New ‘Pokémon Unite’ patch adds a Switch offline mode

It also balances some moves and adds a free festival-style Pikachu

Pokémon Unite just got its latest major update adding a new offline mode and balancing some of your favourite pokémon’s moves.

The latest patch, which is available now, has added a new offline mode to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon Unite and brings balancing tweaks to moves across the board.

Additionally, the mobile version of Pokémon Unite has reached over 5 million preregistrations. In celebration, the new patch awards Aeos tickets, Unite License: Pikachu, and Festival Style: Pikachu to anyone who plays the mobile version. However, you can still use these in the Nintendo Switch version by simply linking your accounts.

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The patch also adds new Spectate and Battle Guide features as well as launching the new Galactic Ghost 094 Battle Pass – adding a number of space-themed items to the game.

Here’s everything you can expect from today’s Pokémon Unite patch:

  • New Offline Mode added to the Nintendo Switch version.
  • New Spectate and Battle Guide feature added to the game.
  • New Special Mission allows trainers to get the Unite license for Zeraora.
  • New event added for held items.
  • “Good job!” accolades can now be awarded during battle.
  • Shop updated.
  • Bugs fixed.
  • Text issues fixed and UI adjusted.
  • Changes made to some Trainer fashion item designs.

Additionally, here’s a full list of all the balance changes to Pokémon moves:

Absol: Night Slash

  • Cooldown reduced.
  • Area of effect adjusted.

Absol: Sucker Punch

  • Cooldown reduced.
  • Duration of unstoppable condition while move is in use increased

Zeraora: Slash

  • Number of attacks decreased.
  • Damage of each attack increased.
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Zeraora: Spark

  • Lengthened the time allowed between uses to make the move easier to use.
  • The number of attacks in the Wild Charge combo will now increase even if the player performs a basic attack while using Spark.

Zeraora: Wild Charge

  • Cooldown reduced.
  • Damage taken by the user while this move is in use reduced.

Charizard: Fire Punch

  • Target(s) affected by the burn adjusted.

Charizard: Flamethrower

  • Movement speed increase strengthened.

Charizard: Fire Blast

  • Cooldown reduced.

Charizard: Unite Move (Seismic Slam)

This move has been changed to the following:

Has the user grab a Pokémon from the opposing team and slam it onto the ground from the air. For a short time afterward, the user can move freely over obstacles. While this Unite Move is being used, the user’s basic attacks deal increased damage and leave opposing Pokémon burned. In addition, when the user deals damage to an opposing Pokémon, the user recovers HP.

  • Unite Move charge rate decreased.
  • Fixed a bug affecting the possible timing for ending this move.

Venusaur: Giga Drain

  • Damage reduction increased.

Venusaur: Petal Dance

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.
  • Cooldown reduced.
  • Movement speed increase strengthened.

Cinderace: Pyro Ball

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.
  • Cooldown reduced.

Cinderace: Flame Charge

  • Cooldown reduced.

Cinderace: Unite Move (Blazing Bicycle Kick)

  • Fixed a bug that occurred when the move fails to activate.

Cinderace: Blaze

  • Ability effect timing adjusted.

Talonflame

  • Attack increased.

Talonflame: Fly

  • Cooldown reduced.
  • Aerial movement speed increase strengthened.

Talonflame: Unite Move (Flame Sweep)

  • Unite Move charge rate increased.

Garchomp

  • Defence and Sp. Def increased.

Garchomp: Rough Skin

  • Adjusted the time between instances of this Ability’s effect triggering.

Greninja

  • Attack and max HP decreased.

Greninja: Smokescreen

  • Fixed a bug causing the Smokescreen+ effect to trigger even before the move is upgraded.

Greninja: Double Team

  • Improved the movement of the illusory copies.

Greninja: Water Shuriken

  • Fixed a bug affecting the decrease to opposing Pokémon’s movement speed.

Greninja: Unite Move (Waterburst Shuriken)

  • Adjusted the move to allow it to trigger more quickly.

Greninja: Torrent

  • Attack increase weakened.

Wigglytuff:

  • Max-level Sp. Atk decreased.

Wigglytuff: Pound

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Wigglytuff: Dazzling Gleam

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Wigglytuff: Sing

  • Fixed a bug affecting opposing Pokémon put to sleep by this move.

Wigglytuff: Cute Charm

  • Adjusted the time between instances of this Ability’s effect triggering.

Cramorant: Boosted Attack

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Cramorant: Surf

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Cramorant: Dive

  • Cooldown reduced.

Cramorant: Unite Move (Gatling Gulp Missile)

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Lucario: Power-Up Punch

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Lucario: Close Combat

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.
  • Number of attacks increased.

Lucario: Close Combat+

  • Fixed a bug affecting this move’s damage.

Alolan Ninetales: Blizzard

  • Changed how the move deals damage after the blizzard hits an obstacle.

Alolan Ninetales: Unite Move (Snow Globe)

  • Fixed bugs.

Alolan Ninetales: Snow Warning

  • Fixed bugs.

Eldegoss: Cotton Guard

  • Fixed a bug affecting the HP recovery when the move ends.

Eldegoss: Leaf Tornado

  • Improved the move’s effects and adjusted the move to match the feel of the controls.

Gardevoir: Boosted Attack

  • Fixed a bug affecting this move’s damage.

Gardevoir: Psyshock+

  • Fixed bugs.

Snorlax: Yawn

  • Fixed a bug affecting opposing Pokémon put to sleep by this move.

Gengar: Lick

  • Fixed a bug that occurred when opposing Pokémon are pulled toward the user.
  • Fixed a bug affecting this move’s timing.

Mr. Mime: Barrier

  • Adjusted the move so that it when it is upgraded, it refills its reserve uses to the maximum.

Mr. Mime: Guard Swap

  • Fixed a bug affecting the swapping of Defense.

Crustle

  • Adjusted the Pokémon’s contact area.

Slowbro: Basic Attack

  • Fixed a bug causing both basic attacks and boosted attacks to decrease the Sp. Def of opposing Pokémon.

Slowbro: Surf

  • Adjusted the area of effect.

Machamp: Unite Move (Barrage Blow)

  • Fixed a bug with the shove effect.
  • Fixed a bug with the move being used on super jump springboards.

Blastoise: Rapid Spin

  • Fixed a bug causing attacks performed while spinning to decrease the movement speed of opposing Pokémon.
  • Fixed a bug allowing the user to use either Hydro Pump or Water Spout at the same time as basic attacks while spinning.

Wild Pokémon: Regigigas

As a balance adjustment, added the following effect when this Pokémon is defeated:

For a short time, your team’s goal-scoring speed increases and your team’s goals become unblockable.

Meanwhile, Resident Evil gets a first-person fan-made remake.

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