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

Machamp Tier Rating and Stats

Machamp Basic Information

Machamp.jpgMachamp Tier: Role:
S Rank Icon All-Rounder
Attack Type: Difficulty:
Melee Intermediate
Damage Type:
Physical
"Machamp is a Pokémon that specializes in melee combat, powered by its strong fighting moves."

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Machamp Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Scoring Support
4 Stars.png 2.5 Stars.png 2.5 Stars.png 2.5 Stars.png 1 Star.png

HP, Defense, Sp. Defense Details
Level HP Defense Special Defense
1 3250 98 64
2 3313 104 68
3 3389 111 72
4 3480 118 77
5 3809 148 96
6 3940 160 104
7 4097 174 113
8 4286 191 124
9 4953 250 163
10 5225 274 179
11 5551 303 198
12 5942 338 221
13 6411 380 248
14 6974 430 281
15 7650 490 320

Machamp Evolutions

First Evolution Second Evolution Final Evolution
Machop.pngMachop
(Lv. 1)
Machop.pngMachoke
(Lv. 5)
Machop.pngMachamp
(Lv. 9)

Machamp Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High Critical Hit Chance
✔︎ Can ignore hindrances
✖︎ Lacks range
✖︎ Gap Closer is reliant on movespeed buff

Strong Auto Attacks

Machamp is an All Rounder but despite being one, his main damage comes from auto attacks and critical strikes. Make sure to stay on top of your targets and dish out those auto attacks!

Gap Closing

This is perhaps, Machamp's greatest weakness. To get close to the enemy, he needs to walk while using his hindrance immunity skill. This makes him prone to take the enemy's first hit and even if he gets close, he needs extra time to dish out damage since his damage comes from physical attacks.

Best Lanes for Machamp

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Jungle 5 Stars.png
Bottom 3 Stars.png

Jungle

Jungle is a great role for Machamp due to his fast clears. He also lacks early engage/disengage tool which causes him to lose out on trades in lanes.

Machamp Builds

Crit Build

The point of this build is to go up close and use the empowered normals to stack with critical hits.

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (ZR) Lv. 3 (R) Lv. 5 (R) Lv. 7 (ZR)
Bulk Up ImageBulk Up Karate Chop ImageKarate Chop Submission ImageSubmission Cross Chop ImageCross Chop
You'll want to get Bulk Up immediately as that's what empowers your next attack, which stacks with Crit attacks. Next you'll want Cross Chop to close distance with enemies and Submission to improve your Bulk Up buff.

Battle Item

Item Tips
Eject Button.pngEject Button This Eject Button will allow you to close distance even more alongside Cross Chop, letting you get up close as soon as possible.

Held Items

Items Tips
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens increases your critical attack, and when it stacks with an empowered normal from Bulk Up and Dynamic Punch, it'll deal massive damage.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Energy Amplifier increases the charge rate of Barrage Blow, and empowers Machamp after performing it, allowing him to stack damage with his Unite Move.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band just makes Machamp hurt more, allowing you to have dangerous normal attacks aside the critical hits.

How to Play Machamp

Machamp is a straight up fighter. He's not as strong a damage dealer as other attackers, but he does have a bit of tankiness to him ensuring his survivability.

He's a melee fighter, so make sure to get up close and personal as much as possible. Your goal is to knock out the enemy, then score points while they're respawning.

Force Engage Even On Early Levels

Machamp Early Duel Power

Of course, real enemies won't just stand in your range like this, but know that machamp's damage comes from extended fights so stay on top of enemies as much as you can!

Machamp is a strong fighter that has a natural slow in his boosted attacks. Together with bulk, he can run down enemies early on so force fights against enemies that are far from their goal posts as much as possible.

Burst Down Key Targets During Team Fights

Machamp can ignore disables with Submission then jump straight to his targets. With empowered autoattacks and crits, bursting down his targets are extremely easy.

When Engaging, Don't Dive in Headfirst

Machamp is tanky but he's still not as durable as defenders like Snorlax and Crustle. Even if he ignores disables, the damage from attackers can still quickly whittle his HP down rather quickly. Approach from the grass or flank to easily reach enemy attackers without suffering lots of damage during the engage.

Use Cross Chop together with Submission for Easy Engages

Submission + Cross Chop Engage
Submission is a buff and it is not cancelled by using a different skill! Use Cross Chop to dash through enemy ranks then auto attack your key target while having the submission buff to gain a huge amount of damage, critical chance, and attack speed while you're target gets disabled for a few seconds!

Use Submission and Barrage Blow Buff Together

Submission + Barrage Blow Combo
These two buffs when used in tandem, turns you into an unstoppable source of damage. It grants you a massive souce of damage and attack speed. Don't use Barrage Blow just for the finisher, it has a lengthy buff so use it at the beginning of the fight!

Machamp Combos

Early Game Combo

Step # Move
1
2
Standard Attack ImageStandard Attack
3
This is Machamp's early game combo. Weaving in that extra auto attack before Karate Chop is not too crucial but it is needed if you want to maximize your early game damage due to Bulk Up's auto attack enhancement property.

Critical Burst Build Combo

Step # Move
1
2
3
Standard Attack ImageStandard Attack
This is your RKO single target burst combo. Submission is a lengthy dash move that allows you to somersault an enemy by using your auto attack while in your Submission buff. This buff is not cancelled by Dynamic Punch and can be used in conjunction. Buff with Submission, dash in to your target with Dynamic Punch, then auto attack them to oblivion.

Machamp Matchups and Best Counters

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

Matchup and Counter Explanations

Best Counters for Machamp

Pokemon Explanation
Cinderace ImageCinderace Cinderace is a strong single target damage dealer. Machamp's cannot be disabled when engaging so the best way to eliminate him as threat is to kill him. Cinderace does this really well and his feint also allows him to avoid Machamp's damage with ease.
Crustle ImageCrustle A tank that can go toe to toe with Machamp's damage. He can also sacrifice Shell Smash to summon walls to prevent Machamp's engages.

Fair Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Absol ImageAbsol Absol is a burstier version of you but is way more fragile. This is in the fair matchup since he can still burst you down in the right situations.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Venusaur is an Attacker that wants to get up close with people (with the giga drain petaldance setup). He has the damage to eliminate you while surviving so approach with caution.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp He can go toe to toe with you on several occasions and his passive makes him deal damage to you due to your auto attacking nature.
Gengar ImageGengar A skill match up. Similar to Absol, he can burst you down if you're not careful.

Easy Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Charizard ImageCharizard Keep running him down for free kills as he cant really defeat you on any stage of the game.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Eldegoss lacks any tool to survive your assault aside from hiding in his teammates. Dive him first on team fights to eliminate the enemy's healing.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Snorlax's main strengths are his tankiness and his ability to apply disables to several players. Machamp can get through all of these by being immune and using empowered auto attacks and crits against Snorlax.
Lucario ImageLucario Mobility is Lucario's main strength. Unfortunately for him, Submission's distance covered is way greater than Lucario's escape tools and your damage is way higher than him.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Dash through his projectiles using Cross Chop then use Submission for the kill.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Pikachu's net is his main threat and Submission can easily pierce through this.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Dash through his wall and he'll have nothing in his kit to stop you from attacking him.
Zeraora ImageZeraora You outdamage Zeraora and his escape tool's cooldown is pretty long. Use Submission to chase or run away from him and if he exhausts all his mobility skill, turn and fight him for an easy win.
Greninja ImageGreninja Zero damage. Chase down the clone that's running away everytime.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Machamp ignores all disables and Slowbro's three abilities all focus on this. Machamp is one of the hardest counters to Slowbro.
Cramorant ImageCramorant One of the easiest target to chase down and burst. Make sure to focus Cramorant in teamfights unless there are more valuable targets (like Eldegoss).
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff As a jungler, you're safe from Wigglytuff's insane early game damage. You also ignore his disables later so he should pose little to no threat to you.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Talonflame is one of the most fragile pokemon in the game. He can run away using Brave Bird so wait for him to use it first before engaging on him for a kill. Fly is also an escape tool but you can outrun it with Submission.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir When fighting a Gardevoir, simply bulldoze your way past all the CC and others to target them. Once you get in close, you have the upper hand.

Machamp Moves and Ability

Machamp Moves

Level Move 1 (R) Move 2 (ZR)
1 or 3
Karate Chop Icon
Bulk Up Icon
5
Cross Chop Icon Close Combat Icon
7
Submission Icon Dynamic Punch Icon
9
Barrage Blow Icon

Move Slot 1 (R)

Karate Chop ImageKarate Chop
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 658 (Lv. 3)
Performs a karate chop, damaging the enemy Pokemon.
Cross Chop ImageCross Chop
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 808 (Lv. 5) / 1328 (Lv. 15)
Dashes forward with forearms crossed, increasing critical hit chance.
When upgraded, increases basic attack damage.
Close Combat ImageClose Combat
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 1407 (Lv. 5) / 3385 (Lv. 15)
Moves towards the target point, throwing multiple punches while moving, and becoming immune to hindrances. The last punch deals increased damage.
When upgraded, afflicted enemy Pokemon takes extra damage from Close Combat.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Bulk Up ImageBulk Up
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 10s
When activated, increases movement speed and attack speed, and grants immunity from hindrances. It also empowers Machamp's next basic attack.
Submission ImageSubmission
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 11s
Rushes towards the target enemy Pokemon, becoming unstoppable, and attacks from above, rooting the target in place.
When upgraded, increases critical hit chance, and attack speed.
Dynamic Punch ImageDynamic Punch
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 656 (Lv. 7) / 1240 (Lv. 15)
Leaps towards the target point, damaging and stunning enemy Pokemon. After performing the move, grants increased movement speed, increased attack speed, immunity, and empowers Machamp's next basic attack.
When upgraded, further increases movement speed and attack speed bonus.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Barrage Blow ImageBarrage Blow
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: Percent Based
Attack, movement speed, defense, and special defense increases for a short time. When used again, Machamp will unleashes a flurry of punches, dealing damage to opponents in the area with the final blow dealing the most damage.

Standard Attack

Standard AttackStandard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage when it hits. This boosted attack also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.

Ability (Passive)

GutsGuts When afflicted with a status effect, its attack increases.

Machamp Skins (Holowear)

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