Pokémon Unite is a free-to-play fantasy action real-time strategy game developed by TiMi Studios and released by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2021. It will later be released for iOS and Android devices by The Pokémon Company on September 21, 2021.
A spin-off of the Pokémon series of turn-based RPGs, Pokémon Unite has players controlling one of several Pokémon in five-on-five team matches similar to other MOBAs (such as League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm).
Some of the advanced aspects of MOBAs are toned down for this game, such as the lack of minions to escort. Players instead collect "Aeos energy" dropped by defeating Pokémon (either neutral or opponent) and deposit them into each of their opponents' "goal zones" (a replacement for the Tower system). As each match progresses, players' Pokémon evolve and gain new abilities (including two replacement abilities, their upgrades, and a powerful "Unite Move"). Rather than purchasing items throughout the game, players to enter battle with three passive buff items and one active item (with cooldown).
As a free-to-play game, players unlock new Pokémon and cosmetics over time using multiple in-game currencies (including a premium one that can be purchased with real-world money), a Battle Pass system, and a gacha system. In addition, players can upgrade the passive items to increase their efficiency (which can be upgraded faster with real-world money).
The base game includes 20 player-controlled Pokémon to choose from, each categorized into one of five groups based on their stats and abilities.
Most of them are locked from the start, with four of them unlocked (through owning "Unite Licenses") on a weekly rotation. When starting the game, players can choose from one of five Unite Licenses to unlock (Charizard, Pikachu, Talonflame, Snorlax, or Eldegoss).
Pokémon that excel at adapting to different situations, due to not being particularly strong nor weak in their offensive power, mobility, and durability.
Pokémon that excel at powerful ranged damage due to their high Offense stat. However, this usually comes at a cost to their mobility and/or durability.
Pokémon that excel at quick melee attacks and scoring points due to their high Mobility stat. However, this usually comes at a cost to their range and durability.
Pokémon that excel at absorbing team damage due to their high Endurance stat. However, this usually comes at a cost to their offensive power and/or mobility.
Pokémon that excel at using their abilities to buff/heal allies or inflict status ailments on enemies. However, their offensive power is weak and they are not usually mobile or durable.