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Pokémon: Black & White 2

Understanding Stats

Vincent Lau

Milotic has exceptional Sp. Defence, so its good for sponging the opponents special moves.

Looking at your Pokémon’s statistic screen and thinking ‘what?’ Wondering what the difference is between an Attack and a Sp. Attack? Well here are the facts as simple as can be told.

Statistic Affects What it Means
HP Health HP simply means Hit Points, this is the total health of your Pokémon.
Attack Physical Moves The higher the value the more damage your Pokémon will deal with physical moves.
Defense Physical Moves The higher the value the less damage your Pokémon will take from physical moves.
Sp. Attack Special Moves The higher the value the more damage your Pokémon will deal with special moves.
Sp. Defense Special Moves The higher the value the less damage your Pokémon will take from special moves.
Speed Move Priority in Battle The higher your Pokémon’s speed, the more likely it is to have the first move in each combat phase.

Okay, cool, but what’s a physical move or a special move exactly? Well, when you check a Pokemon’s move, either from their stat screen or by holding the L button before selecting a move during a battle, you’ll see one of three possible Category icons near a move

A red smash indicates the move is a physical move (and thus runs off the Attack stat), while a blue spiral indicates the move is a special move (and thus is determined by your Sp. Attack stat). Meanwhile a grey eye means the move is a status move and doesn’t do damage, not directly anyway.

With that out of the way, here are some noteable Pokémon in each stat category (excluding Legendary Pokémon). Please note that these Pokémon are taken from the entire national Pokédex, not simply the Pokémon new to Black and White. Any Pokémon that appear in more than one category are highlighted.

Statistic Pokemon
HP **Blissey** , Wobuffet, Wailord, Snorlax, **Slaking** , Drifblim, Hariyama
Attack Rampardos, **Slaking** , Rhyperior, Salamence, Metagross, Dragonite
Defense **Shuckle** , Steelix, Cloyster, Aggron, Bastiodon, Onix, **Probopass**
Sp. Attack Alakazam, Porygon-Z, Gengar, Espeon, Magnezone, Glaceon
Sp. Defense **Shuckle** , **Probopass** , Mantine, Bastiodon, **Blissey** , Dusknoir
Speed Ninjask, Electrode, Jolteon, Aerodactyl, Crobat, Swellow, Weavile


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    6 October 2012
  • Last Updated
    19 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers, Vincent Lau

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Inside this guide you will find:

  • Top tricks for beating all eight Gym Leader
  • Beat the Elite Four and the current Champion with style!
  • How and where to find the Pokemon you want to catch
  • Find and catch all Legendary Pokemon!
  • Post story-mode walkthrough with all hidden areas uncovered
  • Save time by finding the rarest of items for free!
  • Packed full with high-quality screenshots!
  • Tips and info on both Black and White versions
  • Wild Pokémon Encounter rates.
  • Mysterious Nature Preserve.
  • Videos for all the Gym Leader and Elite Four battles, plus legendary Pokemon.
  • Advanced stat building systems - learn how to raise a prize Pokémon

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