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Learn the Best Pokemon Tier List for Pokemon UNITE! Includes an updated tier list after patch, Pokemon rank, rating, S Tier Pokemon, best team, combos, tier per role, and more.

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Greedent Has Arrived!

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A new Defender-type Pokemon has been added to the game alongside the Halloween Event on October 20th. The squirrel Pokemon Greedent has a very powerful Unite Move that works excellently in combination with its moves to deal huge damage - we've tentatively assigned it an A Rank!

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Best Pokemon Tier List

Tier List Update (October 20th)

※ Most changes here are due to the addition of a new lower tier.

DateChange Details
10/20Greedent A Tier! Newly Added!
Mr. Mime A Tier
10/6Sylveon S Tier! Newly Added!
9/29Mamoswine A Tier Newly Added!
Previous Changes
DateChange Details
9/25Venusaur A Tier
9/23Absol B Tier
Gardevoir B Tier
Talonflame B Tier
Slowbro B Tier
Garchomp C Tier
Charizard C Tier
Gengar B Tier
Zeraora B Tier
9/2Blastoise Added to S Tier (New!)
Gengar A Tier
Greninja S Tier
Pikachu A Tier
Lucario S Tier
Zeraora A Tier
8/20Blissey Added to A Tier
8/5Venusaur C Tier → B Tier
Wigglytuff B Tier → A Tier
Machamp A Tier → B Tier
Garchomp A Tier → B Tier
7/28Gardevoir Added to A Tier
7/27Gengar A Tier → S Tier
Absol S Tier → A Tier
7/24Eldegoss A Tier → S Tier
Talonflame S Tier → A Tier
Venusaur B Tier → C Tier

Best Pokemon Chart

※ Click or tap on a Pokemon to jump to details below.

S Tier Pokemon
EldegossGreninjaSnorlax BlastoiseLucarioSylveon
A Tier Pokemon
WigglytuffPikachuAlolan Ninetales CinderaceCramorantCrustle BlisseyVenusaur MamoswineGreedent Mr. Mime
B Tier Pokemon
SlowbroZeraoraGengarAbsolGardevoirTalonflame Machamp
C Tier Pokemon
Garchomp Charizard

State Of The Meta

The current meta favors Attackers and All-Rounders in the jungle over Speedsters. Due to relying on melee attacks and being somewhat fragile, Speedsters have fallen out of favor, but it's possible that the newest balance update (as well as some of the newly introduced items) will bring some change to the current meta.

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S Tier Pokemon - Best Pokemon Tier List

S Tier Pokemon

PokemonRole / Recommended Lane
・Maintains its role as a potent healer despite previous nerfs
・Powerful Unite move that can turn teamfights
・Relies on teammates, not recommended for climbing rank initially, but works wonders in groups of 5
TopTop / MiddleMiddle
・Ability to go invisible with Smokescreen is handy when escaping
・Extremely mobile and easy to carry with
・Has a slightly higher skill cap than other Attackers
・Frequently used as a Jungler in the recent meta
・Incredible early game thanks to Rest
・Heavy Slam's mobility/crowd control are excellent in teamfights
・Block can be used to push the entire enemy team into disadvantageous positions
・Tons of great crowd control options
・Extremely high damage, especially when low on health
・Unite Move's damage and range are excellent for objectives
BottomBot / MiddleMiddle
・Relatively bulky thanks to passive
・Great overall damage and mobility
・Unite Move is incredible for sniping objectives
BottomBot / TopTop
・Great mobility and damage, easy to chase Pokemon
・Ability to heal self is quite strong, can outmatch other Attackers due to this
・Great burst damage potential

A Tier Pokemon - Best Pokemon Tier List

A Tier Pokemon

PokemonRole / Recommended Lane
・Sing can be extremely powerful when contesting objectives
・Received massive buffs to tankiness and decent buffs to damage
・Deals surprisingly good damage overall
・Electro Ball is incredibly powerful, paralyzing enemies in an AoE
・Consistent power at all stages of the game
・Ease of use is one of its main draws
Alolan NinetalesAlolan NinetalesAttacker
・Slow/freeze on auto attack is extremely useful
・Good amount of crowd control for an Attacker
・Overall high damage
・Weak early but makes up for it late game
・Overall easy to use due to its myriad of ranged attacks (can jungle as well)
・Powerful Unite move can be used to snipe objectives
・Unite Move deals devastating damage, but renders you immobile
・Air Slash lets you constantly disengage
・High learning curve, but good damage to make up for it.
・Decent ability to block enemy team off with its wall
・Can deal surprisingly high damage and move quite fast for a Defender via Shell Smash
・Hard to compare with Snorlax
・Soft-Boiled healing is quite potent, can save up charges for teamfights
・Can buff ally attack speed, works very well with certain Attackers
・Lacking in damage
・High HP, but not particularly tanky
・Received big buffs to Petal Dance/Giga Drain build
・Can become surprisingly bulky via a Giga Drain self-sustain build
・Good range with Solar Beam
・Excels at supporting team via crowd control (freezing enemies)
・Ground abilities have really long animations and aren't that powerful
・Very bulky, can take many hits.
・Evolves a bit late
BottomBot / TopTop
・Excellent damage with Belch when Unite Move is up
・Self-heals provide for good sustain
・A bit weak before reaching level 7
・Its damage can be somewhat predictable and easy to avoid
Mr. MimeMr. MimeSupporter
・Damage is quite high
・Other support capabilities are low (no healing etc)
・Proper use of the wall can create advantageous situations when taking objectives

B Tier Pokemon - Best Pokemon Tier List

B Tier Pokemon

PokemonRole / Recommended Lane
・Generally bulky and hard to take down
・Ability to lock down individual foes is key
・Lacks the powerful positioning altering moves that Snorlax has
ZeraoraZeraora Speedster
・Excellent mobility, with Spark providing 3 dashes in a row
・Discharge's AoE damage is insanely strong
・Normal attacks regenerate HP and can paralyze enemies
・Hex/Sludge Bomb combo deals damage due to reset
・Movement speed out of combat is increased, increasing your roam potential
・Rather weak early game, but gains speed in mid-game
・Unite move is good for assassinations, but lacking in teamfight contribution
・Somewhat weak early game, but makes up for it late + can level up fast in the mid lane
・Excellent mobility and damage on a short cooldown
・Long moves with AoE components that are great at dealing with multiple opponents
・Unite Move which draws in the surrounding opposing Pokemon is powerful
・A late bloomer - evolving to Lv10 will take some time and effort
・Incredible mobility lets you chase down foes easily
・Unite Move can push the entire enemy team away, letting you score.
・Good damage overall
・Excellent damage
・Cross Chop was nerfed quite substantially
・The shoving component of its Unite Move is very powerful in teamfights

C Tier Pokemon - Best Pokemon Tier List

C Tier Pokemon

PokemonRole / Recommended Lane
・Decent mobility and crowd control with Dig
・Unite Move is lethal, albeit somewhat hard to use
・Early game is too weak, takes too long to ramp up.
・Damage was buffed recently
・Unite Move can isolate and take out important targets
・A little bit too well-rounded, lacks a real strength

Tier List For Each Role

Attacker Tier List

※ The tier lists below show which Pokemon of this role are the best in various different key gameplay aspects. For an overall strength ranking, consult the tier list at the top of the page.

Best Damage Tier List

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
CinderaceAlolan Ninetales
B Tier Pokemon

Best Mobility Tier List

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon
C Tier Pokemon
Alolan NinetalesGardevoir

Best Crowd Control Tier List

S Tier Pokemon
Alolan NinetalesPikachu
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon

In the current meta, Greninja is king, seeing a lot of play in the Jungle as well. Auto-attacking physical Attackers are being favored, but Special Attackers like Pikachu and Alolan Ninetales are still quite powerful. Venusaur's recent buffs could potentially lead to an overall rise in its rank/performance!

All Attackers List

Defender Tier List

※ The tier lists below show which Pokemon of this role are the best in various different key gameplay aspects. For an overall strength ranking, consult the tier list at the top of the page.

Best Damage

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
GreedentCrustle Mamoswine
B Tier Pokemon

Best Durability

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon

Best Crowd Control Tier List

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon

All Defenders are in a pretty good spot, with Blastoise being the crowd favorite, due to its incredible damage. The other four are also in a good place and see play in many matches - a Defender is always considered an asset to their team, making it hard to go wrong when choosing them!

All Defenders List

Supporter Tier List

※ The tier lists below show which Pokemon of this role are the best in various different key gameplay aspects. For an overall strength ranking, consult the tier list at the top of the page.

Best Healing

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon
C Tier Pokemon
WigglytuffMr. Mime

Best Damage

S Tier Pokemon
WigglytuffMr. Mime
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon

Best Ally Buffs

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon
C Tier Pokemon
WigglytuffMr. Mime

Eldegoss's healing potential has let it keep its top power, but Wigglytuff is slowly advancing. Although its damage was nerfed recently, the pink slapping menace has been seeing more action. However, some would say it's being played closer to a Defender than a Supporter.

All Supporters List

Speedster Tier List

※ The tier lists below show which Pokemon of this role are the best in various different key gameplay aspects. For an overall strength ranking, consult the tier list at the top of the page.

Best Damage

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon

Best Mobility

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon

Best Early Game

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon

Speedsters are fun and powerful Pokemon that have a great influence on the early stages of a match. However, they are falling out of favor due to the prevalence of Attackers and All-Rounders in the Jungle. Speedsters' melee attacks and low durability are somewhat of a liability in the late game. That being said, it's still very possible to carry on them!

All Speedsters List

All-Rounder Tier List

※ The tier lists below show which Pokemon of this role are the best in various different key gameplay aspects. For an overall strength ranking, consult the tier list at the top of the page.

Best Damage

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon

Best Mobility

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon

Best Team Synergy

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon

Unfortunately for the other All-Rounders in the game, Lucario exists. It reigns supreme in this camp, with incredible mobility, power, and objective snipe potential. The other Pokemon are also quite viable, but simply fall short when compared to Lucario. Note that many All-Rounders are played in the Jungle in the current meta.

All-Rounder Pokemon List

Tier Lists By Lane

What's Best For Each Lane?


The Tier Lists below rank what the best Pokemon are for each respective lane. This is crucial, as different roles can go to different lanes. Knowing what Pokemon are strongest in a lane can help you fill that lane for your team, so make sure to stay knowledgeable about more than just one role!

Lane Guide - Which Lane Should You Go To?

Tier Explanation

Note that the tiers below are not meant to match up with the overall Tier List. They are intended to let you know which Pokemon perform best in a given lane. Pokemon in the C Tier, for example, would best not be used in that particular lane.

S Tier- Performs excellently in the lane
- Is commonly spotted in high rank matches
A Tier- Performs well in the lane
- Not as strong/popular as S Tier, but still completely viable
B Tier- Capable of performing decently in the lane
- Decently suited for the lane, but you may struggle against your lane opponent
C Tier- Might struggle to perform in that lane
- Might simply be better suited for another lane

Top Lane Tier List

Best Pokemon For The Top Lane

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
SylveonPikachuSlowbroAlolan NinetalesCinderaceCramorantCrustleMamoswineGreedent
B Tier Pokemon
WigglytuffGardevoirVenusaurCharizardMr. MimeMachampBlissey
C Tier Pokemon

Defender Pokemon tend to take the top lane, as they can hold it very well even if their lane partner should temporarily leave. Blastoise and Snorlax are perfect for doing this. However, it's more than possible to have any Attacker up in this lane as well. Speedsters are overall not well suited to this lane.

Middle Lane Tier List

Best Pokemon For The Middle Lane

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
B Tier Pokemon
C Tier Pokemon
SnorlaxSlowbroGardevoirMr. MimeVenusaurWigglytuffPikachuAlolan NinetalesCramorantEldegossBlissey

Although most people may associate the middle lane most with Speedsters, it's actually Greninja and Lucario that are most dominant there. In second place are the Speedsters - these Pokemon have great potential and mobility and benefit greatly from the middle lane's experience. In third place are often the other All-Rounders, who scale very well with leve.

Although it's not impossible to succeed with them, we don't recommend taking the Pokemon in the C Tier into the jungle with you!

Bottom Lane Tier List

Best Pokemon For Bottom Lane

S Tier Pokemon
A Tier Pokemon
WigglytuffPikachuGreedentAlolan NinetalesCramorantVenusaurGardevoir
B Tier Pokemon
MamoswineSlowbroMachamp Mr. MimeCrustleGarchompCharizard
C Tier Pokemon

Bottom Lane benefits from having a Supporter, and this tends to be either Eldegoss or Blissey (although Wigglytuff has been extremely common as well). Their partner should be a Pokemon that can spar well and that benefits from getting exp. Speedsters are not recommended here, as they'll have a hard time doing what they're best at.

Best Pokemon Tier List Criteria & Notes

Tier List Criteria & Notes

S・Has moves that work well together and deal high damage/healing
・Has the ability to make plays that significantly impact the performance of the team
・Has moves that greatly aid the team
A・Has moves that have a good synergy with each other
・High potential, can impact the game
・Not as strong at all stages of the game
B・Somewhat lacking in the ability to make an impact on the game by themselves
・Definitely viable, but have trouble outshining competitors
C・In a disadvantageous state in the current meta
・Powerful, but require very specific conditions/help from teammates to ramp up
・Clearly better alternatives exist in the same role

Prioritizes Pokemon That Have Good Teamfight Potential

This Tier List has been updated to reflect the state of the current high rank meta. This meta tends to revolve around teamfights at objectives and sniping Zapdos, so we've placed importance on Pokemon that excel at those roles.

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Anonymous 5

I would appreciate it if you put Zeraora into A or S tier

Anonymous 4

Eldegoss, Talon, Machamp into A tier, Pikachu Venusaur, Mr.Mime and Crustle into S and the list is more appropriate for the Current Burst-Meta at least in Masters 2k+. Choice Specs, Razor Claw and move buffs like Fly and Petal Dance can be clearly seen as catalysts here.

Anonymous 3

Garchomp on C tier? No way! I think it should be on S tier, because of its lethal unite move. Also, Earthquake and Bulldoze can hit all opponents near.

Anonymous 2

zeraora, gengar and pikachu on s tier? no way. greninja and cinderace should be on s.

Anonymous 1

nice although I think Cinderace is a bit more s cl***. make sure to add a c cl***! Thanks for the info.

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