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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:

  • Tsareena - All-Rounder
  • Pikachu - Attacker
  • Snorlax - Defender
  • Absol - Speedster
  • Hoopa - Supporter

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, Dragonite, Azumarill, Scizor, Tyranitar, Lucario, Garchomp, Aegislash, Tsareena and Buzzwole. 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 as of October 2022:

Meta changes has caused Tsareena to move about the rankings, but the recent one has ensured its place as the top All-Rounder. This is all down to the changes to Stomp, which helps maintain Tsareena's health and provides crowd control. Queenly Majesty - Tsareena's ability - continues to reduce any effects inflicted on Tsareena.
It's important to pay attention to the Muscle Gauge mechanic and have the right item setup when playing as Buzzwole. If you do this correctly, you'll find yourself with an incredibly powerful All-Rounder who can destory the opposing team's forces.
Lucario's brilliant Mobility allows it to keep the top All-Rounder slot, because this stat, when combined with moves like Extreme Speed, allows it trap opponents in a series of powerful attacks. Don't forget about Bone Rush which makes it easier to perform other moves.
While Aegislash is a great All-Rounder, you will mostly need a good amount of practise to unlock its full potential. This is because its moveset and attack mechanics may take you a while to learn, but, once you know what to do, you'll find that Aegislash can be true offensive force, which can be played in any lane.
Dragonite's main strength is its Unite Move, which can cause a great deal of damage to those caught by it. Dragon Dance is also a great choice for its moveset and can help it avoid attacks if needed.
Tyranitar remains a powerful All-Rounder despite the recent changes to its meta. This Pokémon has a variety of playstyle, so feel free to experinment with its moves. Just make sure you take advantage of its high defence!
While Machamp is weak during the early stages of a match, it gains access to a selection of useful buffs once levelled up. Machamp also has a strong basic attack that allows it to continue dealing good damage while you wait for its main attacks to recharge.
Scizor is an interesting Pokémon, because it's technically two as you can choose to stay as Scyther. Evolving into Scizor is, however, the better choice, because the combined power of Bullet Punch and Swords Dance make it a powerful fighter. You will need put in the practise for Scizor though, especially if you want to unleash the true power of its Unite Move.
Updates have ensured that Charizard has the ability to properly stand alongside the other All-Rounders. This doesn't, however, mean that you shouldn't evolve it as quickly as possible to unlock moves like Fire Punch.
The saddness of Azumarill is that its perfect for battling one-on-one and for the Jungle Lane, which means it doesn't hold much weight in a match's endgame. This means, despite its ability to deal critical damage, you might not get the chance to ultise this power.
Once a good contender in the All-Rounder class, Garchomp has slipped down to the bottom spot as new Pokémon, like Buzzwole, have taken the spotlight. If you do want to play as Garchomp, make sure you evolve it as quickly as possible so you can access its full moveset.

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, Mew, Espeon, Gardevoir, Glaceon, Greninja, Sylveon, DecidueyeCinderace, Cramorant and Duraludon. 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 as of October 2022:

Despite the newcomers, Pikachu has retained its spot as the best Attacker in Pokémon Unite. This is in part due to Pikachu's ability to Stun opponents, before defeating them with its high damage output. Pikachu's Unite Move has also been made more powerful thanks to recent meta changes.
Mew only misses out on the top spot, because, to truly use its power, you need to put a lot of training in. This is because its Move Reset mechanic can be very unpredictable, so you need to be able to adapt to which moves your given. Still, Mystic Mirage makes its a great Attacker for any team.
Alolan Ninetales
Aurora Veil makes Alolan Ninetales can excellent choice for any team, because it brings damage to foes and buffs to allies. Alolan Ninetales can also freeze enemies in their tracks and, in doing so, provides you with the chance to score goals or knock a Pokémon out.
Gardevoir is an Attacker built for the endgame, so make sure you level this Pokémon up as quickly as possible. Changes to the meta have, thankfully, made this Pokémon early game easier without descreasing its power. If you're a fan of AoE attacks, then Gardevoir is the perfect choice.
If you don't have Alolan Ninetales, then Glaceon is the next best thing. It has the ability to freeze foes and Snow Cloak allows Glaceon to block crowd control moves. This means you can use Glaceon to keep your team together, while attacking your opponents with ice attacks.
Cinderace's power comes from its ability to deal long range attacks to single targets, including burning them. This means you can easily pick apart the opposing team before they even reach you. Just make sure you evolve into Cinderace as quickly as possible, because this Pokémon does have a weak early game.
Giga Drain and Petal Dance give Venusaur the ability to heal itself and, through this power, it can survive many a tough situation. The trick to this Pokémon's strength is ensuring you level it up as quickly as possible during the early game by focusing on wild Pokémon.
Greninja's moves - Double Team and Smokescreen - help it escape dangerous situations. The downside, however, is that this Pokémon only comes into its power during the later stages of a match after you've unlocked its full moveset. Just make sure you pick your targets carefully!
With the power to deal a great amount of damage from a distance and a fast charging Unite Move, Delphox is a powerful Pokémon in the right hands. You do need to level it up quickly and ensure you're not pinned down by the enemy team, but Delphox can turn the tide of a match as it can easily take on Zapdos thanks to its Unite Move.
Sylveon can easily move between being an attacker to a defender when needs be. It's health stealing abilities are well matched if its offensive attacks, so you easily keep yourself alive even in the midst of battle. We do recommend giving this Pokémon an item to increase its movement speed to make Sylveon even more powerful.
Annoyingly, Decidueye's chance of being the ultimate sniper in Pokémon Unite is hindered by its low Mobility. If you do choose to play as Decidueye, however, you'll find that moves like Spirit Shackle can easily knock out Pokémon from the opposing team. Just make sure you keep your distance!
Despite a good moveset, Espeon is the weakest out of the Attacker Eeveelutions. The combined power of Psyshock - which can stun enemies - and Psybeam does cause a heavy amount of damage to the opposing team. Magic Bounce does help Espeon avoid hinderances, but you still need to keep an eye of your surroundings to avoid being trapped.
Changes to Duraludon's meta have, sadly, lowered the amount of damage this Pokémon can do. It has retained its ability to deal a good amount of damage over large areas and Stealth Rock can still be used multipule times before its cooldown has been activated.
Here we find the once powerful Cramorant. Various meta changes have seen Cramorant fall to this spot, but, despite this, Surf and Whirlpool can still disable enemies.

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 - Blastoise, Slowbro, Snorlax, Mamoswine, Crustle, Trevenant and Greedent - 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 as of October 2022 and, please remember, that this is subjective:

Snorlax remains one of the best Defenders since the release of Unite! This is due to its high Endurance stat, along with the moves Block and Yawn, which can be used for both defensive and offensive purposes.
Greedent's mechanics may take you a while to master, but, once you've learnt the ways of this squirrel, you'll have a powerful Defender on your hands. Stuff Cheeks allows you to heal yourself, while Berry Belly Flop and Belch combine for two powerful attacks.
Thanks to meta changes, Trevenant has risen up the ranks! It has an excellnt crowd control move in the form of Horn Leech and, in the hands of the right player, is difficult to defeat.
You need to reach Level 7 as quickly as possible when playing Blastoise or else you'll find yourself stuck as a rather weak Pokémon. Upon reaching this level, you'll learn Surf and Rapid Spin to control the crowd. Sadly Blastoise has dropped down the rankings due to its Unite move being reworked.
Surf, Slowbeam and Telekinesis all make Slowbro ideal for crowd control, which is an important part of playing the Defender class. The downside of Slowbro, however, is that it has simply been eclipsed by other Defenders since the game's launch.
From freezing enemies to stunning them, Mamoswine is based around causing status effects. While this can be useful in blocking goals, Mamoswine doesn't cause that much damage, so it's a good idea to team up with a teammate. You also have to wait until Level 10 to unlock its Unite Move.
Ah Crustle - once you were the king of Defenders... How the mighty have fallen. Crustle's moveset still provides a good amount of variety despite this, which allows it to provide a good amount of damage when defending a goal or teammate.

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 - Dodrio, 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 as of October 2022, going from highest to lowest, and remember - this list is subjective:

Absol is the master of critical hits, with moves like Psycho Cut and Sucker Punch allowing it deal a large amount of damage very quickly. Just make sure you defeat your foe as quickly as possible!
Dodrio is a double threat - both an excellent fighter who can deal a high amount of damage and great at scoring goals! While it can take a while to master, Dodrio is a great Pokémon to have on your Unite team.
Moves like Brave Bird and Fly allow you to travel great distances quickly while also causing a good amount of damage. Talonflame can also heal itself through a well timed Aerial Ace.
For Gengar to become a true contender, you need to reach Level 7 and unlock Hex. From this point on, you'll be able to start taking control of the map, while also using its healing mechanic to stay alive longer.
Zeraroa may have the speed and damage you'll want from a Speedster, but its long cooldowns does make it the weakest Pokémon in this class. Speedsters are all about speed after all and those cooldowns slow it down.

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, Blissey, Hoopa 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 as of October 2022, which is organised from highest to lowest and is subjective:

Hoopa supports its teammates with healing, buffs and, uniquely, creating new ways to traverse the map, which can really surprise the enemy team. Moves like Ring Unbound and Hyperspace Hole not only damage the opposing team, but create warp points for Hoopa's team, which are great if you need to make a quick escape.
With excellent healing support, the ability to disable enemies, boost damage and both give and take away debuffs - Blissey is a great Supporter. Just remember to stick with your allies to take true advantage of Blissey's abilties.
Mr. Mime
Keeping to Pokémon tradition, Mr. Mime is great at creating walls that can divide or push back the opposing team. While Mr. Mime can't heal its allies, this Pokémon does have the ability to change the Defence and Special Defence of both friends and foes.
It's important to stay with your team when playing with Wigglytuff, because this Pokémon's speciality is putting enemies to Sleep and Stunning them. Wigglytuff, however, lacks the power to properly defeat these Pokémon, so you'll need backup!
Eldegoss is the perfect Supporter on paper - providing sheilds and being able to heal allies - changes to the meta since the release of Pokémon Unite has led it to become overshadowed by other members of the Supporter class. If you want to play support, we recommend focusing on another Pokémon.

Need help deciding which Pokémon to choose? Check out our Pokémon Unite tier list and build guides for - Pikachu, Snorlax, Gardevoir, Cinderace, Greninja, Gengar, Blissey, Lucario, Espeon, Delphox, Glaceon, Buzzwole and Absol. You can also learn more about the Ranked system, Fair-Play Points and how to surrender a match.

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:

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