Pokémon Unite’s first balance patch is hilariously vague

Pokémon Unite was heavily disliked when it was first announced but, since launching on the Nintendo Switch in July, it seems to have found a massive audience. With that audience comes the need for better balancing, and the first attempt at this is less than clear.

Later today, at 12:00 AM PDT (21:00 local time) Pokémon Unite will receive an update that will fixes various bugs as well as rebalance the following Pokémon:

  • Absol
  • Alolan Ninetales
  • Charizard
  • Cinderace
  • Cramorant
  • Eldegoss
  • Gengar
  • Greninja
  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Talonflame
  • Venusaur
  • Wigglytuff
  • Zeraora

The full patch notes for changes to each Pokémon can be found here but let’s look at what’s provided for just one of them.

Zeraora is currently a free unlock for anyone who plays the game before 31st August. Many players have found this Pokémon to be unbalanced so any changes to it would be welcome, but here’s what has been provided in terms of gameplay information:


  • Bug Fixes

Wild Charge

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.
  • Cooldown reduced.

Unite Move: Plasma Gale

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

That’s right – no actual values or hard data has been provided. How much damage does Wild Charge do now? Exactly how many seconds is the cooldown reduced by? There’s no way to tell except for players to manually go into the game and try these variables out one by one.

Pokémon Unite seems to revel in the lack of information it provides to the player both in external instances like these patch notes as well as inside of the game where the score of the match is not visible.

We understand that Pokémon Unite is supposed to be viewed as a more casual MOBA but there’s just no reason for things to be this obscure.

We also had to laugh at the various mentions of “bug fixes” in the patch notes which similarly provide no further information or context. Bugs have been fixed, apparently, but no one in the general public really knows which ones.


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