18 Aug 2021 4:45 PM +00:00

Pokémon Unite Mobile Release Date, Gameplay, and Maps

When is the Pokémon Unite mobile release date? Pokémon Unite is the next big mobile title for the global franchise. It marks its MOBA debut, bringing real-time 5v5 battles to iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.

With a roster of exciting Pokémon to choose from and a whole host of NPCs to battle, as well as the opposing team, it's a great opportunity for Pokémon fans to try their hand at a new genre. Another exciting part of Pokémon Unite, its maps, offers plenty of replayability across four unique arenas.

Whether you want to make it at the highest level by using the best Pokémon (as featured in our Pokémon Unite tier list), or you just want to pick your favourite and have a good time, there's something for everyone in this PokéMOBA.

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With the game now available on Nintendo Switch, the last big question is when exactly is it coming to iOS and Android? Until then, here's everything you need to know about Pokémon Unite:

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When Is the Pokémon Unite Mobile Release Date?

Pokémon Unite released on July 21, 2021 on Nintendo Switch. Thanks to the recent Pokémon Presents, we now know that the Pokémon Unite mobile release date will land on September 22. This is when we'll see the game hit both iOS and Android. You can pre-register your interest now over on Google Play and the App Store.

You can unlock Zeraora for free by logging into the Nintendo Switch version before August 31 - so get to it!

How Much Is the Pokémon Unite Price On Switch And Mobile?

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For those of you wondering how much Pokémon Unite will cost, you're in luck: Pokémon Unite is free to play! The MOBA is free to download and play on Nintendo Switch, and the same will be true for its mobile release just a little further down the line.

There are ways to support the game with in-app purchases, however. In fact, it's understood that Pokémon Unite is pay to win in some respects.

You can spend real-world money to unlock characters without a gameplay grind or to buy cosmetic gear and Item Enhancers used to upgrade Held Items.

What Are The Pokémon Unite Platforms?

Pokémon Unite is playable on the Nintendo Switch. It will be available on selected iOS and Android devices in the future as well. As for which will play it best, a Pokémon Unite 60fps option is available on Nintendo Switch, whether it's played in handheld mode or docked.

It remains to be seen if the iOS and Android versions will allow you to push this to 90fps or even 120fps on supported hardware.

Charmander demonstrating the scoring mechanic in Pokemon Unite.
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What Is Pokémon Unite? 

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In a surprise announcement during the beginning of the Pokémon Presents show, Pokémon Unite was announced as the first Pokémon MOBA game. Similar to games such as League of Legends and Dota 2, this seems to be The Pokémon Company's take on this style of game.

It will be a 5V5 arena brawler where players will have to battle it out against one another, as well as wild Pokémon on the map, fighting their way to the opponent's goal to score points.

Similar to other MOBAs, your Pokémon will level up during the match, growing in strength, learning new moves, and even evolving by defeating other playable and non-playable Pokémon on the map. The winning team is decided by how many points they have at the end of the match.

Pokémon Unite is developed by Tencent's TiMi Studio, which developed Arena of Valor/Honor of Kings. It's one of the biggest mobile MOBA titles in the world!

Charmeleon demonstrating the evolve mechanic of the Pokemon Unite game on Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms.
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Available Pokémon

Pokémon Unite pits two teams of five Pokémon against each other on a wide map. Also dotted around each location are numerous wild Pokémon that can be defeated for Exp. Points, Aeos Energy, and sometimes even special buffs and boons.

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Playable Pokémon

The Pokémon Unite roster currently features 20 Pokémon, most of which evolve from their base forms as they gain Exp. Points throughout a match. Post-release additions like Blastoise are also confirmed, so expect more as time goes on.

You can learn how to unlock each in our Pokémon Unite License guide or read up on popular and powerful Pokémon Unite builds by clicking each one in the list below:

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Wild Pokémon

Various species of wild Pokémon stand guard around each Pokémon Unite map. These can all be fought and defeated by player Pokémon for additional Exp. Points and Aeos Energy are used in levelling up and scoring goals.

Here are all the wild Pokémon that appear Pokémon Unite:

  • Aipom, Ambipom
  • Avalugg
  • Bouffalant
  • Corphish, Crawdaunt
  • Audino
  • Combee, Vespiqueen
  • Drednaw
  • Rotom
  • Regigigas
  • Rockruff, Lycanroc
  • Zapdos
An overhead shot of the map used in Pokemon Unite.
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Pokémon Unite Maps

There are four Pokémon Unite maps announced at present:

  • Remoat Stadium
  • Mer Stadium
  • Shivre City
  • Auroma Park
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Remoat Stadium is where most of the game's competitive battles take place. The rest are smaller maps dedicated to Quick Matches: gameplay modes with slightly tweaked rulesets. You can get the lowdown on all of them in our Pokémon Unite maps guide.

Pokémon Unite Trailer

To get a clear picture of how Pokémon Unite plays before jumping in yourself, check out the latest trailer. It was revealed alongside the release date announcement in July and does a great job of showcasing just about everything the game has to offer.

That's everything we know about Pokémon Unite at present! With the mobile release date fast approaching, we'll keep this guide up to date with all the latest news on the hit MOBA.