Pokémon Unite Crustle Guide: Best Build, Held items, Movesets and Gameplay Tips

Tips to play Crustle in the all-new MOBA!

Crustle is one of the many characters that can be played in the Pokémon Unite MOBA. Crustle is a melee defender that specializes in using movement to roam around the map and scoring as many points as possible. Because of this, Crustle is optimally played in the top lane. In this guide, we will take a closer look at the best battle items, and abilities, including tips and tricks to play Crustle in Pokémon Unite.

Previously, we have discussed how to master playing with other Pokémons like Pikachu, MamoswineEldegoss, Zeraora, Blissey, Charizard, Snorlax, Tsareena, Decidueye, Dragonite, Talonflame, Cinderace, Greninja, Gardevoir, Venusaur, Wigglytuff, Trevenant, Gengar, Lucario, and Aegislash. Therefore, one must make sure to check those guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Crustle.

Crustle: In-game Cost

Crustle can either be purchased from the Unite Battle Committee or by completing the “beginner challenge”, a set of six missions that will reward the player with a Crustle license for their completion.

Pokemon Unite Crustle
Pokemon Unite Crustle

Crustle 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 Crustle movesets

Crustle’s movesets revolve around using either crowd control or movement speed, to land abilities that are usually difficult to hit.

Passive – Sturdy

Pokémon Unite Crustle Guide

When Crustle loses a portion of their health, Crustle’s defense and special defense are increased.

Basic Attack

Every third attack deals damage in an area and slows down opponents. The boosted attack deals extra damage based on Crustle’s attack.

Ability 1 – Rock Slide

Crustle rains rock onto opponents in an area of effect, dealing damage and rendering them unable to act for a short time.

Ability choices at level 4

Ability 1 evolves into one of the two abilities at level 4.

Rock TombShell Smash
  Crustle splits open the ground towards the designated area, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in an area of effect and creating a barricade of rock. When used again, players get rid of the barricade. Crustle smashes their shell, converting a set percentage of defense and special defense into Attack and Sp. Atk and increasing Crustle’s movement speed for a short time.
 Upgrade: It decreases the opposing Pokémon’s movement speed for a short time when hitUpgrade: It increases the amount converted

Ability 2 – Fury Cutter

Crustle slashes in a direction, dealing more damage for every successful time this move hits a specific opponent.

Ability choices at level 6

Ability 2 evolves into one of the two abilities at level 6.

Stealth RockX-Scissor
The skill throws many small rocks. When a rock hits an opposing Pokémon, or when the rocks have flown their full distance, a zone of many levitating rocks is created, dealing damage over time to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect.
The damage over time also slowly decreases.
The skill has the player dash forward with crossed claws, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon multiple times and shoving them.
It leaves opposing Pokémon unable to act if they hit an object when shoved.
Upgrade: It increases the duration of this move and decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokémon when hit.Upgrade: The cooldown of the move is reduced.

Unite Move – Rubble Rouser

Pokémon Unite Crustle Guide

The move grants the player a shield for a short time and leaves nearby opposing Pokémon unable to act, dealing them damage over time. If the player receives damage while this move is in effect, the move deals additional hits to nearby opposing Pokémon.

Best items for Crustle in Pokémon Unite

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

Best Held items for Crustle

ItemWhy it’s useful
Focus BandCrustle’s passive “Sturdy” increases Crustle’s defense and special defense, whenever Crustle is hit, which can stack. Because of this, Crustle will often continue to fight at low health, due to having multiple stacks of the ability, by then. Because of this, Focus Band is a great item to use on Crustle. In this way, Crustle can recover health and continue to fight at low HP. Focus Band also gives Crustle defense and special defense, which both synergize well with Crustle’s high health.
Buddy BarrierBuddy Barrier is an extremely versatile item, that is used on Crustle to increase Crustle’s base health. Crustle’s Unite move “Rubble Rouser” is a great tool, to engage in fights with. By using Buddy Barrier, players are granted more shields on top of their shield, given from the Unite move. This means that players can run straight into the center of the enemy team in teamfights, which allow players to soak up damage for the team.
Score ShieldScore shield is the most important item on Crustle. Crustle’s moveset offers a high amount of mobility and crowd control, both of which are great for scoring goals. Because Crustle has high base health, Crustle can easily sneak past the enemy team and score a goal with a large score shield. Players can then use the mobility and crowd control abilities to leave the enemy goal safely, taking very little damage in the process.

Best Battle items for Crustle

  • Eject Button: Eject Button instantly lets Crustle a short distance of choice. This item has a 70-second cooldown. Eject button is a universally powerful battle item, that can let Crustle engage, disengage or use as a combo tool.
  • Slow Smoke: Slow Smoke greatly reduces the movement speed of opposing Pokémon for a short period of time. Slow Smoke is the best battle item on Crustle, because Crustle doesn’t need an escape tool like X-Speed or Eject Button thanks to the high mobility and health Crustle already has. Slow Smoke can be used to make aggressive plays and preventing the opposing Pokémon from escaping. It can be used to make hitting your abilities easier, as Crustle’s abilities such as X-Scissor and Stealth Rock can be hard to land if your opponent has lots of mobility.
  • Potion: Potion is a 30-second cooldown item that heals the user for 12.5% of their maximum health. Because Crustle does not require more movement speed, Potion can be used to constantly stay at high health.

Pokémon Unite Crustle Gameplay Tips

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

Early Game

In the early game, the player’s main goal as Crustle is to score as many goals as possible. When the game starts, the best play is to get one of the starting Aipoms. Players must then run straight to the opposing goal and score a goal for some early XP. Once level four is reached, Crustle unlocks Shell Smash. Once the Smell smash is unlocked, Crustle should aim to score as many small goals as possible and slowly take the opponent’s goal, by using the high health and speed to get an advantage.

Pokémon Unite Crustle Guide
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During the early game, the partner in the lane is usually an attacker. Therefore, players make sure to use their crowd control to either displace their opponents into their attackers, so they can get a kill or displace the opponent away from the attackers. They can escape safely. By the time, Drednaw spawns, Crustle should be around level 6-7 and have both abilities ready. Because Crustle has high mobility Crustle should nearly always rotate to the bottom lane for Drednaw before it spawns.

Late Game

Pokémon Unite Crustle Guide
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By the late game, one should have a level lead from making aggressive early-game plays. Players should try to use this level led to carry the rest of your team ahead. Like with all other characters, securing Zapdos with your team is a necessity. Once Zapdos spawns, Crustle should attempt to use their UNITE move, and hit as many enemies as possible with it to greatly reduce their health and protect your team from taking damage

Positioning of Crustle

Because Crustle is a defender, Crustle is primarily played in the top lane with an attacker. However, Crustle can also be played as a supporter. If Crustle is played in the top lane the best abilities to use are Shell Smash and X-Scissor, but if Crustle is being played in the bottom lane, the best abilities are Rock Tomb and Stealth Rock.

Being a defender, Crustle should try to stay in front of their teammates and soak up as much damage as possible. Unlike other defenders, Crustles’ playstyle revolves more around making solo plays and split pushing to get goals around the map.

Crustle with other Pokémon

Best synergies with Crustle

Our Pokémon Unite Crustle guide also focuses upon the relationship between Crustle and other Pokémon.

GardevoirGardevoir pairs well with Crustle because Crustles’ abilities can slow down the opponents, allowing Gardevoir to land abilities easier
SylveonSylveon has a great synergy with Crustle for the same reasons as Gardevoir, it makes landing abilities easier.
WigglytuffWigglytuff goes well with Crustle thanks to their high defenses and great crowd control abilities. Wigglytuff’s Unite move Starlight Recital goes especially well with Crustle as the large shield given allows Crustle to make aggressive plays and tank for teammates even more

Pokémon which are strong and weak against Crustle

Strong againstWeak against
SnorlaxAlolan Nintetales

Pokémon Unite Crustle: Tips, tricks and strategies

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

  1. As Crustle, the objective should be to score as many goals as possible, Crustle is one of the few characters, that has such high speed, that they are able to go for objectives, both in the top and bottom lane and score high amounts consistently.
  2. Crustle is an extremely versatile character in terms of itemization. When playing Crustle battles and held items can be chosen based on playstyle, as long as Score Shield is chosen.
  3. Crustle has a high health total.
  4. Crustle needs to always be on the lookout for surprise attacks, while also using their high mobility to make lots of early game plays around the map. Map awareness is crucial when playing Crustle.
  5. 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 ensures that they can secure the objective and win the game. Players try to move around the opposing team, during the Zapdos fight and use the combo of the abilities and UNITE move to wipe out the enemy team.
  6. One must make sure to check the map before Zapdos spawns. They must look around in the bushes surrounding Zapdos to ensure there are no sneaky enemies waiting to steal it.

Final Thoughts

Crustle is a fun and fast character that’s easy to play and is great for climbing the ranks by yourself. Currently, Crustle is a quite balanced character as the high health and speed is balanced with having moves that do very little damage and are somewhat slow to use. We hope this guide gives some more insight into how to play this Rock Crab Pokémon.

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

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