Differences from Other MOBAs | Pokemon UNITE

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This page explains the difference of Pokemon UNITE from other MOBA games. Read on to learn more about the different mechanics of Pokemon UNITE and other MOBA games.

Difference from Other MOBAs

checkmark.pngWin Condition
checkmark.pngAbilities Can Change
checkmark.pngVision Works Differently
checkmark.pngFarming Works Differently
checkmark.pngNo Shops and Gold During Battles
checkmark.pngItems are Equipped Before the Match
checkmark.pngUpgrading Items Works Differently
checkmark.pngInventory Works Differently
checkmark.pngNo PIcks and Bans
checkmark.pngThere is a Time Limit

Win Condition

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The main objective in most MOBAs is centered around destroying the enemy's base to win the game. In Pokemon UNITE, the win condition is to score more points than the other team.

Scoring Guide: When to Score Goals

Possibility of a Tie Game

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Because the game is based on a scoring system, there is a possibility of a tie game. The winning team is determined by whichever team reached the tied score first .

Abilities Can Change

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The characters/heroes in most MOBAs have fixed abilities throughout the game, usually 3 basic abilities and one ultimate. In Pokemon UNITE, each Pokemon starts out with two fixed abilities/moves, then when they reach a certain level, these abilities are can be replaced with one of two new abilities/moves.

Vision Works Differently

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The vision mechanic in Pokemon UNITE works a little differently from other MOBAs. Walls do not block a player's vision in Pokemon UNITE, which means it cannot be used to hide from the enemy.

Vision Guide: How Does Vision (Sight) Work?

Farming Works Differently

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Farming refers to the act of killing minions/monsters for gold to buy the neccessary items for the character/hero and to level up, and is a core gameplay feature in MOBAs. Farming works differently in Pokemon UNITE, where you still hunt for wild Pokemon that drop Aeos Energy instead. The player then collects the Aeos Energy from these wild Pokemon and uses them to score points at enemy goal zones.

MOBA Terms and Glossary

No Shops and Gold During Battles

Aeos Emporium

A core feature in most MOBAs is the shop/shops found around the map during battles. However, Pokemon UNITE does not have any shops during battles at all. Instead, the shops available in the game can only be accessed in the main menu, not during battles.

Consequently, there is also no currency during battles, which most MOBAs have in the form of gold.
List of Shops and Price List

Items are Equipped Before the Match

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Most MOBAs have players buy and equip the neccessary items for their character/hero during matches. In Pokemon UNITE, players equip items before the actual match begins.

There are two types of items players can equip before the match: Held Items, and Battle Items.

Can't Change Items During Battles

Unlike most MOBAs where players can freely change their items throughout the match through buying and selling, Pokemon UNITE does not allow players to change their items during battles. Once the match starts, whatever items are equipped before the match will be the items players have throughout the match.

Upgrading Items Works Differently

Upgrading items

Item progression in most MOBAs requires players to collect gold to improve some of their items during battles. In Pokemon UNITE, players can only upgrade their items by purchasing Item Enhancers, and using it to upgrade items BEFORE the start of the battle. Furthermore, each item can be upgraded up to level 30.

How to Upgrade Items

Has Pay-to-Win Elements

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As a consequence, players who are able to upgrade their items faster will have a huge advantage against players who have low level items.

Is Pokemon UNITE Pay to Win? Free vs. Premium Features

Inventory Works Differently

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While most MOBAs have a fixed inventory for each character/hero, Pokemon UNITE requires players to unlock item slots in order to equip more items. Players in Pokemon UNITE start with only 1 item slot for a held item and 1 item slot for a battle item. To unlock additional held item slots, players are required to level up their Trainer Level.

Trainer Level: How to Get Battle Points Fast

Limited to 4 Items at Most

Compared to most MOBAs where players can have up to 6 items or more, Pokemon UNITE has a limit of 4 items consisting of 3 Held items and 1 Battle item.

No Picks and Bans

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During the picking phase of each Ranked Match, other MOBAs allow players to ban certain characters/heroes and pick the ones they want to use, preventing the other team from being able to pick that character/hero. In Pokemon UNITE, players cannot ban Pokemon nor prevent the other team from getting the same Pokemon.

Can Players Use The Same Pokemon?

There is a Time Limit

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Perhaps the most notable feature of Pokemon UNITE is its time limit per match. Other MOBAs do not have a time limit for each match, making it possible to have extremely long matches.

The time limit for a match depends on the match type. Standard and Ranked matches have the 10 minute time limit. Quick battles on the other hand only have a 5 minute time limit.

Requires Strict Time Management

Clear Out Wild Pokemon

As a consequence of having a time limit for each match, Pokemon UNITE requires players to make quick and calculated decisions to avoid wasting time. Breaking the game down into minutes, and knowing what to do in those minutes is the key to playing Pokemon UNITE.

How to Win: Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Pokemon UNITE Related Guides

Pokemon Unite Latest News

Latest News

Updates and Patch Notes

Updates and Patch Notes

Version 1.5

Version 1.5 Patch Notes List
Version 1.5.1.2
(April 28, 2022)
Version 1.5.1.3
(May 6, 2022)
Version 1.5.1.4
(May 16, 2022)
Version 1.5.1.5
(May 16, 2022)
Version 1.5.1.6
(May 30, 2022)
Version 1.5.2.7
(June 20, 2022)

Version 1.4

Version 1.4 Patch Notes List
Version 1.4.1.2
(January 20, 2022)
Version 1.4.1.3
(January 26, 2022)
Version 1.4.1.4
(February 24, 2022)
Version 1.4.1.6
(March 11, 2022)
Version 1.4.1.7
(March 14, 2022)
Version 1.4.1.8
(March 17, 2022)
Version 1.4.1.9
(March 18, 2022)
Version 1.4.1.10
(March 28, 2022)

Version 1.3

Version 1.3 Patch Notes List
Version 1.3.1.2
(December 9, 2021)
Version 1.3.1.4
(December 10, 2021)
Version 1.3.1.6
(December 14, 2021)
Version 1.3.1.7
(December 20, 2021)
Version 1.3.1.8
(December 28, 2021)
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Version 1.2

Version 1.2 Patch Notes List
Version 1.2.1.3
(September 22, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.4
(September 27, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.5
(September 29, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.6
(October 08, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.7
(October 13, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.8
(October 20, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.10
(October 26, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.11
(November 10, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.12
(November 16, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.13
(November 18, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.14
(November 30, 2021)
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Version 1.1

Version 1.1 Patch Notes List
Version 1.1.1.3
(July 28, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.4
(August 4, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.5
(August 6, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.6
(August 18, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.7
(September 1, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.8
(September 8, 2021)

Latest Maintenances and End Times

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June 19 Maintenance June 20, 2022
7:00AM UTC
April 27 Maintenance April 28, 2022
7:00AM UTC
January 19 Maintenance January 20, 2022
7:00AM UTC
December 8 Maintenance December 9, 2021
7:00AM UTC
Mobile Release Maintenance September 21, 2021
12:00AM PT

Maintenance Schedules and End Times

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