Move (UNITE)

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Pikachu using the move Thunder Shock

A move (Japanese: わざ move) is a skill that Pokémon can use in Unite Battles in Pokémon UNITE.

Pokémon are able to use several moves from the core series games, with certain differences in gameplay between those games and Pokémon UNITE. In addition, Unite Moves are powerful moves unique to Pokémon UNITE.

Moves have one or two of several different categories, which loosely describes their general function. After being used, a move cannot be used again until its cooldown has passed.

Related, but separate from moves are basic attacks. These attacks are weaker than moves, but do not have cooldowns.


Moves are split into different categories, consisting of Melee, Dash, Ranged, Sure Hit, Area, Buff, Debuff, Hindrance, and Recovery. The category generally describes the move's overall effect, but some moves have more than one category and categories have some overlap.

UNITE Skill Label Melee.png Melee
Melee moves generally damage opposing Pokémon in front of the user.
UNITE Skill Label Dash.png Dash
Dash moves generally involve causing the user to move to a specific area or in a designated direction. Often, these moves allow their user to pass through obstacles, so long as the move does not end with the user within an obstacle. (Most Dash moves will not allow the user to move into an obstacle that the move will end on, leaving the user just outside of the obstacle if attempted. Moves such as Fly that involve free movement are allowed to end within obstacles but the user is automatically relocated to a space just beyond the obstacle) Some Dash moves do not deal damage. Those moves are exclusively movement tools. This includes some attacks that normally inflict damage in the core series, such as Dragapult's Quick Attack.
UNITE Skill Label Ranged.png Ranged
Ranged moves generally have a longer or larger range compared to Melee moves. Sometimes, they involve the user launching one or more projectiles into an area or in a direction.
UNITE Skill Label Sure Hit.png Sure Hit
Sure Hit moves are generally moves which target an opposing Pokémon rather than an area or a direction. Once this kind of move is performed, the move attempts to track opponents so as to hit them even if the opponent moves out of the move's initial range. Some Sure Hit moves involve attacks with long ranges, while others are close range attacks where the user moves directly to the target (selected from a larger range) before striking.
UNITE Skill Label Area.png Area
Area moves hit in an area located around the user. This area is not necessarily circular, nor is it centered on the user.
UNITE Skill Label Recovery.png Recovery
Recovery moves allow the user or the user and their allies to recover HP.
UNITE Skill Label Buff.png Buff
Buff moves give the user of the move or the user and their allies a beneficial effect, such as increasing their stats, creating shields, or allow a Pokémon's Ability to be activated more easily. Some of these moves create additional objects that interact with other Pokémon.
UNITE Skill Label Debuff.png Debuff
The counterpoint of Buff moves, Debuff moves generally weaken opposing Pokémon by reducing their stats.
UNITE Skill Label Hindrance.png Hindrance
Hindrance moves are moves that can inflict hindrances on opposing Pokémon. Generally, hindrances prevent opposing Pokémon from taking certain actions for a (usually short) period of time.



Each move has an icon, and on the Nintendo Switch version an associated button. Using a move is done by pressing and releasing the icon on a mobile version or the button on the Switch version. Since moves are usually initiated only upon releasing the input, there is an opportunity for the player to reconsider using a move before releasing the input. A move can be cancelled by a pressing a dedicated cancel button before releasing the move's button on the Switch version or by dragging one's finger over to the cancel icon before lifting their finger from the screen. This prevents the Pokémon from using the move. This is a valuable tool because using a move against no other Pokémon still causes the move to enter its cooldown.

While the input for a move is held, the range of the move is indicated to the user by a blue shape projected on the ground. By default, moves that designate a direction or target are aimed at the nearest opposing Pokémon or directly forward if there is no opponent. Moves that designate an area aim at the nearest opposing Pokémon as well, but in the absence of that select the area around the user. The direction, target, or area can be manually changed while holding the move's input. Moves that designate a target select their target from a circular sector of their range, and cannot be performed if there are no targets in that sector; the text "No Target" briefly appears if a move could not be used due to this restriction.

Some moves, like Slowpoke's Water Gun and Kubfu's Rock Smash, are charged while holding down their input. For these moves, a yellow bar appears over the user, and fills up over time. Moves can have different effects when they are charged in this manner, usually becoming stronger. (Usually, there is a breaking point at halfway through the bar where the move has gained the maximum benefit from being charged) However, when the yellow bar reaches its maximum, the move is not performed at all. Instead, the move enters cooldown for a certain amount of time. (Usually, it is one second.) These moves can still be cancelled normally, but this also incurs this cooldown.

Certain moves, such as Blastoise's Water Spout while using Rapid Spin and Gyarados's Aqua Tail, have an effect that lasts for an extended period of time, but only as long as the input is held down. The amount of time the effects of these moves can last is indicated by an orange bar that starts filled and diminishes the longer the input is held until it disappears, causing the move to end. Moves that work in this manner can be ended early either by releasing the input or by using the cancel input. These moves only enter cooldown once the move ends.

When a Pokémon is taking certain actions, such as a launch from a springboard, or when a Pokémon is affected by most kinds of hindrances, moves cannot be used. In these cases, the move's icon will be greyed out and a cancel symbol will appear over the icon.

If the "Camera Follows Moves" option is toggled on, the camera will shift in the direction a move is being aimed in, should its direction not be entirely on screen with the default camera position. It is off by default. Moves that designate areas always do this regardless of setting


The direction, area, or target a move aims at by default depends on the player's Control Settings. This is based on the Opponent Lock-On Priority setting.

Depending on the setting, the Pokémon that determines the default aim can be the opposing Pokémon with the least HP, the least percentage of remaining HP, or the closest opponent. Pokémon on the opposing team are prioritized over wild Pokémon. Opposing Pokémon hidden via Stealth or Tall grass do not influence move aim, nor do opponents who cannot be seen because the user is under the effects of Vision Obscured.

When the "Automatically Lock-On to Targets" setting is on (it is by default), a move will have its aim snap to and continuously follow a target within range. If the player aims the move manually, this will be disabled for the duration of using that move.

Move properties

Certain moves, such as Zoroark's Feint Attack operate differently in certain situations, essientially being a second move that shares the same name and cooldown as the original. In some cases, this is caused by using a singular move multiple times, as with Feint Attack. Sometimes, moves changing in this way is described as a boosted version of the move, as with Miraidon's Charge Beam and Electro Drift.

Certain moves, such as Venusaur's Petal Dance and Eldegoss's Cotton Spore, have effects that last for a certain amount of time after using the move but are not tied to the move's effect duration. For these moves, an orange bar is displayed above the user. The bar represents how long the move's effect will last, either filling up or starting full and diminishing as the move's effect is active and disappearing after reaching its maximum or minimum which is when the move concludes. Notably, cooldowns start counting down when the move is activated, and not when the effect ends. This means that, if the cooldown for this kind of move is reduced to a small enough timer or otherwise skipped, the move can be used again while its effect is still running. This refreshes the effect of the move. (This can only happen when turning off move cooldowns in the Practice Area or through use of Panic Parade's Aeos Shooter boosts. This is largely non-applicable to normal gameplay.)

Some moves allow for using a different move or basic attack during their duration. In some cases, like Zeraora's Spark or Zoroark's Night Slash and Shadow Claw/Cut, this can modify the effect of the first move. In other cases, like Garchomp's Dragon Rush and Dragon Claw, this combines the effects of both moves into a single maneuver.

Some moves, such as Dragapult's Dragon Dance, modify the properties of the user's basic attack. Some moves change what a basic attack does, such as how Clefable uses a different basic attack while under the effect of its Gravity. Other moves, such as Azumarill's Play Rough and Aqua Tail, change their user's basic attacks in lieu of attacking when the move is used.

Cooldown and uses

After being used, each move goes through a cooldown period. During this cooldown period, the move is unable to be used. Some Pokemon have effects that can reduce the time a move spends in cooldown or skip a cooldown period entirely. Cooldowns are measured in seconds.

For moves that can be charged, cancelling them or charging them for too long incurs a one second cooldown for that move.

Some moves can have multiple uses stored up at once. Activating these moves only spends one of their uses, and the uses for those moves regenerate over time. These moves only fully enter cooldown when all uses have been spent. This is distinct from moves that can be used multiple times, as stored uses are not required to be spent within an effect duration.

Some moves have an effect duration period they go through before entering cooldown. This effect duration is used by other effects relating to that move. The majority of effect durations are tied to a move's continuous effect, and in those cases using the move during its effect duration concludes the move early. In multiple other cases, a move can be used more than one time before it enters cooldown. The effect duration indicates the amount of time available to make use of these additional uses before the move enters cooldown. If this happens, the remaining uses are essentially lost. In the case of moves being usable more than twice in this way, the effect duration resets between uses of the move. Once all available uses have been used, the move will simply enter the cooldown period.

In some cases, inputting a move for a second time during its effect duration initiates a second step of the move. Two examples of this are Mew being allowed to pick up a Light Screen that it has placed and Meowscarada swapping places with the copy of itself during Double Team.

Note that if a Pokémon initiates a move but does not complete the move (likely because it was afflicted with a hindrance of some kind during the animation, the move will still enter cooldown. Some moves cause their user to become unstoppable for their duration, which renders them immune to hindrances and therefore this mechanic.

Move variations

While moves in UNITE are based on moves from the core series and generally adhere to the concept of the move, a move can have different effects depending on which Pokémon knows the move. For instance, all variations on Surf involve the user attacking with a wave of water. However, Slowbro's, Blastoise's, Greninja's, and Mew's Surf have the user ride the wave of water forward while Cramorant's Surf sends a wave out at opponents that returns at the end of its range. Even among move uses that are similar, different Pokémon have different effects for their moves. Slowbro's Surf is a Hindrance move that throws opposing Pokémon and is followed by two waves washing over the same area as the first, while Blastoise's Surf is a Dash move that shoves and stuns opposing Pokémon and allows Blastoise to hop off of the wave as the attack ends.

Learning moves

Each playable Pokémon can know a maximum of three moves at any given time; one of these moves is their Unite Move, while the other two are standard moves. At level 1, a Pokémon learns one of two moves, deferring learning the second move until they reach a level of 2 or 3. After reaching a specific, higher level (ranging from 4 to 7), the Pokémon learns its choice of one of two moves to replace one of the moves it learned at level 1 or 3. The other move of that choice cannot be learned for the rest of the battle. The new moves can only replace the move that they are associated with. For instance, at Level 4, Pikachu learns either Electro Ball or Thunder, but those moves can only replace its Thunder Shock. Generally, the new moves are improved versions of the move they are replacing. However, in some cases, such as with Eldegoss, the moves that replace a move can have unrelated effects. Sometime during the range of Level 6 through 9, the same process occurs again, but for the move that was not replaced in the Level 4 to 7 range. To continue the example, Pikachu learns either Volt Tackle or Thunderbolt, but only to replace the other move it knew at Level 3, Electroweb. At even higher levels, the moves that a Pokémon knows are upgraded into a + version which is better than the base move in some manner. + moves may deal more damage, increase the potency of the buffs they provide, reduce the time the move spends in cooldown, or provide other effects.

When a Pokémon is learning a move, a menu will appear allowing for a choice to be made. If a choice is not provided within a certain time frame, the game will automatically pick a move. For the Level 1/2/3 moves, the decision on which move to learn first is determined by the species of the Pokémon. For the moves learned at higher levels, the decision is also determined by the species but can be overridden by the player by choosing a particular move to be "Auto-set" from the menu for that Pokémon. Despite not involving a choice, an input must be made or a timer waited through in order for a Pokémon to upgrade a move or learn their Unite Move.

Special cases

Move Reset icon

For the Pokémon Scyther and Kubfu, learning specific moves is tied to their evolution. Kubfu evolves into Single Strike Style Urshifu by learning Wicked Blow over its Rock Smash or Rapid Strike Style Urshifu by learning Surging Strikes over Rock Smash. Each Urshifu form learns a singular different move to replace Headbutt, preventing the player from making a choice at that junction. Scyther evolves into Scizor if it learns Bullet Punch and forgets Fury Cutter, but will not evolve at all if it learns Dual Wingbeat instead. For these Pokémon, their evolution is delayed until the decision regarding the move learned is made.

Mew in Pokémon UNITE is an exception to the process of learning moves. Instead of the above process, Mew has the choice of learning one move out of three options at Level 1 and a second choice of one move out of three different options at Level 3. At Level 5, Mew gains a unique icon, Move Reset, which allows it to forget all of the non-Unite Moves it knows. At this point, Mew can re-select the moves it wishes to learn, and is allowed to make different decisions each time it uses Move Reset.

Another unique case is Blaziken, who is given only one option to replace its two starting moves, those being Blaze Kick and Overheat respectively replacing Ember and Aerial Ace. In return, Blaziken's Unite Move has a unique property in that it allows it to completely switch both of its moves with its other set of moves at will, with the original move set being referred to as the Kick Style and its other move set, Fire Punch and Focus Blast, being referred to as the Punch Style. Swapping between the Punch and Kick Styles also changes the properties of Blaziken's basic attacks and Unite Move.

Gyarados presents yet another exception. It learns both of its moves to replace its first two moves, Splash and Flail, immediately after evolving from Magikarp instead of at specific levels. This evolution can also occur at any level from 1 to 6, due to Magikarp's ability to evolve if it fills its effort gauge. (Magikarp normally evolves at level 7.)

Wild Pokémon

Some Wild Pokémon are able to use moves in ways similar to player-controlled Pokémon. When a wild Pokémon prepares to use a move, its range can be seen by all players as a red shape projected on the ground. In some cases, the exact time until the move is performed is represented by that red shape filling up in a lighter shade of red, with a filled projection immediately preceding the move's use. In other cases, a yellow bar appears just above the Pokémon, and when that is full the move is performed. In other cases, there is no indication other than the animation of the move. Wild Pokémon do not change the trajectory of their moves based on the movement of their target.

Unite Move

Pikachu using the Unite Move Thunderstorm

A Unite Move is powerful move that is unique to Pokémon UNITE. Unite Moves can only be learned and used in Unite Battles [1]. Each Pokémon has a single Unite Move, which is learned at either Level 8 or 9 depending on the species. These moves do not have cooldowns like normal moves, with the exception of Dragapult and Blaziken's. Instead, in order to use them, the player must have a full Unite Move gauge. The Unite Move gauge slowly fills up on its own, and defeating Pokemon and scoring goals also contribute to filling the gauge. Once a Unite Move is used the Unite Move gauge is emptied. The gauge can be filled before the Pokémon learns its Unite Move. Some Unite Moves are based upon other moves in the core series, often being the signature move of the Pokémon if it is not a normal move they can learn, but have distinct names.

Unite Moves do not necessarily inflict damage. Some of them provide their user a major buff or apply certain effects to the ground.

Using a Unite Move gives the user a special effect for a brief period of time. This effect varies by Unite Move, but always includes a movement speed increase. It is indicated by a user glowing blue.

The Pokémon Urshifu and Blaziken can learn two Unite Moves. The Unite Move Urshifu learns depends on its form, and the Unite Move Blaziken knows at a given time depends on if it is currently in Punch Style or Kick Style.

List of Unite Moves

Pokemon Unite Move
UNITE Venusaur.png
UNITE Venusaur Verdant Anger.png
Verdant Anger
UNITE Charizard.png
UNITE Charizard Seismic Slam.png
Seismic Slam
UNITE Blastoise.png
UNITE Blastoise Hydro Typhoon.png
Hydro Typhoon
UNITE Pikachu.png
UNITE Pikachu Thunderstorm.png
UNITE Clefable.png
UNITE Clefable Wonder Wish.png
Wonder Wish
UNITE Alolan Ninetales.png
Alolan Ninetales
UNITE Alolan Ninetales Snow Globe.png
Snow Globe
UNITE Wigglytuff.png
UNITE Wigglytuff Starlight Recital.png
Starlight Recital
UNITE Machamp.png
UNITE Machamp Barrage Blow.png
Barrage Blow
UNITE Slowbro.png
UNITE Slowbro Slowbeam.png
UNITE Dodrio.png
UNITE Dodrio Triple Trample.png
Triple Trample
UNITE Gengar.png
UNITE Gengar Phantom Ambush.png
Phantom Ambush
UNITE Mr Mime.png
Mr. Mime
UNITE Mr Mime Showtime.png
UNITE Scyther Green Illusion Dive.png
Green Illusion Dive
UNITE Scizor.png
UNITE Scizor Red Illusion Dive.png
Red Illusion Dive
UNITE Gyarados.png
UNITE Gyarados Dragon Current.png
Dragon Current
UNITE Lapras.png
UNITE Lapras Express.png
Lapras Express
UNITE Snorlax.png
UNITE Snorlax Power Nap.png
Power Nap
UNITE Dragonite.png
UNITE Dragonite Draco Impact.png
Draco Impact
Mewtwo (X)
UNITE Mewtwo Infinite Psyburn.png
Infinite Psyburn
UNITE Mega Mewtwo Y.png
Mewtwo (Y)
UNITE Mewtwo Infinite Psyburn.png
Infinite Psyburn
UNITE Mew.png
UNITE Mew Mystical Mirage.png
Mystical Mirage
UNITE Azumarill.png
UNITE Azumarill Belly Bash.png
Belly Bash
UNITE Espeon.png
UNITE Espeon Psychic Solaire.png
Psychic Solare
UNITE Umbreon.png
UNITE Umbreon Moonlight Prance.png
Moonlight Prance
UNITE Blissey.png
UNITE Blissey Bliss Assistance.png
Bliss Assistance
UNITE Tyranitar.png
UNITE Tyranitar Tyrannical Rampage.png
Tryrannical Rampage
UNITE Blaziken.png
UNITE Blaziken Spinning Flame Fist.png
Spinning Flame Fist
UNITE Blaziken Spinning Flame Kick.png
Spinning Flame Kick
UNITE Gardevoir.png
UNITE Gardevoir Fairy Singularity.png
Fairy Singularity
UNITE Sableye.png
UNITE Sableye Chaos Glower.png
Chaos Glower
UNITE Absol.png
UNITE Absol Midnight Slash.png
Midnight Slash
UNITE Metagross.png
UNITE Metagross Compute and Crush.png
Compute and Crush
UNITE Garchomp.png
UNITE Garchomp Livid Outrage.png
Livid Outrage
UNITE Lucario.png
UNITE Lucario Aura Cannon.png
Aura Cannon
UNITE Leafeon.png
UNITE Leafeon Emerald Two-Step.png
Emerald Two-Step
UNITE Glaceon.png
UNITE Glaceon Glacial Stage.png
Glacial Stage
UNITE Mamoswine.png
UNITE Mamoswine Mammoth Mash.png
Mammoth Mash
UNITE Crustle.png
UNITE Crustle Rubble Rouser.png
Rubble Rouser
UNITE Zoroark.png
UNITE Zoroark Nightfall Daze.png
Nightfall Daze
UNITE Chandelure.png
UNITE Chandelure Ignite Midnight.png
Ignite Midnight
UNITE Delphox.png
UNITE Delphox Fanciful Fireworks.png
Fanciful Fireworks
UNITE Greninja.png
UNITE Greninja Waterburst Shuriken.png
Waterburst Shuriken
UNITE Talonflame.png
UNITE Talonflame Flame Sweep.png
Flame Sweep
UNITE Aegislash.png
UNITE Aegislash Coup de Grace.png
Coup de Grace
UNITE Sylveon.png
UNITE Sylveon Fairy Frolic.png
Fairy Frolic
UNITE Goodra.png
UNITE Goodra Right as Rain.png
Right as Rain
UNITE Trevenant.png
UNITE Trevenant Phantom Forest.png
Phantom Forest
UNITE Hoopa.png
UNITE Hoopa Rings Unbound.png
Rings Unbound
UNITE Decidueye.png
UNITE Decidueye Nock Nock.png
Nock Nock
UNITE Tsareena.png
UNITE Tsareena Queen Ascendant.png
Queen Ascendant
UNITE Comfey.png
UNITE Comfey Flowery Fields Forever.png
Flowery Fields Forever
UNITE Mimikyu.png
UNITE Mimikyu Play with Me.png
Play with Me...
UNITE Buzzwole.png
UNITE Buzzwole Ultra Swole Slam.png
Ultra Swole Slam
UNITE Zeraora.png
UNITE Zeraora Plasma Gale.png
Plasma Gale
UNITE Cinderace.png
UNITE Cinderace Blazing Bicycle Kick.png
Blazing Bicycle Kick
UNITE Inteleon.png
UNITE Inteleon Azure Spy Vision.png
Azure Spy Vision
UNITE Greedent.png
UNITE Greedent Berry Belly Flop.png
Berry Belly Flop
UNITE Eldegoss.png
UNITE Eldegoss Cotton Cloud Crash.png
Cotton Cloud Crash
UNITE Cramorant.png
UNITE Cramorant Gatling Gulp Missile.png
Gatling Gulp Missile
UNITE Falinks.png
UNITE Falinks Dust Devil Formation.png
Dust Devil Formation
UNITE Duraludon.png
UNITE Duraludon Revolving Ruin.png
Revolving Ruin
UNITE Dragapult.png
UNITE Dragapult Dreep and Destroy.png
Dreep and Destroy
UNITE Zacian.png
UNITE Zacian Sovereign Sword.png
Sovereign Sword
UNITE Urshifu.png
Urshifu (Single Strike Style)
UNITE Urshifu Ebon Fist.png
Ebon Fist
UNITE Urshifu Rapid Strike.png
Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style)
UNITE Urshifu Flowing Fists.png
Flowing Fists
UNITE Meowscarada.png
UNITE Meowscarada Floral Flourish.png
Floral Flourish
UNITE Miraidon.png
UNITE Miraidon Bright Future Meteor Storm.png
Bright Future Meteor Storm

Panic Parade

In Panic Parade, some moves have different effects compared to what they do in other game modes. This can apply to both the players' Pokémon and the wild Pokémon.

Basic attack

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Each Pokémon has a basic attack separate from its moves. Basic attacks can be used freely and do not have cooldowns, but are not as strong as moves.

See also


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