Why Pikachu is the Very Best Pokémon Starter

For anybody who wants to get into Pokemon UNITE, the Pokemon Company’s first MOBA, players can start their journey with a strong and easy-to-use Pokemon in Pikachu.

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Pokémon UNITE is the very first Pokémon multiplayer battle online arena game for android and iOS by The Pokémon Company. It is also published by Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch. Ever since its release last 2021, a lot of long-time Pokémon fans and newly acquired fans have been playing the game, with features a match consisting of two teams of five players and whichever team scores the most points at the end of the game wins. Each player gets to pick his or her own Pokémon starter and as the game goes, levels up the Pokémon to become stronger and more impactful in the game.

A lot of people have been curious about this game and the easiest way to get themselves in the game is to pick a fairly easy-to-use starter and that’s no other than everyone’s old friend, Pikachu! Pikachu is the first Pokémon that every player starts with in the game and with good reason.

Pikachu is a strong ranged attacker that is easy to control and understand. Basically, Pikachu is a long-range type of Pokémon that attacks its opponents using electricity and sometimes causes them to be paralyzed. Pikachu is best used in the top lane or the bottom lane. Pikachu is at the top of every tier list for Pokémon UNITE.

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It has a diverse set of moves that players can choose from as Pikachu’s progression goes. Here is the list of Pikachu’s skillset:

Basic Attack: Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage. This boosted attack also paralyzes opposing Pokémon for a short time when it hits.

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Static: Paralyzes all opponents near the Pokémon for a short time when the Pokémon receives damage. This Ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered.

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Thunder Shock: Releases electricity, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. Also paralyzes opposing Pokémon for a short time.

Upon reaching Lv. 4, you can select one of the following two moves:

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Electro Ball: Hurls an electric orb, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and leaving them paralyzed for a short time. This move’s damage increases the lower the opposing Pokémon’s remaining HP is.

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Thunder: Drops wicket thunderbolts, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect.

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Electroweb: Attacks and captures opposing Pokémon using an electric net, leaving them unable to move.

Upon reaching Lv. 6, you can select one of the following two moves:

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Volt Tackle: Has the user electrify itself and charge ahead, throwing opposing Pokémons.

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Thunderbolt: Attacks with a strong electric blast, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and leaving them unable to act.

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Unite Move: Thunderstorm: Attacks the opposing team’s Pokémon near the user with tremendous bolts of lightning.

Every player can customize his or her own moveset depending on their playstyle. Pikachu is strong in the early game and can poke the opponent easily or take down farming camps fast. Pikachu also has a fast cooldown rate that players can take advantage of, and with this, Pikachu is absolutely great in team fights. However, players must also be careful as Pikachu is a squishy champion and is not made for close combat. Pikachu users must be cautious of Pokémons like Crustle, Snorlax, & Slowbro.

So there you have it! What are you waiting for? Download Pokémon UNITE now and play with your friends. Don’t forget to form a team and get the competitive spirit up and running and join the Pokémon Unite Philippine Open in Globe’s Gamer Grounds’ events, and get a chance to win the lion’s share of the PHP 1,000,000 prize pool.

Em Dangla

Em "Kaisaya" Dangla is an esports shoutcaster on different mobile MOBA game titles. She also has experience in various aspects of the industry, from professionally competing in tournaments, managing esports players and teams, and organizing online tournaments. The former game developer also advocates for women in esports and safe spaces.