# Increase and Decrease Power of Pokemon's Moves with Rivalry Ability

According to Bulbapedia,

When using a move, Rivalry raises the power of the move by 25% if the target and the Pokémon with this Ability have the same gender, but reduces base power by 25% if the target and the Pokémon with this Ability have opposite genders. If the Pokémon with this Ability or the target is genderless, the move's power is unaffected.

I don't quite understand is this ability increase/decrease the power of the moves using by pokemon, or the base attack of the pokemon?

For example in Pokemon Moon, my Haxorus have Rivalry, if Haxorus used Swords Dance three times, it will increase its power by 6 stages. Is this increased power affected with its ability?

## 1 Answer

Short Answer:
Rivalry is applied as a modifier, not specifically to the Attack Stat or Base Damage. The effects of Rivalry and Swords Dance do essentially multiply together.

Long Answer:
Consider the Pokemon Damage Formula

From Bulbapedia (emphasis mine)

other counts for things like held items, Abilities, field advantages, and whether the battle is a Double Battle or Triple Battle or not.

Rivalry falls under other as part of Modifier. It multiplies into the modifier value as either 1.25 or 0.75 based on gender.

With 3 three Swords Dance, you will have +6 Attack, which multiplies the attack term by 8/2 (so 4 times) per the table below.

Example:

Consider Level 50 Haxorus with 160 Attack with Giga Impact (Base Power 150), attacking something with 160 defense for simplicity.

I chose a move without STAB bonus for simplicity, assume there is no change due to type effectiveness, and we will assume no critical, and again for simplicity take the maximum value from the random term. This means that our Modifier is just other. And the only current other effect is Rivalry

The damage formula will be (if you didn't use Sword's Dance)

``````((2 x 50 + 10)/250 x (160/160) x 150 + 2) x Rivalry
``````

Simplifying

``````(0.44 x 1 x 150 + 2) x Modifier = (66 + 2) x Modifier = 68 x Rivalry
``````

Compare with the Max Attack (from Swords Dance)

``````((2 x 50 + 10)/250 x (8/2 x 160/160) x 150 + 2) x Rivalry

(0.44 x 4 x 150 + 2) x Modifier = (264 + 2) x Modifier = 266 x Rivalry
``````

So max attack will give 266 x 1.25 = 332.5 against same gender, and 266 x 0.75 = 199.5 against opposite.