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This is Game8's tier list for the best held items in Pokemon UNITE. Check here for our current rankings on the best Held Items as of December 29, 2022, which Items are the best to buy and upgrade, and the best Held Items for each pokemon and role!

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S Rank Icon
Buddy Barrier Image Focus Band Image Wise Glasses Image Scope Lens Image Muscle Band Image Weakness Policy Image
A Rank Icon
Assault Vest Image Attack Weight Image Score Shield Image Float Stone Image Energy Amplifier Image Razor Claw Image Choice Specs Image Rapid-Fre Scarf Image
B Rank Icon
Exp. Share Image Sp. Atk. Specs Image Shell Bell Image Drain Crown Image
C Rank Icon
Rocky Helmet Image Aeos Cookie Image Leftovers Image

Tier List Updates (December 29, 2022)

Update Date Pokemon Summary
12/29 Drain Crown.pngDrain Crown
Down ArrowB Tier

・After using Drain Crown on multiple games, we have decided to drop it down to B Tier.
・The healing Drain Crown provides is just too little at 10%, which is not game-changing even for auto-attack Pokemon like Cinderace and Garchomp. It's much better to slot in a Focus Band.

Held Item Tier List Explanations

S Tier Held Items

Item Summary
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band is a great item to bolster overall survivability. This item grants you Defense and Special Defense, and a burst of health regeneration whenever your HP falls too low. It is extremely effective on All-Rounders and Defenders who cannot get bursted down easily to maximize its critical HP regen effect.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band gives the Pokemon extra Attack and Attack Speed. It also grants the wearer further damage boosts based on the target's current HP, making it extremely useful against tanky targets like Defenders. This item is recommended for Attack stat Pokemon that have fast Standard Attacks.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Currently, Scope Lens is the only item that gives a boost to Critical Rate and Critical Damage. This is an amazing item for most physical stat Attackers or Speedsters that rely on burst damage to compensate for their lack of defenses.
Weakness Policy.pngWeakness Policy Weakness Policy is the go-to item for All-Rounders or Physical and Melee Pokemon in general. Not only does the item give extra HP for extra survivability, but it also allows the wearer to get some extra attack stat each time it takes a hit!
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses is a straightforward but effective item for boosting Special Damage and is a must-have for Special Attack type Pokemon. Having a high Sp. Attack stat means more move damage and stronger heal effects for certain Pokemon.

A Tier Held Items

Item Summary
Assault Vest.pngAssault Vest Assault Vest is a solid defensive Held Item that helps you withstand attacks from Special Attack type Pokemon that have burst moves. Aside from granting wearers Sp. Def and HP, this item also grants a shield that nullifies a certain amount of Special Damage as well.
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight is a held item that increases your Attack Damage whenever you score a goal, making it incredibly useful for physical damage dealers that can convert the extra stats into damage. However, this item's effectiveness is held back by how often the wearer can score goals.
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier Buddy Barrier is a defensive Held Item that grants large amounts of shields for its wearer and a low-HP ally whenever the wearer activates its Unite Move. Its effect is so impactful that it feels like having a second battle item. This is a particularly powerful pickup for Pokemon who utilize their Unite Moves to get into the frontlines of a fight so they can stay alive longer while also providing some support to their other allies.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Choice Specs is a solid SP. Atk item that gives additional damage to every move you deal to an enemy. It allows normal Sp. Attack Pokemon to contribute more damage with every move hit. Running it with Pokemon with a high Sp. Attack stat will ensure high damage output.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Energy Amplifier is a great item for bolstering damage through correct Unite Move usage. Having that extra firepower will be beneficial, especially when the Pokemon's Unite Move deals AoE damage. The cooldown reduction from the item is also a nice bonus, allowing you to activate your moves more frequently.
Rapid-Fire Scarf.pngRapid-Fire Scarf Rapid-Fire Scarf provides a much needed boost to all Pokemon that relies heavily on auto-attacks to deal significant damage. It stacks with X Attack for even more attack speed, and synergizes well with Drain Crown for a high-sustain build for these turret Pokemon!
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw Razor Claw provides solid Attack and Critical Hit Rate. It also grants the wearer a damage bonus to its next standard attack if a move is used beforehand, so it's a particularly useful item for Pokemon who can chain low cooldown skills and standard attacks together.

B Tier Held Items

Item Summary
Drain Crown.pngDrain Crown Drain Crown is a solid item that not only increases Attack and HP, but also provides inherent lifesteal to a Pokemon! It allows Attack-type Pokemon that relies on auto-attacks to survive duels and long-term battles. Since health increases in proportion to damage dealt, slotting in critical-hit rate increasing items together with this item makes it work wonders!
Exp. Share.pngExp. Share Exp Share is a solid item that grants comfortable stats such as HP and Movement Speed. Its unique effect also allows your lane buddy to gain levels and become stronger faster. However, the item is only decent for passive playstyle.
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone Float Stone is a nice pickup for Physical Damage dealers who prefer to roam and play around the vast central area map. Although the item doesn't offer any stats or effects that would be useful in a team fight, the consistent significant movement speed increase alone can be worth running, especially for playstyles that revolve around high mobility.
Score Shield.pngScore Shield Score Shield is a niche item that can be extremely useful for certain playstyles, particularly in aggressive goal scoring. It is also an effective item for diving if your team is sieging the enemy goal post as you can score a goal in the middle of a fight to dodge attacks and recover HP. However, because of the nerf it received in the 1.5.1.2 Update, it has become easier for any Pokemon to shred through its shield and stop the user from scoring.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell is a good utility item for Special Damage Pokemon. Aside from boosts to Cooldown Reduction and Special Attack, this item also grants the Pokemon the ability to recover HP whenever it hit targets with Special Damage moves.
Sp. Atk. Specs.pngSp. Atk. Specs Sp. Atk. Specs is a great item for scaling Special Damage into the later stages of a match. It remains a key item for builds that have you max out an Sp. Attack Pokemon's moves - may it be for damage, healing, shield, etc.

C Tier Held Items

Item Summary
Aeos Cookie.pngAeos Cookie Aeos Cookie is a Held Item that rewards you with increased HP every time you score a goal. While having a large HP can be a very powerful asset, the item does not translate well with most Pokemon when score-related strategies focus on increasing damage instead of durability.
Rocky Helmet.pngRocky Helmet Rocky Helmet is an amazing tank item that allows the wearer to counter damage. It falls lower on our tier list due to its effect needing an instant burst amount of damage instead of gradually making its return damage non-existent. However, its stat boosts are still great and can be useful for durable Pokemon that can make use of it.
Leftovers.pngLeftovers Leftovers is a straightforward item that grants you passive HP regeneration when out of combat. While nice at the start, this Held Item starts to lose its appeal as you unlock better and more efficient alternatives later on.

Best Held Items for Each Pokemon

All-Rounder

Pokemon Best Held Items
Aegislash ImageAegislash
Azumarill ImageAzumarill
Buzzwole ImageBuzzwole
Charizard ImageCharizard
Dragonite ImageDragonite
Garchomp ImageGarchomp
Lucario ImageLucario
Machamp ImageMachamp
Scizor ImageScizor
Tsareena ImageTsareena
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar
Urshifu ImageUrshifu

Attacker

Pokemon Best Held Items
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales
Cinderace ImageCinderace
Cramorant ImageCramorant
Decidueye ImageDecidueye
Delphox ImageDelphox
Dragapult ImageDragapult
Duraludon ImageDuraludon
Espeon ImageEspeon
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir
Glaceon ImageGlaceon
Greninja ImageGreninja
Mew ImageMew
Pikachu ImagePikachu
Sylveon ImageSylveon
Venusaur ImageVenusaur

Defender

Pokemon Best Held Items
Blastoise ImageBlastoise
Crustle ImageCrustle
Greedent ImageGreedent
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine
Slowbro ImageSlowbro
Snorlax ImageSnorlax
Trevenant ImageTrevenant

Speedster

Pokemon Best Held Items
Absol ImageAbsol
Dodrio ImageDodrio
Gengar ImageGengar
Talonflame ImageTalonflame
Zeraora ImageZeraora
Zoroark ImageZoroark

Supporter

Pokemon Best Held Items
Blissey ImageBlissey
Clefable ImageClefable
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss
Hoopa ImageHoopa
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime
Sableye ImageSableye
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff

Best Held Items for Each Role

Attackers Speedsters All-Rounders
Defenders Supporters

Attackers

Item Summary
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens significantly increases the Pokemon's damage output through Critical Hits.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band is an effective item to further boost Standard Attack damage. This item is especially useful against tanky targets such as Defenders.
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight is a solid pickup for Physical Damage Attackers such as Cinderace. This held item improves your attack everytime you score a goal, allowing you to scale well into the late game.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Energy Amplifier increases overall damage whenever you activate your Unite Move. This is great for players who use their Unite Move with great timing and positioning.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell is a very versatile item which bolsters a Pokemon's Special Damage moves by increasing their damage, reducing their cooldown, and healing you for a certain amount whenever they hit.
Sp. Atk. Specs.pngSp. Atk. Specs Sp. Atk. Specs lets your Special Damage scale even higher whenever you score a goal. This is great for Pokemon such as Alolan Ninetales and Pikachu.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses is a straightforward held item that increases your Special Damage by a certain amount.
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone Float Stone is a solid pick up for Physical Damage Attackers such as Cinderace and Greninja.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Choice Specs works similar to Wise Glasses but with the added bonus of increasing your moves' damage output by a flat amount. This is perfect for Sp. Atk. Attackers like Gardevoir, Pikachu, and Venusaur.
Drain Crown.pngDrain Crown Attackers that relies heavily on auto-attacks can significantly increase their overall survivability with the Drain Crown. Use this on attackers like Cinderace and Decidueye so they can go toe-to-toe in battles!
Rapid-Fire Scarf.pngRapid-Fire Scarf Rapid-Fire Scarf inherently boosts Attack Speed at certain intervals. Auto-attack based Attackers can significantly increase their overall DPS with this item, and pairing it with X Attack increases it even more!

Attacker Guide: How to Play Attackers

Speedster

Item Summary
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens significantly increases phsyical Pokemon's damage via Critical Rate and Damage.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band is an effective item to further boost basic attack damage. This item is especially useful against tanky targets such as Defenders.
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight is a solid pickup for Physical Damage Speedsters such as Absol and Zeraora. This held item improves your attack everytime you score a goal, allowing you to scale well into the late game.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Energy Amplifier increases overall damage whenever you activate your Unite Move. This is great for players who use their Unite Move with great timing and positioning.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell is a very versatile item which bolsters a Pokemon's Special Damage moves by increasing their damage, reducing their cooldown, and healing you for a certain amount whenever they hit.
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone Float Stone is a solid pick up to bolster Physical Damage. The added movement speed is also great for Speedsters since they prefer to start in the jungle and gank lanes afterward.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw Razor Claw is another damage item suitable for Speedsters. The bonus attack damage after using a move fits a Speedster's aggressive playstyle, not to mention its 2-second cooldown. Also, the movement speed reduction is perfect for Speedsters since all of them are melee.

Speedster Guide: How to Play Speedsters

All-Rounder

Item Summary
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens significantly increases phsyical Pokemon's damage via Critical Rate and Damage.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band is an effective item to further boost basic attack damage. This item is especially useful against tanky targets such as Defenders.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band is a great defensive pickup to increase overall survivability in the middle of fights, a place where All-Rounders want to be.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Energy Amplifier is a great pickup for boosting damage via proper Unite Move usage and timing. This is especially effective for All-Rounders who can activate their Unite Moves twice like Machamp and Charizard.
Rocky Helmet.pngRocky Helmet Rocky Helmet is another good pickup to improve survivability in teamfights. This held item unleashes an AoE damage whenever you receive enough damage, which synergizes perfectly with an All-Rounder's in-your-face playstyle.
Assault Vest.pngAssault Vest Assault Vest is a solid defensive pickup. This held item grants you a shield that negates a certain amount of Special Damage.
Weakness Policy.pngWeakness Policy Weakness Policy enhances an All-Rounder's playstyle of tanking and doing damage simultaneously via its stacking damage increase. It's quite easy for an All-Rounder to stack the damage increase since they like to be in the middle of fights to soak damage.

All-Rounder Guide: How to Play All-Rounders

Defender

Item Summary
Rocky Helmet.pngRocky Helmet One of the best pickups for Defenders. Rocky Helmet bolsters your defense and lets you reflect damage after you receive a certain amount, making you an even tougher target to take down.
Assault Vest.pngAssault Vest Assault Vest bolsters your Special Defense, which is great for tanking the front lines against pokemon such as Gengar and Alolan Ninetales.
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier Buddy Barrier is a solid pickup for improving your HP. The main reason to get this item is for its special effect, which grants you and a low-HP ally a massive shield upon activating an Unite Move.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band is a nice pickup that improves overall survivability. This held item also grants you a sudden burst of HP regeneration whenever you fall too low.
Exp. Share.pngExp. Share Exp. Share is a niche pickup, but one that can be useful in certain scenarios and matchups. Aside from the HP and movement boosts, you also gain passive exp gain whenever you're the lowest on the team in terms of level. This allows you to funnel all of the last hits to your Attackers instead, which can lead to lane domination early on.
Score Shield.pngScore Shield Another niche pickup, Score Shield makes your goal attempts uninterruptible. This can be extremely useful for certain scenarios and close matches.

Defender Guide: How to Play Defenders

Supporter

Item Summary
Rocky Helmet.pngRocky Helmet A supporter's goal is to survive as long as possible to bolster their teammates. Rocky Helmet is a great way to increase your HP and Defense, while turning you into a difficult target to take down due to its special effect.
Assault Vest.pngAssault Vest Assault Vest grants you a barrier that negates a certain amount of Special Damage, improving overall survivability.
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier Buddy Barrier grants you and a low-HP ally a massive shield whenever you pop a Unite Move. This is extremely useful for keeping yourselves alive in dire situations and can be the difference between victory and defeat.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band is another solid item that improves overall survivability. Its special effect grants you a burst of HP regeneration once you drop too much HP, potentially giving you enough time to turn things around for you and your team.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses is a straightforward item that increases Special Damage. This is a great pickup for Supporters since they primarily deal Special Damage.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell is another great pickup for Supporters because it improves Special Damage, reduces move cooldowns, and lets them regenerate HP whenever their moves hit a target.
Exp. Share.pngExp. Share Exp. Share is a decent pickup with great stats for Supporters. Its special effect lets Supporters funnel exp towards their teammates instead, which usually leads to a smooth and dominant laning phase.

Supporter Guide: How to Play Supporters

Tier List Criteria

Full Criteria

Criteria
Item Stats Effect Impact Accessibility Rank Usage

Each of these factors determine the Held Item's place within the tier list. Read on to learn what they refer to exactly:

  • Item Stats: We looked at the Held Item's basic stats and how efficient they are within the current metagame.
  • Effect Impact: Determines the overall power level of the Held Item's special effect and its scaling — How powerful is this effect overall and how does instrumental it is for a Pokemon's success?
  • Accessibility: Determines how useful the Held Item is across multiple Pokemon, regardless of role.
  • Rank Usage: We gauged the Held Item's performance in high-ranked matches to get a better glimpse at its overall effect in high-level scenarios and play.

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