All playable Pokémon in Pokémon Unite

The game has a slowly-evolving roster.

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Pokémon Unite, a MOBA title developed in partnership with Tencent’s TiMi Studios and The Pokémon Company, is being worked on—and with it comes a lot of unique possibilities. 

Unite doesn’t need to follow the same rules as a standard Pokémon game. Instead, it will get to play around with its roster more than most of the other spin-off Pokémon games usually get to do. 

Unite will be released on the Nintendo Switch in July, with a mobile launch set for September. TiMi aims to have cross-play and cross-progression available once the game is available on multiple platforms. The game will also give players the ability to change the appearance of their Pokémon and trainer, features that have now been confirmed for the first time.

Along with the launch details, TiMi and TPC have confirmed the roster of Pokémon that will be playable once Unite is released. It includes many of the Pokémon that were in the initial reveal and several that were added during the various beta tests.

  • Pikachu
  • Charizard
  • Snorlax
  • Crustle
  • Greninja
  • Eldegoss
  • Talonflame
  • Lucario
  • Venusaur
  • Mr. Mime
  • Slowbro
  • Absol
  • Machamp
  • Wigglytuff
  • Alolan Ninetales
  • Cramorant
  • Gengar
  • Garchomp
  • Cinderace

One of the main mechanics of the game, just like with any MOBA, is leveling up your character to get stronger abilities the longer a match goes on. And in Unite, that also ties into the evolution mechanic from Pokémon

Players will start with the first form of a Pokémon in most cases and have to level it up as they would in one of the main titles if they want it to learn new moves and evolve. That means a lot of the roster will be made up of Pokémon with three-stage evolutions, but not entirely—as shown by Snorlax being on the roster. 

Additional playable Pokémon will be added post-launch, including Blastoise and Gardevoir.