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Pokémon Unite - Gardevoir build: Best items and moves for Gardevoir explained

Our recommended Gardevoir build for Pokémon Unite.

A powerful Gardevoir build will help you embrace this Attacker Pokémon's full potential in Pokémon Unite - the MOBA Pokémon game.

Gardevoir is the first Pokémon to be released into Pokémon Unite since the game's launch and, to create a good build, you need to know the best items and moves for Gardevoir.

Below you'll find our recommendations for the best Gardevoir build or, if you'd prefer to use a different Pokémon, visit our Pokémon Unite tier list.

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Gardevoir build: Our recommendations for the best Gardevoir moveset in Pokémon Unite

Gardevoir is classified as an Attacker in Pokémon Unite, so, while it can deal a heavy amount of damage, it does suffer from a low endurance level. Due to this, you should capitalize on Gardevoir's ranged attacks, so you can avoid being caught in the middle of a battle.

Before we delve into Gardevoir's moveset, it's important to note that, thanks to its low endurance level, this Pokemon is quite weak at the beginning of a match when it will be Ralts. For this reason, we recommend focusing on gathering EXP to ensure Ralts evolves and obtains its more powerful moves as quickly as possible.

Visit the next section for more information on Gardevoir's evolution line in Pokémon Unite.

Unlocking Gardevoir's full potential in Pokémon Unite does take a small amount of practise. The first thing you need to know, however, is that you must utilise the ranged aspect of Gardevoir's basic attack.

This move allows you to attack Pokémon within a specific radius, which is incredibly useful during the opening stages of a match. It means you can safely attack wild Pokémon without having to risk too much health and, in doing so, stay alive for longer.

Use the Basic Attack's range to your advantage.

Synchronize, Gardevioir's ability, also helps it stay in the match for longer, though it goes about this from a different angle. Inflicting any damage-over-time conditions or decreased movement speed conditions which affect you back on their user ensures your enemy is truly punished for attacking you.

At the beginning of a match, you'll have to choose between Confusion and Teleport.

We recommend selecting Confusion, because, while Teleport will help with Ralts slow moveset speed, it doesn't provide the quick power you need in the opening stages of a match. As mentioned above, your goal in these first minutes should be to increase Ralts' level as quickly as possible and Teleport sadly doesn't have the firepower to do this.

Upon reaching Level 6, you can select either Psyshock or Future Sight.

For this choice, we recommend Psyshock, because how this move's cooldown is reduced each time it hits an opposing Pokémon. Since Psyshock hits a specific location three times in a row, this means, if you're lucky, you may not have to wait very long before you can use this move again.

Psyshock is also easy to use at a distance and, best of all, after being upgraded, the damage it deals will increase every time it successfully hits an opponent.

When you reach Level 8, you'll need to choose between Psychic and Moonblast.

Here we recommend selecting Moonblast due to how it both pushes an opponent away from you and stuns them at the same time. This makes Moonblast perfect for a quick escape or simple crowd control. When followed by Psyshock, especially in its upgraded form, Moonblast could also mean the death of your opponent.

Once it's upgraded, Moonblast will create a shield around Gardevoir when you use the move, giving you some useful protection.

At Level 10, you'll unlock Gardevoir's Untie Move - Fairy Singularity.

This move creates a vortex which will draw in any opposing Pokémon within its radius, allowing you to attack them. When the move ends, the vortex will then push these Pokémon and deal some damage.

These qualities make Fairy Singularity the perfect move to use on multiple opponents, especially if they're invading one of your goals.

Gardevoir's evolution line in Pokémon Unite explained

Gardevior sits at the end of a three staged evolution line, which means, in Pokémon Unite, it starts a match as Ralts.

To obtain Gardevoir, you must first train Ralts to Level 6 where it evolves into Kirlia, which you then need to train to level 10. Remember - you will need to repeat this process in every match!

Best held items for Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite explained

When selecting battle items for Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite, we suggest bringing with a Float Stone. This will help increase Gardevoir's slow movement speed outside of combat, which makes it useful for quickly crossing the map, especially when crossing the map.

Next, like all Attackers, it's a good idea to give Gardevoir a Shell Bell, which will restore some of its HP whenever it lands an attack. Since Attackers have low endurance, this will help keep Gardevoir alive!

Finally, it's a good idea to give Gardevoir an attack which increases its attack, special attack or even both. This could be anything from the Wise Glasses, which increases special attack, to the Scope Lens, which increases critical-hit damage. Whichever item you pick will help make Gardevoir's moves more powerful, which is perfect for an Attacker Pokémon.

Items like the Scope Lens will increase the amount of damage Gardevoir can deal.

Remember - you'll unlock the additional held item slots at Trainer Level 7 and 10. You'll also be able to upgrade your items using Item Enhancers upon reaching Trainer Level 9.

Need help deciding which Pokémon to choose? Check out our Pokémon Unite tier list and build guides for - Pikachu, Snorlax, Gardevoir, Cinderace, Greninja, Gengar, Blissey, Lucario, Espeon, Delphox, Glaceon, Buzzwole and Absol. You can also learn more about the Ranked system, Fair-Play Points and how to surrender a match.

Best battle items for Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite explained

When choosing a battle item for Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite, you may be tempted to select Potion for it's healing qualities and, while this is a good choice, it's worth experimenting with other options.

Both X Attack and X Speed are good choices for Gardevoir, with the first increasing its attack and the other its movement speed. Which one you pick depends on your playstyle - do you prefer to use powerful ranged attacks or do you enjoy fighting your foe head to head?

Finally, Eject Button is, like with most Pokémon, a great choice for Gardevoir. With a cooldown time of 55 seconds, this item allows you to move in a designated direction. This means you could easily escape an oncoming enemy or to jump ahead to goal and, considering Gardevoir's slow movement speed, Eject Button can be a game changer.

How to unlock Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite

To unlock Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite you need to purchase its Pokémon license from the Unite Battle Committee.

Gardevoir's license costs 8000 Aeos Coins or 460 Aeos Gems.

Good luck using Gardevoir in Pokémon Unite!

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