Poliwrath gets STAB for using Water-type moves

STAB (Same-Type Attack Bonus) is a key mechanic to any Pokémon game. If a Pokémon uses an attack of the same type as its own, they will receive a 50% damage bonus.


Rattata, a Normal-type Pokémon, uses Tackle, a Normal-type attack. Tackle has 50 Base Power, so it would look like this:

50 Base Power + 50% STAB = 75 Total Power

Squirtle, a Water-type Pokémon, uses Water Gun, a Water-type attack. Water Gun has 40 Base Power, so it would look like this:

40 Base Power + 50% STAB = 60 Total Power

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