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Want to know a quick summary of the things that happened in the Japan May Finals? Read on to see the most used Pokemon, the Pokemon with the best win rate, the most used battle and held items, lanes for each Pokemon, where to watch the stream, as well as highlights that defined this tournament!

Regional Finals Analysis
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The data here is based on the recent VOD stream released by the Official Pokemon UNITE YouTube channel.

May Finals Summary (Japan)

クロノワール (Chronoir) are the JP May Finals Champions!

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クロノワール (Chronoir) won 2 - 0 in the Grand Finals Reset against Secret Ship, taking the title of JP May Finals Champions!

Secret Ship Forced a Grand Finals Reset

Secret Ship managed to defeat クロノワール (Chronoir) in a nail-biting 2 - 1 in the Grand Finals, forcing a Grand Finals Reset.

Championship Points Tally (as of May Finals 2022)

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# Team Name Total CP Earned
1 クロノワール (Chronoir) 1500
2 Secret Ship 1200
3 えび船 (Shrimp Ship) 1200
4 ヤードは頑張るよ暇だから (I'll do my best in the yard because I'm free) 770
5 絶対王政 (Absolutism) 615
5 PaTRioN 615
7 たきしまグロウパンチ ver2.0 (Takishima Glow Punch ver2.0) 490
7 げきりんプクリン (Wigglytuff) 490
9 らんたろぶい海賊団 (Rantarobui Pirates) 395
9 ゆないと同好会!(^^)! (If you don't go, it's a club! (^^)!) 395
9 ユの民 (Yu People) 395
9 すずちゃんかわいい (Suzu is cute) 395
13 あああそぽ最強なので (Ah, because it ’s the strongest) 315
13 たま~ず (Tama-zu) 315
13 RAKYI 315
13 どれみかん物語フレンズ (Doremikan Story Friends) 315

Meta Highlights (Japan)

Item Stacking Strategy

Pokemon UNITE - JP May Finals - Stacking Strategy

JP teams went for the same strategy as the NA May Finals, utilizing stackable items like Attack Weight, Sp. Atk. Specs, and Aeos Cookie.

Splitting Jungle Camps

Pokemon UNITE - JP May Finals - Splitting Jungle

One notable strategy that JP teams do is splitting their jungle camps into two, upper-half and lower-half, at the start of the match. This strategy ensures that every one in the team gets as much exp. as possible, allowing them to level up faster. However, this means they'll have two (2) junglers at the start.

Jungle Guide and Best Junglers

Lucario, Blissey, and Hoopa Core Picks

Pokemon UNITE - JP May Finals - Core Picks

Much like the NA May Finals, there were three recurring core picks that teams go for throughout the tournament. The first one is Lucario, acting usually as a solo top laner. The second and third are Blissey and Hoopa, taking the support duo role.

Tsareena as Lucario Alternative

Pokemon UNITE - JP May Finals - Tsareena as Lucario Alternative

In certain matches, there were teams that picked Tsareena as an alternative solo top laner pick to Lucario.

Hyperspace Hole Tech

Pokemon UNITE - May Finals JP Hyperspace Hole Tech

Hoopa has yet again dominated the tournament with the highest pick rate! This time, Hyperspace Hole was the premiere choice, proving that it is essential for any team to have. We saw countless plays where Pokemon are constantly teleported back and forth to their bases and fast lane transitions via goal zones.

Hyperspace Hole: Hoopa Move Effect and Cooldown

Objective-based Gameplay

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JP teams are notable for pioneering the score comp strategy where the focused solely on aggressively scoring throughout the game, and treating objectives like taking boss Pokemon at the sides as secondary. However, after the Update, this strategy was no longer viable. As a result, JP teams revert to the tried-and-tested objective-based gameplay with a more or less traditional team composition.

Starlight Recital Tech

Pokemon UNITE - May Finals JP Starlight Recital Activation

Even though the scoring strategy is no longer viable, the team Secret Ship showed us that Pokemon like Wigglytuff and Dragonite can still dominate clashes when used correctly. Wigglytuff, in particular, acted as a counter to Hoopa by taking advantage of the mass shields from Starlight Recital whenever Rings Unbound was deployed. This gave the whole team extra protection to fight back against the teleporting enemy. Additionally, making the all allies immune to hindrances for a short time meant that Hyperspace Fury and Psybeam were not as effective.

Starlight Recital: Wigglytuff Move Effect and Cooldown

Speedsters Make a Return

Pokemon UNITE - May Finals JP Speedsters

The tournament saw the return of Speedsters, namely Talonflame and Zeraora. Because of their high mobility, they mainly focused on knocking down high priority targets like Cinderace, Hoopa, and other low HP opponents they can pick off before team fights happen. While both of them contributed to the burst meta, the strategy did not leave much of an impact as sturdy, heavy-hitters like Aegislash and Blastoise still kept the Speedsters at bay.

List of Speedsters: All Speedster Pokemon and Best Builds

Picks and Win Rates (Japan)

Pokemon Most Picked % Win Rate %
70% 63.6%
57% 50.0%
50% 54.5%
50% 31.8%
43% 27.3%
39% 40.9%
25% 36.4%
25% 22.7%
23% 18.2%
20% 22.7%
18% 13.6%
14% 13.6%
7% 9.1%
7% 4.5%
2% 0%
Pokemon UNITE Game8 TwitterGame8 Notes Hoopa keeps it's top spot with a huge gap on the second placer Lucario!
It seems Japanese players like to experiment more on different team compositions in this tournament - with the pick roster totalling to 21 different Pokemon!

Pokemon not shown here were not picked during May Finals Japan.

Most Picked Battle Item (Japan)

Battle Item Most Picked %
Pokemon UNITE Game8 TwitterGame8 Notes Eject Button takes top spot as the most picked battle item in May Finals!
Surprisingly, Potion takes second most picked, most likely to self heal and counteract the burst meta!

Battle Items not shown here were not picked during May Finals Japan.

Most Picked Held Item (Japan)

Held Item Most Picked %
Pokemon UNITE Game8 TwitterGame8 Notes Buddy Barrier nerf showing its teeth in this tournament. The reliable sudden boost of health from Focus Band is preferred and more players tend to run Buddy Barrier less.

Held Item not shown here were not used during May Finals Japan.

Pokemon Lane Picks (Japan)

Pokemon Top Pick % Jungle Pick % Bot Pick %
100% -- --
13.6% 50.0% 36.4%
64.7% 11.8% 23.5%
89.5% -- 10.5%
66.7% 33.3% --
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3.2% -- 96.8%
60.0% 28.0% 12.0%
-- -- 100%
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-- 18.2% 81.8%
100% -- --
100% -- --
72.7% -- 27.3%
-- -- 100%
66.7% -- 33.3%

Pokemon not shown here were not picked during May Finals Japan.

Where to Watch May Finals 2022 (Japan)

The full livestream for the Japan May Finals is available in the official YouTube channel of Pokemon UNITE. They usually stream the Monthly Finals so try catching it on scheduled times!

For the full schedule of the Championship Series, check out this article:

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