Pokémon Unite celebrates its first anniversary with 6 new Pokémon and a Boss Rush mode

Posted at: 1:57pm on 15th July 2022(Updated at: 1:57 pm 15/7/2022)

Marking 1 year since Pokémon Unite launched on the 21st July, developers TiMi have detailed some upcoming updates, including six new Pokémon, new events and a new Boss Rush mode.

Starting with the anniversary itself on the 21st, Glaceon will be the third Eeveelution to join Unite and will be available for free by completing the Icy Glaceon Challenge event prior to the 15th August. On the 4th August, Ultra Beast Buzzwole will be added, whilst on the 16th August, Tyranitar will join the fray as well.

From September, a further three unannounced Pokémon will be added, which will bring the game’s current total of Unite Licenses to 42 – representing over a hundred playable Pokémon in all.

A new type of Quick Battle will also be available starting on the 21st, featuring a Boss Rush against the game’s various Boss Pokémon such as Zapdos and Regigigas. While these may return to Quick Battles in the future, for now these types of fights will only be available between the following dates so make sure to try them out while you can:

  • 21st July 7am UTC -> 24th July 23:59 UTC
  • 1st August 7am UTC -> 7th August 23:59 UTC
  • 15th August 7am UTC -> 21st August 23:59 UTC

Further updates detailed in the latest trailer include new collectable Boost Emblem rewards, a new Battle Pass season starring a rockin’ ‘Band Style’ Pikachu Holowear and an Anniversary Cake Challenge with new Holowear rewards.

The 1st Anniversary Celebration campaign running throughout July, August, September and part of October will also offer up free Unite Licenses and Holowears for Pikachu, Blastoise, Lucario, Snorlax and Sylveon for players that log in for any five days between the 21st July and the 13th October, with one License/Holowear set available per day.

A series of events will also run throughout the next few weeks with additional rewards for playing as or with a returning Player, inviting friends to play and teaming up with others.

Throughout it’s first year, it’s been estimated that Unite has generated over $18m dollars from it’s mobile version alone. In April 2022, it was reported that the game had been downloaded over 70 million times across all platforms. Despite the announcement of the game leading to it’s debut trailer being the most disliked video on The Pokémon Company’s Youtube channel, it has had a largely positive response from fans since launch and has kept the new content flowing throughout, with 16 new playable characters added so far, and now a further 6 yet to come in the next couple of months.

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