a good deal of willpower. This is commonly observed in competitive game players.

For example: one of the marks of a good competitive chess player is his ability to bounce back from an otherwise devastating loss and play his next game at near prime condition, if not better.


There, you have my two cents. Of course this may have a few holes around it, but it's the best I could come up with. Comment if you disagree anywhere.

Hope I helped!

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FINALLY a good answer.
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Well, though it would be good to ask gamefreak I would have to say that a lot of the sweepers are electric types, (this is a theory) maybe they have more energy power, like energy defenses, or as called, special defense. That may be why most Pokemon of the electric type family are swift and have great energy related stats. (not Attack or defense)

This was the best explanation I could come up with, and mostly for electric types.

I looked and my answer for gengar is almost the same with Alakazam, more energy protecting it.

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includes: jolteon, electrode, thunderus, manectric, ETC..
but I specifically said, "regardless of attacking preferences".
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I'd say it was just random, but think of it this way. Say you have your alakazam. Dark Pulse is a move that many Pokémon have, and when it is used by the right Pokémon it can easily shut down alakazam pretty fast. Another example is Ninjask. Ninjask is weak to Ice Beam, which a lot of Pokémon carry for coverage.

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many pokemon ALSO carry stone edge and x scissor.
Yes, true. Those can also really hurt if you have a poke thats weak to it.
So...is your point officially invalidated?
Yes, there are many common physical attacking moves as well, but I'm thinking game freak thought that there'd be more special than physical.