Pokémon Unite Tier and Pokémon List: All-Rounder, Attacker, Defender, Speedster and Supporter tier lists explained

Which Pokémon should you use in Pokémon Unite?

Our Pokémon Unite tier lists will help you decide which Pokémon you should pick - be it an All Rounder, Attacker, Defender, Speedster or Supporter Pokémon.

Pokémon Unite is a strategic team battle game, so you need to ensure that your choice will work alongside your teammates. It's a good idea to experiment with a variety of playstyles, so you're always ready to adapt.

Below you'll be able to find our Pokémon Unite tier list, which is subjective, along with how to unlock Pokémon in this game.

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Pokémon Unite tier list explained

Pokémon in Pokémon Unite are divided into five categories - All-Rounder, Attacker, Defender, Speedster and Supporter. Despite this, there are still a number of Pokémon which stand out against the rest.

Here are the top tier Pokémon for Pokémon Unite, along with their categories, based upon our experience with the game:

  • Machamp - All-Rounder
  • Pikachu - Attacker
  • Eldegoss - Supporter
  • Absol - Speedster
  • Crustle - Defender
  • Lucario - All-Rounder

Below you'll find tier lists for each Pokémon category, which contain more information about the individual Pokémon, and, please remember, these are subjective, so you may have different preferences.

All-Rounder tier list for Pokémon Unite

All-Rounder Pokémon in Pokémon Unite have a close balance of offense and endurance, which helps make them reliable fighters.

At the time of writing, there are four All-Rounder Pokémon in the game - Charizard, Machamp, Lucario and Garchomp. Charizard is one of the Pokémon Unite licenses you can choose from after completing the tutorial.

Here is the tier list, going from highest to lowest, for All-Rounder Pokémon in Pokémon Unite:

If you want to cause damage, then Machamp is the perfect choice. All of its attacks become more powerful upon upgrading and its Unite boosts the majority of Machamp's stats.
While less powerful than Machamp, Lucario is faster. Attacks like Extreme Speed allow you to deal a good amount of damage very quickly, while, when upgraded, Bone Rush makes it easier to perform other moves.
The downside to Garchomp is that it takes a while to evolve; when it is ready, however, it provides a variety of powerful moves, which can easily destroy foes and wild Pokémon.
While Charizard does have a good moveset, it can take a long time to reach these levels and finish the evolution process for Charizard, which means you might not actually get to play as Charizard.

Attacker tier list for Pokémon Unite

Even though they have low endurance, Attacker Pokémon in Pokémon Unite are the creatures which can deal a heavy amount of damage to their opponents - be it in close combat or at a distance.

At the time of writing, there are six Attacker Pokémon to choose from - Venusaur, Pikachu, Alolan Ninetales, Gardevoir, Greninja, Cinderace and Cramorant. Pikachu is one of the Pokémon Unite licenses on offer after you complete the tutorial.

Below you can find the Attacker tier list, going from highest to lowest, for Pokémon Unite:

Thanks Pikachu's long range and variety of attacks, it's perfect for crowd control and generally causing an awful lot of damage. Pikachu is the ideal Attacker for any team.
Gardevoir does require an amount of practise, but, once mastered, it's powerful ranged attacks allows you to cut through both wild and enemy Pokémon.
Alolan Ninetales
Aloan Ninetales ability to stall your foes and the amount of damage it can deal makes it very strong Attacker Pokémon. It's passive ability also has a constant negative effect on your enemies, which gives you an edge.
Cinderace's mobility allows it to quickly run into battle and deal a significant amount of damage. Since some of Cinderace's moves have an effect on each other, it's a good idea to plan your moveset out before the match.
Your goal with Cramorant should be to use its Unite Move surrounded by either wild Pokémon or the enemy team, because it will allow you to cause a large amount of damage very quickly.
While Venusaur is a good choice for the early stages of a match, it does, slowly, become less effective over time - for this reason, it's a good idea to consider using a different Attacker.
Sadly Greninja is not effective at least during the early stages of a match and, due to this risk, you might not be able to unleash its full power.

Defender tier list for Pokémon Unite

Defender Pokémon, as the name suggests, are designed to protect their fellow teammates from attacks in Pokémon Unite.

At the time of writing, there are three Defender Pokémon on offer - Slowbro, Snorlax and Crustle - and Snorlax is one of the Pokémon Unite licenses you can choose from after completing the tutorial.

Here you'll find the Defender tier list for Pokémon Unite and, please remember, that this is subjective:

Crustle is best choice when it comes to defending your goals or team mates. This is partly thanks to how it can slow down the opposing team, making them easier to defeat.
Snorlax provides a solid line of defense, with useful moves like Rest and its Unite Move, Power Nap, allowing Snorlax to regain some of its health without having to retreat.
Slowbro is perfect for delaying opponents, so your more powerful team mates can properly defeat them, which makes it ideal for crowd control.

Speedster tier list for Pokémon Unite

Speedster Pokémon in Pokémon Unite are known for their high mobility and offence stats, which allows them to both quickly defeat wild Pokémon and score goals.

At the time of writing, there are four Speedster Pokémon to choose from - Gengar, Absol, Talonflame and Zeraora. You have the option to obtain the Talonflame Pokémon Unite license after completing the tutorial.

It's important to note that Zeraora is only available for a limited-time after the game's release, so you might not be able to add it to your collection.

This is our Speedster tier list for Pokémon Unite, going from highest to lowest, and remember - this list is subjective:

With high offense and mobility, Absol can quickly enter into a fight and, using attacks like Psycho Cut or Sucker Punch, deal a lot of damage, before dashing out again for some health.
Zeraora's Unite Move, Plasma Gale, not only causes a lot of damage to nearby enemies, but allows you to enjoy a boost to it's basic attack.
For Talonflame to be truely effective, you need to ensure it levels up very early on into the battle, so you can take advantage of its full abilities.
While Levitate makes Gengar very fast out of combat, it has to be at least level 7 to be considered a dangerous force on the battlefield with Dream Eater or Hex.

Supporter tier list for Pokémon Unite

Supporter Pokémon in Pokémon Unite have the ability to heal allies and attack opponents using status conditions to assist their teammates in defeating their opponents.

At the time of writing, there are three Supporter Pokémon available - Wigglytuff, Mr. Mime and Eldegoss, which is one of the Pokémon you can choose upon completing the tutorial.

Below you can find the Supporter tier list for Pokémon Unite, which is organised from highest to lowest and is subjective:

Out of all the Supporters, Eldegoss is the most well rounded when it comes to causing damage, healing itself and others and increasing mobility.
Wigglytuff an inflict a number of status effectives on your foes and its Unite Move provides both a boost to allies and damage to your enemies.
Mr. Mime
While Mr. Mime has the ability to create barriers and, when Guard Swap is upgraded, heal itself, you will need to practise a lot to reach its full potential.

Need help deciding which Pokémon to choose? Check out our Pokémon Unite tier list and build guides for - Pikachu, Gardevoir, Cinderace and Absol.

Pokémon list: How to unlock Pokémon in Pokémon Unite explained

At the time of writing, there are 21 playable Pokémon in Pokémon Unite, including the limited-time Zeraora.

You can earn new Pokémon Unite licenses by completing specific challenges, levelling up your Trainer level and purchasing them using one of the in-game currencies from the Unite Battle Committee.


Upon completing the tutorial, you'll also be given the choice of four Pokémon licenses - Charizard, Pikachu, Snorlax, Eldegoss and Talonflame. You'll receive whichever license you picked for free, while the others will be purchasable from one of the in-game shops.


Zeraora is also the first limited-time Pokémon in the game and you can earn it by playing Pokémon Unite during a specific time period.

Below, in National Pokédex order, you can find all of the Pokémon currently available in Pokémon Unite:

  • Venusaur
  • Charizard
  • Pikachu
  • Alolan Ninetales
  • Wigglytuff
  • Machamp
  • Slowbro
  • Gengar
  • Mr. Mime
  • Snorlax
  • Gardevoir
  • Absol
  • Garchomp
  • Lucario
  • Crustle
  • Greninja
  • Talonflame
  • Zeraora
  • Cinderace
  • Eldegoss
  • Cramorant

Have fun in Pokémon Unite!

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