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    Patch 9.1.5 PTR - Build 40290

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    Patch 9.1.5 PTR - Build 40290
    Build 40290 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.

    Achievement Changes
    Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
    Mounts
    Feats of Strength
    • X-45 Heartbreaker Name changed from "Big Love Rocket" to "X-45 Heartbreaker". Obtain the Big Love Rocket X-45 Heartbreaker from Apothecary Hummel in Shadowfang Keep during Love is in the Air. Account Wide.

    Pandaria Raid
    Dungeons & Raids
    • Heroic: Twin Empyreans Name changed from "Heroic: Twin Consorts" to "Heroic: Twin Empyreans". Defeat the Twin Consorts Empyreans in Throne of Thunder on Heroic difficulty. 10 points.

    Shadowlands
    Quests
    • Breaking the Chains Complete the achievements listed below. Mount Reward: Bracelet of Salarangor. 10 points.Account Wide.
    • On the Offensive Complete the covenant assault achievements listed below. 15 points.Account Wide.



    PTR 9.1.5 Development Notes - September 21, 2021
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Hello everyone! Here are the PTR notes for this week:

    Classes
    • Druid
      • Restoration
        • Efflorescence now has a new visual. For those who enjoy the previous visual, Glyph of the Wild Mushroom is available to return the spell to its fungi appearance.
    • Monk
      • Chi Burst (Talent) now deals reduced healing beyond 6 targets.
        • Developers’ note: This spell previously used a complicated, invisible AoE-capping scheme for healing. This is being replaced with a clearer one where the amount of healing decays on each target after the 6th target is healed.
    • Priest
      • Divine Star (Talent) and Halo (Talent) now deal reduced healing beyond 6 targets.
        • Developers’ note: These spells previously used a complicated, invisible AoE-capping scheme for healing. This is being replaced with a clearer one where the amount of healing decays on each target after the 6th target is healed.
      • Divine Star’s heal cap is now independent on the outgoing and return trips.
      • Halo (Talent) healing reduced by 20%.
        • Developers’ note: Combined with the above change, this is still a net healing increase on large numbers of targets.
    • Rogue
      • Toxic Onslaught (Runecarving Power) has been slightly redesigned – When Sepsis expires on your target, you are granted two of the following effects for 10 seconds: Shadow Blades, Adrenaline Rush, or Vendetta is applied to your current target. Bonuses granted are those that are not available to your spec, eg. An Assassination Rogue will gain Adrenaline Rush and Shadow Blades.

    Covenants
    • Sanctums
      • Kyrian: Path of Ascension
        • There is no longer a cost to enter the Path of Ascension. Medallions of Service are now only used in Ascension Crafting.
        • A baseline 20% buff, Progressive Power, has been activated for all soulbinds in Path of Ascension. This buff is active by default, but can be turned off via the Brazier of Progressive Power in the arena.
        • Drop rates for all Path of Ascension crafting components have been increased by 10%.
        • Soul Mirror Shards now have a chance to drop from Mawsworn Kyrian in the Maw.

    Items and Rewards
    • 6 new cosmetic boots are available in the Trial of Style world event. These new boots have a unique look for races that don’t normally wear shoes and can be purchased with Trial of Style Tokens. (The boots are available at city Transmogrifiers during the PTR)

    Player versus Player
    • Covenants
      • Fleshcraft (Necrolord Ability) now absorbs up to 30% of max Health while in PvP combat (was 40%).
      • When a Battleground or Arena match begins, any Fleshcraft absorb value exceeding 30% of max Health is reduced to equal 30% of max Health.
    • Druid
      • Feral
        • Strength of the Wild (PvP Talent) now increases Regrowth’s initial heal critical chance on allies by 30% (was 100%).
      • Guardian
        • Grove Protection (PvP Talent) radius significantly increased.
      • Restoration
        • Keeper of the Grove (PvP Talent) now protects the Druid from all harm while Tranquility is channeled (was prevents Tranquility from being interrupted).
    • Monk
      • Windwalker
        • Dance of Chi’ji (Talent) procs now cause your next Spinning Crane Kick to deal 150% damage in PvP combat (was 200%).
    • Shaman
      • Unleash Shield’s (PvP Talent) Earth Shield effect now roots targets for 4 seconds (was 3 seconds) and the Lightning Shield effect now knocks back enemies 33% farther.

    Quests
    • Alternate characters on an account can now choose to skip the introductory Shadowlands questline that takes place in the Maw by speaking to High Inquisitor Whitemane or Nazgrim after accepting the quest “Shadowlands: A Chilling Summons”. Please note that to enable the skip, you will need to have logged into a level 60 character who has completed the Maw introduction.
      • For those who have already begun the introductory Shadowlands questline, Jaina Proudmoore in the Forlorn Respite cave will offer to skip the rest of the introduction after the quest “A Flight From Darkness” is completed and before leaving the cave.

    User Interface and Accessibility
    • Group Finder Improvements
      • PvP categories now use the player’s PvP Item Level instead of their regular Item Level.

    Spell Changes
    Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
    Mounts
    • Sarge's Tale (New) Summons and dismisses this mount. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
    • X-45 Heartbreaker Name changed from "Big Love Rocket" to "X-45 Heartbreaker". Summons and dismisses a rideable Big Love X-45 Heartbreaker prototype Rocket. This mount changes depending on your Riding skill and location. Account wide. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.

    Unknown Class
    Minor Glyphs
    • Wild Mushroom Each time you shapeshift into a Flight Form, your shapeshifted form will be randomly selected Efflorescence grows a wild mushroom at its center. Minor Glyph. Minor Glyph. 1.5 sec cast. 1.5 sec cooldown.

    idruids.gifDruid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
    Feral
    • Strength of the Wild You become further adept in Caster Form and Bear Form. Caster Form When using Regrowth on an ally the initial heal will always have a critical effect have a 50% increased critical chance and the cast time of Regrowth will be reduced by 50% for 6 sec. Bear Form Maximum health while in Bear Form increased by 15% and you gain 5 Rage when attacked in Bear Form. You also learn: Strength of the Wild Maul the target for 8% of the target's maximum health in Physical damage. PvP Talent. PvP Talent. Requires Druid. Requires level 10.

    Restoration
    • Keeper of the Grove Tranquility's healing is increased by 100% and is unable to be interrupted Tranquility protects you from all harm while it is channeled, and its healing is increased by 100%. PvP Talent. PvP Talent. Requires Druid. Requires level 10.

    ipriests.gifPriest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
    • Halo Creates a ring of Holy energy around you that quickly expands to a 30 yd radius, healing allies for [ 144% [ 115% of Spell Power ] and dealing [ 103% of Spell Power ] Holy damage to enemies. 100 yd range. Instant.
    • Halo Creates a ring of Holy energy around you that quickly expands to a 30 yd radius, healing allies for [ 144% [ 115% of Spell Power ] and dealing [ 103% of Spell Power ] Holy damage to enemies. 100 yd range. Instant.

    Discipline, Holy, Initial
    • Halo Creates a ring of Holy energy around you that quickly expands to a 30 yd radius, healing allies for [ 144% [ 115% of Spell Power ] and dealing [ 103% of Spell Power ] Holy damage to enemies. Can be cast in Shadowform, Spirit of Redemption. Priest - Level 45 Talent. Priest - Level 45 Talent. 2.7% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. 1.5 sec cast. 40 sec cooldown.

    Runeforge Legendary Abilities
    irogues.gifRogue (Forums, Talent Calculator)
    • Toxic Onslaught Your stealth ability used while Sepsis is active grants you one of Shadow Blades, Adrenaline Rush, or applies Assassination: When Sepsis expires on your target you gain Adrenaline Rush and Shadow Blades for 10 sec. Outlaw, Subtlety: When Sepsis expires on your target you gain Adrenaline Rush and apply Vendetta to your current target for 12 sec. 10 sec. Initial: When Sepsis expires on your target for 10 sec.

    Item Effects
    • Cataclysm Scouting Map Discover flight points and reveal maps established during the Cataslysm. 2 sec cast. Cataclysm. 2 sec cast.
    • Champion's Diligence Heals you for 10% of maximum health. Instant. Heal yourself for 10. Instant.
    • Ensemble: Ravencrest's Battleplate Name changed from "Ensemble: Ravencrest's Plumage" to "Ensemble: Ravencrest's Battleplate". Collect the appearances of the Ravencrest's Plumage armor set. Instant. Battleplate armor set. Instant.
    • Essence of Gossamer When struck in combat has a chance of shielding you in a protective barrier which will reduce damage from each attack by 0. Lasts 10 secs. sec. Approximately 1 proc per minute.
    • Item - Icecrown Dungeon Melee Trinket Chance on melee or ranged critical strike to increase your haste by 0 for 10 sec.Approximately 1 proc per minute.
    • Tremendous Fortitude Increases maximum health by 15% for 15 sec, up to a limit of 0 bonus health 0 for 15 sec. Shares cooldown with other Battlemaster's trinkets. Instant.

    Professions
    Inscription
    • Glyph of the Wild Mushroom (New) Craft a Glyph of the Wild Mushroom. Inscription. Inscription. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Dark Parchment, Luminous Ink x 8, Umbral Ink x 24.

    Raid & Dungeon Abilities
    • Soul Fracture (New) Kel'Thuzad flays his current target, inflicting 80 Shadow damage and knocking the player away. In addition, the target's soul is sundered into 3 Soul Shards, applying stacks of Soul Exhaustion for each shard created. 100 yd range. 2.5 sec cast.



    Misc Changes
    Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
    Currency Types
    Shadowlands
    • Valor - A currency used to increase the power of items from Mythic dungeons. Max Quantity: 1500.

    LFG Dungeons
    Dungeons
    • Azjol-Nerub (New) - Map: Azjol-Nerub. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
    • Blackrock Caverns (New) - Map: Blackrock Caverns. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
    • Blood Furnace (New) - Map: Hellfire Citadel: The Blood Furnace. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
    • Grimrail Depot (New) - Map: Grimrail Depot. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
    • Scholomance (New) - Map: Scholomance. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
    • The Botanica (New) - Map: Tempest Keep: The Botanica. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
    • The Forge of Souls (New) - Map: The Forge of Souls. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
    • Underbog (New) - Map: Coilfang: The Underbog. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.
    • Utgarde Keep (New) - Map: Utgarde Keep. Roles: 1 tank/1 healer/3 damage.

    Mounts
    Flying Mounts
    • X-45 Heartbreaker - Name changed from "Big Love Rocket" to "X-45 Heartbreaker". Flying Mount. Big Love Rocket X-45 Heartbreaker. "Apothecary Hummel painted this masterpiece bright pink for an unrequited love." Source: Drop: Heart-Shaped Box

    Ground Mounts
    • Sarge's Tale (New) - Ground Mount. Sarge's Tale. "Hold on a sec, Sarge isn't that large, someone must have spun a tall tale in the Hearthstone Tavern..." Source: Promotion



    Strings Changes
    Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
    • GROUP_FINDER_PVE_PLAYSTYLE3 - Harcore Hardcore
    • LFG_LIST_HONOR_LEVEL_ABOVE_YOURS - You can't require an honor level higher than your own.
    • LFG_LIST_ILVL_ABOVE_YOURS - You can't require an item level higher than your own.
    • LFG_LIST_ITEM_LEVEL_PVP (New) - Min. PvP Item Level
    • LFG_LIST_ITEM_LEVEL_PVP_INSTR_SHORT (New) - PvP Item Level
    • LFG_LIST_PVP_ILVL_ABOVE_YOURS (New) - You can't require an item level higher than your own
    • LFG_LIST_TOOLTIP_ILVL_PVP (New) - PvP Item Level Required: |cffffffff%d|r
    • PCT_DESTINATION_ACCOUNT_LABEL_COMPLETE (New) - |cffffd200Realm:|r %s|n|cffffd200Account: %s
    • PCT_FLOW_FINISH_LABEL - PCT Flow Finish Accept
    • PCT_FLOW_TITLE - PCT Flow Title Character Transfer
    • PVP_CONQUEST_TOOLTIP - There is a limit to the number of Conquest Points you can earn in one week. This limit is determined by the highest pvp rating you achieved last week.
    • WARDROBE_TOOLTIP_BOSS_DROP_FORMAT (New) - Boss Drop: %s
    • WARDROBE_TOOLTIP_BOSS_DROP_FORMAT_WITH_DIFFICULTIES (New) - Boss Drop: %s (%s)

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    Overwatch Executive Producer Departs Blizzard

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    By GameInformer,

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    Blizzard has lost one of Overwatch's leaders in Chacko Sonny, who served as executive producer on the franchise including a leadership role in Overwatch 2. The departure comes in the middle of a series of lawsuits against Activision Blizzard regarding civil rights and equal pay, including allegations it fostered a toxic workplace culture rife with sexual harassment and discrimination. 

    Bloomberg reports that Sonny informed the team of his departure last week, and his last day is Friday, September 24. Sonny joined Blizzard in 2016 as a production director for Overwatch before moving up to an executive role two years later, according to his LinkedIn profile. 

    A Blizzard representative speaking to Polygon doesn’t mention the lawsuits, telling the outlet that Sonny is leaving to “take some time off after 5 years of service.” Blizzard employees that spoke to Bloomberg also said they weren’t aware of any allegations against Sonny and that he was well-liked overall. As far as we can tell, for now, Sonny isn't in the same trouble as other leaders who have been implicated in the lawsuits. Regardless of the reason for his resignation, it’s another high-profile exit after Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan departed the company in April. 

    Despite seemingly raising another red flag for the game, Blizzard told Polygon that Overwatch 2 is in its final stages of production and that the team is making “excellent progress” overall. Overwatch 2 has no release window but is expected to launch in 2022. 

    Sonny’s departure is another shake-up in what’s been a rocky couple of months for Activision Blizzard. Their troubles only worsened this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a federal agency, launching its own investigation into the company. Among other things, the SEC wants documents and other communications regarding the corporation’s handling of the many employee allegations levied against it, with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and other top executives being subpoenaed. Activision has stated that it is cooperating with the SEC’s investigation.

    [Sources: Bloomberg, Polygon]

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    You Can Grab Kena: Bridge of Spirits Costumes In Fall Guys This Week

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    By GameInformer,

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    Kena: Bridge of Spirits launched today, and it turns out that it’s pretty darn good. If you’re a Fall Guys fan with Kena-fever, you can express that love by snagging a pair of costumes themed after the whimsical adventure. 

    Beginning today through September 23, you can purchase a Rot costume, making your jellybean competitor resemble the tiny companions who assist Kena on her journey. Then on September 24, a costume for Kena herself becomes available until the 26. Upper and lower costume parts for both outfits will set you back five crowns each. That means you’ll need to spend ten crowns to complete one set and 20 to grab both.  

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    If you haven’t been keeping up with Fall Guys since it burst onto the scene last summer, it’s currently in its jungle-themed 5th season. It added six new courses as well as a duos and trios mode. Previous seasons have had medieval, winter, and sci-fi themes. Meanwhile, there’s still no word on when the announced Xbox and Switch ports will arrive, though the former was initially slated for this summer and will now come “later this year.”

    Fall Guys is available on PlayStation 4 and PC. You can also play Kena: Bridge of Spirits on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Store. 


    Do you still play Fall Guys, and will you be picking up these Kena costumes? Let us know in the comments! 

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    Phasmophobia Anniversary Update | GI Live

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    It's that time of year again. The leaves are starting to turn. The pumpkin spice and Oktoberfests are flowing in the streets. Spirit Halloween stores are starting to appear in abandoned strip malls. Spooky season is here, and we're excited to kick off this festive time of year with a return to a Game Informer office favorite (or least favorite if you're a scaredy-cat like me). Join us for this week's regular Thursday stream, where we assemble the most fantastic group of GI ghost hunters and try to keep our composure while playing Phasmophobia.

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    The classic characters are all here. First up is the experienced ghost hunter Dan Tack, aka the fearless leader who will carry the crew in his backpack to victory. Next up is Marcus Stewart, the confident up-and-comer hungry to make his name in the ghost game. Bringing up the rear is resident scared boy Alex Stadnik, who doesn't know what he's signed up for and has a knack for maybe screwing over his Phasmophobia teammates (unintentionally, of course). But developer Kinetic Games' spooky experience features four-player co-op; who are we missing? That's right, folks, she's back! Liana Ruppert will be joining us for her final stream with Game Informer (for now) as we return to one of our favorite streaming games.

    The fun kicks off at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 23, exclusively over on our Twitch channel! Suppose you want to learn more about Phasmophobia. In that case, you're in luck, as our own Jay Guisao has you covered with an update on the game's one-year anniversary update, including a look at the tweaks coming to Kinetic Games' indie darling, a new single-player mode, and more!


    Are you excited to celebrate the fall with a plethora of scary games? Let us know in the comments below what titles you're looking forward to playing ahead of Haloween, and thanks, as always, for watching the stream!

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    Arena World Championship 2021 Grand Finals

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    Arena World Championship 2021 Grand Finals
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    The Arena World Championship (AWC) Grand Finals kicks off September 25, with teams battling it out to determine the best of the best across Europe and North America. Catch the action live starting at 10 am PT on Saturday and Sunday, only on YouTube!

    This year of AWC has seen some of the most competitive teams in the world rise to the occasion, and some fall in defeat, with the goal to be 2021 Regional Champions. This weekend marks the end of the road to glory as four teams in each region enter the arena for their share of the $300,000 (USD) prize pool and the prestigious title of AWC: Shadowlands 2021 Grand Finals Champions!

    Details


    Teams

    The Season 2 Circuit started with 16 teams, with 12 advancing from the Season 1 Circuit and four from the mid-season Relegation Cup, but after four weeks only eight teams across Europe and North America have secured spots in this weekend’s Grand Finals. Here is all you need to know to follow the teams in their final battles of 2021:

    Europe

    2021awceufinals.png

    Skill Capped is the European team to beat, with a Season 1 EU win already under their belts and a strong 19-7 record across the Season 2 Circuit.

    • Skill Capped, Method EU, and Reload Esports each appeared earlier this year in the Season 1 Finals, with Skill Capped taking the win over Method EU (watch the EU Season 1 Finals VOD here).
    • Horizon qualified to Season 2 from being Top 6 in the Season 1 Circuit, but did not appear in the Season 1 Finals.

    Team - Alias - Classes
    • Reload Esports - Lontar - Restoration Shaman
    • Reload Esports - Vilaye - Shadow Priest
    • Reload Esports - Merce - Warlock
    • Reload Esports - Mystic - Retribution Paladin
    • Skill Capped - Maro - Mage
    • Skill Capped - Asgarath - Restoration Druid
    • Skill Capped - Blizo - Warrior
    • Skill Capped - Froffsy - Mage
    • Method EU - Chas - Restoration Druid / Discipline Priest
    • Method EU - Zunniyaki - Shadow Priest
    • Method EU - Whaazz - Rogue
    • Method EU - Thesia - Mage
    • Horizon - TonyFeral - Feral Druid
    • Horizon - Kasuxo - Hunter
    • Horizon - GeluBaba - Mage
    • Horizon - Relzah - Discipline Priest

    North America

    2021awcnafinals.png

    Hot off the heels of a Season 1 NA Finals win, Method NA remains dominant as their 20-5 record is the best across both regions in the Season 2 Circuit.

    • Method NA, Cloud 9, and Golden Guardians each appeared earlier this year in the Season 1 Finals, with Method NA taking the win over Cloud 9 (watch the NA Season 1 Finals VOD here).
    • Unitas Blue qualified to Season 2 from being Top 6 in the Season 1 Circuit, but did not appear in the Season 1 Finals.

    Team - Alias - Classes
    • Cloud9 - Snutz - Rogue/Warrior
    • Cloud9 - Chanimal - Warlock
    • Cloud9 - Wealthyman - Mage
    • Cloud9 - Kubzy - Restoration Druid
    • Golden Guardians - Pikaboo - Rogue
    • Golden Guardians - Absterge - Restoration Shaman
    • Golden Guardians - Wizk - Shadow Priest
    • Golden Guardians - Jellybeans - Hunter/Mage
    • Method NA - Ceralium - Mage
    • Method NA - Brain - Holy Paladin
    • Method NA - Drake -Windwalker Monk / Warrior / Rogue
    • Method NA - Prev - Balance Druid
    • Unitas Blue - Smexxin - Warrior
    • Unitas Blue - Borngood - Holy Paladin
    • Unitas Blue - Aiden - Rogue
    • Unitas Blue - Nuked - Mage

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    Never miss a thing by subscribing to us on YouTube and check out the broadcast schedule on our esports page. Be sure to keep an eye on the WoW Esports Twitter page for live updates, recaps, and all the memes you can handle. We’ll see you in the Arena!

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    Pokémon Unite Launches On iOS and Android Tomorrow With Cross-Play And Cross-Progression

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    By GameInformer,

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    Pokémon Unite is making its big debut on mobile devices tomorrow. A new blog post highlights some changes coming to the game alongside the release on these additional platforms in preparation for the occasion. Producer Masaaki Hoshino breaks down some of the new features coming to Pokémon Unite with its latest update.

    First and foremost is the launch on iOS and Android devices. With the expansion to other platforms comes “full cross-platform play and account linking across mobile devices and Nintendo Switch.” This means if you’re looking to play on your phone or tablet, your Switch progress will carry over through your account. Also, Pokémon Unite players on any device will be matched up with or against any players regardless of platform. It’s a very convenient set of features and smart to have day one with the mobile release.

    Other additions noted by Hoshino include

    • New in-game events in which you can get super item enhancers that can upgrade a held item to grade 30. We’ve also made it easier for all Trainers to get item enhancers.
    • New held items to introduce fresh strategies.
    • The introduction of Unite squads, allowing Trainers to team up with squadmates.
    • A second battle pass, which will feature all-new cosmetic items, including new Holowear with special visual effects.
    • The rollout of some limited Spectator Mode features.
    • Support for multiple new languages.

    Spectator Mode was previously tested and removed in August, but the team looks to be bringing it back in some form. And, of course, a new battle pass with all kinds of new cosmetics to customize your Pokémon is always a welcomed sight!

    While there are no new characters in this update, Hoshino promises we’ll see some down the road along with a new game mode:

    "We’ll continue to add more playable Pokémon and make balance adjustments to both Pokémon and the maps. Trainers can anticipate new battle passes, themed events, and other compelling content to make Pokémon UNITE even more fun and rewarding. Additionally, we’re developing a new mode of play designed to level the playing field for all Trainers, regardless of their held items’ grades."

    Are you looking to try out Pokémon Unite on your iOS or Android device, or are you sticking to the Switch version? Luckily, you’ll have the option to move around any platform you’d like at no cost. Let us know in the comments what you think about the big update coming to Unite tomorrow!

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