Bloom is what happens as shots are quickly fired, thus losing accuracy. The reticule will expand and then contract: when expanded, accuracy will be less.
- Spamming - This is what it is called when a player fires a weapon, like the DMR, as fast as they can, ignoring the bloom effect. This leads to very low accuracy, however the spammer may get lucky and find the last headshot, getting the kill.
- Pacing - This is the opposite. A player who paces his/her shots will be rewarded with greater accuracy per shot, as they allow a small amount of time to pass before pulling the trigger again. This reduces the bloom effect.
Note, however, that one of these methods is not completely dominant over the other. Pacing is great for long range when hitting all your shots is essential. Spamming may be better at close range, when all that matters is landing as many shots as possible on the opposing player. The best idea is to practice using both methods in different situations, and find out which works best for you.
- Note: Most weapons have bloom limits. They reach a point where the reticule grows no wider, even if the person continues firing as fast as possible. The limit depends on the weapon. On automatic weapons, it is about the size of the circle around the reticule. Precision weapons tend to have more bloom, but start out more precise. Melee weapons, such as the Energy Sword and Gravity Hammer have no bloom. Neither does the Focus Rifle and the heavy weapons such as the Rocket Launcher. The Spiker also has no bloom.