If I have a Pidgeot who's CP is 450 and a Pidgeot who's CP is 100, and both have the attack Aerial ace (which deals out 25 damage), does that number ever increase the higher the CP? Or no matter what level the Pokemon is on, does it stay the same? Will it always just deal out just 25 damage despite how strong the Pokemon is?

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A move's Power rating is fixed, so for example, Aerial Ace has the same Power no matter which Pokemon uses it. However, actual damage depends on several variables including level. A higher level Pidgeot will generally deal more damage.

The damage formula has been empirically determined. GamePress has a detailed article on Damage Mechanics, and the formula looks like this:

Damage = Floor(0.5 * Power * (Atk / Def) * Multipliers) + 1

Multipliers consists of several possible factors such as the Pokemon's level.


For sure, the number never changes

Other than that, there's still a lot of speculation going around, but for what I saw most recently on reddit and my experience, the damage dealt by an attack only depends on the attack power and the CP of the defending pokemon. It doesn't seem to depend on the attacking pokemon CP.

Edit : mons indeed have an attack stat, probably used somewhere.

  • So the damage dealt never changes no matter how strong the pokemon is correct? That kinda sucks, you would think the stronger they are the stronger there attacks would be. Oh well lol Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 23:13
  • Recently leaked data indicate all pokemons in fact have an attack stat, but at this point we fail to have a formula for damage done.
    – C4stor
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 20:54

To the history board:
In all Pokémon games there was an attack value (as well as an accuracy value) for each attack. This number never changes.

Does this mean the attack always deals the same damage? No!
The attack value is but one part of the calculation.

Another part of that calculation is the attack power of the Pokémon, which indeed grows as you level up.
This stat is rumoured to exist in Pokémon Go as well.

Will it always just deal out just 25 damage despite how strong the pokemon is?

No, but the base damage value of Aerial Ace will always be 25

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