Guide to jungling in Pokémon UNITE | How to be a Central Area Master

It's quite simple.

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Those familiar with MOBA games were treated with plenty of familiar game mechanics and gameplay choices when the first game of the style in the hugely popular Pokémon franchise, Pokémon UNITE, launched on Switch earlier this week.

With five players on a team and just two lanes, the game encourages one player to jungle for their team. Jungling is a term used for a player who takes down enemy minions from within the wild area between the two main lanes to collect Aeos Energy and score points for their team. The jungle role also includes entering either lane to provide assistance for allies.

In Pokémon UNITE, Jungling works slightly differently than in other MOBA titles. Here’s everything you need to know to about jungling in Pokémon UNITEbefore you jump in.

How to jungle in Pokémon UNITE

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Jungling in Pokémon UNITE is as easy as heading into the wild area located in the center of the map and taking out the wild species that populate this space.

In this space, players will be able to farm Aeos Energy without having to worry too much about interaction with other enemy players. If left unchecked, jungling will make a substantial difference in the overall final score of the game.

Many of the Pokémon in the wild area boasts unique buffs that will be granted to the player who defeats them as they clear the terrain. This, there is an order in which you should eliminate Pokémon to get the most benefit.

Here is the best order we’ve found to clear so far.

  • Lillipup – Begin by taking out the Lilipup that appears near the two buffs as they spawn.
  • Ludicolo – This is the first buff to acquire. Taking out this Pokémon first will grant the player a small damage buff to help take out the remaining species.
  • Bouffalant – Next, grab your second buff by eliminating this species, which grants movement speed reduction for enemies when hit.
  • Corphish – Eliminate these Pokémon to score some extra Aeos energy when you enter the lane

After completing this rotation, you’ll want to look to enter a lane and help out your allies by fighting the enemy players. Keep eliminating the Pokémon when they spawn again, which can be seen on your mini-map, to keep up with Aeos energy for your team, and to stop the opposing team from securing your buffs.

Later in the match, you can turn your attention to the bigger objective Pokémon when you get the chance.

Powerful Wild Pokémon

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You may need assistance from you allies however, when attempting to take out either Rotom on the top side of the map, or Drednaw on the bottom. Either powerful Wild Pokémon will make a huge difference for your team.

Rotom will become a temporary ally for the team who eliminates it, battling enemies and scoring on the nearest goal instantly for 14 seconds. Drednaw will grant the team who defeats it a defensive buff for around 15 to 20 percent of their health.

The final creature you’ll want to work around eliminating is the legendary Pokémon Zapdos. Along with plenty of Aeos Energy, Zapdos makes scoring instant for the team who eliminates it for 30 seconds. This task will take your whole team, however. Zapdos is a formidable enemy that many players will struggle to take out alone. 

The best Jungle Pokémon

The role of jungling is best suited to species with high mobility. Here are the best Pokémon you can use right now.

  • Lucario
  • Absol
  • Greninja
  • Machamp
  • Gengar
  • Garchomp
  • Talonflame
  • Zeraora