The best guide on how to play and build Urshifu in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile devices. Read on to find out everything about Urshifu including the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as some general tips!
Urshifu is a relative newcomer to the Pokemon franchise, introduced in Generation VIII with the Isle of Armor DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield. His appearance, fighting style, and popularity made him an ideal candidate for a game like Pokemon Unite, so no wonder he eventually made his way to the MOBA game.
This guide will let you in on a few tricks you can pull with Urshifu, as well as which builds to run, to maximize your win rate with this Pokemon. Stick around and find out if Urshifu is the character for you!
Is Urshifu Good in Pokemon Unite?
Players who pick up Urshifu have the opportunity to select one of two evolutions to use for the remainder of the game after they reach level 5, a mechanic similar to Scizor’s two evolutions. What damage move upgrade you pick will ultimately determine which style you’ll use for the remainder of the battle.
The unique mechanics of Rapid Strike Style and Single Strike Style can significantly change how you contribute to your team and which enemies you counter. The style selection also affects what Unite Move and Second Move you will have. This choice will essentially change your entire build for you, with no way to go back, so make this decision carefully!
Unseen Fist, Urshifu’s passive ability, partially ignores shields and barriers. Given that the majority of Support Pokemon can give their teammates barriers or shields, this is the ideal counter for them. Urshifu can unleash highly damaging combinations on opponents but watch for Pokemon that can immobilize you from a distance.
Urshifu will gain boosted basic attacks regardless of the style you chose when using any move. Utilize Urshifu’s serious crit damage by stringing your combinations together to deliver colossal amounts of damage by weaving a basic attack in between every move you use.
However, Urshifu is extremely susceptible to disables and stuns, especially against opponents that reduce movement speed. Avoid engaging in combat with Pokemon that can stun and burst Urshifu from a distance, and only pursue such foes when you have the element of surprise and can close the distance to them quickly.
You will most likely, or at least should, play Urshifu in the jungle, as that is where he shines the brightest. But pick your ganks carefully! It is recommended to avoid All-Rounders with ranged attacks and their allies who have hard disables. And if you do, try to avoid engaging in prolonged battles with them.
Pokemon Unite Urshifu Best Build
Urshifu’s passive ability when you begin the match is Inner Focus. It reduces the duration of debuffs. Once you evolve at level 5 Urshifu’s passive ability becomes Unseen Fist. 30% of damage dealt against shielded opponents ignores their shield and directly affects their HP.
Urshifu’s basic attacks become boosted every third strike or upon the usage of an ability. The effect of the boosted attack changes depending on his form. Boosted attacks in the Single Strike form deal increased damage and grant Urshifu a shield. In the Rapid Strike form, boosted attacks reduce the cooldowns of Urshifu’s skills.
The first move Urshifu gains is Rock Smash. Urshifu charges a strike before unleashing it on an enemy in melee range, the longer he charges the more powerful the attack.
Move 1 Upgrade Options
The first upgrade option for move 1 is Wicked Blow. Choosing this upgrade locks you into the Single Strike style for the rest of the game. Much like Rock Smash, this is a charge move. The lower the enemy’s remaining HP is the more damage from this move they receive.
After charging for a set time the strike becomes an AoE attack that also decreases an enemy’s movement speed. If an enemy is hit with the uncharged punch, this move’s cooldown is reduced.
The other upgrade option for move 1, Surging Strikes, is a dash attack instead. Choosing this upgrade locks you into the Rapid Strike style for the rest of the game. Dash in the designated direction dealing damage to enemies hit. This move can be used up to three times in a row, the last usage guarantees a critical strike.
Wicked Blow automatically is the better move because it locks Urshifu into the Single Strike style, which has a MUCH higher win rate than the Rapid Strike style. While they both have their strengths and weaknesses, Rapid Strike style Urshifu is a much more niche pick.
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Move 2 Upgrade Options
Moving on, we have the second move which is Headbutt. Urshifu charges in the designated direction, damaging any enemies hit and stunning them.
The first upgrade option for move 2 is Throat Chop. You will AUTOMATICALLY learn this move if you learned Wicked Blow and got locked into the Single Strike style. Urshifu charges in a direction, stunning and dealing damage to enemies he passes through.
The second upgrade is Liquidation. You will AUTOMATICALLY learn this move if you learned Surging Strikes and got locked into the Rapid Strike style. This deals damage and reduces the defenses of enemies near Urshifu, and also generates a shield with strength based on the number of enemies hit.
As I mentioned earlier, Single Strike Urshifu is a better option overall, and if you pick Wicked Blow, you have no choice but to learn Throat Chop as well.
Urshifu’s Unite Move
In the Single Strike style, Urshifu gains Ebon Fist, or Flowing Fists in the Rapid Strike style at level 9.
Ebon Fist is a sure-hit ability. With this, Urshifu dashes to the selected enemy in range and then deals damage and shoves them in a chosen direction. If that enemy collides with other enemies, they also take damage and get shoved. If no direction is specified, this move instead stuns the victim.
Flowing Fists instead deals damage around Urshifu and shoves enemies back. It can be reactivated after use to unleash another whirlwind of strikes around him, the duration of this second wave depends on how many times Urshifu dealt damage with other abilities before reactivation.
Urshifu’s Best Skill Loadout
The best Urshifu loadout is picking the Single Strike style, this means pairing Wicked Blow with Throat Chop. This loadout offers the best damage output. The Rapid Strike style is sadly much worse, but also useful against certain enemies (heavy defense comps for example).
Best Held Items for Urshifu in Pokemon Unite
The Attack Weight and Focus Band combo is a great way to improve Urshifu’s already great damage output. Throw in an Energy Amplifier for its great synergy with Urshifu’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 Urshifu in Pokemon Unite
The best option for Urshifu’s battle item in Pokemon Unite is the Eject Button. Urshifu does not have any great “on-demand” mobility options, therefore Eject Button is the perfect solution for chasing enemies behind the wall or escaping a sticky situation. Check out our Pokemon Unite Item Guide for more details on the best battle items to use.
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