Pokemon Unite Releases New Pokemon Glaceon Along with Balance Changes in New Update
The challengers of Mer Stadium will be delighted to know that the Pokemon Unite team has not forgotten them! After a massive hiatus of updates for over a month, the team is back at their regular schedule of releasing new heroes and making some much-needed balance adjustments to maintain the fairness and competitive spirit of the game. The newest patch can already be seen live in-game as the update came on 21st July 2022.
Along with the update, players will be able to meet and play with another Eevee-lution in the form of Glaceon. Glaceon, the Ice DPS Pokemon will be coming to the game as an Attacker. Players will be able to recruit Glaceon’s Unite License completely for free by playing and participating in an event titled “The Icy Glaceon Challenge”. Apart from the new hero and a new event, some major balance changes are also being made to meta Pokemons like Absol, Delphox, Azumarill, and more. Let’s take a look at the skill and abilities of Glaceon.
New Pokemon – Glaceon
The newest Pokemon coming to Pokemon Unite is Glaceon, the agile special attacker that is going to be playable as a ranged attacker that deals Sp. Atk Damage. Glaceon’s base form is going to be Eevee. Her passive ability Run Away and Snow Cloak is going to be a great ability to negate the hindrances that are thrown at her by enemy Pokemon. However, the long cooldown on this passive is going to hinder her usability as well. Her basic ability lets her deal with an additional Sp. Atk Damaging attack. The rest of her base form kit is exactly what Eevee uses.
Glaceon makes use of her Ice Crystals to deal AOE-targeted damage to all enemies. Her 1st upgraded move set recommendation is going to be Icicle Spear since it has a lower cooldown to use as well as deals more damage. Players can also opt to go for Icy Wind to get increased mobility in the form of dashes. This ability is useful against assassin Pokemons like Garchomp, Lucario, and Gengar who like to annihilate you by coming close. Her 2nd upgraded move set recommendation is going to be Freeze Dry, an AOE-targeted damaging skill that slows down the enemies hit and gives Glaceon a 50% increase in her Sp. Atk. Glaceon’s move sets and passives are as follows: –
Run Away (Passive) – When Eevee would be affected by a hindrance, the hindrance is negated and becomes invincible for a short time. This Ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered (70s cd).
Snow Cloak (Passive) – When Glaceon would be affected by a hindrance, the hindrance is negated. Glaceon then starts sneaking and becomes invincible for a short time. This Ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered (70s cd).
Basic Attacks – Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage and giving the user 2 ice crystals when the boosted attack hits.
1st Move Set Chains
Swift – Creates 4 stars around the user. For a short time afterward, each time the user hits an enemy with a basic attack, one of the stars (or 2 stars in the case of a boosted attack) will shoot out and deal additional damage to that enemy.
Icicle Spear (Can be chosen at Level 4) – Has the user launch all of their stored ice crystals in rapid succession at the designated enemy. If no ice crystals are stored when this move is used, 2 ice crystals are instantly created and all crystals are launched. The crystals shatter when they hit the designated target, dealing damage to enemies in the area of effect. Launched ice crystals can hit enemies on the opposing team that is not the designated target of this move. If this occurs, the ice crystals will still shatter on impact and deal damage in an area in the same way. Ice crystals launched by this move deal increasing damage each time they hit the same enemy. After this move is used, the cooldown of Ice Shard or Freeze-Dry is reduced.
Icy Wind (Can be chosen at Level 4) – Jump a short distance in the designated direction. Glaceon’s next basic attack has increased range and launches all stored ice crystals at an enemy, dealing damage to them. Glaceon then regains the same number of ice crystals that were launched. If Glaceon hits the same enemy with 1 or more ice crystals, that enemy’s movement speed is decreased for a short time. The more ice crystals that hit that target, the stronger this movement speed-decrease effect. If Glaceon has no ice crystals when this move is used, gain 2 ice crystals.
2nd Move Set Chains
Tail Whip – The user wags their tail at an enemy, dealing damage and decreasing their Defense, Sp. Def, and movement speed for a short time. The user’s next basic attack after using this move becomes a boosted attack.
Ice Shard (Can be chosen at Level 6) – Increase movement speed for a short time. Afterward, Glaceon’s basic attack speed increases for a short time, and basic attacks change into attacks that hurl chunks of ice. These chunks of ice deal damage to enemies hit and decrease their movement speed for a short time. Every time a chunk of ice hits, the user gains 1 ice crystal. The user gains 2 ice crystals if this move is used while launching ice crystals with Icicle Spear, or if it’s used after Icy Wind has been used, but before the user has launched all ice crystals with the next basic attack.
Freeze Dry (Can be chosen at Level 6) – Glaceon shoots out a freezing burst of air in a forward direction, increasing Sp. Atk by 50% for a short time. This burst explodes upon hitting an enemy or after traveling a set distance; dealing damage to enemies in the area of effect. For each enemy hit by the explosion, Glaceon gains 1 ice crystal. The explosion also leaves behind an ice zone. Enemies that enter this ice zone will have their movement speed decreased. If they remain in the ice zone for a set amount of time, they become frozen for a short time.
Glacial Stage (UNITE MOVE) – Leap up high, creating an ice zone in front of Glaceon that deals damage to enemies in the area of effect. While Glaceon is in the ice zone, movement speed is increased and Glaceon gains 1 ice crystal whenever a set amount of time passes. The movement speed of enemies in the ice zone is decreased.
Glaceon seems to be a great damage dealer and rivals the likes of Sylveon, Ninetales, etc. Her usability depends on the type of team comp players can build around her. Her weakness currently seems to be low mobility if players do not go Icy Wind. Currently, players can get Glaceon for free by completing the Icy Glaceon Challenge event. After 14th August 2022, Glaceon’s Unite License will be available to purchase and obtain using 8,000 Aeos Coins or 460 Aeos Gems.
Balance Changes (Nerfs/Buffs/Adjustments)
The latest update on 21st July also brought lots of new balance changes for several Pokemons. These balance changes are targeting some of the most wanted Pokemon that are in meta. Here are the balance changes in brief: –
Absol (NERFED and Bug Fixed)
Night Slash ? Bug Fixed that affected the Area of Effect and Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.
Psycho Cut ? Damage dealt to enemy Pokemon decreased.
Delphox (NERFED AND BUFFED)
Mystical Fire ? Bug Fixed that caused unwanted effects.
Fire Blast ? Bug Fixed that caused unwanted effects. Damage dealt to enemy Pokemon increased.
Fire Spin ? Duration and damage dealt to the enemy Pokemon decreased.
Flame Charge ? Duration and Range of the move increased.
Safeguard ? The cooldown of the move got increased and the shielding effect provided has been weakened.
Egg Bomb ? Damage dealt to enemy Pokemon decreased. The effects inflicted on opposing enemy Pokemon are also reduced.
Discharge ? The damage dealt to enemy Pokemon increased and the cooldown of this move got reduced.
Plasma Gale ? This move can now be unlocked and learned at Level 9.
Base Stats ? Base HP has been increased at all levels.
Bubble ? Damage dealt to enemy Pokemon increased.
Play Rough ? The cooldown of this skill got reduced.
Aqua Tail ? Damage dealt to enemy Pokemon increased. The cooldown of this skill got reduced and the HP restoration provided by this skill got increased.
That concludes our coverage of the 21st July update of Pokemon Unite. Feel free to take a look at the official patch notes for the update. Give us your thoughts regarding the new Pokemon Glaceon and the balance changes mentioned. Play Pokemon Unite on your PC using BlueStacks for a much better lag-free experience on a bigger screen using your keyboard and mouse.