Pokemon Unite: Basics of Boost Emblems

Pokemon Unite: Basics of Boost Emblems

Pokemon Unite celebrated its one-year anniversary a few weeks ago and featured celebratory login rewards, new commemorative skins, discounts, anniversary quests, and bonuses for players returning after a long enough hiatus. Glaceon along with Buzzwole was released and Tyranitar is soon approaching. The game hasn’t slowed down with new content released every month since its initial release.

Even with all the updates, the biggest and most game-defining addition for Pokemon Unite’s one-year anniversary has been the introduction of Boost Emblems. This guide covers what Boost Emblems are, the different methods of obtaining Boost Emblems, using the Boost Emblem System, and more.

What are Boost emblems

If you’re familiar with other multiplayer battle arenas (MOBAs) like Arena of Valor or League of Legends, you might understand what Arcana or Runes are, but if not, these are used as equipped perks/buffs, much of the time with flat stats you can add to an empty grid for increased attack speed, increased attack damage, additional magic damage, increased defense, and more, just to name a few examples.

These emblems are able to make it so that even if the character you or the enemy team uses is the same, you can invest in different stats to increase or decrease them and make them unique. For example, you can choose flat increases in attack speed, while your opponent using the same character can go for increased damage.

The biggest difference compared to most other MOBAs is the Boost Emblems in Pokemon Unite which all give negative stats and don’t give a net positive gain. This makes choosing an implementation a bit more difficult, as you can see a bunch of negative stats next to positive ones. Having faster movement speed is great, but do you really want to sacrifice your maximum HP on Pokemon that are already squishy?

How to get Boost badges

There are two ways to obtain Boost Emblems, and thankfully neither of them cost in-game currency.

The first and most important way to receive Boost emblems is to exchange them on the Energy Rewards Gacha. A roll will cost 100 energy, but make sure you have your Gacha set to Boost Emblems, and not set to Fashion Items.

Energy Rewards Gacha Shop
Energy Rewards Gacha Shop

The first Boost Emblem Gacha Roll each day will be free, so don’t miss out!

As long as you play matches (depending on how well you do) you can build up Energy Reward exchange.

The other way to get Boost emblems is from the season points. Pokemon Unite has added season point rewards alongside increasing trainer level to 50 from the anniversary update

Current Season Points Rewards
Current Season Points Rewards

Although this is only the first season, if you earn enough Season Points just by playing the game itself, you will receive a gold Gengar Boost emblem to use as this season’s reward among other bronze and silver boost emblems.

Highest rare reward for the current season: Gold Gengar Boost Emblem
Highest rare reward for the current season: Gold Gengar Boost Emblem

How to use Boost badges

If you go to the main menu and select options, you can see all the Boost badges you’ve earned.

Select Options
Select Options

Here, it will specifically split Boost emblems into bronze, silver and gold boost emblems.

How many of each Boost Emblem you have, their individual effects, the total amount currently in the game, and other information are available.

Various boost emblems, effects and stats
Various boost emblems, effects and stats

Green arrows above a Boost emblem will identify you as having three of the same rarity that you can choose to merge. Combining Boost emblems requires three of the same emblem with the same rarity type. Merging will allow you to get a Boost Emblem that is much more powerful than its previous rarity.

You can then equip your desired Boost Emblems with a rotation load of 10 Boost Emblems.

Full load of Boost emblems for cooldown combined with increased critical hit rate
Full load of Boost emblems for cooldown combined with increased critical hit rate

Here you can tag your loadout, shuffle around and see the exact effects for each Boost emblem along with what benefits each color provides.

The different colors are:

  • Green increases special attacks.
  • Yellow increases movement speed out of combat.
  • Red increases basic attack speed.
  • Blue increases defense.
  • White increases max HP.
  • Black provides movement cooldown reduction.
  • Brown increases the attack.
  • Purple increases special defense.
  • Pink allows hindering effects to wear off faster.

Each color has different numerical requirements for the effect to be activated, and how powerful this color effect will actually be.

These colors match different Boost emblems. Some emblems have two colors like the Nidoqueen is purple and brown, meaning if you have enough of the color requirements for both of those colors equipped on your loadout, then the loadout will give increased special defense plus increased attack.

Boost emblems of the same Pokemon can be merged to create the next level. Bronze to silver, then silver to gold. Gold Boost emblems are what you need to aim for each emblem, so unless it’s Gold Gengar from the Season Point reward, you’ll need to merge.

The choice to merge three bronze Nidoking Boost emblems
The choice to merge three bronze Nidoking Boost emblems

For example, if you merge three Bronze Nidoking Boost Badges together by spending 100 Aeos Coins, your three Bronze Nidoking Boost Badges will turn into one Silver Nidoking Boost Badge with 100% guarantee. By merging your three Silver Nidoking Boost Emblems together with spending 100 Aeos Coins, your three Silver Nidoking Boost Emblems will turn into a Gold Nidoking Boost Emblem with a 40% chance.

One silver Nidoking Boost emblem received from merging
One silver Nidoking Boost emblem received from merging

If the merge is unsuccessful, you will still have the Boost emblems you used to merge returned to you, but the Aeos coins will not be refunded. Gold Boost Emblems cannot be merged, but the highest rarity gives the greatest effect.

The Boost Emblem System has only been out for a few weeks, so as long as you’re gradually earning Emblems alongside merging, you can create a few loadouts with silver and some gold emblems. Currently there are 99 Boost Emblems, but more will be released in the future.

You can either start saving Energy Reward Gacha for the new Boost Emblems that will be released in the near future, or use those Gacha Scrolls now while the Boost Emblem pool is at its lowest. As the Gacha Pool expands, it will be more difficult to roll for specific Boost Emblems you may have been fighting for.

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