There's a difference between playing and competing in Pokémon Unite. While you can get by just picking a Pokémon and using its moves, the best know exactly how to customize your favourites to get the most out of their abilities. Part of that boils down to Pokémon Unite Held Items. Read on to find out how these incredibly useful pieces of equipment can turn the tide of battle. Here are all the Pokémon Unite Held Items, what they do, and how to unlock them.
Itching to become a Pokémon Unite pro? Read up on how to level up fast, how to cancel abilities, and how to report and block players in Pokémon Unite. You never know when you might need to do that last one. Lastly, if there are any Held Items you like the look of down below, check out some of our Pokémon Unite build guides like Snorlax, Eldegoss, and Pikachu to see if these powerful Pokémon make good use of them. For any others, click onto our Pokémon Unite tier list and click each Pokémon's name to view two different, detailed builds for each, complete with Battle Items and Held Items.
What Are Pokémon Unite Held Items?
Just like the main games, Pokémon can take select items into battle to help it perform at its best. Pokémon Unite Held Items work like equipment instead; rather than being stuck to just one, you can pick and choose any three to take in battle, buffing your Pokémon's stats and offering neat passive abilities with various effects.
Before you go slapping any powerful-sounding Held Item onto your favourite Pokémon, however, be sure to read up on how the Pokémon Unite Physical vs Special Attack system works. Knowing what type of damage your Pokémon deals is key to understanding which items work well, and which won't do a thing. It's not quite the same as a traditional Pokémon game.
All Pokemon Unite Held Items
Below is a neat table detailing each available held item, how to unlock it, the stats it gives at level 30, and the passive ability it gives to the holder.
|Held Item||Effect at Grade 1/10/20||Stat Increase||Respective Stat Value at Grade 30||How to Obtain|
|Muscle Band||When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1/2/3% of the opposing Pokémon's remaining HP.||Attack / Basic Attack Speed||15 / 7.5%||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Rocky Helmet||When the Pokémon receives a certain amount of damage, damage is dealt to nearby opposing Pokémon equal to 3/4/5% of those Pokémon's max HP.||HP / Defense||240 / 42||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Assault Vest||When the Pokémon is not in combat, it is granted a shield that nullifies Sp. Atk damage equal to 9/12/15% of its max HP.||HP / Sp. Def||270 / 42||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Exp. Share||While the Pokémon has the fewest Exp. Points on its team, it gains two Exp. Points per second. However, it will no longer receive shared Exp. Points when its teammates defeat wild Pokémon.||HP / Movement Speed||240 / 150||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Sp. Atk Specs||When the Pokémon scores a goal, its Sp. Atk increases by 8/12/16.||Sp. Atk||24||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Attack Weight||When the Pokémon scores a goal, its Attack increases by 6/9/12.||Attack||18||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Aeos Cookie||When the Pokémon scores a goal, its max HP increases by 100/150/200.||HP||240||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Score Shield||While the Pokémon is attempting to score a goal, it is granted a shield equal to 5/7.5/10% of its max HP and its goals cannot be interrupted while it is shielded.||HP||450||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Buddy Barrier||When the Pokémon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokémon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to 20% of their max HP.||HP||600||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Float Stone||Increases movement speed by 10/15/20% when the Pokémon in not in combat.||Attack / Movement Speed||24 / 120||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Energy Amplifier||After the Pokémon uses its Unite Move, the damage the Pokémon deals is increased by 7/14/21% for a short time||Unite Move Charge Rate||0.4%||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Focus Band||When the Pokémon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers 8/11/14% of the HP it had lost.||Defense / Sp. Def||30 / 30||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Wise Glasses||Increases Sp. Atk by 3/5/7%||Sp. Atk||39||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Shell Bell||When the Pokémon hits with a move, it recovers a minimum of 45/60/75 HP. The higher the Pokémon's Sp. Atk, the more HP it recovers.||Sp. Atk / Cooldown||24 / 4.5%||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Scope Lens||Increases the damage of basic atack critical hits. The higher the Pokémon's Attack, the more the damage increases.||Critical-Hit Rate / Critical-Hit Damage||6% / 12%||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
|Leftovers||When the Pokén is not in combat, it recovers 1/1.5/2% of its max HP every second.||HP / HP Recovery||240 / 9||Aeos Emporium or Day 1 Mission Rewards|
How Do I Use Pokémon Unite Held Items?
The effects of held items trigger automatically when their conditions are met: like being outside of combat for a predetermined amount of time in the case of the Float Stone. These aren't items you need to manually activate to enjoy, but you need to equip them before the match starts. You can do this one of two ways:
- In the Battle Prep screen (accessible by pressing X on the main lobby screen) press X again to change the Pokémon you'd like to create a Held Item set for.
- In the pre-match lobby by tapping ZL to bring up the Battle Prep screen.
Ensure you have a different Pokemon Unite Held Item in each of the three slots available to your Pokémon and you'll be playing at your best.
How Do I Unlock More Pokémon Unite Held Item Slots?
When you're first getting started in Pokémon Unite, you only have access to one of three Held Item slots. That can hold you back. But so long as you're only playing against people of comparative trainer level, things should still be fair.
You unlock more Held Item slots as you increase your trainer level. Keep playing more matches and you'll quickly unlock all three held item slots; the first as soon as you start the game, the second at Trainer Level seven, and the last at Trainer Level ten.
What Are Pokémon Unite Held Item Stats?
Upgrading Held Items in Pokémon Unite provides boosts to not only its raw stat bonuses like Attack and Sp. Def, but its main effect as well. This can make a massive difference in battle. Fail to keep on top of Pokémon Unite Held Item upgrades and opponents that look the same on paper may overpower you.
Each item's main ability maxes out at Grade 20, but the passive stat bonuses upgrade all the way to Grade 30. You'll want to read up on the differences between Pokémon Unite Physical vs Special Attacks. The sooner you understand why there isn't much point putting Sp. Atk Specs on a Cinderace, the better off you'll be.
How Do I Upgrade Pokémon Unite Held Items?
As you progress through Pokémon Unite, upgrading held items will become a necessary step. Without the added stat and passive ability bonuses they provide, failing to upgrade Pokémon Unite Held Items will put you at a noticeable disadvantage against those with three high-level Held Items on their chosen Pokémon.
To upgrade held items in Pokémon Unite, all you need to do is follow these steps:
- Press 'X' on the main lobby screen.
- Go into Battle Prep.
- Go into Held Items.
- Go into All Held Items.
- Select the held item you want to upgrade.
- Hit 'X' and L/R to review each upgrade step.
- Hit 'B' to back out and press 'A' twice to initiate the upgrade.
Held items upgrade from level one all the way to Grade 30. Stats will increase with each step, but the held item's main ability will only upgrade at Grade 10 and Grade 20 respectively. To do so requires a growing number of Item Enhancer coins, which you can learn more about in our Pokémon Unite currency guide.
What Is the Max Level of Pokémon Unite Held Items?
Held Items in Pokémon Unite can be leveled all the way to Grade 30. Their stats increase with each level, but the bonuses of the main effect max out at Grade 20. It's considered a "soft cap" and something to aim toward. You want to get a full set of Grade 20 items on your chosen Pokémon before you upgrade any one further.
How Many Item Enhancers Does it Cost to Max Pokémon Unite Held Items?
Because the amount of Item Enhancers needed to level up a Held Item in Pokémon Unite increases with each upgrade, it's difficult to know how many you'll need in total.
To level a Pokémon Unite Held Item to Grade 20 and unlock its final major upgrade, you'll need 567 Aeos Tickets. This is for a single item, so you'll need a whopping 1701 to level up all three Held Items used in a build.
If you're hoping to level all Held Items in your build to Grade 30, the cost increases exponentially. It takes 2587 Item Enhancers to take a single Held Item from Grade One to Grade 30: that's more than it costs to level three up to Grade 20.
For a full set, you're looking at 7761 Item Enhancers. That's over £99.99/$99.99 worth of Aeos Gems in case you were wondering.
Will More Pokémon Unite Held Items Be Added?
MOBA titles never shy away from adding additional items characters and equip. They even sometimes swap them out for new, refined versions if any major mechanics or map elements are changed.
The latter probably won't happen in Pokémon Unite simply because of how it would complicate Held Items upgraded by players, but adding new ones probably will happen further down the line.
Doing so can give players a new way to experiment with builds, adding replay value and mixing up the meta, but can also give Timi Studios a means to pull in more money through the Pokémon Unite pay to win mechanic, which involves buying Item Enhancers with premium currency to speed up the grind.