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Learn the Best Pokemon to catch & breed for 5-on-5 team battles in Pokemon UNITE! Includes a detailed tier list, Pokemon rank, rating, team roles, best team, combos, & more!

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Best Pokemon Tier List

This tier list will constantly be updated as the game's meta develops further. Check back frequently for updates.

Best Pokemon Chart

S Tier Pokemon
ZeraoraAbsol Snorlax Pikachu Talonflame
A Tier Pokemon
Alolan NinetalesCramorantEldegossGarchompGengarLucarioMachampSlowbroCinderaceCrustleGreninja
B Tier Pokemon
Mr. MimeWigglytuffCharizardVenusaur

S Tier Pokemon

Zeraora

PokemonRole
ZeraoraZeraora Speedster
Reason For Rank
・Though classified as a Speedster, Zeraora can also be used as an effective Attacker
・Has a powerful AOE attack that can damage multiple enemies
・Normal attacks regenerate HP and can paralyze enemies

Absol

PokemonRole
AbsolAbsolSpeedster
Reason For Rank
・Incredibly lethal AoE unite move
・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

Snorlax

PokemonRole
SnorlaxSnorlaxDefender
Reason For Rank
・Incredible early game thanks to Rest
・Heavy Slam's mobility/crowd control are incredible in teamfights
・Block can be used to push the entire enemy team into disadvantageous positions

Pikachu

PokemonRole
PikachuPikachuAttacker
Reason For Rank
・Electro Ball is incredibly powerful, paralyzing enemies in an AoE
・Consistent power at all stages of the game
・Easy to use

Talonflame

PokemonRole
TalonflameTalonflameSpeedster
Reason For Rank
・Incredible mobility lets you chase down foes easily
・Unite Move can push the entire enemy team away, letting you score.
・Good damage overall

A Tier Pokemon

Alolan Ninetales

PokemonRole
Alolan NinetalesAlolan NinetalesAttacker
Reason For Rank
・Slow/freeze on auto attack is extremely useful
・Overall high damage

Cramorant

PokemonRole
CramorantCramorantAttacker
Reason For Rank
・Unite Move deals devastating damage
・Hurricane's crowd control component is invaluable
・High learning curve, but massive damage to make up for it.

Eldegoss

PokemonRole
EldegossEldegossSupporter
Reason For Rank
・Effectively the only real "healer" in the game so far
・Powerful Unite move that can turn teamfights
・Relies on teammates, not recommended for climbing rank initially

Garchomp

PokemonRole
GarchompGarchompAll-Rounder
Reason For Rank
・Good mobility and crowd control with Dig
・Unite Move is lethal, albeit somewhat hard to use
・Rocky Helmet works well with passive, making enemies reluctant to attack it

Gengar

PokemonRole
GengarGengarSpeedster
Reason For Rank
・Hex/Sludge Bomb combo deals really good damage
・Movement speed out of combat is increased, increasing your roam potential
・Somewhat weak early game, but gains speed quickly mid-game

Lucario

PokemonRole
LucarioLucarioLucario
Reason For Rank
・Relatively bulky thanks to passive
・Good overall damage
・Unite Move is a powerful finisher, but is somewhat lacking overall

Machamp

PokemonRole
MachampMachampAll-Rounders
Reason For Rank
・Great damage overall
・Cooldowns are somewhat long
・The shoving component of the Unite Move is very powerful in teamfights

Slowbro

PokemonRole
SlowbroSlowbroDefender
Reason For Rank
・Generally very bulky and hard to take down
・Ability to lock down individual is key
・Lacks the powerful positioning altering moves that Snorlax has

Cinderace

PokemonRole
CinderaceCinderaceAttacker
Reason For Rank
・Rather weak early but makes up for it late game
・Overall easy to use due to its myriad of ranged attacks
・Struggles a bit to justify its spot over Pikachu, but is still a safe bet

Crustle

PokemonRole
CrustleCrustleDefender
Reason For Rank
・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

Greninja

PokemonRole
GreninjaGreninjaAttacker
Reason For Rank
・Ability to go invisible with Smokescreen is handy when escaping
・Somewhat fragile, but has good damage
・Has a slightly higher skill cap than other Attackers

B Tier Pokemon

Mr. Mime

PokemonRole
Mr. MimeMr. MimeSupporter
Reason For Rank
・Wall can be a bit hard to position and takes getting used to
・Decent damage, but overall support capabilities are low
・Proper use of the wall can create advantageous situations when taking objectives

Wigglytuff

PokemonRole
WigglytuffWigglytuffSupporter
Reason For Rank
・Sing can be extremely powerful when contesting objectives
・Aside from Sing, moves are somewhat lacking in supportive capability
・Dazzling Gleam does surprisingly good damage

Charizard

PokemonRole
CharizardCharizardAll-Rounder
Reason For Rank
・Decent damage and fairly tanky
・Unite Move can isolate and take out important targets
・A little bit too well-rounded, lacks a real strength

Venusaur

PokemonRole
VenusaurVenusaurAttacker
Reason For Rank
・Somewhat lacking in overall damage (compared to other Attackers)
・Can become surprisingly bulky via a Giga Drain self-sustain build
・Good range with Solar Beam

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 greatly impact the performance of the team
・Is ideal for climbing ranks in solo queue
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・Ability synergy is somewhat poor
・Somewhat lacking in the ability to make an impact on the game by themselves
・Definitely viable, but have trouble outshining competitors

Prioritizes Pokemon That Can Carry

Our Tier List is primarily intended to let players get an idea of what Pokemon will be useful for ranking up right when the game launches. At the outset many players might not be familiar with the game, so you'll want to use Pokemon that can make a huge impact and carry their team.

Meta Likely To Change

Note that the Pokemon considered strong will inevitably change after the game releases, so expect to see updates to this list over time.

Team Roles

Attacker

Attackers are Pokemon that excel at dealing heavy damage on opponents but have low endurance.

Examples of Attacker Pokemon
PikachuPikachuVenusaurVenusaurGardevoirGardevoir

Supporter

Supporters are Pokemon that support other team members by healing HP and afflicting status conditions on opponents.

Examples of Supporter Pokemon
Mr. MimeMr. MimeEldegossEldegoss-

Defender

Defenders are Pokemon that have a high endurance and are great at protecting their allies against opponents' attacks.

Examples of Defender Pokemon
BlastoiseBlastoiseSnorlaxSnorlaxCrustleCrustle

All-Rounder

All-Rounders are Pokemon that have a good balance of both offense and defense and are able to play different roles depending on the situation.

Examples of All-Rounder Pokemon
CharizardCharizardMachampMachampLucarioLucario

Speedster

Speedsters are Pokemon with high mobility and are able to inflict attacks that are difficult to evade.

Examples of Speedster Pokemon
GengarGengarTalonflameTalonflameAbsolAbsol
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