Questions/comments about the move “Fortune Telling”:
Observation: Fortune Telling does not do “super effective” or “ineffective” damage. It ignores type. (Tested on Jynx and Golbat).
Question: Since Fortune Telling ignores type when it damages an opponent, do you still get STAB when a Psychic-type uses it?
Observation: When you switch to another Pokémon after using Fortune Telling, it does damage equal to the original Pokémon’s Special Attack. (Tested by switching from level 38 Alakazam to level 10 Pidgey).
Question: I noticed that Fortune Telling would fail a lot more often when my Alakzam was confused/paralyzed. Most moves fail to hit during the turn you use them (“Pidgey used Peck, the attack missed!”). Since Fortune Telling takes multiple turns to activate, does it wait until the turn it actually hits, before factoring in paralyze/confusion effects? Or does it fail the turn you use the move (“Alakazam foresaw an attack”)? Furthermore, if I switch to a non-paralyzed/confused Pokémon the turn Fortune Telling should hit, will the accuracy of Fortune Telling still be based off the original users status? Or does it only matter what the status is of your current Pokémon?
Observation: Fortune Telling appeared to do a set amount of damage when striking Golbat and Jynx, especially since it ignored type. (This is a rough observation. Probably not accurate.)
Question: Does this move do a calculated amount of damage? Does the game merely factor in Alakazam’s Special Attack/type and a base damage of 80 (basically ignoring the defensive stats of the opponent, like it ignores the opponents type)? I suppose the only way to test this is to attack two Pokémon with equal stats except Special Defense. The Pokémon with a lower Special Defense should loose more Hit Points if this isn’t a calculated attack.
Comments: You can only use Fortune Telling once at a time. If you attempt to use another Fortune Telling before the first one attacks, it will always fail.
This move is great for stopping Recovery users. It usually does about 130 damage on Alakazam, which can be combined with another attack for at least 250 damage on a single turn! Since it ignores type, you could use Fortune Telling, switch to a Thunderbolt users and kill a Starmie in one turn.
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