Pokémon Unite is down for scheduled maintenance

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What you need to know

  • Pokémon Unite's server is down for maintenance right now.
  • Players will not be able to log in until the maintenance window ends.
  • Maintenance should end by 3:00 AM ET/12:00AM PT on September 22.
  • The mobile version of the game launches tomorrow.

Nintendo Switch players will not be able to access Pokémon Unite from now until tomorrow at 3:00 AM ET/12:00 AM PT on September 22, 2021 as the game is undergoing scheduled maintenance during that time. This is likely due to the fact that the mobile version of the game releases tomorrow for compatible iOS and Android devices.

Pokemon Unite Maintenance Notice (Image credit: iMore)

Anyone attempting to play the game currently only makes it to the game's start menu. However, players are currently unable to click Start or log in to their accounts. Among other things, this update is likely adding cross-play and cross-platform functions, which will allow anyone to play together regardless of if they're using a Nintendo Switch or a phone to access the game. Additionally, players will be able to play on their Nintendo Switch and then continue playing their same account from their compatible phone and vice versa.

This is a simplified multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game where gameplay revolves around players grouping up into 5-vs-5 battles. Each Pokémon in the roster has unique attacks and skills they can use in the arena. Defeating either a wild Pokémon or an opponent gives you points, but you must score those points in the enemy's goal zones for them to count towards the overall score.

The mobile version is currently available for pre-download in anticipation for tomorrow.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.