Want to know if Pokemon UNITE is truly pay to win? We will tackle the different paid and free aspects of Pokemon UNITE and conclude if the game is more favorable for those who are willing to pay the cost.
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|Pay to Win Elements|
Pokemon and Items are prohibitively expensive with in-game currency.
We previously reported that Pokemon UNITE's Pay to Win (P2W) options are less significant as most purchasable items are cosmetic. However, upon further investigation, Pokemon UNITE does have significant P2W elements, so we have revised our assessment as detailed below.
Item Enhancers are a type of item that increases the stats of your Held Items. Simply put, more Item Enhancers means more stats for your characters. Purchasing Item Enhancers is implied to be only obtainable through Aeos Tickets limited to in-game means, but if players attempt to buy more Item Enhancers than they can afford, they'll be shown the option to purchase with Aeos Gems, the premium currency, as seen in the screenshot above.
It takes a whopping 2,587 Item Enhancers to bring a single Held Item to the maximum level of 30, equivalent to about $20 USD. Players can farm for Item Enhancers at a very slow pace through normal gameplay, but it's easy for high-investing players to max out their items instantaneously, which should prove to be essential for the higher ranks of play.
To know which items are worth investing in, check out our Held Item Tier List here:
The release of Version 188.8.131.52 introduced a new item called the Super Item Enhancer, which allows you to instantly upgrade a Held Item of any level to the maximum level of 30.
While one would think that this greatly decreases the burden of farming Item Enhancers, the reality is that the item is so rare that you can only get 3 of it at the time of writing. Additionally, the version update also introduced 3 new Held Items with it, essentially canceling out the ease of burden from the 3 Super Item Enhancers that you get.
The only natural way to farm Aeos Coins is to play battles, but this is capped at 2,100 Aeos Coins a week. For reference, adding a single new Pokemon to your roster will set you back 6,000 to 10,000 coins.
It's possible to get Aeos Coins through Events over time, but gating players in this way makes it not hard, but impossible to complete the roster and inventory without paying. Players may be able to do so after a long time, but with new characters coming soon, it's not likely that non-paying players will ever be able to achieve the full roster.
While this isn't strictly a pay to win feature as you don't need an entire roster of Pokemon to win matches, the farming limit hurts your overall potential to bolster your lineup and gain more diverse options in gameplay. This in turn limits your selection of Pokemon, especially when you take your team's composition, strengths, and weaknesses into account.
As mentioned previously, purchasing a single new Pokemon with the Aeos Coins obtained from battles alone will take as long as three to five weeks. Even Held Items, which are essential for making the perfect Build for each Pokemon, clock in at 1,000 Coins apiece, money which should otherwise be spent towards finishing the roster.
Overall, the low rate of currency acquisition through natural playing, and ease of purchasing the entire roster and inventory with real money, create a stark difference between 'pay to win' and 'free to play' players. This in turn demonstrates a strong Pay to Win sensibility in the game design.
Boost Emblems are a new feature added to the game where players can equip emblems that can boost a Pokemon's stats. Although you can still play the game without using the emblems, optimizing your build with Boost Emblems can make a difference in battle, especially if you take advantage of the color combination bonus.
Players can purchase Energy Tanks that can either increase the limit of their Aeos Energy cap or increase the amount of energy they get from completing matches. Though there is still luck involved in getting the right emblems for a build, alleviating the grind for Aeos Energy can be considered as pay to win.
Aeos Gems are the premium currency of Pokemon UNITE. You obtain these by buying them with real money and they can be used to purchase a variety of goods, which are listed below.
Aeos Gems can be used to purchase Pokemon Licenses instead of using Aeos Coins. This can drastically decrease the amount of grinding for Aeos Coins.
Aeos Gems can be used to purchase various types of boosters in the Aeos Emporium. These boosters help increase the amount of currency obtained for a limited time such as Battle Points, Aeos Coins, or Aeos Energy. While these items help your currency farming go faster, they are not necessary to proceed with the game.
Aeos Gems can also be used to purchase Holowear, which can give specific Pokemon changes to their visual appearance as well as their attack animations and effects. Do note that the changes are purely cosmetic and do not alter the Pokemon's performance in battle.
While the Battle Pass is free for all players, they do not have access to all the rewards shown on the Pass. To gain full access to the rewards, players can opt to purchase the Premium Pass using Aeos Gems.
While the Premium Pass grants access to new outfits for your trainer and Pokemon, as well as increased amounts of Item Enhancers and Aeos Tickets, these do not have a significant impact on your gameplay and can safely be ignored.
|Version 1.12 Patch Notes List|
(September 7, 2023)
(September 14, 2023)
(October 18, 2023)
(November 13, 2023)
|Version 1.11 Patch Notes List|
(July 18, 2023)
(July 22, 2023)
(August 7, 2023)
(August 15, 2023)
|Version 1.10 Patch Notes List|
(June 8, 2023)
(June 15, 2023)
(June 26, 2023)
(July 3, 2023)
|Version 1.9 Patch Notes List|
(February 27, 2023)
(March 3, 2023)
(March 8, 2023)
(April 4, 2023)
(April 13, 2023)
(May 11, 2023)
(May 16, 2023)
|Version 1.8 Patch Notes List|
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(December 1, 2022)
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(December 8, 2022)
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(December 22, 2022)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(January 11, 2023)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(January 31, 2023)
|Version 188.8.131.52 |
(February 14, 2023)
|Version 1.7 Patch Notes LIst|
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(September 2, 2022)
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(September 5, 2022)
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(September 9, 2022)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(September 16, 2022)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(September 28, 2022)
|Version 188.8.131.52 |
(October 13, 2022)
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(October 27, 2022)
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(November 16, 2022)
|Version 1.6 Patch Notes List|
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(July 21, 2022)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(July 27, 2022)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(August 4, 2022)
|Version 1.5 Patch Notes List|
|Version 188.8.131.52 |
(April 28, 2022)
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(May 6, 2022)
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(May 16, 2022)
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(May 16, 2022)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(May 30, 2022)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(June 20, 2022)
|Version 188.8.131.52 |
(June 30, 2022)
|Version 1.4 Patch Notes List|
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(January 20, 2022)
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(January 26, 2022)
(February 24, 2022)
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(March 11, 2022)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(March 14, 2022)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(March 17, 2022)
|Version 188.8.131.52 |
(March 18, 2022)
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(March 28, 2022)
|Version 1.3 Patch Notes List|
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(December 9, 2021)
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(December 10, 2021)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(December 14, 2021)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(December 20, 2021)
|Version 188.8.131.52 |
(December 28, 2021)
|Version 1.2 Patch Notes List|
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(September 22, 2021)
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(September 27, 2021)
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(September 29, 2021)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(October 08, 2021)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(October 13, 2021)
|Version 188.8.131.52 |
(October 20, 2021)
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(October 26, 2021)
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(November 10, 2021)
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(November 16, 2021)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(November 18, 2021)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(November 30, 2021)
|Version 1.1 Patch Notes List|
|Version 188.8.131.52 |
(July 28, 2021)
|Version 184.108.40.206 |
(August 4, 2021)
|Version 220.127.116.11 |
(August 6, 2021)
|Version 18.104.22.168 |
(August 18, 2021)
|Version 22.214.171.124 |
(September 1, 2021)
|Version 126.96.36.199 |
(September 8, 2021)
|Server Maintenance||End Time and Date|
|September 1 Maintenance||September 2, 2022
|July 20 Maintenance||June 21, 2022
|June 19 Maintenance||June 20, 2022
|April 27 Maintenance||April 28, 2022
|January 19 Maintenance||January 20, 2022
|December 8 Maintenance||December 9, 2021
|Mobile Release Maintenance||September 21, 2021
Letter from the Producer NEW
Check out the future plans for Pokemon UNITE!
188.8.131.52 Patch Notes NEW
Lots of Pokemon and Item changes!
Mimikyu Best Builds & Guide
Check out this revenge-seeking All-Rounder!
Ranked Season 15
Climb the ranked ladder to prove your mettle!
Battle Pass Season 19
Get exclusive rewards like Holowear for Hoopa and Inteleon!
2023 UNITE World Championship Series
Learn more about the 2023 World Championship Series here!
Pokemon UNITE Manga
Come On Over to Aeos Island has updated for Chapters 3 and 4!
UNITE Club Membership
Check out the weekly free trial Licenses and Holowears!
Pokemon Tier List
Check out our updated tier list!
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|Nintendo Switch Release Date||Beta Features and Summary|
|Is Pokemon UNITE Free to Play?||Is Pokemon UNITE Pay to Win?|
|Release Time & Countdown||In-Game Purchases Guide|
|Pokemon UNITE Beta Review||How to Fix Connection Errors|
|Appearing Characters||Available Consoles and Platforms|
|Are There Bots in Ranked?||Crossplay Guide: Is Pokemon UNITE Cross Platform?|
|MOBA Terms and Glossary||Hex Bug Details|
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