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PvP Tips – Part Two

PvP Tips – Part One was a huge hit! We’d like to thank everyone for checking them out! As promised, PvP Tips Part-Two of three can be found below! We hope you enjoy!

There are so many talented trainers discussing strategies in the GO Stadium Discord, as well as many talented content creators on YouTube going over monthly meta and shout casting matches. You can find them here:

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ScrubLordDustinQonceptand so many more.

Being a PvP coach will be my contribution to the rising #battlers and #girlsthatpvp. I took my talents to Twitter, and that was when PvP Tips were born.

Shield Baiting


Charge enough energy to use either of your two charge moves. Then use the less energy costing move to make your opponent think its the other move. Great for Acid Spray users.
Shields are a commodity in PvP. You only get two per game. Use them wisely and you can win the match, Use them against low damaging moves and that can cost you. Understand yourcharge moves and fool your opponent to shielding a damaging move when really it wouldn’t have been.

Positive Shield Baiting


When you have two charge moves that will do decent damage, bait the shield (see Tip #11) with a lower energy costing move. If your opponent shields, great. If they don't shield, they'll take heavy damage.
There are two types to Shield Baiting, Positive, and Negative. Positive is when it doesn’t matter if your opponent shields or not. Negative is when you need your opponent to shield, but they don’t.

Negative Shield Baiting
When you farm energy for both charge moves and use the low damage, low energy cost move, and your opponent calls your bluff and doesn’t shield. High risk, high reward.

Picking the Lead

From your team of six, look at who will give you the most positive match-ups from your opponent's six. Generally, this will be your safest lead choice.

Team building is an art in PvP. Who do you pick for your team of six? From your six, who should be your lead? Understand your opponent’s team and how they do against yours. Then understand your team and how they do against your opponent. Pick the one with the most positive outcomes.

Coverage in the Back

After picking your lead (see Tip #14), the two remaining spots must cover each other's weaknesses so that you can trap your opponent when the opportunity arises

Why would you need coverage in the back, you ask? Well… (see tip #16)

Switch Advantage

When the lead match-up is neutral, use shields to win the lead and have low HP, then it will be your three vs. your opponent’s two. With coverage in the back (see tip #15), you have the advantage of switching to proper counters. 

This is what the community loves to call Switch Advantage. Most matches come down to the Rock-Paper-Scizor scenario, where if you have Bulbasaur vs. Charmander, then you switch to Squirtle to counter Charmander, but Charmander gets switched to Bulbasaur to count Squirtle. Then you’re locked in for 60 seconds, and your switch to Squirtle has just been negated.
The best way to obtain advantage to this is to faint your opponent’s first Pokémon, and then with your Pokémon at low HP, it will faint soon enough. You send out your second Pokémon, which will counter your opponent’s second, then they have to switch, and then you can switch to your last Pokémon to counter their switch. Win.

Understanding the Meta

To understand the monthly meta and matchups, look to pvpoke.com for sims and rankings, HeroVange for Meta simplified guide, jfarmakis_pogo, PoGoKieng, GOStadiumPvP for their streams and discussions. And PRACTICE.

For the love of Chuck, practice! Please!

Simultaneous KO leads

If your first faint is due to a simultaneous KO with your opponent, WAIT until they send out their Pokemon first to maintain switch advantage (see Tip #16). Then, counter your opponent switches.

You might be in a situation where you and your opponent faint at the same time. And now you have to decide who to bring in. Well, you have 12 seconds to have to decide this! Use these 12 seconds to collect yourself (you just pulled off a simultaneous KO after all), and see what your opponent brings out first. This will give you switch advantage because now you can bring a counter to your opponent instead of blindly bringing in someone.

Maintain Switch Advantage

When you have switch advantage (see tip #16), DO NOT SWITCH. Let your Pokémon faint while doing damage and bring in the counter. Or else it’s GG.

When you win switch advantage from the lead, it is not a great idea to switch with such low HP. You are personally giving your opponent switch advantage and the match

Giving Up Switch Advantage

There may be times you would want to give up Switch Advantage. You’ll need to understand your situation and either do a bodyguard switch (tip #7), sacrificial (tip #8), or set up an execution (tip #9).

However, sometimes it is a good idea to switch out and give up the advantage. The situation you find yourself in could be more advantageous to switch. For example, you can have more than 1/3 of your HP left, that is a lot of HP to work with and you certainly don’t want your opponent to take the time to deal damage and gain energy from you. So try to do one of the several different switches we talked about earlier

To stay up-to-date with the MatheMagician’s compilation of PvP tips and tricks from the amazing creators and battlers in the PvP world, be sure to follow him on Twitter: @mathmagic10 
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