Pattern Movement

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Moving in a repeating pattern (for lack of a better name for it). Generally only used by Sample Bots and NanoBots.

Some bots that implement this are:

In addition, all bots that use Stop And Go Movement or the Musashi Trick, can be considered to use Pattern Movement.

This movement is more effective in melee. In the early days of Robocode, good melee bots would just dance around in a triangle, star-shape, or square, often in corners. The benefits of this are: (1) you won't move too far from your starting point, so you are less likely to have new bots targeting you because you moved into their range, and (2) you can defeat Linear Targeting and Circular Targeting by changing direction often.

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