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This is a guide on how to play online multiplayer in Pokemon UNITE for the Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Read on to know more about playing online multiplayer, game modes and matchmaking, inviting friends, and more!

How to Play Online Multiplayer

Enter the Lobby

Pokemon UNITE - In Lobby
After completing the tutorial, players can now access the Lobby. Here, players enter a matchmaking queue and are automatically matched against other players in the queue. How players are matched depends on the match type.
Unite Battle Guide and Rules

Steps
1 Select Unite Battle in the home screen.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Play Online Multiplayer - Select Unite Battle
2 Choose a game mode.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Play Online Multiplayer - Choose Game Mode
3 Press START button to begin search queue.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Play Online Multiplayer - Press Start
4 Press Ready once a match is found!
Pokemon UNITE - How to Play Online Multiplayer - Select Ready

How to Play with Friends

How to Add Friends

Pokemon UNITE - How to add friends
You can play with friends without having to add them, but adding them will make it easier every time you want to play with them.

How to Add Friends in Nintendo Switch

1 Press the ZL button in the Main Menu.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Nintendo Switch - Main Menu
2 Select Friends.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Nintendo Switch - Select Friends
3 Go to Friend Search.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Nintendo Switch - Go to Friend Search
4 Enter the Trainer ID of the player you want to add then select OK.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Nintendo Switch - Enter Trainer ID
5 Select the trainer, then click Add Friend. An invite will be sent to that Trainer.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Nintendo Switch - Add Friend

How to Add Friends in Mobile

1 Tap your Trainer Icon in the upper-left corner in the Main Menu
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Mobile - Main Menu
2 Tap Friends in the menu.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Mobile - Select Friends
3 Tap Friend Search.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Mobile - Go to Friend Search
4 Enter the Trainer ID.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Mobile - Enter Trainer ID
5 Pick the trainer you want to add as a friend, then tap the + icon. An invite will be sent to that trainer.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Add Friends in Mobile - Add Friend

How to Add Friends

How to Invite Friends to a Match

Pokemon UNITE - How to Invite Friends
Playing with friends can be a fun experience. Players can invite any number of their friends to a match to form a team. However, in Ranked Matches, players can only form a team of 2, 3, and 5. Having 4 friends and 1 random player in one team is not allowed in Ranked Matches. This is mainly for balancing purposes.

Steps
1 Go into the lobby.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Invite Friends - In Lobby
2 Choose a game mode.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Invite Friends - Choose Game Mode
3 Select any of the plus icons. Then, select Invite Friend.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Invite Friends - Invite Friends
4 A menu will show listing all you friends. Select a player, then select Invitation. An invitation will be sent to your friend.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Invite Friendsr - Choose Friend and Invite

How to Join a Lobby

Pokemon UNITE - Lobby ID
Joining a lobby will allow you to play with players you have not added as a friend yet! To join a lobby, players need a Lobby ID. The Lobby ID is a set of numbers found at the upper left corner of the screen when inside a lobby. Players can ask other players for their Lobby ID.

Steps
1 Select Lobby Search in the Main Menu.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Join a Lobby - Select Lobby Search
2 Enter the Lobby ID.
Pokemon UNITE - How to Join a Lobby - Enter Lobby ID

Pokemon Unite Game Modes

Ranked, Standard, and Quick

Pokemon UNITE - Ranked, Standard, and Quick Battle
There are three game modes available, namely Standard Match, Ranked Match, and Quick Battle.

Availability of Game Modes
Game Modes Availability
Standard Available at the start.
Ranked Unlocks at trainer level 6 and above.
Quick Battle Unlocks at trainer level 8 and above.

Game Modes Guide

Three match types

Standard match and Quick Battle modes have three match types you can also choose to play! These match types does not change the rules of the game modes, but changes how you matchmake.

Match Type Teammates
Opponents
Random Match Randoms/Friends
Randoms
CPU Match Randoms/Friend
Bots
Friendly Match Friends/Bots
Friends/Bots

Match Types: CPU, Random, and Friendly Match

Is Nintendo Switch Online Required for Online?

Nintendo Online is not Required

Pokemon UNITE - NIntendo Switch Online
Pokemon UNITE is free for both Nintendo Switch and Mobile devices. Nintendo Switch users do not need to pay for Nintendo Switch Online to be able to play online multiplayer.
Only in-game currencies like Aeos Gems require payment.

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Can Pokemon UNITE be Played Offline?

Pokemon UNITE - Offline Mode

Pokemon UNITE can now be played offline via the Offline Mode feature!

Offline Mode

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