Pokémon UNITE: Best Crustle Build

Trap your enemies and show them Crustle's power.

by Victor Vellas

From all the Defenders that are currently in Pokémon UNITE, Crustle may be my personal favorite for the time being. It is a tank, as if it isn’t obvious enough, however, its versatility is leagues ahead of the other two. It can rush enemies, block their patch and trap them, cause knockbacks and even stun them. Its CC ‘game’ is not as prominent as Alolan Ninetales’s, for sure, but considering its a Defender with natural bulkiness on top, it’s more than enough.

Best setup and build for Crustle in Pokémon UNITE

There is not that much to say about Crustle. It’s an easy to understand unit, with its main focus being supporting your teammates in team fights, and pressuring lanes for Aeon energy and EXP. Crustle is great for catching escaping Pokémon, and should be utilized as such. Its Rock Tomb move is arguably its best tool for pinning down enemies, and slowing them down as well, so you should use it as much as possible. That said, you need to place it carefully since it may end up being the reason why your teammate was blocked and couldn’t score that last hit.

Items that further enhance Crustle’s toughness are a given as well, and Rocky Helmet in particular synergizes very well with the rest of its kit. Leftovers and Assault Vast are kind of staple at the moment, so never leave your ‘home’ without them.


  • Fury Cutter
    Slashes opposing Pokémon with claws, dealing damage to them. Hitting the same opposing Pokémon multiple times in succession with this move increases the damage dealt.
  • Rock Tomb
    Splits open the ground toward the designated area, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and creating a barricade of rock. If used again, gets rid of the barricade.
  • X-Scissor
    Has the user dash forward with crossed claws, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon multiple times and shoving (knockback) them. Leaves opposing Pokémon unable to act (stun) if they hit an object when shoved.


  • Leftovers
    Increases max HP and recovers health over time. HP recovery increases out of combat.
  • Assault Vest
    When out of combat, gain a percentage of your maximum health as an Sp. Attack shield.
  • Rocky Helmet
    After absorbing enough damage, deals percent damage to nearby opponents.


  • Eject Button
    Moves to a specified direction immediately.

Pokémon UNITE is coming to Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2021 and to mobile devices in September 2021. For more related gameplay tips and info, feel free to check the rest of our guides right here.


- This article was updated on July 20th, 2021