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Weekly updated guide to know the latest meta for ranked matches in Pokemon Unite. Learn about meta team comps, meta lanes, strategy, analysis of the current meta, and meta builds!

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Most Used Pokemon In The Current Ranked Match Meta

Pokemon Used By Top 20 Players (January 17 - 23, 2022)

PokemonTotal BattlesWin Rate
1LucarioLucario22081%
2DragoniteDragonite16286%
3WigglytuffWigglytuff13285%
4CinderaceCinderace10180%
5EldegossEldegoss9782%
6GreedentGreedent8588%
7TalonflameTalonflame8282%
8PikachuPikachu7187%
9TsareenaTsareena6284%
10GreninjaGreninja5777%
11GarchompGarchomp3275%
12CharizardCharizard2785%
13BlastoiseBlastoise2580%
14MachampMachamp2580%
15SnorlaxSnorlax2568%
16DecidueyeDecidueye2378%
17VenusaurVenusaur2090%
18SlowbroSlowbro2090%
19GardevoirGardevoir1974%
20CrustleCrustle1995%
21TrevenantTrevenant1878%
22CramorantCramorant1771%
23Mr. MimeMr. Mime1486%
24BlisseyBlissey1155%
25Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales683%
26AbsolAbsol560%
27ZeraoraZeraora580%
28GengarGengar3100%
29MamoswineMamoswine367%
30SylveonSylveon367%

This list represents which Pokemon are being used most by the top 20 players in-game for the week of January 17 - 23 It also features the overall win rate of each Pokemon. It is intended to give you an idea of which Pokemon are most commonly encountered in high rank.

Previous Rankings

Pokemon Used By Top 20 Players (January 10 - 16, 2022)

PokemonTotal BattlesWin Rate
1DragoniteDragonite30380%
2LucarioLucario22183%
3EldegossEldegoss16981%
4GreedentGreedent13484%
5PikachuPikachu10978%
6TsareenaTsareena8873%
7TalonflameTalonflame7794%
8WigglytuffWigglytuff7389%
9AbsolAbsol2458%
10CinderaceCinderace2479%
11GreninjaGreninja2479%
12MachampMachamp2365%
13Mr. MimeMr. Mime1974%
14SlowbroSlowbro1989%
15SnorlaxSnorlax1872%
16CramorantCramorant12100%
17GarchompGarchomp1070%
18VenusaurVenusaur944%
19ZeraoraZeraora888%
20BlastoiseBlastoise650%
21GardevoirGardevoir4100%
22BlisseyBlissey425%
23SylveonSylveon475%
24CharizardCharizard3100%
25GengarGengar3100%
26CrustleCrustle3100%
27MamoswineMamoswine367%
28Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales250%
29DecidueyeDecidueye2100%

Pokemon Used By Top 20 Players (January 3 - 9, 2022)

PokemonTotal BattlesWin Rate
1DragoniteDragonite22183%
2LucarioLucario20278%
3GreedentGreedent14786%
4WigglytuffWigglytuff13889%
5EldegossEldegoss9882%
6PikachuPikachu7477%
7TalonflameTalonflame5990%
8TsareenaTsareena4264%
9Mr. MimeMr. Mime3281%
10GreninjaGreninja2268%
11DecidueyeDecidueye2075%
12CinderaceCinderace1771%
13AbsolAbsol1656%
14SlowbroSlowbro1694%
15VenusaurVenusaur1155%
16CramorantCramorant1182%
17SnorlaxSnorlax1060%
18BlastoiseBlastoise888%
19MachampMachamp771%
20GengarGengar771%
21GarchompGarchomp786%
22CrustleCrustle786%
23CharizardCharizard667%
24ZeraoraZeraora580%
25Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales4100%
26MamoswineMamoswine367%
27SylveonSylveon3100%
28GardevoirGardevoir1100%
29BlisseyBlissey10%

Pokemon Used By Top 20 Players (December 27, 2021 - January 2, 2022)

PokemonTotal BattlesWin Rate
1DragoniteDragonite27780%
2LucarioLucario17078%
3GreedentGreedent10081%
4WigglytuffWigglytuff9078%
5TsareenaTsareena6784%
6TalonflameTalonflame6676%
7PikachuPikachu5789%
8EldegossEldegoss3190%
9CinderaceCinderace2673%
10SnorlaxSnorlax2277%
11BlastoiseBlastoise1883%
12GreninjaGreninja1889%
13CramorantCramorant1688%
14VenusaurVenusaur1471%
15MachampMachamp1385%
16Mr. MimeMr. Mime1354%
17ZeraoraZeraora1362%
18DecidueyeDecidueye771%
19AbsolAbsol6100%
20GengarGengar4100%
21SlowbroSlowbro425%
22SylveonSylveon450%
23Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales2100%
24GardevoirGardevoir250%
25GarchompGarchomp250%
26MamoswineMamoswine2100%
27CharizardCharizard1100%
28CrustleCrustle10%
29BlisseyBlissey1100%

Pokemon Used By Top 20 Players (December 20 - 26)

PokemonTotal BattlesWin Rate
1DragoniteDragonite28281%
2TalonflameTalonflame16784%
3GreedentGreedent16083%
4TsareenaTsareena15784%
5LucarioLucario15580%
6WigglytuffWigglytuff11488%
7PikachuPikachu7485%
8EldegossEldegoss6475%
9CinderaceCinderace5084%
10GardevoirGardevoir3781%
11AbsolAbsol3479%
12GreninjaGreninja3190%
13BlastoiseBlastoise2983%
14VenusaurVenusaur2176%
15ZeraoraZeraora2065%
16DecidueyeDecidueye1968%
17Mr. MimeMr. Mime1688%
18SnorlaxSnorlax1479%
19CramorantCramorant14100%
20SlowbroSlowbro1173%
21MachampMachamp10100%
22GengarGengar757%
23GarchompGarchomp667%
24MamoswineMamoswine580%
25SylveonSylveon560%
26Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales4100%
27BlisseyBlissey475%
28CrustleCrustle20%
29CharizardCharizard10%

Pokemon Used By Top 20 Players (December 13 - 20)

PokemonTotal BattlesWin Rate
1Lucario11185%
2Tsareena10178%
3Talonflame6387%
4Greedent5980%
5Pikachu5389%
6Wigglytuff4080%
7Greninja3376%
8Mr. Mime2688%
9Gardevoir2572%
10Zeraora2396%
11Absol2282%
12Mamoswine1984%
13Venusaur1681%
14Cramorant1573%
15Cinderace1471%
16Eldegoss1369%
17Snorlax967%
18Alolan Ninetales978%
19Machamp875%
20Garchomp875%
21Blastoise683%
22Gengar650%
23Slowbro667%
24Crustle5100%
25Sylveon425%
26Decidueye475%
27Charizard250%
28Dragonite250%
29Blissey10%

Master Rank Builds

Master Rank Builds

Every Master Rank trainer has their own set of strategies in the battlefield, and a large component of that is their build! We've made a list below of Master Builds of the top 150 players in the game so you too can reach the top and be one of the best players out there!

Master Rank Builds Guide

Common Pokemon & How To Counter Them

※ The Pokemon listed below are just some of the most common ones in high rank (Master) play. Other Pokemon are also viable.

Commonly Used PokemonHow To Play Against Them
LucarioLucario・Lucario has seen a lot of nerfs but this Pokemon has reclaimed its top 1 spot back in the rankings!
・Lucario's strength lies in its capabilities as a melee fighter. Keep distance and attack it from afar. Use damaging nukes from the likes of Pokemon like Pikachu to dissuade or disable Lucario from closing in.
・ Although it has moves that can close distance, Lucario has no moves that can disable Pokemon. Take note of this and try to lead Lucario to a trap whenever it tries to chase you down.
DragoniteDragonite・Even though this Pokemon is at top 2 it's still a force not to be reckoned with.
・Dragonite is susceptible to attacks before and after using its moves. You can burst it down while it is immobile during this short period
・ Counter Dragonite in battle with crowd control moves and stuns to render it useless in teamfights.
WigglytuffWigglytuff・Its very rare to see two Support type made it to the top 5 this shows that even a Support-type can still head toe to toe with other Pokemon in the roster!
・It's very rare to see that two support-type Pokemon are on the top 5 now we know that P
・ Pushes or moves that displace targets also work well against it as Eldegoss relies heavily on positioning to maximize its skills.
CinderaceCinderace・ Blocking Cinderace is a great way to stop it in its tracks. Use moves from Crustle or Alolan Ninetales to make obstacles to block Cinderace's path.
・ Cinderace is also weak against very mobile enemies such as Zeraora due to most of Cinderace's moves having a narrow area of effect. You can also move around instead of towards Cinderace to dodge its attacks.
・ Spreading out reduces your chances of getting bombed by Cinderace's moves. Spread out when attacking it to greatly curtail its damage potential.
EldegossEldegoss・ Eldegoss is a full support and can be seen as a high-priority target due to the buffs that it can give. Concentrate on it as a team first or assign a Pokemon to take it down.
・ Pushes or moves that displace targets also work well against it as Eldegoss relies heavily on positioning to maximize its skills.

For this season, the Pokemon above have a higher likelihood of being seen in Ranked Matches. Note that these are the Pokemon with the highest representation, but it doesn't mean they're the only Pokemon used. You shouldn't feel pressured to use only these Pokemon, but you should know how to play against them.

Pick The Best Pokemon

May require diversity

While it's possible to perform well with almost every Pokemon in the game, some are clearly favored in the current meta. It's a good idea to stay cognizant of what Pokemon are currently strong (pay particular attention to Balance Patches). That being said, when playing ranked, always go with what you're best at.

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Watch Others Play

Another excellent way of learning how to play against specific meta Pokemon is to watch other people play! Spectating high rank games is a good way to see how others approach playing certain characters. We put out articles that feature interesting plays on a weekly basis, so make sure to check them out if you're interested!

Meta - Current Meta Analysis

Effect Of The January 20th Patch

The new January update came with bug fixes, spec changes, text fixes, and shop updates. Aside from the newest addition of Trevenant's Unite License, there have also been several changes to Pokemon & Battle Items currently in the game.

Overview of Changes
- Charizard buffed
- Decidueye buffed
- Dragonite nerfed
- Garchomp buffed
- Gengar nerfed & slightly buffed
- Lucario bug fix & nerfed
- Machamp buffed & nerfed
- Talonflame buffed & nerfed
- Zeraora bug fix
- X Attack buffed
- Slow Smoke Buffed
- Fluffy Tail Bug Fix
January 20 Updates And Patch NotesPrevious Meta Analysis

Effect Of The December 20th Patch

The newest Balance Patch on December 20 came with bug fixes, spec changes, and text fixes. In addition, the update also came with adjustments to the Matchmaking system, Dragonite's Unite License, Battle Pass Season 4, and updates to the shop with a variety of Pokemon Skins & Trainer Skins!

Overview of Changes
- Venusaur buffed
- Wigglytuff nerfed
- Zeraora nerfed
- Gardevoir nerfed
- Eldegoss buffed & nerfed
- Crustle buffed
- Tsareena nerfed
- Slowbro buffed
- Decidueye buffed
- Cinderace slightly buffed
- Pikachu slightly Buffed
- Sylveon Bug Fix
- Remoat Stadium Bug Fix
Patch Notes: Balance Patch (December 20)

Tsareena Nerfs Not Enough To Keep The Queen Down

Tsareena Nerfs

Although Tsareena's Triple Axel received a nerf due to it initially dealing a ton of damage, it doesn't really seem substantial enough to cause the Pokemon to drop down in the ranks. Players are still likely to go with Triple Axel due to how powerful it is in KO-ing opponents & important Wild Pokemon such as Drednaw & Zapdos.

Zeraora's Spark Was Dimmed

Zeraora's Spark received a huge nerf from 4584 to 1230 (About 73.1%) - a change big enough to have affected the gameplay of a lot of users in the game. This caused Zeraora to fall in the ranks of this week's games.

December 20th Patch Notes

5 Stacks To Help Climb

Look for good combos for now

In the current meta, stacks (organized groups) of multiple players are extremely common. In fact, it's often a huge advantage to queue up for ranked with friends. We strongly recommend doing this, as other players will likely be doing it as well.

Swap Speedster For Another Attacker

A common tactic many teams are employing is to not run a Speedster and run another Attacker instead. In this case, you can have either the All-Rounder or an Attacker jungle instead.

Pokemon Commonly Seen In Mid
GreninjaGreninja LucarioLucario

Lucario and Greninja are the two most common ones, but it's also possible to run Cinderace or Machamp mid as well. The advantage here is that these Pokemon are more useful later game and will benefit from getting the massive exp in the middle lane. Consider running these in the Jungle at some point.

Always Participate In Team Fights

The current meta is seeing a lot of emphasis placed on participation in teamfights. Higher ranked players will have their rotations on point and won't be tunneling their lane. In this meta, objectives in the early game are far more important than scoring - this is particularly true for Drednaw.

Prioritize Drednaw For EXP Boost

Currently, prioritizing Drednaw is extremely common. This is because it will grant your team a huge EXP lead that will help you in later teamfights. Try to immediately group up and defeat it after it spawns at the 7-minute mark. It's ideal for at least one player from the top lane to rotate bottom during this time as well. It's okay to let your tier 1 goal fall if it means securing Drednaw!

Drednaw Guide - Spawn Time & Location

What Are Ranked Matches?

A Place To Test Your Skills

Test Your Skills

Ranked Matches are the main way you measure your skill in Pokemon Unite. Here, you get to fight against similarly ranked players to increase your rank. The higher you rank, the more skillful your opponents become. Ranked matches are also seasonal, so the best players may get some exclusive rewards once the season ends.

Ranked Match Mode Guide

Unlocked Upon Reaching Level 6

Reach Level 6 To Unlock Ranked

Ranked Matches are not immediately available when you start Pokemon Unite. You have to reach Trainer Level 6 in order to unlock it. Also, you need to have 5 Pokemon Unite licenses to be able to join.

How To Level Up Fast Guide

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