24 Sep 2021 4:26 PM +00:00

Pokémon Unite Cramorant Build - Best Items and Moves

Wondering what the best Pokémon Unite Cramorant build is? Although a standout creature in the mainline games, Cramorant has struggled to share the spotlight with the rest of the Pokémon Unite crew. It's not that Cramorant isn't strong (it really is), but its high difficulty curve has conditioned players into thinking it's not worth trying to master (it is). Read up on our favorite Pokémon Unite Cramorant build loadouts and you'll soon be using the silly bird to blast down entire teams with little more than a mouthful of fish.

Cramorant is a ranged attacker that uses the Special Attack stat. Bear that in mind if you switch out any of the items below to suit your personal preference. You can read more about the Pokémon Unite Physical vs Special attack split by following the link.

An integral part of understanding a Pokémon as deep as Cramorant requires knowing exactly how Held Items and Battle Items come into the equation, how they contribute to the Pokémon Unite pay to win issue, and how to report and block players in Pokémon Unite so that you're not forced to play with anyone who doesn't help you be the best Cramorant possible. And if you haven't unlocked Zeraora already or need some extra Aeos Tickets, head on to our page on how to unlock Zeraora for free. You'll get Tickets if you unlocked it on Nintendo Switch.

Stats related to each Pokémon Unite Cramorant build.
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The Best Pokémon Unite Cramorant Build Options

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Pokémon Unite Cramorant Build - Fly Fishing

Best Items Best Moves
Eject ButtonLv. 1: Whirlpool
Shell BellLv.3: Feather Dance
Buddy BarrierLv. 4: Air Slash
Sp. Atk SpecsLv. 6: Dive

Best for: Melee pressure

A popular Pokémon Unite Cramorant build right now revolves around Cramorant's melee-focused attacks like Dive and Air Slash to offer it plenty of opportunities to grab fish for its boosted Basic Attack, manoeuvre around opponents, and even heal. It's a high-damage build with plenty of survivability, but its melee focus means increasing the odds of getting dived by the entire team with one stun.

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Of course, taking damage means dealing more with Cramorant's counter-attack passive. Careful management and proper risk assessment are key to Cramorant's survival and potentially team-shattering damage.

Picking up Whirlpool early on should give you plenty of opportunities to practice landing a circular attack on an opponent and weaving it into loading up and firing prey with your Basic Attack.

That's mostly what Cramorant boils down to as the match goes on: maximizing the number of mouth missiles you're able to fire out in a single battle by getting the timing of your fourth Basic Attack around each skill use and position.

Though Cramorant will be easy to shut down in the early game laning phase, careful kiting and perfect Air Cutter positioning will keep it dodging attacks and healing up as it drops low.

Although you can use Air Cutter to kite even faster, its rapid cooldown after hitting an opponent means it's best used as a damage-dealing attack that can keep Cramorant fighting another day. Paired with its high stats and numerous repositions from Dive, Cramorant can dance around opponents, dealing fast and heavy damage that's hard to avoid by constantly loading mouth missiles both from its attacks and the effects they leave behind.

Cramorant in Pokémon Unite.
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Pokémon Unite Cramorant Build - Bird of Prey

Best Items Best Moves
Battle: Eject ButtonLv. 1: Whirlpool
Held: Sp. Atk GlassesLv. 3: Feather Dance
Held: Shell BellLv. 4: Hurricane
Held: Buddy BarrierLv. 6 Surf

Best for: Ranged pressure and area denial

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This secondary Pokémon Unite Cramorant build swaps melee for ranged, giving the weird bird a means to stay at arm's length of its opponents.

Surf and Hurricane are great for pinning enemies and keeping melee brawlers away. They're also good at closing off pathways, which can help Defenders keep enemies from objectives while you use your stellar Basic Attacks to shoot them down.

Starting things off with Whirlpool gives you time to learn your opponent's movement patterns, increasing your odds of landing Hurricanes later in the match to get you out (or into) sticky situations. Once Surf unlocks, however, your main focus becomes using the skill to lock anyone and everyone into a perpetual state of stun.

As ever, it all revolves around the increased Basic Attack damage of Cramorant's Gulp Missile with every fourth attack or after each skill. Though Hurricane will only net you the one extra fish to slap your opponent's with, timing Surf with your fourth attack can get you four fish total: one before Surf, one after using it, another potentially during the stun duration, and a final one for staying in the wave as it returns.

If you manage to lock more than a single opponent in Surf or Hurricane before or after it, the boosted Basic Attacks alone could deal enough area damage to take them all down. To play more aggressively with your attacks, use Hurricane and Surf to deny the enemy's advances on key objectives. Sneak behind to pull them away from goals or buffs, and go in head first to pull soft ranged targets closer to your team.

Not having Air Cutter means Cramorant is inherently less likely to survive a head-on clash, but Shell Bell and plenty of ranged attacks should have it easily heal what little damage it does sustain. Buddy Barrier ensures teammates are able to pitch in to help when Cramorant's high (but single-target) Unite Move is used.

The progression screen showing at what level Pokémon Unite Cramorant evolves.
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When Does Cramorant Evolve in Pokémon Unite?

Whether in the main games or Pokémon Unite, Cramorant is not known to evolve from or into any other Pokémon. It begins each match as a Cramorant and ends it at Cramorant. No amount of leveling up will change the look of the big blue bird.

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What Is the Best Counter for Cramorant in Pokémon Unite?

Pokémon Reason
MachampWhile not the best (it can take heavy damage closing in on Cramorant) Machamp can pin the bird with Submission long enough to burst it down with Close Combat. It can ignore the Pokémon's CC attempts easily as well.
TalonflameTalonflame can avoid early damage by dunking on Cramorant from the heavens. It will struggle to set up its skills from that point on, buckling under the bird.
AbsolAbsol's primary countering move can shut Cramorant down with a solid critical hit. By keeping tabs on the bird as Absol, you can basically remove it from the whole game.

Cramorant is a sustained DPS that deals more damage the more it's hit. For that, it's important to counter it with a Pokémon that can either stun it often or simply burst it down with as few attacks as possible. It relies on skill shots a lot as well, so any high-mobility Pokémon will prove difficult for it to hit.

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What Are the Best Pairs for Cramorant in Pokémon Unite?

Pokémon Reason
SnorlaxWhen playing at range, Snorlax can pin opponents and keep them away from Cramorant, increasing its safe time on the target. Block can even turn Cramorant into a machine gun in a bunker situation.
Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales and its many slows can help just about any character, and Cramorant is no different.
MachampMachamp can bait and shake off just about any crowd control effect out there. This allows it to easily peel targets away from Cramorant and launch them straight up, increasing the time Cramorant has to shoot it down.

Cramorant is a signature glass cannon for the most part. It deals massive damage but can't take much in return. Because of that, it pairs well with Pokémon that can easily displace and slow opponents that might try to overpower it.:

How to unlock Pokémon Unite Cramorant.
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How Do I Unlock Cramorant in Pokémon Unite?

Sadly, Cramorant's power fetches a pretty penny. To unlock Cramorant in Pokémon Unite, you need to buy it for 8,000 Aeos Coins in the Unite Battle Committee. If you can't wait to gather up that many, you can unlock Cramorant for 460 Aeos Gems in the same place. It's a paid method, but it's much faster than farming the coins through regular play.

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And if you're using this Pokémon Unite Cramorant build guide while the bewildered bird is on the free rotation, you might want to look at builds for a few other similar Pokémon. Cramorant is hard to use, but practicing with other ranged attackers by using our Venusaur build, Cinderace build, or Ninetales build might teach you the fundamentals you can then apply to master Cramorant's uniquely fast-paced toolkit.