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The best guide on how to play Absol in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, and more!

Absol Latest Nerfs & Buffs (10/20)

October 20th Halloween Update

Absol Move Changes (October 20)
Sucker Punch Image
Sucker Punch
• Bug Fixes

Absol Previous Move Patches

Standard Attack

1.1.1.4 Basic Attack: Bug Fixes

Night Slash

1.2.1.3 Cooldown reduced from 5 to 4. 2nd slash hitbox reduced.
1.1.1.4 Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 939 to 1798 (+91%).

Sucker Punch

1.2.1.3 Cooldown reduced from 7 to 5. Unstoppable duration increased.
1.1.1.4 Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 637 to 900 (+41%).
1.2.1.8 Bug Fixes.

Absol Basic Info

Absol
Absol.jpg
Tier Rating: B Rank Icon

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

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Absol Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
2 Stars.png
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

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

Best Builds for Absol

Builds

Critical Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build maximizes Absol's high critical damage. Start off in the grass or in the jungle lane and surprise unsuspecting Pokemon with your high-damage moves.

Close in on 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.

With the recent addition of Razor Claw, landing critical hits while enemies are slowed from Razor Claw proc and Psycho Cut is now easier!

Pursuit Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is Absol's pursuit skill build setup. It uses the same items as the Critical Build to funnel more critical strike chance into your attacks which can allow Pursuit for those 1 hit wonder critical strikes. Make sure to hit your Pursuit attacks behind enemies to get the resets and bonus damage!

Scorer Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build is similar to the Pursuit build but focuses more on scoring goals. While less of an offensive build, it is quite useful in teams that already have high damage dealing Pokemon.

This build funnels more stat into attack vis Attack Weight and Score Shield makes it easier but you sacrifice your reliable attack speed and bonus damage from Muscle Band and additional safety from Focus Band. A feast or famine playstyle!

Absol Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Attack increases by (6/9/12).
Score Shield.pngScore Shield While the Pokemon is attempting to score a goal, it is granted a shield equal to (5/7.5/10)% of its max HP and its goals cannot be interrupted while it is shielded.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Increases damage dealt by basic attack critical hits. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more the damage increases.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw After the Pokemon uses a move, its next basic attack deals a minimum of (10/15/20) damage. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more this damage increases. When this item is held by a melee Pokemon, this basic attack also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.

Attack Weight, Scope Lens and Muscle Band all directly improves Absol's critical-hit gameplay, allowing Absol to deal insane amounts of critial damage. However, Attack Weight does a little more than that, it incentivizes scoring which is a huge contribution to winning the game.

Score Shield is specifically suited for the Scorer Build, to allow you to funnel more attack stat to Absol via scoring. The new Razor Claw is great for the standard Night Slash + Psycho Cut build as it grants an innate slow and it improves your DPS by providing more Critical Hit Chance.

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.
X Attack.pngX Attack Increases your Pokemon's basic attack damage by 1.2x, and move damage by 1.05~1.15x for 8 seconds.

Eject Button enables Absol to position properly to land moves with accuracy. It can also be used to escape unfavorable fights.

X Attack amplifies Absol's damage exponentially, enabling Absol to cut through even the most durable Pokemon.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Sucker Punch ImageSucker Punch Targets an enemy, slowing the user and the target's Movement Speed before the user lunges at the target to damage them. If the target attacks first before lunging, Absol will counter and lunge behind the target to damage and stun them.
Upgrade: Increases standard attack speed when the Move hits.
Pursuit ImagePursuit Lunge at a target with a standard attack, dealing increased damage and reducing this Move's cooldown if striking an opponent from behind.
Upgrade: Movement speed increases after using this Move.

Absol's gameplay is centered around critial-hits to take out enemy Pokemon quickly. Sucker Punch and Pursuit both deal insane amounts of critical-hit damage, which suits Absol's gameplay perfectly. They also provide great mobility for Absol, enabling Absol to chase down targets.

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How to Play Absol

Absol is a powerful 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!

Jungle Until Level 5 Then Roam

Pokemon UNITE - Absol Attacking Lillipup

Clearing all 5 Wild Pokemon in the Jungle will quickly bring you to Lv. 5 which unlocks Absol's primary gank abilities, Pursuit or Night Slash. After this Absol can roam, checking either lane for low HP or isolated enemy Pokemon to KO.

For a faster jungle clear, take Fluffy Tail as your Battle Item to stun and deal more damage to Wild Pokemon.

Roam or Sneakily Score if the Jungle is Taken

Pokemon UNITE - Absol Defeating Cramorant

There will be times, especially in solo queue, where other players may take your jungle camps or take the jungler role. If this happens, roam the map and carefully look for KOs and score goals, then circle back to the jungle once the camps respawn.

Secure Map Objectives

Pokemon UNITE - Absol Attacking Rotom

Take advantage of Absol's high damage output to quickly take Rotom and Dreadnaw, then push either top or bottom lane.

Position Carefully with Pursuit

Pokemon UNITE - Absol Positioning for Pursuit

Absol's strongest move requires skillful positioning. If the next basic attack after Pursuit does not hit within the blue cone, it will not have increased damage or reduced cooldown, leaving Absol open to counterattack. Try to catch enemies that are running away, or position to where their back is easily reachable.

Use Sucker Punch for Easier Backstabs

Sucker punch will auto dash Absol to an enemy after charging. If hit during the charge, Absol will auto dash behind the enemy and stun them. Using Pursuit before Sucker Punch will help in guaranteeing a backstab. However, if Absol is not hit during Sucker Punch, Absol will not auto dash behind the enemy but dash regularly instead.

Use Night Slash to Chase Escaping Pokemon

Pokemon UNITE - Absol Using Night Slash

The lower the enemy Pokemon's HP, the higher crit rate Boost Absol receives from the second hit of Night Slash. This is great for aggressively diving at opposing Pokemon that have retreated to the goal post to heal, especially when combined with Psycho Cut.

Emergency Disengage with Midnight Slash

While its primary use is to damage enemies, Midnight Slash makes you untargetable for a few seconds allowing you to dodge burst attacks, and turn the tide of the fight to your favor!

Absol Combos

Early Combo

Early Combo
Feint IconSlash Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Absol Early Combo
FeintSlash
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. It's your bread and butter skill in the jungle to clear camps fast.

Psycho Slash Combo

Psycho Slash Combo
Night Slash IconPsycho Cut IconStandard Attack Icon x3► Night Slash Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Psycho Slash Combo
This is a single target execution combo where you abuse Psycho Cut's auto attack damage boost, then using Night Slash's second hit for the massive damage execute.

Cut to Pursuit Combo

Pursuit Combo
Psycho Cut IconPursuit IconStandard Attack Icon x3► Pursuit Icon

Pokemon UNITE -  Cut Pursuit Combo
This is Absol's highest burst combo. Psycho Cut boosts the next 3 standard attacks and slows the enemy, ensuring that the next Pursuit Backstabs are maximized.

Pursuit Punch Combo

Pursuit Punch Combo
Sucker Punch Icon x2► Standard Attack IconPursuit IconStandard Attack Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Pursuit Punch Combo
Pursuit's cooldown refreshes after hitting a Standard Attack from behind. Being hit during Sucker Punch instantly dashes Absol behind the target, making it easier to hit from behind and abuse Pursuit's cooldown refresh.

Matchups & Counters for Absol

Absol Matchups

Hard Counter
CrustleSlowbroSnorlax
Fair Matchup
CinderaceGarchompGengarGreedentGreninjaLucarioMachampMamoswineMr. MimeSylveonTalonflameZeraora
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesBlastoiseBlisseyCharizardCramorantEldegossGardevoirPikachuVenusaurWigglytuff

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Absol.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Best Counters for Absol

Pokemon that are highly durable, and have a hard disable can counter Absol's critical-hit gameplay. High-durability prevents Absol from bursting down a Pokemon quickly, discouraging Absol to pursue the Pokemon. Hard lockdowns completely shut down Absol's gameplay, preventing Absol to position properly to deal damage.

Pokemon Explanation
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Rating: ★★★★★
As a squishy pokemon that relies on gap closers to home in on his targets, Snorlax is the biggest counter 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 Rating: ★★★★★
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 Rating: ★★★★★
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.

Even Matchups

Even matchups are always a matter of skill, luck and timing. Here are some tips to help push Absol ahead against other Pokemon on equal footing.

Bait Out Moves, Then Go for the Kill

Pokemon with Mobility Moves
Cinderace Image Gengar Image Greninja Image Talonflame Image Zeraora Image

These Pokemon have means to dodge your attacks, preventing you from dealing critial-hit damage. The key to beating these Pokemon is to bait out their mobility moves first, then immediately pounce at them using moves like Pursuit or Sucker Punch. A well-timed Sucker Punch allows you to counter them should they attempt to fight back.

Don't hesitate to chase them since they don't have enough durability to tank your crits. Landing a single critical-hit is enought to force them to retreat.

Be Cunning

Pokemon that Require Proper Positioning
Garchomp Image Lucario Image Machamp Image Mr. Mime Image Mamoswine Image

These Pokemon require proper positioning to deal their intended damage. The key to getting the upper hand against them is to outmaneuver them and evade their moves. Using the cooldown reset mechanic from Pursuit is great in this scenario.

You probably won't defeat them quickly with just a few hits, so just be careful when diving them.

Best Matchups for Absol

Pokemon Explanation
Blastoise ImageBlastoise Absol can take advantage of Blastoise' long cooldowns. Wait out its moves and quickly strike back to bring down Blastoise.
Cramorant ImageCramorant Cramorant lacks the ability to escape from you, and is easy to kill since his moves 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.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Given Absol's mobility, Gardevoir will be an easy target and Absol can move out of Gardevoir's AoE moves. Dash to her to negate her range and attack her before she gets in her deadly combos.
Pikachu ImagePikachu A strong attacker but instantly dies if jumped on by an assassin. A single crit is enough to take down Pikachu, or at least be forced to retreat.

Best Teammates for Absol

Pokemon Explanation
Pikachu ImagePikachu
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir
Easy enemy takedowns
With Pikachu and Gardevoir's stun attacks, Absol can concetrate on dealing damage. If it is still not enough, Pikachu and Gardevoir can follow up those attacks with their range moves too.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Can provide healing to help sustain damage
Eldegoss's healing abilities will allow Absol to continuously deal damage to help bring down your opponents.

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Absol Moves and Ability

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)
Lunge at a target with a standard attack, dealing increased damage and reducing this Move's cooldown if striking an opponent from behind.
Upgrade: Movement speed increases after using this Move.
Night Slash ImageNight Slash
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 772 (Lv. 5) / 1798 (Lv. 15)
Dashes in an arc, dealing damage to enemies along the way. If the dash hits an enemy you can use this Move again to lunge in a straight line and deal damage to an enemy. The lunge attack increases Critical Hit rate based on the missing health of the target for a short duration.
Upgrade: The lunge attack will restore 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: 6s
Total Damage: 508 (Lv. 7) / 900 (Lv. 15)
Targets an enemy, slowing the user and the target's Movement Speed before the user lunges at the target to damage them. If the target attacks first before lunging, Absol will counter and lunge behind the target to damage and stun them.
Upgrade: Increases standard attack speed when the Move hits.
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)
Strike with a blade wave at a targeted direction, damaging enemies, slowing them, and marking them. Marked enemies take increased damage from the user's next 3 standard attacks.
Upgrade: Increase the user's Movement Speed when approaching marked Pokemon.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Midnight Slash ImageMidnight Slash
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 8339 (Lv. 9) / 11353 (Lv. 15)
Become untargetable and unleash a flurry of slashes at a target. The final hit unleashes a shockwave that deals damage and knocks back any Pokemon hit.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard 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 Luck ImageSuper Luck Increased Critical Hit rate.

Absol Stats & Evolutions

Absol Evolutions

Absol.pngAbsol
This Pokémon does not evolve.

Absol Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3000 52 36 170
2 3107 59 41 186
3 3224 67 47 204
4 3353 76 53 223
5 3495 86 60 244
6 3651 97 68 267
7 3823 109 76 293
8 4012 122 85 321
9 4221 136 95 352
10 4451 152 106 387
11 4704 170 118 425
12 4983 189 131 467
13 5290 210 146 513
14 5628 233 162 564
15 6000 259 180 620

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Absol In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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