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If you've ever played any Pokemon game, I'm sure you've heard some form of this myth. The myth has many forms, but it always consists of holding a button combination as you select the poke ball, or as it hits the target. It seems the most widely adopted buttons are (a+b+down), but many other combinations have also been popular over the years. Using these would give you a much greater or 100% rate of catching the pokemon.

In reality, buttons don't affect it at all. This is the formula the game uses to determine if you catch a Pokemon or not.

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HPmax is the number of hit points the Pokémon has at full health,
HPcurrent is the number of hit points the Pokémon has at the moment,
rate is the catch rate of the Pokémon,
bonusball is the multiplier for the Poké Ball used, and
bonusstatus is the multiplier for any status ailment the Pokémon has (2 for sleep and freeze, 1.5 for paralyze, poison and burn).

My thoughts: Well this is one of the most believed myths of all time, and still influences many players today. I myself, being a Pokemon fan from the beginning, still mash buttons when I throw poke balls. Of course I know it won't help, but it somehow makes me feel like I tried my hardest even if it gets away.

Nomega
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  • 09/06/09 to 08/30/09 (6)



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