Weave Damage over Time formula

So, here is the secret sauce that I use to calculate Damage over Time.

DPS for charge moves is super unreliable, because the charge move durations are super arbitrary. Compare Dragonite’s Outrage (2 x 110) versus Hurricane (1 x 110). Outrage does twice the damage per full bar. And yet Silph Road lists Hurricane as having higher DPS.

An analogy is how many water balloons can you throw in a minute? You need to count how long it takes to fill the balloon at the faucet, in addition to how long it takes to sail through the air.

So, the weave-damage-over-time is calculated as follows:

((quick move damage per cycle) + (charge move damage per cycle)) / (time it takes to charge the bar + time it takes to expend all charge moves)

Converting this to variables, you get:

((DPS x 100 energy / EPS) + (CMpower x number of bars)) / ((100 / EPS) + (CMduration x number of bars))

Refactor this to variables provided in the game master, and you get:

( ((QMpower / QMduration) x (100 x QMduration / QMnrg)) + (CMpower x 100 / CMnrg) ) / (( 100 x QMduration / QMnrg) + (CMduration x 100 / CMnrg))

Notice how 100 energy is all over the place. And so is QMduration. You can factor out these guys, and you get this pretty formula:

((QMpower/QMnrg) + (CMpower/CMnrg)) / ((QMduration/QMnrg) + (CMduration/CMnrg))

You can break out the individual DoT for QM and CM as follows:

QM DoT:

(QMpower/QMnrg) / ((QMduration/QMnrg) + (CMduration/CMnrg))

CM DoT:

(CMpower/CMnrg) / ((QMduration/QMnrg) + (CMduration/CMnrg))

This works, because:

(a + b) / c

is the same thing as:

a/c + b/c

If you stare at the formula for a while, a few concepts start to emerge:

  • Increases in either QMpower or CMpower helps your weave-DoT
  • If move duration takes forever, your weave-DoT suffers.
  • The more CMs per bar, the more weight is placed on the CM. (Since all you’re doing is casting CMs. Think Aqua Tail.)
  • The lower the EPS, the more weight is placed on QM (since you’re just spamming attacks, and never getting to cast anything. I’m looking at you, Venusaur)
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Weave Damage over Time formula

One thought on “Weave Damage over Time formula

  1. Rob says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. You’ve saved me hours of time. This is exactly the formula I need for the spreadsheet I’m working on.

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