Wondering which Held Items are the best in Pokemon Unite? This tier list ranks them and includes which Pokemon to use them with.

Pokemon Unite players have access to a vast number of various items they can give to their Pokemon to improve their abilities in the battle arena. That’s where Held Items come into play. Many of these can be game-saving and cost as little as 1,000 coins or 625 tickets. But which ones are the best?

Our Held Items tier list guide will tell you which ones to go after above all others in Pokemon Unite. It also lists the Pokemon that can hold these items and gain the most benefit from their effects.

S-Tier Held Items

Rocky Helmet

The best defensive Held Item in Pokemon Unite is Rocky Helmet. It not only increases a Pokemon’s HP and defense, but it also reflects damage to an opposing Pokemon by 5% of its total HP.

Rocky Helmet is an excellent Held Item for Blastoise, Charizard, Crustle, Garchomp, Lucario, Machamp, Slowbro, and Snorlax.

Float Stone

If you want your speedster or attacking Mon to be even faster, then Float Stone is essential. It increases the movement speed of your Pokemon by 20% when out of combat.

This Held Item is best for Absol, Charizard, Cinderace, Garchomp, Greninja, Lucario, Machamp, Talonflame, and Zeraora.

Shell Bell

The final S-tier Held Item is best for supporter Pokemon. It can restore up to 75 HP, but the number depends on your special attack. The higher it is, the more HP you restore.

Shell Bell is great for Alolan Ninetales, Cramorant, Eldegoss, Gardevoir, Gengar, Mr. Mime, Pikachu, Venusaur, and Wigglytuff.

A-Tier Held Items

Assault Vest

Not as good as Rocky Helmet, but this is still one of the better defending items in the game. It absorbs up to 15% of damage dealt to your Pokemon by any special attack.

It’s good for Blastoise, Crustle, Slowbro, and Snorlax.

Buddy Barrier

If you also wish to protect your allied Pokemon, then use Buddy Barrier to give an attacking Pokemon and their ally with the lowest HP up to 40% shield during the Unite Move attack.

It’s good for Blastoise, Crustle, Eldegoss, Mr. Mime, Slowbro, Snorlax, and Wigglytuff.

Energy Amplifier

If you want to push your damage during the Unite Move attack, then this item will increase damage by 21%. The effect doesn’t last long, but it sure feels strong enough.

Good for Charizard, Garchomp, Lucario, and Machamp.

Muscle Band

If you only want to increase basic attack damage, then Muscle Band is a great choice. It increases the normal attacks by 3% of your opponent’s HP.

Give to Absol, Cinderace, Greninja, Talonflame, and Zeraora.

B-Tier Held Items

Score Shield

Scoring goals may not only bring in more points for your team but also increase your defenses using the Score Shield Held Item. It grants a shield of up to 10% of the Pokemon’s max HP. Note that a Pokemon’s goal cannot be interrupted while it’s shielded.

Use with Blastoise, Charizard, Crustle, Garchomp, Lucario, Machamp, Slowbro, and Snorlax.

Scope Lens

Increasing various attack types, but increasing the critical hit damage is surely better.

Give to Absol, Alolan Ninetales, Cinderace, Cramorant, Gardevoir, Gengar, Greninja, Pikachu, Talonflame, Venusaur, and Zeraora.

Attack Weight

Since critical damage is automatically increased by the level of your basic attacks, Attack Weight increases both your basic attack by 12 points and critical hit if you manage to score a goal.

Use with Absol, Cinderace, Greninja, Talonflame, and Zeraora.

Leftovers

This may not be the most efficient Held Item, but Leftovers constantly recovers 2% of your Pokemon’s health each second when out of combat.

Good for Blastoise, Crustle, Slowbro, and Snorlax.

Those are the best Held Items in Pokemon Unite. Be sure to check out our other Pokemon Unite guides for more tips and tricks on the game’s hub page.

Here’s the difference between Pokemon Unite’s Held Items and Battle Items, as well as how to upgrade them and use Item Enhancers.

While Pokemon Unite‘s unique stylings are catered to the popular franchise, many of its gameplay mechanics are derived from the MOBA genre. That includes the ability to empower a character using Held Items and Battle Items.

Learning how to properly equip your Pokemon is important. Before you can, though, you’ll need to know what Pokemon Unite’s items are. Our guide below details their specific uses, how to upgrade some of them, and more.

Held Items vs Battle Items

The Item Box menu with the Held Items submenu highlighted, showing seven items.

Pokemon Unite allows players to utilize a ton of different items. When it comes to equitable items though, there are two main types: Held Items and Battle Items.

Held Items

A Held Item is a piece of gear that either alters a Pokemon’s stats and/or gives them extra passive abilities. Wise Glasses, for instance, increases the damage of special attacks. Leftovers, on the other hand, passively recovers a percentage of HP whenever a Pokemon is not in combat.

Players are given their first slot at Trainer Level 1. They’ll unlock the second and third slots at Level 7 and Level 10 respectively.

Held Items can be equipped in the Battle Prep menu, either from the start screen or right before a battle.

Battle Items

Battle Items are tied to your trainer level – the first item, Potion, is unlocked at Level 4 – and cannot be purchased through the in-game shops. They all provide active abilities, have cooldown timers, and only one can be equipped at a time.

One might restore a bit of HP while another creates a smoke cloud, slowing down rivals. You use them by pressing “Y”, and they essentially give each Pokemon an extra skill to use during matches.

Battle Items can only be equipped right before a battle.

Upgrading Held Items

The All Held Items submenus showing the Leftovers (apple core) item.

Pokemon Unite’s Held Items can be upgraded using Item Enhancer tokens after reaching Trainer Level 9.

This is done by hitting “X” on the main menu screen and navigating to the Battle Prep option. From there, after clicking on Held Items, you’ll be greeted with a screen showing the last Pokemon you played with.

Select All Held Items on the left-hand side to pull up your list of unlocked/purchased items. This is where you’ll be able to upgrade them using Item Enhancer tokens.

Each Held item can be upgraded several times, incrementally increasing its stats and token cost along the way, getting a major boost at Level 10 and maxed out stats at Level 20.

Item Enhancers

Item Enhancers can be obtained in various ways. You can receive some by leveling up the Battle Pass, completing events, or increasing your Trainer level. Some can be rewarded some via the Engery Reward system. You can even purchase them from the Aeos Emporium (one of the in-game shops) using Aeos tickets.

That wraps up Pokemon Unite’s Held and Battle Items. Want to learn about other game mechanics or tricks to improve your in-game experience? Feel free to check back here for more Pokemon Unite guides.

Here’s how to obtain Pokemon Unite’s rare Holowear Tickets for those killer skins.

Let’s face it. As entertaining as it is to play Pokemon Unite play with and against friends, the one thing we’re all hyped about is… seeing Snorlax sporting summer wear. Seriously, who doesn’t want to see Garchomp rocking a snorkel or Machamp in some dope shorts?

Similar to other MOBAs, Pokemon Unite has a variety of skins for players to either buy or unlock. Purchasing them with real money is a simple enough. Using the different in-game currencies can be a bit confusing. Especially when it comes to Pokemon Unite’s Holowear Tickets.

What are Holowear Tickets?

The Holowear Tickets screen at the Zirco Trading shop in Pokemon Unite.

Holowear Tickets are one of Pokemon Unite’s in-game currencies that’s used to unlock Holowear Pokemon skins.

Once you get Holowear Tickets, head over to the Zirco Trading shop to buy some of these items. The best of the best will require Aeos Gems (purchased with real money) of course. The current selection that can be unlocked via Holowear Tickets is solid, though.

How to Get Holowear Tickets

Exchanging energy rewards for holowear tickets in Pokemon Unite.

Holowear Tickets are rare.

There are no challenges, daily or otherwise, that’ll net you any. And you can’t get them by leveling up your trainer or winning matches. As of right now, there are only two ways to get Holowear Tickets and neither is ideal.

The best way to get Holowear Tickets is to use the Energy Rewards system. There is an energy conversion machine housed in a menu on the right side of the start screen. Click the icon right above the “search lobby” button.

Once there, you’ll be able to convert energy you’ve obtained (by playing matches) into random rewards. One of those rewards is a bundle of Holowear Tickets. Unfortunately, you only get 10 tickets at a time this way.

The second way to get Holowear Tickets is to purchase and complete the Battle Pass. You’ll get a prize box offering tickets once you’ve maxed out the pass. After that, you’ll get another Prize Box every 130 points post your max level.

The holowear option tab for Machamp, showing the Beach Style skin.

Though Nintendo wants players to spend money on Pokemon skins, the way Holowear Tickets are obtained is a little annoying. It would be better if players got a few tickets here and there as they completed the Battle Pass or the Energy system provided more tickets at a time, since the cheapest skin costs 18 tickets— and it’s unfortunately, not for Snorlax.

There’s also the issue of owning the Pokemon.

As of right now, you can’t purchase a cool skin for a Pokemon you don’t own. And since the shop rotates what is or isn’t available, it’s possible that you won’t be able to buy the skin you want after getting the required tickets. Thankfully, there are other ways to unlock Holowear skins.

Pokemon Unite is still a fun game to play. Even with the confusing in-game currencies. Now that you know how to get Holowear Tickets, hopefully, you’ll be able to get the skins you’re after! Be sure to check back here for more Pokemon Unite guides.

Here’s how to obtain Pokemon Unite’s rare Holowear Tickets for those killer skins.

Let’s face it. As entertaining as it is to play Pokemon Unite play with and against friends, the one thing we’re all hyped about is… seeing Snorlax sporting summer wear. Seriously, who doesn’t want to see Garchomp rocking a snorkel or Machamp in some dope shorts?

Similar to other MOBAs, Pokemon Unite has a variety of skins for players to either buy or unlock. Purchasing them with real money is a simple enough. Using the different in-game currencies can be a bit confusing. Especially when it comes to Pokemon Unite’s Holowear Tickets.

What are Holowear Tickets?

The Holowear Tickets screen at the Zirco Trading shop in Pokemon Unite.

Holowear Tickets are one of Pokemon Unite’s in-game currencies that’s used to unlock Holowear Pokemon skins.

Once you get Holowear Tickets, head over to the Zirco Trading shop to buy some of these items. The best of the best will require Aeos Gems (purchased with real money) of course. The current selection that can be unlocked via Holowear Tickets is solid, though.

How to Get Holowear Tickets

Exchanging energy rewards for holowear tickets in Pokemon Unite.

Holowear Tickets are rare.

There are no challenges, daily or otherwise, that’ll net you any. And you can’t get them by leveling up your trainer or winning matches. As of right now, there are only two ways to get Holowear Tickets and neither is ideal.

The best way to get Holowear Tickets is to use the Energy Rewards system. There is an energy conversion machine housed in a menu on the right side of the start screen. Click the icon right above the “search lobby” button.

Once there, you’ll be able to convert energy you’ve obtained (by playing matches) into random rewards. One of those rewards is a bundle of Holowear Tickets. Unfortunately, you only get 10 tickets at a time this way.

The second way to get Holowear Tickets is to purchase and complete the Battle Pass. You’ll get a prize box offering tickets once you’ve maxed out the pass. After that, you’ll get another Prize Box every 130 points post your max level.

The holowear option tab for Machamp, showing the Beach Style skin.

Though Nintendo wants players to spend money on Pokemon skins, the way Holowear Tickets are obtained is a little annoying. It would be better if players got a few tickets here and there as they completed the Battle Pass or the Energy system provided more tickets at a time, since the cheapest skin costs 18 tickets— and it’s unfortunately, not for Snorlax.

There’s also the issue of owning the Pokemon.

As of right now, you can’t purchase a cool skin for a Pokemon you don’t own. And since the shop rotates what is or isn’t available, it’s possible that you won’t be able to buy the skin you want after getting the required tickets. Thankfully, there are other ways to unlock Holowear skins.

Pokemon Unite is still a fun game to play. Even with the confusing in-game currencies. Now that you know how to get Holowear Tickets, hopefully, you’ll be able to get the skins you’re after! Be sure to check back here for more Pokemon Unite guides.

Learn how to unlock and claim Zeraora in Pokemon Unite before it’s too late!

The most appealing aspect of Pokemon Unite, besides its interesting twist on the genre, are the Pokemon themselves. The game includes a bunch of fan favorites like Pikachu, Charizard, Gengar, and Lucario. It also includes some newer additions, such as Zeraora.

Some Pokemon will need to be captured unlocked using in-game/real currency. Others can be won by completing various challenges. But how do you unlock the speedster Zeraora?

Zeraora selection screen.

Zeraora is being offered as a free reward to anyone who logs onto Pokemon Unite before August 31.

Just download the free-to-play game via the Nintendo eShop, create your trainer, and boom — one free Zeraora to add to your roster.

Note: If you’re waiting for Pokemon Unite to launch on iOS and Android smartphones later this year, don’t worry. The official Pokemon Unite Twitter account posted that mobile players will also be able to unlock Zeraora for free.

We assume it’ll be in the same fashion; download the game within a specified length of time and you’ll be good to go.

How to Claim Zeraora

How to claim Zeraora in the Pokemon Unite system messages menu.

All you have to do is log into Pokemon Unite to unlock Zeraora. They won’t immediately pop up in your Pokemon list though. You’ll need to claim them first.

This is done by hitting X on the start screen to pull up a side menu. From here, you’ll need to scroll down to “Mail” and click “System Messages”.

Click on the message titled “Launch Bonus” and claim Zeraora’s Unite license to unlock the Pokemon for use. Head back to the main screen and check your roster. Zeraora should be there waiting to be taken into battle.

Zeraora is a solid speedster — assassin-like melee character — whose lightning attacks are as cool as they are powerful. Everyone should add them to their roster as soon as possible.

And there you have it: how to unlock Zeraora in Pokemon Unite. Now you have a free Pokemon to get you started in this great introduction to MOBAs. Stay tuned for more Pokemon Unite guides.