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So, I'm playing Pokemon Gold on the Virtual Console on the 3DS, and when my level 18 Oddish Used Poison Powder on a level 16 Clefairy, it said it failed and did nothing. Does anyone know why that happened? It happened a few times before with other Pokemon and other status moves. I know what some status moves do and why they fail, (Scary Face, Tail Whip, Growl, Leer, etc.) but why did Poison Powder fail?

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Did the text box say it failed, it missed, or the Pokemon avoided it?
Did it by chance already had a status condition?
i was playing crystal 3ds and silver's cyndaqil used a status move, but it failed. IDK why, but it happened to me also.
because they already had a status condition.

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There is a special AI handler for status moves that causes these to miss 64/256 of the time.

So 1/4 of the time
Why you write 64/256 instead of 25% or 1/4?