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How to play Attackers in Pokémon Unite: Pikachu, Greninja, Decidueye, and more

Pokémon Unite is the latest MOBA to hit the market, featuring many of the same tropes seen in League of Legends and Dota 2 — but with less toxicity and more adorable Pokémon. Nineteen characters were playable at launch, but subsequent updates have radically expanded its roster. Jump into the game today, and you’ll find a Pokémon suitable for just about every type of player style.

If you’re looking to deal big damage to the opposing team and stop their march toward victory, you’ll want to take a close look at the Attacker group. What they lack in Endurance and Support skills they more than make up for with devastating ranged attacks, capable of taking out the strongest of foes in just a few seconds.

However, some Pokémon in this class are easier to play than others. Here’s what you need to know about playing as an Attacker in Pokémon Unite.

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Role of Attackers

Cinderace in Pokémon Unite infographic.

While each Attacker brings their own unique twist to the battlefield, all of them fill the same role on their team. Namely — Attackers need to put out big damage and move the frontlines in their favor. Most of their attacks are deadly at a distance, meaning you can stay comfortably behind your teammates as you whittle down the enemy’s HP bar.

Dealing damage is the specialty of Attackers. If you’re not ready to engage in constant combat, then this isn’t the class for you.

Impressive DPS output might be the main draw of Attackers, but they fall short in most other categories. Endurance leaves a lot to be desired, and you’ll want to stay away from close-range encounters — otherwise, you’ll be on the fast track back to your Base.

In short, Attackers are meant to deal massive damage to the other team through efficient use of in-game items, skills, and map positioning. Get caught in the wrong spot, and you won’t survive long before getting knocked out.

Basic Attacker tips

If you need some help getting the hang of Attackers, follow these simple beginner tips to improve your skills:

  • Keep track of your abilities and use them as often as you can — Attackers are all about dealing damage, so you’ll want to thoughtfully spam your skills and items.
  • Stay at a distance. Attackers’ low Endurance means it doesn’t take much to get knocked out.
  • Stick with your team. Instead of being the target of enemies, let your team form a frontline and keep you out of harm’s way.
  • Try to steal kills with your powerful ranged attacks, giving you a bit of XP and Aeos Energy in the process.
  • Hang out near Goal Zones. These provide you with a useful healing effect and counteract your low Endurance.
  • Help your team take down special Wild Pokémon such as Zapdos and Drednaw when they make an appearance.

Tips for specific Attackers

While the above list will get you started as an Attacker, each Pokémon in the group brings a few unique twists to the formula. Whether it’s using paralyzing skills as Pikachu or quickly evolving into Venusaur, here are a few tips to master each Attacker.


Pikachu victory pose in Pokémon Unite.

Not only is Pikachu excellent at dealing out damage, but it excels at paralyzing foes and locking them in place. Combining Electro Ball with Thunderbolt is a sure-fire way to pull off an instant KO — both skills lock your opponent in place, leaving them open for subsequent attacks.

Pikachu can also be built as a single- or multi-target Attacker, with Electro Ball best for single targets and Thunder better for multi-targets.

As far as early game decisions go, we’d recommend making good use of Thunder Shock immediately. Not only is it great for DPS, but it also applies the Paralyze effect to your target. No matter how you level up Pikachu, always remember to take advantage of its skills that Paralyze to keep the upper hand.


Greninja attacking in Pokémon Unite.

With a powerful mix of Offense and Mobility, Greninja is a unique Attacker. You’ll want to quickly evolve from Froakie to Frogadier — focus on the top or bottom lane for best results — before gaining access to Greninja at Level 7.

As Greninja, you’ll unlock the Surf skill, which deals damage to nearby foes and restores your health at the same time. Best of all, if you manage to KO an enemy with Surf, it will skip its cooldown phase. Plan to use Surf on opponents with little remaining HP, and you can quickly bring down multiple enemies while ensuring your HP bar stays full.

Greninja is also a master of camouflage. We’d recommend using Smokescreen as a way to quickly escape from sticky situations and regroup with your team. This is especially useful since Surf requires you to get close to your enemies — mixed with Greninja’s low Endurance, you’ll be thankful for an easy way to retreat.


Venusaur scoring points in Pokémon Unite.

Venusaur can be a challenging character to play in Pokémon Unite. Not only will you need to reach Level 9 before evolving into the lumbering beast, but you’ll also need to compensate for poor ratings in nearly every other stat besides Offense. This means sticking with your team is critical when playing as Venusaur — rushing off on your own is an easy way to lose a round.

To counteract these poor stats, you’ll want to be strategic in which items you’re holding. Specifically, anything that boosts HP is a good choice, such as the Assault Vest and Rocky Helmet. You’ll also want to make liberal use of Giga Drain at Level 5, which gives you a way to restore HP while depleting your opponent’s health.

Seed Bomb is another good skill to have in your lineup, as it has a fast cooldown timer and deals big damage across a wide portion of the battlefield. Use this to force enemies into compromising positions or gain your team a foothold in critical parts of the map.

Alolan Ninetales

Alolan Ninetales AoE attack in Pokémon Unite.

As one of the slowest Attackers, Alolan Ninetales players need to be careful with every movement. Step into the wrong part of the map and you’ll find yourself overwhelmed with no chance of escape. Because of this, Ninetales is only recommended for Pokémon Unite players who are comfortable with the core concepts of the game.

If that’s you, you’ll find a lot to love with Alolan Ninetales. Dazzling Gleam deals massive damage over an area while locking opponents in place. Blizzard lowers enemy speeds, pulls them forward, and deals damage. You won’t gain these powerful skills until later in the match, but Powder Snow is a good way to bide time until then — capable of slowing enemies, it helps even the playing field if you need to make a quick getaway.

As far as Held Items are concerned, we’d recommend improving your Sp. Atk with Wise Glasses and using the X-Attack Battle Item. Beyond that, play around with different combinations to find Items that work best for your specific playstyle.


Cramorant eating Pikachu in Pokémon Unite.

Boasting a formidable combination of Offense, Endurance, and Mobility, Cramorant is well suited for any task. Dive is a particular standout, which lets you store three charges and sends you hurling into combat — dealing damage and pushing enemies away on contact. When used properly, it’s great for breaking up large groups of opponents and can quickly give you the advantage.

Hurricane is another solid skill you’ll unlock at Level 4, as it picks up enemy Pokémon and hurls them to the ground. Combine that with Dive, and there’s little chance you’ll lose control of the battlefield.

Cramorant does have a pretty glaring weakness, however, as it has very few options for healing itself. Because of this, you’ll want to stick close to your Support Pokémon and away from the line of fire.


Cinderace attack in Pokémon Unite.

Evolved from Scorbunny and Raboot at Level 7, Cinderace is a great choice for new Pokémon Unite players. Fast, fierce, and able to attack from a distance, Cinderace is immediately accessible to anyone new to MOBAs. In particular, newcomers will benefit from Cinderace’s Pyro Ball, which deals fire damage at a range and burns any Pokémon it comes in contact with.

Once you get the hang of Cinderace, try swapping out your Pyro Ball attack with Blaze Kick. This will push you forward toward your enemy while simultaneously knocking them back and burning them on contact. You can then follow that up with Feint, turning invincible and giving you a few seconds to retreat to your team.


Gardevoir attacking Pikachu in Pokemon Unite.

Able to devastate opponents from a distance and light up the scoreboard, Gardevoir is a solid choice among the Attackers group. They might not be as well-rounded as others in the class, but there’s no doubt they’re able to dominate the battlefield when played properly.

Unlike many Pokémon in Unite, you won’t need to waste time evolving — although they’re still pretty fragile before leveling up. We’d recommend sticking to the top lane and clearing mobs until you can learn Future Sight. This is an effective AoE skill that can boost your movement speed, and successfully hitting an enemy will reduce its overall cooldown time.

As far as held items are concerned, consider using items like Choice Specs and Wise Glasses to boost your Sp. Attack.

Gardevoir becomes surprisingly powerful towards the end of a match, largely due to its impressive Unite Move — Fairy Singularity. This will draw in nearby Pokémon while also dealing damage over time. Not only is it deadly, but it helps control the battlefield and gives the rest of your team an opening to attack. You can round out your skillset with Moonblast (attack while moving backward) and using an Eject Button to get out of dangerous situations.


Sylveon attacking in Pokemon Unite.

It takes a bit of practice to learn how to play Sylveon, but their combination of impressive Offense, Scoring, and Support stats makes them one of the best characters in the game. You’ll need to constantly keep an eye on your HP — some of its moves can actually restore health — but with the right build, Sylveon is almost unstoppable.

Leveling up in the early game should be fairly easy for Sylveon, and after hitting Level 4 you’ll want to pick up Hyper Voice to add more firepower to your arsenal. Not only does this attack deal more damage to enemies as they retreat, but subsequent hits increase in effectiveness. Pair this with Choice Specs as a Held Item to further improve its damage output.

Finish up your build by learning Calm Mind at Level 6 — this will improve your Sp. Attack, Sp. Defense, and movement speed — and use it right before casting Hyper Voice to deal impressive damage to any nearby foes. Sylveon’s Unite Move of Fairy Frolic can also be used to jump over walls and surprise opponents, as it will make you temporarily invulnerable and raise you up into the air. Just make sure you land near an enemy, as Fairy Frolic deals big damage as you come crashing back down to earth.


Decidueye attacking in Pokemon Unite

Although it lacks Endurance, Decidueye is surprisingly well-suited towards solo gameplay. Of course, you’ll still need to communicate with your team, but its arsenal of skills (combined with great Offense and Support stats) make it easy to hold your own without a teammate by your side.

Start your round by quickly evolving from Rowlet to Dartrix at Level 4 and again to Decidueye at Level 7. Once you reach that milestone, consider learning Razer Leaf if you’re looking for a well-rounded build. This allows you to temporarily buff your attacks and gives you the ability to target multiple enemies at once. Hit Level 8, and Leaf Storm will be made available — which quickly becomes a go-to skill to control the battlefield. Not only does it deal damage, but it’ll decrease your enemy’s movement speed and shove them back if they’re getting a bit too close.

Focus Band and Muscle Band are popular Held Items, as they improve your Attack and Defense and make it easier to survive battles without additional support. Your Unite Move (Nock Nock) is also great for getting out of a bind, as it fires quills forward and deals huge damage to opponents caught in its path. Better yet, it’ll deal increased damage if the opposing Pokémon’s HP is low. Be sure to save this until you really need it, as it can decimate an entire team if used properly.

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