Looking at your Pokémon’s status 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.|
Physical or Special?
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.