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Check out this Held Items tier list for Pokemon Unite (Pokemon MOBA). This guide includes what held items to prioritize for each role, what items to to upgrade, & how to upgrade.

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Held Items Tier List

Best Held Items Chart

S Tier
Highly Versatile Held Items
Float StoneShell Bell
A Tier
Held Items Good For Particular Roles
Buddy Barrier Exp. Share Focus Band Muscle Band Rocky Helmet Scope Lens Wise Glasses
B Tier
Held Items Good In Specific Situations
Assault Vest Attack Weight Aeos Cookie Leftovers Score Shield Sp. Atk Specs
C Tier
Held Items For Advanced Players
Energy Amplifier

Held Items Tier List Criteria & Explanation

  • Number of Pokemon it's useful on
  • Overall versatility
  • Ease-of-use for beginners

This Held Items Tier List should act as an indicator on what Held Items to buy/upgrade first. It prioritizes all roles fairly evenly, so if you're planning on specializing in just ONE role, check out the detailed recommendations ▼below.

S Tier Held Items

Float StoneFloat Stone・Attack +1.6 (+24)
・Movement Speed 0 (+120)
Gain 10% movement speed outside of combat.

Basically any Pokemon that uses physical Attack can equip this item and benefit from it. The out of combat movement speed benefits Speedsters the most, but it can be useful even for just getting back to lane.
Shell BellShell Bell・Sp. Atk +1.6 (+24)
・Move Cooldown 0% (-4.5%)
Restore at least 45 HP when you land an ability. The higher your Sp. Atk, the more HP you recover.

Any Special Attack type Pokemon can equip this and get a good benefit from it. The HP recovery on hit is also excellent sustain in lane.

Highly Versatile Items

Items we've placed in the S Tier are generally strong on practically every Pokemon (depending on their attack type). If you put either one of these items in a slot, you won't be making a mistake.

A Tier Held Items

Buddy BarrierBuddy Barrier・HP +20 (+600)
Upon using a Unite Move, the attacker and its lowest-HP ally gain a shield for 20% of their max health.

Recommended for Supporter and Defender Pokemon. The extra bonus HP is quite significant, and the shield given to an ally is also quite powerful
Exp. ShareExp. Share・HP +16 (+240)
・Movement Speed 0 (+150)
When you have the least exp of all Pokemon on your team, gain 2 exp every second. However, you'll no longer get exp from assisting a teammate when they defeat a Wild Pokemon.

Works best for Supporters who plan on giving up all last hits to their allies.
Focus BandFocus Band・Def +2 (+30)
・Sp. Def 0 (+30)
When your HP goes down, recover HP equal to 8% of the damage you took up until that point every second for 3 seconds.

In addition to giving you both defensive stats, this item provides you with substantial healing. This can basically be equipped on any Defender!
Muscle BandMuscle Band・Atk +1 (+15)
・Basic Atk Speed +0% (+7.5%)
On basic attacks, deals additional damage equal to 1% of the opponent's remaining HP.

Any physical-based Attacker should always have this, and some All-Rounders and Speedsters can even afford to equip it!
Rocky HelmetRocky Helmet・HP +18 (+270)
・Defense 0 (+42)
When you take damage, deal damage to nearby enemy Pokemon equal to 3% of your max HP.

This item will bulk you up and deal damage back to foes that attack you, making it perfect for Defenders and some All-Rounders.
Scope LensScope Lens・Critical-Hit Rate +0.4% (+6%)
・Critical-Hit Damage 0% (+12%)
Deal increased damage with basic attack critical hits. The higher your attack, the more the bonus damage increases.

Works particularly well for Pokemon with high base crit, like Absol, but can be used on most any physical attacker as well.
Wise GlassesWise Glasses・Sp. Atk +10 (+39)
Sp. Atk is increased by 3%.

This is a practically mandatory item for most Sp. Attack-based Pokemon, as it provides pure throughput.

Quintessential Items For Particular Roles

Items found in the A Tier are ones which are excellent for specific roles. You won't be able to use these on all Pokemon, but they are still quite potent. You'll want to get & upgrade these items eventually!

B Tier Held Items

Assault VestAssault Vest・HP +18 (+270)
・Sp. Def 0 (+42)
When outside of combat, gain a shield for 9% of your max health that makes you immune to Sp. Atk damage.

Just like the Rocky Helmet, the Assault vest works best on Defenders. However, the shield only works against Sp. Atk damage, which is unfortunately a little bit too situational.
Attack WeightAttack Weight・Attack +0.6 (+18)
Gain 6 Atk when you score a goal.

This item only has one stat, but will provide you with a sizeable attack boost every time you score. If you're intent on aggressively scoring, this might be worth getting.
Aeos CookieAeos Cookie・HP +8 (+240)
Gain 100 max HP when you score a goal.

Another goal-scoring item, this can be a good way to get a substantial amount of HP if you plan on scoring a lot.
LeftoversLeftovers・HP +16 (240)
・HP Recover 0 (9)
When out of combat, recover 1% of your max HP per second.

HP Recovery is useful for most Pokemon, but given the prevalence of Berries and the fact that goals heal you, this is a rather low priority item.
Score ShieldScore Shield・HP +15 (+450)
Gain a shield for 5% of your max health when you score. While the shield is active, you can't be interrupted while scoring.

This item could potentially stop players from interrupting you while scoring, which is pretty powerful.
Sp. Atk SpecsSp. Atk Specs・Sp. Atk +0.8 (+24)
Gain 8 Sp. Atk when you score a goal.

The Special Attack version of the Attack Weight, this item will definitely pay off if you manage to score multiple times in a match.

Items That Shine In Very Specific Contexts

Items in the B Tier are best used in specific contexts with specific strategies. Note that just because they're not versatile doesn't mean they're bad items, just that they're rather niche and you might not find yourself playing these types of builds often enough to justify buying & upgrading them. If you have the extra coins to spare though, feel free to buy these.

C Tier Held Items

Energy AmplifierEnergy Amplifier・Unite Move Charge Rate +0.4% (+6%)
・Move Cooldown -0.3% (-4.5%)
After using a Unite Move, you temporarily deal 7% more damage.

Greatly increases your damage late-game. However, you'll be sacrificing a lot of early-game stats and potential, which means you'll be at somewhat of a disadvantage.

Items For Advanced Players

Items in the C Tier can be very powerful if used correctly. However, they often require very specific conditions and a certain degree of skill/planning to use effectively. If you're newer to the game, it's best to try other items until you familiarize yourself with how they work.

Best Held Item Upgrades - Which To Prioritize?

Item Upgrade - Best Priority For Attacker Role

・Choose Items That Boost Attack & Speed
As the main damage dealers of the team, Attackers need to hit as hard as they possible with every attack. Prioritize items that will further boost their overall damage.

・Consider Crit Rate & Damage
If you feel like you have enough Attack, you can try items that increase Crit Damage & Crit Rate for bigger burst damage. Note that this will vary according to the individual Pokemon, so it's generally safer to just go for Attack (/Sp. Atk).

・Item Choices Varies On Attack Type
Moves will benefit from either Attack or Sp. Attack, depending on the specific Pokemon. For this reason, it's important to choose items that actually benefit your Pokemon. Learn which Pokemon use Attack and which use Sp. Attack below:
▶︎Special Attack & Attack Differences

Atk. User: Float Stone

ItemItem Effect
Float Stone Float StoneItem Effect & Bonus
Gain 10% movement speed outside of combat.
- Attack +1.6 [Max: +24]
- Movement Speed +0 [Max: 120]
Upgrade Priority
10

The Float Stone's attack and movement speed are very handy for physical attackers.

Atk. User: Muscle Band

ItemItem Effect
Muscle Band Muscle Band Item Effect & Bonus
On basic attacks, deals additional damage equal to 1% of the opponent's remaining HP.
- Atk +1 [Max: +15]
- Basic Atk Speed +0% [Max: +7.50%]
Upgrade Priority
10

Muscle band increases both attack speed & basic attack damage, making it a solid choice for upgrading as it can be used on basically any physical attacker.

Sp. Atk User: Wise Glasses

ItemItem Effect
Wise Glasses Wise GlassesItem Effect & Bonus
Sp. Atk is increased by 3%.
- Sp. Atk +10 [Max: 39]
Upgrade Priority
10

Wise Glasses are a simple stat stick that provides you with extra DPS - enough said!

Scope Lens

ItemItem Effect
Scope Lens Scope Lens Item Effect & Bonus
Deal increased damage with basic attack critical hits. The higher your attack, the more the bonus damage increases.
- Critical-Hit Rate +0.4% [Max: +6%]
- Critical-Hit Damage +0% [Max: +12%]
Upgrade Priority
9

Scope Lens is the rare item that can increase Crit related stats, giving attackers better burst damage potential. It may need substantial investing in upgrades before a difference can be felt.

Item Upgrade - Best Priority For Defender Role

・Focus On Def & HP
To be able to create space and shield their team, Defenders will have to tank and survive through a ton of damage. This makes Def & HP a must for any Defender to ensure they don't get KO'd easily during engagements.

Rocky Helmet

ItemItem Effect
Rocky Helmet Rocky Helmet Item Effect & Bonus
When you take damage, deal damage to nearby enemy Pokemon equal to 3% of your max HP.
- HP +18 [Max: +270]
- Defense +0 [Max: +42]
Upgrade Priority
10

Rocky Helmet increases Health & Def, and also comes with a shield, making your Pokemon tankier. The explosion of the shield is icing on the cake against hapless attackers.

Assault Vest

ItemItem Effect
Assault Vest Assault VestItem Effect & Bonus
When outside of combat, gain a shield for 9% of your max health that makes you immune to Sp. Atk damage.
-HP +18 [Max: +270]
-Sp. Def +0 [Max: +42]
Upgrade Priority
10

Assault Vest increases HP while providing the holder additional Def against moves, enhancing survivability.

Leftovers

ItemItem Effect
Leftovers LeftoversItem Effect & Bonus
When out of combat, recover 1% of your max HP per second.
- HP +16 [Max: +240]
- HP Recover +0 [Max: +9]
Upgrade Priority
9

Leftovers increases HP & gives a passive recovery buff, making it great for early game against enemies that can harass a lot.

Focus Band

ItemItem Effect
Focus Band Focus BandItem Effect & Bonus
When your HP goes down, recover HP equal to 8% of the damage you took up until that point every second for 3 seconds.
- Def +2 [Max: +30]
- Sp. Def +0 [Max: +30]
Upgrade Priority
7

Focus Band provides both Def & Sp. Def, making it a good choice for Pokemon with high base HP, such as Snorlax. It provides a very significant amount of recovery that can't be ignored!

Best Item Upgrade - Priority For Speedster Role

・Increase Movement Speed & Attack
As the name implies, Speedsters need to be quick on the field to be able to harass, chase down, and secure KOs. For this, you will need to increase Movement Speed & Attack (or Sp. Atk) to get in and get out of fights fast.

Float Stone

ItemItem Effect
Float Stone Float StoneItem Effect & Bonus
Gain 10% movement speed outside of combat.
- Attack +1.6 [Max: +24]
- Movement Speed +0 [Max: 120]
Upgrade Priority
10

Float Stone increases Attack, but most importantly Movement Speed. For speedsters, Float Stone provides unmatched mobility and some damage increase

Sp. Atk User: Shell Bell

ItemItem Effect
Shell Bell Shell BellItem Effect & Bonus
Restore at least 45 HP when you land an ability. The higher your Sp. Atk, the more HP you recover.
- Sp. Atk +1.6 [Max: 24]
- Move Cooldown -0% [Max: -4.50%]
Upgrade Priority
8

Shell Bell lets Special Attack Speedsters (currently only Gengar) use their moves more often while hitting harder.

Atk. User: Muscle Band

ItemItem Effect
Muscle Band Muscle Band Item Effect & Bonus
On basic attacks, deals additional damage equal to 1% of the opponent's remaining HP.
- Atk +1 [Max: 15]
-Basic Atk Speed +0% [Max: +4.50%]
Upgrade Priority
8

For speedsters that rely on attacks, the Muscle Band is always a good bet, as you'll always be doing basic attacks!

Sp. Atk User: Wise Glasses

ItemItem Effect
Wise Glasses Wise GlassesItem Effect & Bonus
Sp. Atk is increased by 3%.
- Sp. Atk +10 [Max: 39]
Upgrade Priority
7

A straight up buff to damage for special attackers, can be quite useful just for the raw damage.

Best Item Upgrade - Priority For All-Rounder Role

・Depends A Lot On Team Composition
All-Rounders are flexible enough that they can fill for whatever your team needs. This may mean increasing Attack & Speed if they need to take the secondary attacker-type role, or more Def & HP if they plan on helping out with tanking.

Float Stone

ItemItem Effect
Float Stone Float StoneItem Effect & Bonus
Gain 10% movement speed outside of combat.
- Attack +1.6 [Max: +24]
- Movement Speed +0 [Max: 120]
Upgrade Priority
10

Float Stone is a solid base choice for most All-Rounder builds, as it increases Attack & Movement Speed.

Muscle Band

ItemItem Effect
Muscle Band Muscle Band Item Effect & Bonus
On basic attacks, deals additional damage equal to 1% of the opponent's remaining HP.
- Atk +1 [Max: 24]
- Basic Atk Speed +0% [Max: +4.50%]
Upgrade Priority
9

For boosting attacks, the Muscle Band provides the most useful utility in a single slot.

Leftovers

ItemItem Effect
Leftovers LeftoversItem Effect & Bonus
When out of combat, recover 1% of your max HP per second.
HP +16 [Max: +240]
- HP Recover +0 [Max: +9]
Upgrade Priority
9

Leftovers give HP recovery & extra HP to allow your Pokemon to stay in the field longer. It's a good balance of defense & tactical presence.

Rocky Helmet

ItemItem Effect
Rocky Helmet Rocky Helmet Item Effect & Bonus
When you take damage, deal damage to nearby enemy Pokemon equal to 3% of your max HP.
- HP +18 [Max: +270]
- Defense +0 [Max: +42]
Upgrade Priority
8

For All-Rounders looking for extra defense. The Rocky Helmet provides more HP & a shield for protection. The added Defense may be helpful but may not be as beefy as a full-blown Defender, so keep that in mind.

Best Item Upgrade - Priority For Supporter Role

・Focus On Move Cooldown & HP
The downside to the buffs and healing Supports give to their team is that they tend to be squishy. Having more HP would increase overall survivability while Move Cooldowns allows faster uptime for buffs!

Shell Bell

ItemItem Effect
Shell Bell Shell BellItem Effect & Bonus
Restore at least 45 HP when you land an ability. The higher your Sp. Atk, the more HP you recover.
- Sp. Atk +1.6 [Max: 24]
- Move Cooldown -0% [Max: -4.50%]
Upgrade Priority
10

Shell Bell lets Supports use their moves more often for better effects. This may help turn the tide of battle and get allies out of sticky situations.

Wise Glasses

ItemItem Effect
Wise Glasses Wise GlassesItem Effect & Bonus
Sp. Atk is increased by 3%.
- Sp. Atk +10 [Max: 39]
Upgrade Priority
10

More Sp. Atk is hard to dislike, giving you more overall throughput.

Exp. Share

ItemItem Effect
Exp. Share Exp. ShareItem Effect & Bonus
When you have the least exp of all Pokemon on your team, gain 2 exp every second. However, you'll no longer get exp from assisting a teammate when they defeat a Wild Pokemon.
- HP +16 [Max: 240]
- Movement Speed +0 [Max: 150]
Upgrade Priority
9

Exp. Share gives Support better mobility to keep up with the team or position to support the team. The ability also help bridge the gap of levels as Supports often need to prioritize leveling up their attacker or teammates.

Best Item Upgrade - How To Upgrade

Upgrade Held Items With Item Enhancers

Upgrade Held Items With Item Enhancers
ShopAeos Emporium
PriceAeos TicketAeos Ticket x 10

Held Items can be upgraded with the use of Item Enhancers. Although they can be farmed, Item Enhancers can also be bought with Aeos Tickets in the shop!

Item Enhancer - How To Upgrade Items

Max Upgrade Level Is 30

Currently, the limit for upgrades is level 30. Note that the higher the level, the more Item Enhancers will be used to upgrade it!

Item Enhancer - Uses & How To Get

Spread Out Your Upgrades For Better Overall Effect

Instead of focusing on upgrading 1 Held Item to Level 30, it's better to spread resources between 3 Held Items instead and get them to Level 20. The reason for this is that the effect of the item upgrades at levels 10 and 20!

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