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This is an guide on the Attack and Special Attack stats in Pokemon UNITE. Learn more about the key differences between the Attack and Special Attack stats, as well as a list of which Pokemon and items specialize in each stat.

List of Pokemon According to Attack Type

Attack Type Pokemon (Physical Attackers)

Absol.jpgAbsol Charizard.jpgCharizard Cinderace.jpgCinderace
Crustle.jpgCrustle Decidueye.jpgDecidueye Dragonite.jpgDragonite
Garchomp.jpgGarchomp Greedent.jpgGreedent Greninja.jpgGreninja
Lucario.jpgLucario Machamp.jpgMachamp Mamoswine.jpgMamoswine
Snorlax.jpgSnorlax Talonflame.jpgTalonflame Tsareena.jpgTsareena

List of Physical Attackers

Special Attack Type Pokemon (Special Attackers)

Alolan Ninetales.jpgAlolan Ninetales Blastoise.jpgBlastoise Blissey.jpgBlissey
Cramorant.jpgCramorant Eldegoss.jpgEldegoss Gardevoir.jpgGardevoir
Gengar.jpgGengar Mr. Mime.jpgMr. Mime Pikachu.jpgPikachu
Slowbro.jpgSlowbro Sylveon.jpgSylveon Venusaur.jpgVenusaur

List of Special Attackers

Attack vs. Special Attack (Physical vs. Special)

Attack Type Varies Between Pokemon

Pokemon UNITE - Venusaur

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.

List of All Pokemon

Basic Attacks Are Counted as Physical Attacks

Pokemon UNITE - Basic Attacks

Basic 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 doing these attacks is a Special Attacker.

This is true for all Basic Attacks for all Pokemon with the exception of Boosted Attacks, as explained below.

Boosted Attacks Vary Based on Attack Type

Pokemon UNITE - Boosted Attack

Boosted Attacks are powered up attacks that occur on every third Normal Attack for most Pokemon. The type of 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.

Boosted Attacks Guide: How to Use

Attack Vs. Special Attack Chart

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 Basic Attacks.

When to Boost Attack and Special Attack

Pokemon UNITE - Held Items

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 Special Attacker Pokemon 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 an Attacker Pokemon such as Garchomp the same Wise Glasses, it's pretty much a waste of an item slot as Garchomp's attacks and Moves can't make use of the Special Attack stat.

Items That Boost Physical Attack

Attack WeightAttack Weight When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Attack increases by (6/9/12).
Lv: 30 Stats :Attack +18
Float StoneFloat Stone Increases movement speed by (10/15/20)% when the Pokemon is not in combat.
Lv: 30 Stats :Attack+24, Movement Speed +120
Muscle BandMuscle Band When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.
Lv: 30 Stats :Attack +15, Attack Speed +7.5%
Razor ClawRazor Claw 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.
Lv: 30 Stats :Attack +15, Critical-Hit Rate +2.1%
Weakness PolicyWeakness Policy 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
Lv: 30 Stats :HP +210, Attack +15
X AttackX Attack Increases your Pokemon's basic attack damage by 1.2x, and move damage by 1.05~1.15x for 8 seconds.

Items That Boost Special Attack

Choice SpecsChoice Specs 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
Lv: 30 Stats :Sp. Atk. +39
Shell BellShell Bell 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.
Lv: 30 Stats :Sp. Attack +24, Cooldown -4.5%
Sp. Atk. SpecsSp. Atk. Specs When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Sp. Attack increases by (8/12/16).
Lv: 30 Stats :Sp. Attack +24
Wise GlassesWise Glasses Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.
Lv: 30 Stats :Sp. Attack +39
X AttackX Attack Increases your Pokemon's basic attack damage by 1.2x, and move damage by 1.05~1.15x for 8 seconds.

How to Test Physical vs. Special Damage

Raise Attack/Special Attack and Compare Damage

Item Effect
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone
Tier: C Rank Icon
Attack + 24
Movement Speed + 120
Increases movement speed by (10/15/20)% when the Pokemon is not in combat.

You can raise your Attack stat by a flat value using the Float Stone. Compare your damage before and after having the Float Stone equipped in Practice Mode using the dummy.

If damge is increased, it scales with Attack. If it does not, it scales with Special Attack.

Pyro Ball (Attack)

Damage without Float Stone
Damage with Float Stone

Solar Beam (Special Attack)

Damage without Float Stone
Damage with Float Stone

Raise Special Attack for Self Targeting Moves

Item Effect
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses
Tier: S Rank Icon
Sp Attack +39
Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.

You can determine whether moves that target self scale on Special Attack by using Wise Glasses. For Eldegoss's Synthesis move, you can find how much damage you recover at low health by the green number that pops up. Simply compare between with an item equipped and unequipped to see if its Attack or Sp. Attack.

Synthesis (Special Attack)

Without Wise Glasses With Wise Glasses

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