'Pokémon UNITE'
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Even More Pokémon Are Coming to 'Pokémon Unite'

Sara Belcher - Author

Jan. 13 2022, Updated 2:40 p.m. ET

Since Pokémon Unite launched for the Nintendo Switch and mobile, the game's developers have been busy expanding the roster of Pokémon you can choose from to battle for your team. This multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) is a free-to-play title in the Pokémon franchise, and a game The Pokémon Company was hoping would bring people together for some collaborative multiplayer action (though fans were less than thrilled about its announcement).

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The title's collection has been steadily expanding, with even more on the way. Here are the new Pokémon being added to the game and what you need to know about them.

'Pokémon UNITE'
Source: The Pokémon Company
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Plenty of new Pokémon have already been added for 'Pokémon Unite.'

The Pokémon Company wasted no time rolling out new characters for its players to pick from. Players knew the game would have limited offerings upon launch, but within a couple of months after its launch, there was already a well-stacked roster available to players.

Since the game's release, Gardevoir, Blissey, Blastoise, Mamoswine, Sylveon, Greedent, Decidueye, Tsareena, and Dragonite have all been added as playable Pokémon, creating a well-rounded roster for players to pick from.

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In addition to these new Pokémon, trainers can also select from Cinderace, Garchomp, Gengar, Cramorant, Alolan Ninetails, Wigglytuff, Machamp, Absol, Slowbro, Mr. Mime, Venusaur, Lucario, Talonflame, Eldegoss, Greninja, Crustle, Snorlax, Charizard, Pikachu, and Zeraora.

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What other Pokémon are being added to 'Pokémon Unite'?

While the roster of available Pokémon has grown considerably, there are even more new Pokémon being added to the game.

The next upcoming release for the MOBA title is Trevenant. This Grass/Ghost-type Pokémon is a defender, making it a great choice for those who aren't a fan of using an offensive strategy.

At this time, there is not an exact release date for the upcoming Pokémon, so keep an eye on the title's Twitter account for more updates.

Do you need a Nintendo Online subscription to play 'Pokémon Unite'?

Typically, most Nintendo Switch games with an online multiplayer component require a Nintendo Online membership to connect with others. The subscription is a reasonable price, costing $19.99 a year for one player or $34.99 a year for a family subscription (holding up to eight players).

Popular games for the Nintendo Switch, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Mario Kart 8, require an online membership to play with friends.

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That being said, Pokémon Unite does not require a Nintendo Online membership to play with others, as it's a MOBA. Similar games, like Fortnite and Apex Legends, also don't need an online subscription to be played, making them all entirely free-to-play titles.

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These games often make a profit from microtransactions available for purchase in-game. Pokémon Unite features three different currencies in-game to purchase: Aeos Gems, Aeos Tickets, and Holowear Tickets.

While these in-game currencies will, of course, benefit you in certain ways if you choose to use them, they're not structured so that you need them to win battles. Mostly, Aeos Gems, Aeos Tickets, and Holowear Tickets are used to purchase cosmetic items to customize your team's appearance, making for a much more accessible playing experience across the board.

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