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What is the maximum power of Return and Frustation? How does the happiness of the pokemon affect it?

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Is this to a specific generation of Pokemon? I don't remember first gen having happiness. –  leety Mar 7 '13 at 18:28
    
It was introduced in Generation 2, but from what I can tell it hasn't changed through the iterations. –  Rapida Mar 7 '13 at 18:29

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Return inflicts damage and has no secondary effect. The base power of Return is dependent on the friendship of the user. The greater the user's friendship, the greater the base power. The base power can be calculated using the following formula:

Base Power = Friendship / 2.5

The base power of Return varies between 1 (minimum friendship) and 102 (maximum friendship). The base power is set to 1 if the formula outputs 0.

Source: Return

Frustration inflicts damage and has no secondary effect. The base power of Frustration is dependant on the user's friendship. The lower the user's friendship is, the greater the base power of Frustration. The base power can be calculated using the following formula:

Power = (255 - Friendship) / 2.5

The power of Frustration varies between 1 (maximum friendship) and 102 (minimum friendship). The base power is set to 1 if the formula outputs 0.

Source: Frustration

Here is a list of all the normal moves so you can get a better idea of the varying strengths of Return/Frustration. I will highlight a few of the more common normal, physical moves to give you a better perspective of how much 102 base power actually represents.

Move Name        Power
Explosion*       250
Self Destruct*   200
Giga Impact*     150
Double Edge*     120
Skull Bash*      100

Max Frustration  102
Max Return       102

Take Down*       90
Strength         80
Cut              50

* Has some sort of drawback (charge up time, recoil, death, etc)

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Might consider adding other Normal (and Physical, if gen 4 or later) attack powers relative to 102 to give a nice picture of just how potent the attack is. –  Grace Note Mar 7 '13 at 18:33
    
Good idea, I'll add some more information comparing it to other moves. –  Rapida Mar 7 '13 at 18:41
    
Really nice answer. –  MurifoX Mar 7 '13 at 18:52
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+1 for "some sort of drawback...death, etc." –  StrixVaria Mar 7 '13 at 19:33

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