Pokemon Unite is horrible at keeping secrets. Almost all of the nine post-launch fighters were leaked by data miners and various social media accounts prior to their official announcement. The newest fighter, Dragonite, was added on December 20, but was discovered by Discord leakers on November 19. The latest round of leaks, showing the next three Unite licenses, actually started as a post on one of the social media pages. As the leak has gained more credibility over the last month, I’ve only become more confused. Gallade, Blaziken, and Wobbuffet are supposed to be arriving soon. Suffice to say, I have a lot of questions about these options.
The leak comes from the official Facebook page of Pokemon Unite Philippines. In August, the page posted an image of six Pokémon and asked followers to react to which one they would choose. Image includes Wobbuffet, Blaziken, Dragonite, Decidueye, Gallade, and Tsareena. Since then, three of those Pokémon, Dragonite, Decidueye, and Tsareena, have been added to the game. Now, rumors are spreading that Blaziken will be joining the list below. If that turns out to be true, it probably won’t be long until Wobbuffet and Gallade follow.
Blaziken is definitely the most intriguing option among the three. Blaziken would be the first Gen 3 starter in the game, a generation that is currently heavily underrepresented, with only Absol and Gardevoir on the roster. With Tsareena and Dragonite filling the All-Rounder category, it seems likely that Blaziken is either an attacker or a speedster. The Speedster class is in need of an overhaul right now as the All-Rounders have made it largely irrelevant, so perhaps Blaziken could be coming to bring some life to the Speedsters. Alternatively, there are three attackers that deal attack damage and four that deal special attack damage, so Blaziken could be an attack stat attacker that matches the list. It would make sense considering that Charizard, Cinderace, and Talonflame use the attack stat, so Blaziken, who is also a fire-type, is probably the same.
While I think we already have too many fire types, Blaziken still seems like a good fit for Unite. Gallade and Wobbuffet, on the other hand, have completely stumped me. My question for Gallade is, how? My question for Wobbuffet is, why?
Both Gardevoir and Gallade evolve from Kirlia, and Gardevoir is already in the game. If Gallade also gets a Unite license, does that mean he can have two Ralts on the same computer? Alternatively, maybe you can choose if you want to evolve Gardevoir or Gallade at level nine. Kirlia learns Psyshock or Future Sight at level five, then Psychic or Moonblast at level seven. Unless they rearrange their entire progression path to evolve twice before learning any moves, Gardevoir and Gallade would have the exact same abilities, so what’s the point?
It looks like they would have to be two completely separate Pokémon, but this raises some issues. When I see an enemy Ralts early in the game, how will I know if I’m fighting a Gardevoir or a Gallade? As much as I want this rumor to be true because it gives me hope that Umbreon can still join the game after Sylveon, I don’t see how it could work out.
And then there’s Wobbuffet, a Pokémon that has been the butt of joke for nearly 20 years. Wobbuffet is the most useless member of Team Rocket, and that’s really saying something. It also seems strange that we have a third psychic type when we still only have a dark type and another dragon type. If Wobbuffet is really coming in 2022, I have a hard time believing anyone is going to seize the opportunity to buy it.
As much as I like Tsareena and Dragonite, these all seem like terrible options for Pokémon Unite. Everyone has their favorites, but I’d rather see Scizor, Tyrantitar, Feraligatr, Houndoom, or Donphan in the game. Gen 2 definitely needs more rendering, but Wobbaffet isn’t.
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