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Why does my Vaporeon cost less to power up (-16%) considering that it has more CP (+16%) than my Jolteon?

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If you look at the arc behind the Pokemon it tells you how close the Pokemon is to is maximum CP. The closer it is to its maximum CP the higher the stardust cost.

The Vaporeon has a higher CP than Jolteon even though it is further from its maximum CP, because the Vaporeon has a higher maximum CP than Jolteon,

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  • That makes sense but confuses the crap out of me. My previous understanding, reinforced by reading this over and over again, is that max CP is determined by your player level. Is it, then, partially determined by some random attribute of the pokemon itself?
    – 8protons
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 17:26
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    Yes, every pokemon has its own min and max possible CP, ADJUSTED by your player level. Every pokemon isnt the same CP bar. There are theories about size, move sets, etc also factoring in, but to my knowledge nothing has been proven
    – Mayshar
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 17:27
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    @8protons Apparently CP is proportional to damage per hit, not damage per second: so a fast-attacking pocket monster with a given CP is far stronger than a slow-attacking pocket monster with the same CP. Such large differences might be part of the justification for the difference in costs...
    – Yakk
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 18:25
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    @Yakk yes you are definitely correct, jolteon attacks faster than vaporeon whether or not this makes up for the difference I do not know
    – Kevin Tian
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 18:27
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    @Yakk Where can you see a speed attribute?
    – paddotk
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 21:10

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