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This is a guide on the Spectate Feature in Pokemon UNITE. Learn more about how to use the Spectate feature, Spectate feature controls, and more!

How to Access the Spectator Mode

Steps to Spectate
1 Open the Trainer Menu, scroll down, and select the Spectate option.
2 Choose Top-Ranking Trainer's or Friend's matches to view.
3 Select game mode to watch.
4 Select Trainer you wish to spectate.

Open the Spectate Menu

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While on the Main Menu screen, press ZL button on Nintendo Switch, or tap the trainer icon to open up the Trainer Menu. The Spectate option is located near the bottom of the menu.

Spectate Top-Rank or Friends

You can only spectate either Top-ranking trainers or trainers in your friends list that are currently playing. You can also choose whether the matches you want to watch are Ranked Matches, Standard Matches or Quick Battles.

Choose the Match You Wish to Spectate

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You can see the number of people spectating a match under the name of each player and how long the match has been going on for. Choose the trainer you wish to spectate to watch their match!

Live Matches have Buffer Time

Do take note that if you want to watch an ongoing match, you have to wait for the match to run for 2 minutes before you can start spectating. This is to prevent cheating via stream sniping.

How to Use the Spectator Mode

Spectator Mode Switch Controls

Button Function
Y Button Switch.png Fast Forward
Allows you to fast forward the match. Available in 1x, 2x, 4x, and 8x options. Will be disabled once you reach the latest time possible.
X Button Switch.png Pause
Pauses the replay. Press again to resume playback.
Up D-Pad Switch.png Score Board
Opens up the Score Board
L Button Switch.pngR Button Switch.png Switch Camera View
Fixes your camera view on the previous or next Pokemon in the match.
Minus Button.png (While Scoreboard is open) Settings
Opens up the Settings Menu. You can change your system settings and audio options here.
X Button Switch.png (While Settings is open) Exit Spectator Mode

Change Game Speed, Pause and Play

Version Controls

Nintendo Switch
Press the Y button to increase the speed of the match. Pressing it again when at max speed will return it to You can also pause the match by pressing the X button.

Tap the - to decrease the speed or the + to increase the speed at the bottom of the screen

You can watch the matches at 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x speed until you reach the latest point of the match. You will then be forced to watch it at 1x speed, unless you pause and let the match playout. Pausing will allow you to freeze the match, but still allow you to swap between each Pokemon.

Cycle Between Players

Version Controls

Nintendo Switch
You can spectate the other players in the match and cycle between them with the L and R buttons.

Tap the Pokemon icon on the left or right side of the screen of the Pokemon you wish to spectate.

You can cycle between the Pokemon in the match you are watching, allowing you spectate all the players on both teams.

Check Player Score

Version Controls

Nintendo Switch
Press the Up button on the d-pad to bring up the scoreboard.

Tap the bar icon on the upper right of the screen to bring up the scoreboard.

The number above the Pokemon Icons shows the player's scored points. You can also view each player's battle record by bringing up the scoreboard. Here, you can check the number of knockdowns, support times, and the battle items and techniques each player used.

Exit Specate Feature

Version Controls

Nintendo Switch
Open the scoreboard then press the - button to open the settings. Press X button to quit spectating.

Tap the gear icon on the upper right of the screen to bring up the settings. Press the Stop Spectating button to quit.

If you are done watching the match you can quit spectating at anytime!

What is the Spectator Mode?

Spectate other Trainer's Matches

Spectator Mode is a mode used to view other trainer's matches live! It can be one of your friends or a random top-ranking trainer. This is a staple feature in other competitive games and is mostly used for improvement. You can watch players at the top level and learn builds, strategies, and techniques that got them to the top!

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