The best guide on how to play and build Delphox in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile devices. Read on to find out everything about Delphox including the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as some general tips!
Delphox is one of the fan-favorite fire starters in all of Pokemon. Indeed, this Pokemon’s popularity is comparable to the legendary status that Charizard reached since its introduction all the way back in Gen 1. Given this popularity, Delphox was an obvious pick for Pokemon Unite’s dev team.
This guide will let you in on a few tricks you can pull with Delphox, as well as which builds to run, to maximize your win rate with this Pokemon. Stick around and find out if Delphox is the character for you!
Is Delphox Good in Pokemon Unite?
You should always play the top or bottom lanes as Delphox. While this Pokemon can be played in the jungle to some degree of success, it really struggles to fulfill the role of the Jungler and there are MANY Pokemon who simply fit this role better.
Utilize Delphox’s long-ranged moves in the early stages of the game to capture and steal Wild Pokemon. In particular, Will-O-Wisp possesses powerful burst damage that can easily compete with Wild Pokemon camps and maybe do AoE damage to the opponent fighting it.
By doing this, you may maintain your EXP growth and get to level 7 relatively safely before the first objective spawns. Use your long-ranged attacks to push or poke adversaries from a distance; do not, however, start a full-fledged battle just yet, unless your foes bite off more than they can chew.
As soon as you have attained level 5 and have learned either Mystical Fire or Fire Blast, you may begin exploring the area and capturing Wild Pokemon spawns for EXP to enhance your chances of surviving till the late game where Delphox is the strongest.
Delphox’s Unite Move, Fanciful Fireworks, diminishes the healing that the opposing Pokemon receive while also decreasing their movement speed and dealing continuous damage to anything captured in its huge area of effect.
As such, Fanciful Fireworks is great at controlling areas of the map and crippling the enemy’s positioning and composition. A fiercely fought location like the Rayquaza area in the middle of the battlefield is an excellent site to employ the move. Alternatively, you could render the enemy goal zone indefensible.
Pokemon Unite Delphox Best Build
Delphox’s passive ability is Blaze. When Delphox falls below 50% max HP its next move deals additional damage to enemies. This procs every 15 seconds. Delphox’s basic attacks become boosted every third strike, dealing additional damage and not really applying any other effects. The first move Delphox gains is Ember. This ability produces a small flame projectile that deals damage to the first enemy hit.
Move 1 Upgrade Options
The first upgrade option for move 1 is Fire Blast. A straight upgrade of Ember, Fire Blast launches a huge fireball over an extended range that deals damage to the first enemy hit. Fire Blast leaves scorched earth behind it, dealing damage over time to enemies that step over the burning ground.
The other upgrade option for move 1, Mystical Fire, is a similar projectile. However, Mystical Fire has a much larger range, and instead of leaving a damaging trail of fire, the projectile explodes into a large AoE, damaging every enemy caught in the blast.
Fire Blast and Mystical Fire are almost identical in how they function in the game and for what purpose you will use them. They are both made for long-range poking of the enemy team.
What happens other than that is just what flavor of bonus damage you deal, you either deny a small bit of area or just deal some more damage to grouped enemies. It’s best to pick the upgrade according to enemy behavior (whether they often group up tightly or not).
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Move 2 Upgrade Options
Moving on, we have the second move which is Will-o-Wisp. Delphox launches 3 violet flames toward the designated area. They explode when they arrive at the designated area, dealing damage to enemies in a radius and decreasing their movement speed. Subsequent flames will deal 50% less damage to the same target.
The first upgrade option for move 2 is Fire Spin. This creates a fire tornado in a designated area that automatically moves toward the nearest enemy, dealing damage over time to all enemies caught in it and decreasing their movement speed.
The second upgrade is Flame Charge which is a dash move instead. With this, Delphox dashes in a designated direction, firing off flames at enemies in auto-attack range at the end of the dash. These flames deal damage and decrease enemy movement speed.
Flame Charge is a MUST-HAVE on Delphox. Fire Spin is great, it has great damage, map control, team fight presence, and everything you would want from an Attacker’s skill. But Flame Charge with its much lower cooldown and mobility is a tool that will keep you alive and well when going up against assassins and stealth champions. Besides, Delphox already has plenty of damage.
Delphox’s Unite Move
Delphox gains Fanciful Fireworks at level 9. This deals damage over time to enemies in a huge designated area. Enemies that are hit have decreased movement speed and reduced HP recovery. Leaving the zone will have the weakened HP recovery effects linger.
Delphox’s Best Skill Loadout
The best Delphox loadout is pairing Mystical Fire with Flame Charge. This loadout offers the best damage output and survivability. Fire Blast and Fire Spin might have the better damage output, but they are not recommended for most matchups, only against comps lacking lethality, stealth, and assassins.
Best Held Items for Delphox in Pokemon Unite
The Choice Specs and Shell Bell combo is a great way to improve Delphox’s already great damage output. Throw in an Energy Amplifier for its great synergy with Delphox’s unite move. Check out our Pokemon Unite Item Guide for more details on the best held items to use.
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Best Battle Items for Delphox in Pokemon Unite
The best option for Delphox’s battle item in Pokemon Unite is the Full Heal. Delphox has alright mobility if you pick Flame Charge, so you can skip Eject Button and X Speed while other Pokemon will usually gravitate towards them.
The bigger problem is that Delphox is SO FRAGILE that any stun landed on you has the potential to combo into a confirmed kill. Based on this you should run Full Heal, so you can cleanse stuns if the situation is looking dire. Check out our Pokemon Unite Item Guide for more details on the best battle items to use.
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