Pokemon Unite players already know that Sylveon and Mamoswine are set to arrive as the next playable Pokemon, but there wasn’t all that much clarity regarding how they’d play. Until now.
Pokemon Unite has arrived on mobile devices and a major update arrived alongside it. Included in that are hidden files related to Sylveon and Mamoswine. Dataminers dug into those hidden files and activated them, discovering fully realized builds of the two playable characters.
This offers a comprehensive look at what the two Pokemon will play like, as well as how they fit into Pokemon Unite as a whole. Gameplay videos of both Pokemon were released on YouTube.
There are a number of surprises included in the files that defy players’ expectations for the Pokemon.
Sylveon is set to be a ranged attacker with a modest focus on sustainability. The Pokemon has some similarities to Venusaur but also has some pursuit skills that make it a threat. Here are Sylveon’s Pokemon Unite abilities. As with most other two-stage Pokemon, players start off as Eevee and evolve into Sylveon at level four.
Here is the complete moveset for Sylveon:
Though it wasn’t confirmed, Sylveon is likely to be a Sp. ATK-based Pokemon. Items like Choice Specs and Wise Glasses will likely help make Sylveon a particularly hard hitter, with Buddy Barrier likely a strong option to provide some extra bulk and support to teammates. As for battle items, Eject Button remains the go-to for everyone, and it’s unlikely that Sylveon will be any different.
Mamoswine will join as the second Pokemon designed to be a massive late-game threat, not becoming fully evolved until level 10. Swinub doesn’t evolve into Piloswine or get an upgraded move until level six. This likely means that Mamoswine will become an alternative to Garchomp in being a Pokemon designed to shine in the final minutes of a game.
Once Mamoswine is fully operational, the Pokemon looks to be an enormous threat. Each of its moves has some sort of CC function which should allow it to rough up anyone in a one-on-one situation. Its focus on AOE damage should also make it a big threat around Zapdos.
Mamoswine’s build will likely be a matter of dealing as much damage as possible with its AOE moves in order to empty out the Zapdos pit and set up a game-winning final push. Buddy Barrier will likely be a solid option in high-level play, but there are multiple attack-focused options between Razor Claw, Float Stone, and Muscle Band that could all see some use.
For the battle item, it’s clearly best to use Eject Button. It’s great defensively in lane and it’s impactful to have the ability to offensively maneuver to set up big attacks.
No release date has been confirmed for Sylveon or Mamoswine as of this writing, but the fact that both Pokemon are fully intact in the game’s files suggests that they should be made available in the very near future. Players will likely need to pay between 6,000 and 12,000 Aeos Coins in order to buy the license to use them.