So yesterday, I battled against Thorton (the 21st battle). I have battled him many times in the past, but yesterday's battle surprised me a lot. Now normally, before he battles you, he will spout out a random percentage. I had always believed that the percentage he indicates is the percent rate you have of winning the battle. If this is the case, I'd say the battles I've had against Thorton were somewhat accurate. However, during yesterday's battle, Thorton mentioned 14% which had shocked me considering the team I had. Here was the matchup.
Floatzel (w/ Wise Glasses) - Surf, Ice Beam, Focus Blast, Rain Dance
Dragonite (w/ Razor Claw) - Dragon Rush, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Thunder Punch
Alakazam (w/ <I don't remember>) - Psychic, Shadow Ball, Calm Mind, Future Sight
Tauros - Pursuit, 3 Unknown Moves
Ninetales - Attract, 3 Unknown Moves
Bastiodon (w/ Focus Band) - Stone Edge, 3 Unknown Moves
With the pokemon I had, I was shocked to believe that my team only had a 14% chance at a victory especially since I pretty much annihilated his team with only Floatzel. However, this got me thinking. Unless I just got incredibly lucky, does the percentage that Thorton spouts out before each battle mean anything at all? Or is it really just some random meaningless number?