Pokémon Unite has been given an official release date: July 2021 for Nintendo Switch and September 2021 for mobile platforms. If you haven’t been keeping up with the updates, you might be wondering how the game is going to play like. Today, we’ll tell you all about how the new Pokémon Unite MOBA will play!
If you’re familiar at all with multiplayer online battle arenas or MOBAs, then you’ll already know the basics of Pokémon Unite. If you aren’t, have no fear – we’re here to show you all the basics.
Players will compete in two teams of five players. Before a match begins, you’ll pick your favorite Pokémon, whether it’s the iconic electric mouse Pikachu or the flying blaze Charizard. The game will initially launch with 19 playable Pokémon, each with their own unique playstyles and moves. Try them all!
A match in Pokémon Unite takes place on Aeos Island, a football-shaped arena. Both teams have multiple goal points on their respective sides of the island, and the goal of the game is to collect “Aeos” energy and deposit in the enemy team’s goals. The team who deposits the most energy wins the match!
In terms of controls, Pokémon Unite controls like a typical mobile MOBA. You can move your Pokémon around with the virtual joystick, and tap buttons in the bottom right corner to use your attacks and moves. Most moves have auto-targeting functions, so you can unleash them quickly when there’s an enemy nearby.
Most Pokémon will start the match in their baby forms at level 1. At the start of a match, most players will head into the jungle, the middle section of the island, to fight wild Pokémon. Defeating wild Pokémon nets you experience and Aeos energy.
Once a Pokémon has acquired enough experience, they’ll level up, potentially evolve, and learn new moves. Pokémon that are strong enough will start to make advancements towards the enemy base or hold a defensive position back at their own base. It is at this point in the match where team battles will start to explode!
A typical match in Pokémon Unite follows the usual format very closely, despite the unique mechanics. The game should be easy enough to pick up for anyone familiar with the genre, and for beginners it offers easy control to get you right into the action.
After a match concludes, you’ll earn rewards based on your participation and performance. You can unlock new Pokémon and items by using the currency you’ve earned. You can also use Aeos gems, the premium currency that is acquired with real world money.
That pretty much covers all of how Pokémon Unite will play. We hope you’re as excited about the game as we are, so stay tuned for more information when the game launches for Nintendo Switch next month and September for mobile platforms!