Pokémon’s new MOBA game is due to be released next week, and players can’t wait to jump in with the likes of Venusaur and Gengar to do battle and score slam dunks. While you wait for the Pokémon Unite release date, why not find out which are the best choices? How do you counter Lucario? Here’s our best Pokémon in Pokémon Unite tier list to tell you exactly which Pokémon are the best options, and which just aren’t worth your time.
Finding the best Pokémon in Pokémon Unite is a more daunting task than in the main series games or Pokémon GO – the likes of Metapod or Ratatta aren’t on the roster, so every Pokémon has an important role in the meta. The Pokémon Unite maps also require different strategies: for instance, you might want to pick a Speedster to navigate Auroma Park or an Attacker for Shivre City.
Also, you’re not fighting 1v1 or 2v2 battles like in the regular games, but scoring objectives and fighting NPCs as well as battling opponents as a whole team. The likes of Cramorant (who may seem pretty useless in Pokémon Sword and Shield) can come up trumps when playing a vital role in a team. We’re not exactly sure where the meta will sit just yet, but our Pokémon Unite tier list is a good place to start if you want to get to know the ropes for each Pokémon.
Don't forget - you can learn how to unlock all characters in Pokémon Unite with our handy guide, and our Pokémon Unite currency guide will help you to remember which of the five (yes, five) currencies you need to stockpile to buy those key Unite Licenses.
Best Pokémon in Pokémon Unite: Tier List
Pokémon Unite splits its Pokémon into five categories: Attacker, Speedster, All-Rounder, Defender, and Support. Pokémon largely fit in with where you’d expect them to be, although the lines between Attacker and All-Rounder are especially blurred.
All-Rounders seem to be easiest to learn, and the best spot for newcomers to enter the game. However, Speedsters in particular seem like they could have the highest skill ceiling.
Who Are The Best Attackers In Pokémon Unite?
We dive into the finer details in our Best Attackers tier list, but here's a quick overview of what each of the currently available attacker-class Pokémon in Pokémon Unite offer to their team.
Alolan Ninetails is a ranged attacker that uses moves that “freeze its opponents in ice.” This makes it somewhat of a supporter, too, as your opponents’ movement will be impacted by Ninetails’ attacks. You try attacking when inside a miniature glacier.
Cinderace is a natural attacker, and a fan favourite starter Pokémon from the Galar region, so it’s no surprise it appears in Pokémon Unite. Only three Generation 8 Pokémon are currently playable in the game, and Cinderace is a great attacking option. It’s got a lot of speed as well as its stellar attack stat, perfect for enacting guerilla tactics on unsuspecting opponents.
Cramorant is an interesting pick in Pokémon Unite, but not a terrible choice. Level it up to level nine in order to access its Unite Move, Gatling Gulp Missile. Cramorant will launch multiple Pokémon out of its gullet at high speed, inflicting ranged damage on any opponents daft enough to come close.
Gardevoir is the first DLC Pokémon available in Pokémon Unite, and with it comes the ability to teleport and an almighty attack stat. The addition of moves like Future Sight makes things very interesting, but we'll have to wait and see how this special attacker works once the dust has settled from the initial picking frenzy.
The bane of Generation 6 competitive play, the ninja frog looks like it could cause havoc in Unite, too. Greninja can create a smokescreen and copies of itself so enemies will have to work out which one is really you. This could come in clutch in awkward situations, but will be infuriating to play against.
It may surprise you to learn that Pikachu has one of the highest attack stats in Pokémon Unite. However, this means its other stats suffer a little bit, and the fact that it doesn’t evolve leaves it a little frail. However, if you can get attacks off without receiving hits in return, Pikachu could be a high-risk, high-reward option.
Venusaur is the final Pokémon Unite attacker. It seems that Venusaur can attack from further away than any other attackers, but as with all three-stage evolutions, you’ll have to level it up plenty to evolve it fully and make the most of its power. Bulbasaur can seem a little weak in the early stages, especially compared to the likes of Lucario or Snorlax, but the tables will turn when you evolve.
Who Are The Best Speedsters In Pokémon Unite?
Check out our guide to Pokémon Unite's best Speedsters for a full run-down of their moves and abilities, but for now here's our tier list:
Talonflame is the least subtle Speedster Pokémon, as it charges head-on at opponents to deal quick damage. It has the useful ability of being able to fly over obstacles, which makes up for its average attack stat.
Absol has great mobility and also a very good attack statistic, making it a great choice for any offensive Unite players. Its Unite Move, Midnight Slash, deals heavy damage as well as throwing opponents away, which can be perfect for clearing a route for more fragile teammates to score points or make it out of a fight safely.
Zeraora is coming to Pokémon Unite! The only playable mythical Pokémon in the game (so far), the Elctric-type is born to be a Speedster. With great mobility and offense, Zeraora can deal some big damage with surprise flanking manouevres, but don't expect it to offer much in terms of support. Its Plasma Gale Unite Move deals massive damage to a fairly large area, hitting foes in range with brutal lightning strikes.
Gengar is a stealthy Pokémon that makes no noise and can even disappear entirely. High speed and attack stats combined with a favourable scoring statistic make it a great choice for performing surprise attacks on opposing Pokémon before returning to the Goal Zones to score.
Who Are The Best All-Rounders In Pokémon Unite?
Check out our guide to Pokémon Unite's best All-Rounders for a full run-down of their moves and abilities, but for now here's our tier list:
Another fan-favourite Pokémon, Garchomp is primarily an attacker, but has reasonable stats all around, hence its category. Its Rough Skin may hurt opponents who hit it, but watch out because you need to level it up to Level 10 to evolve Gible into its final form – one level higher than most other monsters.
Lucario prioritises movement over attack, so we'd recommend it as a good starting option for players who want to move to a Pokémon in the Speedster category. Its endurance is a little on the low side, but nowhere near as bad as other Speedsters, so it should be more forgiving for new players.
We expect to see a lot of All-Rounders in Pokémon Unite, partially because they are pretty simple to use and forgiving to newcomers, but also because a lot of fan-favourite Pokémon fit into this category. Charizard is one such Pokémon, which boasts a good attack stat as well as reasonable points in each other category – barring support.
Machamp’s four muscly arms make it a great option for close-quarters combat. Its Fighting-type attacks do big damage at close range, but you need to play well to get there, as it will be vulnerable to ranged attacks.
Who Are The Best Defenders In Pokémon Unite?
Check out our guide to Pokémon Unite's best Defenders for a full run-down of their moves and abilities, but for now here's our tier list:
Slowbro is a bulky Pokémon with equal weighting of endurance and support stats. However, as with most Defenders, it has little mobility and scores few points. Slow opponents down with Slowbro’s Unite Move, then let your Speedsters or Attackers clean up.
Snorlax is a great Pokémon to pick up if you’re just starting Pokémon Unite. Its immense bulk means you won’t be punished too hard for misplaying, and its decent support stats mean you can provide valuable help to your team. Plus, its Unite Move is called Power Nap, which is just great.
Crustle has a very high endurance stat, and evolves from Dwebble at level four, meaning that you’ve got a fully evolved Pokémon earlier than your teammates or, more importantly, before your opponents have had a chance to get a Charizard or Garchomp.
Who Are The Best Support In Pokémon Unite?
Check out our guide to Pokémon Unite's best Support for a full run-down of their moves and abilities, but for now here's our tier list:
Although he was likely added as a bit of a meme Pokémon, stunning opponents is no joke. If you pick Mr. Mime, however, you will have to look at his horrifying face all match.
The final Supporter Pokémon, Wigglytuff can shield allies from damage, therefore fulfilling an important role on any Pokémon Unite team. As we said, playing a Supporter is a thankless role, but can be the difference between winning a match and losing.
Supporters hold a niche role in Pokémon Unite. You won’t get all the glory, but more often than not, you’ll be vital to your team’s victory. Eldegoss is a great option for learning the Supporter ropes, especially with its Unite Move, Cotton Cloud Crash, which deals area of effect damage to opponents while restoring the HP of allies in the same area. Perfect for crashing a melee party to change the tides of battle.
That’s all for our Pokémon Unite tier list, but we’ll keep it updated as we play more of the game when it releases and find which Pokémon are stronger than others. We could also see more Pokémon released in seasonal content for the MOBA, so don’t be surprised if the likes of Jolteon or Magmar join the Pokémon Unite party in the future. That said, the game is crying out for a Steel-type.