11 Essential Pokémon Unite Tips

Don't be fooled by the “only four buttons” control scheme. “Pokémon Unite” is one of those seemingly simple games, but actually quite complex.

Even for veterans of the multiplayer online battle arena genre (commonly known as MOBAs), there are certain aspects of how you should play the game that may not be obvious. That's why we came up with these essential Pokémon Unite tips. Yes, you obviously must coordinate your advancement with your team. Yes, you should check your map often to get an idea of ​​what's happening on the battlefield. Yes, you have to understand your position on the field and the paths of the arena. Yes, there are a lot of basic MOBA fundamentals you'll still find in Pokémon Unity, but there are good differences too.

But for those looking to improve their game, here are several not-so-obvious elements to consider before starting to play. Check out these essential tips and remember them during your fights. There are no techniques or deadly combinations of Pokémon and attacks that will make you win battles with your back hand. This is information that you must always remember as they will be the cornerstones of all your matches.

Essential Pokémon Unite Tips

Quick FAQ

How do you earn Pokémon Unite?

Your team wins in Pokémon UNITE by scoring the most goals, not defeating their opponents' Pokémon.

What Pokemons are available in Unite?

Blastoise, Blissey, Gardevoir, Zeraora, Pikachu, Charizard, Snorlax among others. See the full list in the Pokémon Unite article.

Is Pokémon Unite free to play?

Pokémon Unite is free for everyone and offers cross-platform gameplay.

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Essential Pokémon Unite Tips

follow the red dots

Home screen menus can appear cumbersome and intimidating to new users. This is a shame, because there are lots of good free things hidden in these menus, ready for players to collect. The game offers free pokemons for you, hidden in these quests and menus, plus other prizes that are there for you to pick up.

Fortunately, the menu alerts you when there's a reward you can collect by marking the menu icons with a red dot. Follow these red dots through the many menus to collect everything you can before entering a battle. After entering a battle and returning, there will likely be new red dots that will lead to more goodies.

Don't spend Aeos Coins on Free Pokémon

To unlock a new Pokémon to use in battle, you must purchase the corresponding Pokémon pass from the shop. Aeos coins can be hard to find, especially as there is a limit of 2.100 coins per week. Don't waste coins with Pokemon that the game will give you.

During that time, the game gave away the Pokémon Alola Ninetales, Cinderace and Greninja – earned as a “Welcome to the Game” bonus just for logging in for the first two weeks – as well as Slowbro, Crustle, Venusaur, and Zeraora. Slowbro and Venusaur, which are free rewards for gaining trainer levels by participating in battles. Crustle is a reward if you complete the Beginner Challenge in full.

And Zeraora is a free reward that was only available until August 31st sent by email to players. Keep an eye out for news and information about the game, on and off the boards, to find out what the game is giving you, so you don't spend on something that got free right away.

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Zeraora was one of the gifts of the game
Zeraora was one of the gifts of the game

Discover your playing style in the practice area

There are five different types of characters – Multipurpose/Versatile, Attacker, Speedster/Runner, Defender and Support – and two forms of attack for these characters: Ranged and Melee. When starting the game and completing the tutorials, one of the first things you should do, before even joining a game, is to click on the “Pokémon” menu, click on a Pokémon of your choice and go to the “Training Area”.

Here, you can try out the types that interest you and choose an opponent to see how your choice fares in certain confrontations. Pressing the + button in this mode will allow you to adjust your settings, as if wild Pokémon appear, so you can focus on specific things to test.

This is also a great way to find out which level evolution moves you prefer. In “Pokémon Unite”, you can only have two special moves at a time, and once you reach a certain level cap, you have the option of replacing one of your current moves. It's difficult to test these moves on a chaotic battlefield, making the controlled practice area a perfect environment for this.

Use the battle preparation menu

Before the countdown reaches zero and you're pushed into the match, press ZL in your joy-con to set your battle items, kept items and map path (more on this below). This is essential to do before each game, as some Pokémon will appreciate certain items more than others.

For example, Alola Ninetales, who is primarily an attacker, will have less of the Leftovers item (which slowly heals health over time) than of something that uses his strengths, like an item that increases his damage capacity. Swap Leftovers for something like Wise Glasses or Shell Bell, which increase the special attack.

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Call the way before departure

“Pokémon Unite”, like any MOBA, requires a lot of cooperation. Perhaps the most forgotten thing players do is enter a match without letting their team know which way to go.

As an introduction: the main map of “Pokémon Unite” is a circle with an upper, middle and lower path. Your team should aim for a 2-1-2 composition: two occupying the top row, two at the bottom, and one in the middle, which can adapt and go towards either path, depending on which group needs it. of more help. You will want this person in the middle to be the fastest character on your team. Speedsters are great for the middle way.

What's more, “Pokemon Unite” actually has recommended paths for the character you choose. You can see this by selecting “Map Path” in the Battle Prep menu before matches start. See which paths your teammates are taking and select the path your team needs to travel. An orange icon next to a teammate means they are following the upper path, blue means middle and pink means lower.

Use trampolines, items and special moves wisely

The first thing you should know, regardless of what type of character you're playing, is that this game favors players with better movement.

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Since all Pokémon have a range for their attacks, moving out of an opponent's range is critical to staying alive – whether it's retreating from an advancing team or sneaking behind enemy lines to score goals without them. notice. Novice players often run in straight, predictable lines with nothing really increasing their speed or direction of movement.

Vary your movement by running unpredictably, making it harder to kill. Use retained items like Floating Stone or battle items like X-Speed ​​to make your Pokémon faster. Use the gray trampolines found in the middle of the arena to catapult yourself over the walls when being chased by enemies. Pick up the green fruits when you are in the center of the map, which gives you temporary speed boosts.

And keep in mind that various Pokémon's special moves can actually function as escape tools – like Greninja's Smokescreen or Wigglytuff's Rollout – giving you even more movement options. There is a reason why Gengar is considered the most powerful character in the current meta. It's not just because of your damage output; it's also because his Hex ability allows him to quickly teleport to unpredictable areas.

When you are alone, don't be too aggressive

It can be tempting to try to score a point yourself if you have a ton of Aeon points and want to accumulate them. The problem is that any opponent's attack will interrupt the process of accumulating points, which means that even if a defending opponent is sitting on top of the goal, you won't be able to score.

What's worse – any player who sits in their own goal and receives a substantial health regeneration bonus, making it nearly impossible for a player to take down an opponent in their own goal alone. Instead, wait for another teammate and attack goals together. One rule: two attackers generally defeat an opponent sitting in their goal unless that opponent is at a substantially higher level than the two attackers.

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Use tall grass as a stealth option so you don't run away from enemies

Any opposing character who enters the tall grass is protected from view, which means that if you notice that there are no enemies nearby, you can wait in the tall grass to set an ambush. Usually, the most advantageous sneak attacks are against the special NPC Pokémon that gives boosts to your entire team if you land the killing blow. Expect the opposing team to take down a tough opponent like Drednaw, then step out at the last second to steal the kill and turn the tide of battle.

If you're patient enough, you can also use tall grass to trick opponents into running past you, allowing you to attack on their backs. This is a good strategy if you are alone, have accumulated a lot of points and know that enemies are heading towards the objective you are aiming for. They won't see anyone there, they'll advance past where you're hiding, and they'll give you the opening you need to attack.

However, one thing you shouldn't use tall grass for is evading your opponents. They won't be able to see you when you enter the tall grass. But the grass patches in “Pokémon Unite” are usually very small, which means it's pretty predictable where you'll appear if an enemy sees you entering.

Don't be afraid to sacrifice points

Like other MOBAs, sometimes it's better to run away and live to fight another day than to stand firm. When you find yourself starting to run low on health and are fighting an enemy, go back to one of your healing points. Pick up yellow berries if you see one nearby (they restore health faster). So, get back to the fight.

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On the other hand, if you're feeling overwhelmed defending a goal, it's almost always better to let your opponents score and move elsewhere. Each objective will only allow a specific amount of points to accumulate before disappearing from the battlefield, meaning that there can only be a certain amount of damage done by sacrificing an objective.

If you decide to abandon a goal, press the directional buttons to communicate with your team. Tell them the new path you're going to take and try to team up with your teammates to dominate the opposing team elsewhere on the map.

Better back off from time to time
Better back off from time to time

Keep an eye on the minimap for Drednaw and Zapdos

Two special NPC Pokémon, Drednaw and Zapdos, appear at the bottom and middle of maps at certain points in the game. There will always be a message flashing on the screen indicating that they have appeared. When they do, direct your team to attack them if possible, as they provide great advantages if your team lands the killing blow.

In the case of Drednaw, the Pokémon will give your entire team experience points and temporary shields. Staying ahead of the opposing team in terms of level gives you a big advantage throughout the game.

In the case of Zapdos, his team will score an incredible number of points, and all of the opposing team's goals will be temporarily disabled, meaning you can score on any goal without delay. It can win games on its own (and most likely developers should nerf it in a future patch).

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After a match, evolve your items

After reaching a certain trainer level, the game will give you a tutorial on how to evolve your items. This is the backbone of the game, as some items provide massive stat boosts and other effects to really swing matches in your favor.

Stuck items are also the only way to “level” your characters, in a sense. Because of this, you really should micromanage your items' update. You'll also get the best return on your investment if you focus on just a few items that you think are important to your playing style.

Pokémon Unite is available for Nintendo Switch, Android e iOS. Now, leave in the comments: Which of the tips helped you in the matches? What is your favorite Pokemon? Contact us and take the opportunity to read more about Pokémon on our website.

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Paulo Fabris is a journalist, writer, RPG player, gamer, cosplayer, nerd and fan of anime since the time of TV Manchete.