Pokemon Unite is a new free-to-play game from developers TiMi Studio Group and The Pokemon Company. This game takes the world of Pokemon and fuses it with various MOBA elements from games like DOTA 2 or Heroes of the Storm. Players pick from a roster of Pokemon, which serve as the game’s champions, and battle it out to score points for their team. Whichever team earns the most points or destroys all the enemy team’s point receptacles wins the match. Along with different characters and outfits for your trainer, you can also obtain Items for your Pokemon to hold in battle. These are passive (and active) enhancements that can make your Pokemon even stronger or help them survive tricky fights. Here’s how to unlock and upgrade them as you progress through Pokemon Unite:
What Are Items?
There are two types of Items in Pokemon Unite: Held and Battle. Battle Held Items are equipped to your Pokemon and provide passive benefits such as healing out of combat or increasing a Pokemon’s Special Attack stat. When you start out you’ll only be able to equip one Held Item. However, as you play and level up, you’ll unlock two additional Held Item slots, bringing the total to three. Once equipped, you won’t need to do anything to actually benefit from their effects unless specified by the Item. Inversely, Battle Items are activated abilities that have a lengthy cooldown. Mapped to the Y button, you can only have one Battle Item equipped during a match at a time. These can be a burst of health, temporarily increasing your movement speed, or even launching yourself away from danger.
Items can be equipped in the Battle Prep menu right before a match launches or in the Battle Prep tab in the main menu. If you’re equipping items in the main menu, it will only let you change Items on the Pokemon you currently have favorited.
How to Get Items
When it comes to acquiring Items you have two different methods depending on if you’re looking for Held or Battle Items. For Held Items, these can be acquired either by purchasing them in the store or completing Daily Challenges. The former is the most common method, as each item costs 1,000 Aeos Coins or 625 Aeos Tickets. These are two in-game currencies you can earn by playing the game and without spending any real-world money on them. If you are strapped for coins, then you can unlock some of the Held Items by completing specific Daily Challenges. To view the current challenges available, click on the calendar icon in the main menu and then select any of the clothing pieces without the yellow lock symbol. Then just click on any of the clothing icons to view the challenges and rewards for beating them.
As for Battle Items, these cannot be purchased in the store and are solely tied to your Trainer Level. This is your basic level in Pokemon Unite and you can increase it by completing matches. You will earn extra XP if you win a match, so make sure to try your hardest! You cannot earn Battle Items any other way.
How to Upgrade Items
To upgrade your Held Items you need to first Trainer Level 9. This will unlock the ability to enhance your Held Items, making them significantly more powerful. Once you reach level 9, go to the main menu and then hit the X button. Scroll down the sidebar to “Battle Prep” and then “Held Items.” You will get a brief tutorial on how to upgrade your items and you should have enough Item Enhancers to level up one or two of your Held Items. To increase their item level you will need to spend (say it with me now) another currency. It cost Item Enhancers to upgrade a Held Item and each time you increase the item’s level the number of Item Enhancers needed will increase.
To obtain Item Enhancers, you can purchase them from the store, increasing your Trainer Level, leveling up the Battle Pass, as an Energy Reward, and as event rewards. Your most common method will be by spending Aeos Tickets in the Aeos Emporium. A single Item Enhancer costs 10 Aeos Tickets, so be prepared to several hundred if you want to increase your Held Item’s level. This is the only way to increase your Held Item level.
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