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Pokemon Unite tier list: Best playable Pokemon ranked

Published: 22/Sep/2021 10:00 Updated: 18/Jun/2022 23:12

by Daniel Megarry

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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 36 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.

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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 as well as individual rankings for each role, to help you decide which fighters to use and which ones to avoid.


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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:

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Tier Pokemon
S Hoopa, Blissey, Greninja, Lucario, Machamp, Delphox, Greedent, Absol
A Sylveon, Tsareena, Aegislash, Trevanent, Alolan Ninetales, Decidueye, Gardevoir, Slowbro, Blastoise, Eldegoss, Azumarill, Gengar, Cinderace
B Venusaur, Pikachu, Duraladon, Mr. Mime, Charizard, Dragonite, Mamoswine, Crustle, Talonflame
C Cramorant, Espeon, Wigglytuff, Garchomp, Snorlax, Zeraora

With the addition of Delphox, there are currently 36 playable Pokemon in Unite, but this number is only going to increase as time progresses, 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 Lucario, Machamp
A Tsareena, Aegislash, Azumarill
B Charizard, Dragonite
C Garchomp

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: Lucario is a very strong All-Rounder who can deal crazy damage like an Attacker while having equally high defense like a Defender. What’s more, is that Lucario is even able to keep up the pace with powerful Speedsters like Absol and Gengar in most situations. As such Lucario is the very definition of an All-Rounder – and a very powerful at that.

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pokemon unite lucario stat screen

Pokemon Unite Attackers ranked

Tier Pokemon
S Greninja, Delphox
A Cinderace, Gardevoir, Alolan Ninetails, Decidueye, Sylveon
B Venusaur, Pikachu, Duraladon
C Cramorant, Espeon

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 Greninja, but it’s just currently that strong in Pokemon Unite. With speed to rival Speedsters thanks to its high-mobility dash moves and its evasive abilities like Smokescreen, Greninja really feels like the ultimate assassin. Though it starts off fragile, attentive players can make sure Greninja shines in the mid to late game.

pokemon unite greninja stats screen

 

Pokemon Unite Defenders ranked

Tier Pokemon
S Greedent
A Trevenant, Slowbro, Blastoise
B Mamoswine, Crustle
C Snorlax

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.

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Our pick: Greedent is the top choice for a Defender thanks to its high versatility in a not-so-versatile class. Greedent’s unique use of Berries and its Covet ability can allow it to continuously heal HP, heal ally HP, increase its evasiveness, and deal massive damage with Belch. While Greedent can be hard to master, players who take the time to learn the ins and outs of this Pokemon will see a lot of success.

pokemon unite greedent stats screen

 

Pokemon Unite Supporters ranked

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

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.

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Our pick: Now that Pokemon Unite’s support roster has rounded out there’s a lot of variety among the role, but Hoopa stands out among the rest thanks to its damage output and attack-boosting capabilities. For a Support Pokemon, Hoopa’s utility with Hyperspace Hole is unmatched and its damage and endurance in Unbound Form are quite impressive. Hoopa is another Pokemon that can be tricky to master, but skilled Support players can dominate the arena thanks to its varied kit.

pokemon unite hoopa stats

 

Pokemon Unite Speedsters ranked

Tier Pokemon
S Absol
A Gengar
B Talonflame
C Zeraora

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 absol stats screen

 

Pokemon Unite characters coming soon

As of right writing, TiMi Studio hasn’t teased any new Pokemon following Delphox.

However, Clefable appeared in the game’s announcement video all the way back in 2020 and has yet to make its way to the game

Perhaps someday TiMi Studios will finally add the loveable moon Fairy Pokemon to the game’s expanding roster.

That’s it for our Pokemon Unite tier lists and rankings. Our current favorite fighters are Hoopa, Blissey, Greninja, Lucario, Machamp, Delphox, Greedent, 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