The game (and this site) both say that the base power of Foul Play is 95, but that the base power also increases with the target's Attack stat.

What exactly does this mean? How is the base power of this move calculated?

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The attack has a base power of 95, but instead of using the user's Attack stat to calculate damage, it uses the opponent's Attack stat. (Source)

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    Oh, wow. That's weird. Mar 14, 2011 at 2:54
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    Yeah. With the exception of Sabeleye and the Houndour family, the Pokémon that can learn the move have great Attack stats, so there isn't really a point of using it over, say, Crunch. (Unless of course you know you're facing a Pokémon with an even better Attack stat than your own, but it's really situation and unreliable.)
    – Kevin Yap
    Mar 14, 2011 at 3:04
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    It basically acts as if the target did a 95 power attack to themselves. Would be awesome against Slaking! Mar 14, 2011 at 13:21
  • Krookodile, in particular, is pretty bad choice to have Foul Play on. There are people who beat him in Attack... but when you have Intimidate? It just... doesn't work...
    – Grace Note
    Feb 9, 2012 at 15:12
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    This might be interesting to use on a moveset with Swagger... Feb 9, 2012 at 17:22

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