Pokémon Unite: How to get Zeraora for free before time runs out

Pokemon Unite Zeraora Purple
Pokemon Unite Zeraora Purple (Image credit: iMore)

Pokémon Unite is a free-to-play 5v5 MOBA where Pokémon each have their own role or Battle type, which gives them advantages and disadvantages. The goal of each round is to use your Pokémon and score points strategically. For a limited amount of time, Nintendo Switch players can add Zeraora, a Speedster battle-type Pokémon, to their teams. It's likely Zeraora won't be available ever again after this event, so grab yours while you can.

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How to get Zeraora in Pokémon Unite

There really isn't much to it. Nintendo Switch players need to log into the game before Aug. 31, 2021, to be rewarded with a Zeraora license. Pokémon Unite launches on Nintendo Switch on July 21, effectively giving players over a month to get this special Pokémon.

  1. Log in and start Pokémon Unite on Nintendo Switch.
  2. After playing through the tutorial you'll come back to the main screen. Press the X button to bring up the side menu.Source: The Pokémon Company and iMore

Pokemon Unite (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Pokemon Unite Menu (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Scroll down and select Mail.
  2. Select Launch Bonus.Source: iMore

Pokemon Unite Mail (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Unite Launch Bonus (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select the box on the right.
  2. You'll be taken to this screen. Press the A button, to accept the notification.Source: iMore

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Pokemon Unite Bonus Received Press A (Image credit: iMore)
  1. You'll now have your Zeraora.
  2. Press A button again to get back to the main menu.

Pokemon Unite Zeraora Received Press A (Image credit: iMore)

Now Zeraora is ready to use. Have fun taking him out to battle. He's an A Rank on the tier list, so he'll be a great asset to your team.

Can I get Zeraora on Pokémon Unite mobile?

Pokémon Unite has been in beta on Android phones for now, but the full version is expected to launch on iOS and Android phones this September. It's likely that a similar Zeraora promotion will happen for mobile users upon the mobile release, but we don't know for sure.

Who is Zeraora?

Zeraora Pokemon Sword Shield Raid Den (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Zeraora is an Electric-type Pokémon first introduced in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on 3DS. It isn't known to evolve from anything or into any other Pokémon. It was also released into Pokémon Sword and Shield during a limited-time event but cannot be acquired now that the event has closed.

Pokémon Unite currently has a roster of 20 Pokémon. Each one has five different Battle types: Attacker, Speedster, All-Rounder, Defender, or Supporter. Zeraora has a Speedster role, meaning it is speedy and is very good at quick attacks and scoring points. It will be a great asset to your team.

Get this Speedster while you can

Remember, this limited-time event for acquiring Zeraora closes after Aug. 31, so be sure to log in to Pokemon Unite on Nintendo Switch before then to claim this Electric Pokémon. His quick attacks and melee focus make him a great asset to any team.

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.