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Pokemon Unite Sp Atk vs Atk: Special Attack moves explained

Published: 10/Aug/2021 20:51 Updated: 12/Aug/2021 20:10

by Brent Koepp

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In the TiMi Studios MOBA, moves are broken up into either the Special Attack or Attack category. Here is the Pokemon Unite Sp Atk vs Atk mechanic explained.

New Trainers jumping into Pokemon Unite for the first time might be left wondering what the difference between the Sp Atk and Atk stat is. After all, the free-to-play title doesn’t exactly go out of its way to explain it.

Just like the Game Freak RPGs, the TiMi Studios MOBA separates attacks into the two categories. This guide will take a look at where a character falls into each class and which Held Items you should be using.

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Each Pokemon is split between Sp Atk and Atk.

Pokemon Unite Sp Atk vs Atk

In Pokemon Unite, every single move is either classified as an “Attack” or a “Special Attack.” The former is usually associated with physical fighters (such as Machamp) while the latter is often tied to spell-based attackers (Gardevoir).

In the MOBA, players can actually boost their Pokemon’s stats by equipping three Held Items. However these add-ons are specifically broken up into Sp Atk or Atk, so you need to match the right ones to your ‘mon in order to buff your attacks.

Below we will take a look at where every single character falls between the two categories.


Pokemon Unite Sp Atk Pokemon

Alolan Ninetales

Alolan Ninetails Pokemon Unite playable

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Ranged

Cramorant

Cramorant Pokemon Unite

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Ranged

Eldegoss

Eldegoss

  • Role: Supporter
  • Type: Ranged

Gengar

Gengar

  • Role: Speedster
  • Type: Melee

Mr. Mime

Mr Mime

  • Role: Supporter
  • Type: Melee

Pikachu

Pikachu Pokemon Unite

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Ranged

Slowbro

Slowbro

  • Role: Defender
  • Type: Ranged

Venusaur

Venusaur

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Ranged

Wigglytuff

Wigglytuff

  • Role: Supporter
  • Type: Melee

Gardevoir

Gardevoir Pokémon Unite Image

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Ranged

Pokemon Unite Atk Pokemon

Absol

Absol

  • Role: Speedster
  • Type: Melee

Charizard

Charizard

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Type: Melee

Cinderace

Cinderace Pokemon Unite

 

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Ranged

Crustle

Crustle

  • Role: Defender
  • Type: Melee

Garchomp

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Style: Melee

Greninja

Greninja

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Ranged

Lucario

Lucario

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Melee

Machamp

Machamp

  • Role: Attacker
  • Type: Melee

Snorlax

Snorlax Pokemon Unite

  • Role: Defender
  • Type: Melee

Talonflame

Talonflame Pokemon Unite

  • Role: Speedster
  • Type: Melee

Zeraora

Zeraora

  • Role: Speedster
  • Type: Melee

Pokemon Unite Attack Held Items

Muscle Band

Muscle Band

  • Effect: When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1% of the opposing Pokemon’s remaining HP.
  • Max stat buff: Attack + 15, Basic Attack Speed +7.5%.

Float Stone

Float Stone

  • Effect: Increases movement speed by 10% when the Pokemon is not in combat.
  • Max stat buff: Attack + 24, Movement Speed + 120.

Attack Weight

Fierce Attack Dumbells

  • Effect: When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Attack increases by 6.
  • Max stat buff: Attack + 18

Battle Items

X Attack

X Attack

  • Effect: Raises your Pokémon’s Attack and Sp. Atk for a short time.

Pokemon Unite Sp Atk Held Items

Shell Bell

Shell Bell

  • Effect: When the Pokemon hits with a move, it recovers a minimum of 45 HP. The higher the Pokemon’s Sp. Atk, the more HP it recovers.
  • Max stat buff: Sp. Atk + 24, Move Cooldown -4.5%.

Sp. Atk Specs

Sp. Atk Specs

  • Effect: When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Sp. Atk increases by 8.
  • Max stat buff: Sp. Atk + 24.

Wise Glasses

Wise Glasses

  • Effect: Increases Sp. Atk by 3.
  • Max stat buff: Sp. Atk + 39.

Battle Items

X Attack

X Attack

  • Effect: Raises your Pokémon’s Attack and Sp. Atk for a short time.

It should be pointed out that while a Pokemon may fall under the Sp. Atk category, their basic attack will still fall under the Atk stat. So for instance, Wigglytuff’s abilities Double Slap and Dazzling Gleam are both special attacks. But its basic A button move is just an attack.

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Ultimately, it’s important to match up your character with the right Held Item if you want to get the most out of its potential. For an in-depth explanation on how to level up your held items, make sure to check out our guide here.