How exactly do you guys go about portraying the strength of pokemon attacks? I ask because a good number of pokemon--if you take a closer look at their pokedex entries--possess some serious power.
Take blastoise, for example. The rocket cannons on its shell fire jets of water capable of punching holes through thick steel (SoulSilver).
Or magcargo. Magcargo's body temperature is approximately 18,000 degrees F. Water is vaporised on contact. If this pokemon is caught in the rain, the raindrops instantly turn into steam, cloaking the area in a thick fog (Sapphire).
Or tyranitar. If it rampages, it knocks down mountains and buries rivers. Maps must be redrawn afterward (Black & White).
I'm hoping to write a survival type story where my main character will be confronting certain species of pokemon with violent tendencies and try to, well, you know, come out of it still in one piece, but I'm not sure if it would make any sense.
The anime contradicts the pokedex entries. Even if a pokemon is hit by a, say, hydro cannon from a blastoise in a battle, it'll only faint. Technically, it should be severely wounded if not dead, but since it's a show targeted towards kids and all that jazz...
I can't write this story having pokemon that can kill humans, yet the worst case scenario during a battle is ending up unconscious. I don't think that would go down very smoothly.
So, yeah, how do you guys go about portraying the strength of pokemon attacks?
All replies are much appreciated.