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New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

Pokemon Unite, the Pokemon franchised MOBA developed by Tencent Games has just announced the release of its newest pokemon coming to Pokemon Unite as a playable unit – Decidueye. This is going to be the second patch released right after the balance patch for November released on 11th November which gave some balance adjustments for Greedent, Alolan Ninetales, Sylveon, Pikachu, Garchomp, and Battle Items.  

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

A new battle pass is also introduced for Pokemon Unite with the advent of the new ranked season titled “Season 3”. The new ranked season will be live from 8th November and will run for 80 days. Players can get their rewards according to their previous rank by going to the ranked menu and confirming the previous rank, post which the rewards will be automatically sent to your inbox. Let’s get into the details for this patch!

New Pokemon – Decidueye

The newest Pokemon coming to Pokemon Unite is Decidueye, the evolved form of Rowlet and a Grass/Ghost-type starter from the 7th Generation of Pokemon. Decidueye will be joining Pokemon unite as a playable pokemon after the update on November 18th server maintenance. Decidueye’s skills classify it as a true marksman in classic MOBA terms. His auto attacks deal more damage the farther Decidueye is from them. His auto attack range is also quite big and possibly the largest among any Attacker-type pokemons. Decidueye relies on his auto attacks while his skills empower them even further to deal with an insane amount of DPS in a short period of time. However, he has little to no escape skills in the form of dashes or invisibility as we have seen with other meta-defining attacker Pokemons like Greninja and Cinderace. He can also be used as a long-range sniper if players choose to go the Spirit Shackle move set route.

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

Decidueye can take 2 moves at Level 1 and Level 3 – Leafage and Astonish, respectively. Players can further enhance these moves at Level 7 and Level 8. Leafage is a triangle-shaped damaging skill where he releases leafs and deals some damage. This move is recommended to be taken at level 1. Astonish is a control skill that targets the enemy while slowing its movement speed. It deals very little to no damage. For further move set upgradations, we recommend going for Razor Leaf against enemy teams that don’t have mobile Pokemons like Lucario, Zeroara, Absol, etc. Spirit Shackle if they have more mobile Pokemon. This is mainly because of how Decidueye is bad against Pokemon who can stay on top of him as he lacks mobility. He will need a good amount of support from this team but can wipe out the enemy team with razor leaf dealing AOE DPS. His move sets and passives are as follows: –

Long Reach (Passive) – Deals 20% increased damage to distant enemies.

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

Basic Attacks – Increases the speed of basic attacks by 3% for a short time after one hit. This effect can stack up to 4 times, and with every third activation of this effect, basic attacks become boosted attacks for a short time. These boosted attacks fire more quills, but the damage dealt by each quill is decreased.

1st Move Set Chains

Leafage – Pelts leaves in the designated direction, dealing damage in a cone to enemies hit (only hits once). For a short time after using this move, Decidueye’s Attack is increased by 10% (this also affects Leafage) and basic attack speed is increased by 25%.

Razor Leaf (Can be chosen at Level 7) – Summons whirling razor leaves. While active, Decidueye’s basic attack is replaced by a new basic attack that targets all enemies in range, as well as increasing Attack by 10% and basic attack speed. 

Razor Leaf+ (Can be upgraded at Level 11) – Increases basic attack damage by 2% of the enemies remaining HP. This damage only applies once per attack, not on each of the 3 boosted quills.

Spirit Shackle (Can be chosen at Level 7) – Has the user spit Berry seeds in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. The more Berries the user had stashed away, the more damage this move deals.

Spirit Shackle+ (Can be upgraded at Level 11) – Deals 15% increased damage to enemies with less than 50% remaining HP.

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

2nd Move Set Chains

Astonish – Deals damage to enemies and decreases their movement speed by 80% for a short time.

Leaf Storm (Can be chosen at Level 8) – Creates a tempest of sharp leaves, dealing damage to enemies it hits and decreases their movement speed by 30% for a short time. At point-blank range, it also shoves enemies hit.

Leaf Storm+ (Can be upgraded at Level 13) – Increases the length of time that the movement speed of enemies is decreased.

Shadow Sneak (Can be chosen at Level 8) – Creates a shadow that takes hold of one enemy in the area of effect, dealing damage and decreasing their movement speed by 30%, decreasing their Defense by 60%, and increasing Decidueye’s movement speed by 70% for a short time.

Shadow Sneak+ (Can be upgraded at Level 13) – Defense reduction of enemies is increased to 80%.

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

Berry Belly Flop (UNITE MOVE) (Unlocks at Level 9) – Fires quills in the designated direction, dealing damage to enemies but does not pierce through them. The move ends by unleashing a large quill that deals damage to all enemies it hits. While using this move, Decidueye becomes immune to hindrances but is unable to move. (This move currently is not adding % HP damage like it states in-game).

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

We feel Decidueye is a really balanced Pokemon in terms of his positives as well as negatives. Neither outweighs the other. He deals a good amount of DPS but needs support so he can’t get 1 shotted by opponent Speedsters and All Rounders who have generally more mobility and are in the meta currently like Lucario and Zeroara. We recommend building him with Buddy Barrier for the extra survivability as well as going the Razor Leaf route for more DPS. More testing needs to be done to put Decidueye in any tier lists but the new Pokemon definitely feels unique and true to the concept of Marksmen. Decidueye will be available to purchase and obtain using 10,000 Aeos Coins or 575 Aeos Gems.

Balance Changes (Nerfs/Buffs/Adjustments)

With the balance patch for November, lots of new balance changes were introduced. These balance changes are targeting some of the hottest Pokémon currently in meta like Greedent, Sylveon, and Garchomp. Here are the balance changes in brief: –

Greedent (NERFED)

  • Cheek Pouch ? Healing amount decreased.
  • Covet ? Bug Fixed where Belch was able to be used more often than expected using Covet.
  • Covet ? Cooldown of move increased while damage also decreased.
  • Stuff Cheeks ? Shield amount decreased.
  • Bullet Seed ? Damage dealt increased.
  • Berry Belly Flop ? Bug Fixed where it had some unintended effects when used near a jump pad.

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

Alolan Ninetales (BUFFED)

  • Base Stats ? Sp. Atk base stat increased.
  • Blizzard ? Damage dealt increased while the cooldown of the move was reduced.

Gardevoir (BUFFED)

  • Psychic ? Move Upgraded where damage dealt increased and cooldown of move lowered.

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

Sylveon (BUG FIX)

  • Fixed an issue where HP wasn’t recovering using Move 1 after using Unite Move.         

Pikachu (BUG FIX)

  • Fixed a bug where Thunder wouldn’t activate if you used Thunderbolt, Thunder, and Basic Attack in quick succession.

Garchomp (BUG FIX)

  • Fixed a bug where Rough Skin would deflect more damage than expected when hit with Zeraora’s Wild Charge.

New Pokémon Decidueye and Recent Balance Changes for Pokémon UNITE

Potion Battle Item (BUFFED)

  • The healing amount increased.

X-Speed Battle Item (BUFFED)

  • Speed Boost amount increased.

Full Heal Battle Item (BUG FIX)

  • Fixed a bug due to which Poison wasn’t healed after using Full Heal.

That is everything coming to Pokemon Unite with its new update coming on November 18th, 2021. Play Pokemon Unite on your PC using BlueStacks for a much better lag-free experience on a bigger screen using your keyboard and mouse. 

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