Cramorant has stolen the show in Pokémon Unite

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Polygon 23 July, 2021 - 08:00am 66 views

How do you get Zeraora Pokemon unite?

To unlock Zeraora in Pokemon Unite, you must log in and play Pokemon Unite on Nintendo Switch before August 31, 2021. By doing this, you will receive the Zeraora licence, granting you access to this Mythical creature. Now, it's worth nothing that you won't get a notification that you've got Zeraora. ShacknewsHow to get Zeraora - Pokemon Unite

Is Pokemon unite a mobile game?

Pokémon UNITE will also be available for mobile devices later this year, with cross-platform play and cross-save** support planned. nintendo.comPokemon UNITE is now on Nintendo Switch

Will Pokemon unite be on PC?

Unfortunately, Pokemon Unite is not releasing on PC. ... Pokemon Unite is not on PC. It is currently only on Nintendo Switch. As of writing, Pokemon Unite is available on Nintendo Switch and is coming to mobile devices (Android and iOS) later on this year. ShacknewsIs Pokemon Unite releasing on PC?

Pokémon Unite Exists

Nintendo Life 23 July, 2021 - 09:10am

Pokemon Unite Review - A New Kind Of Pokemon League

TheGamer 23 July, 2021 - 09:10am

I’ve put a lot of time into Pokemon Unite over the last 24 hours, having racked up almost 40 matches across various different game modes. I’m a Lucario main, but I also occasionally mess around with Charizard or Absol if somebody else manages to nick my best boy while I’m not paying attention. I tried Zeraora - who is completely overpowered - but couldn’t get its playstyle down, whereas Gengar, one of my favourite ‘mons of all time, is so bad it’s almost ghastly (eh?). Despite only launching with 20 ‘mons - technically several more, since it’s 20 evolutionary lines - Unite has everything from Crustle to Cramorant, to Cinderace and Charizard. Personally, I think it’s a bit weird that 20 percent of the Pokemon in the game have names beginning with C.

Pokemon Unite is a MOBA, or multiplayer online battle arena. If you’re unsure of what that means, think of something like League of Legends or DOTA 2. Two teams of five are placed on a map separated into three distinct lanes, all of which are divided into two halves lined with scoring zones. The aim of the game is to score more points than the other team, but it’s not as simple as that. While Unite is significantly less complex than its influences, you need to know where to go, when to fight, how to escape, and what to do in a countless number of distinct, weird, and unpredictable situations. When you make a smart play, you feel like Pokemon Einstein. When you make an eejit of yourself, though, you feel like Ash Ketchum after he asked Gary Oak if his girlfriend was a Pokemon.

It would be ridiculous to argue that you should be able to stop for a few Pokemon s’mores in the middle of a MOBA brawl, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. Unite, by definition of its differentiation, leans into what makes Pokemon special by assigning each Pokemon a role. Gengar is a Speedster because it’s fast, but the rest of Gengar’s kit doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Sure, it can go invisible with its Unite move, but where’s the innovation there? Where’s the consistency with the anime prankster ghost we’ve come to know and love over the last 25 years? Unite is like Mystery Dungeon or Snap in that it has an opportunity to establish coherent identities for each and every Pokemon beyond the restrictions of the mainline formula. Lucario is pretty good, as are ‘mons like Alolan Ninetales and Crustle. Gengar, though? Gengar is rubbish. Snorlax’s whole homage to its origins is just “high health, can sleep,” whereas series favourites like Garchomp, Greninja, and Venusaur are great to play as, but just a bit boring.

It’s a minor complaint for people who aren’t particularly into Pokemon, but I’d wager it will be a major point of contention as Unite ages. There are sure to be balance changes - again, Zeraora is broken - but as it stands, Pokemon Unite only properly gets half of its hybrid Pokemon/MOBA structure.

This is because Unite, despite being regimented into strict movesets and strategies, is at its best when it is completely chaotic. Your job in each match depends on your role - Speedsters skulk through the Jungle while Attackers and Defenders rip up the top and bottom lanes - but precisely defined roles almost always give way to unpredictable mayhem.

Pokemon evolve as you progress throughout the match, so it’s useful to play it safe at the beginning, taking out low level wild ‘mons until you evolve and learn a new move. Sometimes, though, you’ll notice an enemy team member has gotten a bit too ambitious - a bit greedy, even. One step into your territory and you’re off like a Snipe Shot, Absol Feinting its way through rough shrubbery to land a pinpoint shot on a stranded Alolan Vulpix. Except it’s not stranded and all of a sudden Slowbro is on you, its enormous health pool and proximity to its own zone converting a war of attrition into a one-sided stomping. Just as you’re about to faint, the unlikely combo of Pikachu and Cramorant zoom out of the woodwork, shooting bolts and barracudas at the enemy team as part of a pandemonium of projectiles that should - but don’t - make the frame rate tank. I’m not going to go into this in any great detail, but for what it’s worth, the frame rate and all other technical aspects of Pokemon Unite have been flawless so far, especially considering the game’s status as a Switch and mobile exclusive.

Unite’s economy is separated into multiple in-game currencies, which, in general, is often done to make recognizing real-world value more difficult and, by extension, easier to rationalize exchanging. Learning what each and every little symbol is actually used for takes a while, and there were several times I thought, “Oh, I have enough for this now!” only to realize that I was, in fact, broke.

Still, Unite is not pay-to-win, regardless of what some people online might purport. The only value real money has is tied to cosmetic items that have no impact on moment-to-moment play. Held items can be enhanced in order to increase their effectiveness, although item enhancement materials are essentially thrown at you for completing challenges, opening in-game loot boxes using a currency called Energy, and ranking up. It’s easy to see how prevalent microtransactions are from the perspective of just staring endlessly at the homescreen’s UI, but when it comes to making the game fair for people regardless of monetary input, I think Unite is pretty innocuous compared to some of the other live-service titles on the market right now.

Pokemon Unite is weird. It both feels everything and nothing like Pokemon and nothing and everything like a MOBA. It’s not necessarily a balanced meeting point between these two ostensibly incomparable concepts - instead, it’s its own thing entirely. And, for the most part, this new, strange, messy hybrid works. Its misunderstanding of what makes it special in the first place is an unignorable aspect of an otherwise remarkable effort, and there will be people out there who are turned off by the overbearing presence of microtransactions, even if they don’t technically make the game pay-to-win.

Me, though? I have my nitpicks, although I’m not too proud to admit that they are drastically outweighed by my predilections. Pokemon Unite is a game I can see myself playing for a long time - just add Blastoise to the roster already, eh? I’m dying to see what a Unite move with massive reptilian shoulder cannons looks like.

Pokemon Unite Sees Impressive Launch Day Viewership on Twitch

GameRant 23 July, 2021 - 08:36am

Pokemon Unite was first announced in June of 2020, and it came with a mix of skepticism and intrigue--often the case with Pokemon reveals. However, as the game's release date approached, the community's curiosity about a Pokemon MOBA appeared to rise each day. The game pits two teams of five against one another and there are up to twenty Pokemon that can be unlocked. Now that the game is in the wild, Pokemon Unite has burst onto the streaming scene in a big way, which could possibly indicate long-term success.

According to TwitchTracker, the free-to-play Pokemon Unite MOBA already has peaked at 225,405 Twitch viewers in its first 24 hours. At the time of writing this article and capturing the information, there are 113,351 viewers watching Twitch content of Pokemon Unite. Some of those numbers could dip significantly--as it could be chalked up to simple curiosity--but those are numbers to get excited about. Right now, the only games ahead of Pokemon Unite are Grand Theft Auto 5, New World, and League of Legends. 

Along with checking in on Pokemon Unite for curiosity's sake, or to learn how to play Pokemon Unite, MOBAs often do well on streaming platforms because they can be so competitive. Time will tell if this Pokemon MOBA was designed well enough to last the long haul in terms of replayability, competitiveness, and even some semblance of an esports scene. The game could do well on Twitch if fans want to tune in regularly for tips and tricks from pro players.

Pokemon Unite is available now for Switch and later for mobile.

Source: TwitchTracker

Is Pokemon Unite Pay to Win?

Gaming INTEL 23 July, 2021 - 04:55am

Pay to Win features in video games are universally known as one of the worst parts of the industry. When one of your favorite games has Pay to Win features, you’re often forced to grind for endless hours or spend money on microtransactions.

After all, without spending money, you’re going into online multiplayer at a disadvantage. And if your enemies have opened their wallets, you’ll have a hard time keeping up with them right from the get-go.

But is Pokemon Unite Pay-to-Win like so many games before it? Microtransactions in a game like this could greatly affect its longevity, so we’ve put together a full analysis for you.

To first get a handle on whether or not Pokemon Unite is Pay to Win, it’s important to get to grips with all of the game’s many currencies.

Make sure to choose the best Pokemon Unite starter so you don’t have to buy them later!

Now, with this many currencies in play, it can be hard to keep track of your spending in Pokemon Unite – a sign of a Pay to Win game.

But what do you really need to keep an eye on?

Well, Aeos Coins can be used to buy the all-important Battle Items for reasonably cheap. They can also be used to buy Pokemon, and most players will be able to pick at least one new recruit in their first week, thanks to the sheer amount of challenges and objectives to complete.

We don’t predict that this high rate of drops will last forever though. And for a cheap cost of Aeos Gems, or a slightly higher amount of Tickets, you can boost your Coin earnings for up to a week.

But where Pokemon Unite could really be straying into Pay to Win territory is with its item upgrades. After all, just by modifying your Held Items, players can head into Pokemon Unite already stronger than their opponents.

Right now, I build my Pikachu with a Muscle Band, which I’ve upgraded to Grade 10 by spending my (earned) Item Enhancers. Although each upgrade only cost a handful of Enhancers each, to reach Grade 11 I now have to spend 25 Item Enhancers on a single boost.

Already, my item has gone from giving me +1 Attack to +5 Attack and +2.5% Basic Attack Speed. What’s more, for reaching Grade 10, the item now also increases my Basic Attack damage by 2% of the opposing Pokemon’s remaining HP.

And that’s only Grade 10, each item can be upgraded significantly higher – with greater benefits to boot.

It’s a decent boost that I now have over a new player, or one less upgrade-savvy. And although I haven’t spent any money on these boosts, I could buy more Item Enhancers should I choose.

Each Item Enhancer costs 10 Aeos Tickets, which can’t be purchased outright. Nor can I exchange a currency for the Aeos Tickets.

But what I could do is buy the Pokemon Unite Battle Pass.

By purchasing the Pokemon Unite Battle Pass, I’d get access to a fair few extra Aeos Tickets. The Battle Pass gives out a good amount for free too, of course, but I’d be earning more with a purchase.

The only way to buy a Battle Pass is with 490 Aeos Gems, or 840 for a 10 level boost. With that in mind, the Battle Pass would set me back around $8 a season.

Yes, some may see the Pokemon Unite Battle Pass as being Pay to Win, but that’s the extent of it where microtransactions are concerned. We wouldn’t call the game Pay to Win, rather Play to Win but with a fairly heavy grind.

Would you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

All Held, Battle Items in Pokémon Unite and how to get them | Dot Esports

Dot Esports 23 July, 2021 - 03:48am

Pokémon Unite has a very unique approach to certain core mechanics that set the franchise’s first MOBA apart from other games in the same genre. 

While the Pokémon themselves have very standard move progression and scale up over time just like many popular MOBAs, Unite’s item system doesn’t actually factor into the evolving mechanics happening during each match. 

That isn’t to say items don’t play a key role in deciding how certain matchups and games can play out, because they often do impact gameplay a lot. Unite simply has players choose their items ahead of loading into the map, prompting them to edit their loadouts once they have selected a Pokémon to use. 

This applies to both types of items, Battle and Held Items, that are used in the game. 

Battle Items are multi-use tools that can give players temporary boosts to stats, add a versatile movement option, or simply provide a little healing when needed. On the other hand, Held Items are equippable and give each Pokémon different boosts or effects depending on which ones you are using. Each Pokémon can have three different Held Items equipped at once. 

There are different ways to unlock each item, so if you want to optimize your Pokémon’s builds, here is a full list of every item in the game and how you can obtain them. 

Players can unlock every Battle Item in the game simply by playing matches and raising their base Trainer Level. In total, there are eight different items to get in this category. 

Unlike Battle Items, the 16 Held Items can be obtained multiple ways. The main method and the fastest way to get the specific items you want is simply using in-game currency to buy it from the shop. 

However, if you don’t want to spend your currency on items or don’t have enough to get every item you want, you can also obtain them by grinding various challenges or the seasonal Battle Pass. 

The only item players will have at the start is Leftovers. If you purchase an item from the shop, they all cost 1,000 Aeos Coins or 625 Aeos Tickets. These can also be leveled up a total of 30 times to reach their full bonus total, which is listed below along with the other details. 

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