Pokémon Unite: Best Gardevoir Build to Become a Nuking Attacker

This guide provides you with all of the elements needed to carry your teammates to victory with Gardevoir, the latest addition to Pokémon Unite.

Ralts, Kirlia, and Gardevoir joined the Pokémon franchise in Generation III. Since its introduction, Gardevoir has become a fan-favourite and was even a lead character in the original Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. Now, in Pokémon Unite, Gardevoir looks to be one of the most powerful Attackers available.

Being a member of the Attacker class, Gardevoir’s kit revolves around dealing as much damage to the opposition as possible. An added bonus to this is that it is capable of inflicting hindrances at the same time as emptying the health bars of the opposition.

Before going into the build in detail, here’s the breakdown of how to make the best Gardevoir build in Pokémon Unite:

  • Role: Bottom Lane Ranged Attacker
  • First Move: Psyshock       
  • Second Move: Moonblast
  • Battle Item: Eject Button
  • Held Items: Energy Amplifier, Shell Bell, Wise Glasses

Optimum role of Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite

To get this build started and begin using Gardevoir to its full potential, press ZL in the pre-game lobby, bringing up the Battle Prep page. From here, you can select items and direct move learning. This can also be done via the Battle Prep section of the main menu.

With four-and-a-half star offence, Gardevoir begins with solid statistics which, when built upon correctly, can be fatal to the opposition. With a truly fun playstyle, the Embrace Pokémon is capable of dealing tons of damage and, at the same time, hindering your foes. With kiting built into Gardevoir’s kit, its one-and-a-half star mobility and endurance are barely noticed when the Pokémon’s used correctly.

Also in Gardevoir’s kit is three-star scoring. A vital part of an Attack Pokémon’s game is to deposit the points that you accumulate as you defeat wild Pokémon or opposing Pokémon.

Optimum moveset of the Gardevoir build in Pokémon Unite

This Gardevoir build has been put together to make the most of the Pokémon’s ability to inflict damage, utilising its high baseline offence. Its abilities highlight and underpin what Gardevoir is to do in Pokémon Unite: carry the team to victory.

With abilities that deal massive area-of-effect damage as well as decrease its cooldown with every successful hit, it’s just icing on the cake that Gardevoir has impressive hindrances added to these powerful moves.

  • Basic Attack: “Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. When this boosted attack hits, it deals damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and decreases their Sp. Def for a short time.”
  • Passive Ability, Synchronize:“When an opponent inflicts decreased movement speed or a damage-over-time condition on the Pokémon, the same is inflicted on that opponent. This ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered.”
  • Unite Move, Fairy Singularity: “Warps space in the designated area, drawing in opposing Pokémon. Shoves and deals damage to opposing Pokémon the instant the warped space disappears.”

Being able to deal damage from a distance is key to your success while playing as Gardevoir. Even though Future Sight has its cooldown completely reset once it successfully hits a Pokémon, Psyshock deals more damage overall.

As this build is focusing on Gardevoir’s damage-dealing abilities, Psyshock is the much stronger choice. The move throws out three attacks, and if you manage to hit with all three of them, the cooldown is so minimal that you won’t even notice that there is a cooldown for the ability.

At Level 12, Psyshock+ increases the damage that the move does with each successful hit, surging its offensive potential through the roof.

With Psyshock being its main damage output, Moonblast gives Gardevoir the ability to keep a safe distance from opponents – it is important to keep alive during skirmishes.

Moonblast allows Gardevoir to do this due to its ability to disengage from situations while also stunning the closest opponent to the user. If deployed offensively, Moonblast can be used to kite your opponent and leave them helpless when following up with three well-placed hits from your Psyshock.

At Level 13, Moonblast+ provides Gardevoir with a shield when using the ability, further increasing its usefulness when it comes to survivability.

Best battle item for the Gardevoir build in Pokémon Unite

Official Description: “Quickly moves your Pokémon in the designated direction.”

The Eject Button is arguably the best battle item in Pokémon Unite. With the potential to be used either offensively or defensively, its versatility is nothing short of a necessity.

Capable of helping you flee or join a fight quickly, it is a vital part of Gardevoir’s kit and should be used to the best of its capabilities. Still, you’ll need to keep in mind that it has a 55-second cooldown.

Best held items for the Gardevoir build in Pokémon Unite

Official Description: “Increases Sp. Atk by 7%.”

As mentioned before, Gardevoir doesn’t need any help in the offence department, but since the Wise Glasses are an option, it would be foolish not to grab the extra Sp. Atk that the held item offers.

Official Description: “After the Pokémon uses its Unite Move, the damage the Pokémon deals is increased by 21% for a short time.”

Gardevoir’s Unite Move, Fairy Singularity, is an amazing ability. Causing hindrances to the opposition when it has finished casting, your opponents will be sitting ducks when the Energy Amplifier amps-up the damage of your Psyshock and Moonblast.

Official Description: “When the Pokémon hits with a move, it recovers a minimum of 75 HP. The higher the Pokémon’s Sp. Atk, the more HP it recovers.”

Being a squishy character in Pokémon isn’t always easy. By taking the Shell Bell, every time that you hit an opponent with an ability, you’ll regain HP. So, using your three-pronged Psyshock will heal you a staggering three times during its cast.

How to use the best Gardevoir build in Pokémon Unite

Now that the build has been covered, it’s time to talk about how to use Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite. Remaining at a safe distance from your opponents at all times, it needs to be constantly poking down at their HP bars with a mixture of abilities and basic attacks.

For a dominating team-fight combination, begin with a basic attack on your closest target, cast your Unite Move, basic attack the closest target, and then cast Psyshock at the most congested part of the warp.

Follow this up with a Moonblast to hinder your opponents again, and land the third basic attack on one of their Supports or Attackers. With this strategy, you are guaranteed to leave their HP bars diminished – if any of it remains.

The best Gardevoir build is not only incredibly powerful but is fun to play. So, not only will you be winning game after game, but you will be enjoying yourself whilst doing so in Pokémon Unite.

Josh Bukes

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