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Pokemon Unite Decidueye Guide: Day 1

By following this Pokemon Unite Decidueye guide, players should be able to further maximize the Pokemon’s capabilities. Decidueye, the newest addition to Pokemon Unite, is a ranged attacker with three evolution forms. The pokemon definitely scales a little slow into the game. Therefore, expect to impact the mid to later stages of the game more heavily than the early. Since Decidueye is a physical attacker relying on keeping its distance, make sure to kite. The pokemon is rather fragile. Walking too close to the sun, or in this case Zeraora, and risks getting blown up.

From the best held items, to a thorough analysis of movesets, this Pokemon Unite Decidueye guide will walk through players of the background knowledge necessary to play Decidueye effectively. Do not consider the mentioned Pokemon Unite Decidueye Guide as the only viable method of play. Treat the guide as a base to aid in understanding, and customize as deemed fit.

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Decidueye Overview

As previously mentioned, Decidueye evolves at level 7, making it very much a slow starter. In fact, Rowlet and Dartrix don’t even gain access to its second moves until becoming Decidueye. This means even Dartrix is lacking the necessary utility to contest many key fights early on. But once reaching its final evolution, Decidueye snowballs incredibly hard.

Learning moves at level 7, 8 and its unite move at 9, Decidueye quickly transforms from a weak little chickling into a terrifying angel of death. Making use of this quick power spike is essential to maximizing the pick.

Battle Items

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Eject Button

Decidueye requires escape options to scale properly into the mid to late stages of the game. This makes Eject the best battle item for Decidueye, hands down. The other held items simply lack the insurance that Decidueye desperately needs. But for those who are sick of using Eject Button, X-Attack would be the next best alternative. Eject button is still highly recommended.

Held Items

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Buddy Barrier

Players really shouldn’t be surprised to see Buddy Barrier recommended. The item’s utility on so many different pokemon is far too high, Decidueye included. Especially since Decidueye learns its Unite Move early at level 9, the bird makes great use of this item. In addition, the extra health prevents Decidueye from being burst down by any pokemon that simply looks at it funny, alongside provides a great shield for Decidueye to safely shoot its foes down with its Unite Move: Nock Nock. Highly recommend to NOT replace buddy barrier.

Pokemon Unite Decidueye Guide
Muscle Band

Another quintessential item for Decidueye is Muscle Band. Since Decidueye deals a big chunk of its damage using basic attacks, Muscle Band maximizes the amount of attacks Decidueye can dish out in a given span of time. In addition, the extra physical attack stats the item grants makes it irreplaceable.

Pokemon Unite Decidueye Guide
Scope Lens

Critical chance is an obvious choice for Decidueye. Considering the pokemon primarily auto attacks, having a crit or two in the mix drastically increases damage output. Now, when comparing Scope Lens with Razor Claw, why Scope Lens for this build? Well, Scope lens provides more direct bonus to basic attacks outside of when attacking after a move usage. For Decidueye’s case, since the pokemon’s cooldowns aren’t necessarily low, Scope Lens is the optimal choice.

Alternative Held Items

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Razor Claw

As mentioned previously, Razor Claw is still completely viable on Decidueye. Especially when looking to surprise the opponents with some burst damage, rather than a constant stream of DPS, take Razor Claw. Works wonders with Razor Leaf builds.

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Float Stone

Take this alternative with a grain of salt. Float Stone as an item has been controversial as of late, since the movement speed buff outside of combat takes far too long to proc. But still, the base attack alongside base movement speed stats are pretty high, essential for a kiting pokemon like Decidueye. Players will likely not receive the outside of combat buff, but the base movement speed provided by the item still remains in effect. This item would replace Scope Lens.

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Focus Band

For players finding themselves constantly getting burst down, try using Focus Band alongside Buddy Barrier. Replace Scope Lens for this item to gain some very nice defensive capabilities.

Best Moves

When comparing Razor Leaf with Spirit Shackle, Decidueye’s moveset is rather versatile. Razor Leaf provides consistent damage output through enhanced basic attacks, but Spirit Shackle allows for some game changing snipes when utilized properly. Take Spirit Shackle for players who play for those cool objective snipes, and Razor Leaf for those looking to simply brawl out and shred their enemies.

Spirit Shackle

For players looking to maximize damage output and confident in their aiming skills, Spirit Shackle is the more fun option. It lacks a bit more DPS than Razor Leaf, but the move feels more skill reliant and entertaining. If Decidueye hits Spirit Shackle, which requires the player to charge the attack and snipe enemies, the move’s utility is absolutely insane. Dealing more damage on lower health targets, Spirit Shackle bursts down key targets from an absurd distance. In addition, the move passes by targets. It doesn’t stop at the first target hit, so Decidueye can realistically hit many enemies at once.

Razor Leaf (OP ALERT)

Razor Leaf, on the other hand, provides a more beginner friendly method of approach. Increasing the pokemon’s attack, attack speed, and targets hit with basic attacks, Razor Leaf is incredible simple to utilize. After all, missing a basic attack is near impossible.

As of November 19, Razor Leaf is NOT balanced. Abuse this move while possible, before the inevitable nerfs.

Shadow Sneak

As of day one, Shadow Sneak outweighs its alternative. The movement speed buff allows Decidueye to kite effectively, while slowing the enemy pokemon. If not for the movement speed buff, Leaf Storm would be the better move. But when Decidueye takes flight, its synergy with Razor Leaf is simply too good. Having a faster movement speed means Decidueye can position faster, allowing for more skillful outmaneuvers. Comboed with Razor Leaf, Decidueye becomes an absolute Gatling gun of a pokemon.

Leaf Storm is rather decent. When playing against pokemon that love to approach Decidueye, such as Zeraora and Lucario, Leaf Strom provides great lock down. The move slows opposing pokemon, while simultaneously pushing point blank enemies back. The pokemon actually deals more damage with its basic attacks the further it is from the enemy. Having a push to create distance not only keeps Decidueye safe from key threats, but it also realistically increases its damage. When directly comparing the two options, treat Shadow Sneak as a buff, and Leaf Storm as a tool to peel off enemies. Depending on playstyles, both options are viable.

In Conclusion

Decidueye requires a keen eye on positioning. In order to maximize damage, Decidueye needs to stand as far away from the enemy as possible, but close enough to actually impact the fight. This becomes a nuanced tasks filled with incredible detail, making the ranged attacker on the harder end of master.

Since Decidueye just released, players are surely confused on how to play the Pokemon properly. Hopefully, this Pokemon Unite Decidueye Guide provided the necessary tips and analysis to help players into understanding the new ranged attacker. For those who just picked up the flying type, keep Decidueye’s power spikes in mind and work hard to mastering the pick.

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