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

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Sableye, the 2nd Pokémon after Zoroark for this year’s Halloween special introductions has finally arrived in Pokémon Unite MOBA. The dual Dark and Ghost-type Pokemon is a melee-type Supporter in the game. Although Sableye’s moves aren’t like the traditional Supporters who only heal and shield, its moves are sure interesting. In this Pokémon Unite Sableye guide, we have entirely discussed how to play with Sableye the supporter, from start to end. Make sure to read till the end.

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

Sableye: In-game Cost

Pokémon Unite Sableye Guide in-game cost
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Sableye is available in the Pokémon Unite Committee for 575 Aeos gems. The exchange for coins would only be possible after 1 week from its release, for 12000 Aeos coins. It also has a Noble Style skin available in the shop. 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 Sableye Guide: Sableye and its movesets

As expected, Sableye has a combination of Ghost and Dark-type moves. Here are the details of these movesets in Pokémon Unite.

Basic Attack

The skill becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon it hits and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. If the player is in stealth when it hits an opposing Pokémon with a boosted attack, it will deal damage and apply a fear effect. The opposing Pokémon affected by fear will be forced to move away from the user. When the player enters stealth, he will be able to use the boosted attack immediately.

Passive – Prankster

When the Pokémon with this Ability is outside the visual range of Pokémon from the opposing team, it enters stealth and its movement speed increases. When the Pokémon with this ability enters the visual range of a Pokémon from the opposing team, it does not immediately become visible, but instead remains in stealth for a short time. This stealth lasts longer when approaching Pokémon from the opposing team from behind. The Pokémon with this ability exits stealth when it attacks.

Ability 1 – Thief

  • CD: 7.5s

This Dark-type move has the user dash in the designated direction, dealing damage to any opposing Pokémon it hits and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. Secondly, if this move hits Pokémon from the opposing team, it steals a small amount of their Aeos energy. Again, if those Pokémon do not have any Aeos energy, the move stuns them for a short time.

Ability 1 upgrades

Thief upgrades to either of these 2 moves, based upon the player’s choice. These upgrades are also revealed, as a part of the movesets leaks of Sableye in Pokémon Unite.

Knock OffConfuse Ray
This damage-dealing Dark-type move has the user move in the designated direction and then back again while attacking around itself, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon hit by the attacks and leaving them unable to act for a short time. For a short time afterwards, this move can be used again. If it is, the player attacks in front of itself with its claws, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon it hits and throwing them.

When either the first or second stage of this move hits opposing Pokémon, those Pokémon will drop some of their collected Aeos energy, and for a short time, they’ll be unable to pick up Aeos energy. When either stage of this move hits opposing Pokémon that do not have Aeos energy, those Pokémon will be left unable to act for a longer duration. While using this move, the user receives reduced damage.


CD: 7.5s
This is a Ghost-type move that has the user fire a sinister ray in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon it hits. If this move hits Pokémon from the opposing team, it also leaves them confused.

While confused, Pokémon become unable to act and start continuously attacking nearby Pokémon with basic attacks. Furthermore, confused Pokémon will target nearby Pokémon in the following order of priority: first, their ally Pokémon; then, wild Pokémon; last, Pokémon on the user’s team.


CD: 8s
Upgrade: For a short time after this move is used, the next time the user picks up Aeos energy, the user recovers HP and has its movement speed increased.Upgrade: The skill also increases the movement speed and basic attack speed of Pokémon from the opposing team while this move has left them confused.

Ability 2 – Astonish

  • CD: 9s

Another Ghost-type move, that has the user attack in a cone in front of itself, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. If this move hits the opposing Pokémon from behind, it deals increased damage and a greater decrease in movement speed. Well, it seems like the same move Rowlet (Decidueye) has too.

Ability 2 upgrades

These upgrades are also revealed as a part of the movesets leaks of Sableye in Pokémon Unite.

Feint AttackShadow Sneak
The skill has the player who is thrown dummy Aeos energy to a designated location. While dummy Aeos energy remains at a location, that location and the area around it will be visible to the user. Dummy Aeos energy can remain at up to five locations at a time.


If an opposing Pokémon picks up dummy Aeos energy, that energy explodes, dealing damage over time to that Pokémon and decreasing its movement speed for a short time. Sableye can keep a maximum of three uses in reserve for this move.


CD: 1s
For a short time, the skill increases the user’s movement speed and has it enter stealth. While this move is active, the user’s next boosted basic attack deals additional damage. While this move is active, if the user exits stealth and the hindrance doesn’t immobilize it, it will be able to enter stealth again.


CD: 11s
Upgrade: If an opposing Pokémon gets knocked out while taking damage over time from this move, it will drop more Aeos energy than it normally would.Upgrade: Increases the duration of this move’s effects. While this move is active and the user is in stealth, it will also gradually recover HP.

Unite Move – Phantom Ambush

The move makes the user shoot light from both of its eyes, dealing damage to the opposing Pokémon in an Area of Effect (AoE), in front of itself. The Pokémon from the opposing team, who is hit by this move, faces the user who is left unable to act and starts preparing to return to base.

If they take damage before returning to base, the return effect is cancelled, and they are left unable to act for a short time. The opposing Pokémon hit by this move who are not facing the user have their movement speed decreased for a short time.

Best items for Sableye in Pokémon Unite

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

Best Held Items

Item(s)Why it’s useful
Exp. ShareTo gain Exp., even if not sustaining enough damage, and also help allies earn more Exp.
Attack Weight This item increases the Attack, with every goal scored.
Buddy BarrierTo help the allies with a shield, when Sableye unleashes its Unite Move.

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

  • Exp. Share, Focus Band, Buddy Barrier
  • Aeos Cookie, Exp. Share, Focus Band.
  • Attack Weight, Razor Claw, Buddy Barrier.

Best Battle Items

  • Potion: To Enhance a much tankier Sableye.
  • X-Speed: Might help Sableye to retreat or chase a Pokemon with low remaining HP. Also, it may perform a combo with its ability stealth mode.

Pokémon Unite Sableye Gameplay Tips

Our Pokémon Unite guide also contains the perfect gameplay strategy for Sableye. Hence, players must read till the end to find out what they should do in the early game or late game.

Early Game

There are no evolutions for Sableye. There is only levelling up. At first, if not using Exp. Share, players should try to select a damage-dealing move to level up faster. One must steer clear from ranged Attackers as they can easily pressure Sableye’s HP from afar. Likewise, one should not engage All-Rounder opponents as Sableye’s damage at this point may not be able to keep up with them.

Pokémon Unite leaks Sableye movesets ability 1, Pokémon Unite Sableye Guide early game
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Once players learn either Knock Off or Shadow Sneak, they can play aggressively and assist allies with Knock Off or play passively and stealthily score points with Shadow Sneak. Otherwise, they must focus on using them to farm Wild Pokemon camps to reach higher levels. One must not try to secure Regileki with the teammates, and prioritise it. Also, besides accompanying their allies, players should try to farm and stay close to their bases and defend them, with the help of the stealth function.

Late Game

Pokémon Unite Sableye Guide late game
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Players should continue their role as a supporter. One must foreread their opponents’ moves and the allies’ plans. Players should choose their movesets accordingly and hit map objectives always. Players should not forget to utilise their Unite move at crucial times.

Positioning of Sableye

The priority should be the top or bottom lane, especially since Sableye is decently strong enough for early battles and supporting allies. If playing in the Theia Sky Ruins map, go for the bottom lane. Just accompany your allies, or you may also steal the opponent’s farm in the middle lane.

Sableye with other Pokémon

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

Best synergies with Sableye

In the following list, these Pokémon listed below would form the perfect synergies for Sableye.

PokémonBenefits
DecidueyeA sniper like Decidueye has a good range and damage-dealing moves. Sableye can use its stealth abilities or Feint Attack to keep opponents visible for them as they line up their shots. Moreover, Sableye’s stuns and slows can make targetting for these Pokemon easier.
 SnorlaxHaving a sturdy Pokemon can help absorb most of the damage during team fights, letting Sableye manoeuvre freely while in stealth mode. Moreover, Snorlax can provide hard crowd control that shuts down targets, allowing Sableye to double down on its slow moves and contribute damage if it needs to.
LucarioHaving Sableye’s arsenal of slows and stuns increases the lethality of combos All-Rounders can dish out. It will help these Pokemon perform their combos properly without a hassle.

Pokemon which are strong and weak against Sableye

Pokémon that Sableye countersPokémon that counters Sableye
CharizardGengar
Cinderace Absol
Hoopa Zoroark
 Eldegoss Aegislash
DecidueyeScizor

Pokémon Unite Sableye Guide: Tips, tricks and strategies

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

  1. Try out the combos in Standard Battles.
  2. Use your moves to steal Aeos Energy from your opponents.
  3. You may also slow down your opponents with the ‘Astonish’ move.
  4. Sableye’s boosted attack meter automatically fills up every time the Pokemon enters stealth mode. This allows you to get extra damage in before engaging opponents. To get the most damage, make sure to attack unsuspecting targets, activate your moves, and run away from combat to enter stealth mode again.
  5. Stay near the home bases or alongside your allies for the best results.
  6. Do not use the stealth mode when enemies come nearby.
  7. 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

Players should keep the said points in mind and play accordingly. Before going for ranked battles, they must try out in standard battles too. As we sum up our Sableye guide, the wait for Urshifu and Dragapult begins.

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