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Pokémon Unite Machamp - build, items, and moves

Learn more about Pokémon Unite’s Machamp from its moveset to its best build and more

Pokémon Unite's Machamp standing in the arena

Machamp is an all-rounder in Pokémon Unite which means it’s good both on attack and defence. However, with four huge fists, Machamp’s strength really lies in those up-close brawls. If you’re a fan of all-rounders, you might also want to try out Pokémon Unite’s Lucario, Pokémon Unite’s Garchomp, or Pokémon Unite’s Charizard.

In our Pokémon Unite Machamp guide, we outline its moveset, the best held and battle items, and we also recommend the best build to suit this strong, four-armed fighter. We’ll be sure to update this guide if anything changes to Machamp’s moveset.

If you’re looking for more content like this, take a look at our Pokémon Unite Blissey, Pokémon Unite Gardevoir, and Pokémon Unite Mr. Mime guides to get the lowdown on each of these characters. For now, though, let’s get to talking about Pokémon Unite’s Machamp.

What is Pokémon Unite Machamp’s moveset?

If you want to play with Machamp, you’ll need to buy its Unite license from the in-game store for 8,000 Aeos coins or 460 Aeos gems. Once you’ve unlocked Machamp, you can then try out its abilities. Below, we outline the moves that Machamp takes into battle and what they do.

Pokémon Unite's Machamp next to its name

Machamp’s passive attack

Move name Attack type Description
Guts Passive Attack damage increases when afflicted by a status condition

Machamp’s early game abilities

First things first, you get both of these moves eventually, but you must pick one a couple of levels before the other. We recommend you pick karate chop to start things off. You’ll benefit from dealing out some damage in the early game to earn some experience.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Karate chop Melee Six seconds Machamp attacks with a sharp chop
Bulk up Buff Nine seconds Movement and attack speed increase and Machamp becomes immune to hindrances for a short time. The next basic attack is also boosted

Machamp’s mid-game abilities

At level five, you have a choice to make. You’ve evolved into Machoke, and you can pick only one of the below abilities. We recommend going for cross chop at this point for the damage and increased critical hit rate.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Close combat Melee Six seconds Machamp unleashes several punches in a targeted direction. The last punch hits the hardest and also makes Machamp immune to hindrances. Upgrading deals extra damage to afflicted opponents
Cross chop Dash Six seconds Machamp performs a double crossed-arm chop that causes damage whilst dashing forward. Also briefly increases critical hit rate. Upgrading increases attack with each basic attack

Pokémon Unite's Machamp in an epic battle

Machamp’s late-game abilities

At level seven, you have another decision to make. We recommend submission to use alongside cross chop. You can first deal out damage with cross chop and then use submission to increase movement speed and stun your opponents to really finish them off.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Dynamic punch Dash Eight seconds  Machamp leaps and punches the ground, causing AoE damage and stunning nearby enemies. Once it lands, the next basic attack is boosted, movement and attack speed are increased, as well as immunity to hindrances. Upgrading increases movement speed and attack even further
Submission Hindrance 11 seconds Machamp attacks from above and stuns the opponent, slamming them into the ground. Movement speed is increased and immunity is gained to hindrances for a short time. Upgrading further increases critical hit rate and increases basic attack speed

Machamp’s end game ability

Finally, at level nine, you evolve to Machamp and unlock your Unite move, barrage blow. It’s an all-out attack, and allows Machamp to come in with a combo attack that will save teammates in trouble.

Move name Attack type Description
Barrage blow Buff Movement speed, attack, and defences, both special and physical, are supercharged. When used again, Machamp unleashes a combo attack, dealing AoE damage and displacing opposing Pokémon. The last blow deals a huge amount of damage

What are the best held items for Pokémon Unite’s Machamp?

In Pokémon Unite, you can take up to three held items into battle with you. We’ve recommended a few below to choose from which play into Machamp’s strengths.

  • Muscle band
    • Basic attacks do more damage the more HP the opposing Pokémon has
  • Scope lens
    • Machamp’s critical hit damage is boosted
  • Buddy barrier
    • When using Machamp’s Unite move, barrage blow, this item releases a shield that protects Machamp and a nearby ally with the lowest HP
  • Float stone
    • Machamp will move faster when not in combat
  • Leftovers
    • When Machamp is out of combat, it recovers 1% of its HP every second

Pokémon Unite's Machamp and an Aipom

What is the best battle item for Pokemon Unite’s Machamp?

Here are our recommendations for the best battle items.

  • Eject button
    • Machamp will be teleported away quickly allowing for a swift return to safety
  • Full heal
    • Machamp will temporarily become immune to status effects

If you’re eager for more Pokémon Unite content, we’ve put together a Pokémon Unite held items guide as well as a Pokémon Unite special attack guide that are both worth checking out. Or, maybe you’re still trying to decide if Machamp’s the Pokémon for you, well, we’ve got a Pokémon Unite tier list that ranks all the characters on offer.