Check out this Pokemon list of all Defender character in Pokemon Unite (Pokemon MOBA). Guide includes Pokemon with the Defender Role, stats, Defenders lane, best items & more.
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New & Upcoming Defender Pokemon
Trevenant Has Planted Its Roots!
A new "trunky" (ahem - we mean tanky!) character is now available in Pokemon Unite: Trevenant! The Defenders are definitely branching out this year as Trevenant is expected to join them this January. Get ready to see Trevenant's tree-mendous moves in battle! Take it or leaf it as Trevenant's Unite License is now available for purchase at the shop!
Best Defender Pokemon Tier List
Defender Pokemon Tier List (April 2022)
※ Click or tap on a Pokemon to jump to its detailed article.Best Pokemon Tier List
SS Tier Defender Pokemon
|Snorlax||・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
・ Can use its high endurance to push through goal zones to score
S Tier Defender Pokemon
|Greedent||・Belch excellent damage is a game-changer in team fights|
・Self-heals provide for good sustain
・Easily outpace enemies with its increased mobility
・Can maneuver its Bullet Seed in any direction even while casting.
A Tier Defender Pokemon
|Blastoise||・Tons of great crowd control options|
・Extremely high damage, especially when low on health
・Surf can stop opponents from scoring
・Unite Move's damage and range are excellent for objectives
|Slowbro||・Generally bulky and hard to take down|
・Ability to lock down individual foes is key
・Lacks the powerful positioning altering moves that Snorlax has
・Unable to move while using moves like Telekinesis making it vulnerable to attacks
B Tier Defender Pokemon
|Mamoswine||・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.
C Tier Defender Pokemon
|Crustle||・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
・Has a large HP pool but with a slow recovery rate
|Trevenant||・Its Unite Move can turn the tables with its damage output and HP recovery effects.|
・It has lifesteal to recover lost HP and increases its survivability in battle.
・Can roam and move quickly around with its dash moves.
Defender Pokemon Character Role - Base Stats
List Of Defender Pokemon
Defender Stats Comparison Table
HP, Defense, & Sp. Defense (Lv15) New!
These are the actual Lv15 stats for all Defender-type Pokemon without any Held Items equipped.
Defender Role - Best Items For Defender Pokemon
Held Item - Items That Increase Def & HP
Defenders will need to be the shield of the team, absorbing plenty of damage to support your teammates. Unsurprisingly, this means that they need to be able to withstand damage & moves! Focus on Def & HP as priority for this role.
Recommended Item - Buddy Barrier
|Item||Item Effect / Description|
|Buddy Barrier||Item Effect & Bonus|
When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to 20% of their max HP.
Buddy Barrier grants a shield to you and an ally that has low HP, which provides a huge benefit in team fights!
Battle Item - Healing Or Anti-Crowd Control
Defenders need to be able to respond to debuffs or crowd controls for them to effectively tank for their team. Full Heal can work well in most situations while Eject Button can help with positioning, but be aware that it has a slightly longer cooldown.All Battle Items List
Recommended Battle Items
|Full Heal||Removes All Hindrances affecting your Pokemon||40s|
|Eject Button||Quickly moves your Pokemon in the designated location.||70s|
|Potion||Restore some of your Pokemon's HP||30s|
Defender Role - Lanes & How To Play
Preferred Lane - Top Or Bottom
Defenders should take the top or bottom lane based on which lane the attacker goes to. However, if the supporter or all-rounder decides to go with an attacker, go to another lane.Which Lanes to Play - Top, Mid, Bottom Lane Roles Guide
Which Wild Pokemon To Attack In The Top Lane
In the top lane we highly suggest that you go for these Wild Pokemon first. Focus on getting Corphish 4th and denying the enemy team any potential exp from it. Then return to get the top left Aipom.
Which Wild Pokemon To Attack In The Bottom Lane
In the bottom lane we highly suggest that you go for these Wild Pokemon. Grab the central Audino first before the enemy team does to get a significant exp lead!
Pokemon With Tons Of HP & Defense
Defenders are bulky Pokemon with a high endurance stat that allows them to take a substantial beating. They can bear the heavier attacks of tough Wild Pokemon, and can secure precious seconds for the team to set up an attack during team fights. For example in the picture above, Crustle uses crowd control to disrupt Cinderance while tanking the other Pokemon.List Of Wild Pokemon
Good At Stopping Enemies From Scoring
Defenders can sometimes hold a lane alone & prevent their opponents from scoring through harassment & crowd control. Strategic placement on the part of a defender can sometimes force opponents into the dilemma of wasting precious resources by trying to fight off an opponent that was designed to take damage. As staying in a goal helps recover HP and adds a shield, making a Defender in a goal very hard to uproot.Scoring Guide - How To Score Points
Come With Strong Crowd Control
Another strength of Defenders is their powerful crowd control capabilities. Whether it's a stun, knockback, slow or immobilize, defenders can provide vital support to the team by preventing enemies from scoring, protecting teammates trying to score, covering retreats, or setting up for an ambush. Knowing when to deploy your moves is crucial for a defender's success.All Moves List - Effects & Pokemon
Slow To Earn EXP Solo
Defenders have lower damage and might not be able to KO opponents alone. They are also slower when fighting Wild Pokemon on their own. Keep that in mind when you're defending lane on your own & make up for it by asking for help.How To Level Up Fast - EXP Farming
Defender Role Tips
Apply Pressure By Closing In
Defenders are tasked with defending goals or allies. When in combat & you have the necessary support, apply pressure by closing in the distance against opponents to keep them away from key targets. If you are on your own however, then play defensively and don't overextend yourself.How To Play & Tips
Pair With Attackers For Combat
Attackers are the complete opposite of Defenders, with high damage but low endurance. Cover each other's weaknesses by sticking together in combat & gain experience to level up as a team.All Attackers List