A new take on a long-established formula, Pokémon Unite pits teams of five trainers against each other, each armed with just a single Pokémon. Pokémon can evolve, hold items to improve their standing, and even learn new moves during battle.
Some Pokémon have natural advantages over others — which is why we're heartlessly ranking them here. But let the record show that if my editor let me, this would be a tier list based on how huggable these cuties are.
Tragically for me, we're instead ranking them based on how well they perform overall; along with how they perform in their respective categories of All-Rounder, Attacker, Defender, Speedster, and Supporter.
Only a fraction of all (extremely huggable) existing Pokémon are currently represented in Unite — there are just 37, including a limited-time Zeraora. As such, the list of Pokémon in Pokémon Unite is nowhere near the hundreds of Pokémon in mainline games.
That may be good news for early adopters, though, as a more concise roster makes it easier to choose your adorable contenders and learn the basics. Pokémon Unite is currently out for Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. So start planning now with our ranking of the following Pokémon.
Here's your quickest look at how all available Pokémon in Pokémon Unite stack up against each other, regardless of type or rarity.
|S||Absol, Pikachu, Talonflame, Blastoise, Sylveon, Venusaur, Lucario, Snorlax, Tsareena, Aegislash, Hoopa, Glaceon, Espeon|
|A||Alolan Ninetales, Cinderace, Garchomp, Gengar, Zeraora, Blissey, Mamoswine, Greedent, Dragonite, Azumarill, Delphox, Duraludon|
|B||Charizard, Eldegoss, Mr. Mime, Slowbrow, Gardevoir, Wigglytuff, Trevenant|
|C||Cramorant, Crustle, Greninja, Machamp, Decidueye|
Every team needs a few players who can flex their muscles and roll with the punches in equal turn. These All-Rounders are great picks for balanced offensive and defensive capabilities.
|A||Charizard, Lucario, Dragonite, Aegislash, Azumarill|
As the name implies, Attackers are great at doling out damage, but they have low endurance and can't take hits as well as other classes.
|S||Pikachu, Sylveon, Venusaur, Glaceon, Espeon|
|A||Alolan Ninteales, Cinderace, Decidueye, Greninja, Delphox, Duraludon|
Unfortunately, as is often the case with the tank class, there are precious few Defenders. Don't count these Pokémon out, though! They play a crucial role in protecting weaker teammates and your goal zones.
|B||Slowbro, Crustle, Trevenant|
Every team needs an Abby Wambach — the top scorer on the field. That's where Speedsters come in, with their heightened mobility and offense for a killer one-two punch that will leave your opponents in the dust.
The best of both worlds, Support Pokémon can inflict status ailments and heal your team. These sweethearts are sure to leave your teammates kissing your feet with gratitude!
|S||Eldegoss, Blissey, Hoopa|
Heart of the cards
Winning isn't everything and if it means you get more enjoyment out of Unite by playing your favorite Pokémon, put 'em in there, coach! No matter how they rank, I know that Venusaur and Gengar will be in my own constant rotation as my go-to guys.
Regardless of how they've ranked here, each Pokémon's moveset and strategies appeal to your playstyle more, so experiment and see what works for you! Everyone will find different advantages and disadvantages based on how exactly they take to the game.
Now available on Android, Pokémon Unite is the next big addiction for trainers around the world. Battle trainers and wild Pokémon to earn points and level up your team.
Buy from: Google Play Store
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A lifelong gamer, Mogan has had a controller in hand since the PlayStation 1 ruled the world and Neopets seemed eternal. She loves to play new and old games alike, especially if it's something weird and charming. Puzzlers, JRPGs, adventure, and rhythm games are her favorites.