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Here's how Pokemon Go battles actually work

Pokemon Go (opens in new tab)'s battle system feels pretty hectic at first. Most people get the idea to tap as fast as you can pretty quickly, and if they're truly Poke Masters they'll start working in special attacks and dodges. But just like in the main Pokemon games, there's a surprising amount of depth to this battle system.

For everything from species-determined attack values to critical hit rates, I turn you to the researchers of The Silph Road.

Note: they messed up in one part, as Water attacks have "normal" effectiveness against Electric types, rather than poor effectiveness. Also the term "Stamina" is already the in-game name for HP, so they suggest calling that blue bar "Energy" instead. Minor corrections aside, it's all good to know.

I'm going to have to work on my "just swipe until your finger gets tired" dodge technique in light of those findings about damage windows. And given The Silph Road's species attack stat breakdown (opens in new tab), my Flareon might get a lot more use. Whatever you do, make sure you watch our Pokemon Go myths video (opens in new tab) for more need-to-know info before embarking on your next augmented reality safari.

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I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.