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

Tips to play Delphox in the all-new MOBA Pokémon Unite!

Delphox is a brand-new character that can be played in the brand-new Pokémon Unite MOBA. Delphox is a ranged attacker, which means Delphox has strong offensive capabilities but lacks in health and defense. Because of this, Delphox is optimally played in the top lane with a lane partner from the defender class. In this guide, we will take a closer look at the best battle items, and abilities, including tips and tricks to play Delphox 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, and Espeon. Therefore, one must make sure to check those guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Delphox.

Delphox: In-game Cost

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Delphox 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 Delphox Movesets

Delphox is heavily reliant on using ability-based combos to deal a great amount of burst damage to single-out opposing Pokémon, through the use of mobility or crowd control. Delphox’s first ability can be hard to hit, but by using the Flame charge to reposition quickly or Fire spin to incapacitate enemies for a short time. These abilities can hit more easily and do great amounts of damage.

Passive – Blaze

When the Pokémon uses a move while at a low remaining HP, it deals additional damage with a fireball to opposing Pokémon. This ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered.

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Basic Attack

When the Pokémon uses a move while at a low remaining HP, it deals additional damage with a fireball to opposing Pokémon. This ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered.

Ability 1 – Ember

The skill has the user shoot a small flame in front of itself, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon if it hits.

Ability choices at level 6

Ability 1 evolves into one of the two abilities at level 6.

Fire BlastMystical Fire
   It has the user launch intense, all-consuming fire in a forward direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon it hits. As the fire travels, it leaves behind a zone of flames, in which a delayed explosion will occur, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect.It has the user unleash a special, hot ball of fire in a forward direction. If it hits an opposing Pokémon, the fire will explode, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect.
 Upgrade (Lvl 11): It deals increased damage.Upgrade (Lvl 11): Also reduces cooldowns of all moves if this move hits. If it hits a Pokémon from the opposing team, the cooldowns are reduced even further.

Ability 2 – Will-o-Wisp

It has the player conjure up three sinister flames and launch them towards the designated area. These flames then explode, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon hit by the explosion and decreasing their movement speed for a short time.

Ability choices at level 7

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

Fire SpinFlame Charge
It has the user create a vortex of fire in the designated area. The vortex automatically moves toward the nearest opposing Pokémon caught in the area of effect for a short time and decreases their movement speed. After a set amount of time passes or an opposing Pokémon is caught in the center of the vortex, the flames increase in intensity. This increases the rate at which the flames deal damage over time, and it also leaves the opposing Pokémon unable to act for a short timeIt has the user charge forward in the designated direction. If there are any opposing Pokémon in range when the charge ends, the user summons three flames to attack. The flames deal damage and decrease opposing Pokémon’s movement speed for a short time. This move and be used while also using Fire Blast or Mystical Fire
Upgrade (Lvl 13): It increases the damage this move deals to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect when its flames have intensified.Upgrade (Lvl 13): It increases the user’s movement speed for a short time when this move is used.

Unite Move – Fanciful Fireworks

Deals damage over time to opposing Pokémon in the designated area of effect. Opposing Pokémon that are hit have decreased movement speed and weakened HP recovery effects for a short time.

Best items for Delphox in Pokémon Unite

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

Best held items

ItemWhy it’s useful
Choice SpecsChoice Specs is an item that increases a Pokémon’s move damage, as well as their Special attack by a fixed amount. Because Delphox uses abilities and attacks frequently Choice Specs has great synergy with this Pokémon.
Buddy BarrierBuddy Barrier is an extremely versatile item that is used on Delphox to increase Delphox’s base health, something that Delphox lacks. Since Delphox’s UNITE move requires the player to stand still to activate it, Buddy Barrier provides large amounts of shielding that allows Delphox to use the UNITE move and then get away safely.
Razor ClawDelphox’s abilities have lots of scaling with a special attack. Wise Glasses increases the Pokémon’s special attack by a base amount, then further increases the Pokémon’s special attack by a percentage of the total. Because Delphox has one of the highest special attack stats in the game, Wise Glasses gives Delphox great value and synergizes well with Delphox’s high burst damage playstyle.

Some other held items that can be used on Delphox include Focus Band, Sp. Atk Specs, Energy Amplifier, and Shell Bell.

Best Battle Items

  • Eject Button: Eject Button instantly Delphox a short distance of your choice, this item has a 70-second cooldown. The eject button is a universally powerful battle item that can let Delphox engage, disengage or use as a combo tool.
  • X-Speed: X-Speed increases the movement speed of Pokémon for a few seconds. X-Speed is one of the most useful battle items on Delphox because it can be used to make aggressive plays or to chase down opposing Pokémon easily. It can be used to make hitting abilities easier, as Delphox’s abilities such as Mystical Fire, Fire Blast and Fire Spin can be hard to land if the opponent has lots of mobility.
  • Potion: Potion is a 30-second cooldown item that heals the user for 12.5% of their maximum health. Delphox needs to be in high health to stay in fights. Using a potion ensures that Delphox’s health can constantly stay high.

Pokémon Unite Delphox Gameplay Tips

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

Early Game

In the early game, Delphox struggles due to having evolutions and gaining abilities much later than other Pokémon. Because of this, make sure to play passively to ensure that Delphox can level up without losing any value in the process so that Delphox can excel in the late game. In the lane, Delphox should be able to fight in a one on one against most opposing Pokémon due to having single-target abilities. Make sure to take advantage of any opportunities given.

delphox early game
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During the early game, Delphox’s lane partner in lane is usually a defender. So make sure to communicate to the partner in the lane what plays you wish to make, for example, if an enemy is mispositioned make sure to communicate to the teammate to play aggressively. Once Drednaw spawns, Delphox should be around level 7. If possible, Delphox should attempt to fight for Drednaw if ahead.

Late Game

By the late game, Delphox should have a level lead and be more powerful than the opposing Pokémon from constantly farming in the earlier stages of the game and the large late-game power spike. Delphox should try to use this lead to carry the rest of the team ahead. Like with all other characters, securing Zapdos with the team is a necessity. Once Zapdos spawns, Delphox should try to stay out of the vision of the enemy team and pick out single enemies by using high damage burst combos.

Positioning of Delphox

Because Delphox is an attacker, Delphox is primarily played in the top lane with a defender. In teamfights, players must make sure to stay behind the rest of the team. As an attacker, the goal is to deal as much damage as possible, while minimizing the amount done to the attacker.

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Delphox specializes in one-on-one fights, so try to use Delphox’s second ability in teamfights to move around the opposing team and single out an enemy target. With Delphox, one should prioritize playing defensively and dealing damage in a safe manner as Delphox has a very low health and defense stat and lacks defensive abilities.

Delphox with other Pokémon

Best synergies with Delphox

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

BlisseyBlissey is one of the strongest characters to pair with Delphox. This is because Blisseys’ abilities provide instant healing or crowd control immunity to get out of unwinnable fights, movement speed to kite around enemies easily, and crowd control to disrupt opponents’ plays and give Delphox a greater chance to land abilities. All these buffs that Blissey provides, on top of Blissey being an all-around great character, make Delphox a great pick with this character.
TrevenantTrevenant offers a great amount of crowd control and slowing effects that synergize with Delphox’s ability-based ability kit. Trevenant also has a great number of defenses and healing which allows Trevenant to defend Delphox for a great amount of time.
WigglytuffWigglytuff goes well with Delphox thanks to their high defenses and great crowd control abilities. Wigglytuff’s Unite move Starlight Recital goes especially well with Delphox as the large shield given allows Delphox to make aggressive plays and used buffed abilities, losing very little health in return. Wigglytuff’s ability “Sing” also puts enemies to sleep, ensuring that Delphox’s abilities that are hard to land, are now guaranteed to hit opponents.
SnorlaxSnorlax offers a large amount of crowd control through the use of abilities such as “Heavy Slam” and “Block”, both abilities can make the opposing Pokémon unable to move or displace them. This Pokémon’s abilities are useful as it gives Delphox a chance to escape or deal damage through burst abilities.

Pokémon which are strong and weak against Delphox

Strong againstWeak against
DecidueyeAlolan Ninetales

Pokémon Unite Delphox: Tips, tricks and strategies

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

  1. As Delphox, kiting is an important technique to learn. Kiting is the technique of weaving in abilities and attacks while moving, this allows Delphox to play offensively and deal a great amount of damage or escape while trading a lot of damage back with the enemy fought.  This technique is especially helpful against melee characters as it allows Delphox to damage them without them being in range to hit Delphox back, so make sure to attack every few steps to maximize damage output.
  2. The flame charge can be used during the animation of Mystical Fire, this means that Delphox is able to quickly reposition before Mystical Fire is used. Use this combination of abilities effectively to ensure that Delphox fights from a safe position while still managing to land abilities
  3. Delphox’s combos revolve around using ability two as a combo setter and ability one to deal damage. EG flame charge can be used to dash into the enemy team and followed by ability 1 to deal damage or fire spin can be used to trap an enemy in the ability before using ability 1 to damage them while they cannot move
  4. Delphox needs to always be on the lookout for surprise attacks as they lack mobility. When playing Delphox try to have small bits of map awareness such as using an ability into a bush to ensure there are no enemies before walking into it.
  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, ensuring that they can secure the objective and win the game. Try to move around the opposing team during the Zapdos fight and use the combo of your abilities and your 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.
  7. The optimal ability path currently is Sacred Sword and Wide Guard. This is because these abilities provide more value, as well as more boosted attacks than their counterparts.
  8. Try to land Fire Spin right next to the opposing player. By doing the Fire Spin will travel towards the enemy Pokémon as they try to escape, dealing great amounts of burn damage over time.

Final Thoughts

Delphox is a fun and enjoyable character to play with great gameplay mechanics and a large skill cap. If playing characters with extreme pressure and tricky but rewarding skill shots is of interest, then this may be a good Pokémon choice.

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

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You’ve mentioned aegislash move towards the end. Great inside read. Thanks!!

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