This is a guide on the Attack and Special Attack stats in Pokemon UNITE. Learn more about the key differences between the Attack and Special Attack stats and a list of which Pokemon and items specialize in each stat.
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|Machamp||Mamoswine||Mega Mewtwo X|
|Inteleon||Lapras||Mega Mewtwo Y|
Each Pokemon is classified as a Physical Attacker or a Special Attacker. Physical Attackers deal Move damage based on their Attack stat, and their Moves' damage is affected by the enemy's Defense stat. Special Attackers deal Move damage based on their Special Attack stat, and their Moves' damage is affected by the enemy's Special Defense stat.
Standard Attacks, or attacks made by pressing the A Button, are counted as Physical Attacks (using the Attack stat) for all Pokemon, even if the Pokemon dealing these attacks has a Special Attack stat.
Boosted Attacks are powered-up attacks that occur on every third Standard Attack for most Pokemon. The damage that boosted attacks deal varies depending on the Pokemon's attack type, similarly to their Moves. Physical Attackers deal Attack damage with their Boosted Attacks, while Special Attackers will deal Special Attack damage with their Boosted Attacks.
|Moves||Basic Attacks||Boosted Attacks|
|Stat used by Physical Attackers||Attack||Attack||Attack|
|Stat used by Special Attackers||Special Attack||Attack||Special Attack|
The chart above shows which stat is used by Pokemon of each Attack Type for each kind of attack. Notably, Physical Attackers will never use the Special Attack stat, while Special Attackers still use the Attack stat for Standard Attacks.
Taking your Pokemon's attack type into consideration when giving them items is very important to ensure optimal performance. For instance, if you give a Pokemon with a Special Attack Stat such as Pikachu the Wise Glasses item, it will boost Pikachu's Special Attack stat, which will make its moves more powerful. On the other hand, if you give Pokemon with an Attack stat such as Garchomp the same Wise Glasses, it will be a waste of an item slot as Garchomp's attacks and Moves cannot make use of the Special Attack bonus.
When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Attack increases by (6/9/12).
Movement Speed + 150
Increases movement speed by (10/15/20)% when the Pokemon is not in combat.
Attack Speed + 7.5%
When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.
Critical-Hit Rate +2.1%
After the Pokemon uses a move, its next basic attack deals a minimum of (10/15/20) damage. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more this damage increases. When this item is held by a melee Pokemon, this basic attack also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.
Increases the Pokemon's Attack for a short time by a minimum of (2/2.5/3)% when the Pokemon receives damage. This increase grows larger the more times damage is received
Increases the damage of moves by a minimum of (40/50/60) when they hit. The higher the Pokemon's SP. Atk. the more the damage is increased
Cooldown - 4.5%
Recovers a minimum of (45/60/75) HP when a move hits an enemy. You will recover more HP if your Sp Attack stat is higher.
|Sp. Atk. Specs||
When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Sp. Attack increases by (8/12/16).
Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.
Equipping certain Boost Emblems also increases your Pokemon's Attack and Special Attack stats.
Having a certain number of Brown Boost Emblems can further increase your Pokemon's Attack stat.
Having a certain number of Green Boost Emblems can further increase your Pokemon's Special Attack stat.
For this test, we used Float Stone to see if it can raise a Pokemon's move damage. We compared damage before and after having the Float Stone equipped in Practice Mode using the training dummy and saw that Pokemon with an Attack stat only benefitted from the increase in damage.
|Damage without Float Stone
|Damage with Float Stone
|Damage without Float Stone
|Damage with Float Stone
For this test, we determine whether moves that target self scale on Special Attack by using Wise Glasses. We found that when using Eldegoss's Synthesis move, HP recovery was increased with Wise Glasses equipped.
|Damage without Wise Glasses
|Damage with Wise Glasses
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|Microtransactions Guide||Attack Vs. Special Attack|
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