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Pokemon Unite Update Will Nerf Gengar, Buff Charizard, and Fix Bugs

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Pokemon Unite Update

The Pokemon Company has announced that Pokemon Unite will receive an update on August 4, 2021, at 12 AM PDT/7 AM UTC that will balance the game and fix existing bugs. Much of the changes to Pokemon stats will be in the form of stat increases and reduced cooldowns, with a handful of characters receiving some minor nerfs. Additionally, Pokemon Unite will test out a spectator mode for a limited time until August 6, 2021.

The update includes various buffs and nerfs to a total of twelve different Pokemon. Below is a full list of all stat and ability changes:

Pokemon Unite Update Bug Fixes, Buffs, and Nerfs

  • Charizard
    • Flamethrower
      • Cooldown reduced
      • Strengthened effect on enemy Pokemon
    • Fire Punch
      • Strengthened effect on enemy Pokemon
    • Fire Blast
      • Cooldown reduced, strengthened effect on enemy Pokemon
  • Talonflame
    • Acrobatics
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Aerial Ace
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Aerial Ace+
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Fly:
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
  • Venusaur
    • Sludge Bomb
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
      • Strengthened effect on enemy Pokemon
    • Petal Dance
      • Strengthened effect
    • Solar Beam
      • Reduced Cooldown
    • Unite Move: Verdant Anger
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
  • Absol
    • Basic Attack
      • Fixed bugs
    • Night Slash
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Sucker Punch
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
  • Wigglytuff
    • Stat Changes:
      • Health, Defense, and Sp. Defense increased
    • Double Slap
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Sing
      • Strengthened effect on enemy Pokemon
    • Dazzling Gleam
      • Fixed bug where some wild Pokemon could not be damaged
  • Eldegoss
    • Cotton Guard
      • Cooldown extended
      • HP recovery reduced
    • Cotton Spore
      • Cooldown reduced
      • Effect on both player and enemy Pokemon strengthened
      • Defense, and Sp. Defense increased
    • Unite Move: Cotton Cloud Crash
      • HP recovery reduced
  • Cinderace
    • Stat Changes:
      • Attack decreased
    • Blaze Kick
      • Decreased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Feint
      • Effect duration and movement speed increase effect reduced
    • Pyro Ball
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
  • Gengar
    • Basic Attack
      • Fixed bugs
    • Shadow Ball
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Hex
      • Decreased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
      • Invulnerability duration reduced
    • Dream Eater
      • Ability speed increased
  • Zeraora
    • Spark
      • Fixed bugs
    • Wild Charge
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
      • Cooldown reduced
    • Unite Move: Plasma Gale
      • Decreased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
  • Cramorant
    • Whirlpool
      • Decreased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Dive
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
  • Machamp
    • Basic Attack
      • Fixed Bugs
    • Cross Chop
      • Decreased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
    • Close Combat
      • Increased damage dealt to enemy Pokemon
  • Lucario
    • Power-Up Punch
      • Fixed a bug where Power-Up Punch’s damage increase effect was not applying to basic attacks
    • Bone Rush
      • Fixed a bug where nearby enemies would not be damaged after using Bone Rush a second time
  • Greninja
    • Basic Attack
      • Fixed bugs
  • Alolan Ninetales
    • Snow Warning
      • Fixed bugs

Last week the company also added Gardevoir to Pokemon Unite, the first Pokemon to be added after the game’s release. Many of the playable Pokemon in the game are available for free or by completing challenges, including Zeraora.

The latest update will arrive on August 4, 2021, at 12 AM PDT/7 AM UTC. Pokemon Unite is immediately available for free on the Nintendo Switch, with a mobile version of the game planned to release in September 2021 for Android and iOS devices.

Andrew Kiya
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