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The beginning of Focus Punch and Calm Mind essentially has the same description:

The user quietly focuses its mind and calms its spirit to raise its Sp. Atk and Sp. Def stats.

The user focuses its mind before launching a punch. This move fails if the user is hit before it is used.

Does it make sense to use Calm Mind and if you don't get attacked, use Focus Punch and it goes straight to the attack instead of a built-up?

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If I'm understanding this question correctly, then what you're saying wouldn't work. You can use Calm Mind, but even after that, you would have to avoid getting hit to use Focus Punch.
This move has -4 priority, anyway.
I very much doubt that but its a cool idea
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Try reading the descriptions of ghost pokémon, lol.
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Tested it for certain and no, using Calm Mind does NOT have any effect on Focus Punch.

In this replay here, Tyranitar 1 hit No CM Medicham during Focus Punch, like usual. Even after CM Medicham used Calm Mind, it still had to Focus before using Focus Punch on Tyranitar 2. It was a nice thought, but it just doesn't work like that in the games, sorry.

Also, even if it did work, I wouldn't really recommend doing this strategy. Calm Mind boosts the user's Special Attack and Special Defense, while Focus Punch is a Physical move. Wasting multiple move-slot in order to use 1 Attack while boosting a different Attacking stat isn't really worth it. It's better off to use a different Fighting move, so you don't have to worry about wasting turns to pull off 1 Attack. Besides, if you get hit during Calm Mind, don't expect your opponent to forfeit, wondering why you're setting up so much instead of attacking.

Hope this made sense and helped you :)

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No it doesn't.

Calm Mind does not impact priority at all.

Source: experience

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No it does not. It is a cool idea tho. All you are doing is raising your stats but other than a boost in dmg you still have to avoid getting hit.

Why did you answer? You didn't add anything to what I said in my answer