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PostSubject: help with understanding   Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:48 pm

i have been playing pokemon since 1998 and i have beaten every game i had. i just got into wifi/competitive battling like 2 weeks ago. i got my team on platinum all ready, but the problem is. im completely lost on all the words people use and basiclly i need help understading a lot of things. if anybody knows how i can learn alot more please if you have the time show me.
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PostSubject: Re: help with understanding   Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:59 pm

well what do you need help understanding?
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PostSubject: Re: help with understanding   Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:22 pm

There's a lot of guides in the guide section of the forum, you might want to check those out. They're very helpful.
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PostSubject: Re: help with understanding   Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:33 pm

I'll try to post some common used words in competitive battling for you...

EQ - The 100 power, ground move, Earthquake

STAB - Same Type Attack Bonus (Its an acronym) which means if your pokemon's type matches the move that it uses that move will become 1.5* more powerful. So, if a Bellossom used energy ball, a 80 power move, it would be a 80 * 1.5 = 120 power move after STAB. If a pokemon like octillery used energy ball, since his typing is not grass, it would just be an 80 power move.

Luke - The pokemon Lucario

Specs Mence - A salamence with the item choice specs equipped... usually attacks with Draco Meteor, Hydro Pump, Flamethrower/Fire Blast and Dragon Pulse

EV - Stands for Effort Value (yet another acronym lol). You may want to google EV training because that would take a while for me to explain, but it basically is a way to help your pokemon choose which stats it wants to raise.

Nature - On your pokemon summaries, there should be a thing that says something like "Quirky nature" or "Adamant Nature" on the second page. This basically determines your pokemon's stats as well. Each nature either adds 10% to one stat and decreases another stat by 10% or has no effect at all on your pokemon's stats. Here is a link to look at the natures and the effects

IV - Stands for Individual Value (haha another Acronym)... Every pokemon has a number, 0-31 assigned to each stat that you cannot see but you can check by using an IV calculator. Basically, all of the stats of a pokemon (HP, Attack etc...) get a bonus increase depeding on the number assigned. So if your gengar has a 31 Speed IV, it will have 11 more speed than a 20 Speed IV gengar (assuming the same nature and EVs)

Tell me if you need anything more defined, I kinda just wrote whatever came to my head you may not understand
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PostSubject: Re: help with understanding   Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:42 pm

What Pokemon go together is something you need to learn. As well as different type coverage. Also what are the most common Pokemon in the tier you are playing and do you have something to counter them.
RS=Rapid Spinner
SR=Stealth Rocks
Also another thing you might want to look at. Is your team weak to the stealth rocks and if so you might want to consider a spinner. Hope this helped.
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PostSubject: Re: help with understanding   Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:56 am

HP ice,... : hidden power ice,...
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