With Sept. 22, 2022, set to mark the first anniversary of the mobile release for Pokémon UNITE in a few weeks, The Pokémon Company revealed its upcoming content in celebration of the occasion Thursday.
For fans of the "free-to-start," multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), here's a breakdown of the 1st Anniversary content coming soon to Pokémon UNITE.
Pokémon UNITE 1st Anniversary Content Revealed
Highlighting the lineup of new UNITE Licenses coming to the game in September is the Mythical Pokémon Mew.
Mew is said to have more learnable moves than other Pokémon, as well as the ability to forget and re-learn moves during battle to surprise opponents.
For a limited time, from Sept. 2 to Oct. 12, players can collect all six mural fragments and unlock Mew’s Unite license in the special in-game event Mew’s Mural Challenge without spending Aeos coins or Aeos gems. During the event, logging in, participating in and winning battles and doing other in-game activities will earn progress towards the mural fragments. Players will not be able to obtain Mew’s Unite license at the Unite Battle Committee shop during the event, but they will be able to use Aeos gems to progress through Mew’s Mural Challenge quicker.
After the event, Mew’s Unite license will be available in the Unite Battle Committee shop for 12,000 Aeos coins.
Alongside Mew, two more Pokémon Licenses are set to debut in Pokémon UNITE in September, with Dodrio on Sept. 14 and Scizor on Sept. 28.
Starting on Sept. 2 as well, ranked matches and standard battles will take place on the new map, Theia Sky Ruins. Since it is located on a mountaintop above Aeos Island, the setting is windy.
Additionally, Legendary giants Regieleki, Regirock, Regice and Registeel will make their debut as wild Pokémon on the map. Regieleki will appear on the top path, and if player defeat it, it will fight for their teams and attacks the enemies' goal zones. Regirock, Regice or Registeel will appear on the bottom path, and the team that defeats it will be powered up temporarily depending on which one they conquered.
In the final two minutes of battle in the Theia Sky Ruins, Rayquaza will appear in the central area. The team that defeats Rayquaza will receive a temporary shield that, while active, increases attack power and goal-scoring speed and makes scoring attempts unblockable.
Lastly, the announcement revealed Pokémon UNITE's upcoming Legacy Trainer Showdown event running from Sept. 9 to Oct. 6.
When a Unite Battle begins during the event, Leon, Raihan, Cynthia, Korrina and Green will randomly challenge players to battle.
In order to challenge these Trainers, players will need to use Trainer battle tickets. During the event, players can receive one free Trainer battle ticket per day and exchange Aeos coins for additional tickets. They can also earn Trainer battle coins based on their performances and exchange them for items, such as Trainer Outfit (Leon).
For more on the upcoming Pokémon UNITE 1st Anniversary events, feel free to check out Nintendo's announcement blog post.
Pokémon UNITE is available now on Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS.