Pokémon UNITE to add new battle pass, squads feature, and more for mobile release

Tons of changes incoming.

Image via TiMi Studio

The launch of Pokémon UNITE on mobile devices is set to occur tomorrow, Sept. 22, at 2am CT after a period where the servers will be down to maintenance. TiMi Studio and The Pokémon Company revealed today what they have prepared for the mobile release based on community feedback.

The video shows new footage of Sylveon and Mamoswine, the two Pokémon that are slated to arrive on Aeos Island in the coming weeks, a second battle pass that includes new holowear for Garchomp, Gengar, Charizard, Snorlax, and Lucario, as well as more customization options for trainers, and a new feature called UNITE Squad where you can put together a team of friends to grind the game.

There will also be in-game events in which trainers play to get super Item Enhancers that can upgrade a Held Item to grade 30, its maximum level. More Held Items will be added to Pokémon UNITE as part of a strategy to shake up the game’s meta.

TiMi Studio and The Pokémon Company said they’ll add more playable Pokémon and will make balance adjustments to Pokémon and the maps. At the moment, some Pokémon like Wigglytuff, Blastoise, and Lucario are much better than almost every other choice, especially the speedsters like Absol, Gengar, and Talonflame, who need a buff more than anyone.

Additionally, the devs are working on a new mode designed to “level the playing field for all trainers,” independent of their Held Items’ grades. This could mean that there may be a mode without Held Items, which is good for players who don’t have time to grind the game or use real money to upgrade them.

Here are all of the game updates listed by the devs that will be introduced to Pokémon UNITE when the mobile version is released.

  • Full cross-platform play and account linking across mobile devices and Nintendo Switch. Link an account, and play with the same account across both platforms.
  • New in-game events in which you can get super item enhancers that can upgrade a held item to grade 30. We’ve also made it easier for all Trainers to get item enhancers.
  • New held items to introduce fresh strategies.
  • The introduction of Unite squads, allowing Trainers to team up with squadmates.
  • A second battle pass, which will feature all-new cosmetic items, including new Holowear with special visual effects.
  • The rollout of some limited Spectator Mode features.
  • Support for multiple new languages.