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Pokemon UNITE: Attack vs Special Attack Explained

Pokemon UNITE players have two attack stats they need to worry about during matches: standard attack and special attack.
Pokemon UNITE players have two attack stats they need to worry about during matches: standard attack and special attack. / The Pokemon Company

Pokemon UNITE players have two attack stats they need to worry about during matches: standard attack and special attack.

The key to winning a Pokemon UNITE match can often be in the details. One such detail to keep in mind is the attack type of the chosen Pokemon. The difference between a standard attack and a special attack can be used to sort out which enemy Pokemon to pocket and where a player would find the most success on the field.

Below, we've broken down the difference between Attack and Special Attack and how to use this information to your advantage.

Pokemon UNITE: Attack vs Special Attack

Pokemon in Pokemon UNITE are broken down into two groups: Physical Attacker and Special Attacker. These two are typically easy to tell apart due to their denomination on the selection screen. However, it's worth noting that the game counts all base attacks (made by pressing "A" on the Nintendo Switch) as Physical Attacks.

Physical Attack Pokemon are:

  • Absol
  • Charizard
  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Talonflame
  • Crustle
  • Garchomp
  • Greninja
  • Snorlax
  • Cinderace

Special Attack Pokemon include:

  • Venusaur
  • Zerora
  • Gengar
  • Slowbro
  • Alolan Ninetails
  • Eldegoss
  • Pikachu
  • Wigglytuff
  • Cramorant

The most important difference between Standard and Special Attacks are the stats that counteract them—namely Standard and Special Defense. Two Special Attackers would be evenly matched as opposed to a match-up of two different attackers.

Therefore, it's extremely important to remember which Pokemon specializes in which type of attack when planning an item strategy. A Venusaur won't benefit from an Attack Weight item in the same way an Absol would.

Pokemon UNITE is available right now for free on the Nintendo Switch.