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Boss Rush is a new quick battle mode added to Pokemon UNITE on July 21, 2022! This mode features a new map where 5 players team up to defeat boss Pokemon in the fastest time! Read on to learn about Boss Rush's event dates and time, the mechanics, and the list of rewards!

Boss Rush Event Dates

Boss Rush Available Now!

Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Squad Screen

The new Boss Rush game mode released on July 21, 2022. It will run for three periods from July to August so plan ahead with your squads!

Third Boss Rush Ends In
Start End
3rd Rush
(Ongoing!)
August 14, 2022
5:00 PM PDT
August 21, 2022
4:59 PM PDT

Past Boss Rush Dates

1st Rush July 21, 2022
12:00 AM PDT
July 24, 2022
4:59 PM PDT
2nd Rush July 31, 2022
5:00 PM PDT
August 7, 2022
4:59 PM PDT

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How to Start Boss Rush

Access From Home Screen

You can access Boss Rush by hitting on the Boss Rush icon beside UNITE Battle.

Access from UNITE Squad

You may also access Boss Rush by going to Menu > UNITE Squad > Boss Rush.

Boss Rush Mechanics and Features

New PvE Experience in Pokemon UNITE

Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Preview

Boss Rush is a new Quick Battle format that will be the first PvE (Player vs Environment) game mode in Pokemon UNITE. 5 players will team up to fight powerful Boss Pokemon and try to take all of them down within 5 minutes!

Earn Points by Defeating Bosses

Pokemon UNITE - Three Stages, Three Bosses.png

You earn points by defeating powerful bosses in this new game mode. Points earned will be added to the points pool of your current UNITE Squad so play with your mates to maximize rewards!

Unite Squad Integration

Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Squad Ranking

Boss Rush makes use of the UNITE Squad Feature and employ a Rankings system that will display the Pokemon UNITE Squad with most points.

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More Points if You Play with Your Squadmates!

Playing with your squadmates gives you additional points based on how many members of your UNITE Squad are in your party!

Number of Squad Members in Party Points Bonus
Solo / 1 member No Bonus
2 members +40%
3 members +60%
4 members +80%
5 members +100%

Note that the members should be part of your UNITE Squad - not just friends, for the game to count the bonus.

Exclusive Rewards After the Event

After the event ends, UNITE Squads will earn exclusive rewards based on their ranking in the Boss Rush
leaderboard. Grind hard with your squad and prove the power of friendship!

You may check the ranking of your squad by going to the Boss Guide menu and hitting Rankings.

Three Stages, Three Bosses

Pokemon UNITE - Three Stages, Three Bosses.png

Boss Rush is composed of 3 stages, with each stage having different bosses. You are tasked to defeat three boss Pokemon within 5 minutes in the shortest time possible.

Random Bosses and One Final Boss

Boss Rush will have three stages: the first two stages have random bosses, and the final one will only be Regigigas.

Stage Possible Bosses
Stage 1
(Random)
Araquanid
Avalugg
Drednaw
Stage 2
(Random)
Zapdos
Articuno
Stage 3 Regigigas

Choose Between Three Difficulty Modes

Pokemon UNITE - Three Difficulty Modes Boss Rush.png

You may also choose between three difficulty modes, Casual, Intermediate, and Extreme each with their own unique modifier to make the fight harder!

Casual No modifiers
Intermediate
Up Arrow Boss Defense
Extreme
Up Arrow Boss Defense
Up Arrow Boss Attack

Tips for Playing Boss Rush

Use Fluffy Tail

Boss Pokemon are considered wild Pokemon so Fluffy Tail would work on them. Use this to deal increased damage in this game mode.

Fluffy Tail Effect and How to Get

Take Berries from the Side!

Sitrus Berries will periodically spawn during the entire fight. Use it whenever you're low on health.

Have a Healer in Your Team

Pokemon with Heals
Blissey ImageBlissey Eldegoss ImageEldegoss

Healers are extremely important in this game mode. Boss Pokemon deal huge damage so a constant stream of healing would be really helpful.

Fill Up the Stun Meter to Stun the Boss Pokemon!

There is a special stun meter found below the Pokemon's HP that you need to fill up by attacking. Once filled up, the Boss Pokemon will be stunned for a short while and leaves it open for attacks!

Crowd Control Moves Does Not Work

Crowd Control from moves would not work on Boss Pokemon, as it always has even in the usual UNITE battle format.

Take Note of the Move Announcements

Upcoming Boss moves will be announced via a text below the Boss Pokemon health bar. Take note of the move to know how to respond!

Be Mindful of the Move Area of Effect Indicators

Some moves also have area of effect indicators, showing you which areas to avoid. Take note of this and evade them accordingly.

Best Pokemon to Use

Long Ranged Damage Dealers

Longe Ranged Damage Dealers
Cinderace ImageCinderace Greninja ImageGreninja Pikachu ImagePikachu

Pokemon with long ranged moves or long attack range are great against the bosses in Boss Rush. Pokemon like Greninja and Cinderace can attack relatively safely from a distance and chip away the bosses' HP. Also, Sp. Atk type Pokemon like Pikachu and Delphox can bombard the bosses with their low-cooldown, burst damage moves from a distance.

Brawlers and Physical Burst

Melee Brawlers
Azumarill ImageAzumarill Garchomp ImageGarchomp Tsareena ImageTsareena Machamp ImageMachamp

Brawler type Pokemon like Garchomp and Tsareena are also great picks for Boss Rush. They can pummel boss Pokemon with their attacks and/or combos while also tanking a bit of damage for the team.

Azumarill needs a special mention here as its unique passive Huge Power deals critical damage when facing one enemy. This is especially useful in this mode since you'll be facing one enemy Pokemon most of the time!

Mobile and High Burst Damage

Mobile Pokemon
Absol ImageAbsol Zeraora ImageZeraora Lucario ImageLucario

Mobile Pokemon with high physical burst damage output like Absol and Zeraora can also do great in Boss Rush. Their moveset allows them to quickly manuveur around the area to dodge bosses' moves while also dealing high burst damage.

Healers and Shielders

Strong Supports
Blissey ImageBlissey Hoopa ImageHoopa

Strong supports like Blissey and Hoopa, although they don't do much damage, can provide the team with healing, shielding, and buffs. Their constant support can prevent their allies from dying and having to go back to the base, wasting time as a result.

Boss Rush Rewards

Individual Points Reward

These are the rewards you will get for the total points you have earned individually as a player.

Accumulated Points Reward
10,000 Item EnhancerItem Enhancer x10
25,000 Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x100
45,000 Battle Point Boost Card 3 DayBattle Point Boost Card
(3-Day)
60,000 Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x300
75,000 Aeos Coin Boost Card 3 DayAeos Coin Boost Card
(3-Day)

UNITE Squad Rewards

Ranking at a certain bracket in the Boss Squad Leaderboard will reward your squad with unique goodies based on your placement.

Ranking Bracket Rewards
Rank 1
Boss Rush - Sticker 1Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x500
2 - 10
Boss Rush - Sticker 2Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x450
11 - 20
Boss Rush - Sticker 2Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x400
21 - 100
Boss Rush - Sticker 3Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x350
101 - 500
Boss Rush - Sticker 3Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x250
501 - 1000
Boss Rush - Sticker 4Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x200
1001 - 2500
Boss Rush - Sticker 4Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x150
2501 - 5000
Boss Rush - Sticker 5Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x150
5001 - 10000
Boss Rush - Sticker 5Sticker
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x100
10001 - 999999
Aeos TicketAeos Ticket x50

Boss Pokemon Moves

Araquanid Boss Rush Moves

Sticky Web

Sticky Web Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Araquanid Sticky Web.gif
Sticky Web: Araquanid scatters web all over the battlefield, slowing down any Pokemon caught in the area of effect.

· This move is pretty straightforward to avoid. Take note of the red indicator as Araquanid is about to throw its webs.
· The webs stay on the ground for a while so avoid them at all costs.

Hydro Pump

Hydro Pump Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Hydro Pump.gif
Hydro Pump: Araquanid charges water from its gut and lines up a strong water beam attack in a straight line.

· This move hits on a straight line so use the charge time to avoid the red hitzone.

Call to Family

Call to Family Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Call to Family.gif
Call to Family: Araquanid summons a hoard of Dewpider that works in unison to destroy anything on its patch.

· The Dewpiders can easily overwhelm you so try focusing on them before Araquanid.

Avalugg Boss Rush Moves

Iron Defense

Iron Defense Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Avalugg  Iron Defense.gif
Iron Defense: Avalugg summons huge shields to bolder its defense and survive attacks from its enemies.

· The move is used to protect Avalugg, not to be hit Pokemon. Just keep attacking while this move is up.

Icy Wind

Icy Wind Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Avalugg  Icy Wind.gif
Icy Wind: Avalugg summons frigid winds in a cone, dealing damage and freezing allied Pokemon caught in the area of effect.

· Run to the side of the cone or use Eject Button to quickly blink away!

Rapid Spin

Rapid Spin Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Avalugg Rapid Spin.gif
Rapid Spin: Avalugg spins around and sucks up anything caught in the area of effect. It then follows up with a huge shove attack that can push you far!

· Be careful when you're near Avalugg as it can execute this move anytime.
· When you see it doing this move though, do not approach Avalugg as it can pull you for the big finish!

Drednaw Boss Rush Moves

Rock Slide

Rock Slide Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Drednaw Rock Slide.gif
Rock Slide: Drednaw summons multiple rocks from the sky, targeting all allied Pokemon in the area.

· Take note that this move has multiple instances that tracks you down as you move.
· Always keep moving and get away from the red indicator.

Body Slam

Body Slam Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Drednaw Body Slam.gif
Body Slam: Drednaw slams its huge body on the ground twice creating two different hitzones for each.

· The first slam's hitzone is near Drednaw so keep your distance.
· The second slam has a wider hitzone but is safe below Drednaw, go near the Pokemon at this stage and go ham.

Hydro Pump

Hydro Pump Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Drednaw Hydro Pump.gif
Hydro Pump: Drednaw charges water from inside it and lines up a strong water beam attack in a straight line.

· This move hits on a straight line so use the charge time to avoid the red hitzone.

Zapdos Boss Rush Moves

Shockwave

Shockwave Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Zapdos Shockwave.gif
Shockwave: Zapdos electrifies its enemies, creating a zone of electricity around them. When electrified enemies go near their allies, it can deal huge damage.

· Always avoid your teammates whenever Zapdos does this move!

Brave Bird

Brave Bird Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Zapdos  Brave Bird.gif
Brave Bird: Zapdos targets a specific area in the map, then swoops down to knock up anything caught in the hitzone.

· When targeted by this move, towards the outside of the circle! You usually have enough time to do so so just keep moving!

Charge Beam

Charge Beam Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Zapdos Charge Beam .gif
Charge Beam: Zapdos quickly charges to let out a quick thunder beam attack from its mouth. This doesn't show any hitzone so you can't prepare for it!

· Yes the move does not show any hitzone, but it's quite easy to avoid by staying behind Zapdos at all times.

Random Thunder Attacks

Random Thunder Attacks Information
Pokemon UNITE - Random Thunder Attack
Random Thunder Attacks: Zapdos will periodically let out random Thunder attacks from the skies, denoted by a red hitzone appearing out of nowhere.

· Keep moving because Zapdos will do this move periodically during the course of your battle!

Articuno Boss Rush Moves

Blizzard

Blizzard Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Articuno Blizzard.gif
Blizzard: Articuno first summons huge ice rocks then hurls a powerful Blizzard that covers the whole battlefield.

· This move has a huge wind up time to give you time to run behind the ice rocks.
· The direction of the blizzard is the same direction Articuno is facing, so get behind the rock face opposite the oncoming wind.

Ice Beam

Ice Beam Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Articuno Ice Beam.gif
Ice Beam: Articuno charges up and sweeps an ice beam from left to right. The hitzone is conical but only beam has the hitbox.

· Evade this move by going behind Articuno as it charges up. It's the safest area.

Powder Snow

Powder Snow Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Articuno Powder Snow.gif
Powder Snow: Articuno quickly charges up and scatters icy powder in front of it.

· Always stay behind Articuno as its moves are front facing!
· Avoid this move by going behind Articuno.

Avalanche

Avalanche Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Articuno Avalanche.gif
Avalanche: Articuno charges up then blows icy wind in a straight line, summoning an icy rock at the end of the hitzone.

· The rock can serve as a zoning tool so be careful.
· This move hits in a straight line so evading sideways does the trick.

Freeze-Dry

Freeze-Dry Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Articuno  Freeze-Dry.gif
Freeze-Dry: Articuno charges frigid air inside its body, then lets out a huge attack that pushes opponents back!

· Get away when you see Articuno charging. It is pretty quick so a prompt reaction time is needed!

Regigigas Boss Rush Moves

Slow Start

Slow Start Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Regigigas Slow Start
Slow Start: Like the mainline Pokemon games, Regigigas seems to have Slow Start in Boss Rush - starting really slow then ramping up its speed as the battle ensues.

・ Be careful when it roars and glow red, this means it's overcoming this detriment and is ready to pounce!
・ This will be the best time to use any dash move your Pokemon has to keep your distance away from Regigigas. Otherwise, you can use an Eject Button or X Speed to retreat.

Crush Grip

Crush Grip Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Regigigas Crush Grip
Crush Grip: Regigigas grabs a Pokemon and crushes it continously.

・ The remaining team will be able to break Regigiga's grip if they deal enough damage. If it is available, this is a good time to use your Unite Move to deal high amounts of damage to save your ally.

Shockwave

Shockwave Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Regigigas Shockwave .gif
Shockwave: Regigigas selects three (3) allied Pokemon and generates field of electricity around them. Pokemon that are caught within the electric field will receive damage continously.

・ Once you are targeted, make sure to clear out and avoid sticking to your teammates before the move takes effect.
・ If you using a ranged Pokemon, you can still get in position and deal attacks. Otherwise, it is best to stay out of the fight completely if you are using a melee Pokemon.

Rock Tomb

Rock Tomb Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Regigigas Rock Tomb.gif
Rock Tomb: Regigigas summons boulders and crushes Pokemon. It then lets out a snow storm that deals damage to all Pokemon that are not taking cover.

・ When you see the red reticles below your Pokemon, stop attacking and evade the rocks that will fall. This is the best time to use any dash moves your Pokemon have.

Rock Tomb + Icy Wind

Rock Tomb + Icy Wind Attack Information
Pokemon UNITE - Boss Rush Regigigas Rock Tomb Icy Wind.gif
Rock Tomb + Icy Wind: Regigigas summons boulders and crushes Pokemon. It then lets out a snow storm that deals damage to all Pokemon that are not taking cover.

・ When the tall rocks land, quickly move towards them. Then, look at where Regigigas is facing as that will be the direction in which the blizzard will go.

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