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Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Guide: Builds and Best Items
The best guide on how to play Blastoise 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!

Blastoise Latest Nerfs and Buffs (10/20)

Halloween Update (10/20)

Blastoise Changes (October 20)
Water Spout Image
Water Spout
• Cooldown reduced from from 11s to 7.5s
Hydro Pump Image
Hydro Pump
• Damage decreased from 1598 to 1460 (-9%)
Hydro Typhoon Image
Hydro Typhoon
• Damage decreased from 3368 to 2666 (-21%).

Blastoise Previous Move Patches

Rapid Spin Fixed a bug causing attacks performed while spinning to decrease the movement speed of opposing Pokemon.
• Fixed a bug allowing the user to use either Hydro Pump or Water Spout at the same time as basic attacks while spinning.

Water Spout Cooldown reduced from 11s to 7.5s

Hydro Pump Damage decreased from 1598 to 1460 (-9%)

Hydro Typhoon Damage decreased from 3368 to 2666 (-21%).

Blastoise Basic Info

Tier Rating: S Rank Icon

Role: Defender
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Difficulty: Intermediate
"Blastoise is a durable ranged defender that can make use of its several mobility skills to move itself and enemies into the ideal areas of the battlefield."

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Blastoise Best Lanes

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

Blastoise Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High HP
✔︎ Ranged
✔︎ High DPS with Water Spout + Spin
✔︎ High Burst using Hydro Pump and Rapid Spin
✖︎ Long Cooldowns
✖︎UNITE Move have a slow startup
✖︎ Rapid Spin may feel clunky to use at times due to the start up spin delay.

Rapid Spin Start Up Delay

Rapid Spin has a short animation before Blastoise starts spinning. During this time, it is impossible to execute Water Spout so you may end up spinning in fights without DPS. Tapping Water Spout Rapidly would cause the ability to end early, mitigating your DPS.

Best Builds for Blastoise


Tank Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build focuses on controlling enemy movement and setting up kills for your team using Hydro Pump, Surf, and Hydro Typhoon.

Choice Specs is your main damage item for your moves. However, you can equip Wise Glasses as a substitute, whichever has a higher level. Energy Amplifier and Buddy Barrier allow you to use your Unite Move more frequently and give you extra durability, respectively.

Eject Button serves as a repositioning tool so you can get a better position to use your moves.

Disruptor Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is a well-balanced build that enables Blastoise to deal tons of damage using Water Spout and Rapid Spin while tanking it as well. Remember to hold down Water Spout and to use standard attacks while spinning to maximize your damage.

Choice Specs is the best damage amplifier you can equip for the build. However, you can use Wise Glasses as a substitute. Focus Band and Buddy Barrier provide great durability and survivability, especially during Rapid Spin, the longer you stay alive the more damage you deal while spinnning.

Eject Button serves the same purpose as the previous build, acting as a repositioning tool.

Water Cannon Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build is similar to the previous one but focuses more on controlling enemy movements rather than dealing damage using Hydro Pump and Rapid Spin.

Shell Bell and Energy Amplifier are mainly for reducing your moves' cooldown, allowing you to use them more frequently. Buddy Barrier provides a huge HP boost to give you more durability.

Eject Button serves the same purpose as the other builds.

Jungle Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build puts Blastoise in the jungle to scale faster, allowing you to skip Blastoise's weak level 5 to 6 phase where it does not have Rapid Spin to dish out Water Spout's real damage.

Muscle Band is your main jungling item, making it faster to clear wild Pokemon camps. Choice Specs amplifies your moves' damage similar to the Maelstrom build. Buddy Barrier is mainly for durability and utility, especially in teamfights.

Fluffy Tail is a self-explanatory battle item for any jungle builds, enabling faster camp clearing. However, you can equip X Attack as a substitute since it serves the same purpose of clearing jungle camps faster but also increases your damage output overall. If you want to forgo damage entirely, you can opt for Eject Button for mobility and utility.

Blastoise Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Item

Item Description
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.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.
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

Buddy Barrier and Focus Band makes Blastoise a frontliner tank that likes to be in the center of fights to dish out insane amounts of damage or to control enemy movements.

Wise Glasses increases the damage of Blastoise's moves, improving Blastoise's damage output. This is truer for Blastoise's unite move, making it extremely effective against low HP Pokemon.

Muscle Band is suited more towards jungling, allowing Blastoise to clear out wild Pokemon camps and level up faster. However, the attack speed from the item is surprisingly effective for Blastoise since every third attack reduces Blastoise's moves' cooldown by 1 second.

Best Battle Item

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.
Fluffy Tail.pngFluffy Tail Prevents wild Pokemon from acting and increases their damage taken by 1.5 times.

Eject Button enables Blastoise to set-up kills for the team via the Unite move. It also allows Blastoise to stay on top of enemies even while using Rapid Spin, maximizing the damage output.

Fluffy Tail is only effective when Blastoise is played as a jungler. It makes clearing out wild Pokemon camps and leveling up faster.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Rapid Spin ImageRapid Spin Has the user spin rapidly, changing the mechanics of its basic attacks as well as its Hydro Pump and Water Spout Moves. Upgrade: Also reduces the damage the user receives while using this move.
Water Spout ImageWater Spout Spouts water toward the designated location, decreasing the movement speed of opposing Pokemon in the area of effect for a short time. Upgrade: increases damage dealt by this move.

Rapid Spin is arguably Blastoise's best move. Its synergy with Blastoise's other moves, basic attacks, and items makes Blastoise an effective damage dealer even as a defender. It can also be used to quickly farm wild Pokemon, especially when they are grouped together. The various combos players can do around Rapid Spin is left to their creativity.

Water Spout alone has nothing particularly great about it.It's only when it is used with Rapid Spin does Water Spout reveal its true potential.

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How to Play Blastoise

Setup Ganks with Your Jungler in the Early Game

Pokemon Unite - Setup Ganks with Blastoise

Blastoise has an amazing gank setup game for your junglers. If your jungler is preparing to gank, use Skull Bash + Water Gun to push enemies farther from their goal zones for easy kills. You lose this ability at level 7 when you upgrade it so take advantage of this early!

Use Rapid Spin to Alter Move Effects

Hydro Pump and Water Spout's effects change while using Rapid Spin!

Disengage with Hydro Pump

Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Using Hydro Pump During Rapid Spin

Hydro Pump is a great mobility skill but if you're under the effects of Rapid Spin, it knock enemies away from you instead. Use this to disengage if you're in a pinch or setup kills for your allies if you're in an advantageous position.

Stay in Range When Using Water Spout

Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Using Water Spout During Rapid Spin

Water Spout is an AoE DPS move so using it in the middle of the enemy group is highly suggested if you wish to deal damage to several people.

Water Spout is a channeling spell so make sure to press and hold the button to avoid cancelling the move early!

Blastoise's Unite Move Covers the Whole Zapdos Area

Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Using Hydro Typhoon

Since Blastoise knocks enemies up in a wide range, position yourself in the middle of the Zapdos area to disable the whole enemy team. This makes securing the ultimate win condition easier.

Use Eject Button for a Better Position

Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Using Eject Button to Set Up Hydro Typhoon

Use Eject Button to get a better position for your Unite move, preferably in the middle of the enemy team. This allows you to easily set-up kills for your team.

Cancel Rapid Spin to Resume Normal Actions

While under the effects of Rapid Spin, the only actions you can perform are move, attack, and use either Hydro Pump or Water Spout. It is impossible to upgrade skills, evolve, recall, score goals, and even use your Unite Move! Learn to know if being under the effects of Rapid Spin is disadvantageous to you or not.

Use Boosted Attacks to Lower Blastoise's Ability Cooldowns

Blastoise's normal Boosted Attacks will reduce your basic ability cooldowns by 1 second per use. This will still play in effect even if no enemies are nearby! If your abilities are down and a crucial fight is about to happen, feel free to fire some empty attacks in the air to gain some extra free cooldown on your moves!

Use Rapid Spin to Chase Enemies in Their Flux Zones

Since Rapid Spin makes you immune to disables, it also makes you immune to the enemy Flux Zone's slow. Use this to chase enemies that attempt to run to their inner Goal Posts to secure more kills!

Blastoise Combos

Knockback Setup Combo

Knock Back Setup Combo
Skull Bash IconWater Gun Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Knockback Combo
This combo allows you to position yourself behind the enemy to push them towards your allies. Abuse this during the early levels when your allies are ganking your lane.

Water Spout DPS Combo

Water Spout DPS Combo
Water Spout IconRapid Spin IconWater Spout Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Water Spout DPS Combo
This is Blastoise's Full DPS combo. Start with ranged Water Spout to start the DPS then go into the Rapid Spin + Water Spout follow up to continue dishing out damage. The double Water Spout use is fine as Rapid Spin resets Water Spout and Surf's cooldown on use.

Surf Setup Combo

Surf Setup Combo
Surf IconEject Button IconHydro Pump Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Surf Setup Combo
This is Blastoise's gank setup combo. Initiate the fight by using Surf to approach enemies then eject Button Behind them then Hydro Pump to knock them back to your allies.

Unite Move Surf Setup Combo

Unite Move Surf Setup Combo
Surf IconHydro Typhoon IconHydro Pump Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Blastoise Unite Move Setup Combo
This is an alternative setup combo for Blastoise. In place of using your eject Button to position enemies to disadvantageous areas, you instead deal massive damage to everyone before disabling your main target further.

Blastoise Matchups and Best Counters

All Blastoise Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesCramorantGardevoirGreedentMamoswineMr. MimePikachuSlowbroSnorlaxSylveonVenusaurWigglytuffZeraora

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

Counter with Durable and Mobile Pokemon

Pokemon that are durable, and mobile can counter what Blastoise wants to do. Durable Pokemon can just stand their ground and fight Blastoise head on, even while doing Rapid Spin. Mobile Pokemon, on the other hand, have means of dodging and escaping Blastoise's moves, allowing them to keep their distance while dealing damage to Blastoise.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Rating: ★★★★★
Garchomp's ability to absorb damage makes him great against Blastoise. Blastoise's knockbacks can be countered by Dig or Dragon Rush, and his damage combo can easily be lifestealed. A hard lose for Blastoise once Garchomp goes online.
Greninja ImageGreninja Rating: ★★★★★
Insane damage output and great escape potential. Make sure to play around Blastoise's Water Spout + Rapid Spin combo to eliminate Greninja even while blinded else you become a free target for it to take down.
Lucario ImageLucario Rating: ★★★★
Same reasoning as Garchomp but on a weaker level since Lucario doesn't have any lifesteal and percent health damage to delete Blastoise. He can easily stick to you using his numerous gap closing abilities though so pay attention to Lucario in fights.

Even Matchup

Even matchups are always a matter of skill, luck and timing. Here are some tips to help push Blastoise ahead against other Pokemon on equal footing.

Bait Mobility Moves Then Go for the Kill

Pokemon with Mobility Moves
Charizard Image Cinderace Image Gengar Image Machamp Image Talonflame Image

The key to getting the upper hand against Pokemon with mobility moves is to bait them into using it poorly, then immediately initiate with your Unite move, and go for the kill. Patience is key when dealing with these Pokemon, once they exhausted their moves, they have no more means of escaping.

Make Them Heal and Shield Themselves

Pokemon with Healing and Shielding
Blissey Image Eldegoss Image

The primary role of supporters is to make sure that the team has means of recovering HP, or gaining shields to stay longer in fights. However, when you force these Pokemon to use their shields and heals on themselves rather than on their team, you take away their effectiveness in fights. The key is to target them first, since they don't really have any means of escaping.

Brute Force Your Way to Victory

Pokemon with High Offense
Cinderace Image Decidueye Image

These Pokemon can easily melt down their opponents by prolonged auto-attacks. Be sure to make use of Balstoise's moves like Rapid Spin to get close enough to these Pokemon and disrupt their range advantage.

Best Matchups for Blastoise

Fragile and Low Mobility

Fragile and Low Mobility
Alolan Ninetales Image Cramorant Image Gardevoir Image Pikachu Image Venusaur Image Sylveon Image

These Pokemon fall easily to any of Blastoise's combos. Their low mobility prevents them from escaping Rapid Spin or Hydro Typhoon.

Can't Penetrate Immunity

Can't Penetrate Immunity
Greedent Image Mamoswine Image Mr. Mime Image Slowbro Image Snorlax Image Wigglytuff Image

Blastoise can ignore these Pokemon's crowd-control moves using Surf or Rapid Spin. The only move that penetrates immunity is Slowbro's Slowbeam. However, since it's a Unite Move, it's a waste to use it against a durable target like Blastoise.

Best Teammates for Blastoise

Pokemon Explanation
Cramorant ImageCramorant Can output damage while you defend it
Cramorant is one of the best Attackers in the game right with its high damage output. One of its weaknesses is how vulnerable it can be. As a Blastoise you can easily protect Cramorant with your Moves with knockback like Surf and Hydro Pump. Your Unite move can even help setup Cramorant's Unite Move.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Helps setup your Moves
Wigglytuff is one of the best supports with great disables. On a more offensive build, Wigglytuff can keep enemy Pokemon disabled while Blastoise uses Rapid Spin to deal a lot of damage. While on a defensive build, Wigglytuff can help Blastoise setup its Surf and Hyrdo Pump to push targets away or towards your team.

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Blastoise Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Water Gun ImageWater Gun
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 595 (Lv. 3)
Attacks with a shot of water, shoving opposing Pokemon and decreasing their movement speed for a short time.
Water Spout ImageWater Spout
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 8
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7.5s
Total Damage: 1020 (Lv. 5) / 2214 (Lv. 15)
Spouts water toward the designated location, decreasing the movement speed of opposing Pokemon in the area of effect for a short time. Upgrade: increases damage dealt by this move.
Hydro Pump ImageHydro Pump
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8.5s
Total Damage: 774 (Lv. 5) / 1460 (Lv. 15)
Has the user attack by blasting out a huge volume of water, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and shoving them when it hits. Upgrade Increases damage dealt by this move.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Skull Bash ImageSkull Bash
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 362 (Lv. 3)
Fiercely rams an opposing Pokemon and leaves it unable to act.
Rapid Spin ImageRapid Spin
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 11s
Total Damage: 1820 (Lv. 7) / 2680 (Lv. 15)
Has the user spin rapidly, changing the mechanics of its basic attacks as well as its Hydro Pump and Water Spout Moves. Upgrade: Also reduces the damage the user receives while using this move.
Surf ImageSurf
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 12s
Total Damage: 1056 (Lv. 7) / 1567 (Lv. 15)
Has the User charge forward on a wave, shoving opposing Pokemon and leaving them unable to act. The user becomes immune to hindrances while using this move and can jump in a designated direction once this move ends. Upgrade: Also grants a shield when this move hits.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Hydro Typhoon ImageHydro Typhoon
(Lv. 9)
Upgrade Lv. 14
Move Type: Disable
Damage Type:
Total Damage: 2020 (Lv. 9) / 2666 (Lv. 15)
Has the user spout water to attack while spinning, throwing opposing Pokemon in a large area. This also grants the user a shield.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing continual damage and decreasing the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.

Ability (Passive)

Torrent ImageTorrent When the Pokemon is at half HP or less, its Attack and Sp. Atk are increased.

Blastoise Stats & Evolutions

Blastoise Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 5)
(Lv. 9)

Blastoise Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3225 100 70 150
2 3319 107 75 152
3 3432 116 81 154
4 3568 126 88 157
5 4060 163 114 168
6 4256 178 124 172
7 4491 196 137 177
8 4773 217 152 183
9 5769 293 205 204
10 6175 324 227 214
11 6662 361 253 224
12 7247 405 284 238
13 7948 458 321 252
14 8790 522 366 270
15 9800 599 420 292

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

Blastoise In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
2 Stars.png 3.5 Stars.png 2 Stars.png 2 Stars.png 3 Stars.png

Blastoise Skins (Holowear)

Fashionable Style

Fashionable StyleFashionable Style
Aeos Gems 400

Firefighter Style

Firefighter StyleFirefighter Style
Aeos Gems 1200

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Top 5 Master Rank Picks & Win Rate

▼ All data based on Master Rank Top 100

Pokemon Tier Most Played Average Win Best Lane
Lucario.png Lucario SS Tier 23% 75% Bot
Greninja.png Greninja S Tier 14% 74% Jungle
Wigglytuff.pngWigglytuff S Tier 13% 71% Bot
Eldegoss.png Eldegoss S Tier 12% 69% Bot
Snorlax.png Snorlax SS Tier 7% 76% Top

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Greninja.png Greninja Wigglytuff.pngWigglytuff Lucario.png Lucario Snorlax.png Snorlax Zeraora.pngZeraora

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