Archers at the ready.

Move over Pokkén Tournament DX, you are no longer the only Pokémon spin-off playable on the Nintendo Switch to feature the Arrow Quill Pokémon, Decidueye, as a playable fighter. A new update for Pokémon UNITE has released earlier than expected and Decidueye is battle-ready this very moment. Should you wish to learn a little more about Decidueye’s move-set, the following information has been provided:


Another Pokémon is ready to join your Pokémon UNITE ranks now that Decidueye has swooped into the game. Decidueye is a Ranged Attacker, so you’ll be able to get the drop on your opponents from afar. As you would expect, this Pokémon begins each match as the lovable Rowlet, but it evolves into Dartrix at Lv. 5 and Decidueye at Lv. 7.

Decidueye’s basic attacks increase in speed for a short time after one hits. This effect can stack, and with every third activation of this effect, basic attacks become boosted attacks for a short time. These boosted attacks fire more quills, but the damage dealt by each quill is decreased. Long Reach, Decidueye’s Ability, deals increased damage to distant opposing Pokémon.


At Lv. 1 and Lv. 3, Rowlet can learn Leafage and Astonish. Leafage pelts leaves in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon hit by them. For a short time after using the move, Rowlet’s Attack and basic attack speed are increased. Astonish deals damage to opposing Pokémon and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

You won’t be able to upgrade either of these attacks until Rowlet evolves first into Dartrix at Lv. 5 and then into Decidueye at Lv. 7. At this point, Leafage can be upgraded into one of two moves: Razor Leaf or Spirit Shackle.

Razor Leaf summons whirling razor leaves. For a short time after using the move, Decidueye’s Attack and basic attack speed are increased. In addition, Decidueye’s basic attacks can target multiple opposing Pokémon for a short time. This move can also be upgraded to increase Decidueye’s basic attack damage the higher the opposing Pokémon’s remaining HP is.

Spirit Shackle charges power before firing quills in the designated direction. The damage dealt by the quills increases the longer power is charged, but Decidueye’s movement speed is decreased while charging. If this move hits after its power is charged to the maximum, it can stitch the opposing Pokémon’s shadow to the ground. The affected Pokémon will receive damage upon moving a set distance from that location, and its movement speed will be decreased for a short time. Upgrading Spirit Shackle will deal increased damage to opposing Pokémon with low remaining HP.

At Lv. 8, Astonish can be upgraded to either Leaf Storm or Shadow Sneak. Leaf Storm creates a tempest of sharp leaves, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon it hits and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. At point-blank range, it also shoves opposing Pokémon it hits. When upgraded, Leaf Storm increases the length of time that the movement speed of opposing Pokémon is decreased.

Shadow Sneak creates a shadow that takes hold of one opposing Pokémon in the area of effect, dealing damage to it and decreasing its movement speed and Defense for a short time. It also increases Decidueye’s movement speed for a short time. Upgrading Shadow Sneak will further decrease your opponent’s Defense when the move hits.


Your opponents will be wondering who’s there when Decidueye unleashes its Unite Move, Nock Nock, which it learns at Lv. 9. Nock Nock fires quills in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon. It ends by unleashing a particularly large quill that deals damage to all opposing Pokémon it hits. Nock Nock even deals increased damage if the opposing Pokémon’s remaining HP is low. While using this move, Decidueye becomes immune to hindrances but is unable to move.

If you want to take on your opponents while maintaining some distance, Decidueye could prove invaluable to your team. You can head over to the Unite Battle Committee shop and get Decidueye’s Unite license now.

About Pokémon UNITE:

Join Trainers from around the world as they head for Aeos Island to compete in Unite Battles! In Unite Battles, Trainers face off in 5-on-5 team battles to see who can score the most points within the allotted time. Teamwork is key as you and your teammates defeat wild Pokémon, level up and evolve your partner Pokémon, and knock out the opposing team’s Pokémon to prevent them from scoring points. Put your teamwork to the test, and take home the win!

  • BATTLE IN STYLE: Take to the field while looking your best in Holowear! Thanks to a special technology developed using Aeos energy, Trainers can deck out their Pokémon in a variety of holographic outfits—with new styles arriving regularly!
  • UNITE MOVES: Unleash the true power of your Pokémon with Unite Moves! Leverage these all-new Pokémon moves, which are only possible while in Unite Battles, and turn the tide of even the direst situations.
  • RANK UP: Looking to prove how skilled you are? Participate in ranked matches, and earn points as you climb up the global leaderboard!
  • COMMUNICATION IS KEY: Even the most skilled Trainers recognize how important communication is to their team’s success. Leverage signals, quick-chat messages, and—for the first time in a Pokémon title—voice chat to communicate and stay in sync with your team.
  • CROSS-PLATFORM PLAY: Play with Trainers around the world on the Nintendo Switch™ system or on a compatible smartphone thanks to cross-platform support. Trainers may use their Pokémon Trainer Club account or Nintendo Account on both Nintendo Switch and mobile to easily keep their progress synced between devices.

Source: Pokémon UNITE (YouTube)

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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