21 Jul 2021 4:32 PM +00:00

Pokémon Unite - Battle Items

Pokémon Unite Battle Items are fundamentally different from Pokémon Unite Held Items. While both can be equipped to the same Pokémon ready for battle, only one can be manually activated whenever it's needed. It's this key difference that makes Pokémon Unite Battle Items situationally more important than their not-so-distant cousins. Down below, we'll cover all the Pokémon Unite battle items you can use in the game, why you should grab a bunch as soon as possible, and how to actually use them.

Itching to become a Pokémon Unite pro? Read up on how to unlock all the characters how to level up fast, and how to cancel abilities. And do make sure to learn how to get Zeraora for free in Pokémon Unite as well. It's very strong right now.

Selecting a Battle Item in Pokémon Unite.
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What Are Battle Items in Pokémon Unite?

Though we've touched on it a little above already, here's why you're going to want to pay attention to Battle Items as you play more of Pokémon Unite.

Where Held Items and their passive abilities can be used to open new strategies, Battle Items serve to plug holes in a Pokémon's weakness or build on their existing strengths. It's a very generalised and simplistic description, but by being able to use these consumable items whenever and wherever you please, they have a distinct appeal over the comparatively limited Held Items you bring into battle alongside them.

Battle Items can buff chosen stats; which is a powerful move you can make when plotting a devastating attack or baiting an opponent into using an attack that would typically throw you through a loop. By choosing your timing just as well as the Battle Item itself, you can pull off the kind of plays that just might turn the tide of the match.

All Battle Items in Pokémon Unite

Though the list of Pokémon Unite Battle Items isn't as extensive as the Held Items list, there's a solid enough reason for it: you can only bring one into battle as opposed to a maximum of three. Below is a primer on all the Battle Items in the game, how to obtain them, and what they do in a match.

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Item Effect Cooldown Level Requirement
PotionRestores some of your Pokémon's HP.30s5
X AttackRaises your Pokémon's Attack and Sp. Atk for a short time40s7
X SpeedFor a short time, increases your Pokémon's Speed and prevents its movement speed from being decreased. 40s8
Fluffy TailLeaves wild Pokéon unable ot act for a short time and also increases damage dealt to those Pokémon.25s10
Eject ButtonQuickly moves your Pokémon in the designated direction. 55s11
Slow SmokeCreates a cloud of smoke that greatly decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokémon for a short time.40s13
Full HealRemoves all hindrances affecting your Pokémon and makes it immune to hindrances for a short time.40s14
Goal-GetterDoubles goal-scoring speed for a short while. 120s17

How Do I Unlock Battle Items in Pokémon Unite?

Battle Items in Pokémon Unite can't simply be bought from the shop like Held Items. Instead, they work like spells or abilities in other MOBA games: they simply unlock as your account levels up by completing matches.

This will take some time, but that just means you'll have plenty of opportunities to put each one to good use before potentially moving onto the next.

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How to use Battle Items in Pokémon Unite.
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How Do I Use Battle Items in Pokémon Unite?

Once you've unlocked a particular Battle Item (the Potion will be your first) you need to equip it to your Pokémon much like a Held Item before you can actually use it.

You can equip Battle Items in Pokémon Unite by following these steps:

  1. Press 'X' on the main lobby screen.
  2. Go into Battle Prep.
  3. Go into Battle Items.
  4. Select your preferred Battle Item.
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You'll have to do this for each Pokémon you plan to use. It's like a loadout. Just like your Held Items, you can change your Battle Item in the pre-match lobby as well. Just tap ZL on the character select screen to open up the Battle Prep menu. Your Battle Item loadout will be the first thing on the menu.

In a Pokémon Unite battle itself, your equipped Battle Items can be used by pressing the 'Y' button. You'll see your item's icon (and its cooldown when used) at the centre-bottom of the screen beneath your Aeos Energy counter.