Pokemon Unite tier list: Best playable Pokemon ranked (September 2021) - Dexerto

Pokemon Unite tier list: Best playable Pokemon ranked

Published: 22/Sep/2021 10:00

by Daniel Megarry


With plenty of iconic characters to choose from, Trainers might be wondering which fighters in the Pokemon Unite roster are the best to play as – and which ones are the worst. That’s where our tier list comes into play.

Nintendo and TiMi Studios’ brand new game Pokemon Unite is the first MOBA title in the iconic franchise, allowing Trainers to team up in teams of five to battle against others, collect Aeos energy, and score the most points before time is up.

There are currently 23 available Pokemon in the Switch and mobile title, and all of them fall into one of five unique roles: All-Rounders, Attackers, Defenders, Supporters, and Speedsters. Each role has its own benefits and advantages, so you’ll want to try them all out.


All Playable Pokemon in Pokemon Unite
The Pokemon Company / TiMi Studios
Pokemon Unite has 20 characters available at launch.

Having said that, saving up for Unite Licenses to unlock new Pokemon for your team can be time-consuming (or costly, if you choose to pay for them instead), so making sure you choose the best ones is important, especially early on.

We’ve put together a tier list of every playable Pokemon in Unite – including new fighter Blastoise – as well as individual rankings for each role, to help you decide which fighters to use and which ones to avoid.


Pokemon Unite complete tier list

This complete tier list shows how all of the Pokemon in Unite stack up against each other, with the S Tier being the best and C Tier being the worst:


Tier Pokemon
S Absol, Eldegoss, Pikachu, Talonflame
A Alolan Ninetails, Blastoise, Blissey, Cinderace, Garchomp, Gardevoir, Lucario, Machamp, Snorlax, Zeraora
B Charizard, Cramorant, Crustle, Gengar, Mr. Mime, Wigglytuff
C Greninja, Slowbro, Venusaur

With the addition of Blissey, there are currently 23 playable Pokemon in Unite, but this number is only going to increase as time progresses (Sylveon is already confirmed), so we’ll keep this ranking updated.

Below, you’ll find tier lists for each individual role in Pokemon Unite, as well as our favorite pick of the All-Rounders, Attackers, Defenders, Supporters, and Speedsters.

Pokemon Unite All-Rounders ranked

Tier Pokemon
S Machamp
A Garchomp
B Charizard, Lucario

All-Rounders are Pokemon that have a good balance between Offense and Endurance, making them reliable fighters and a solid choice for beginners or players who want to switch up their roles.

Our pick: Machamp is a strong attacker with semi-decent Endurance that has some really powerful attacks under its belt, including Bulk Up which allows it to increase damage and mobility early on in a match. It’s got a nice balance of all other stats, too, making it the perfect All-Rounder.


Pokemon Unite Machamp

Pokemon Unite Attackers ranked

Tier Pokemon
S Pikachu
A Alolan Ninetails, Cinderace, Gardevoir
B Cramorant
C Greninja, Venusaur

Attackers are Pokemon that have very low Endurance but excel at dealing heavy ranged damage to opponents, making them perfect for taking on large crowds or defending goals.

Our pick: It might seem too obvious to choose fan favorite Pikachu, but we’re genuinely impressed by how powerful it can be. It has one of the best move sets in Unite, and a long range means you can deal damage without getting too close to danger.

Pokemon Unite Pikachu

Pokemon Unite Defenders ranked

Tier Pokemon
S Snorlax, Blastoise
B Crustle
C Slowbro

Defenders are Pokemon that have high Endurance and can use moves to protect their allies and slow down opponents. You may know them as ‘tanks’ in other multiplayer games.


Our pick: If you’re looking for a tank, Snorlax is the way to go. It has incredible Endurance and has a good mix of damage-based and status-inflicting attacks. The Unite move Power Nap, meanwhile, allows you to damage opponents and restore your HP – a perfect combo.

Pokemon Unite Snorlax

Pokemon Unite Supporters ranked

Tier Pokemon
S Eldegoss
A Blissey, Wigglytuff
B Mr. Mime

Supporters are Pokemon that focus on healing their allies and inflicting status conditions on opponents rather than dealing huge amounts of damage. Don’t dismiss them, as they can be essential in battle.

Our pick: There are only a few Support characters in Unite at the moment, but Eldegoss is already a standout thanks to its impressive ability to heal allies, reduce the amount of damage they take, and boost their damage output. You’ll always want an Eldegoss on your team.



Pokemon Unite Speedsters ranked

Tier Pokemon
S Absol, Talonflame
A Zeraora
B Gengar

Speedsters have high Mobility and Offense, meaning they prioritize making quick attacks and scoring points at the expense of HP and Endurance. They can also make a quick getaway if needed.

Our pick: As far as Speedsters go, you won’t get better than Absol. The combination of high Offense and Mobility makes it perfect for players who want to do things fast without sacrificing damage output, while Feint, Night Slash, and Pursuit allow it to zoom around and confuse opponents.


Pokemon Unite characters coming soon

As well as the characters in our tier list above, TiMi Studio have announced that the following familiar fighters will be joining the roster soon:

That’s it for our Pokemon Unite tier lists and rankings. Our current favorite fighters are Machamp, Pikachu, Snorlax, Eldegoss, and Absol, but that’s open to change as new Pokemon get added to the lineup.

As always, these are our personal opinions based on our own time playing the game while also taking into account the community’s thoughts. Not everyone’s going to agree with us, and that’s okay!

Looking to become the ultimate Trainer? Check out all of our individual Pokemon Unite fighter guides below:

Absol build | Alola Ninetails build | Blissey build | Charizard build | Cinderace build | Cramorant build | Crustle build | Eldegoss build | Garchomp build | Gardevoir build | Gengar build | Greninja build | Lucario build | Machamp build | Mr Mime build | Pikachu build | Slowbro build | Snorlax build | Talonflame build | Wigglytuff build | Venusaur build | Zeraora build