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Pokemon UNITE - Cinderace Guide: Builds and Best Items

The best guide on how to play Cinderace 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!

Cinderace Latest Nerfs & Buffs (12/20)

December 20 Update

Cinderace Move Changes (12/20)
Blaze Kick Image
Blaze Kick
• Effects on the user strengthened
• Cinderace will now jump to the specified direction after use
Feint Image
• Cooldown reduced from 13s to 11s

Cinderace Previous Move Patches

Stat Updates Basic Attack damage decreased from 479 to 418 (-13%).

Flame Charge Cooldown redcued from 6 to 5.

Blaze Kick Blaze Kick+: Effects on the user strengthened. Cinderace will now jump to the specified direction after use. Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 1216 to 1002 (-18%).

Feint Cooldown reduced from 13s to 11s. Move duration decreased from 1.5 seconds to 1 second.

Pyro Ball Damage increased from 1563 to 2003 (+24.67%). Cooldown reduced from 7 seconds to 5 seconds. Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 1477 to 1563 (+6%).

Blazing Bicycle Kick Bugfix. Bug where Blazing Bicycle Kick was failing to cast is now fixed.

Blaze Fixed a bug where the effect is not activating at the right time.

Cinderace Basic Info

Tier Rating: S Rank Icon

Role: Attacker
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Novice
"Cinderace doesn’t just have high attack power—it’s also got the speed to drive opponents crazy."

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Cinderace Best Lanes

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

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High Attack speed and Damage
✔︎ Huge auto attack range
✔︎ Can snipe enemies from afar with Unite Move and Fireball
✖︎ Very weak early game
✖︎ Recently Nerfedy

Best Builds for Cinderace


Striker Build

Striker Build
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Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Attack: +30
Critical-Hit Rate: +8.10%
Critical-Hit Damage: +12%
Attack Speed: +7.50%

This is an all-in damage build, making Cinderace a late-game powerhouse. Your gameplay should be dashing in and out of fights using Flame Charge and damaging grouped enemies with Pyro Ball. However, your main source of damage is your basic attacks and critical hits, allowing you to quickly take out enemies. If the enemy has a lot of sure-hit moves and you have trouble staying alive, get Feint instead.

Muscle Band and Scope Lens are your core damage items, giving increased damage, attack speed, critical rate, and critical hit. Razor Claw is the best choice for the third damage item since it works great with your low cooldown moves and gives decent attack damage and critical rate. If you want to balance things out, replace Razor Claw with Buddy Barrier or Focus Band, providing more durability and survivability.

Eject Button is a must-have battle item for this build, allowing you to quickly get out of bad fights or chase fleeing targets.

Dash Build

Dash Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Attack: +18
Critical-Hit Rate: +6%
Critical-Hit Damage: +12%
HP: +450

This build makes use of the garuanteed critical-hit damage and repositioning mechanic from Blaze Kick and the mobility from Flame Charge. It also incentivizes scoring early on.

Attack Weight and Scope Lens are mainly to buff Blaze Kick's damage since it's your main damage move. Score Shield gives decent durability through HP and helps you stack Attack Weight, especially in the early game.

Eject Button provides another repositioning tool and more mobility on top of Blaze Kick and Flame Charge, respectively.

Cinderace 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).
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.
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

Cinderace's Held Items focuses on maximizing the Pokemon's high Attack stat. Muscle Band increases Cinderace's attack speed while the Scope Lens adds an extra punch when it lands a critical hit.

Equipping Buddy Barrier increases Cinderace's overall survivability and makes it an auto-attack machine after using its Unite move.

Best Battle Items

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

Battle Item Tier List: Best Items to Use

The Eject Button is a perfect addition to Cinderace's already strong arsenal of Dash moves. This battle item ensures that Cinderace will have the space it needs to move around the battlefield to get clear shots while having an extra escape mechanism.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Flame Charge ImageFlame Charge Charges forward, damaging opponents hit.
Upgrade: This Move will make your next boosted attack slow opponents for 2 seconds.
Pyro Ball ImagePyro Ball Kicks a fireball that damage opponents in a line and inflicts burn.
Upgrade: This Move will reduce the cooldown of Flame Charge or Feint by 2 seconds when it hits an opponent.

Cinderace is all about lining up shots and melting opponents with its fast auto attacks. Use Flame Charge to outmaneuver opponents while bombarding them down with your fast attacks. Constantly hitting enemies with an upgraded Pyro Ball reduces Flame Charge's cooldown, making it an effective offensive engine.

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How to Play Cinderace

Play Safe Until Level 7

Pokemon UNITE - Cinderace Playing it Safe Until Level 7

Cinderace is a rather late blooming Pokemon similar to Gardevior. Cinderace evolves at Lv. 5 but does not get their first move upgrade until Lv. 7. Prioritize farming and keep your distance in team and objective fights before the first powerspike at Lv. 7.

Team Up Cinderace with Defenders or Supporters

Teaming up in lane with a Defender or Supporter like Snorlax or Crustle will help to ensure a successful early game as you farm towards Lv.7. Otherwise partnering up with a high crowd control Pokemon like Pikachu, Ninetales or Slowbro will allow for safer engages with enemy Pokemon and safer KOs.

Turn On Lock-On Icon and Advanced Controls

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In teamfights, using the Lock-On Skill as well as Advanced Controls is crucial for an auto-attack heavy character like Cinderace. This allows you to focus only one target or avoid attacking the nearest enemy approaching you while leaving critical HP enemies behind. It also allows you to choose the enemy you wish to snipe with Blazing Bicycle Kick by scrolling the target wheel first to your desired target.
List of Settings and Best Settings to Use

Spam Standard Attack After Using Moves

Pokemon UNITE - Cinderace Using a Boosted Attack After a Move

Cinderace's passive boosts the next standard attack after using a move, and increase damage, speed and crit rate when Cinderace is at 50%HP an under. This allows Cinderace to chase down and KO enemies with ease. Particularly, using Feint before basic attacking lets Cinderace rapid fire increasingly potent standard attacks and even heal after it upgrades.

Be Careful at Low HP

While Cinderace does gain a DPS buff at 50% HP or lower, it is important to play strategically an not over extend when chasing a low health enemy or when looking for KOs. A KO'd Pokemon deals no damage.

Use Feint to Chase or Escape

Since Cinderace will most likely become the focus of attacks due to its high damage out put, The temporary invincibility from Feint can be used to escape, reposition and even chase down oposing Pokemon.

Burn Through Zapdos in the Late Game

Pokemon UNITE - Cinderace Attacking Zapdos

Cinderace is very valuable for capturing Zapdos in the last 2 minutes of the game. After empowering standard attacks after using a move, Cinderace will begin to shred Zapdos' HP rather fast. You can safely attack Zapdos from the other side of the wall and avoid most of its attacks. Keep an eye out for the enemy team and communicate with your team to ensure a swift Zapdos KO.

Cinderace Combos

Early Game Combo

Early Game Combo
Low Sweep IconEmber Icon
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During the early stages of the match, Cinderace should be focusing on farm but if they can find low enemies, they can dive in via Low Sweep then Ember to secure the kill.

Reposition Combo

Reposition Combo
Feint IconPyro Ball Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Cinderace Reposition Combo
This is more of a mobility combo than a direct attack one. Feint grants Attack Speed Up, Movement Speed Up, and Invincibility for a certain duration. You can easily position yourself to hit multiple enemies with a single Pyro Ball while Feint is active. Make sure to also weave an auto attack per cast to maximize your passive!

Matchups & Counters for Cinderace

Cinderace Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesBlisseyCharizardCramorantDragoniteEldegossGarchompGreedentMachampMamoswineMr. MimeSlowbroTsareenaVenusaurWigglytuff

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

Counter with High Mobility and High Burst Damage

Although Cinderace is a hard-hitter, it is nonetheless fragile to high burst damage. It relies heavily on attacking at long range, which makes Pokemon that have means to get close to Cinderace a great counter.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora Rating: ★★★★★
Zeraora's mobility and insane burst damage makes it difficult for Cinderace to get the upper hand in fights.
Gengar ImageGengar Rating: ★★★★
Similar to Zeraora, Gengar's mobility and high burst damage are major problems for Cinderace.
Sylveon ImageSylveon Rating: ★★★
Sylveon's high Sp.Atk. damage output and low cooldown moves makes Sylveon great against Cinderace.
Lucario ImageLucario Rating: ★★★
Lucario is a good counter against Cinderace becaue of its signature mobility and powerful basic attacks. Cinderace often struggles to position well in fights whenever Lucario is on the prowl.

Even Matchups

Cinderace is on even footing with Pokemon that can keep up with its speed, mobility, and damage output. With this in mind the outcome is determined by who is more skilled between the two combatants.

It's All Skill

Pokemon that Keep Up with Cinderace
Absol Image Talonflame Image Greninja Image Gardevoir Image Pikachu Image Decidueye Image

Cinderace's main even matchup isn't Pokemon that can outpower it, it's Pokemon that can match its speed and damage. Facing off against these Pokemon is a battle of pure skill. Winning against these is a matter of who is the more experienced trainer in combat.

Best Offense is Good Defense

Pokemon that can Take a Beating
Snorlax Image Crustle Image Blastoise Image

Defender Pokemon are a serious threat to Cinderace because of their high defense stats. Though a Defender Pokemon cannot match Cinderace in damage, it can survive long enough until its teammates can provide backup and punish. Going after these Pokemon in a solo fight would be an uphill battle which Ciunderace can only win if he is leaps and bounds ahead of them in exp.

Best Matchups for Cinderace

Cinderace can perform high amounts of damage in a long range while also having decent mobility in its kit. Enemy pokemon who only excel in one is no match for Cinderace.

Utilize the Range Advantage

Pokemon with Ranged Attacks
Cramorant Image Venusaur Image Alolan Ninetales Image Eldegoss Image Dragonite Image

Cinderace has a longer range compared to these Pokemon. It also helps that its moves do not require much effort in targeting like Cramorant and Alolan Ninetales. Given how Attackers are squishy, Cinderace's burn damage gives it an edge in fighting its fellow Attackers.

Unload Suppressing Fire Before they Get Close

Pokemon with Melee Attacks
Charizard Image Garchomp Image Machamp Image Blissey Image Wigglytuff Image

Cinderace can easily pressure Melee Pokemon before they can even get close. If you ever are pitted against these Pokemon, Cinderace's Dash moves will help give you the best position to line up that sweet Pyro Ball. They will also help in evading attacks as well.

Quickly Melt Down Sturdy Pokemon

Pokemon with High HP
Greedent Image Mamoswine Image Slowbro Image Mr. Mime Image

The key to fighting these bulky pokemon is to fight through their disabling shenanigans with some good old-fashioned sustained damage. With burn damage over time, you can get their HP low enough for them to retreat and turn their backs at you for an easy take down.

Best Teammates for Cinderace

Pokemon Explanation
Pikachu ImagePikachu
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir
Can help finish off enemies
Dashing moves can sometimes be hard to aim with its narrow effect range. But with Pikachu and Gardevoir's stunning abilities as well as high damage, Cinderace's dash moves can be the perfect finisher.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Can keep Cinderace's HP and defenses up
While Cinderace is an amazing offensive attacker, it's defenses is a bit lacking and can be quickly killed by an equally powerful attacker. With Eldegoss, Cinderace can stay on the aggressive.

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Cinderace Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Ember ImageEmber
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 285 (Lv. 3)
Fires a fireball at an opponent. It deals damage, inflicts burn, and lowers the target's attack.
Blaze Kick ImageBlaze Kick
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 654 (Lv. 7) / 1002 (Lv. 15)
Lunges at the enemy and hits them with a flaming kick then returns to starting location. The Move is a guaranteed a critical hit and burns the opponent. While using this Move, Cinderace is immune to hindrances.
Upgrade: This Move will temporarily increase attack speed for 2 seconds.
Pyro Ball ImagePyro Ball
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Range
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 1313 (Lv. 7) / 2003 (Lv. 15)
Kicks a fireball that damage opponents in a line and inflicts burn.
Upgrade: This Move will reduce the cooldown of Flame Charge or Feint by 2 seconds when it hits an opponent.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Low Sweep ImageLow Sweep
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7.5s
Total Damage: 163 (Lv. 3)
A sliding tackle the damages opponents hit in the path.
Feint ImageFeint
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 13s
Increases Movement Speed for 2 seconds and gives a 42 frame window window of invulnerability. This Move will also remove hindrances.
Upgrade: After using this move, your next 3 basic attacks will heal you.
Flame Charge ImageFlame Charge
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 274 (Lv. 8) / 397 (Lv. 15)
Charges forward, damaging opponents hit.
Upgrade: This Move will make your next boosted attack slow opponents for 2 seconds.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Blazing Bicycle Kick ImageBlazing Bicycle Kick
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 150s
Total Damage: 3642 (Lv. 9) / 5658 (Lv. 15)
Kicks a large fireball at a target location, dealing massive damage to any enemy Pokemon in a large area. Raises Movement Speed for a short duration after use.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage when it hits.

Ability (Passive)

Blaze  ImageBlaze When Cinderace falls below half HP, it gains increased critical hit rate and attack speed. Cinderace's next basic attack becomes boosted after using a Move. When attacking an enemy Pokemon with an attack you will add a stack of fire on the target, with basic attacks adding 1 stack and Moves adding 2 stacks. At 5 stacks the target will receive extra burst damage.

Cinderace Stats & Evolutions

Cinderace Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 5)
(Lv. 7)

Cinderace Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3000 50 30 135
2 3034 53 32 140
3 3075 56 34 145
4 3125 60 36 151
5 3305 75 45 174
6 3376 81 49 183
7 3702 108 65 221
8 3805 117 70 233
9 3928 127 76 247
10 4076 139 83 264
11 4254 154 92 284
12 4467 172 103 309
13 4723 193 116 339
14 5030 219 131 375
15 5399 250 149 418

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

Cinderace In-Game Stats Listing

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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Cinderace Skins (Holowear)

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Top 5 Master Rank Picks & Win Rate

All data is based on Season 02 Master Rank Top 100.
Last Updated: January 10, 2021
Pokemon Tier Most Played Average Win Best Lane
Lucario.png Lucario SS Tier 22% 78% Bot
Eldegoss.png Eldegoss S Tier 9% 81% Bot
Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Icon.pngDragonite S Tier 9% 77% Jungle
Pokemon UNITE - Defender Greedent Icon.pngGreedent S Tier 8% 77% Top
Pokemon UNITE - Mr Mime Icon.pngMr. Mime SS Tier 7% 82% Bot

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