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Pokemon Unite patch notes – changes, nerfs, and buffs

Pokemon Unite patch notes

Pokemon Unite will likely receive many balance changes as the game evolves and becomes more competitive. As is the case with most MOBAs, many of the playable characters require many nerfs and buffs to certain moves to make the game a bit more even all around. Pokemon Unite patch notes can be difficult to digest, so we’re here to break down the latest updates for you.

We will cover all of the latest buffs, nerfs, Pokemon additions, and changes in the official Pokemon Unite patch notes and upcoming updates. You can always bookmark this page and check back for any new updates so that you are always up-to-date with the latest happenings in the world of Pokemon Unite.

You may want to check out our Pokemon Unite builds and Pokemon Unite tier list for some more useful guides if you’re looking to take your game to the next level.

Pokemon Unite patch notes

Here is a full breakdown of the Pokemon Unite updates.

Pokemon Unite update – August 18, 2021

The server update for the August 18 patch will take place at 7 UTC on Aug. 18, and include shop updates, bug and text fixes, and various Pokemon nerfs and buffs. Full details are below.

  • Bug Fixes
  • Text Fixes
  • Shop Updates

Changes are being made to some Pokémon stats and moves to adjust the balance of Unite Battles.


  • Stealth Rock: Cooldown reduced and damage increase.
  • Rock Tomb: Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.


  • Movement speed changed.
  • Bulldoze: Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.
  • Dragon Rush: Cooldown reduced.


  • Surf: Duration of effects on opposing Pokémon decreased.
  • Scald: Bug Fixes and damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.


  • Heavy Slam: Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.
  • Block: Duration of effects on opposing Pokémon decreased.
  • Flail: Move Upgrade
  • Unite Move Power Nap: HP restoration decreased.


  • Smokescreen: Move Downgrade, Cooldown lengthened.
  • Water Shuriken: Cooldown reduced. Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.
  • Double Team: Cooldown reduced.


  • Unite Move: Starlight Recital. Bug Fixes


  • Basic Attack: Bug Fixes

Alolan Ninetales

  • Snow Warning: Bug Fixes
  • Aurora Veil: Bug Fixes


  • Basic Attack: Bug Fixes
  • Psychic: Bug Fixes


  • Hurricane: Bug Fixes

Wild Pokémon

  • Avalugg: Stat Decrease

Battle Items

  • Eject Button: Stat Decreases
  • Goal-Getter: Stat Increases
  • Fluffy Tail: Stat Increases
  • X Attack: Stat Increases

Pokemon Unite update – August 4, 2021

The Pokemon Unite patch will roll out on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, and include several balance changes. Most notably, Cinderaxe, Gengar, Zeraora, and Eldegoss will be receiving a few nerfs, while Charizard, Venusaur, Absol, Talonflame, and Wigglytuff are all on the receiving end of some much-needed buffs. Various other bug fixes and text fixes will also be included, alongside a spectate feature test from August 4 through August 6. See the full breakdown of the Pokemon Unite patch notes for August 4 down below.

Here’s an infographic to visualize all of the balance changes, courtesy of PKMNCAST on Twitter:


  • Flamethrower: cooldown reduced and damage increased
  • Fire Punch: damage increased
  • Fire Blast: cooldown reduced and damage increased


  • Acrobatic: damage increased
  • Aeriel Ace: damage increased
  • Fly: damage increased


  • Sludge Bomb: damage increased
  • Petal Dance: move upgrade
  • Solar Beam: cooldown reduced
  • Verdant Anger (Unite move): damage increased


  • Basic attack: bug fixes
  • Night Slash: damage increased
  • Sucker Punch: damage increased


  • Stats: Defense, Sp. Defense, and HP increased
  • Double Slap: damage increased and effects strengthened
  • Sing: effects strengthened
  • Dazzling Gleam: bug fixes


  • Attack: decreased stats
  • Blaze Kick: damage decreased
  • Feint: move downgrade
  • Pyro Ball: damage decreased


  • Basic attack: bug fixes
  • Shadow Ball: damage decreased
  • Hex: move downgrade
  • Dream Eater: move upgrade


  • Spark: bug fixes
  • Wild Charge: damage increased and cooldown reduced
  • Plasma Gale: damage decreased


  • Whirlpool: damage decreased
  • Dive: damage increased


  • Basic attack: bug fixes
  • Cross Chop: Close Combat: damage increased
  • Close Combat: damage increased


  • Power-Up Punch: bug fixes
  • Bone Rush: bug fixes


  • Basic attack: bug fixes

Alolan Ninetales

  • Snow Warning: bug fixes


  • Cotton Guard: cooldown increased, and HP regen decreased
  • Cotton Spore: cooldown decreased, effects strengthened, and the Defense and Sp. Defense increase is strengthened
  • Cotton Cloud Crash (Unite move): HP regen decreased

Pokemon Unite patch notes FAQ

How do I update Pokemon Unite?

To update Pokemon Unite, restart your Switch and try to launch the game. The update should download automatically, assuming there is one available. You can also manually check for updates by pressing the + button on your controller and scrolling down to software update.

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