Critical Hit is a term that refers to an attack hitting "a weak spot". Such a hit causes twice the normal amount of damage. This is generally a random process. The games announce that a critical hit has landed by using the phrase, "A Critical Hit!"
Some moves, like Slash, have a higher chance of scoring a critical hit than others. There are also moves such as Focus Energy that cause an increase in the change of critical hits dealt by a Pokémon. The chance of causing a critical hit can be modified by using items that increase the critical hit level. Although, some Pokémon have abilities that prevent the opponent from landing a critical hit. In Generation I, critical hits were based on speed.
|2||12.5%||Moves with an increased critical hit rate: Slash, Stone Edge etc. or regular moves in combination with a Super Luck or with the Razor Claw or Scope Lens held.|
|3||50%||Regular moves used by Farfetch'd and Chansey with the Leek and Lucky Punch held, respectively, or in combination with Super Luck and with the Razor Claw or Scope Lens held.|
|4+||100%||Moves with an increased critical hit rate used by Farfetch'd and Chansey with the Leek and Lucky Punch held|
Scope Lens and Razor Claw both add 1 level. Super Luck also adds 1 level. The Leek adds 2 levels for Farfetch'd, the Lucky Punch adds 2 levels for Chansey, and Focus Energy and Dire Hit add 2 levels to any Pokémon.
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