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The best guide on how to play Cramorant 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, matchups, and more!

Cramorant Latest Nerfs & Buffs

Version Patch Note Updates (9/22)

Cramorant Move Changes (September 22)
Standard Attack Image
Standard Attack
• (Boosted Attack) Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased.
Surf Image
• Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 2682 to 2477 (-7.6%).
Dive Image
• Cooldown reduced.
Gatling Gulp Missile Image
Gatling Gulp Missile
• Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 2335 to 1188 (-49.1%).

Cramorant Previous Move Patches

Standard Attack (Boosted Attack) Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased.

Hurricane Fixed a bug where Drednaw and Zapdos couldn't be damaged with this attack.

Whirlpool Total damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 2160 to 1856 (-14%).

Dive Cooldown reduced. Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 974 to 1219 (+25%).

Surf Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 2682 to 2477 (-7.6%).

Gatling Gulp Missile Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 2335 to 1188 (-49.1%).

Cramorant Basic Info

Tier Rating: S Rank Icon

Role: Attacker
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Difficulty: Expert
"Cramorant is the Gulp Pokémon. Cramorant’s Ability, Gulp Missile, allows it to attack by spitting out prey it catches with Dive."

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Cramorant Best Lanes

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High Burst Damage
✔︎ Strong Early Game
✔︎ Powerful Unite move
✖︎ Needs to be accurate with moves

Best Builds for Cramorant

Cramorant Builds

SP Attack Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build utilizes Cramorant's ability to deal massive damage with SP Attacks and control your opponents to set them up for your teammates for the finishing blow. This setup strikes a good balance of control and burst damage, with a touch of sustain.

Create chaos in fights and skirmishes via the Hurricane and Surf combo. These moves allow you to knock enemies around, dealing solid damage and making them vulnerable to follow-ups from your team. Your sustain comes from Surf's returning wave. Catch the returning wave by staying within its effect column to restore HP.

Melee Shotgun Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This set focuses on Mobility by using Cramorant's Dive and Air Slash for diving enemies and going melee range or firing away at enemies then jumping away to safety.

Air Slash will be your main move here with its high damage output and at the same time, healing Cramorant every time it hits. Since it also jumps back when using this move, With Dive, you can easily reposition since Air Slash deals a single instance of damage per bullet, so going melee then using Air Slash allows you to maximize its damage.

Shell Bell Vs. SP. Atk Specs

In a snowball game, SP. Atk Specs will grant a bigger amount of damage output compared to Shell Bell. Shell Bell also has an internal 10 seconds cooldown which prevents you from abusing its bonus sustain. However, the additional heal is welcome as Cramorant wants to stay in melee range with this setup. Overall, SP Atk Specs grants more damage by trading safety with risk.

Super Gatling Gulp Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build focuses on maximizing Cramorant's Unite Move. While similar to the SP Attack Build, Cramorant's held items makes all the difference here. Energy Amplifier, Buddy Barrier, and Shell Bell all maximizes Cramorant's Unite Move to not only increase his damage but protect its team as well. The main drawback for this build is that Cramorant will need to wait until Level 9 before you see this build's true potential.

Cramorant Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier After the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, the damage the Pokemon deals is increased by (7/14/21)% for a short time.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Recovers a minimum of (45/60/75) HP when a move hits an enemy. You will recover more HP if your Sp Attack stat is higher.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Increases the damage of moves by a minimum of (40/50/60) when they hit. The higher the Pokemon's SP. Atk. the more the damage is increased

Cramorant's item's consist of augmenting the damage of its attacks and moves. Since the bulk of its damage comes from its moves, equipping Wise Glasses and Sp. Atk. Specs allows Cramorant to dominate lanes with Surf, while Shell Bell increases its survivability by recovering HP. Additionally, having Buddy Barrier makes Cramorant protected while it continuously spits out hard hitting fishes at enemies. Without this item, your opponents will have to counterplay by bursting you down.

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Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.

The Eject Button compensates for Cramorant's lack of evasion. It is best to use this item only for getting out of dangerous situations, since it has a long cooldown.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Hurricane ImageHurricane Summons a hurricane that deals damage and knocks opponents up in the air and damages them when they land.
Upgrade: Cramorant's Movement Speed is increased upon use.
Surf ImageSurf Summons a wave that damages enemy Pokemon caught in it. The wave returns after reaching max distance and damages Pokemon again. If you enter the wave you will catch a Pokemon.
Upgrade: The first wave will also slow enemy Pokemon for a short time.

A well-placed Hurricane followed by the crashing waves of Surf is a simple yet devastating combo that sets up easy knock downs.

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How to Play Cramorant

Cramorant is a long-ranged whiz who excels where enemies cannot touch him. His skills are all from afar and area of effect, so expect him to kill a crowd, not control it.

Get Whirpool at Lv. 1

Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant Using Whirlpool

Whirlpool is the move you want to get at Lv. 1. Feather Dance can reduce your opponent's attack and movement speed, but it does not do any damage, so get Whirlpool instead, as its pretty good to use against wild Pokemon.

Farm Wild Pokemon and get to Lv. 6

Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant Attacking Aipom

Farm every wild Pokemon you can so you quickly gain access to Cramorant's powerful moves. At Lv. 4, you can learn Hurricane which will be your main disabler. Then, at Lv. 6, you will learn Surf. From here, you can now pressure your opponent's HP from afar while also disrupting their positioning.

Stick with Defenders

Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant and Slowbro Attacking Snorlax

Cramorant does not have a lot of health or survivability. It can be taken out of the fight quickly if target by high burst damage Pokemon like Lucario and Zeraora. Stick close to your Defenders like Snorlax, Crustle, and Slowbro, and use them as a shield while you deal damage behind them.

Use the Hurricane Surf Combo

Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant Using Hurricane and Surf

Cramorant has a strong burst combo with Hurricane then Surf. Hitting Hurricane will knock the Pokemon into the air and make it easier to hit your Surf, dealing high burst damage and slowing the Pokemon. Quickly tapping ZR or R when using your moves will make it auto aim for you making it easier to hit these moves on enemy Pokemon.

Combo Moves with Teammates

Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant Comboing Moves with Teammates

Try to work together with the other Pokemon in your team, especially when they have disables. Try to wait for your teammate to use these disables first and it will guarantee your Hurricane + Surf combo will hit. Examples of moves you can follow up are Snorlax's Heavy Slam, Pickachu's Electro Ball, and Slowbro's Telekinesis.

Use Gattling Gulp Missile at a Safe Position

Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant Using Gattling Gulp Missile

When using Cramorant's Unite move, you are able to deal a ton of damage in a short amount of time, but at the cost of being unable to move. This can make it easy for other Pokemon to get to you and take you out during your Unite move. You will want to be at the back of your team when you use it to make it harder for the enemy team to reach you.

Cramorant Combos

Mid-Game Burst Combo

Mid-Game Burst Combo
Whirlpool IconHurricane Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant Mid-Game Burst Combo
A combo you can do after reaching level 4 is the Whirlpool to Hurricane combo. Whirlpool deals a lot of damage but the enemy can just run out of the area to avoid the full damage. Using Hurricane right after Whirlpool will make them stand in it longer and take most of the damage.

Late-Game Ranged Burst Combo

Late-Game Burst Combo
Surf IconHurricane Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant Late-Game Burst Combo
Similar to the early game combo, you will want to start with Surf to deal most of the damage, followed up with Hurricane. This combo is stronger as it is easier to hit enemies with Surf and will make it easier to follow up the Hurricane right after.

Late-Game Close Range Combo

Late-Game Close Range Combo
Dive IconAir Slash IconStandard Attack IconDive Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Cramorant Close Range Combo
This combo is for a more up-and-close offensive build that focuses on dealing damage with your moves then following up with basic attacks to finish them off. Dive will be your initiating move, allowing you to get up close to the enemy and knock them back. Following it up with Air Slash at point-blank range will maximize its damage and pushes you away from the enemy, to get some distance in between and allowing you to pelt them with your basic attacks from a safer distance.

Matchups & Counters for Cramorant

Cramorant Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
Alolan NinetalesBlisseyCharizardCrustleEldegossGengarMamoswineMr. MimePikachuVenusaurWigglytuff
Good Matchup

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

Best Counters for Cramorant

Cramorant can quickly lose a fight when its opponent manages to get close. Also, keep in mind that most of Cramorant's moves can be avoided if you can dodge them with quick reactions and good timing.

Assassin Pokemon

Pokemon with High Mobility
Absol Image Zeraora Image Talonflame Image

Highly mobile Pokemon can easily close the distance to Cramorant and burst it down. Moreover, it does not help that Cramorant's moves can be avoided with dash moves - which Speedsters are best known for. Be wary of these Pokemon and their strong ganks!

Tanks with Disables

Pokemon with High Endurance
Snorlax Image Garchomp Image Lucario Image Machamp Image

Cramorant does not have much sustain or escape, so it would not be hard to take it out if caught out of position. Pokemon like Machamp and Lucario are tanky enough to withstand most of Cramorant's moves to get close and beat you down with everything they got. It is best to disable them with a Hurricane then head to a safe area.

Pesky Hard Hitters

Burst Damage Pokemon
Blastoise Image Cinderace Image Gardevoir Image

Despite the strength of Cramorant's attacks and Unite Move, Blastoise can withstand all of it. Blastoise can rush in using Rapid Spin to negate Cramorant's range and can just retreat away when Gatling Gulp is activated. Cinderace has better range and damage output compared to Cramorant while also having dash moves in its arsenal. Also, Gardevoir can easily hinder Cramorant and with its Psyshock, which leaves it vulnerable for follow up attacks.

Even Matchups for Cramorant

Cramorant's even matchup will require good positioning and aiming to beat efficiently. Consistently bombarding you opponents with your strong attacks and moves can, literally, turn the tide in your favor.

Outdamage Enemy Attackers

Pokemon with High DPS
Alolan Ninetales Image Pikachu Image Venusaur Image

When pitted against Attackers like Alolan Ninetales and Pikachu, Cramorant will outshine them because its moves have better disabling capabilities. Whoever has better aim will be the winner of the fight.

Burst Down Before it Can Get Close

Burst Damage Pokemon
Eldegoss Image Charizard Image Gengar Image Crustle Image Mamoswine Image

These Pokemon will not give you any trouble if you can maintain your distance. When you see them heading towards you, hit them with Surf or a Hurricane to prevent them from advancing. Your Eject Button can also give you another means of escape.

Disrupt Set Ups

Support Pokemon
Mr. Mime Image Wigglytuff Image Blissey Image

Having ranged moves means that Cramorant can easily reach Supporters at the backline and disrupt any set ups. Cramorant can also take them down without any trouble.

Best Matchups for Cramorant

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbro can be easily beaten in the laning phase before he gets his better moves. Your burst damage is strong to counter Slowbro's passive. Slowbro will have trouble out-surfing you.
Greninja ImageGreninja Greninja should be easy to lane against, but his Substitution can make it difficult to deal damage against good Greninjas. In the mid and late game, you should have a lot of burst damage that punishes any Greninja that tries to get close to you.

Best Teammates for Cramorant

Pokemon Explanation
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Holds the front line
Cramorant's powerful Unite move is powerful, but leaves him vulnerable. Snorlax can disrupt and block the enemy Pokemon to keep Cramorant safe while using its Unite move.
Crustle ImageCrustle Great move synergy
Crustle and Cramorant's moves have got great synergy with each other. Crustle can help setup your combo with Rock Tomb or Rock Slide and you can also help make those moves hit easier with a Hurricane followed by a Surf.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Keeps you in the fight longer
One of Cramorant's weakness is how it has a lack of sustain and escape, and is pretty fragile. Eldegoss is a teammate that can help make up for Cramorant's weakness and keep Cramorant alive for longer in fights.

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Cramorant Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Whirlpool ImageWhirlpool
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 1856 (Lv. 3)
Creates a whirlpool that deals damage to enemy Pokemon caught in it. The radius of the whirpool gradually becomes smaller, with the damage also increasing. When the whirlpool reaches its smallest radius, the Move will also slow enemies caught in it for a short amount of time. Entering the whirlpool will allow you to catch more prey.
Air Slash ImageAir Slash
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 856 (Lv. 6) / 1968 (Lv. 15)
Jumps back and shoots blades of air in a cone in front of Cramorant. Hitting Pokemon with this Move will decrease it's cooldown.
Upgrade: HP is restored every time this Move hits.
Hurricane ImageHurricane
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 705 (Lv. 6) / 1455 (Lv. 15)
Summons a hurricane that deals damage and knocks opponents up in the air and damages them when they land.
Upgrade: Cramorant's Movement Speed is increased upon use.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Feather Dance ImageFeather Dance
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 8s
Reduces the attack and Movement Speed of an enemy Pokemon hit for a short amount of time.
Dive ImageDive
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 1.5s
Total Damage: 546 (Lv. 4) / 1219 (Lv. 15)
Creates a puddle in the targeted area, then dives in place and surfaces at the puddle, dealing damage to opponents and knocking them back. Can store up to three charges.
Upgrade: Increases damage per hit.
Surf ImageSurf
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 1356 (Lv. 4) / 2477 (Lv. 15)
Summons a wave that damages enemy Pokemon caught in it. The wave returns after reaching max distance and damages Pokemon again. If you enter the wave you will catch a Pokemon.
Upgrade: The first wave will also slow enemy Pokemon for a short time.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Gatling Gulp Missile ImageGatling Gulp Missile
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 739 (Lv. 9) / 1188 (Lv. 15)
Cramorant stays in place and continuously scoops up Pokemon and launches it to the closest enemy Pokemon. You cannot Move or use any of Cramorant's Moves during this time.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every fourth attack. This boosted attack spits Arrokuda or other Pokemon at opposing Pokemon and bounces towards any other neaby opponents dealing damage.

Ability (Passive)

Gulp Missile ImageGulp Missile After using Whirlpool, Surf, or Dive, Cramorant will catch a Pokemon, when taking damage or attacking it will launch the Pokemon at the attacking Pokemon or target. The Pokemon it catches will depend on Cramorant's HP, Arrokuda above 50% HP and Pikachu below 50%.

Cramorant Stats & Evolutions

Cramorant Evolutions

This Pokémon does not evolve.

Cramorant Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3292 60 40 134
2 3399 69 46 139
3 3517 78 52 145
4 3647 88 59 151
5 3789 99 67 158
6 3946 112 75 166
7 4118 126 84 175
8 4308 141 94 185
9 4517 158 105 196
10 4748 176 117 208
11 5002 196 131 221
12 5281 218 146 235
13 5589 243 162 250
14 5928 270 180 267
15 6301 300 200 286

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

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