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Muscle Band Effect and How to Get

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Muscle Band is a Held Item found in Pokemon UNITE for the Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Read on to learn more about the Muscle Band's stats and effects, how to get Muscle Band, and which Pokemon are best for Muscle Band!

Muscle Band Stats and Effect

Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band
Held Item
Tier Ranking
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Stat Boost 1 Stat Boost 2
Attack +15 Attack Speed + 7.5%
When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.

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Muscle Band Stats Per Level

Level 10 Attack +5, Attack Speed +2.5%
Level 20 Attack +10, Attack Speed +5%
Level 30 Attack +15, Attack Speed +7.5%

How to Upgrade Items

Lvl. Stat Boosts
1 Attack +1, Attack Speed +0%
2 Attack +1, Attack Speed +0.5%
3 Attack +2, Attack Speed +0.5%
4 Attack +2, Attack Speed +1%
5 Attack +3, Attack Speed +1%
6 Attack +3, Attack Speed +1.5%
7 Attack +4, Attack Speed +1.5%
8 Attack +4, Attack Speed +2%
9 Attack +5, Attack Speed +2%
10 Attack +5, Attack Speed +2.5%
11 Attack +6, Attack Speed +2.5%
12 Attack +6, Attack Speed +3%
13 Attack +7, Attack Speed +3%
14 Attack +7, Attack Speed +3.5%
15 Attack +8, Attack Speed +3.5%
16 Attack +8, Attack Speed +4%
17 Attack +9, Attack Speed +4%
18 Attack +9, Attack Speed +4.5%
19 Attack +10, Attack Speed +4.5%
20 Attack +10, Attack Speed +5%
21 Attack +11, Attack Speed +5%
22 Attack +11, Attack Speed +5.5%
23 Attack +12, Attack Speed +5.5%
24 Attack +12, Attack Speed +6%
25 Attack +13, Attack Speed +6%
26 Attack +13, Attack Speed +6.5%
27 Attack +14, Attack Speed +6.5%
28 Attack +14, Attack Speed +7%
29 Attack +15, Attack Speed +7%
30 Attack +15, Attack Speed +7.5%

Bonus Damage is Done After the Attack

Without Muscle Band With Muscle Band

The bonus damage effect of Muscle Band is done after the attack, not at the same time. You're essentially doing damage twice in one attack.

Bonus Damage is Affected by the Defense Stat

The bonus damage dealt decreases as the Defense stat of the target Pokemon increases.

How to Get Muscle Band

Beginner's Challenge Day 1 Award

Pokemon Unite - Beginner
Completing the tutorial (Basics 1 and 2) will award players with a free Muscle Band or 1000 Aeos Coins if it has already be purchased.

Purchased in the Shop

Aeos Coins
Aeos Coins x1000
Aeos Tickets
Aeos Ticket x625

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Best Pokemon for Muscle Band

Absol.jpgAbsol Aegislash.jpgAegislash Alolan Ninetales.jpgAlolan Ninetales
Azumarill.jpgAzumarill Blastoise.jpgBlastoise Blissey.jpgBlissey
Buzzwole.jpgBuzzwole Charizard.jpgCharizard Cinderace.jpgCinderace
Crustle.jpgCrustle Decidueye.jpgDecidueye Dodrio.jpgDodrio
Dragapult.jpgDragapult Dragonite.jpgDragonite Duraludon.jpgDuraludon
Eldegoss.jpgEldegoss Garchomp.jpgGarchomp Glaceon.jpgGlaceon
Greedent.jpgGreedent Greninja.jpgGreninja Hoopa.jpgHoopa
Inteleon.jpgInteleon Leafeon.jpgLeafeon Lucario.jpgLucario
Machamp.jpgMachamp Mamoswine.jpgMamoswine Mega Mewtwo X.jpgMega Mewtwo X
Mega Mewtwo Y.jpgMega Mewtwo Y Sableye.jpgSableye Scizor.jpgScizor
Scyther.jpgScyther Snorlax.jpgSnorlax Talonflame.jpgTalonflame
Trevenant.jpgTrevenant Tsareena.jpgTsareena Tyranitar.jpgTyranitar
Umbreon.jpgUmbreon Urshifu.jpgUrshifu Zacian.jpgZacian
Zeraora.jpgZeraora Zoroark.jpgZoroark

All Builds for Muscle Band

Builds that Use this Held Item
Absol Image Absol
Backstab Build
Absol Image Absol
Full Offense Build
Aegislash Image Aegislash
Critical-Hit Build
Alolan Ninetales Image Alolan Ninetales
Boosted Attack Build
Buzzwole Image Buzzwole
Grappler Build
Buzzwole Image Buzzwole
Charizard Image Charizard
Seismic Slam Build
Charizard Image Charizard
Ranged DPS Build
Cinderace Image Cinderace
Pyro Ball Build
Cinderace Image Cinderace
Carry Build
Cinderace Image Cinderace
Damage Stack Build
Crustle Image Crustle
Disruptor Build
Decidueye Image Decidueye
Spirit Shackle Build
Decidueye Image Decidueye
Razor Leaf Build
Dragapult Image Dragapult
Jungle Build
Dragonite Image Dragonite
Ranged Burst Build
Dragonite Image Dragonite
Melee Jungle Build
Duraludon Image Duraludon
Attack Damage Build
Duraludon Image Duraludon
Dragon Pulse Build
Duraludon Image Duraludon
Flash Cannon Build
Eldegoss Image Eldegoss
Offense Build
Eldegoss Image Eldegoss
Utility Build
Garchomp Image Garchomp
Defensive Build
Garchomp Image Garchomp
Boosted Attack Build
Garchomp Image Garchomp
Initiator Build
Glaceon Image Glaceon
Ice Shard Build
Greninja Image Greninja
Ranged Build
Greninja Image Greninja
Assassin Build
Hoopa Image Hoopa
Utility Build
Leafeon Image Leafeon
Razor Leaf Build
Lucario Image Lucario
Punch Burst Build
Lucario Image Lucario
High Mobility Build
Machamp Image Machamp
Brawler Build
Mamoswine Image Mamoswine
Disabler Build
Mega Mewtwo X Image Mega Mewtwo X
Future Sight Build
Mega Mewtwo X Image Mega Mewtwo X
Psystrike Build
Mega Mewtwo Y Image Mega Mewtwo Y
Future Sight Build
Sableye Image Sableye
Hindrance Build
Scizor Image Scizor
Scizor Brawler Build
Scizor Image Scizor
Scizor High Sustain Build
Snorlax Image Snorlax
Offense Build
Talonflame Image Talonflame
Sniper Build
Talonflame Image Talonflame
Burst Build
Tsareena Image Tsareena
Jungle Build
Tsareena Image Tsareena
Brawler Build
Tyranitar Image Tyranitar
Dark Pulse Build
Tyranitar Image Tyranitar
Jungle Rampage Build
Umbreon Image Umbreon
Mean Look Build
Umbreon Image Umbreon
Foul Play Build
Urshifu Image Urshifu
Rapid Strike Build
Zacian Image Zacian
Sacred Sword Build
Zacian Image Zacian
Metal Claw Build
Zeraora Image Zeraora
Wild Charge Build
Zoroark Image Zoroark
High Burst Build

Muscle Band Test

Damage Test

This test is to determine how the bonus damage from Muscle Band is calculated. We used a level 30 Muscle Band on Machamp, then recorded the first non-critical hit on 4 different Pokemon. After testing, we've found some interesting things.

Same HP and Defense Pokemon

HP and Defense Bonus Damage Dealt

HP: 5152 | Def: 250

101 Damage

HP: 5152 | Def: 250

101 Damage
Expected Damage: 5152 x 0.03 = 154.56

The first set of Pokemon we tested on have the same HP and Defense stat at level 15. We found that the bonus damage dealt on both Pokemon are the same.

The expected damage is ~155 but results show 101. From this, we can deduce that there is something affecting the bonus damage dealt.

Same HP But Different Defense Pokemon

HP and Defense Bonus Damage Dealt

HP: 6300 | Def: 290

120 Damage

HP: 6300 | Def: 175

175 Damage
Expected Damage: 6300 x 0.03 = 189

The second set of Pokemon we tested on have the same HP but different Defense stat at level 15. We tested if the Defense stat affects the bonus damage dealt. We found that the bonus damage dealt on the Pokemon with the higher Defense stat was lesser than the one dealt on the other Pokemon.

The expected damage is 189 but results show 120 and 175. From this, we can now conclude that the Defense stat is the factor that is affecting the bonus damage dealt.

Bonus Damage is Affected by Defense Stat

Based on the result of both tests, we can conclude that the bonus damage from Muscle Band is affected by the Defense stat and are inversely proportional. Therefore, the higher the Defense stat, the lower the bonus damage dealt.

It's important to note that we do not know how the exact calculation for the Defense stat.

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