Pokemon GO Guide: How To Dodge In Gym Battles Effectively

By Alvin Elfwine , Aug 20, 2016 03:00 AM EDT

Pokemon GO might be about catching Pokemon -- be it rare or not. Nevertheless, the whole journey to becoming a Master Trainer wouldn't be complete if one can't compete in gym battles effectively. Thus players need to learn how to win one efficiently. Speaking of which, here's a guide that will teach you how to dodge attacks and win every single gym battle.

Remember Pokemon GO Skills Have Dodge Window

In Pokemon GO, every normal attack (the ones where players tap their screens) has at least a duration of 200ms. Dodging, on the other hand, is around 500ms or so. This means that if you dodge even 300ms early, there's a guarantee that you'll be able to dodge your opponent's attacks. You just basically need to do it in a timely manner.

The Basic Formula of Dodging In Pokemon GO

Whether you agree or not, there's actually a basic formula in dodging during Pokemon GO gym battles. If the screen of your mobile phone tends to go yellow, you have at least a 0.5s window before you can conduct a dodge. If done properly, most if not all of your opponent's attack will be useless. There are gym defenders who attack twice at the start. If that's the case, be sure to dodge them in an interval of 1.5 after. You can check this video to have a concrete idea.

Dodging Special Pokemon GO Attacks

Contrary to popular belief, there's actually a way to dodging special attacks or skills in Pokemon GO. However, keep in mind that it's not as easy as the ones mentioned above; hence time and practice are of utmost importance here. To start, remember that special skills, in terms of dodge windows, are different from each other. Below is a breakdown to help you understand.

  • Move Duration Window in Pokemon GO - When cast time + animation + time happens. This is basically when damage hits you.
  • Damage Window - Refers to the damage time you'll get when you receive attacks
  • When to Dodge - Move Duration Window minus Damage Window

To give you a clearer view of the aforementioned Pokemon GO breakdown, check out this example. If your opponent uses Snorlax, it's very likely for the Body Slam special attack to be used. The said skill has 1560ms duration window, while its damage window is 200. If this is the case, the math would be: 1560 - 500 = 1060ms. It means that you need at least 1060ms to avoid the damage. Sure, it's a bit tricky, but if done correctly, it'll do wonders.

It should be noted, however, that there are certain Pokemon GO special attacks that can't be dodged. The best example here is Dragonite's Blizzard, as well as other rare Pokemon.

What do you think about the Pokemon GO dodging tips above? Do you want to give it a try? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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