Pokémon Unite Dodrio Guide: Best Builds, Items, Movesets and Gameplay Tips

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Dodrio, the latest addition to the Pokémon Unite roster, is a normal/flying-type speedster in the game. With reported leaks of its movesets long ago, the wait for a Speedster’s arrival had begun since then. The long-awaited Speedster has a different sort of mechanics attached to it. Therefore, players must dig deep and know the basics to understand how to play with it and master it. Hence, one must make sure to read this article till the end to know the basics about playing with the Ostrich-themed Pokémon from Generation 1. Hence, in this guide, we will take a closer look at the best battle items, and abilities, including tips and tricks to play Dodrio in Pokémon Unite.

Also, previously, we have discussed how to master playing with other Pokémon like  Pikachu, MamoswineEldegoss, Zeraora, BlisseyCharizardSnorlaxTsareenaDecidueyeDragoniteTalonflameCinderaceGreninjaGardevoirVenusaurWigglytuffTrevenantGengarLucarioAegislashCrustleHoopaGarchompAbsolAlolan NinetalesDuraludonCramorantBlastoiseSlowbroMachampMr. MimeGreedentAzumarillSylveonEspeon, DelphoxGlaceon, Buzzwole, Tyranitar, and Mew. Therefore, one must make sure to check those guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Dodrio.

Dodrio: In-game cost

Pokemon Unite Dodrio Stats in-game
Image via The Pokémon Company

Dodrio is readily available in the Unite Battle Committee for 14000 Aeos Coins or  575 Aeos Gems. However, for the first week of its release, it would only be available in exchange for Aeos Gems. As of now, only 2 skins are available for Dodrio which includes the Purple and Orange set. We’ll update the article upon new arrivals.

Dodrio: Stats and Evolution

1st Evolution2nd Evolution
Doduo (Lv. 1)Dodrio (Lv. 5)

Pokémon Unite Dodrio Movesets

Dodrio would have a predecessor evolution form, Doduo. Being a speedster, its preferable lane should be the middle one. The Pokémon is to be accompanied by a Dash Gauge, whose mechanics have been mentioned below accordingly. The moves are as follows:

Basic Attack

The skill becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing consecutive blows to the user’s head. If the user’s dash gauge is full and it hits an opposing Pokémon with a basic attack, the user’s move cooldowns are reduced. Also, when the user’s dash gauge is full, its basic attack will have it charge in the direction it’s moving and consume the whole of the dash gauge.

Passive Ability – Run Away

Pokémon Unite movesets Dodrio passive

The Pokemon’s movement speed increases when opposing Pokémon are nearby. While the Pokémon is moving, its sprint gauge charges. When its sprint gauge is full, the Pokémon starts running with increased movement speed. If the Pokémons’ movement speed decreases below a set speed, the sprint gauge will rapidly deplete.

When Doduo scores a goal, it evenly divides its collected Aeos energy into two portions and deposits them into the goal one at a time. After Doduo evolves into Dodrio, when it scores a goal, it evenly divides its collected Aeos energy into three portions and deposits them into the goal one at a time.

Ability 1 – Peck

  • CD-5s
  • Type- Melee

This flying-type move has the player move forward while jabbing with its beaks. When the sprint gauge is full, the player instead charges forward, while jabbing with its beaks. Using this move fully consumes the sprint gauge.

Ability 1 Upgrades

At some point in time, upon the level increase, which we don’t know which level as of yet, Peck can be upgraded to either of these moves.

Drill PeckTri Attack
This Flying-type move, has the user move forward while striking with its sharp beaks multiple times, dealing damage to the opposing Pokémon it hits. When the player’s sprint gauge is full, the user dashes forward while striking with its sharp beaks multiple times, dealing damage to the opposing Pokémon it hits and shoving them. Using this move fully consumes the sprint gauge. The skill has the user attack with its beaks, in a cone in front of itself, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon and applying one of the following random effects: a decrease in Attack and damage over time for a set amount of time, a decrease to basic attack speed, or a decrease to movement speed. When the player’s sprint gauge is full, the user instead shoots out three projectiles, one red, one yellow and one blue, in the designated direction. If a projectile hits an opposing Pokémon, the projectile deals damage and applies one of the aforementioned effects based on its colour. After this move, the user’s next basic attack deals additional damage and restores some of the user’s HP. One may keep a maximum of two uses of this move.
Upgrade: The skill reduces this move’s cooldown. When this move hits opposing Pokémon, it restores a portion of the user’s HP based on the amount of damage dealt.
Type– Melee
CD– 7.5s
Upgrade: The user, next basic attack after using this move restores more HP. When the user’s sprint gauge is full, this move’s cooldown is reduced.
Type– Melee
CD– 1s

Ability 2 – Quick Attack

Pokémon Unite movesets Dodrio ability 2
  • Type– Dash
  • CD– 10

The skill has the user dash forward, increasing its movement speed for a short time and dealing damage to the opposing Pokemon it hits. This move’s cooldown is reduced if it hits opposing Pokémon.

Ability 2 Upgrades

Quick Attack has the following upgradation options which are available.

AgilityJump Kick
The skill removes all status conditions from the user. It charges its sprint gauge. Afterward, the user, movement speed increases for a short time and its sprint gauge, charges faster.This move makes the user leap forward while kicking. If this move makes contact with an opposing Pokémon or obstacle, the user leaps over it and stomps the ground when it lands, dealing damage to the opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. Also, if this move makes contact with an opposing Pokémon or obstacle, the user’s sprint gauge charges. If the move makes contact with an opposing Pokémon, its cooldown is reduced.
Upgrade: After this move is used, the user’s sprint gauge becomes fully charged.
Type– Buff
CD– 10s
Upgrade: When the player stamps the ground after leaping, the opposing Pokémon in the area of effect are also left unable to act.
Type– Dash
CD– 8s

Unite Move

Pokémon Unite movesets Dodrio

The move has the user run to the designated location. While running, the user is immune to hindrances. If the user makes contact with opposing Pokémon while running, it deals damage to them and throws them into the air. When the user arrives at the designated location, its attack increases for a short time, and it is granted a shield. Also, its sprint gauge charges faster for a short time.

Best items for Dodrio in Pokémon Unite

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

Best Held Items

Item(s)Why it’s useful
Float StoneThe item helps in increasing movement speed when not battling. This would eventually help in filling up the speed gauge.
Attack WeightThis would increase Dodrio’s Attack every time it’d score a goal.
Razor ClawThe item increases Dodrio’s Critical Hit rate and also would slow down the opponent.

Besides the above-suggested builds, a Dodrio player may also use the following item builds:

  • Float Stone, Focus Band, Attack Weight.
  • Float Stone, Score Shield, Aeos Cookie.
  • Attack Weight, Aeos Cookie, Focus Band.
  • Scope Lens, Focus Band, Attack Weight.

Best Battle Items

  • Slow Smoke: This would slow down the opponent, making Dodrio hit them from close range for maximum damage.
  • X-Speed: Might help the slow Pokemon to retreat or chase a Pokemon with low remaining HP.

Pokémon Unite Dodrio Gameplay Tips

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

Early Game

The game starts with a Dodrio. The mechanism for Doduo is pretty much similar. Take the jungle, and keep moving around the map. Score goals by switching between lanes to stack your items. Here is a move combo you may try out after you start by moving around to fill up the Sprint Gauge.

Then seek out a target, then use Quick Attack to initiate. While keeping momentum, use Peck to finish the combo. If you manage to maintain the Run Away gauge, Peck will deal increased damage.

Dodrio Pokemon early gameplay
Image via The Pokémon Company

Since there is much in the jungle on the new map, leveling up won’t be a problem. Remember that a fully charged Sprint gauge would give you a boosted Basic Attack. You may also use Peck or Quick Attack for quick retreats.

Late Game

In the late game too, just keep moving your feet. Focus on scoring goals to double them, during the final stretch. Remember to reduce the cooldown of your moves with Baic Attacks. Also, the move Agility can help with a speed buff which in turn helps fill up the sprint gauge. Use the Unite move for ganking your opponents, or to retreat. You may also initiate it during the Final Stretch to quickly score a goal when it is empty.

Dodrio Pokemon Unite late gameplay
Image via The Pokémon Company

Try using Drill Peck only when the Sprint gauge is full, for the best results.

Positioning of Dodrio

For the Ranked or Standard Battle in Theia Sky Ruins, the recommendation would be the Jungle or Bottom Lane. However, do switch between lanes once you level up.

Dodrio with other Pokémon

Our Pokémon Unite Dodrio guide would also talk about the relationship between Dodrio and other Pokémon.

Best synergies with Dodrio

These Pokemon would be the perfect synergy for Dodrio, especially in the game later. Although speedsters are actually expected to play solo a lot. However team game is necessary at some point. If so, try to stick together with the Supporters.

WigglytuffThe immobilizing mechanics of this Pokemon would help Dodrio

Pokemon which are strong and weak against Dodrio

Pokémon that Dodrio countersPokémon that counters Dodrio
Decidueye  Slowbro
Pikachu Mamoswine
 Talonflame Aegislash
Mew Dragonite

Pokémon Unite Dodrio: Tips, tricks and strategies

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

  1. Keep in mind that Dodrio’s play style is actually about avoiding direct fights with opponents, especially solo fights. Fight only when the rest of your team is around. Otherwise, focus on jungling, collecting dropped Aeos energies and scoring quick goals.
  2. The basic requirement for playing with Dodrio is to stroll around the field every time. NEVER stop, not even during fights, and there is absolutely no need to go defensive and defend goals, especially in the initial stages.
  3. Be mindful of opposition Speed Flux zones and Slow Smoke, which might slow you down.
  4. The move Agility and items like Float Stone and X-speed are the most beneficial synergies for Dodrio, use them.
  5. Controlling Dodrio would require practice since the right side buttons (move buttons) won’t function as direction buttons for this Pokemon. Dodrio would only attack in the direction your left-hand direction controller would point to. However, only the move AGILITY would be an exception.
  6. Remember that Dodrio or Doduo, score in three or two separate parts respectively, however, stacking items would only work if all the 3 portions are completely scored. Hence, if in case an interruption occurs after the first or second dunk, stacking won’t be done.
  7. However, if the opponent Goal has only 10 health left (suppose) and you want to over-dunk it with 30 Aeos Energy, it won’t be possible, because Dodrio would score in 3 parts, and only the 1st 10 Aeos Energy can be dunked.
  8. Overdunking can be only possible if the goal is left defenceless by Regieleki. In that case, Dodrio would score 30/40/50 Aeos Points at once.
  9. Lastly, players must avoid using it much in Ranked Matches until they master all of its moves and playing style. They should use offline mode or Standard Battles as their Practice Arena.

Final Thoughts

The long-anticipated Speedster has met expectations according to many. The controls of Dodrio however, need practice. So, do practice a lot before playing ranked matches. For more updates, do keep following our news and guides.

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