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

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

Espeon is a brand-new character you can play in the Pokémon Unite MOBA. Espeon is a ranged attacker, which means Espeon deals large amounts of damage to opponents from a distance away. Because Espeon is an attacker, this character 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 Espeon 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, and Sylveon. Therefore, one must make sure to check those guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Espeon.

Espeon: In-game Cost

Espeon Pokemon Unite stats, Pokémon Unite Espeon Guide
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Unlike other Pokémon, Espeon cannot be purchased with Aeos Coins. A Unite license can only be obtained for Espeon in two ways. One way is purchasing Espeon with 575 Aeos Gems, one of the more expensive purchases, or by completing the “Unite Battle Committee” special missions to claim an Espeon license for free.

Pokémon Unite Espeon Movesets

Espeons’ abilities revolve around dealing large amounts of ability-based damage in a short amount of time. This type of damage is also known as burst damage. This is because, some of Espeons’ abilities have a gimmick, where additional damage is dealt when the enemy Pokémon is at low health.

Passive (Eevee) – Anticipation

When the Pokémon would be affected by a hindrance, the hindrance is negated and the Pokémon becomes immune to hindrances for a short time. This ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered.

Passive (Espeon) – Magic Bounce

When the Pokémon would be affected by a hindrance, the hindrance is negated and the Pokémon becomes immune to hindrances for a short time. At the same time, this ability deals damage to the opposing Pokémon that attempted to inflict the hindrance and decreases its movement speed for a short time. This ability goes on cooldown after it’s triggered.

Basic Attack (Eevee)

Every third attack is a boosted attack that deals increased damage when hit.

Basic Attack (Espeon)

It becomes a boosted attack whenever a set amount of time passes, firing a beam, in front of the user. The beam deals increased damage to the opposing Pokémon it hits and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

Pokémon Unite Espeon Guide ability 1

Ability 1 – Swift

The ability shoots star-shaped rays at the opposing Pokémon, dealing damage to them.

Ability choices at level 4

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

PsyshockFuture Shock
It has the user materialize psychic projectiles and hurl them at a designated location, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon hit by the projectiles and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. If an opposing Pokémon is hit by all of these psychic projectiles, that Pokémon is left unable to act for a short time  It has the user unleash blasts of psychic power at random opposing Pokémon in the area of effect, dealing damage to them and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. The user stores one blast of psychic power whenever a set amount of time passes or after the user hits an opposing Pokémon with a boosted basic attack. Up to five blasts of psychic power can be stored at once. After this move is used, the user’s movement speed increases for a short time
Upgrade at Level 10: Increases the speed at which the projectiles travelUpgrade at Level 10: Also deals additional damage to opposing Pokémon with a low percentage of remaining HP
Pokémon Unite Espeon Guide ability 2

Ability 2 – Growl

The ability has the user growl at a designated opposing Pokémon, dealing damage and decreasing its movement speed for a short time.

Ability choices at level 6

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

PsybeamFuture Sight
It has the player fire a peculiar ray in the designated direction. If the ray hits an opposing Pokémon, it will then split beyond the first Pokémon and deal damage to other opposing Pokémon in range. These split rays deal more damage the higher the max HP of the first Pokémon hit by the ray. Furthermore, if the first Pokémon hit by the ray has its movement speed decreased or is unable to act, those same effects will be applied to the Pokémon hit by the split raysThis ability has the user lock on to an opposing Pokémon, then deals damage a few seconds later to opposing Pokémon in an area of effect centered on the locked-on Pokémon. More damage is dealt the lower the locked-on Pokémon remaining HP is. When the user is locked onto an opposing Pokémon, its other moves will target that Pokémon whenever possible. Each time one of those moves deals damage, Future Sight’s cooldown is reduced. If the locked-on Pokémon is on the opposing team and is knocked out before the area-of-effect damage is dealt with, a single powered-up use of Psyshock or Stored Power becomes available for a short time. When Psyshock is powered up, it hurls stronger psychic projectiles at a designated location that also causes an explosion, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. When Stored Power is powered up, it unleashes an increased number of power blasts and restores the user’s HP when the blast hits.
Upgrade at Level 12: It deals additional damage to opposing Pokémon that are unable to act. If Psybeam then splits beyond its initial target, its split rays will also deal additional damage to opposing Pokémon and leave them unable to act.Upgrade at Level 12: The user deals increased damage to the opposing Pokémon that Espeon’s Future Sight is locked onto.

Unite Move – Psychic Solare

Pokémon Unite Espeon Guide unite move

It has the player throw opposing Pokémon in the area of effect into the air and suspends them using Psychic power. After a delay, an explosion occurs that deals damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and shoves them.

Best items for Espeon in Pokémon Unite

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

Best held items

ItemWhy it’s useful
Focus BandFocus Band is by far, the most important held item on Espeon. Espeons’ playstyle revolves around fighting at the low health, as most of the abilities give more buffs to the lower Espeons’ health. Staying in low health for a long amount of time is risky, however, with Focus Band Espeon is able to continuously regain health, ensuring that Espeon doesn’t die in fights very easily.
Choice SpecsChoice Specs is a good item on Espeon because Espeon can deal a large amount of both attack and special attack damage. By using Choice Specs, Espeon deals additional damage with a basic attack, after whenever an ability is used and increases Espeons’ Special Attack – meaning Espeons’ overall damage is greatly increased.
Muscle BandMuscle Band is used on Espeon, because, Espeons’ boosted attacks are quite strong. By using muscle band, it increases Espeons’ attack speed, which means Espeon is able to restore health from the boosted attacks more frequently. Muscle Band is also used because Espeon’s abilities have quite long cooldowns, which means that Espeon will have to rely on basic attacks for the majority of fights.

Best Battle Items

  • Eject Button: Eject Button instantly teleports Espeon to a short distance of their choice. This item has a 70-second cooldown. Because Espeon is a slow character, this lets Espeon reposition quickly, giving Espeon the ability to escape fights, or engage in fights quickly.
  • Potion: Potion is a surprisingly strong choice of a battle item for Espeon. The potion is a 30-second cooldown item that heals the user for 12.5% of their maximum health. Since Espeons’ gameplay revolves around being on low health, Potion makes this safer, as this battle item can be activated to recover health, if their health drops too low to fight. This item is also helpful because Espeon has a decent amount of base health, so Potion gives a lot of health when used.
  • X-Speed: X-Speed is an item that greatly increases the movement speed of Pokemon for a few seconds. Because Espeon lacks defenses and speed, this item compensates by giving Espeon tools to escape from or engage in fights.

Pokémon Unite Espeon Gameplay Tips

Our Pokémon Unite Espeon guide includes the perfect game plan for the early and late game during the Unite battles. The following division has two sections of the early and late game, which players must make sure to read, till the end.

Early Game

In the early game, Espeons’ abilities are great for poking down enemies, until they are forced to fall back. Since Espeon is an attacker, the objective for the early game should be to get some kills and win the lane by taking the opponent’s top goal. Like the other Eeveelution Sylveon, Espeon also has a great early game. Players must try to take advantage of the opponent as much as possible, at this stage of the game. Therefore, the early lead can snowball into a greater lead later in the game.

During the early game, an attacker partner in the lane is usually a defender. So, they must make sure to stay in behind the defender and deal as much damage as possible, without taking damage in return for some good trades. Once Drednaw spawns, Espeon should be around level 8 and have a UNITE move ready. Since Espeon excels in team fights, it is best to go to Drednaw to help teamfights for it, if possible.

Late Game

Pokémon Unite Espeon Guide late game
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Espeon should aim to help teammates by taking objectives with the team and using the early lead acquired to make as many plays as possible, to carry the lead. Espeons’ aim as an attacker is to deal as much damage as possible and knock out as many opponents as possible, through the use of high-damage burst combos without excessively dying in the process. When done correctly, Espeon can provide massive amounts of damage, that greatly help the rest of the team finish off opponents.

Positioning of Espeon

Espeons’ current best lane is the top lane, due to being an attacker. But, Espeon is also seeing some play in the center lane, due to the great amount of damage output provided by Espeons’ abilities. Espeon has great offensive capabilities that can be a great asset to the team if used correctly.

Espeon with other Pokémon

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

Best synergies with Espeon

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

BlisseyBlissey is one of the strongest characters to pair with Espeon because Blisseys’ abilities provide instant healing to get out of unwinnable fights, movement speed to kite around enemies easily, and increased attack speed. So, Espeon can heal from boosted attacks more frequently. All these buffs that Blissey provides make Espeon an unkillable 1v5-ing monster, that can beat almost any opposing Pokémon in a fight
EldegossEldegoss is another supporter that goes really well with Espeon, because of the healing and shielding provided. Shields work really well on Espeon because extra shielding does not count as health for Espeons abilities. This means Espeon can get bonus effects from abilities, while still being safe.
WigglytuffWigglytuff goes well with Espeon, which is beneficial to their high defenses and great crowd control abilities. Wigglytuff’s Unite move Starlight Recital goes especially well with Espeon, as the large shield given allows Espeon to make aggressive plays and used buffed abilities while losing very little health in return.
HoopaEspeons’ abilities provide very little movement, and Hoopa helps compensate for, this by either teleporting Espeon around the map with Hyperspace Hole or Hoopa’s UNITE move or by providing shield and movement speed through the use of Trick.

Pokémon which are strong and weak against Espeon

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Pokémon Unite Espeon: Tips, tricks and strategies

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

  1. Espeon has a very low health and defense stat so make sure to refrain from engaging in fights unless the fight is visibly winnable.
  2. Espeon is a relatively easy character to start playing but is a difficult character to master. The key difference between a good and bad Espeon player is their decision to commit to fighting or not. Because Espeon has a low base HP, it’s difficult to decide whether to engage in a fight as it may result in easily being knocked out before Espeons damage combos can be used
  3. “Kiting” is an important technique to learn while playing this character. Kiting is when the Pokemon while attacking and using abilities so that Espeon is able to attack opponents without the opponent being able to attack back. Your goal in fights should be to keep your opponent close enough so that Espeons abilities hit them, but not too close so Espeon can dodge opponents attacks
  4. 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 your Unite Move for Zapdos, it ensures that the can secure the objective and win the game.
  5. 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.
  6. Because Espeon is an attacker, Espeon needs to be consistently dealing damage in order to contribute to the team consistently. Espeon can deal the greatest amount of damage by picking fights with opponents that are on lower health, activating Espeons ability to deal extra damage to low-health enemies and easily winning fights.

Final Thoughts

Espeon is a fun, intriguing character to play with a unique and interesting gimmick, regarding Espeons’ abilities. However, Espeon currently feels underpowered, because Espeon doesn’t have a very high damage output. This means Espeon cannot deal as much damage as other attacker Pokémon in the current meta-game. If a control mage with interesting burst damage combos suits one’s playstyle, then this Pokémon may be of interest.

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

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