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

Cramorant Tier Rating and Stats

Cramorant Basic Information

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

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Cramorant Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Scoring Support
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Cramorant Evolutions

This Pokémon does not evolve.

Cramorant Strengths and Weaknesses

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

One of the best offensive Unite moves

Cramorant has one of the best offensive unite moves in the game. It is simple to use but will require good positioning and timing to get the most out of it. But when used perfectly, you will be dealing massive damage just by pressing the button for the Unite move.

Has a strong early game

Cramorant can be a pain the enemy pokemon laned against him. His high damage bursts can result in having their wild pokemon stolen from them or even worse, getting knocked out themselves pretty early.

Best Lanes for Cramorant

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Top Lane

The top lane is where Cramorant will shine. Being an attacker, you will be able to clear the wild pokemon early and get to fighting the opposing pokemon in your lane. Stealing their wild pokemon will also be easier with your high damage abilities. If you are laned with a pokemon with some crowd control, you can easily own the lane and push the enemy pokemon back.

Bottom Lane

You can also find success with Cramorant in the bottom lane. Just like the top lane, you can easily own the lane with your high damage abilities. Without a Defender or an All-Rounder, it may be tough to take the Drednaw with how squishy you are. Make sure to have one with you if you want to take control of the game through the bottom lane.

How to Use 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.

Early Game: Level 1-5

Starter (Level 1-3)

Whirlpool ImageWhirlpool
Slot 1 (R)
Feather Dance ImageFeather Dance
Slot 2 (ZR)

Early game Cramorant relies heavily on the Whirlpool move as it is an area of effect move that can deal a lot of damage if placed correctly. This will be your first move. This is going to be your main attack move early game, use it as often as possible as it can be done from a safe range, it synergizes with allied moves that root the opponent.

Feather Dance is also a useful ability, cause while it doesn't damage, it stops an enemy from doing much damage, or it can slow down fleeing low-health enemies, allowing you to go for the kill.

Into the Mid-Game (Level 4-5)

Air Slash ImageAir Slash
Slot 1 (R)
Hurricane ImageHurricane
Slot 1 (R)

These two options are great for the range poke options, meaning you use these to attack and harass enemies from afar.

Air Slash is the more offensive of the two, allowing you to safely poke targets from afar, damage an entire crowd in a cone in front of you, or when you're up close, deal damage with all five blades shooting out at the same person. You should be using this often as your poke, hitting enemies from afar with it and pushing back to keep your distance.

On the other hand, Hurricane is more of a disabling skill shot, but it deals a decent amount of damage as well. Simply stay out of range and try to land one of these as often as possible, especially when you have close-range allies around.

Mid-Game: Level 6-8

Dive ImageDive
Slot 2 (ZR)
Surf ImageSurf
Slot 2 (ZR)

These abilities are your choice between disabler or attacker. Take note that there is the same choice again for the Move 1 upgrade, so you can build Cramorant as a mix, a pure attacker, or a pure disabler.

Dive is the more offensive of the two options, allowing you to dive into an opponent and knock them back. This automatically refills your Gulp Missle (see below) and you can auto-attack with it. Use this to dive into opponents, it synergizes well with Air Slash as you can do it right after diving up close.

Surf knocks enemies forward and back, damaging on each turn. This isn't as strong a disabling option when not upgraded, as the upgrade slows down enemy Pokemon, but more often than not the slight displacement, when used correctly, can bring enemies into the allied fold and allow you to gang upon them. At the very least, it knocks them airborne for a while and renders them unable to use skills for a second.

Late Game: Level 9+

Gatling Gulp Missile ImageGatling Gulp Missile

Gatling Gulp Missile is Cramorant's strongest move, but it should only be done from afar or when you have allies like Defenders between you and the enemies. You stay in place and can rapidly launch prey at your enemies.

Cramorant Builds

SP Attack Build

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (R) Lv. 3 (ZR) Lv. 4 (R) Lv. 6 (ZR)
Whirlpool ImageWhirlpool Feather Dance ImageFeather Dance Hurricane ImageHurricane Surf ImageSurf
This setup strikes a good balance of control and burst damage, with a touch of sustain. Create chaos in fights and skirmishes via Hurricane and Surf. 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.

Battle Item

Item Tips
X Attack.pngX Attack Ramp up your damage even further by using X Attack. This item boosts your Attack and Special Attack to the point in which even Defenders take significant damage for a certain duration.

Held Items

Items Tips
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses increase your Special Attack by a certain percentage depending on its upgrade level. This works well with Cramorant since the bulk of its damage comes from its moves.
Sp. Atk. Specs.pngSp. Atk. Specs Sp. Atk. Specs is another item that increase Cramorant's Special Attack. Your Special Attack increases whenever you score a goal, allowing your damage to scale well into the later stages of a match.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell improves Cramorant's ability to sustain itself in fights and skirmishes. This item lets you regain HP whenever your moves hit the enemies or Wild Pokemon.

Cramorant Combos

Mid-Game Burst Combo

Step # Move
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

Step # Move
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

Step # Move
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.

Cramorant Matchups and Best Counters

All Cramorant Matchups

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

Matchup and Counter Explanations

Best Counters for Cramorant

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora Zeraora can easily dodge and avoid Cramorant's skill shot moves and get in close to burst him down.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Garchomp in the early game shouldn't pose too much of a threat. The problem is in the late game. He can easily avoid your high damaging moves and get in close to deal heavy damage to you.
Absol ImageAbsol Absol's mobility allows it to dodge Cramorant's moves and allows him to get in close and burst down Cramorant.
Machamp ImageMachamp Machamp can easily knock you out if he gets in close. It can be tough to slow him down or take him out. All you can do is try to stay out of Machamp's range and hope they dont't try to go for you.
Lucario ImageLucario Lucario is another tough enemy that can close the distance against Cramorant and deal a ton of damage and make it hard for Cramorant.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Talonflame is a tough matchup with its high damage and mobility. It can fly right on top of you, dodging your moves and burst you down.
Cinderace ImageCinderace Cinderace has got better range and damage that can out damage Cramorant, what makes the fight even harder is Cinderace also having moves that can help hime dodge Cramorant's moves.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Snorlax can get in close and shut down what Cramoranth wants to do and can also shut down Cramorant's Unite move with his Block move.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Gardevoir's can easily hinder Cramorant and with its high burst damage, can easily take down Cramorant while its still stunned or slowed.

Fair Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Venusaur is fight that shouldn't be too much of a problem. You will probably be damage with your moves, whoever has better aim will be the winner of the fight.
Alolan Ninetales Image Alolan Ninetales will have a better range with its moves in the early game, but once Cramorant has its main combos, it should be able to go toe-to-toe against Ninetales.
Crustle ImageCrustle Crustle shouldn't be too much of a problem during the early game, but can cause you a problem in the mid and late game. Keep your distance and Crustle shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Mr. Mime is a support that can make it tough for Cramorant to deal damage with his skill shot moves. Mr. Mime by himself shouldn't be a threat, but watch out when it is supporting another pokemon.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Eldegoss can prove a challenge when you leave them alone. They can provide a lot of sustain to their team if they are not dealt with right away. Cramorant does have tools to make sure you can take out Eldegoss with Cramorant's burst damage.
Charizard ImageCharizard You should be able to outdamage Charizard in the early, mid and late game. The problem is when Charizard has his Unite move, he can fly in close and deal a ton of damage.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Pikachu is another Attacker that can cause you problems with their high damage. But you should still be able to trade damage as long as you hit your moves.
Gengar ImageGengar Gengar is an easy pokemon to bully in the lane if you against him. He is a squishy melee that can easily knocked out before he can get in close to you and if he does get close you can disengage as easily too. He can however burst you down mid and late game if he can get the jump on you.

Easy Matchup Explanations

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 fighting you and can be easily bursted by you.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Wigglytuff can be tough to deal with if it can get close. Besides that, you can just out range her and make sure it will have to take a lot of damage just to get close to 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.

How to Counter Cramorant

Focus on Cramorant as a Team

Cramorant can deal a lot of damage if left alone. Try to burst it down before it can deal a ton of damage to your team, especially with Cramorant's Unite move. Cramorant does not have much sustain or escape, so it should be fairly easy to take it out if caught out of position.

Use your Mobility Moves

If you have any moves that make you mobile, make sure to use them to avoid Cramorant's moves. Every of Cramorant's moves can be avoided if you can dodge them with quick reactions and good timing.

Cramorant Moves and Ability

Cramorant Moves

Level Move 1 (R) Move 2 (ZR)
1 or 3
Whirlpool Icon
Feather Dance Icon
Air Slash Icon Hurricane Icon
Dive Icon Surf Icon
Gatling Gulp Missile Icon

Move Slot 1 (R)

Whirlpool ImageWhirlpool
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 1824 (Lv. 3)
Creates a whirpool that damages enemy Pokemon caught in it. The range of the move gradually becomes smaller, but the damage dealt increases. When the range of the move is reduced to its limit, the movement speed of opponents within its range decreases for a short amount of time. Also, if you enter the the whirpool, you can catch Arrokuda to regain HP.
Air Slash ImageAir Slash
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 1.5s
Total Damage: 856 (Lv. 4) / 1968 (Lv. 15)
Jumps back and shoots blades of air at an enemy Pokemon. The move's cooldown time reduces every time this moves hits its t.
Once upgraded, HP is restored every time this move hits its target.
Hurricane ImageHurricane
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 705 (Lv. 4) / 1455 (Lv. 15)
Summons a hurricane that throws opponents away and deals damage to them when they land.
Once upgraded, movement speed is increased for a short amount of time.

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 for a short amount of time.
Dive ImageDive
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 438 (Lv. 6) / 974 (Lv. 15)
Creates a puddle in the targeted area and dives into it, dealing damage to opponents and knocking them back.
Once upgraded, increases damage per hit.
Surf ImageSurf
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 1466 (Lv. 6) / 2682 (Lv. 15)
Summons a wave that damages enemy Pokemon caught in its path. The wave returns once it reaches a certain distance, once again damaging opponents. Also, if you enter the wave, you can catch Arrokuda to regain HP.
Once upgraded, when the first wave hits an enemy Pokemon, it will slow down their movement speed for a short amount of time.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Gatling Gulp Missile ImageGatling Gulp Missile
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: Percent Based
Total Damage: 1676 (Lv. 9) / 2335 (Lv. 15)
Continuously scoops up Arrokuda among other Pokemon into the users mouth then fires them off at the nearest enemy Pokemon. The user is unable to move or use other moves during this time.

Standard Attack

Standard AttackStandard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. This boosted attack spits Arrokuda or other Pokemon at opposing Pokemon and deals damage to opposing Pokemon near the target when it hits.

Ability (Passive)

Gulp MissileGulp Missile After using a move, it will catch prey, then when it takes damage, it will launch the prey at the attacking Pokemon. The prey it finds and its effect depend on Cramorant's HP.

Cramorant Skins (Holowear)

This Pokemon has no Holowear available.

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