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The best guide on how to play Sylveon in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best build, its price, cost, and role, Held and Battle items, moveset and skills, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Sylveon Latest Nerfs & Buffs (11/10)

November 10 Patch Notes (11/10)

Sylveon Move Changes
Fairy Frolic Image
Fairy Frolic
• Fixed a bug where the health recovery effect would not activate with Mystical Fire or Hyper Voice after using Sylveon's Unite Move.

Sylveon Previous Move Patches

Mystical Fire Damage dealt decreased from 3346 to 2126. (-37%)

Hyper Voice Damage dealt decreased from 3602/2890 to 6006/4825. (-20%)

Fairy Frolic Fixed a bug where the health recovery effect would not activate with Mystical Fire or Hyper Voice after using Sylveon's Unite Move.

Sylveon Basic Info

Tier Rating: S Rank Icon

Role: Attacker
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Difficulty: Intermediate
"Sylveon is effective against Sp.Atk. Pokemon, weakening their damage output while increasing both its Sp.Atk. and Sp.Def. stats."

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Sylveon Best Lanes

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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Great balance between offense and defense
✔︎ Has great early and late game scaling
✖︎ Quite difficult to use effectively
✖︎ Needs proper setup from teammates

Best Builds for Sylveon


Laning Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is a standard build after the balance patch. Hyper Voice will be your main source of damage with Calm Mind supplementing it by offering both defensive and offensive capabilities. Your gameplay should be keeping distance from the enemy to maximize the damage from Hyper Voice. Remember to always use Calm Mind first before Hyper Voice so you gain a shield and do more damage.

Choice Specs is your core damage item that works great with both your passive and Calm Mind. Wise Glasses can be an alternative damage item if its level is significantly higher. Focus Band works well with Calm Mind, while Buddy Barrier is great for Fairy Frolic. These two items allow you to survive longer in fights so you can keep dealing damage via Hyper Voice.

Jungle Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is a versatile build that allows Sylveon to either go jungle or in lane. Your gameplay should be centered around dealing damage with Mystical Fire or basic attacks while sticking to your target with Draining Kiss. This combo is a good mix of damage and utility, allowing you to set up kills for your team.

Choice Specs and Muscle Band provide decent damage boosts to moves and basic attacks, respectively. Wise Glasses can be a substitute for Choice Specs if its level is significantly higher. Focus Band is a stable defensive item that gives decent durability and survivability which works well with this playstyle.

Eject Button is generally a good battle item to have due to its utility. However, you can equip Fluffy Tail to clear jungle camps faster.

Anti-Sp. Atk. Tank Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is an all-defensive, anti-Sp.Atk. build, relying mostly on Calm Mind and Fairy Frolic as the core moves. Your gameplay should be centered around tanking damage for the team, especially from Sp.Atk. Pokemon, while constantly dishing out damage via Mystical Fire.

Focus Band, Assault Vest, and Buddy Barrier provides protection from all sources of damage, enabling you to face any combination of Pokemon.

Eject Button is an overall great Battle Item for this build. However, if you feel underwhelmed with the damage output, equip X Attack instead.

Pusher Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build focuses on aggressively scoring throughout the game, applying constant pressure in lanes. The build is not as damage-oriented nor defense-oriented as the others, but it does contribute more towards objectives.

At the start, focus on stacking the Sp.Atk. bonus you get from Sp.Atk. Specs with the help from Score Shield by constantly scoring goals. You don't need to score huge amounts of points, 10 points should be your max. This way you can get the max Sp.Atk. bonus faster. Once you hit level 4, you can now harass the enemy out of the lane using Hyper Voice with the damage boost via Choice Specs. Use Draining Kiss against enemy Pokemon or wild Pokemon to sustain HP, allowing you to stay and put pressure on the lane.

Eject Button is the best battle item to equip for this build because of its utility, allowing you to make a quick escape or dive enemies. However, if you're into sneaky plays, you can equip Goal-Getter instead, allowing you to easily rack up more points for your team, especially during the final minutes of the match.

Sylveon Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.
Choice Specs.pngChoice 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

Sylveon is an Sp. Atk. Attacker so it relies heavily on items that boost its Sp Attack. Sylveon fits perfectly in the current Sp Attack meta, taking advantage of the two great Sp Atk items Wise Glasses and Choice Specs.

Focus Band is also a great choice considering Sylveon is a Pokemon that excels on sustained damage, not burst damage. Though its skills promote survivability, this item helps Sylveon whenever it gets burst down by an opposing Pokemon.

Another great choice for survivability is the Buddy Barrier. It synergizes very well with Sylveon's UNITE move Fairy Frolic to provide both a shield and invulnerability! Think of this like a panic button that you can press whenever you need to survive!

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.
X Attack.pngX Attack Increases your Pokemon's basic attack damage by 1.2x, and move damage by 1.05~1.15x for 8 seconds.

Eject Button is primarily used to reposition in and out of battle in a pinch. Sylveon has great sustain but can also be easily overwhelmed. Partner this with Sylveon's boosted attack movement speed effect and you will have a very slippery Sylveon on your hands.

X Attack is suggested for players who want to play it hyper-aggressively. Sylveon's skill Mystical Fire has a very short cooldown when used properly and can take advantage of the short, 8-second damage boost window of this item. Mystical Fire also has a short dash at the start of the skill, making it a great mobility tool for Sylveon!

Best Moveset

Move Description
Calm Mind ImageCalm Mind Has the user quietly focuses its mind and calm its spirit to increase its Sp. Atk., Sp. Def, and movement speed for a short time.
Upgrade: One time only when using this move, if the user is hit by an opposing Pokemon's move, the damage is completely nullified and the user is granted a shield.
Hyper Voice ImageHyper Voice Unleashes an attack of multiple sound waves that deal damage when they hit. The damage they deal increases farther the target is from the user. Every time a sound wave hits, the next sound wave's damage increases.
Upgrade: Increase the number of sound waves by one.

Hyper Voice and Calm Mind are the two best moveset for Sylveon because of sheer flexibility.

Hyper Voice has a very low cooldown and keeps Sylveon safe because of its range. Though Mystical Fire is great and deals a lot of damage, its random target nature makes it hard to use during team fights - it's good against solo, 1v1 duels though!

Calm Mind is the superior choice over Draining Kiss because it offers both damage boost and survivability. In addition, Draining Kiss' link can be easily severed using mobility skills like Talonflame's Fly or battle items like Eject Button & X Speed.

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How to Play Sylveon

Set Up Moves with Baby-Doll Eyes

Pokemon UNITE - Sylveon Setting Up Moves with Baby-Doll Eyes

In the early game, using Baby-Doll Eyes will reduce the targeted opponent's movement speed. This will make your level 4 move - Mystical Fire or Hyper Voice - easy to set up and ensures maximum damage output.

Stack Up the Passive Before Using Moves

Pokemon UNITE - Sylveon Continuously Attacking

Thanks to its passive ability, Adaptability / Pixilate, Sylveon can stack up on bonus Sp. Atk and Sp. Def whenever Sylveon deals or receives damage. To maximize your moves' damage, make sure to stack your passive to the max before using your moves.

Employ Hit-and-Run Tactics

Pokemon UNITE - Sylveon Mystical Fire Pressure

Sylveon's moves are centered around keeping your distance from foes while dealing maximum damage to them. Use moves like Mystical Fire and Calm Mind to strafe around your opponent, keeping them far enough to not reach you but close enough for you to damage them. It's important to move in between your standard attacks and moves to maximize damage output and safety.

Since Mystical Fire is a dash move, it also gives Sylveon extra mobility for faster travel and evasion. Use it to dodge a Pyro Ball or get out of a Sludge Bomb infested area. Take note that you can also use the move to jump over small walls, which will help you get into a better position for flanking opponents or running away.

Keep Mystical Fire Active

When using Mystical Fire, take advantage of its low cooldown speed and activate it as soon as it is available. Activating the move does not require a target, so you can have the flames ready before confronting an enemy. Doing so will help you put out damage faster.

Avoid Damage Using Fairy Frolic

Pokemon UNITE - Sylveon Avoiding Damage Using Fairy Frolic

There is a small window of invulnerability that you can exploit to avoid all incoming damage from attacks or moves once you cast Fairy Frolic. You can bait the enemy to use their moves on you, then use Fairy Frolic to avoid them, wasting their moves, and opening an oppurtunity for a counter-attack.

Leap Over Walls With Your Unite Move

Pokemon UNITE - Sylveon Leaping Over Walls

When Sylveon leaps into the air with Fairy Frolic, you can control the direction of the leap and where it will land. Additionally, you can use Sylveon's Unite Move to leap over walls and other impassable terrain. Use this to surprise your opponents from a flank, or use it to escape pursuing enemies.

Sylveon Combos

Harassing Combo

Harassing Combo
Calm Mind IconMystical Fire IconStandard Attack Icon

Mystic Fire Calm Mind Combo
This combo lets you keep your distance from opponents while you apply damage on your enemies. Circle your opponents with the dash from Mystical Fire and the movement speed bonus from Calm Mind while you bombard them with your standard attacks. Remember to keep moving while attacking in order to maximize your safety.

Damage and Sustain Combo

Damage and Sustain Combo
Mystical Fire IconStandard Attack IconDraining Kiss Icon

Mystic Fire Draining Kiss Combo
This combo gives you a good balance of damage and healing. Dash around opponents with Mystical Fire, trigger a standard attack to fire the projectiles, then use Draining Kiss to damage enemies and heal yourself. This combo is potent enough to allow Sylveon to solo objectives like Rotom and Drednaw.

Hyper Voice Combos

Hyper Voice Combo (Variation 1)
Calm Mind IconHyper Voice Icon

Hyper Voice Calm Mind Combo
This combo gives you less mobility than the other combos, but allows you to potentially deal high damage to multiple opponents at a time. Hyper Voice is a powerful move, but requires proper positioning and maneuvering to deal maximum damage. Using Calm Mind first will bolster your movement speed and stats, allowing you to have an easier time moving around while casting Hyper Voice.
Hyper Voice Combo (Variation 2)
Draining Kiss IconHyper Voice Icon
Hyper Voice Combo (Variation 2)
This combo sacrifices any notion of mobility for pure damage. Once you manage to use Draining Kiss on a target, follow up with Hyper Voice to deal damage while the kiss is still bouncing between you and the target.

Matchups & Counters for Sylveon

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
AbsolGarchompMamoswineMr. MimeSnorlaxZeraora
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesBlisseyCinderaceCramorantDecidueyeEldegossGardevoirGengarGreedentGreninjaPikachuSlowbro

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Sylveon.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Counter with Dash Moves and Disables

Sylveon turns into an easy target once its momentum gets stopped. Since it cannot burst down a target fast enough, Sylveon can be outpaced by Pokemon that can clear out of its attacks or disable it before it gets the damage flowing.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Blastoise ImageBlastoise Rating: ★★★★★
Blastoise's high endurance and hard-hitting moves can put Sylveon in its place. It can easily pressure Sylveon with just a Rapid Spin and a well-placed Hydro Pump.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Rating: ★★★★★
Talonflame's strong arsenal of dash moves like Fly or Aerial Ace lets it easily dodge attacks, catch up to Sylveon, and burst it down.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Rating: ★★★★★
Although Venusaur is an Sp. Atk. Pokemon, it can ignore Sylveon's tricks. Sylveon can't escape Venusaur's Petal Dance and Giga Drain combo. Venusaur can just keep healing while doing decent damage against Sylveon.
Machamp ImageMachamp Rating: ★★★★
Macahmp packs far more firepower than Sylveon. Its ability to burst down single targets, as well as disable them with a Submission, will prove to be Sylveon's downfall if it manages to get close.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Rating: ★★★★
Wigglytuff's Sing can easily stop Sylveon in its tracks. Follow that up with a Double Slap and you can bet that Sylveon's next move will be retreating from the fight.

Even Matchup

Sylveon's even matchups require a bit of finesse and mastery on how you use its moves. Below are tips to help give Sylveon an edge against other Pokemon on equal footing.

Good Positioning is your Friend

Pokemon with High HP
Mamoswine Image Snorlax Image Mr. Mime Image

Pokemon with high HP will take some work, but it is manageable if you can maintain the pressure. Make sure to keep the right amount of distance between you and these Pokemon - far enough to avoid crowd control effects but close enough to get your moves within range. Getting a clear shot of Hyper Voice or abusing the cooldown reduction of Mystical Fire will slowly drain your opponent's HP.

Fight Back when the Burst Settles

Pokemon with Burst Combos
Zeraora Image Absol Image Garchomp Image

The key to getting the upper hand against these Pokemon is to make them miss their first move - which is usually their strongest move. Successfully doing so will leave them open for you to strike. If you have it in your moveset, you can negate the initial burst damage with an upgraded Calm Mind. Otherwise, you can opt to dodge attacks with Mystical Fire or even Fairy Frolic.

Best Matchups for Sylveon

Direct Counter
Alolan Ninetales Image Blissey Image Cramorant Image Eldegoss Image Gardevoir Image Gengar Image Pikachu Image Slowbro Image

Sylveon's kit is built around nullifying Sp.Atk. while dealing high amounts of it in return, making Sylveon a direct counter against these Pokemon.

Fragile Against Sp.Atk.
Cinderace Image Greninja Image Decidueye Image

Although these Pokemon are hard hitters, they are nonetheless extremely fragile against Sylveon's Sp.Atk. damage output. Their high-damage moves can easily be dodged using the leap from Mystical Fire or the short-duration invincibility from Fairy Frolic.

Best Teammates for Sylveon

Pokemon Explanation
Snorlax ImageSnorlax
Slowbro ImageSlowbro
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff
Disables Enemies
Teammates that can provide crowd control while Sylveon dishes out damage are important since you need to do about two or three rotations through your moves to defeat Pokemon. The longer the enemies are held in place, the better!
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Can Increase Survivability
Since Sylveon takes a while to get their Unite Move, you will need teammates that can let you stay in the fight longer by providing either speed boosts or shields. Mobility is what will keep you alive in a fight, and teammates that can also provide that will help.

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Sylveon Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Swift ImageSwift
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7
Total Damage: 827 (Lv. 3)
Shoots star-shaped rays at opposing Pokemon, dealing damage to them.
Hyper Voice ImageHyper Voice
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 10
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5
Total Damage: 1077 / 1802 (Lv. 4) / 2890 / 4825 (Lv. 15)
Unleashes an attack of multiple sound waves that deal damage when they hit. The damage they deal increases farther the target is from the user. Every time a sound wave hits, the next sound wave's damage increases.
Upgrade: Increase the number of sound waves by one.
Mystical Fire ImageMystical Fire
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 10
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7
Total Damage: 993 (Lv. 4) / 2126 (Lv. 15)
Has the user create four small flames while advancing in the designated direction. The flames shoot toward opposing Pokemon one by one, dealing damage and decreasing the opposing Pokemon's Sp. Atk. for a short time when they hit. Each time a flame hits, it reduces the cooldown of this move. Upgrade: Increase the number of flames by one.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Baby Doll Eyes ImageBaby Doll Eyes
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5
Total Damage: 361 (Lv. 3)
Has the user stare at an opposing Pokemon with its baby-doll eyes, dealing damage and decreasing the opposing Pokemon's Attack and movement speed for a short time when this move hits
Calm Mind ImageCalm Mind
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 10
Total Damage: (Lv. 6)
Has the user quietly focuses its mind and calm its spirit to increase its Sp. Atk., Sp. Def, and movement speed for a short time.
Upgrade: One time only when using this move, if the user is hit by an opposing Pokemon's move, the damage is completely nullified and the user is granted a shield.
Draining Kiss ImageDraining Kiss
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 10
Total Damage: 704 (Lv. 6) / 1189 (Lv. 15)
Has the user blow a kiss at an opposing Pokemon that goes back and forth between the user and the opposing Pokemon multiple times. When the kiss touches the user, it restores its HP. When it hits the opposing Pokemon, it deals damage to it and decreases its movement speed for a short time. If the user and the opposing Pokemon move too far away from each other, the kiss will disappear faster than normal.
Upgrade: increases the amount of HP this move restores.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Fairy Frolic ImageFairy Frolic
(Lv. 8)
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Special
Total Damage: 998 (Lv. 8) / 1508 (Lv. 15)
Has the user jump into the air and briefly become invincible. The moment the user lands, it deals damage to the opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and restores its own HP. for a short time afterward, a set percentage of damage dealt by the user is converted into HP for the user.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Evee: Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage when it hits.
Sylveon: Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage and increasing the user's movement speed for a short time when it hits.

Ability (Passive)

Adaptability / Pixilate ImageAdaptability / Pixilate Adaptability (Eevee): Every time the Pokemon deals or receives damage, its Sp. Atk is increased for a short time.
Pixilate (Sylveon): Every time the Pokemon deals or receives damage, its Sp. Atk and SP. Def is increased for a short time.

Sylveon Stats & Evolutions

Sylveon Evolutions

1st Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 4)

Sylveon Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3406 52 38 167
2 3489 57 41 171
3 3584 62 45 176
4 4068 89 65 201
5 4195 96 70 208
6 4340 104 76 216
7 4507 113 83 225
8 4699 124 91 235
9 4920 136 100 247
10 5174 150 110 260
11 5467 166 122 275
12 5804 185 136 293
13 6191 207 152 313
14 6636 232 170 336
15 7148 260 191 363

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Sylveon In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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