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Unite Moves are powerful, finisher moves that each Pokemon can learn when it reaches high levels. Read on to learn how to use Unite moves, the different Unite move effects, and what Unite move each Pokemon has!

List of All Unite Moves

List of All Unite Moves
Pokemon Unite - Aura Cannon (Lucario)Aura Cannon
(Lucario)
Pokemon Unite - Barrage Blow (Machamp)Barrage Blow
(Machamp)
Belly Bash - Azumarill PassiveBelly Bash
(Azumarill)
Pokemon UNITE - Berry Belly Flop (Greedent)Berry Belly Flop
(Greedent)
Pokemon Unite - Blazing Bicycle Kick (Cinderace)Blazing Bicycle Kick
(Cinderace)
Pokemon Unite - Bliss Assistance (Blissey)Bliss Assistance
(Blissey)
Pokemon UNITE - Chaos Glower (Sableye)Chaos Glower
(Sableye)
Pokemon Unite -Cotton Cloud Crash (Eldegoss)Cotton Cloud Crash
(Eldegoss)
Coup de Grace Aegislash Move IconCoup de Grace
(Aegislash)
Pokemon UNITE -Draco Impact DragoniteDraco Impact
(Dragonite)
Pokemon UNITE - Ebon Fist (Urshifu) IconEbon Fist
(Urshifu)
Pokemon UNITE - Fairy Frolic Skill SylveonFairy Frolic
(Sylveon)
Pokemon Unite - Fanciful Fireworks (Delphox)Fanciful Fireworks
(Delphox)
Pokemon Unite - Flame Sweep (Talonflame)Flame Sweep
(Talonflame)
Pokemon UNITE - Unite Move Flowing FistsFlowing Fists
(Urshifu)
Pokemon Unite - Gatling Gulp Missile (Cramorant)Gatling Gulp Missile
(Cramorant)
Pokemon UNITE - Glaceon Glacial Stage IconGlacial Stage
(Glaceon)
Pokemon UNITE - Scizor Green Illusion Dive IconGreen Illusion Dive
(Scyther)
Pokemon Unite - Hydro Typhoon (Blastoise)Hydro Typhoon
(Blastoise)
Pokemon Unite - Livid Outrage(Garchomp)Livid Outrage
(Garchomp)
Pokemon Unite - Mammoth Mash(Mamoswine)Mammoth Mash
(Mamoswine)
Pokemon Unite - Midnight Slash (Absol)Midnight Slash
(Absol)
Pokemon Unite - Mystical Mirage (Mew)Mystical Mirage
(Mew)
Pokemon UNITE - Nightfall Daze (Zoroark)Nightfall Daze
(Zoroark)
Pokemon UNITE - Nock Nock (Decidueye)Nock Nock
(Decidueye)
Pokemon Unite - Phantom Ambush (Gengar)Phantom Ambush
(Gengar)
Phantom Forest
(Trevenant)
Pokemon Unite -Plasma Gale (Zeraora)Plasma Gale
(Zeraora)
Pokemon Unite - Power Nap (Snorlax)Power Nap
(Snorlax)
Espeon Move - Psychic SolarePsychic Solare
(Espeon)
Pokemon UNITE - Queen Ascendant TsareenaQueen Ascendant
(Tsareena)
Pokemon UNITE - Scizor Red Illusion DiveRed Illusion Dive
(Scizor)
Pokemon Unite - Revolving Ruin (Duraludon)Revolving Ruin
(Duraludon)
Passive Rings Unbound - HoopaRings Unbound
(Hoopa)
Pokemon Unite - Rubble Rouser (Crustle)Rubble Rouser
(Crustle)
Pokemon Unite - Seismic Slam (Charizard)Seismic Slam
(Charizard)
Pokemon Unite - Showtime! (Mr. Mime)Showtime!
(Mr. Mime)
Pokemon Unite - Slowbeam (Slowbro)Slowbeam
(Slowbro)
Pokemon Unite - Snow Globe (Alolan Ninetales)Snow Globe
(Alolan Ninetales)
Pokemon Unite - Starlight Recital (Wigglytuff)Starlight Recital
(Wigglytuff)
Pokemon Unite - Thunderstorm (Pikachu)Thunderstorm
(Pikachu)
Pokemon UNITE - Triple Trample Dodrio MoveTriple Trample
(Dodrio)
Tyrannical Rampage Tyranitar IconTyrannical Rampage
(Tyranitar)
Ultra Swole Slam BuzzwoleUltra Swole Slam
(Buzzwole)
Pokemon Unite - Fairy Singularity (Gardevoir)Fairy Singularity
(Gardevoir)
Pokemon Unite - Verdant Anger (Venusaur)Verdant Anger
(Venusaur)
Pokemon Unite - Waterburst Shuriken (Greninja)Waterburst Shuriken
(Greninja)
Pokemon UNITE - Wonder Wish (Clefable)Wonder Wish
(Clefable)

UNITE Move Effects

UNITE Move Effects Per Role

Role Effect
All-Rounder The user acquires a weak shield effect, its movement speed is slightly increased, and either its attack speed is greatly increased or its move cooldowns are reduced.
Attacker The user acquires a weak shield effect, its movement speed is slightly increased, and either its attack speed is greatly increased or its move cooldowns are reduced
Defender The user acquires a strong shield effect, and its movement speed is greatly increased.
Speedster The user acquires a weak shield effect, and its movement speed is greatly increased.
Supporter The user acquires a weak shield effect, its movement speed is slightly increased, and its move cooldowns are greatly reduced.

Aside from the powerful effect that comes with the move, you will also receive a number of buffs for a few seconds. This can range from getting movement speed increase, Attack Speed increase, or a damage absorbing shield among other effects. Each Pokemon will have a different set of applied buffs after using its UNITE Move. The strength of the buff also depends on your Pokemon's role.

List of Status Effects: Buffs and Debuffs

Attacker UNITE Move Effects

Pokemon Unite Move Effect
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Cinderace ImageCinderace Shield granted. Movement Speed and Standard Attack Speed increased for a short time.
Cramorant ImageCramorant Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Decidueye ImageDecidueye Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Delphox ImageDelphox Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Duraludon ImageDuraludon Shield granted. Movement Speed and Standard Attack Speed increased for a short time.
Espeon ImageEspeon Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Glaceon ImageGlaceon Shield granted. Movement Speed and Standard Attack Speed increased for a short time.
Greninja ImageGreninja Shield granted. Movement Speed and Standard Attack Speed increased for a short time.
Mew ImageMew Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Sylveon ImageSylveon Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.

All-Rounder UNITE Move Effects

Pokemon Unite Move Effect
Aegislash ImageAegislash Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Azumarill ImageAzumarill Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Buzzwole ImageBuzzwole Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Charizard ImageCharizard Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Dragonite ImageDragonite Shield granted. Movement Speed and Standard Attack Speed increased for a short time.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Lucario ImageLucario Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Machamp ImageMachamp Attack, Defense, Sp. Defense and Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Scizor ImageScizor Shield granted. Movement speed increase for a short time.
Scizor ImageScizor Shield granted. Movement speed increase for a short time. Reducing move cooldowns for a short time
Tsareena ImageTsareena Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Urshifu ImageUrshifu Shield granted. Movement speed increased for a short time. Reducing move cooldowns for a short time.
Urshifu ImageUrshifu Shield granted. Movement speed increase for a short time.

Defender UNITE Move Effects

Pokemon Unite Move Effect
Blastoise ImageBlastoise Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Crustle ImageCrustle Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Greedent ImageGreedent Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Trevenant ImageTrevenant Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.

Speedster UNITE Move Effects

Pokemon Unite Move Effect
Absol ImageAbsol Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Dodrio ImageDodrio Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Gengar ImageGengar Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Zeraora ImageZeraora Shield granted. Movement Speed and Standard Attack Speed increased for a short time. Move cooldowns reduced.
Zoroark ImageZoroark Shield granted. Movement speed increased for a short time.

Supporter UNITE Move Effects

Pokemon Unite Move Effect
Blissey ImageBlissey Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Clefable ImageClefable Shield granted. Movement speed increased for a short time. Reducing move cooldowns for a short time.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Hoopa ImageHoopa Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Shield granted. Movement Speed increased for a short time.
Sableye ImageSableye Shield granted. Movement speed increased for a short time.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.

Lasts for 5 Seconds

After the UNITE move takes effect, the bonus buffs will last for 5 seconds. You will be able to keep track of the buff by checking the Flame icon present in your status condition.

Indicated by Light Blue Aura

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When your Pokemon is affected by the UNITE Move effect, it will glow with a Light Blue aura.

How to Use Unite Moves

Activate (ZL) at 100%

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When the Unite Move is available at 100%, the percentage disappears and the Unite Move starts glowing. Tap the Move icon or 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.
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UNITE Move States

Fully charged,
but yet not learned.
Pokemon UNITE - Unite Move Charged but not Learned
Fully charged Pokemon UNITE - Unite Move Fully Charged
Disabled Pokemon UNITE - Unite Move Unavailable
On cooldown Moves Icon Template

Some UNITE Moves Require a Target

Pokemon UNITE - Unite Move Some Requires a Target

Some Unite Moves will require a target before you can activate it. Moves like Thunderstorm, Queen Ascendant, or Seismic Slam, to name a few, requires an opponent to activate. Note that Wild Pokemon cannot be targeted.

Practice in Training Mode

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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

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% charge 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

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

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Score Points in Goal Zones

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You can decrease the cooldown time by around ~10% charge 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.

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Getting Knocked Down

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When defeated by an opposing Pokemon or a Wild Pokemon, the Unite Move cooldown is reduced by 10% charge. However, falling on purpose to decrease your Unite Move is not a viable strategy as you cannot help your team while you are out of combat.

Reduce Cooldown by Equipping Energy Amplifier

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

Energy Amplifier increases the charge rate of the Pokemon's Unite Move when equipped, thus decreasing the cooldown. This is most useful for Pokemon like Charizard and Cramorant, which can deal continuous damage once their Unite Move is activated.

Energy Amplifier Effect and How to Get

Recover Charge From Failed Attempts

In some situations, Unite Moves may fail to hit the target or even fail to activate entirely. Fortunately, the Pokemon will still be able to recover some amount of charge when this happens.

Get Back 50% Charge When Hitting Illusions

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When we were testing Greninja's Double Team, 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 Blazing Bicycle Kick or Plasma Gale.

Remember, this only works for moves that require you to target enemy Pokemon. So, Unite Moves like Phantom Ambush or 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 know in the comments if you find anything!

Resets Charge to 90% When Disrupted

Take note that a Pokemon channeling their Unite Move is still susceptible to getting knocked down or bounded. Moves like Draco Impact and Belly Bash need a couple of seconds to prepare before the Pokemon can land the attack. That short window can be exploited and may leave the Pokemon unable to finish the move. If a Pokemon gets disrupted this way, its charge rate will reset to 90%.

When to Use Unite Moves

During Team Battles

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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 tide in your team's favor. It is important to note that you are not invincible when you activate your Unite Move. So, it's best to plan if you are going to use your Unite move whether for pushing a lane or as a tactical retreat.

Save Unite Moves for Objectives

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Unite moves should be reserved during objective fights, especially during the last 2 minutes of the match when Rayquaza spawns. Whether it is for securing the objective or clearing out the enemy team, you will want to use save your Unite Move during these important fights to tip the scale of battle in your favor!

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What are Unite Moves?

Powerful Finisher Moves

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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 unique Unite move, each with its special 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

Pokemon UNITE - Unite Move Cooldown

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.

Strengthened by Specific Items

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Held Item Effect
Pokemon UNITE - Buddy BarrierBuddy Barrier HP + 450
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 (15/20/25)% of their max HP
Pokemon UNITE - Energy AmplifierEnergy 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.

Some items 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

Affected by Some Emblems

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With the introduction of Navy emblems in the 1.7.1.2 Update, there is now emblem color effects that affect UNITE Move Charge Rate.

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