Pokémon have come in all shapes and sizes, and there's no shortage of excellent Pokémon games on the Nintendo Switch. The latest entry in the Pokémon series is Pokémon Unite, a new free-to-play 5-v-5 MOBA experience for Pokémon fans.
Whether you're a newcomer or have been loyal to the series since day one, you'll quickly learn that Pokémon Unite is much more than just another Pokémon game. To stay at the top and keep racking up those points, check out our tips and tricks for Pokémon Unite.
Pokémon Unite tips and tricks: Complete the tutorials
This one goes without saying, but if this is your first MOBA game, or even if you're a veteran of the genre, you'll want to complete the tutorials. Pokémon Unite is simple, but it's got a lot of depth, and if you go in with just your knowledge of Pokémon types, you're gonna lose fast. Learn the basics, and finish the advanced tutorials as well. You're also rewarded with Aeos Coins to spend at the in-game store once you're done, so it's worth the trouble.
Pokémon Unite tips and tricks: Party up with your friends
Nintendo Switch players will know that playing with friends on the system is sometimes harder than it should be, but it's always worth it to play with people you trust and communicate with. You can team up with up to five people at once in Pokémon Unite, and playing with friends is a great way to master the basics and experiment with Pokémon combinations, as well as coordinate attack and defense strategies.
Pokémon Unite tips and tricks: Know your role
Unlike other Pokémon games, Pokémon Unite doesn't abide by typical Pokémon rules. Pokémon types do not factor into combat; instead, every Pokémon is given a combat role. There are five roles in total:
- Attacker: Have low Endurance but deal heavy ranged damage to opponents.
- Speedster: Have high mobility and Offense for making quick attacks and scoring points.
- All-Rounder: Highly tenacious fighters with balanced Offense and Endurance.
- Defender: Have high endurance, protect allies, and hinder opponents.
- Supporter: Inflict status conditions on enemies and heal allies.
Your role will determine which lane you should pursue, so try to keep at least one Pokémon in each lane. Be sure to check which lane the game recommends you take at the start of each match.
Pokémon Unite tips and tricks: Evolutions
Now while you may be able to disregard Pokémon types, you can't forget about Pokémon evolution. Some Pokémon need to evolve to reach their true potential. Before you go rushing into battle with your Charmander, you might want to boost your experience points by battling the wild Pokémon littered around the map. That way, you'll be able to realize your Pokémon's full potential.
But just because your Pokémon doesn't evolve doesn't mean they don't change as the battle rages on. As you level up and earn experience, you'll get the option to upgrade your moves, as well as learn new ones. Experiment with all of the moves to find the playstyle that works best for you.
Pokémon Unite tips and tricks: Hold onto your items
Similar to the mainline titles, Pokémon can hold items that give them a boost while in battle. There are two different kinds of items in Pokémon Unite:
Held Items: Held items can be equipped to Pokémon and provide stat boosts. You can equip three at one time. The first slot is unlocked at the start, but the second slot is unlocked when you reach Trainer Level 7, and the third slot is unlocked at Trainer Level 10.
Battle Items: Battle items can be used in the middle of a battle for an instant effect. Your Pokémon can only hold one at a time.
Pokémon Unite tips and tricks: Getting back into battle fast
Eventually, even the best players might get the wind knocked out of them and forced to respawn at their home base. It's especially annoying in the heat of battle, but when things start getting hectic, look for the panel inside your base to super-jump back to one of the points around your base. This option becomes available about halfway through the match as player levels (and respawn timers) start to climb.
You can also quickly warp back to your base by holding down on the D-pad. It's a handy way to get back to home base fast if you're under attack.
Pokémon Unite tips and tricks: Customizing your settings
Pokémon Unite is a simple game with a surprising amount of depth and a surprising number of customization options. Aim assist, FPS adjustments, and advanced control schemes are all available to players at the start, so feel free to mess with the controls until they feel just right.
Pokémon Unite tips and tricks: Know your roster
There are over 800 Pokémon, so it's only natural that Pokémon Unite has a wide variety of Pokémon available to players at the start. Here is the starting roster of Pokémon Unite:
- Pikachu (Attacker)
- Charizard (All-Rounder)
- Snorlax (Defender)
- Crustle (Defender)
- Greninja (Attacker)
- Eldegoss (Supporter)
- Talonflame (Speedster)
- Lucario (All-Rounder)
- Venusaur (Attacker)
- Mr. Mime (Supporter)
- Slowbro (Defender)
- Absol (Speedster)
- Machamp (All-Rounder)
- Wigglytuff (Supporter)
- Alolan Ninetales (Attacker)
- Cramorant (Attacker)
- Gengar (Speedster)
- Garchomp (All-Rounder)
- Cinderace (Attacker)
You can also grab Zerora as a limited time bonus. You can buy Unite cards in the in-game store to always own your favorite Pokémon or use the ones made temporarily available to you.
Some Pokémon are better than others, but learning how each Pokémon compliments one another and how best to synergize with your team is what will eventually make up the metagame of Pokémon Unite. So start experimenting now!