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

Cinderace Tier Rating and Stats

Cinderace Basic Information

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

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Cinderace Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Scoring Support
4 Stars.png 1.5 Stars.png 3 Stars.png 2.5 Stars.png 0.5 Stars.png

HP, Defense, Sp. Defense Details
Level HP Defense Special Defense
1 3000 50 30
2 3034 53 32
3 3075 56 34
4 3124 60 36
5 3304 75 45
6 3376 81 49
7 3702 108 65
8 3805 117 70
9 3929 127 76
10 4077 139 83
11 4255 154 92
12 4468 172 103
13 4724 193 116
14 5031 219 131
15 5400 250 149

Cinderace Evolutions

First Evolution Second Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 5)
(Lv. 7)

Cinderace 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
✖︎ Can easily die if caught by the enemy

Very Weak Early Game

Cinderace is Pokemon that scales well with levels. To compensate, his stats are low at the early game. Making sure that Cinderace can farm safely is an important part of his gameplay.

High damage output

Once Cinderace successfully scales up, his damage skyrockets. With Feint, he also gains strong dueling power and sustain which allows him to just roll over opponents with ease.

Best Lanes for Cinderace

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Jungle 3 Stars.png
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Excels at the Top Lane

Cinderace is best played topside where they can easily contest Rotom. Cinderace can quickly rack up points but not the means to dive into enemy territory to score. Securing Rotom is a good way to double up the points you get while also minimizing the risk of scoring.

Bottom is a Solid Alternative

Alternatively, Cinderace can also be played in the bottom lane. Cinderace is more effective with a support near him so going for bottom lane is also a viable choice as long as you have a support playing with you.

How to Use Cinderace

Cinderace is an Attacker Pokemon that utilizes long range attacks and mobility to gain the upper hand in team fights and skirmishes.

Focus on getting as much EXP as possible in the lane. Your passive ability and moves are some of the strongest in the game, allowing you to establish dominance with your allies as well.

Your full moveset is designed to take out a single Pokemon out as quickly as possible while kiting enemies that push towards your position. Once you've gained all of your moves, coordinate with your team to push key objectives and secure victory!

Early Game: Level 1-6

Ember ImageEmber
Slot 1 (R)
Low Sweep ImageLow Sweep
Slot 2 (ZR)

Cinderace is one of the few Pokemon in the roster that learns their move upgrades later than most. Gathering as much EXP as possible must be your primary concern at the start of the match.

Fortunately, your damage output off the gate is arguably one of the highest in the game. Aside from clearing your own Wild Pokemon waves, coordinate with your allies in the lane to steal Wild Pokemon waves on the opposing side of the map.

Your range and mobility that you have through Ember and Low Sweep allows you to easily chip away at your opponent's HP. These moves can even lead to very early kills. Adopt a tempered aggressive playstyle to secure lane dominance for your team.

Mid-Game: Level 7-8

Things pick up insanely fast for Cinderace at the mid-game. Upgrade choices during this time will determine whether you prefer a more aggressive or kite-heavy playstyle.

First Upgrade Set (Level 7)

Blaze Kick ImageBlaze Kick
Slot 1 (R)
Pyro Ball ImagePyro Ball
Slot 1 (R)

Level seven gives you upgrade choices for Ember.

Blaze Kick turns Ember into a dash attack that knocks targets back while simultaneously dealing damage to them. Further upgrades include Invulnerability and Attack Speed Up, making it an amazing choice for those who want to turn up the aggression.

Pyro Ball, on the other hand, is a direct upgrade to Ember that offers a more laid-back and kite-heavy approach to a fight. Further upgrades for this move include cooldown reductions of Flame Charge or Feint later on — bolstering your overall mobility.

Second Upgrade Set (Level 8)

Feint ImageFeint
Slot 2 (ZR)
Flame Charge ImageFlame Charge
Slot 2 (ZR)

The second set of upgrades pops up immediately after at level eight. You will have the choice to either go all-in on offense or temper that offensive prowess with a bit of defensive utility.

Feint is a stable choice that grants Movement Speed Up and Invulnerability as long as it is active. This lets you kite enemies easier and can be extremely useful in turning enemy ganks or overall bad situations around.

Flame Charge is the more aggressive choice that allows you to dash towards the target location and damage enemies in your path. Further upgrades for this move include Slows for enemies hit, making it a solid choice for catching mobile Pokemon like Talonflame and Gengar.

Late Game: Level 9+

Blazing Bicycle Kick ImageBlazing Bicycle Kick

Blazing Bicycle Kick is a devastating Unite Move that can easily turn team fights to your favor. This move is essentially a single-target nuke that makes incredibly quick work of the target, with the added benefit of dealing solid damage to enemies around the target's immediate area.

Save this move for key targets such as the enemy team's Attacker or Supporter. Taking them out as early as possible in a fight usually means victory for your team!

Cinderace Builds

Critical Damage Build

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (R) Lv. 3 (ZR) Lv. 7 (R) Lv. 8 (ZR)
Ember ImageEmber Low Sweep ImageLow Sweep Pyro Ball ImagePyro Ball Feint ImageFeint
A setup that focuses on kiting enemies and utilizing Cinderace's long range attacks. Maximize your Passive Ability by always having a fireball at the ready. This lets you burst opponents down easily when combined with proper Pyro Ball usage. Feint's Movement Speed Up and Invincibility lets you navigate tricky situations, get out of enemy ganks with ease, and restore HP through standard attacks as well. Pyro Ball hits also reduce Feint's cooldown so make your shots count to maintain the offensive as much as possible!

Battle Item

Item Tips
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button is a great item for Cinderace because it makes this particular Pokemon even more elusive in fights and skirmishes.

Held Items

Items Tips
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band The bulk of your damage will come from your standard attacks and Passive Ability. Muscle Band increases your standard attack damage based on a percentage of the target's current HP. This is extremely useful for taking out Defender Pokemon.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens is another great choice because of Cinderace's reliance on standard attacks. This item increases the Critical Rate and Critical Damage of standard attacks, making you an even deadlier threat in team fights.
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight increases your attack whenever you score points. This is a great item for Cinderace since your primary goal is to dominate the lane and score as many points as possible early on.

Cinderace Combos

Early Game Combo

Step # Move
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 Blaze Kick then Ember to secure the kill.

Reposition Combo

Step # Move
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!

Cinderace Matchups and Best Counters

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

Matchup and Counter Explanations

Best Counters for Cinderace

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora Zeraora's insane mobility makes it difficult for Cinderace to position well in fights and skirmishes.
Gengar ImageGengar Similar to Zeraora, Gengar's mobility and high burst damage are major problems for Cinderace.
Lucario ImageLucario Lucario is another hard 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.

Fair Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Absol ImageAbsol Even though Cinderace has superior range, Absol can still take Cinderace out if presented with the right opportunity. This is a skill-based matchup that often boils down to split second decisions and positioning.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame This is fairly even matchup that is determined by the players' skill and build. Neither Pokemon has an inherent edge over the other in a straight up fight.
Greninja ImageGreninja Greninja can often pose problems for Cinderace because most of the latter's moves require a target to activate. This matchup boils down to the players' skill and move usage.
Crustle ImageCrustle Crustle's can deal with Cinderace with its high durability and versatile moveset. Properly timed and placed Rock Tombs can be detrimental for Cinderace. A more direct approach with Shell Smash and X-Scissor is also possible but requires proper timing and usage. This ultimately boils down to the player's skill again.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Snorlax's incredible durability and strong moveset can be problematic for Cinderace as well. Block can negate Cinderace's attacks in fights and skirmishes. Yawn and Heavy Slam can also caught Cinderace off guard whenever they're out of position. Player skill ultimately determines the victor in this particular matchup.

Easy Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Garchomp needs to be close to targets to execute its powerful moves and attacks to full effect. Cinderace's superior range allows it to kite and dance around this particular Pokemon with ease.
Cramorant ImageCramorant Cramorant's strong moves often require precise aim. Cinderace has just enough mobility in its moveset to easily exploit with this weakness.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Feint and superior range allow Cinderace to manage Alolan Ninetales' deadly Status Effects with relative ease.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Wigglytuff needs to close the distance on its targets in order to set them up for its allies. Cinderace takes advantage of this with its superior range and kiting ability.
Machamp ImageMachamp Surpisingly, Machamp often struggles against Cinderace due to the latter's attack range and mobility. Feint grants Movement Speed Up and Invincibility. This is problematic for Machamp because of its need to stay within melee range to be effective.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbro's disabling moves can be easily managed by Cinderace's superior range and mobility, making Slowbro an easy target for experienced Cinderace users.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Mr. Mime's powerful moves require mastery and precise aim to be effective. Even then, Cinderace can always position just out of range of these powerful moves and bombard Mr. Mime with attacks before it even gets close.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Cinderace's mobility and superior range often cause problems for Venusaur. Most of Venusaur's moves can be dodged, which plays into Cinderace's strength once again.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Eldegoss struggles against an uncontested Cinderace because of Cinderace's attack range and mobility. Experienced Cinderace users can force Eldegoss to activate defensive moves to save itself than on the team, reducing the latter's overall effectiveness in a match.

How to Counter Cinderace

Close the Distance

Cinderace needs to position just outside of the opponent's range to gain the advantage in fights. Close the distance as much as possible to pressure Cinderace out of its safe zone. This can potentially make Cinderace vulnerable to counterattacks and disabling moves as it scrambles away to safety.

Catch Cinderace Off Guard

Cinderace is extremely deadly when it knows you are coming for it. Exercise clever movement and utilize the bushes around the map to keep Cinderace guessing.

Lock Cinderace Down

One of the best ways to stop Cinderace from bombarding your team with insane damage is to disable it as much as possible with hard Status Effects.

Always remember that Feint grants Cinderace Invulnerability and Movement Speed Up. Coordinate with your team to play around Feint's duration and lock her down as soon as it expires.

Cinderace Moves and Ability

Cinderace Moves

Level Move 1 (R) Move 2 (ZR)
1 or 3
Ember Icon
Low Sweep Icon
Blaze Kick Icon Pyro Ball Icon
Feint Icon Flame Charge Icon
Blazing Bicycle Kick Icon

Move Slot 1 (R)

Ember ImageEmber
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 285 (Lv. 3)
Throws a fireball at an opponent. When the move hits, it damages the opponent and inflicts burn while lowering their attack.
Blaze Kick ImageBlaze Kick
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 848 (Lv. 7) / 1357 (Lv. 15)
Attacks an opponent with a flaming kick and knocks them back.
Once upgraded, the move cannot be interrupted, and normal attack speed is increased for a short amount of time when the move hits.
Pyro Ball ImagePyro Ball
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Range
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 1019 (Lv. 7) / 1618 (Lv. 15)
Kicks a ball of fire at the targeted area, damaging each opponent it hits and inflicts burn for a short amount of time.
Once upgraded, the cooldwon for "Flame Charge" or "Feint" will be reduced when the move hits.

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)
Performs a sliding tackle and damages the opponent it hits.
Feint ImageFeint
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 13s
Increase movement speed and be in a state of protection while this Unite move is active.
Once upgraded, when an opponent is hit with a basic attack, hitpoints will be restored up to 3 times.
Flame Charge ImageFlame Charge
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 274 (Lv. 8) / 397 (Lv. 15)
Leaps forward and smashes the ground, damaging the Pokemon it hits.
Once upgraded, when the next enhanced hits after the move is over, the opponent's movement speed will be slowed for a short amount of time.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Blazing Bicycle Kick ImageBlazing Bicycle Kick
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: Percent Based
Total Damage: 3642 (Lv. 9) / 5658 (Lv. 15)
Creates a large ball of fire and shoots it at the specified location. Creates a large shockwave upon impact, dealing damage to nearby enemies. Also raises the users movement speed.

Standard Attack

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

Ability (Passive)

BlazeBlaze When it uses a move, its next standard attack is powered up. When it hits an opponent with a standard attack or a move, it lights them on fire. Subsequent attacks to that opponent deal increased damage. Also, when its HP falls below half, its Critical Hit rate will increase and its standard attacks will become faster for a short time.

Cinderace Skins (Holowear)

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