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Pokémon Unite Pikachu build, abilities, and items

If you're wondering how to play Pokémon Unite Pikachu, you're in the right place. Zap your way to the top in style, with our Pokémon Unite Pikachu build guide

Pokémon Unite Pikachu on an arena background

Pokémon Unite is an exciting MOBA that brings your favourite Pokémon to life to compete in 5v5 team battles. What is a Pokémon game without its star player, Pikachu? The little lightning spark takes on an attack role, and deals a massive amount of damage, but is pretty squishy as a trade off.

If you want to play as this adorable glass cannon and be the best around, you’re in the right place. Our Pokémon Unite Pikachu build guide offers up an in-depth look at all of Pikachu’s moves, to let you know which you should choose, and what items are the best to help you succeed in battle. Stun your enemies with your flashy skills and carry your team to victory!

For those of you who are big fans of Pokémon Unite and want to see where Pikachu ranks, you can check out our Pokémon Unite tier list. We also have a list of all the Pokémon Unite held items to make sure you’re spending those hard earned upgrade tokens wisely, as well as a bunch of other awesome builds including Pokémon Unite’s Ninetales, Pokémon Unite’s Lucario, Pokémon Unite’s Snorlax, Pokémon Unite’s Zeraora, and Pokémon Unite’s Wigglytuff.

Pokémon Unite Pikachu’s abilities

Pikachu has a variety of moves in Pokémon Unite, with a wide range of utility. You will have to pick and choose which ones you want, and it’s usually good to approach MOBAs with a little flexibility and adjust according to the match, but these are the ones we think stand the best chance of carrying you to victory.

Pikachu promotional image

As we mentioned above, Pikachu is a bit of a glass cannon in this game, meaning you will deal a lot of damage, but won’t be able to take much of a beating. As a result, it’s best to stay at a safe distance and attack from a range. It’s up to you which lane you choose, but Pikachu does benefit from staying behind a defender, especially if you’re having trouble with survivability when fighting.

Pokémon Unite Pikachu’s passive ability

Move name Attack type Description
Static Passive Taking damage causes enemies in an area around Pikachu to be paralyzed. This has a short cooldown before it can trigger again

Pokémon Unite Pikachu’s early game abilities

Pikachu has very strong stun potential between levels one to three. You get to pick both of the moves below eventually, but you have to decide which one you want first. Thunder shock is great when you’re going on the offensive, as it deals damage as well as stunning enemies. Use it when your opponents are grouped up together to unleash its real potential.

Electroweb is a good defensive move that you can use to halt enemies while you make your escape. Or, if you’re going in for the attack, you can use it to stun an enemy and go in for a killing blow.

We recommend you pick thunder shock first, then electroweb.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Thunder shock Sure hit Nine seconds Hurl an electric orb, dealing damage to the enemy Pokémon in the area of effect. Also slows the enemy for a short time.
Electro web Hindrance Nine seconds Attack and capture the opposing Pokémon in an electric net, leaving them unable to move (roots target).

Pikachu unleashing a lighting attack on an enemy
Pokémon Unite Pikachu’s mid-game abilities

Once again, you will have to choose which move you want out of the two. Your chosen attack will replace thunder shock. Thunder is a high damage dealing AoE attack, but does not have a stun, and its bolts can occasionally miss. Electro ball is also an AoE, but this one does come with a stun, and is a sure hit. As a glass cannon, the extra edge of the stun can help Pikachu keep a distance from its enemies.

Both have their pros and cons, but we recommend you choose electro ball.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Thunder Area Eight seconds Summon lightning bolts at the target area, damaging any Pokémon within range. Upgrading it increases the number of lightning strikes
Electro Ball Sure hit Five seconds Hurl an electric orb, dealing damage to the enemy Pokémon in the area of effect. Also slows the enemy for a short time

Pokémon Unite Pikachu’s late game abilities

At this point in the match, you must choose between thunderbolt and volt tackle, these moves both upgrade Pikachu’s disabling capabilities. Thunderbolt is an AoE stun that can be useful against large groups. You can also use it in conjunction with thunder in order to damage them further, or electro ball to stun lock your enemies.

Volt tackle is an instant, single-target stun which knocks the enemy airborne. It’s very handy when tackling high-damage opponents, while protecting yourself and your team.

These are entirely situation-based, and it’s best to look at the match and your playstyle to see which one is the best for you.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Thunderbolt Hindrance Eight seconds Summon a powerful blast of lightning, damaging and stunning enemy Pokémon in the area. When upgraded, its damage is increased.
Volt tackle Hindrance Ten seconds Pikachu engulfs itself with electricity, leaping forward and knocking back enemies. Upgrading reduces the cooldown time.

Pokémon Unite Pikachu’s end game abilities

Pikachu’s unite move is a large AoE version of thunder, where bolts of lightning come down and attack all enemies around you, as well as giving you a nice speed boost. This is a brilliant finisher move to take down a low health enemy (or enemies) trying to escape. The speed boost can either get you right into the fray if you’re in a strong position, or can help you skedaddle out of there and get yourself to safety.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Thunderstorm Area Percent based Discharges lightning strikes to each opponent while also gaining a bonus to movement spread. Opponents within the radius will get struck by lightning while this move is active.

Pikachu running in an arena

What is the best attack build for Pokémon Unite’s Pikachu?

This is one example of a high attack build that can boost your Pikachu game to the next level. This build focuses on staying a fair distance from the enemy, while still dealing massive damage and inflicting slow and stun as frequently as possible.

Level one Level three Level four Level six
Thunder shock Electroweb Electro ball (replaces electroweb) Thunderbolt (replaces electro ball)

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

You can choose up to three held items. These are some of the best options, mainly focusing on special attack power and basic attack power, which will make Pikachu a high damage dealing machine.

  • Shell bell – increases special attack power and heals the user when landing special attacks. Also decreases move cooldowns.
  • Special attack specs – increases special attack power when you score a goal. Stacks with effects of shell bell.
  • Wise glasses – significantly increases special attack power
  • Muscle band – increases basic attack damage
  • Float stone – increases your basic attack damage and speed

What is the best battle item for Pokémon Unite’s Pikachu?

You can also choose one battle item per match. For Pikachu, we recommend one of the following.

  • Eject button – allows you to teleport short distances, which is extremely useful in conjunction with both offensive attacks and your unite move. It can also help you escape a sticky situation if an enemy forces you to retreat
  • X-attack – a simple attack power boost
  • Potion – restores some of Pikachu’s lost health

Pokémon Unite Pikachu skin

If you’re looking to be fashion-forward as you dominate the enemy, Pokémon Unite Pikachu has plenty of snazzy skins.

  • Hip-hop style – Battle Pass reward (no longer available)
  • Fashionable style – 20 holo-tickets or 400 gems
  • Orange unite style – 18 holo-tickets or 350 gems
  • Purple unite style – 18 holo-tickets or 350 gems
  • Festival style – Pokémon Unite mobile pre-order reward (no longer available)

If you’re looking for more general information on Pokémon Unite, we have a handy Pokémon Unite guide. We also have a list full of the best Switch RPGs if you’re looking for something new to play.