The first major patch and balance update hits online MOBA Pokémon Unite today, adding several character buffs and nerfs. It includes buffs for Charizard, Talonflame, and Venusaur, and nerfs to Eldegoss and Cinderace.

Over half the roster received some sort of adjustment, though shockingly the sleepy king of the meta, Snorlax, was not one of them. Gengar received a “downgrade” to Hex while buffing the other two moves that no one took, Dream Eater and Shadow Ball, in an attempt to diversify its build. Zeraora’s devastatingly powerful Unite Move, Plasma Gate, also got a much-needed nerf.

Frustratingly, though not surprisingly, none of the patch notes provide actual numbers beyond “increased” or “decreased.” It’s up to dataminers and YouTubers to discover what effects these balance changes have on each character, and on the overall meta.

The full list of changes are included below.

Charizard
Flamethrower:

  • Cooldown reduced.
  • Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.

Fire Punch:

  • Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.

Fire Blast:

  • Cooldown reduced.
  • Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.

Talonflame
Acrobatics:

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Aerial Ace:

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Aerial Ace+:

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Fly:

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Venusaur
Sludge Bomb:

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.
  • Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.

Petal Dance:

  • Move Upgrade

Solar Beam:

  • Cooldown reduced.

Unite Move: Verdant Anger

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Absol
Basic Attack:

  • Bug Fixes

Night Slash:

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Sucker Punch:

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Wigglytuff
The following stats have been increased:

  • Defense, Sp. Def, HP

Double Slap

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.
  • Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.

Sing

  • Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.

Dazzling Gleam

  • Bug Fixes

Eldegoss
Cotton Guard

  • Cooldown lengthened.
  • HP restoration decreased.

Cotton Spore

  • Cooldown reduced.
  • Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.
  • This move’s Defense, Sp. Def increase has been strengthened.

Unite Move: Cotton Cloud Crash

  • HP restoration decreased.

Cinderace
The following stats have been decreased:

  • Attack

Blaze Kick

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Feint

  • Move Downgrade

Pyro Ball

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Gengar
Basic Attack

  • Bug Fixes

Shadow Ball

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Hex

  • Move Downgrade

Dream Eater

  • Move Upgrade

Zeraora
Spark

  • Bug Fixes

Wild Charge

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

Unite Move: Plasma Gale

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Cramorant
Whirlpool

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Dive

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Machamp
Basic Attack

  • Bug Fixes

Cross Chop

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.

Close Combat

  • Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.

Lucario
Power-Up Punch

  • Bug Fixes

Bone Rush

  • Bug Fixes

Greninja
Basic Attack

  • Bug Fixes

Alolan Ninetales
Snow Warning

  • Bug Fixes


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