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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 (9/22)

Version Patch Note Updates

Cinderace Move Changes (9/22)
Pyro Ball Image
Pyro Ball
• Damage increased from 1563 to 2003 (+24.67%).
• Cooldown reduced from 7 seconds to 5 seconds.
Flame Charge Image
Flame Charge
• Cooldown reduced from 6 seconds to 5 seconds.
Blazing Bicycle Kick Image
Blazing Bicycle Kick
• Fixed bug that occured when the move fails to activate.
Blaze  Image
• Fixed a bug where the effect is not activating at the right time.

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 Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 1216 to 1002 (-18%).

Feint 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


Critical Damage Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

An all-in 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!

Defensive Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build gives Cinderace more survivability through HP. For this build to deal its intended damage, you have to rely on the percentage bonus damage you get from Energy Amplifier when you cast your unite move. During this period, you have an insane amount of attack speed and damage while being safe due to the shield you get from Buddy Barrier. Also, the guaranteed critical hit from Blaze Kick benefits from the percentage bonus damage from Energy Amplifier, increasing the critical damage done.

Don't forget to utilize Feint's effect to evade damage, allowing you to survive fights longer or to escape.

Dash Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is an aggressive and mobile build that relies on diving enemies and bursting them down as quickly as possible. Use Flame Charge to dive a target, then follow up with a basic attacks. When the target becomes low enough, use Blaze Kick to finish them off.

Focus Band gives you more survivability through static defense and sp. defense, and the heal effect when you get low on HP, allowing you dive enemies fearlessly.

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

Best Battle Items

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

Best Moveset

Move Description
Feint ImageFeint 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.
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.

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How to Play Cinderace

Play Safe Until Level 7

Pokemon Unite - Cinderace Attacking Aipom

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

Pokemon UNITE - Lock-On Icon

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 Attacking After Using Ember

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
Pokemon UNITE - Cinderace Early Game Combo
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 NinetalesBlisseyCramorantEldegossGarchompMachampMamoswineMr. MimeSlowbroVenusaurWigglytuff

✘ : 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.

Best Counters

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

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

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.

Pokemon Explanation
Cramorant ImageCramorant Cramorant's strong moves often require precise aim. Cinderace has just enough mobility in its moveset to easily exploit with this weakness.
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.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Feint and superior range allow Cinderace to manage Alolan Ninetales' deadly Status Effects with relative ease.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine A Feint or a Low Sweep can easily get Cinderace out of harm's way of Mamoswine's Dash and crowd control moves. After that, it can reign fire over the mammoth.

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 3124 60 36 151
5 3304 75 45 174
6 3376 81 49 183
7 3702 108 65 221
8 3805 117 70 233
9 3929 127 76 247
10 4077 139 83 264
11 4255 154 92 284
12 4468 172 103 309
13 4724 193 116 339
14 5031 219 131 375
15 5400 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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