Pokémon UNITE celebrates its first anniversary with new playable characters

Pokemon Unite Glaceon
Pokemon Unite Glaceon (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

What you need to know

  • Pokémon UNITE is a free-to-play MOBA featuring competitive 5-v-5 gameplay.
  • New Pokémon continue to be added to the game, such as Glaceon.
  • The game is available on Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android devices.

Pokémon UNITE continues to stay popular and receive support from the developers, despite some criticism regarding its monetization strategies. The game is now celebrating its first anniversary with new Holowear, Pokémon, and now Ultra Beasts. Ultra Beasts are strange creatures from wormholes in outer space that were first introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon on the Nintendo 3DS.

First off, the Ice-type Eeveelution, Glaceon, joins the game on July 21, 2022. Players can participate in the Icy Glaceon Challenge from July 21 to August 14 to receive a Unite License for this icy Eeveelution.

The official Twitter account posted the game's first anniversary celebration roadmap, with the Ultra Beast Buzzwole joining on August 3 and the pseudo legendary Pokémon Tyranitar joining on August 15, 2022. Three more Pokémon are coming in September, though their identities remain a mystery.

In addition, a new type of Quick Battle heads to the game, called Boss Rush, is being introduced to the game. Boss Rush sees players team up with others to fight and defeat huge bosses in difficult battles. Cooperating and forming a strategy is key to winning, so coordinate with some friends to play with!

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.