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This page is a guide about how the vision mechanic works in Pokemon UNITE. Read on to learn about what vision is, how it works, and how to take advantage of it.

The Vision Mechanic

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Vision is a common game mechanic found in MOBA games. It refers to what players can and can't see on their screens. It provides significant information to players, which affects their decision-making throughout the game.

How Vision Works

The Range of View is Wider than the Screen

Range of View

Unlike most MOBAs, where players have limited range of view, in Pokemon UNITE the range of view is slightly wider than the screen if the camera is centered on the Pokemon. As a general reference, Venusaur's Unite Move is approximately the range of view.

Visible Pokemon are Displayed in the Minimap

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All opponents that are visible to any teammate are displayed on their minimap via their icons. Watch the minimap consistently to keep track of the position of opponents.

Goals Give Vision

Goals Give Vision

Enemy Pokemon who approach allied goals become visible. Inversely, allied Pokemon who approach enemy goals become visible to the enemy team. The vision goals give is not that wide, which the enemy can exploit to try to sneak around and attempt to score. Be sure to constantly check the minimap to try to defend goals.

How to Defend and Block Goals

Range of View is Universal

How Vision Works

The range of vision is the same for all Pokemon. Having vision on an opponent means that opponent gains the same vision on the other player.

Grass Provides Concealment

Grass

Grass is everywhere on the map, such as the sides of the lane and the jungle. Grass provides concealment from the enemy. There is a lot of grass near the center of the map, so always be careful and avoid getting ambushed.

Grass Guide: How Does Grass Work?

Walls Do Not Block Vision

Walls

Objects like trees, walls, and cliffs in most MOBAs blocks vision. However, in Pokemon Unite, this is not the case. Walls do not block vision, but they definitely block a Pokemon's path, so avoid positioning yourself behind walls or you might get surrounded by enemies. However, there are certain walls in the map that can be traversed using the Eject Button battle item.

Eject Button Effect and How to Get

Certain Moves Affect Vision

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Pokemon like Garchomp and Greninja have moves that affect the target's vision. As seen in the image above, Garchomp's Sand Attack covers a significant amount of screen space with a black mask, drastically limiting a player's vision. The only way to remove the obsctruction on the screen is to wait until the debuff expires, or is removed.

Moves that Affect Vision
Move Description
SmokescreenSmokescreen Pokemon: Greninja
Creates a smokescreen and leaves the area, granting invisibility and bonus movement speed. When upgraded, increases attack when leaving the smoke.
Sand AttackSand Attack Pokemon: Garchomp
Hurls sand at enemy Pokemon, reducing their field of vision. Increases Garchomp's movement speed and attack speed when it hits.

How to Freely Move the Camera

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During the match, players can move the camera freely and check around them with the L button on the Nintendo Switch while mobile players can drag the camera when they press and hold the screen. Players should use this when they want to check the situation outside their line of sight.

It is important to note that players can still move their Pokemon even when moving the camera freely.

How to Move the Camera Freely

Nintendo Switch
1 Hold down the L button to enable View Map. A pop-up will appear at the right side of the screen that indicates the View Map is enabled.
2 To move the camera around, use the right joy stick.
3 To put the camera back to its default position (centered at Pokemon), release the L button.
Mobile
1 Tap and hold anywhere near the center of the screen.
2 Drag your finger along the screen to move the camera

Move Camera Freely Using the Minimap

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Players can also move the camera freely by touching anywhere on the minimap. This moves the camera to that specific point in the minimap instantly.

Note that if you have the minimap expanded, you will instead ping the location instead.

How to Change Minimap Position

Nintendo Switch

If players want to utilize the touchscreen, it is best to move the minimap to the right side of the screen since it is most likely that players use the left joy-con to move their Pokemon.

1 Select the Trainer Menu.
2 Go to settings in the Menu Sidebar.
3 Select Controls
4 Scroll to Minimap Position, then select Bottom Right of Screen

Mobile

Unfortunately, due to the layout of the controls for the mobile version, changing the minimap position is currently not possible.

Taking Advantage of Vision

Use Grass for Surprise Attacks

Grass is the only object that affects vision in Pokemon UNITE. Knowing how to utilize them can be advantageous to the team. Use grass to do a surprise attack on the enemy.

Always enter from the upper tip of the L shaped grass. The enemy might have vision on the team when entering from the bottom.

Best Way to Enter the L Shaped Grass
1 Enter from the upper tip of the L shaped grass
2 Approach while staying within the grass
3 Get out from under the grass and ambush the enemy.

Use the Free Camera to Scout Ahead

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Players can use the free camera to scout ahead, look for opportunities to score, and defeat wandering enemy Pokemon. However, players need to be cautious of their Pokemon when moving the camera freely. This could put their Pokemon in a vulnerable position, making it prone to enemy attacks. It is best not to use the free camera for too long.

Jump to Free Camera Movement

Use Moves to See a Wider Area

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Certain moves are able to expand the vision range. A perfect example is Talonflame's Fly as shown above. Once used, there is a noticeable expansion of the vision range, which can used to see enemy movements.

Fly: Talonflame Move Effect and Cooldown

Use Dash Type Moves to Get Away from Enemy Vision

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Dash type moves are the best for getting away from enemy vision fast. Talonflame is an excellent example of a Pokemon that can create a huge distance between it and enemy Pokemon, this is due to the fact that majority of Talonflame's moves are Dash type.

Move Types and When To Use

Use Buff Type Moves to Get Away from Enemy Vision

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Certain Buff type moves boosts a Pokemon's movement speed enough to create distance between Pokemon, discouraging the enemy from pursuing any further. As shown above, Crustle's Shell Smash is a good example of a move that gives a good enough movement speed boost to quickly get away from the enemy vision.

List of Status Effects: Buffs and Debuffs

Use Eject Button or X-Speed to Get Away from Enemy Vision

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The Eject Button and X-Speed battle items can create a big enough distance between Pokemon to discourage the enemy from pursuing any further.

Item Effect and Rating
Eject Button.pngEject Button
Tier: S Rank Icon

Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.
X Speed.pngX Speed
Tier: B Rank Icon

Increases your Pokemon's Speed for 5 seconds. Your Pokemon's movement speed will not be able to decrease while this item is in effect.

Always Refer to the Minimap

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Players can always look at the mini map if they do not know what to do. Any information about the enemy movement leads to better decision-making.

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