If you're wondering how to unlock all characters in Pokémon Unite, you're not alone. Taking the time to learn each can put you at a stark advantage. It's a smart move. Smarter still is knowing the license costs of each. They're not cheap, but by comparing each with where they sit on the Pokémon Unite tier list, you'll know how to get the most bang for your Aeos Island buck. Not all characters are immediately available and require a license to unlock. If you're looking to find out how this works, read on to learn everything we know so far.
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Before you get to eyeballing your next new main Pokémon Unite character, however, why not open up some of our other Pokémon Unite content in another tab? We have primers on how the game seperates Physical and Special Attack stats, a parody piece on why the next new character should be a glitch, and even how to use the Pokémon Unite statistics screen to better your game.
How To Unlock All Characters In Pokémon Unite: What You Need To Buy Licenses
Pokémon Unite Licenses can be purchased in two ways; by using Aeos Coins earned by completing challenges, missions, events, and winning matches, or Aeos Gems, the game's premium currency bought directly using your own money.
Pokémon Unite currency can get confusing, so check out our guide to help things make sense. It'll go a long way in ensuring you don't waste precious Item Enhancers on the wrong Held Items and fall victim to the sneaky Pokémon Unite pay to win mechanic that plagued the early ranked ladder.
Where To Obtain Licenses In Pokémon Unite
To buy licenses within Pokémon Unite, you'll find them available at the Unite Battle Committee (UBC). Once unlocked, players can now use that Pokémon all the time.
How To Get A Free License For New Pokémon Unite Players
The first time you load up Pokémon Unite, you'll be given one free license at the start to choose from. Sadly, this doesn't extend to every available Pokémon, but you can choose between one of five options.
How Can I Get More Free Pokémon Unite Licenses?
This is easy, there are a few ways to get your hands on some free Pokémon Unite Licenses other than through picking your "starter" Pokémon above.
We explain how to get Zeraora in Pokémon Unite in our handy guide - but you'll have to be quick to unlock the mythical Pokémon!
You can also unlock Slowbro and Venusaur simply be increasing your Trainer Level - play battles and complete challenges to level up. Slowbro unlocks at level two, and Venusaur at level five.
You can also unlock Crustle for free by completing the seven Beginner Challenges this month.
Finally, you can unlock Alolan Ninetails, Cinderace, and Greninja as a part of your 14-Day Welcome Gifts. Simply play the game for two, eight, and 14 days respectively to unlock these Pokémon Unite Licenses. If you can't wait that long, you can always purchase them from the Unite Battle Committee shop.
Pokémon Unite License Prices
After you've picked your free license, each subsequent Pokémon license comes at a cost, which you can find below.
- Absol License - Aeos Coins 10,000, Gems 575
- Alolan Ninetales License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Charizard License - Aeos Coins 6000, Gems 345
- Cinderace License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Cramorant License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Crustle License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Eldegoss License - Aeos Coins 6000, Gems 345
- Garchomp License - Aeos Coins 10000, Gems 575
- Gengar License - Aeos Coins 10,000, Gems 575
- Greninja License - Aeos Coins 10,000, Gems 575
- Lucario License - Aeos Coins 10,000, Gems 575
- Machamp License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Mr. Mime License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Pikachu License - Aeos Coins 6000, Gems 345
- Slowbro License - Aeos Coins 6000, Gems 345
- Snorlax License - Aeos Coins 6000, Gems 345
- Talonflame License - Aeos Coins 6000, Gems 345
- Venusaur License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Wigglytuff License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Gardevoir License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
- Blissey License - Aeos Coins 8000, Gems 460
Some of these, like Crustle, are still available for free through the methods listed above, but you're free to buy them with Aeos Coins or Aeos Gems through the Unite Battle Committee menu if you'd rather access them straight away. Some of the methods, like waiting for 14 days for Greninja, can feel like an eternity, after all.
Upcoming Pokémon Unite Characters
Pokémon Unite is currently releasing new characters every few weeks. The first post-release character was Gardevoir, with Blissey releasing soon after. More are set to arrive over time as well. Here are all the new Pokémon Unite characters that have been confirmed, teased, or leaked:
Any Pokémon Unite character not bolded on the list above is currently unconfirmed and should be taken with a grain of salt. Dataminers sometimes uncover move data for unannounced Pokémon, and while this is a good indication of what's to come, as the absence of Clefable has proven in the past, plans can change and Pokémon can get canceled. It happens more than you think in these types of games.