The Pokemon Unite MOBA is Coming to Switch Next Month, Mobile Later

Ready to be a Pikachu one-trick.

It’s been a minute since we heard from Pokemon Unite, the Pokemon MOBA announced almost a year ago today. But Nintendo has announced the game is actually coming out on Switch pretty soon. Next month, to be precise.

The news was accompanied by a cinematic trailer starring two competing Pokemon teams taking part in Pokemon Unite’s new spin on Pokemon battling. The 5v5 setup has players controlling Pokemon that evolve as a match goes on while also capturing wild Pokemon as part of Unite’s objective-based gameplay. The cinematic trailer ends with Cinderace and Pikachu clashing, and the crowd goes wild.

Check out the trailer below:

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According to its official websitePokemon Unite will launch with 19 playable characters, each with a designated role. Here’s the full breakdown:

Attacker, “Pokémon that have low Endurance and excel at dealing heavy ranged damage to opponents:”

  • Pikachu
  • Greninja
  • Venusaur
  • Alolan Ninetales
  • Cramorant
  • Cinderace

Speedster, “Pokémon that have high Mobility and Offense and excel at making quick attacks and scoring points.”

  • Talonflame
  • Absol
  • Gengar

All-rounder, “Pokémon that have balanced Offense and Endurance and are highly tenacious fighters.”

  • Charizard
  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Garchomp

Defender, “Pokémon that have high Endurance and excel at protecting allies and hindering opponents.”

  • Snorlax
  • Crustle
  • Slowbro

Supporter, “Pokémon that provide team support by inflicting status conditions on opponents and by healing allies.”

  • Eldegoss
  • Mr. Mime
  • Wigglytuff

Pokemon Unite is coming to Switch in July and will support cross-play with the mobile version set to launch in September. The game is free to start and has in-app purchases.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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