Another thing that often gets forgotten about is that certain weather effects change all active pets’ hit chance
Specifically, the Sandstorm and Darkness weather effects both reduce hit chance by 10%. If one of these effects is up, that 100% ability will now be 90%, and let’s just not even try that 50% ability, with it now being 40% — well, unless RNG loves you, you’ll be missing a lot while that weather effect is up.
Still, it’s all fairly straightforward stuff — except for our crow here. Crows and Gilnean Ravens both have a lovely little ability: Nocturnal Strike. Its use is fairly simple: blind your opponent’s pet and hit them for a tonne of damage. Darkness makes it so all pets are considered blinded, so that large amount of damage gets done for free. So why did it miss just then?
There are two reasons Nocturnal Strike can miss. In scenario one, your opponent’s pet is blinded but you still get that 10% reduction from the Darkness effect. That automatic hit of yours became a 90% move. Still decent odds, but we all have days where even a 90% just doesn’t want to land for you.
Scenario two has your opponent bringing out an Elemental pet, and they have an annoying habit of ignoring negative weather effects. So much for that plan. Your 100% strike is still 50% because blindness by weather effect just doesn’t work on those guys.