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Will Pokemon unite be 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. Players are able to download Pokemon Unite right now and jump into the fun. ShacknewsIs Pokemon Unite releasing on PC?
The Pokémon is available for a limited time
Pokémon Unite is a new free-to-play game from The Pokémon Company and TiMi Studio Group. In it, two groups compete in teams of five to try and score as many points as possible against the opposing team. A huge part of the game will be unlocking new Pokémon to use in battle — one of which is Zeraora.
First off, to get Zeraora, you’ll need to log on and download Pokémon Unite before August 31. If you plan to play on the mobile version that’s coming out this fall, don’t fret. A tweet from the game’s official page shared that players planning to play on mobile will still be able to get the Pokémon at a later date.
Once you’ve downloaded the game, launch it and navigate to the main menu with your trainer and Pokémon on it. Press “X” on your Switch controller and it’ll open a submenu. From there, scroll down to “Mail” and click on “System Messages.” In there is a message titled “Launch Bonus.” Press “A” to redeem Zeraora’s Unite license and unlock it. Once you do that, Zeraora will appear as an optional fighter.
It’s only day one, so players are still figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of each character, but it won’t hurt to pick up another fighter. Here’s a video showing off the Pokémon’s move set in the game.
Pokémon Unite is live on Nintendo Switch now and is scheduled to come to mobile platforms in September.
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22 July, 2021 - 10:01am
After a morning with Pokemon Unite, it’s very clear where it has room for improvement. A Pokemon MOBA would have hit the spot around a decade ago, but for many, it clearly feels like a late effort in 2021. I’m torn. I’m always down to clown with a MOBA, despite the disdain the genre causes to some for its mere existence, but not necessarily from Tencent.
There’s a few issues that could stand to be ironed out soonish and eventually, and I hope they are because the foundation of Unite is fairly sound.
Our tale begins on Aeos Island, where a force conveniently named Aeos energy is gathered in high concentration. Phorus, a professor of sorts that appears in a very light lore intro, informs us that Unite Battles (that’s us!) of the 5v5 variety harness this energy, which is good for whatever reason. Thus, Pokemon Unite was born.
Think of it like a basketball/soccer hybrid of sorts with killing. You collect energy by taking out neutral creeps (AI) and enemy players (which drop Aeos after death), which you’ll use to score (dunk, really) into opposing goals while defending your own. There are nuances (which I’ll get into with the eventual full review), but that’s basically the gist of how every Unite round works. Teams of five duke it out, try and amass as much Aeos as possible, dunk it, then the team with the highest score at the end of the round wins.
In other words, these aren’t hour-plus MOBA slogs: they’re cut off at a hard 10 minutes. You’ll get acquainted with all this through a surprisingly refreshing and breezy 15-minute-in-total tutorial (that’s with all the optional trimmings), which goes over the basics of combat and scoring. Pokemon can spam basic attacks with A, all of which have their own cadence and are prone to stutter stepping techniques (moving and juking to the timing of each auto-attack), common in many MOBAs.
Creatures also sport two abilities (tied to R/triggers), and an ultimate/super that’s gifted upon leveling up. Cleverly, leveling not only grants you new or upgraded skills, but it’s also tied to a fun evolution mechanic, where you’ll generally start off as the first stage of a character (Charmander) then gradually shift into your final form (Charizard). The simplistic leveling system fits the MOBA genre and the Pokemon series perfectly, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that was the entire initial pitch.
MOBA archetypes are also alive and well and are facilitated through specific characters. Pikachu is ranged (which is mostly shown via distanced shock basic attacks), Charizard is a melee character, there are speedsters for chasing down kills or going for stealthy goals, beefy creatures that can take a hit and tank/peel for their team, and so on. There’s enough room here to allow Unite‘s own little meta to grow, as players discover the best strategies for taking down neutral camps, lane meta, and crowd control that will enable big team combos. It’s not overly exciting (especially mob combat), but I’m generally enjoying myself when I’m actually fighting people.
To aim skillshots (some of which are line abilities, or area-of-effect bursts) you’ll trigger them, then use the right analog stick to aim. With a goal of keeping a steady framerate of 60 FPS (an FPS counter is on screen), it plays out far smoother than I expected it to based on the choppy footage and grainy screens we’ve been given so far. In fact the entire game looks very clean, as does the helpful UI.
As I said before, my initial impressions of the framework have been positive. Where Pokemon Unite starts to falter is content and an adherence to rigid progression. Right now there seems to just be one map on offer, and a handful of characters that are free-to-play on rotation. The game is very meager in what it offers you upfront, granting you access to one Pokemon of a small selection of “beginner” choices, gating the rest behind daily login bonuses, a [seemingly free for now] season pass, and of course, cold hard microtransactions.
I’m not worried purely about the microtransactions, so much as I am about the glacial pace of rewards for the free track. Outside of challenge rewards (which are limited), coins (the free currency) are capped at 2,100 per week. Pokemon range from 6,000 to 10,000 coins right now, so my first day has mostly consisted of mirror matches. If you want to pay up for characters they’re 460 gems (the premium currency) apiece, and it’s $8 for 490 gems (with a first-time double-gem bonus, Tencent strikes again with their “just a taste” strategy). There’s costumes too of course, for both your trainer and individual Pokemon.
This is most definitely going to be a test of will type situation over the next week or so, as I’m eager to get in more games and see how much currency I can earn as a dedicated free player. Who knows? Maybe things will improve a bit. In any case, the sole map and potential for more mirror matches with the same few characters could become grating real fast.
Pokemon Unite is fun enough so far when you’re actually in a round, especially as a practically instant free download with a non-obtrusive tutorial; but it feels like a progression wall is coming. I mean for me, it’s nearly here with the weekly gold cap. Stay tuned for our full review to see if Unite is worth sticking with.
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But now, let’s learn a little bit more about the game.
Pokémon UNITE takes place on Aeos Island, a mythical island said to be on the ocean’s unexplored frontier. On Aeos Island, players will find the Unite Battle Committee (UBC), which runs a series of Unite Battle tournaments. In Unite Battles, players form teams of five and compete against each other to see who can score the most points before time runs out. Players also experience a mysterious new form of energy (known as Aeos energy) that can be used in Unite Battles to evolve Pokémon.
To earn points for your team, you must gather Aeos energy by defeating wild and opposing Pokémon and then deposit that energy in one of the opposing team’s goal zones. Cooperating with your teammates is very important, so be sure to keep them in mind when you’re making your moves. Unite Battles also take place in various stadiums, and the rules for each stadium may differ.
Find Your Role: Many different Pokémon, such as Charizard, Pikachu, and Greninja, appear in Pokémon UNITE. Although type strengths and weaknesses do not exist in Unite Battles, each Pokémon has its own unique stats and role—Attacker, Defender, Speedster, Supporter, or All-Rounder—that reflects its play style. You’ll want to practice with various Pokémon to find out which best suit you!
Level Up: Before every Unite Battle, participating Pokémon are returned to Lv. 1 through the power of Aeos energy, and throughout each battle, they gain Exp. Points and level up. As Pokémon level up, they learn powerful moves and evolve, and when a Pokémon reaches higher levels, it also learns its Unite Move—a powerful move that can only be learned and used in Unite Battles.
Timed with Pokémon UNITE’s release on Nintendo Switch, players will be able to enjoy the game’s first season, “Welcome to Aeos Island!” The season battle pass will feature many rewards, ranging from in-game currency to Holowear. Players will need to complete both daily and weekly missions throughout the season to raise their battle pass level and receive rewards based on that level. Additionally, players who purchase the premium pass will have the chance to earn more rewards, including the Holowear Hip-Hop Style: Pikachu and Captain Style: Cinderace.
Anyone who logs in to the newly released Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon UNITE by 14:59 UTC Tuesday, August 31, 2021, will receive the Unite license for Zeraora as a launch bonus. Zeraora can close the distance between itself and its opponents in the blink of an eye and deal massive amounts of damage all at once. Its Unite Move, Plasma Gale, sends out a powerful electric blast that creates a zone of plasma around the area where the blast hits.
Pokémon UNITE will also be available for mobile devices later this year, with cross-platform play and cross-save** support planned.
For more information about Pokémon UNITE, please visit https://unite.pokemon.com/.
*Anyone who downloads Pokémon UNITE and logs in by 14:59 a.m. UTC Tuesday, August 31, 2021, will be able to claim the Unite license for Zeraora using the in-game mail system. In order to get the Unite license for Zeraora after the end of this promotional campaign, players will need to complete special missions (scheduled to be implemented at a future date).
**A Pokémon Trainer Club account or Nintendo Account on both Nintendo Switch and mobile is required to keep progress synced between devices.
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Upon starting Pokemon Unite, you'll first be prompted to create your avatar and take part in a practice battle explaining the game's rules and objective. Once you've finished the tutorial, you'll finally access the main menu, where you'll be able to claim Zeraora. Press X to open the options list and select Mail.
After opening your inbox, you'll find Zeraora's Unite License listed under the title "Launch Bonus" in System Messages. Unite Licenses are what allow you to play as specific Pokemon in online matches. Press A to claim the free license.
Once you've claimed Zeraora's Unite License, you can use the Electric Pokemon in Unite Battles. As its stats page details, Zeraora is a melee speedster that excels at closing the distance between itself and opponents and dishing out high damage. It's tricky to use, however, making it not very beginner-friendly.
As previously mentioned, everyone who downloads and logs into Pokemon Unite by August 31 will receive Zeraora's Unite License for free, letting you use the Pokemon immediately. If you happen to miss that window, you'll still be able to unlock Zeraora by completing "special missions" that will be introduced to the game at a later date.
Like many other free-to-play games, Pokemon Unite has optional microtransactions. You can purchase new cosmetic items for your avatar and Pokemon using in-game currency. There are several different types of currencies, however, so we've put together a guide explaining how microtransactions work in Pokemon Unite. The game is also coming to mobile devices this September, and it will support cross-play and cross-progression with the Switch version.
21 July, 2021 - 03:55pm
How to be the very best at this MOBA
Polygon’s Pokémon Unite beginner’s guide will teach you everything you need to know to get started with this Pokémon-themed MOBA. We’ll explain why the tutorials and options menu is worth exploring, how to choose which Pokémon to unlock first, what’s the difference between classes, and why playing in the right lane is essential.
Resist the urge to dive into Pokémon Unite right away. Both seasoned MOBA players and beginners should take the time to check out the game’s six tutorials. The game lets you enter live matches after completing the first few, but it’s worth going through all of the lessons first.
The first three tutorials teach you how to attack and score, but it’s the latter three that are the most interesting. This trio of tutorials teaches that attacking different wild Pokémon can change the dynamics of a match. For instance, some wild creatures can give you buffs, while others can help you score much faster. These tutorials teach you which wild Pokémon to look out for. Without their help, you might ignore their assistance completely.
The settings menu isn’t the most exciting place to visit in a game, but considering the fast-paced nature of Pokémon Unite, there are some options in there worth exploring.
After you play through the opening tutorials, you’ll receive a Unite License which lets you unlock a Pokémon. If you’re new to MOBAs, you might not be sure which of the creatures to select first. Each of the options you’re given is great choice for helping you learn the finer details of the game’s various classes.
As you level up throughout the match, your gain the ability to learn new attacks. Over time, you learn new moves that overwrite the two starting skills you begin the match with. The choices you make determines how your Pokémon’s combat style changes throughout the match.
Each Pokémon excels at different areas of the map. When you are prepping for battle, the game will let you know which lane is recommended for each Pokémon.
You don’t have to stick to these recommendations, but when you’re first learning the game, it’s best to try playing in these lanes. You should move around the map to help teammates in out when the need arises, but these lane recommendations detail which part of the map each Pokémon is the most effective in.