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Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Guide: Builds and Best Items
The best guide on how to play Garchomp 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!

Garchomp Latest Buffs and Nerfs (10/20)

October 20th Halloween Update

Garchomp Move Changes (October 20)
Standard Attack Image
Standard Attack
• Attack Speed increased from 549 to 912 (+66%).
Dragon Rush Image
Dragon Rush
• Damage Speed increased.

Garchomp Previous Move Patches

Stat Updates Defense and Sp. Defense increased. Movement speed increased.

Standard Attack Attack Speed increased.

Dragon Rush Cooldown period reduced from 8 seconds to 6 seconds (-25%). Damage is increased from 549 to 912 (+66%).

Rough Skin Cooldown interval between procs, decreased.

Garchomp Basic Info

Tier Rating: B Rank Icon

Role: All-Rounder
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Intermediate
"Garchomp’s Ability, Rough Skin, means it can sometimes cause damage to Pokémon that hit it, so opponents that attack Garchomp carelessly may just get struck back. What’s more, using Dig lets Garchomp sneak-attack its opponents from underground."

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Garchomp Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
3 Stars.png
5 Stars.png
2 Stars.png

Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Garchomp Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Durable
✔︎ Strong Engage
✖︎ Only 1 damaging ability early
✖︎ Unite Move takes practice to master

Best Builds for Garchomp


Initiator Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build focuses on starting the fights and allowing your teammates to finish them off. It deals pretty solid damage too but not enough to finish off a lot of enemies.

Burst Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build maximizes Garchomp's damage output with its rushing combo to eliminate unsuspecting victims. Timing is quite important for this build as it can also expose you to a lot of damage.

Sustained DPS Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build is similar to the Burst Build but it focuses on keeping Garchomp in the frontlines. While it doesn't deal as much damage, it can help your party by acting as a distraction while your ranged Attackers deal with your enemies.

Garchomp 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.
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.

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Best Battle Items

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

Best Moveset

Move Description
Dragon Claw ImageDragon Claw Dashes forward, slashing twice in front. The first slash knocks back enemy Pokemon. The second slash is a boosted attack. After the move ends, increases Garchomp's attack speed for a duration.
Upgrade: Increases damage dealt by Dragon Claw.
Dragon Rush ImageDragon Rush Jumps up then dives into the target, dealing damage to enemies in the path as well as knocking them back to the end of the path. Can use Dragon Claw mid-dash as a combo.
Upgrade: Slows opponents that get dragged to the maximum distance of the Move.

Which Moveset Do You Think is Better for Garchomp?

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How to Play Garchomp

Garchomp is an All-Rounder Pokemon that can act as a tank, crowd controller, and a decent damage dealer. Garchomp can easily jump into the fray and start fights as well as survive long enough to be the main tank of the team.

Use Sand Attack While Jungling

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Using Sand Attack.

Sand Attack is a debuff that restricts enemy vision, but that doesn't mean that it's useless against wild Pokemon. Sand Attack grants an attack speed buff to Garchomp so using it against Wild Pokemon will speed up your farming!

Learn the Dragon Combo for Burst, and Dig + Earthquake for AOE damage

Choosing the skills you need is critical to how fights will play out. Dragon Claw + Dragon Rush is a good dueling tool that has more range and damage but focuses more on damaging single targets. Dig + Earthquake, on the other hand, is a quick knock-up skill that is easily followed up by area damage that gains a Slow later in the game.

Don't Fear Soloing Bosses, Even Zapdos

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Soloing Rotom

While taking on Boss Pokemon alone is risky, if enemy attention is focused somewhere else, don't hesitate to go for it! Your durability, damage, and sustain are enough to easily take these objectives early on.

Go For Prolonged Duels

Garchomp gains an attack speed boost when he lands a skill or an attack on an enemy. This makes his damage ramp up during a duel, so try to force long trades against enemies to maximize your buff.

Farm Wild Pokemon to Heal Up

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Farming Wild Pokemon to Heal Up

Remember that Empowered auto attacks are AOE (area-of-effect), so you can lifesteal across multiple Wild Pokemon like in this clip.

Aside from increasing his attack speed, Garchomp's boosted attack also heals him for a small amount. This slowly stacks up on prolonged fights so instead of going back to base, try farming wild Pokemon to heal up!

Point Your Move Stick to Target When Using Unite Move

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Using Livid Outrage

Garchomp's Unite Move may feel shaky, but its ability to turn and aim is actually rather easy. Just remember to point your analog stick to your desired target at all times and Garchomp will easily turn around in that direction, even if it's a complete 180-degree turn. The dashes also cover a bit of distance so you can also use them to chase enemies!

Don't Be Misled By His Standard Attack

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Inaccurate Basic Attack Explanation

The game clearly states that Garchomp's every fifth auto becomes empowered. This is inaccurate as Garchomp's auto attacks gain more damage and bonus damage based on the enemy's max HP on every hit after reaching 5 stacks. To top it off, you also heal for the same amount of the damage dealt by your passive. This makes Garchomp extremely good at taking objectives solo and fighting against tanky Pokemon like Snorlax.

Garchomp Combos

Dragon Combo

Dragon Combo (Variation 1)
Dragon Rush IconDragon Claw IconDragon Claw Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Dragon Combo (Variation 1)
This is Garchomp's more bursty combo. Dragon Claw is a strong 2 hit combo that also boosts your attack speed afterwards.
Dragon Combo (Variation 2)
Dragon Rush IconDragon Claw IconDragon Claw Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Dragon Combo (Variation 2)
This is the second variation of the Dragon Combo. After casting Dragon Rush, use Dragon Claw mid-flight to trigger the combo, causing Dragon Claw to knock enemies up.

Dig and Quake Combo

Dragon Combo
Dig IconEarthquake Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Dig Earthquake
Dig is Garchomp's earlier gap closer skill that allows him to engage enemies at a shorter range. On the end of its path, it knocks enemies up which makes it a great setup for Earthquake. Thanks to Earthquake's slow, it's also great to follow it up with Livid Outrage.

Eject Drag Combo

Dragon Combo
Dragon Rush IconDragon Claw IconEject Button Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Garchomp Drag Combo
This is an Eject Button combo that utilizes the Dragon Rush + Dragon Claw drag mechanic. By using Dragon Rush and Dragon Claw to escape, you can use the Eject Button mid-flight to hit enemes and drag them to the same area you're attempting to run away. This can catch enemies off-guard and is helpful for singling out opponents and dragging them to your team.

Matchups & Counters for Garchomp

Garchomp Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesBlastoiseCharizardCramorantGreninjaMr. MimePikachuTalonflameVenusaur

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

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Cinderace ImageCinderace Rating: ★★★★★
・Cinderace can easily burst down Garchomp and dodge his burst combo by using Feint.
Lucario ImageLucario Rating: ★★★★
・You lose to him on duels and he can easily control the fight by disengaging when its disadvantageous or engaging when he can win.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Rating: ★★★
・With moves like Teleport and Moonblast, Gardevoir can easily kite away from you and continuously pepper you with attacks until you're defeated.

Even Matchups

Though strong in its own right, Garchomp has difficulty fighting other Pokemon that can survive its blows.

Too Much Tankiness

Tanky Pokemon
Crustle Image Snorlax Image Eldegoss Image Mamoswine Image

Garchomp lives on the fact that it can feast and survive team fights while also taking massive amounts of damage. If Garchomp starts fighting a tanky Defender Pokemon that can heal itself, it has a harder time winning the fight. It is never ideal to zero in on Defenders anyway, so this is a stalemate.

I Give What I Take

One-shot Damage Dealers
Absol Image Zeraora Image Gengar Image

With Garchomp's passive proc plus the proper build, he returns 37% of the damage to the attacker while surviving the initial burst of skills. If a one-shot burst damage Pokemon fails to kill Garchomp with its combo, Garchomp can just punish the enemy with a burst of its own.

Best Matchups for Garchomp

Pokemon who are squishy and you can instantly burst down are your ideal targets. Especially if their skills make them immobile.

Pokemon Explanation
Cramorant ImageCramorant An immobile Attacker. You also directly counter its Unite move with your passive so just keep focusing on it first in fights for easy kills and avoid its skillshots early game.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales You have a strong engage so just jump on it even if he erects walls.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Similar to Alolan Ninetales but as a support. It has a small burst of damage but nothing you can't easily take.
Greninja ImageGreninja Greninja is one of the squishiest attackers in the game. You can instantly chunk a huge amount of his HP with a single Dragon combo so jump on him first before he can use his clone.

Best Teammates for Garchomp

Pokemon Explanation
Pikachu ImagePikachu
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir
Can help finish off enemies
Stunning moves from Pikachu and Gardevoir will help aiming with Garchomp's skills easier which in turn helps taking out opponents much easier.
Crustle ImageCrustle
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales
Can prevent opponents from running away
Given that Garchomp is a close range attacker with a lot of dashing moves, having Crustle's Rock Tomb or Alolan Ninetales' Avalanche that can trap Pokemon will help prevent most Pokemon from dodging his dash attacks.

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Garchomp Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Sand Attack ImageSand Attack
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Debuff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 6s
Hurls sand at enemy Pokemon, reducing their field of vision. Increases Garchomp's movement speed and attack speed when it hits.
Dragon Rush ImageDragon Rush
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 482 (Lv. 6) / 912 (Lv. 15)
Jumps up then dives into the target, dealing damage to enemies in the path as well as knocking them back to the end of the path. Can use Dragon Claw mid-dash as a combo.
Upgrade: Slows opponents that get dragged to the maximum distance of the Move.
Dig ImageDig
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 477 (Lv. 6) / 865 (Lv. 15)
Burrows underground and surges towards a target point, emerging from the ground if the Move hits an enemy or reaches the maximum distance. Knocks nearby enemies airborne upon emerging.
Upgrade: Increases Movement Speed after emerging.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Bulldoze ImageBulldoze
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 381 (Lv. 3)
Stomps the ground, damaging enemy Pokemon around the area of effect.
Dragon Claw ImageDragon Claw
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 14
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 785 (Lv. 8) / 1581 (Lv. 15)
Dashes forward, slashing twice in front. The first slash knocks back enemy Pokemon. The second slash is a boosted attack. After the move ends, increases Garchomp's attack speed for a duration.
Upgrade: Increases damage dealt by Dragon Claw.
Earthquake ImageEarthquake
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 14
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 1023 (Lv. 8) / 1777 (Lv. 15)
Jumps high into the air, then crashes to the ground, damaging nearby enemy Pokemon and leaves an aftershock that deals more damage in the area for a short duration.
Upgrade: Slows enemy Pokemon hit by Earthquake.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Livid Outrage ImageLivid Outrage
(Lv. 10)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 1956 (Lv. 10) / 2981 (Lv. 15)
Unleash a chain of 5 attacks, with the final attack knocking enemies airborne. The direction of each attack can be controlled, and the user is stunned briefly after the final attack.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Become a boosted attack starting from the 5th attack onwards, dealing increased damage and restoring your health. Also grants increased attack speed if your attacks hit an opposing Pokemon.

Ability (Passive)

Rough Skin ImageRough Skin When it is hit by a close-range attack, about 37% of the damage is reflected back to the attacker.

Garchomp Stats & Evolutions

Garchomp Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 6)
(Lv. 10)

Garchomp Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3066 90 67 145
2 3133 95 71 150
3 3214 102 76 156
4 3311 110 82 163
5 3428 119 89 172
6 3803 149 113 200
7 3971 163 124 213
8 4173 179 137 228
9 4415 199 152 246
10 5175 261 201 303
11 5523 289 223 329
12 5941 323 250 360
13 6442 364 282 397
14 7044 413 321 442
15 7766 472 367 496

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

Garchomp In-Game Stats Listing

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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Garchomp Skins (Holowear)

Beach Style
GarchompBeach Style

Aeos Gems 350
Stakeout Style
GarchompStakeout Style

Holowear Ticket 60
Energy Reward: 1%

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