Howdy Brawlers! In this guide about dodging enemy Brawlers, I will discuss some ways to dodge enemy attacks and I hope it’ll help some of you struggling with getting hurt by some really obvious attacks and some not-so-obvious ones.

The following guides may help you get started with Brawl Stars:

There are different ways to dodge, one of them is the most obvious one that works especially great against long rangers, another one works for most medium rangers and most long rangers, and another risky one. Have in mind that most of these don’t take Supers into account. 


Ways of Dodging

Zigzagging

JessieIt is the art of walking in a zigzag pattern. Works better against long rangers and some medium rangers, specifically those that shoot one bullet (Like Jessie, Spike, and Nita). While it can work against lobbers, it’s not as effective due to their AoE attack. Start zigzagging when you’re either pursuing a long ranger to get in range or when you’re being targeted by one and want to get out of their range. Remember, don’t do this if you’re too close to your enemy.

This one works well against: Colt, Jessie, Brock, Ricochet, Piper, Spike

This one can work against: Nita, Barley, Bo, Penny, Dynamike

This one won’t work as well against: Pam, Tara, Crow, Leon

This one is most likely to fail against: Shelly, El Primo, Bull, Poco, Darryl, Mortis, Frank

Feinting

This one works well on lobbers and some long rangers. Fool your enemy by tempting them to attack you by going in a single direction. As soon as you hear and see your enemy attacking, go back in the opposite direction, or make a hard turn in any other direction to evade getting hit. If you just go in a direction without your enemy attacking then turning the opposite direction your opponent might understand what you’re trying to do and predict you. Especially if you try to do this multiple times. However, if pulled out correctly this works well against most Brawlers. Have in mind that if you pull this out once or twice will work, while doing it multiple times in a row will make your movements predictable.

This one works well against: Colt, Jessie, Brock, Ricochet, Piper, Spike, Barley, Dynamike

This one can work against: Nita, Bo, Tara, Crow, Leon, Penny

This one won’t work as well against: Pam, Poco

This one is most likely to fail against: El Primo, Bull, Darryl, Shelly, Frank

Ellipsing

This one is by far the riskiest one, but if pulled out correctly you can dodge almost anything. You basically have to be exactly at the same spot as your enemy and start circling around in ellipse patterns, like electrons around atoms or whatever. If you pull this out correctly, you can avoid almost anything. This one is by far the hardest one, and unless you practice it a lot, it is not recommended to do it. However, if you’re going against a tank and you think you have no chance of survival, you can try and do this one.

(This method will not work if your enemy uses Quick Fire)

This one can work against: Colt, Nita, Jessie, Ricochet, Poco, Pam, Penny, Frank, Spike, Shelly, El Primo, Bull, Brock, Bo, Darryl, Piper, Tara, Crow, Leon

This one is most likely to fail against: Dynamike

This one WILL fail against: Barley, Mortis


Predicting your opponent’s shots

CrowPredicting your opponent’s shots is also essential for dodging, no matter which way of dodging will you use. This one will require you to analyze your opponent as well, the way they shoot, walk, everything. For example, an experienced brawler will try to predict your moves, shooting not where you are but where you will be, while a newbie will just shoot at you. This is crucial for predicting, thus, for dodging.

If you’re playing against an experienced Piper, you should know that they will try to shoot at where they think you will be. If you try zigzagging, they will quickly realize what you’re doing and start shooting at where you are or were. In case you feint a Piper once, they won’t buy it another time in a row, when you feint once or twice, pretend that you will feint but in reality, you will just keep going forward.

However, if you’re playing against an experienced tank, the best way to dodge is to never let them get close, as most ways of dodging will not work once you’re in range.

Predicting your opponent’s shot requires you to know what an experienced Brawler would do.

Something that applies for any brawler, tank or not, is to fear bushes. Unless it’s a small bush that you had your sight always on, you will never know who’s in there. A Piper? A Bull? The only way to find out is to go inside that bush, which is very very risky. Unless you’re a maxed Bo or you have one in your team, always assume that inside a bush there is somebody that can kill you. This becomes easier the better you can predict your enemy. 


Enhancing your senses

Dodging also requires you to react quickly to situations. A Colt, hiding in bushes, shoots at you from the distance, will he hit all his six bullets or none? Depends on your reaction speed. You must train your eyes and ears to react quickly to these things, especially for fast-traveling bullets such as Piper’s. Practice with and against friends to enhance your senses (bots won’t work). 


Countering Each Brawler

Short Range

Shelly

Shelly: Considered a close-ranged in this list due to how her attack work: the closer you are, the more damage she will deal. Just like with tanks, stay away from her, or just far enough for her to deal minimal damage. Never let her get too close. And as a last resort, try to ellipse her.

Bull: While his range doubles that of el primo’s, he needs to be at a similar range to deal significant damage. Like with all tanks, stay away and only use Ellipsing as a last resort.

El Primo: Previously the one with the shortest range, staying away is pretty easy, and it’s the best strategy.

Darryl: The same thing as Bull.

Frank: He has a similar attack to Poco. The best way to dodge his attacks is to stay out of his range. If you are close to him, then moving sideways is your best option.

Medium Range

Colt: His attack is fast and last somewhat long so zigzagging may not be the best choice always, try feinting first. His damage is too high for you to allow him to hit you, one bullet maybe, two are ok-ish, three hurts, four or more are devastating.

Nita: Her wide attack makes feinting and zigzagging hard to do, but not impossible! Her range is quite short so outranging her is good, but if you want to be aggressive, feinting is the best option. Don’t try to take cover by hugging walls, as her attack can bypass walls in a way.

Nita’s Bear: It’s slow, and travels in a straight line towards somebody. Not very hard to dodge, just run and kill it.

Jessie: Just like Brock, her attacks are slow, however, she can have a theoretical range farther than that of Ricochet’s actual range. Her bullet is a bit bigger so be careful. Pay attention to the bullet until it vanishes, as it can hit an ally and then bounce at you. Never let your guard down. Also, try to be separate from your allies, as you all can take a hit with only one bullet.

Jessie’s Turret: Unlike actual persons, it’s AI controlled, meaning that it won’t try to predict you, just shoot at where you were at the moment the bullet was shot. Just run and keep running until you either kill it or get out of range. However, its bullets can shoot not in the direction it meant (kind of like ricochet’s attack, some bullets go a bit to the right, other go to the left), so keep an eye on it.

Poco: Another hard one. Poco’s ridiculously wide area of attack makes it almost impossible to dodge it unless of course, you’re out of range. So, yeah, stay out of range.

Bo: His arrows are really close to each other, making it easier to dodge. However, depending on the direction he shoots it and the direction he’s going, the arrows can have different distances from each other, making this work either easier or harder. For example, depending on his movement and aiming, his arrows can go all three in a straight line, in which case zigzagging works better, but if he goes into the other direction while aiming at the same spot, his arrows can be really apart from each other, in which case feinting works better. To dodge Bo more easily, learn how his attack works.

Penny: Penny’s attacks travel linearly and are as wide as Colt. You need to dodge her attacks like Colt’s, by feinting or zigzagging.

Pam: A hard one. Her widespread makes it hard to dodge her bullets. Zigzagging is most likely going to fail, feinting could work, but you’ll probably get hit by at least one bullet, which is not that much damage anyways, but it can stall your health regeneration, which can be useful for the enemy.

Pam’s Healing Station: Are you kidding me?

Tara: She has a considerable range. Like most brawlers with a spread attack, Zigzagging will most likely fail, but feinting might work. She deals more damage when she’s close, making her a bit like Shelly, so keep an eye on her.

Tara’s Shadow: It’s basically like Nita’s Bear but faster and with less health, frail and somewhat easy to kill. No need to evade it, just kill it.

SpikeSpike: This one is similar to Jessie, since their attacks are pretty much the same size and travel at a similar speed, however his attack splits into six spikes after reaching its maximum range or hitting something. Feinting and zigzagging works well, but there is still the possibility of getting hit by a spike since it splits in a random rotation always. The spikes are really fast and hard to avoid, but you may not get hit at all. It’s all about luck against this one.

Crow: Zigzagging might work, but not so well, same goes for eclipsing. However, there is a gap between his three daggers. You can dodge those while being inside his attack range (that cone thing when you aim). To master this, you will require a lot of practice, and it’s easier to just outrange him, but if you manage to calculate his movements, thoughts, and attacks in that very moment, you will be practically invincible against a Crow. However, Crow has probably the biggest punishment of being hit, as it takes away your health regeneration for four seconds, usually, you would start healing three seconds after being hit without shooting or getting hit again, but if you get poisoned, you’ll have to wait 7 seconds to start healing again. Dodging his daggers is crucial.

Leon: Dodging Leon’s attack is very difficult as his attacks are quick and a bit spread. Like Nita, feiting and zigzagging are hard but not impossible. Ellipsing can work too but not recommended.

Long Range

Brock: His rockets are somewhat slow, but in compensation for that, they pack quite a punch, so beware. Both zigzagging and feint work well. You can enchance your prediction skills by practiing againt Brock. 

Ricochet: A hard one. Keep an eye to each of his five bullets, grow three extra eyes if you have to. If you’re in open space, evading his bullets can be quite easy. But if you’re being attacked in a way he’s safe, then it’s best to give up trying to get close to him. Try to take him to an open area by any means, 1v1 it is beneficial for you in some way, but don’t do it if you fear of getting into a 2v1, or worse, 3v1. His reload speed makes him a machine gun, trying to dodging him while getting in range might never be possible, while you’re stuck on dodging. Try to surprise them by an ambush, as his health is low and can be taken down with quite an ease. Definitely hard to dodge, but not impossible.

Piper: Okay, we have reached what could have been the main reason for this post. Like Brock, both zigzagging and feinting work well, as long as they aren’t abused. Piper deals less damage the closer you are to her, so, try to get close while dodging. She can also be used for practicing.

Miscellaneous

Dynamike: His attacks are somewhat predictable, as its pretty slow, but an experienced Dynamike would have mastered prediction, don’t underestimate them! Remember that his damage is pretty high. Feinting is the best choice, but try to get closer each time you feint, just enough for you to land shots; or farther if you can outrange him.

Barley: Same as Dynamike, except that Ellipsing doesn’t work against him.

Mortis: This guy is impossible to evade. Zigzagging, Feinting, Ellipsing, none of those will work due to how his attack works. However, he now wields the shortest range in the game. The best strategy is to stay away from him unless you’re a tank since they are Mortis’ counters. 


Written by OctoCat.

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