For those looking to figure out how to build Alolan Ninetales in Pokemon Unite, look no further! The mon is, hands-down, one of the strongest damage carries in the game. Especially with the right build, Ninetales absolutely takes over games. This article will cover the most optimal held items, discussing optimization alongside overall tips for the pick.
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Alolan Ninetales Overview
The fox excels at dealing damage from afar, while providing crowd control to hinder the enemy. Even when still only a Vulpix, the pick is rather strong, lacking a weak stage of the game. As a whole, Alolan Ninetales is the most reliable special attack carry in the game, with various itemizations and build paths to help express individuality. Take the Fox topside, but if unable to secure the lane, simply go bottom. The pick is viable in both side lanes.
Here are Alolan Ninetales’ base stats:
Offense: 4 stars
Endurance: 1 1/2 stars
Mobility: 1 1/2 stars
Scoring: 2 1/2 stars
Support: 3 stars
Since Alolan Ninetales does not have any dashes in its kit, Eject button is an invaluable asset. This should come as no surprise, as most Pokemon in Unite typically opt for eject button over practically any other battle item in the game.
Wise Glasses is a MUST have on Alolan Ninetales. As an attacker class with special attack scaling, Wise Glasses provides the necessary base stats for the fox to deal its essential damages. The pick focuses primarily on dealing massive damage. Do NOT switch this item out for anything else, since doing so will significantly cripple the pick’s DPS.
For those who understand the relative meta in Pokemon Unite, Buddy Barrier should come as no surprise. The item itself is absolutely busted, providing insane survivability and bonus base health. Alolan Ninetales needs to remain alive, and with Buddy Barrier, doing so becomes significantly easier. Ninetales’ unite move is amazing, and adding a massive whopping barrier on top of the insane damage makes the pick impossible to deal with.
Focus Band is another item to help with survivability, procing when the Pokemon becomes low health. This item is more optional, and can easily be replaced with Shell Bell. Shell Bell would provide more damage, but leaves Ninetales more vulnerable to frontline engagers such as Lucario and Machamp. Muscle Band is also a surprisingly effective item, synergizing specifically with Aurora Veil’s boosted auto-attack mechanic.
There are actually many different move sets that are viable, but this article will focus on the most popular one at the highest levels of play, while comparing and contrasting the other moves.
This move is absolutely broken. Ninetales throws out a beam in a cone ahead, dealing damage and immobilizing all targets hit. Since the speed at which the beam releases is instantaneous, Ninetales can stun multiple targets simultaneously with little to no room to dodge. Unlike many other moves in Pokemon Unite that require fiddling with the poor aiming system, Dazzling Gleam requires little to no actual aiming to use effectively. Maximize the usage of the move by hitting as many targets as possible, creating easy openings for the rest of the team to follow up.
The move that would replace Dazzling Gleam is Avalanche, which creates a gush of wind and a wall at the end of the target. Avalanche is not terrible, but Dazzling Gleam is so overpowered that the tradeoff is simply too steep.
The higher the levels of play a trainer reaches, the more they start to realize how much burst damage is plaguing the game. Aurora Veil, combined with focus band, helps mitigate this prevailing issue by creating a circle that reduces all damage received. This circle can be shared with allied Pokemon as well, providing insane utility for team fights. Thanks to Aurora Veil, Ninetales is the most useful team fight attack carry in the game, granting an absolutely busted buff to all those in the enchanted circle.
Aurora Veil’s replacement, Blizzard, is a pretty good move as well. This would be best when playing with a strong frontline, since ideally, the tanks would soak up damage perfectly fine regardless of Aurora Veil’s utility. But the issue with most games in Pokemon Unite is that most players do not want to play tanks, often resulting in a team full of squishies. In those cases, Aurora Veil is, without a doubt, the more useful move.
Alolan Ninetales is a top-tier Pokemon, providing invaluable utility to the team through hard lockdown, damage mitigation, and incredibly high damage numbers. The pick is best played with Aurora Veil and Dazzling Gleam, but as a whole, all of Ninetales’ abilities are quite viable.
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