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What are some tips to predict an opponent’s next move?

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In a battle it would give a player an extreme advantage to know what the opponent is going to do. Its been a long time since I've played Pokemon (trying to get back into it) so for some of the users here who are extremely experienced in battles what are some pointers to predict an opponents move? (the video games not the card game)

asked Mar 6, 2013 by Headshot

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It is a nice easy skill to get the hang of. But you would benefit from lots of experience to learn the sets usually used by the Pokemon you will commonly face. Let me give you a situation.

You
Abomasnow, Raikou, Magmotar

Opponent
Scizor, Heatran, Suicune

So lets say you lead with Aboma and he leads with Sciz. Your going to want to switch. He could be predicting that but for now he does not make predictions. So you have now the advantage. But he will not want to stay in. So you can predict his most beneficial switch and go for Thunderbolt or Focus Blast to hit who ever switches in. Alternatively lets add Milotic to your team. Obviously you can't add random Pokemon in a battle but for now :D. So Heatran and Suicune can't even touch Milotic and Milotic can stall them out so you can pull a double switch as they switch which gains both momentum and makes for an interesting game. So once again you have he advantage.

Anyway the example was crap, yes I know. But imagine your playing a decent battler. You have to predict what they are predicting. Play out every single possible scenario in your head. Because if your switching they might predict that. Also don't be to obvious. By this I mean don't always go for the obvious plays and mix it up a bit. If the opponent thinks your gonna pull off a double switch maybe don't.

Now this article is ancient so I will find an updated one but it still applies and yes do sign up for the tutor and apprentice system. If there is anything you are unsure about in my answer please comment ans sorry if this all seems quite basis :D

answered Mar 6, 2013 by Blobyolo
selected Jun 4, 2013 by Psusnis◇
You and your Abomasnow, Blob :P
I will defiantly keep that in mind and practise.
1 vote

This question is kinda unanswerable, It depends on multiple factors, such as what move you just used, whether your opponent has a Pokèmon immune to your move, so they could predict it and switch, and how experienced your opponent is. Because you would like help in learning how to predict, I suggest that you go the Meta Section of this site, and answer our "Tutor and Apprentice" thread. Please read it carefully before answering, and then you will be given a tutor who will help you.

answered Mar 6, 2013 by Poke'slash
oh ok, didn't know this site had that.