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Unite Moves Guide: How to Use

This is a guide on how to use Unite moves in Pokemon Unite. To know what are Unite moves, how to use Unite moves, Unite Move cooldowns, and what Unite moves each Pokemon has, read on!

List of All Unite Moves

Pokemon Unite Move
Absol ImageAbsol Midnight Slash ImageMidnight Slash
Hits a target with a flurry of slashes. The final hit releases a blade of energy that deals more damage and knocksback any enemy Pokemon hit by it.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Snow Globe ImageSnow Globe
Attacks with chilling ice and snow. When it strikes a target, all nearby enemies will also take damage. If an enemy is frozen, damage taken is increased.
Blastoise ImageBlastoise Hydro Typhoon ImageHydro Typhoon
Has the user spout water to attack while spinning, throwing opposing Pokemon in a large area. This also grants the user a shield.
Blissey ImageBlissey Bliss Assistance ImageBliss Assistance
Has the user dash to the designated ally Pokemon to give it an egg, granting that Pokemon a shield and increasing its Attack and Sp. Atk for a short time. The user also intercepts a portion of the damage received by that Pokemon and those it comes in contact with.
Charizard ImageCharizard Seismic Slam ImageSeismic Slam
Soars into the sky and can move unimpeded across the arena. Standard attacks used during this time have their damage increased and can inflict Burn on enemy Pokemon as well as recovering the user's HP. Using this move again while in the sky will have the user grab its target and slam them into the ground.
Cinderace ImageCinderace Blazing Bicycle Kick ImageBlazing Bicycle Kick
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.
Cramorant ImageCramorant Gatling Gulp Missile ImageGatling Gulp Missile
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.
Crustle ImageCrustle Rubble Rouser ImageRubble Rouser
Generates a shield around it and throws rocks at nearby opponents that explodes upon impact. Enemies will receive additional hits when Crustle is dealt damage while this Unite move is active.
Decidueye ImageDecidueye Nock Nock ImageNock Nock
Fires quills in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon. The move ends by unleashing a particularly large quill that deals damage to all opposing Pokémon it hits. This move deals increased damage if the opposing Pokémon’s remaining HP is low. While using this move, the user becomes immune to hindrances but is unable to move.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Cotton Cloud Crash ImageCotton Cloud Crash
Eldegoss flies into the air and protects itself. When used again, it will crash down, knocking opponents away and restoring HP to allies.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Livid Outrage ImageLivid Outrage
Unleashes a powerful chain of attacks while dashing forward. The final attack knocks back opponents, but also leaves Garchomp stunned.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Fairy Singularity ImageFairy Singularity
Warps space in the designated area, drawing in opposing Pokemon. Shoves and deals damage to opposing Pokemon the instant warped space disappears.
Gengar ImageGengar Phantom Ambush ImagePhantom Ambush
Teleports to an area then becomes invisible, gaining increased movement speed. When used again, Gengar will scares nearby opponents, damaging and slowing them.
Greedent ImageGreedent Berry Belly Flop ImageBerry Belly Flop
Has the user eat a Berry to recover HP and then leap to the designated area, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throwing them. The user then eats a special Berry, allowing it to stash an unlimited amount of Berries in its tail for a short time and resetting the cooldown of all its moves.
Greninja ImageGreninja Waterburst Shuriken ImageWaterburst Shuriken
Jumps into the air and hurls a giant water shiruken at the target area, damaging enemy Pokemon within the area of effect.
Lucario ImageLucario Aura Cannon ImageAura Cannon
Summons a massive energy ball that blasts opponents who are caught in its path. When the Unite move hits, the damage dealt by the next "Power-Up Punch" increases.
Machamp ImageMachamp Barrage Blow ImageBarrage Blow
Attack, movement speed, defense, and special defense increases for 10 Seconds. When used again, Machamp will unleashes a flurry of punches, dealing damage to opponents in the area with the final blow dealing the most damage.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Mammoth Mash ImageMammoth Mash
Has the user jump to the designated location and become immune to hindrances. The user then repeatedly stomps the ground, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and decreasing their movement speed for a short time with each stomp. The final stomp throws opposing Pokemon in the area of effect.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Showtime! ImageShowtime!
Performs a mime show that stuns opponents while dealing damage for the duration of the move.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Thunderstorm ImageThunderstorm
Discharges lightning strikes to each opponent while also gaining a bonus to movement speed. Opponents within the radius will get struck by lightning while this move is active.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbeam ImageSlowbeam
Incapacitates the opponent with a beam that makes them unable to move while dealing damage over time. Slowbro becomes unstoppable and gains a shield while this Unite move is active.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Power Nap ImagePower Nap
Has you falling asleep, repeatedly damaging any enemy Pokemon within range with your thrashing while asleep, while also continously recovering HP. You also cannot be disturbed while you sleep.
Sylveon ImageSylveon Fairy Frolic ImageFairy Frolic
Has the user jump into the air and briefly become invincible. The moment the user lands, it deals damage to the opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and restores its own HP. for a short time afterward, a set percentage of damage dealt by the user is converted into HP for the user.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Flame Sweep ImageFlame Sweep
Flies up and swoops down the targeted path dealing damage to opponents and pushing them along the way.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Verdant Anger ImageVerdant Anger
Hurls a giant seed that spreads across an area dealing damage to opponents while reducing their movement speed for short period of time.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Starlight Recital ImageStarlight Recital
Performs a recital that removes all debuffs for nearby allies while generating a shield for them. Also gives invulnerability while this Unite move is active.
Zeraora ImageZeraora Plasma Gale ImagePlasma Gale
Unleashes a blast of lightning, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throwing them. This also creates a zone of plasma that increases the user's basic attack range and damage dealt while the user is inside the zone.

What are Unite Moves?

Finisher Moves

Pokemon UNITE - Unite Greninja
Unite Moves are usually the most powerful and impactful Move each Pokemon has. It is the last Move learned by a Pokemon at Level 8-10. Each Pokemon has a distinct Unite move, each with its unique effects that can have a massive impact during a battle. These moves can range from dealing massive damage to opponents to giving your allies helpful buffs.

Has a Long Cooldown

Unite Move Cooldown.png

Because Unite Moves are so impactful, they have a much longer cooldown when compared to normal Moves. Because of the long cooldowns, knowing when to use your Unite Move is important to make sure you get the most out of it. Fortunately, it is also possible to decrease your Unite Move's cooldown by completing specific actions.

Provides Bonus Buffs

Pokemon UNITE - Bonus Buff

Unite Moves also provide 3 passive buffs upon activation that is available on every Unite Move. You will receive a Movement Speed increase, Attack Speed increase, and a damage absorbing shield. These buffs are active a short time even after the Unite Move is done, lasting around 5 seconds.

List of Status Effects: Buffs and Debuffs

Affected by Items

Pokemon UNITE - Buddy Barrier

Held Item Effect
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier HP + 600
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
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Unite Move Charge Rate + 6%
Cooldown - 4.5%
After the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, the damage the Pokemon deals is increased by (7/14/21)% for a short time.

There are also items that are activated upon using your Unite Move, adding more effects and giving even more of an advantage during battles. The items that are activated when using your Unite Move are Buddy Barrier and Energy Amplifier.

List of Held Items

How to Use Unite Moves

Press ZL at 100%

Unite Move Ready.png

When the Unite Move is available at 100%, the percentage disappears and the Unite Move starts glowing. Press ZL on your controller to use your Pokemon's Unite Move. Some Pokemon may need a target before their Unite move can be used, while others are activated when you target an area.
List of Controls and How to Change Control Mapping

Practice in the Practice Area

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Unite Move Practice Area

Each Unite Move has unique properties and effects that are not found in other Moves. One of the best ways to learn how to use a Unite Move to its maximum potential is through practicing them in the Practice Area (Training Mode). You can use your Unite Moves on Wild Pokemon, a substitute doll, or the A.I.-controlled enemy Pokemon.

How to Use the Training Mode (Practice Area)

How to Reduce Unite Move Cooldown

Pokemon UNITE - Taking out wild pokemon

When the Unite move is used, the name and icon will be greyed out and you will have to wait for it to reach 100% before it can be activated again. Cooldowns can take a long time, but there are ways to decrease the cooldown by performing specific actions.

Defeat Wild Pokemon

Pokemon UNITE - Scoring a Goal

You can decrease the cooldown time by 4% by defeating wild Pokemon within the arena. Defeating player-controlled Pokemon, however, does not contribute to Unite move cooldown reduction.

List of Wild Pokemon and Spawn Times

Scoring Goals

Pokemon UNITE - Unite Moves Guide Score Goals

You can decrease the cooldown time by 12% by depositing collected Aeos Energy at enemy Goal Zones. The cooldown reduction will be the same regardless of how many points you scored. Moreover, you will still receive the same cooldown reduction when destroying a Goal Zone.

Scoring Guide: When to Score Goals

Getting Knocked Down

Pokemon UNITE - Unite Moves Guide When Defeated

When defeated by an enemy Pokemon or a wild Pokemon, the Unite Move cooldown is reduced by 10%. However, falling on purpose to decrease your Unite Move is not a viable strategy as you cannot help your team while you are dead.

Reduce Cooldown by Equipping Energy Amplifier

Unite Moves Guide - Energy Amplifier.png

Level Unite Move Charge Rate Reduction
1 0.4%
10 2%
20 4%
30 6%

Energy Amplifier reduces the cooldown of the Pokemon's unite move when equipped. This is most useful for Pokemon like Charizard and Cramorant.

Energy Amplifier Effect and How to Get

50% Refund When Hitting Illusions

Unite Move Refund

When we were testing Greninjas Smokescreen, we found that a Targeted Unite Move hitting a copy will automatically refund you 50% of the Unite Move gauge. Depending on the Unite Move, you will still do full damage to the target and anything surrounding it if it is an AoE target type Move like Cinderace's Blazing Bicycle Kick or Zeraora's Plasma Gale.

Remember, this only works for moves that require you to target enemy Pokemon. So Unite Moves like Gengar's Phantom Ambush or Venusaurs' Verdant Anger will not recover 50% of the gauge back. We're still trying to figure out more moves and situations which will refund your Unite Gauge. Let us known in the comments if you find anything!

When to Use Unite Moves

During Team Battles

Pokemon UNITE - Team fight.jpg

It is best to use your Unite Move when your entire team starts fighting the entire enemy team, especially when the Unite move affects an area. Because it is so impactful, using it at the right time can turn the tides in your team's favor. It is important to note that you cannot be targeted short amount of time while your Unite move is active. So, it's best to plan if you are going to use Unite moves for offense or defense.

Save Unite Moves for Zapdos Fight

Pokemon UNITE - End of match fight.jpg

The most important moment of a match is the last 2 minutes. This is when Zapdos is available and can determine the outcome of the match. Whether it is taking down Zapdos or scoring the final goal, you will want to use your Unite Move and make sure you can win the battles to win the match!

Zapdos Buff and How to Steal

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