Pokémon Unite January 31, 2023 Update Patch Notes

Balance adjustments for the some Pokémon!

A new patch has arrived in Pokémon UNITE, which has brought much-needed balance changes to many Pokémon. Along with the much-needed balance changes, developers have introduced new Shop updates, event updates, and more. With the Pokémon Unite Patch Notes, let us break down the January 2023 update in detail.

Pokémon Unite January 2023 Update Patch Notes: Balance Adjustments


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Sableye could too easily use Shadow Sneak to safely hide in stealth, so Shadow Sneak has been nerfed to give Sableye’s targets more opportunity to retaliate.

Shadow Sneak

  • Time taken for the move is used until Sableye enters stealth: 0.75 sec → 1.5 sec
  • Sableye now cannot enter stealth, if it is left unable to act between the time Shadow Sneak is used and when stealth begins.

Urshifu (Single Strike Style)

Urshifu’s fists are used more for offense than defense, Wicked Blow has been nerfed. Ebon Fist’s ability to throw opponents was also too powerful, so it has been nerfed.

Wicked Blow

  • Damage reduction while charging: 30% → 20%

Wicked Blow+

  • Damage reduction while charging: 60% → 40%

Unite Move: Ebon Fist

  • Damage was reduced by 25%
  • When no direction is designated, Ebon Fist deals damage to and throws only the designated Pokémon.

Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style)

Boosted basic attacks and Surging Strikes have been buffed so that Urshifu can continue attacking without interruption. Flowing Fists took too long to reach its full power, so it has been buffed.

Boosted basic attack

  • Move cooldown reduction: 1.5 sec. → 2 sec

Surging Strikes

  • Cooldown: 13 sec. → 11 sec.

Unite Move: Flowing Fists

  • Number of times the user needs to deal damage in order to increase the follow-up attack’s consecutive blows by one: 3 → 2


The mobility and attack power of Swords Dance was too strong, so it has been nerfed.

Swords Dance

  • Cooldown: 5 sec. → 6 sec
  • Attack increase: 15% → 12%


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Scyther’s mobility was far too high throughout the battle, so Dual Wingbeat, Swords Dance, and Green Illusion Dive have been nerfed.

Dual Wingbeat

  • Cooldown: 5 sec. → 6 sec

Swords Dance

  • Cooldown: 6 sec. → 7 sec
  • Attack increase: 15% → 12%

Unite Move: Green Illusion Dive

  • Stage one area of effect reduced by about 30%
  • Stage two dash distance reduced by about 20%

Mr Mime

Mr. Mime has been able to contribute greatly in battle from start to finish. To reduce Mr. Mime’s capability in the second half of battle, Confusion, Power Swap, and Showtime! have been nerfed.


  • Damage reduced by 15% (Additional damage dealt when opposing Pokémon hit obstacles was not adjusted)

Power Swap

  • Movement speed increase when linked to ally Pokémon: 15% → 10%
  • HP restoration when linked to ally Pokémon reduced by 15%

Unite Move: Showtime!

  • Damage reduced by 10%


Moonlight and Gravity have been buffed so that Clefable can more easily protect its allies.


  • HP restoration increased by 15%


  • The time that opposing Pokémon are left unable to act has reduced from 0.5 sec to 1 sec.


  • Phantom Force has been adjusted to make it easier for Hoopa to warp freely.
  • Hyperspace Hole has been buffed because its ability to give an advantage had decreased.
  • Rings Unbound was buffed so it can be more easily timed.

Phantom Force

  • The move now targets a designated location instead of a designated Pokémon’s location.

Hyperspace Hole

  • Cooldown: 12 sec→ 10 sec
  • Cooldown before ally Pokémon can return to the warp location: 15 sec. → 10 sec
  • Cooldown before Hoopa and ally Pokémon start recovering HP: 0.5 sec → 0 sec

Unite Move: Rings Unbound

  • Unite gauge needed: reduced by about 15%


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The damage dealt by Shadow Ball has been buffed.

Shadow Ball

  • Damage Increased by 12%

Shadow Ball+

  • Damage: Increased by 12%

There are more changes introduced as a part of the latest Patch Update in Pokémon Unite.

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