We get the same question all the time, by new and old players alike: “How to dodge in Pokemon GO?”. The confusion behind dodging is quite understandable, as the game doesn’t telegram when you’re able to dodge very well.

Due to the fact that dodging reduces incoming damage, being good at dodging is an important part of Gym battles, and can often mean victory or loss. We advise you read through the entire guide and study moves in details, especially the ones that come more often in Gyms.

Let’s cover the basics: you can only dodge in the time window between seeing the dodge indicator and taking damage.

The dodge indicator is a yellow glow that is displayed on the edges of the screen. You take damage only at the very end of attack animations. Moves that have ultra short animation can be dodged from the moment you see the text. 

The dodge window lasts for 0.7 seconds, from the moment you see the yellow glow and until you take damage.

Here are the facts behind dodging:

  • Dodging reduces attack damage by 75%
  • Every attack can be dodged during a discrete period of 0.7s
    • That period is only available just before the move animation ends
    • Result: Not all moves can be dodged in the same fashion
  • You should always try to dodge charge moves
  • You dodge by moving left and right

Watch this gif and observe how long it takes for the dodge window to appear.

How and when to dodge in Pokemon GO

Move name Power Anim. duration When to dodge Exact dodge timing
Acid 10 1.05 Very Fast 0.35 – 1.05
Aerial Ace 30 2.9 Slow 2.2 – 2.9
Air Cutter 30 3.3 Slow 2.6 – 3.3
Ancient Power 35 3.6 Very slow 2.9 – 3.6
Aqua Jet 25 2.35 Fast 1.65 – 2.35
Aqua Tail 45 2.35 Fast 1.65 – 2.35
Bite 6 0.5 Instant 0 – 0.5
Blizzard 100 3.9 Very slow 3.2 – 3.9
Body Slam 40 1.56 Fast 0.86 – 1.56
Bone Club 25 1.6 Fast 0.9 – 1.6
Brick Break 30 1.6 Fast 0.9 – 1.6
Brine 25 2.4 Fast 1.7 – 2.4
Bubble 25 2.3 Fast 1.6 – 2.3
Bubble Beam 30 2.9 Slow 2.2 – 2.9
Bug Bite 5 0.45 Instant 0 – 0.45
Bug Buzz 75 4.25 Very slow 3.55 – 4.25
Bulldoze 35 3.4 Slow 2.7 – 3.4
Bullet Punch 10 1.2 Very Fast 0.5 – 1.2
Confusion 15 1.51 Fast 0.81 – 1.51
Cross Chop 60 2 Fast 1.3 – 2
Cross Poison 25 1.5 Fast 0.8 – 1.5
Cut 12 1.13 Very Fast 0.43 – 1.13
Dark Pulse 45 3.5 Very slow 2.8 – 3.5
Dazzling Gleam 55 4.2 Very slow 3.5 – 4.2
Dig 70 5.8 Very slow 5.1 – 5.8
Disarming Voice 25 3.9 Very slow 3.2 – 3.9
Discharge 35 2.5 Slow 1.8 – 2.5
Dragon Breath 6 0.5 Instant 0 – 0.5
Dragon Claw 35 1.6 Fast 0.9 – 1.6
Dragon Pulse 65 3.6 Very slow 2.9 – 3.6
Draining Kiss 25 2.8 Slow 2.1 – 2.8
Drill Peck 40 2.7 Slow 2 – 2.7
Drill Run 50 3.4 Slow 2.7 – 3.4
Earthquake 100 4.2 Very slow 3.5 – 4.2
Ember 10 1.05 Very Fast 0.35 – 1.05
Feint Attack 12 1.04 Very Fast 0.34 – 1.04
Fire Blast 100 4.1 Very slow 3.4 – 4.1
Fire Fang 10 0.84 Very Fast 0.14 – 0.84
Fire Punch 40 2.8 Slow 2.1 – 2.8
Flame Burst 30 2.1 Fast 1.4 – 2.1
Flame Charge 25 3.1 Slow 2.4 – 3.1
Flame Wheel 40 4.6 Very slow 3.9 – 4.6
Flamethrower 55 2.9 Slow 2.2 – 2.9
Flash Cannon 60 3.9 Very slow 3.2 – 3.9
Frost Breath 9 0.81 Very Fast 0.11 – 0.81
Fury Cutter 3 0.4 Instant 0 – 0.4
Gunk Shot 65 3 Slow 2.3 – 3
Heat Wave 80 3.8 Very slow 3.1 – 3.8
Horn Attack 25 2.2 Fast 1.5 – 2.2
Hurricane 80 3.2 Slow 2.5 – 3.2
Hydro Pump 90 3.8 Very slow 3.1 – 3.8
Hyper Beam 120 5 Very slow 4.3 – 5
Hyper Fang 35 2.1 Fast 1.4 – 2.1
Ice Beam 65 3.65 Very slow 2.95 – 3.65
Ice Punch 45 3.5 Very slow 2.8 – 3.5
Ice Shard 15 1.4 Very Fast 0.7 – 1.4
Icy Wind 25 3.8 Very slow 3.1 – 3.8
Iron Head 30 2 Fast 1.3 – 2
Karate Chop 6 0.8 Very Fast 0.1 – 0.8
Leaf Blade 55 2.8 Slow 2.1 – 2.8
Lick 5 0.5 Instant 0 – 0.5
Low Kick 5 0.6 Instant 0 – 0.6
Low Sweep 30 2.25 Fast 1.55 – 2.25
Magnet Bomb 30 2.8 Slow 2.1 – 2.8
Megahorn 80 3.2 Slow 2.5 – 3.2
Metal Claw 8 0.63 Instant 0 – 0.63
Moonblast 85 4.1 Very slow 3.4 – 4.1
Mud Bomb 30 2.6 Slow 1.9 – 2.6
Mud Shot 6 0.55 Instant 0 – 0.55
Mud Slap 15 1.35 Very Fast 0.65 – 1.35
Night Slash 30 2.7 Slow 2 – 2.7
Ominous Wind 30 3.1 Slow 2.4 – 3.1
Peck 10 1.15 Very Fast 0.45 – 1.15
Petal Blizzard 65 3.2 Slow 2.5 – 3.2
Play Rough 55 2.9 Slow 2.2 – 2.9
Poison Fang 25 2.4 Fast 1.7 – 2.4
Poison Jab 12 1.05 Very Fast 0.35 – 1.05
Poison Sting 6 0.58 Instant 0 – 0.58
Pound 7 0.54 Instant 0 – 0.54
Power Gem 40 2.9 Slow 2.2 – 2.9
Power Whip 70 2.8 Slow 2.1 – 2.8
Psybeam 40 3.8 Very slow 3.1 – 3.8
Psychic 55 2.8 Slow 2.1 – 2.8
Psycho Cut 7 0.57 Instant 0 – 0.57
Psyshock 40 2.7 Slow 2 – 2.7
Quick Attack 10 1.33 Very Fast 0.63 – 1.33
Razor Leaf 15 1.45 Very Fast 0.75 – 1.45
Rock Slide 50 3.2 Slow 2.5 – 3.2
Rock Smash 15 1.41 Very Fast 0.71 – 1.41
Rock Throw 12 1.36 Very Fast 0.66 – 1.36
Rock Tomb 30 3.4 Slow 2.7 – 3.4
Scald 55 4 Very slow 3.3 – 4
Scratch 6 0.5 Instant 0 – 0.5
Seed Bomb 40 2.4 Fast 1.7 – 2.4
Shadow Ball 45 3.08 Slow 2.38 – 3.08
Shadow Claw 11 0.95 Very Fast 0.25 – 0.95
Signal Beam 45 3.1 Slow 2.4 – 3.1
Sludge 30 2.6 Slow 1.9 – 2.6
Sludge Bomb 55 2.6 Slow 1.9 – 2.6
Sludge Wave 70 3.4 Slow 2.7 – 3.4
Solar Beam 120 4.9 Very slow 4.2 – 4.9
Spark 7 0.7 Very Fast 0 – 0.7
Splash 0 1.23 Very Fast 0.53 – 1.23
Steel Wing 15 1.33 Very Fast 0.63 – 1.33
Stomp 30 2.1 Fast 1.4 – 2.1
Stone Edge 80 3.1 Slow 2.4 – 3.1
Struggle 15 1.7 Fast 1 – 1.7
Submission 30 2.1 Fast 1.4 – 2.1
Sucker Punch 7 0.7 Very Fast 0 – 0.7
Swift 30 3 Slow 2.3 – 3
Tackle 12 1.1 Very Fast 0.4 – 1.1
Thunder 100 4.3 Very slow 3.6 – 4.3
Thunder Punch 40 2.4 Fast 1.7 – 2.4
Thunder Shock 5 0.6 Instant 0 – 0.6
Thunderbolt 55 2.7 Slow 2 – 2.7
Twister 25 2.7 Slow 2 – 2.7
Vice Grip 25 2.1 Fast 1.4 – 2.1
Vine Whip 7 0.65 Instant 0 – 0.65
Water Gun 6 0.5 Instant 0 – 0.5
Water Pulse 35 3.3 Slow 2.6 – 3.3
Wing Attack 9 0.75 Very Fast 0.05 – 0.75
Wrap 25 4 Very slow 3.3 – 4
X-Scissor 35 2.1 Fast 1.4 – 2.1
Zen Headbutt 12 1.05 Very Fast 0.35 – 1.05