Hey there! Land your rockets with Pharah and dominate the skies. Sounds good? We are going to show you how to train your Pharah aim so you can become a fearful DPS for your team. Let’s get started! Hello guys, welcome to the dojo! In this episode, we are going to show you how to use Pharah and what you need to land your rockets consistently both on the ground and in the air. As Pharah is heavily dependent on vertical movement and taking elevated positions, the drills will cover some techniques that you can use to make sure you do damage and stay safe in the same time.
Let’s just go over Pharah’s basic attack quickly, just to make sure you understand it fully. She has a projectile rocket that travels at medium speed. The rocket has no damage falloff (meaning that it does the same damage however far you shoot it), travels in a straight line and has a small splash damage radius when it hits. Direct hits do 120 damage currently, this is subject to change in any patch. The splash damage ranges from 13 to 80, higher if it is closer to the enemy. This means that you can kill 200 HP characters in a direct hit and a splash hit, this should be your main combo. Pharah can also damage herself with the rocket for a constant 40 damage by shooting the terrain or an enemy close to her. We are going to explain her other abilities in the exercises, starting with the dynamic drills. The first set of drills are going to be the dynamic ones against moving enemies. The hand cam is online, watch it for a general idea how your hand should move during the drills. All right, before we begin with the actual drills, here is a video about how you need to move with Pharah while in the air, trying to avoid the line of sight of the enemy.
It is important to use the terrain to get out of the sight of hitscan heroes, so you can stay alive a lot longer. Your rockets need a bit of peek to fire, then you can go back behind cover. The other thing to learn is how to take off quickly. Use the yet to fly up then turn around and blast the wall near to you to get a nice speed boost. Good for getting back to the fight quickly. The drills won’t make you practice these, but keep it in mind when playing in a live environment.
Start by going to the platform with the moving bots. The first drill of learning how to play Pharah is to understand and get a good sense of your rockets. Stand still, and try to direct hit the bots moving around. Shoot the ones close to you as well as the far away ones. You can also try hitting splash shots and then direct shots, just to practice that too. Make sure that you lead your target. The main objective is to get a good sense of your rocket’s speed and the control you have with your rockets. Do this drill for 2 minutes. The next drill is about shooting up to a high ground from below. Go to the bot who is moving on the bridge. Try to shoot him while he is moving. If you need to descend from the air, you always want to make sure that you can land on a high ground and take advantage of your elevated position.
Failing to do so may leave you vulnerable if you don’t know how to shoot a target from below. You won’t be able to use the ground for splash damage, only direct hits are possible in this situation. Practice them. Do this drill for 1 minute. As previously stated, high ground is your best position. In this drill, you need to go to the elevated position above the moving bots and rain hell from above. Move around while doing so and try to land direct shots. You can also practice landing a splash shot then a direct shot. Pay attention to where the enemy flies after the effect of your first shot and try to predict the direct shot. You can do the same with your blast, however the throw effect will be bigger. Do this drill for 1 minute. The last dynamic drill is about what you will do most of the time, shooting from the air. Boost up and use your jet to stay in the air as long as possible, while landing direct hits, splash to direct hits and blast to direct hits. You want to maneuver in the air in a way that makes you unpredictable.
Integrating the terrain as a cover into your movement is a good idea too. Do this drill for 1 minute. The first static drill is about peeking and shooting around a corner. This is a technique that you want to learn to avoid taking damage while besieging an enemy position. You need to learn the rhythm of the shots and the movement so you don’t shoot yourself in the face with a rocket landing on the wall. Do this drill for 1 minute. This one is one of the hardest exercises in the game, but the reward is really great. You will learn how to land your shots mid air. Timing is key for this drill, so don’t get frustrated if you can’t do it in the first 50 tries.
Go to the dummy near the cliff. Blast it off the to the abyss and shoot it with a rocket while he is mid-air. You are doing well if you can do this 3 times in a row. Step back to practice this from farther away. Do this drill for 2 minutes. If you have mastered the blast from close range, do it from an elevated position and while flying. Position yourself on the high ground and do the same exercise from here. Blast down the bot and hit it with a rocket. Do the same while you are flying. This is really hard, but it’s the best drill to train air shots that can award you the sharpshooter play of the game. Do this drill for 2 minutes. This 10 minute drill will surely improve your Pharah game. Use the things you have learned and don’t forget to move unpredictably in a live game.
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