Pokemon Diamond/Pearl made attacks be "Physical" (using Attack and Defense) and "Special" (using Sp. Atk. and Sp. Def.) classed based not upon the move's own types, but the individualistic nature on how the move operates. For example, the move Volt Tackle used to be Special-classed; however, because it actually physically harms the foe, Game Freak made this particular Electric move Physical-classed. This change was initially highly controversial as it seemed to "waste" some of the better Pokemon of the prior games, although it was eventually accepted that it actually bettered most Pokemon by playing to their strong points.
Contributed By: KeyBlade999
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