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Learn which free starting Pokemon to choose in Pokemon Unite (Pokemon MOBA). This guide includes best starter Pokemon, best Pokemon for beginners, starters, roles, and more.

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Choose Between 5 Starters For Free

Free Pokemon After Tutorial

Free Pokemon

After completing the tutorial and first trial battle, players will get the option to choose between 5 Pokemon as their starter. This will be part of the tutorial process and is entirely free.

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Free Pokemon Choice Is Permanent

You can choose only 1 Pokemon from the starter Pokemon list. Any choice you make is final and cannot be reversed. You can purchase the remaining Pokemon from the list regularly through standard means with Gems or Aeos Coins.

Pokemon Starter Choices

※ Click or tap to see gameplay examples of each Pokemon below.

Best Starter Pokemon - Which Pokemon To Choose?

Best Pokemon For Beginners Depends On Your Preferences

*Click on the Pokemon for a short summary and moves.

PokemonPreference
EldegossEldegoss・If you want to help teammates
・If you want to be in the backline
・If you want healing and shields
SnorlaxSnorlax・If you prefer tanks or bulky Pokemon
・If you don't want to die in-game
・If you want to play with crowd control moves
PikachuPikachu・If you enjoy playing solo
・If you want to make things disappear
CharizardCharizard・If you have a hard-time choosing which Pokemon to pick
・If you want to fulfill different roles at the same time.
TalonflameTalonflame・If you want to explore and look for targets
・If you want something easy to use

The best Pokemon to pick will ultimately depend on what role you find yourself most comfortable in. If you want to be a healer and support, Eldegoss is an S tier support. If you want to go fast and destroy enemies, pick Talonflame. If you want to be a massive wall and obstruct foes while being super tanky and surprisingly mobile, pick Snorlax.

Which Pokemon Will You Choose?

Starter Pokemon Introduction & Showcase

Starter Pokemon - Pros & Cons

*Click on the Pokemon for more info.

PokemonRolePros
Cons
EldegossEldegossSupporter- One of the best healers in the game
- Incredibly powerful ult
- Doesn't deal very much damage
SnorlaxSnorlaxDefender- Great crowd control
- Unbelievable ability to push foes around Block
- Doesn't deal as much damage as Crustle.
PikachuPikachuAttacker- Extremely high damage
- Safe to play due to its really long range
- Has stun abilities
- Somewhat frail and not that mobile
CharizardCharizardAll-Rounder- Good average damage
- Unite move recharges very fast and is quite strong
- Has limited CC abilities
TalonflameTalonflameSpeedster- Quick and can go in and out of fights fast
- Can chase down enemies fleeing
- Great damage
- Low health and can easily be taken down when caught

An argument can be made for taking any Pokemon on this list. Note however, that according to our (admittedly subjective) ranking, Charizard is the least optimal. If you want to play a bruiser though, he can be a good first pick.

Eldegoss Info & Highlights

Info

Eldegoss
Stats
Offense: 1.5 StarsEndurance: 2 StarsMobility: 2.5 Stars
Scoring: 2.5 Stars
Support: 4 Stars
Tier Rank
S
Description
Eldegoss is the current reigning champion when it comes to Supporters in Pokemon Unite. It has a great set of moves that focus on helping allies and debuffing enemy Pokemon. If you fancy helping out you whole team throughout the match, then best pick Eldegoss. You can never go wrong with it.

Moves

*Click on the button to display possible moves.

LeafageLeafage Ranged
Pelts the target with leaves, decreasing the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time when it hits.
Cooldown: 4.5 seconds
Damage: 322
SynthesisSynthesis Recovery
Restores the HP of the user and nearby ally Pokemon.
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Damage: 0
Pollen PuffPollen PuffRanged
Throws a Pollen Puff, which attaches to a Pokemon. The Pollen Puff restores HP for ally Pokemon and deals damage to opposing Pokemon.
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Damage: 1263
Leaf TornadoLeaf TornadoRanged
Attacks with a tornado of sharp leaves, leaving a path in its wake that increases ally Pokemon's movement speed for a short time.
Cooldown: 9 seconds
Damage: 1215
Cotton GuardCotton GuardBuff
Protects the user and nearby ally Pokemon with cotton. The cotton absorbs damage, and when the move ends, the cotton restores some HP.
Cooldown: 9 seconds
Damage: 0
Cotton SporeCotton SporeArea
Gathers spores around the user, increasing the user's movement speed while this move is in effect. The spores burst after a short time, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect, throwing them, and decreasing their movement speed for a short time.
Cooldown: 7.5 seconds
Damage: 1332
Cotton Cloud CrashCotton Cloud CrashArea
Has the user float into the air and become invincible. If used again, has the user pound the ground, attacking and shoving opposing Pokemon and restoring HP to ally Pokemon in the area of effect.
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Damage: 2392

Video Showcase

Eldegoss is one of the best supports in the game that can provide substantial healing to teammates! Its moves can slow opponents and its Unite Move can knock back and heal teammates in the area. If you've played and enjoyed support in other games, Eldegoss might be the Pokemon for you.

Eldegoss Build Guide

Snorlax Highlights

Info

Snorlax
Stats
Offense: 1.5 StarsEndurance: 5 StarsMobility: 2 Stars
Scoring: 1.5 Stars
Support: 2.5 Stars
Tier Rank
S
Description
Snorlax is currently one of the best tanks in the game, if not the best. It boasts a great selection of moves that can either allow it to heal itself or block off enemy movement. If you want to play safe and survive most fights, Snorlax is probably the best first Pokemon for you.

Moves

*Click on the button to display possible moves.

TackleTackle Dash
Has the user charge forward belly first, dealing damage when it hits and shoving the first opposing Pokemon it comes in contact with. After this move, the user's next basic attack becomes a boosted attack.
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Damage: 862
RestRest Hindrance
Has the user fall asleep on the spot and restores its HP. Blocks the movement of all Pokemon not on the user's team while this move is in effect.
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Damage: 0
Heavy SlamHeavy SlamDash
Has the user slam its heavy body down, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throwing them
Cooldown: 7 seconds
Damage: 1717
FlailFlailHindrance
Has the user flail about, increasing the user's basic attack damage the lower the user's HP is
Cooldown: 6.5 seconds
Damage: 3247
BlockBlockHindrance
Has the user spread their arms wide to create a wall and grants it a shield. Prevents opposing Pokemon from passing through the wall and shoves them if they run into it.
Cooldown: 11 seconds
Damage: 0
YawnYawnHindrance
Has the user let loose a huge yawn that lulls opposing Pokemon into a sleepy haze, putting opposing Pokemon hit by this move to sleep.
Cooldown: 12 seconds
Damage: 0
Power NapPower NapBuff
Has the user go to sleep and begin snoring dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throwing them. While sleeping, the user becomes immune to hindrances and its HP is continually restored.
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Damage: 2316

Video Showcase

Snorlax excels in crowd control and has a high HP pool to withstand incoming damage. Snorlax has a surprising degree of mobility and excellent ability to stop foes with Heavy Slam. Block is also an incredible ability that can let you manipulate the location of enemies. If you want to push people around, go for Snorlax!

Snorlax Build Guide

Pikachu

Info

Pikachu
Stats
Offense: 4.5 StarsEndurance: 1.5 StarsMobility: 2.5 Stars
Scoring: 2 Stars
Support: 1.5 Stars
Tier Rank
S
Description
Pikachu is a full-on cannon and is one of the best damage-dealing Pokemon currently in the game. Its moves are all about damaging opponents and is overall easy to use and play. Unfortunately, Pikachu lacks HP and movement, making it easy to down.

Moves

*Click on the button to display possible moves.

Thunder ShockThunder Shock Sure Hit
Releases electricity, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. Also paralyzes opposing Pokemon for a short time
Cooldown: 5 seconds
Damage: 481
ElectrowebElectroweb Hindrance
Attacks and captures opposing Pokemon using an electric net, leaving them unable to move
Cooldown: 9 seconds
Damage: 414
Electro BallElectro BallSure Hit
Hurls an electric orb, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and leaving them paralyzed for a short time. This move's damage increases the lower the opposing Pokemon's HP is.
Cooldown: 5 seconds
Damage: 1869
ThunderThunderArea
Drops wicked thunderbolts, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Damage: 2947
Volt TackleVolt TackleHindrance
Has the user electrify itself and charge ahead, throwing opposing Pokemon
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Damage: 1015
ThunderboltThunderboltHindrance
Attacks with a strong electric blast, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and leaving them unable to act
Cooldown: 9 seconds
Damage: 1358
ThunderstormThunderstormArea
Attacks opposing Pokemon near the user with tremendous bolts of lightning
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Damage: 4388

Video Showcase

Pikachu can deal stable damage over a long range and has numerous moves that can chain into big damage. Its decent mobility makes it one of the easiest Pokemon to start with. You won't be disappointed with Pikachu's consistency and damage.

Pikachu Build Guide

Charizard

Info

Charizard
Stats
Offense: 3.5 Stars Endurance: 3 StarsMobility: 2.5 Stars
Scoring: 3 Stars
Support: 0.5 Stars
Tier Rank
B
Description
Charizard is an all-around Pokemon that boasts decent offensive skills. With the proper moves and enough levels, it can move around while damaging enemies. On the other hand, Charizard lacks defensive and support skills, making it easy to shut down with focused attacks.

Moves

*Click on the button to display possible moves.

Flame BurstFlame Burst Ranged
Attacks with a bursting flame. When this move hits, it leaves opposing Pokemon burned and increase the user's movement speed for a short time.
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Damage: 341
Fire SpinFire Spin Area
Encircles opposing Pokemon in the area of effect in a vortex of fire. After this move hits, it deals damage over time and decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Damage: 990
FlamethrowerFlamethrowerRanged
Attacks with an intense blast of fire. When this move hits, it leaves opposing Pokemon burned and increases the user's movement speed for a short time.
Cooldown: 5.5 seconds
Damage: 1346
Fire PunchFire PunchDash
Has the user punch with a fiery fist, dealing damage and shoving opposing Pokemon when it hits. Also leaves the opposing Pokemon it shoves burned.
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Damage: 1877
Fire BlastFire BlastArea
Blasts intense, all-consuming fire, dealing damage over time to opposing Pokemon while the flames continue to burn on the ground and decreasing the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Damage: 3555
Flare BlitzFlare BlitzDash
Has the user charge forward cloacked in fire, throwing opposing Pokemon. Also grants the user a shield.
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Damage: 1085
Seismic SlamSeismic SlamSure Hit
Has the user fly up into the air, allowing it to move freely over obstacles. While this Unite Move is being used, the user's basic attack deal increased damage and leaves opposing Pokemon burned. In addition, when the user deals damage to an opposing Pokemon, the user recovers HP. Using this Unite Move again on a Pokemon from the opposing team has the user grab it and slam it onto the ground from the air.
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Damage: 9912

Video Showcase

Charizard can close the distance fast with its moves, applying damage and burn effects. Its large size and short basic attack range may require cautious gameplay in the beginning phase, but it is a force to be reckoned with once fully evolved.

Charizard Build Guide

Talonflame

Info

Talonflame
Stats
Offense: 2.5 StarsEndurance: 1.5 StarsMobility: 5 Stars
Scoring: 3.5 Stars
Support: 0.5 Stars
Tier Rank
A
Description
Talonflame is an easy to use starter Pokemon that can get you easy kills and goals. However, once you reach ranked matches, Talonflame's effectiveness may wane as you encounter more players that are familiar with its moves and techniques.

Moves

*Click on the button to display possible moves.

PeckPeck Melee
Has the user fly toward an opposing Pokemon and attack three times.
Cooldown: 5 seconds
Damage: 429
AcrobaticsAcrobatics Dash
Has the user fly toward the designated area and attack multiple times. Allows the user to escape in a direction of its choice after using this move.
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Damage: 630
Flame ChargeFlame ChargeDash
Has the user fly in the designated direction while cloaked in flame, attacking opposing Pokémon in its path. Also increases the user's movement speed for a short time.
Cooldown: 6.5 seconds
Damage: 1196
Aerial AceAerial AceDash
Has the user fly at the designated opposing Pokémon, dealing damage. Also makes the user's next basic attack a boosted attack.
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Damage: 1034
FlyFlyDash
Has the user fly up into the sky. If used again, has the user dive to the designated area and attack, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. Also makes the user's next basic attack a boosted attack.
Cooldown: 11 seconds
Damage: 2325
Brave BirdBrave BirdDash
Has the user dive to the designated location while cloaked in flame, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. Also deals recoil damage to the user when it hits. Performing a boosted attack within a set amount of time after this move hits will reset the cooldown for Flame Charge or Aerial Ace.
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Damage: 2666
Flame SweepFlame SweepDash
Has the user perform an aerial somersault before charging forward, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in this move's path and shoving them.
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Damage: 3354

Video Showcase

Talonflame is an extremely mobile "jungler" that can wreak havoc on unsuspecting enemies. If you like flying into a lane out of nowhere to assassinate enemies, this is the Pokemon for you.

Talonflame Build Guide

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Can I get the other starter Pokémon after I pick one of them?

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