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This is a guide on how to play Absol in Pokemon UNITE. Learn about all of Absol's moves and skins, and how to use Absol with our builds complete with best movesets, items, and combos, as well as matchups, and what counters to use against them.

Absol Tier Rating and Stats

Absol Basic Information

Absol.jpgAbsol Tier: Role:
A Rank Icon Speedster
Attack Type: Difficulty:
Melee Expert
Damage Type:
"Absol is a Pokémon that can close the distance in an instant and deal massive amounts of damage."

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Absol Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Scoring Support
3.5 Stars.png 2 Stars.png 4 Stars.png 2.5 Stars.png 0.5 Stars.png

HP, Defense, Sp. Defense Details
Level HP Defense Special Defense
1 3000 52 36
2 3107 59 41
3 3224 67 47
4 3353 76 53
5 3495 86 60
6 3651 97 68
7 3823 109 76
8 4012 122 85
9 4221 136 95
10 4451 152 106
11 4704 170 118
12 4983 189 131
13 5290 210 146
14 5628 233 162
15 6000 259 180

Absol Evolutions

This Pokémon does not evolve.

Absol Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High Burst Damage
✔︎ High mobility
✔︎ Unite Move grants untargetability status
✖︎ Damage relies on critical strikes
✖︎ Proper positioning is required to master

Mobility Skills

Absol has a ton of mobility skills at his disposal and some of them require nifty tricks to maximize. His Unite Move, while not providing mobility, provides invulnerability instead. This makes Absol hard to burst down if piloted properly.

Critical Strike Damage

Absol's gameplay requires a bit of proper knowledge and positioning to pull off. however, even if you do successfully perform your combos, your main damage will still come from critical strikes. This makes Absol's kit unreliable sometimes.

Best Lanes for Absol

Top 2 Stars.png
Jungle 5 Stars.png
Bottom 3 Stars.png


Absol is a fragile character and putting him in the jungle allows him to scale easily with minimal risk. His damage is also high which makes clearing the jungle fast for early ganks. As a speedster, he can also sneak goals if fights aren't in your team's favor.

How to Use Absol

Absol is a very strong Pokemon that can tear through enemies with incredibly high burst damage and mobility.

It is important for this particular Pokemon to level up as fast as possible. Start off in the jungle to get those early levels, then set up ganks at the lanes to give your team a great start.

Pushing an early advantage into the later stages of the match is what Absol excels at due to powerful moves that bypass defense and shields. Strong critical hits are also one of Absol's signature traits. Adopt an aggressive playstyle and coordinate with your team to make quick work of enemies!

Early Game: Level 1-5

Starter (Level 1-4)

Feint ImageFeint
Slot 1 (R)
Slash ImageSlash
Slot 2 (ZR)

As stated earlier, begin the match in the jungle to get those crucial early levels. Once you're around level four, you can start ganking the lanes to help your team out and get even more exp there.

Your moves grants you incredibly high damage right out the gate. This means you can eliminate both Wild and enemy-controlled Pokemon with ease. Slash temporarily increases your Critical Hit Rate and must be used as much as possible. Feint allows you to close the distance between you and your target and deals a significant amount of burst damage as well.

Lastly, take advantage of bushes to conceal your rotations around the map. The less enemies knows where you are, the easier it is to set up ganks for your team.

Into the Mid-Game (Level 5-6)

Pursuit ImagePursuit
Slot 1 (R)
Night Slash ImageNight Slash
Slot 1 (R)

Level five unlocks the first batch of upgrades for Absol. These moves offer equally substantial improvements to Feint and ultimately boils down to what kind of playstyle you want to adopt.

Night Slash is a direct upgrade from Feint and adds a follow-up forward strike once the intiial strike connects. This move also has increased Critical Hit Rate based on the target's current HP, allowing you to finish off wounded opponents quicker. Go for this if you prefer a more direct and open combat approach into the later stages in the game.

Pursuit rewards those with a good sense for positioning and timing during matches. This move deals high damage when striking targets from behind. The cooldown is also reduced, making it almost impossible to escape from an Absol with this move. Opt for this move if you want to enhance your ganking efficiency instead.

Mid-Game: Level 7-8

Sucker Punch ImageSucker Punch
Slot 2 (ZR)
Psycho Cut ImagePsycho Cut
Slot 2 (ZR)

Level seven is a huge power spike for Absol because your second batch of upgrades pop up at this time. You can choose to either go for even more damage or sacrifice a bit of damage to gain a bit of offensive utility.

Sucker Punch lets you ram your target, dealing a decent burst of damage while simultaneously Stunning the target. This is incredibly useful for catching mobile Pokemon such as Talonflame or Lucario.

Psycho Cut takes Absol's high burst potential even further. Slashed targets will be marked for three times over. These marks increase your Standard Attack damage. Go for this move if you want to burst down tough targets such as Defenders or All-Rounders faster!

Late Game: Level 9+

Midnight Slash ImageMidnight Slash

Your burst damage reaches a critical point once you unlock Absol's Unite Move. Midnight Slash is a devastating cone attack that starts with a series of fast slashes, followed by three massive energy blades that knock back and deal even more damage to enemies caught in their path.

Take note that Absol phases out of view during the attack, making it almost impossible to stop this move once it goes off. This gives you a split-second opportunity to disjoint certain enemy attacks and moves.

Try to catch as many enemies as possible within the cone's area as this may sway the fight to your team's favor in an instant!

Absol Builds

Critical Build

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (ZR) Lv. 3 (R) Lv. 5 (R) Lv. 6 (ZR)
Slash ImageSlash Feint ImageFeint Night Slash ImageNight Slash Psycho Cut ImagePsycho Cut
This setup maximizes Absol's high critical and burst damage. Close in on unsuspecting targets with Night Slash then finish them off with your powerful standard attacks. Use Psycho Cut as much as possible to empower your standard attacks and even Slow your targets to quickly finish the job.

Battle Item

Item Tips
X Attack.pngX Attack X Attack increases your Attack and Special Attack for a few seconds. This takes our damage even higher and is extremely useful against tough targets such as Defenders and All-Rounders.

Held Items

Items Tips
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Absol is all about Critical Damage. Scope Lens is the perfect item to complement this particular Pokemon's moveset and playstyle because it improves both Crit Rate and Crit Damage!
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band further improves your Standard Attack damage, allowing you to make eliminate Wild Pokemon and opponents as fast as possible.
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight is a great item for a speedster like Absol. He can roam around the map easily and score tiny goals to rack up stats for Attack Weight. It also gives him the push to his damage to be able to delete squishies with ease.

Absol Combos

Early Combo

Step # Move
This combo should be close to never used in actual combat since your main goal is to at least reach level 5 to gain your next mobility skill. Its your main bread and butter skill in the jungle to clear camps fast.

Psycho Slash Combo

Step # Move
Standard Attack ImageStandard Attack x3
This is a single target execute combo where you abuse Psycho Cut's auto attack damage boost then using Night Slash's second hit for the massive damage execute.

Pursuit Combo

Step # Move
Standard Attack ImageStandard Attack
This is Absol's infinite chase ability. Pursuit's cooldown refreshes when attacking an enemy from behind so this causes Pursuit to be used infinitely against running enemies (or until they fall).

Pursuit Punch Combo

Step # Move
Standard Attack ImageStandard Attack
Standard Attack ImageStandard Attack
This is the entirety of a standard Pursuit Sucker Punch combo. Pursuit's cooldown refresh upon striking enemies behind and a two use Sucker Punch places youright infront of enemies. Using Sucker Punch in melee instantly puts you behind enemy ranks for pursuit refreshes.

Absol Matchups and Best Counters

All Absol Matchups

Hard Counters
Snorlax Image Crustle Image Slowbro Image
Absol Image Mr. Mime Image Garchomp Image Gengar Image Lucario Image Cinderace Image Greninja Image Talonflame Image Machamp Image
Alolan Ninetales Image Venusaur Image Cramorant Image Eldegoss Image Charizard Image Pikachu Image Wigglytuff Image

Matchup and Counter Explanations

Best Counters for Absol

Pokemon Explanation
Snorlax ImageSnorlax As a squishy pokemon that relies on gap closers to home in on his targets, Snorlax is the biggest counters to him. A single skill can spell your death since you're a free target to everyone and he also stops you from assassinating enemy targets.
Crustle ImageCrustle A tank that can deal massive amounts of damage. He can chase you anywhere and and kill you without you being able to do anything.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbro is a hard counter to Absol thanks to his Telekinesis and Surf. As Absol, you are slightly vulnerable after entering with your gap closers and a good Slowbro can easily catch you during your combos.

Fair Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora A skill matchup that's slightly in Zeraora's favor. He has a shield to negate your damage but your damage is way higher. Try to catch him after he uses his skill to win trades and fights.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Mr. Mime can be fairly dificult to play against due to his walls and and his disables but if you can get an opportunity to wait out his skills, Mr. Mime becomes an easy target.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp A durable fighter that reflects damage back at you. As Absol, you don't really want to focus on Garchomp and he doesn't have much in the way of disables to stop you from approaching targets. Stay away from him and keep your eyes on the enemy attackers.
Gengar ImageGengar Another skill match up. Make sure to dodge his projectile then he becomes manageable.
Lucario ImageLucario His shield and mobility makes it hard to pin him down and kill him so your best bet is to avoud him but if you can catch him near half to low HP, don't hesitate to dive for the kill.
Cinderace ImageCinderace A Cinderace with Feint can be hard to kill as it can avoid the majority of your burst.
Greninja ImageGreninja A bit hard to kill attacker due to his clone. Greninja is in the Fair matchup because Absol's skills are single target and there's a chance you can get outplayed by a fake clone.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame He can engage from long distances so as long as you keep you HP up, talonflame should not prove difficult. If you can spot him, make sure to jump on him as you win any duel you take with him (unless you're extremely low)
Machamp ImageMachamp Machamp is a mid-tier due to the fact that you can just avoid fighting him. He's on the easier spectrum of fair matchups since he's also an auto attack champion so the battle relies on who can land more critical strikes.

Easy Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales A squishy attacker. He lacks mobility skills to escape from you and his knockbacks can easily be negated by your several dashes.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Jump on him and kill him. Even a Gigadrain Petaldance skill build will lose to a decently leveled Absol.
Cramorant ImageCramorant Cramorant lacks the ability to escape from you like Alolan Ninetales but is much easier to kill since his skills are mostly long range setups.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Eldegoss alone does not pose a threat to you. Jump on him first during fight to eliminate the enemy team's heals.
Charizard ImageCharizard Charizard is in a weak state and is easily defeatable by the majority of the roster. Absol is no exception so don't shy away from Charizards unless he's grouping up with others.
Pikachu ImagePikachu A strong attacker but instantly dies if jumped on by an assassin.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Easy to avoid disables and his strongest points are the early game where you are still in the jungle farming camps. Poses no threat to you as long as you stay away from his combos.

How to Counter Absol

Use Disabling Moves

Absol is a speedster and its main survival tools are dashing out of harm's way, using discharge to shield attacks, or Wildcharge to dodge skills. Prevent him from moving and he shall fall easily.

Don't run away from a pursuit build

Absol gets a burst reset if he lands an auto attack on an enemy from behind. Make sure to face Absol to avoid his burst if he's not approaching using Sucker Punch.

Burst him first

Absol's damage output is absurd but his durability is extremely low to compensate. Burst him down first before he lands his skills on you.

Absol Moves and Ability

Absol Moves

Level Move 1 (R) Move 2 (ZR)
1 or 3
Feint Icon
Slash Icon
Pursuit Icon Night Slash Icon
Sucker Punch Icon Psycho Cut Icon
Midnight Slash Icon

Move Slot 1 (R)

Feint ImageFeint
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 278 (Lv. 3)
Dashes in an arc, attacking any Pokemon it touches. Ignores the defense or shields of the Pokemon it hits.
Pursuit ImagePursuit
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 955 (Lv. 5) / 1889 (Lv. 15)
Move to the specified location and dash at the target with a standard attack. If the attack hits from behind, its damage will increase and its cooldown time will decrease.
Once upgraded, movement speed will increase.
Night Slash ImageNight Slash
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 477 (Lv. 5) / 939 (Lv. 15)
Dashes in an arc, dealing damage to any Pokemon in its path. If this attack connects, a follow-up attack in a straight line may be performed. The chance of this move dealing a critical hit increase based on how low the target's HP is.
Once upgraded, using this move again will also recover the user's HP.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Slash ImageSlash
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 393 (Lv. 3)
Scratches at a target with sharp claws. Increases Critical Hit rate.
Sucker Punch ImageSucker Punch
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 372 (Lv. 7) / 637 (Lv. 15)
Waits to see if the target Pokemon will use an attack. In this time, both the user and the target Pokemon's movement speed will decrease, then the user will charge at the target. However, if the user takes damage or the target attacks first, it will rush the target and knock it back.
Once upgraded, standard attack speed will increase after this attack makes contact.
Psycho Cut ImagePsycho Cut
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 167 (Lv. 7) / 291 (Lv. 15)
Attacks with a blade formed from psychic power. Briefly decreases the target's movement speed upon contact. Will also increase the damage of standard attacks up to 3 times against the target.
Once upgraded, the user's movement speed will increase upon approaching the damaged Pokemon.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Midnight Slash ImageMidnight Slash
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: Percent Based
Total Damage: 8339 (Lv. 9) / 11353 (Lv. 15)
Hits a target with a flurry of slashes. The final hit releases a blade of energy that deals more damage and knocksback any enemy Pokemon hit by it.

Standard Attack

Standard AttackStandard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and decreasing their Defense when it hits. If this boosted attack hits only a single opposing Pokemon, it deals increased damage.

Ability (Passive)

Super LuckSuper Luck Critical Hit rate is increased.

Absol Skins (Holowear)

This Pokemon has no Holowear available.

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