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This is a guide on the Wild Pokemon Drednaw in Pokemon UNITE. Read on to learn Drednaw's spawn time, how and when to beat it, what moves it has, what buff and rewards it gives, and more!
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A new game mode called Catch 'Em Battles, allows players to catch Wild Pokemon like Drednaw and use them in battle!
|Catch 'Em Battles Moves and Details|
|Spawn Details||Spawns at 4:00 or Spawns after Defeating Avalugg (45s Spawn Time)|
Spawns in the Jungle near the base goals. Replaces Avalugg when defeated.
Drednaw will spawn in the 7-minute mark of the match. It will appear at the Beach Area located at the center part of Bottom Lane.
|120 seconds (in-game time)|
Drednaw will respawn in exactly 120 seconds (2 minutes) after it is defeated. It will eventually stop respawning when the battle time reaches the last 2:00 minutes of the match.
|Drednaw Spawn Timeframe|
・ First Drednaw spawns at 7:00
・ Defeated at 6:30
・ Second Drednaw spawns at 4:30
・ Defeated at 4:15
・ Third Drednaw spawns at 2:15
Assuming that Drednaw is defeated as soon as it spawns, a team can potentially capture Drednaw at least 3 times in one game. The third spawn may occur, but it will be close to the final stretch of the match, so it is best to fight it with all your powerful moves to defeat it on time.
It is important to note that Drednaw will disappear as soon as Zapdos spawns at the Legendary Pit. Depending on how the match will play out, Drednaw may respawn when there are only a few seconds away from the 2-minute mark. Unless your team is powerful enough, it is best to just prepare for the final stretch of the match than risk not being able to defeat Drednaw on time.
|Bonus Effect||Grants EXP and shields to the allies.|
Defeating Drednaw will grant exp to all team members, regardless of where you are positioned in the map. The amount of EXP is close to 1 full level up. This is great for giving your teammates who are behind in EXP a chance to level up and evolve their Pokemon!
Note that Drednaw's bonus effect will still be the same each time it spawns. This means you can defeat it multiple times to get an EXP advantage over your opponents. Consistently capturing Drednaw will give your team a huge level advantage that will be key in controlling the late game!
Aside from the additional EXP, defeating Drednaw gives you and your teammates bonus shields, regardless of where they are in the map. The effect will last for 60 seconds, but can be destroyed before it runs out when you take too much hits.
The bonus shields will be extremely useful for attacking Goal Zones. Use it to finish off opponents, or at least push them back further, to open the Goal Zones for scoring. Capturing Drednaw early in the game ensures that the first Bottom Lane Goal Zone will easily be destroyed.
Rumors have been circulating that defeating Drednaw has a side-effect of decreasing damage to Zapdos. We did a test to verify if this is true, and found that defeating Drednaw just before Zapdos spawns decreases the team's damage against Zapdos by about 50% for 90 seconds.
However, as of patch 18.104.22.168, we have tested it again and saw that the damage reduction bug is fixed! This was not mentioned in any previous patch notes, so it is unclear when the fix took effect. Still, it is good to see that the issue is resolved.
|During the Effect||After the Effect|
For this test, we used Pikachu in the Practice Area. We defeated Drednaw at around 02:07, then proceeded to Zapdos. To check for the damage reduction, we first cast Electro Ball on Zapdos just seconds after defeating Drednaw, Pikachu dealt 569 damage to Zapdos. At around 00:32, we cast Electro Ball again, and true enough, the damage now is 1,200, which is the original damage.
We did another test, but used Cinderace and his Pyro Ball move instead. We followed the same procedure as the previous test. When Pyro Ball was cast just seconds after defeating Drednaw, it dealt 507 damage to Zapdos. At around 00:32, we cast Pyro Ball again, but this time it dealt 1125 damage, which is the original damage.
|Basic Drednaw Strategy|
• Try to gain EXP as fast as possible so you can learn new moves for the Drednaw fight later.
• Prevent your opponents from farming wild Pokemon from your side of the lane.
• Level up as much as you can so you can be powerful enough to help taking down Drednaw.
• Be sure to leave the Top Lane with at least one ally to defend the Goal Zone.
• When opponents are nearby, try to knock them down first, or at least lower their HP enough so you can freely fight Drednaw.
• Block opponents from coming near Drednaw with the use of Defender or All-Rounder Pokemon, while two other allies focus of Drednaw.
• Be careful of Ranged opponents as they might fire a move that can steal Drednaw!
• Hide near the Tall Grass and wait for Drednaw's HP to drop low enough for you to steal it!
|Captured by ally team.||• Destroy the opponent's lower Goal Zone.|
|Respawns after 2 minutes.||• When Drednaw respawns, you can repeat the process!|
When the game time reaches 7:30, It is best to start moving near the beach are to prepare for the Drednaw fight. You can use the Quick Chat mechanic to notify your teammates that you plan to capture Drednaw.
Top lane players should leave at least one team member to defend the Goal Zone. They should also keep Rotom in check so opponents won't easily capture it.
Take note that there may be a level difference, since the Top Lane has fewer Wild Pokemon to farm. If the situation in the Top Lane is a bit dire, your team must reconsider if you can pull out an ally in the Top Lane.
It can be tempting to go straight for Drednaw once it spawns. However, the enemy team may have the same plan too. It is best not to take any chances and take down your opponents first, or at least get their HP low enough to make them retreat so you can freely fight Drednaw without worrying about getting ambushed!
Bottom Lane players should take down the remaining wild Pokemon in the area to get additional EXP and level up. Be sure to take out the Combees and Vespiquen that appear just before Drednaw spawns so that they will not be taken by the opponent.
Having a number advantage means that your overall power is good enough to take Drednaw and keep enemies away simultaneously! When the enemy comes and contests Drednaw, you can shift focus and attack the enemy team so they will retreat to their Goal Zone, giving you more time to safely focus your attacks on Drednaw.
It is recommended that a Defender or an All-Rounder Pokemon keeps themselves between Drednaw and the enemy's Goal Zones. This way, they'll be within range of assisting teammates in damaging Drednaw while also being close enough to respond to approaching enemies.
Drednaw will telegraph its strong attacks by showing a meter below. When the meter gets full, it is best to get away from the direction Drednaw is facing to dodge the incoming attack. Successfully avoiding the attack will prevent you from taking unneccessary damage as well as being stunned.
Careful, being too far away from Drednaw may cause it to lose aggro and return to its spawn location. When this happens, it will be immune to attacks, and will recover HP rapidly. So, it is best to stay in the beach area at all times when fighting Drednaw!
To make fighting Drednaw easier and faster, you can get help from your team's Jungler. They can help add to the overall damage output. Additionally, this will also give the jungler a chance to score their accumulated Aeos Energy when you manage to defeat Drednaw and gain the bonus shields!
|Benefits of Destroying Goal Zones|
|• The opponent's Lane Flux disappears.
• Opponents cannot heal or get shields.
• The opponent's Yellow Berry will not spawn anymore.
Successfully defeating Drednaw means your team get the bonus EXP and shields. Use the power surge you get from the level up and shields to your advantage and to go straight for their Goal Zones!
After defeating Drednaw, the enemy team may retaliate by taking the Rotom objective. Be sure to keep close tabs on Rotom's situation on the Top Lane. You can even utilize the level advantage you gained from Drednawto take down Rotom efficiently!
Rotom Guide: How to Beat and Rewards
In addition to the EXP reward the enemy will also gain a one-time shield, so fighting the enemy head on will be difficult. You'll want to chip away at their shields to level the playing field, or fight inside your Goal Zone to gain shields of your own.
If your opponents managed to capture Drednaw, immediately move to the Bottom Goal Zone. At this point the opponent will have a slight level advantage, and could have leveled up to reach their Unite Move!
When you see your opponents contesting Drednaw, it may be dangerous to disrupt them when you are alone. Try to hide in the Tall Grass near the beach area first, and wait until Drednaw's HP is low. Then, just when the enemy is about to take down Drednaw, use your strongest combos or moves to get the last hit!
|Pyro Ball||Cinderace||Has the user kick a ball of flame in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and leaving them burned for a short time when this move hits. Upgrade: Reduces the cooldown of Flame Charge or Feint when this move hits.|
|Shadow Ball||Hoopa||Has the user unleash a shadowy blob in front of itself, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits and decreasing their movement speed Sp. Def for a short time. If the user then hits the same opposing Pokemon with a move or boosted attack within a set amount of time, it deals additional damage to the opposing Pokemon and leaves them unable to act for a short time. When using this move, if there is a nearby ally Pokemon linked by Trick, this move will also unleash a shadowy blob at the same target from that ally's location. Upgrade: The shadowy blob will now explode before it disappears. Opposing Pokemon hit by the explosion are affected as if they were hit by the shadowy blob itself.|
|Shadow Ball||Gengar||Hurls a shadowy blob at the target, decreasing the movement speed and Sp. Def of opposing Pokemon for a short time when it hits. Upgrade: Increase damage dealt by this moves|
|Solar Beam||Venusaur||Blasts a bundled beam of light, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown|
|Solar Beam||Mew||Has the user blast a bundled beam of light, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. If this move hits any opposing Pokemon, the user gains one additional boost counter. Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown by one second for each opposing Pokemon it hits.|
Using Ranged moves are an efficient way to steal Drednaw from the enemy, since you do not have to get near Drednaw at all. Moves like Solar Beam or Pyro Ball do not require a target to activate, so you can just aim it where Drednaw is positioned. Note that these moves can also deal damage to the opponent if they are caught in its path!
|Agility||Zeraora||Has the user perform a quick dash and increases the user's basic attack speed for a short time afterward.|
|Agility||Dodrio||Makes the user immune to hindrances and charges its sprint gauge. Afterward, the user's movement speed increases for a short time, and its sprint gauge charges faster. Upgrade: After this move is used, the user's sprint gauge becomes fully charged.|
|Agility||Mew||Agility Has the user move quickly in the designated direction, increasing its movement speed for a short time. A maximum of two uses can be kept in reserve for this move. Upgrade: Increases the distance the user moves in the designated direction.|
|Fly||Talonflame||Has the user fly up into the sky. If used again, has the user dive to the designated area and attack, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. When this move hits a Pokemon from the opposing team, its cooldown is reduced. Also makes the user's next basic attack a boosted attack. Upgrade: Also throws opposing Pokemon when this move hits.|
|Pursuit||Absol||Has the user dash to the designated location and quickly charge an opposing Pokemon with the next basic attack. If the basic attack lands from behind, its damage is increased and this move's cooldown is reduced. Upgrade: Increases the user's movement speed.|
You can also use Dash moves to quickly get within range of Drednaw to deal the final hit. Moves like Pursuit gets bonus damage when you hit the target from behind, and Fly can be used to swoop down out of nowhere while also dealing AoE damage to other enemies nearby.
Though you may dash right into the enemy, it is alright to fall in battle as long as you do not let your opponents get Drednaw's effect!
|Aura Cannon||Lucario||Deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. Opposing Pokemon damaged by this Unite Move have an Extreme Speed mark applied to them. After using this Unite Move, the user's next Power-Up Punch deals increased damage.|
|Blazing Bicycle Kick||Cinderace||Has the user create a giant ball of flame and kick it toward the designated location. The ball releases a fierce shock wave that deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. This Unite Move also increases the user's movement speed for a short time when it hits.|
|Livid Outrage||Garchomp||Has the user unleash a powerful chain attack while dashing forward. The final attack throws opposing Pokemon but also leaves the user unable to act for a short time.|
If you really want to make sure that you will get the final hit you can even use your powerful Unite Move on Drednaw. Moves like Aura Cannon can be used to deal damage to anything in its path, and Livid Outrage can deal a chain of attacks at a specific area.
Targeting and Aim Assist: How to Aim Well
Taking advantage of Drednaws effect is key if you want to have a level advantage going forwards in the match. It is best to defeat Drednaw as soon as possible each time it appears so it can spawn in the match frequently.
When your team fails to capture Drednaw when it first spawns, be sure to do whatever it takes to defeat it the next time it appears. Losing Drednaw to the enemy team means that they get a level advantage, and could have destroyed a Goal Zone with their added firepower. It is a general rule of thumb that the team who consistently captures Dreadnaw the most will most likely win the match!
Drednaw has a strong, melee attack that deals a substantial amount of damage. Attackers and Supporter should avoid getting too close as they could easily get knocked down with just a couple of hits.
Drednaw has a Water Blast attack that deals damage to any Pokemon caught in it. You can easily dodge if you time your movement right. If you don't, however, it will deal massive damage and push you back.
After the Water Blast attack, Drednaw will use a powerful Stomp Attack that will launch nearby Pokemon in the air dealing damage while also stunning them. It is hard to avoid this attack, so remember to stay back for a bit after the it uses the Water Blast Attack.
|Jungle Buff Pokemon|
|Jungle Buff Pokemon|
(from Alolan Meowth)
Drednaw Buff and Spawn Time
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