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Pokémon Unite Buzzwole Guide: Best Builds, Held items, Movesets and Gameplay Tips

Tips to play the newest Pokémon in game!

Buzzwole is a brand-new character that can be played in the brand-new Pokémon Unite MOBA. It is a melee all-rounder, which means that Buzzwole has a strong balance between both attack and defense.  Therefore, Buzzwole is optimally played in the bottom lane. In this guide, we will take a closer look at the best battle items, and abilities, including tips and tricks to play Buzzwole in Pokémon Unite.

Previously, we have discussed how to master playing with other Pokémon like Pikachu, MamoswineEldegoss, Zeraora, BlisseyCharizardSnorlaxTsareenaDecidueyeDragoniteTalonflameCinderaceGreninjaGardevoirVenusaurWigglytuffTrevenantGengarLucario, Aegislash, Crustle, Hoopa, Garchomp Absol, Alolan Ninetales, Duraludon, Cramorant, Blastoise, Slowbro, Machamp, Mr. Mime, Greedent, Azumarill, Sylveon, Espeon, Delphox, and Glaceon. Therefore, one must make sure to check those guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Buzzwole.

Buzzwole: In-game Cost

Buzzwole Pokemon Unite stats
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Buzzwole is one of the more expensive Pokémon available for purchase. It can be purchased for either 10000 Aeos coins or 500 Aeos Gems from the in-game shop called the Unite Battle Committee. The shop consists of all the characters available from which players can view general info, stats, and abilities of the Pokémon before purchasing them.

Pokémon Unite Buzzwole Movesets

Buzzwole’s moveset revolves around getting buffs for fighting in extended fights like Garchomp and getting rewarded for winning fights, allowing Buzzwole to carry a great amount, ahead and even wipe the entire opposing team! In this Pokémon Unite Buzzwole Guide, we will look at the movesets of Buzzwole.

Passive – Beast Boost

When the Pokémon knocks out or assists in knocking out a Pokémon from the opposing team, its movement speed and basic attack speed increase for a short time. Also, each time this Pokémon hits the opposing Pokémon with basic attacks or certain moves, its muscle gauge charges. Conversely, when the Pokémon is not in combat, the muscle gauge depletes.

Basic Attack

Each time a basic attack hits an opposing Pokémon, the muscle gauge charges by {@} .increment(s). Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, throwing two consecutive punches while restoring the user’s HP.

Ability 1 – Mega Punch

When moving in a designated direction before slamming the ground with a powerful punch, the shock from the punch deals damage to the opposing Pokémon in the Area of Effect. If this move hits Pokémon from the opposing team, the player’s muscle gauge increases by a certain amount, for each one that was hit.

Ability choices at level 5

Ability 1 evolves into one of the two abilities at level 5.

Lunge Smackdown
The skill will let the player lunge in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon and decreasing their attack for a short time.

If this move hits Pokémon from the opposing team, the user’s muscle gauge increases by an amount, for each one that was hit. After this move is used, the player’s basic attack speed increases for a short time. A maximum of one user can be kept in reserve for this move.
An uppercut punch will be applied to an opposing Pokémon in the designated direction, dealing damage to it and throwing it into the air. While the thrown Pokémon is airborne, the player can use this move again to perform a follow-up attack that smacks that Pokémon down to the ground, dealing damage to all opposing Pokémon in an area of effect centered on the smacked-down Pokémon.

If the player does not follow up on the initial uppercut attack, the opposing Pokémon will fall to the ground on its own. If this occurs, the damage is still dealt to all opposing Pokémon in an area of effect centered on the point of impact. If this move deals damage to Pokémon on the opposing team, the user’s muscle gauge increases by an amount, for each one that was hit.
Upgrade (Lvl 11): Whenever this move hits Pokémon from the opposing team, the user’s attack increases for a short time. The more Pokémon from the opposing team are hit, the more the player’s Attack increases.Upgrade (Lvl 11): The skill widens the Area of Effect in which damage is dealt, when the opposing Pokémon is targeted by this move, and then hits the ground. The player’s muscle gauge will now increase by an amount for each Pokémon on the opposing team, which takes damage from this move.

Ability 2 – Fell Stinger

The skill consumes the entire muscle gauge and has the user deal damage to an opposing Pokémon in the designated direction. This move deals more damage the more muscle gauge increments are consumed. If this move knocks out an opposing Pokémon, the player recovers HP.

Ability choices at level 7

Ability 2 evolves into one of the two abilities at level 7.

Leech LifeSuperpower
The skill has the user grab and restrains an opposing Pokémon in the designated direction, dealing damage over time while restoring the user’s HP. When this move is used, it consumes the user’s entire muscle gauge. As the number of hits and the amount of damage dealt per hit increase, more muscle gauge increments are consumed. This move ends if the user becomes unable to act for any reason or if the restrained Pokémon escapes, by using an Eject Button or through some other means.It consumes the entire muscle gauge and has the user run in the designated direction and grab an opposing Pokémon. The user then slams the opposing Pokémon down on the ground at full strength, dealing damage to the opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. The damage dealt by this move and the shielding effect it grants increases the more muscle gauge increments are consumed
Upgrade (Lvl 13): The skill also causes each instance of damage dealt by this move to be stronger than the last.Upgrade (Lvl 13): The skill resets the cooldown of this move, when the user’s muscle gauge reaches its maximum.

Unite Move – Ultra Swole Slam

The skill will let the player fly at a high speed, dealing damage to all the opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. The player then targets the opposing Pokémon with the lowest percentage of HP, among those which hits and charges down at it from the sky, dealing damage once again to that Pokémon.

Best items for Buzzwole in Pokémon Unite

Further in this guide, we will discuss the best-held items for Buzzwole in Pokémon Unite, as well as its best battle item.

Best held items

ItemWhy it’s useful
Focus BandBuzzwole’s playstyle revolves around dueling in one-on-one fights and using the high amount of health regeneration to beat opponents. Using a focus band, it is ensured that Buzzwole will be able to fight at really low health and live long enough to fully stack the muscle gauge.
Buddy BarrierBuddy Barrier is an extremely versatile item, that is used on Buzzwole to increase Buzzwole’s base health by a great amount, which needs to get close to enemies. Since Buzzwole requires that Buzzwole is close to the enemy, Buddy Barrier provides large amounts of shielding, that allows Buzzwole to engage in fights with large shield protection.
Muscle BandMuscle Band is one of the best items for Buzzwole. Buzzwole’s kit revolves around physical damage and basic attacks, Muscle Band gives Buzzwole attack speed to charge up the muscle gauge faster, extra attack damage based on the opponents’ health which allows Buzzwole to cut down high health enemies quickly, and extra physical attack damage!

Best Battle Items

Buzzwole has a large variety of battle items that can be used as this Pokémon is extremely flexible. Some honorable mentions for battle items include Full Heal and X-Attack.

  • Eject Button: Eject Button instantly Buzzwole a short distance of choice and this item has a 70-second cooldown. The eject button is a universally powerful battle item that can let Buzzwole engage, disengage or use as a combo tool. This item is especially helpful, as it is the fastest gap-closer at Buzzwole’s disposal.
  • X-Speed: X-Speed increases a Pokémon’s movement speed for a few seconds. This item is helpful, as Buzzwole has a great deal of health but lacks movement, which means Buzzwole can engage in fights, disengage or use this as a combo tool.
  • Potion: Potion is a 30-second cooldown item that heals the user for 12.5% of their maximum health. Buzzwole needs to be in high health to stay in fights. By using the potion, it ensures that Buzzwole’s health can constantly stay high in fights with a very low cooldown compared to other Battle Items.

Pokémon Unite Buzzwole Gameplay Tips

Our Pokémon Unite Buzzwole guide includes the perfect game plan for the early and late games during the Unite battles.

Early Game

In the early game, Buzzwole is stronger than most Pokémon due to having strong basic abilities and being fully evolved from the start of the game. Because of this, Buzzwole should be made sure to play aggressively to stack up some kills and win the lane, letting them snowball into the late game. In the lane, Buzzwole is one of, if not the strongest characters for fighting in one-on-one duels. Players must make sure to put this to good use and pressure the enemy team as much as possible!

Pokémon Unite Buzzwole Guide early game
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During the early game, Buzzwole’s partner in the lane is usually a Support. It should be made sure that communication is made to the partner in the lane about what plays to make. For example, if an enemy is in disposition, it must be made sure to communicate to the teammate to play aggressively. Once Drednaw spawns, Buzzwole should be around level 7 and have both abilities ready. Buzzwole should attempt to fight for Drednaw by this time.

Late Game

By the late game, Buzzwole should have a level lead from making aggressive early-game plays. They should try to use this level led to carry the rest of the team ahead. Like with all other characters, securing Zapdos with the team is a necessity. Once Zapdos spawns, Buzzwole should try to have a good balance between tanking damage for teammates and picking out enemies in one-on-one duels. The best way to do this is by picking out a weak enemy to trigger the Beast Boost passive and use this boost to snowball and get increasingly stronger throughout the fights.

Positioning of Buzzwole

Because Buzzwole is an all-rounder, Buzzwole is primarily played in the bottom lane with a supporting Pokémon. However, Buzzwole can also be played in the center lane, because of the great attack damage and great early power spikes that Buzzwole has.

Because all-rounders have a balance between offense and defense, players must be made sure to position in front of allies to protect them or stay behind them. Instead, if Buzzwole needs to deal lots of damage while receiving little in return.

Pokémon Unite Buzzwole Guide positioning
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Buzzwole specializes in one-on-one fights at close range, so players must try to use Buzzwole’s high damage and healing in teamfights to deal as much damage as possible. With Buzzwole, one should prioritize taking out higher health enemies, because Buzzwole is able to cut down high-health enemies with ease and quickly stack the muscle gauge without taking much damage in return from enemies.

Buzzwole with other Pokémon

Best synergies with Buzzwole

Our Pokémon Unite Buzzwole guide also focuses on the relationship between Buzzwole and other Pokémon.

PokémonBenefit(s)
BlisseyBlissey is one of the strongest characters to pair with Buzzwole. Blisseys’ abilities provide instant healing to get out of unwinnable fights, movement speed to kite around enemies easily, and increased attack speed to deal consistent damage. All these buffs that Blissey Provides make Buzzwole an unkillable 1v5-ing monster with amazing stats that can beat almost any opposing Pokémon in a fight.
EldegossEldegoss is another supporter that goes well with Buzzwole, because of the healing and shielding provided. Buzzwole needs large amounts of health to play aggressively. Eldegoss enables Buzzwole to constantly play aggressively and wipe out entire teams!
HoopaHoopa compensates for Buzzwole’s lack of mobility, by providing them with quick mobility through abilities such as Trick and Hyperspace Hole. Hoopa also offers shielding and crowd control, two mechanics that pair extremely well with Buzzwole’s kit.
PikachuPikachu pairs well with Buzzwole, because Pikachu is able to compensate for Buzzwole’s weak points. While Buzzwole isn’t able to chase opponents, Pikachu can hit opponents from a great distance. While Pikachu doesn’t have much crowd control as Buzzwole has CC through abilities and while Buzzwole lacks the ability to finish off opponents in fights, Pikachu can easily execute enemies.

Pokémon that are strong and weak against Buzzwole

Strong againstWeak against
HoopaGardevoir
CharizardDelphox
SylveonAlolan Ninetales
GreninjaAzumarill
TsareenaMamoswine

Pokémon Unite Buzzwole: Tips, tricks and strategies

This guide will also discuss some tips and tricks for playing Buzzwole in Pokémon Unite.

  1. Buzzwole cannot hit enemies from afar, due to a lack of mobility and range. Because of this, players must be wary of ranged enemies and try to quickly close distance on enemies
  2. The most important aspect of playing Buzzwole is deciding whether to commit to a fight. Buzzwole struggles to hit distanced enemies. Because of this, Buzzwole often takes a lot of damage trying to close the distance between them. A good Buzzwole player will be able to quickly decide whether to commit to a fight or not and outplay opponents.
  3. Buzzwole can use Eject Button or X-Speed to pull off some powerful combos. When playing Buzzwole, one can practice using Eject Button/ X-Speed to quickly get behind opponents then use Superpower or SmackDown to through the opponent into allies, allowing them to defeat the opposing Pokémon.
  4. SmackDown or Superpower can be used in a similar way to Snorlax’s Block. These abilities can be used defensively to throw the opponent away and protect Buzzwole or to throw opponents towards Buzzwole and force them to fight. These abilities can also be used to throw opponents out of their goal zone, reducing their shielding and regeneration while outside the goal zone.
  5. When fighting a Buzzwole, the easiest way to outplay them is to always stay out of their range. Buzzwole’s abilities rely on having an extremely small distance between them and the opponent and they cannot land if the opponent keeps their distance. This is why Pokémon like Charizard and Greninja are good picks, as they specialize in poking down enemies from a distance. Players must also make sure to play safe against a Buzzwole, as they cannot do much damage if their Beast Boost passive cant activate.
  6. Players must save the Unite Move for Zapdos. This is an easily overlooked aspect of the game, that can change the entire outcome of the game. By saving the Unite Move for Zapdos, it is ensured that they can secure the objective and win the game. Since Buzzwole is good at tearing down high-health enemies, Buzzwole does best when targeting Zapdos or a high-health opponent like a defender, while the rest of the team protects Buzzwole (and the attacker). Buzzwole can also use the displacement abilities to either protect Zapdos from the enemy team or knock the opposing team into allies and defeat them.
  7. One must make sure to check the map before Zapdos spawns. Make sure to look around in the bushes surrounding Zapdos to ensure there are no sneaky enemies waiting to steal it.

Final Thoughts

Buzzwole is a fun, powerful character that really packs a punch! The unique fighter playstyle Buzzwole has is well made and easy to pick up – yet difficult to master. Buzzwoles’ design and appearance are also great and the animations on these abilities look really clean! If playing a buff fighter mosquito with great potential to carry games is of interest, then this Pokémon may be a good choice!

That’s all for today’s Pokémon Unite Buzzwole Guide. Do you prefer to use Glaceon in any other way? Let us know in the comment section below!

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