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August 4 Updates!

A variety of Pokemon will have heavy buffs and nerfs coming for them in the new Version 1.1.1.4 Patch coming on August 4, 2021 at 12AM PDT/7:00 UTC.

Those shown below are highly likely to change their position on the Tier List with their new adjustments. Other Pokemon will have bug fixes which could affect their performance as well, so be sure to check out the detailed 1.1.1.4 patch notes.

Buffed Pokemon

Charizard ImageCharizard Talonflame ImageTalonflame Venusaur ImageVenusaur
Absol ImageAbsol Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff

Pokemon with Buffs and Nerfs

Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Cinderace ImageCinderace Gengar ImageGengar
Zeraora ImageZeraora Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Cramorant ImageCramorant
Machamp ImageMachamp

1.1.1.4 Patch Note Update

August 4th Meta Changes

Pokemon That Deserved Nerfs Are Now Weaker

The infamous Gengar that has ben Hexing its way to every battle has finally been answered. While he's still a strong pick, counterplay is now feasible as his damage is no longer astronomical.

Way Balanced Than Last Patch

Aside from the OP tier nerfs this patch, some Pokemon that desparately needed these buffs are also helped out. Pokemon like Absol, Venusaur, and Talonflame are now easier to use but due to the tight competition, will still remain in their respective tiers.

Tier List

S Rank Icon
Pikachu Image Lucario Image Crustle Image
A Rank Icon
Machamp Image Zeraora Image Eldegoss Image Gengar Image Cinderace Image Gardevoir Image Alolan Ninetales Image Wigglytuff Image Absol Image Slowbro Image Snorlax Image Garchomp Image
B Rank Icon
Talonflame Image Mr. Mime Image Venusaur Image Cramorant Image Greninja Image
C Rank Icon
Charizard Image

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Pokemon Tier List Updates (August 4, 2021)

Update Date Pokemon Summary
08/4 Machamp ImageMachamp ・Added to the roster on July 28, 2021
・Placed at A Tier as the damage nerf from Cross Chop now adds a bit of counterplay.
08/4 Eldegoss ImageEldegoss
・Placed at A Tier as Eldegoss' heals is now weaker which allows enemy pokemon to still win fights.
07/28 Gengar ImageGengar
・Placed at A Tier after evaluating its performance within the current metagame.
07/28 Gardevoir ImageGardevoir ・Added to the roster on July 28, 2021
・Placed at A Tier after evaluating its performance within the current metagame.

Is Zeraora Broken?

Zeraora is difficult to deal with due to its high damage and mobility, but considering how it struggles against team compositions with a decent amount of disabling moves, it's a stretch to call Zeraora broken at this time.
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Is Gengar Still OP?

Gengar's Hex move has been weakened but it is still a strong move. Even with the nerfs, Gengar still stays at the A tier as he can still do the same thing but he'll have to be more careful with executing his combos now.

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Tier List Explanations

S-Rank Explanations

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Pikachu ImagePikachu S Rank Icon Top/Bot
Amazing long range lockdown
Pikachu sits at S-Tier because of its ability to control teamfights with powerful crowd-control and scaling damage. This Pokemon's long range allows it to lock key targets down for potential follow-ups from relative safety.
Lucario ImageLucario S Rank Icon Any
A versatile all-rounder with amazing mobility
Lucario has incredible mobility for an All-Rounder, allowing it to excel on either lane and the jungle. This particular Pokemon also pushes the team's advantage extremely well by punishing opponents that are out of position. Lucario can even go the other way and take the fight to the enemy with its signature mobility.
Crustle ImageCrustle S Rank Icon Top/Bot
Versatile front liner
Crustle is an incredible Defender that can either be tuned for damage or utility. Its efficiency at being that extra damage-dealing threat or splitting fights up with walls earns it a spot amongst S-Tier Pokemon in the current roster.

A-Rank Explanations

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Machamp ImageMachamp A Rank Icon Jungle
An unstoppable juggernaut
Machamp is a solid A-Tier All-Rounder due to its ability to bulldoze through enemy lines to take down key targets with insane bursts of damage if used correctly. Machamp compensates for its limited attack range by using bursts of speed, dash attacks, and powerful buffs such as Invincibility to close the distance.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss A Rank Icon Top/Bot
The team's medic
Eldegoss is the only Supporter on the roster that can regularly dish out heals, shields, and mobility for itself and allies. Due to the healing nerfs, Speedsters can now burst down Pokemon that plays bad or is out of position but Eldegoss heals are still valuable which makes him land on the A tier.
Zeraora ImageZeraora A Rank Icon Jungle
Perfectly balanced mobility and damage
Zeraora brings a lot of mobility and burst damage to the table, which is perfect for Pokemon UNITE's incredibly fast match pace. This Pokemon can easily push the team's advantage by setting up ganks on almost any target at any stage of the game.
Gengar ImageGengar A Rank Icon Top/Jungle
Starts slow, but goes out of control from level seven
Gengar is an incredibly mobile Speedster that can respond to the lanes in the blink of an eye. While it does take longer for Gengar to go online, the power spike it receives at level seven makes the wait worth it.
Cinderace ImageCinderace A Rank Icon Top/Bot
Single target destroyer
Cinderace offers some of the best single target damage in the current roster. This Pokemon also has a surprising amount of mobility, making it incredibly elusive while sniping key targets from afar. These factors earn it an easy place at A-Tier.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir A Rank Icon Top/Bot
A late bloomer with devastating potential
Gardevoir crashes into the scene and instantly climbs to the upper half of A-Tier Pokemon. This Attacker may have a slow start, but it starts turning into a damage-dealing machine at level six. Its biggest strength is its effectiveness in zoning enemies out during fights with its entire moveset. Gardevoir's Unite Move is also one of the most devastating ultimates in the game because it can be used to set enemy teams up for amazing combos and follow-ups — on top of the insane damage of the Unite Move itself.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales A Rank Icon Top/Bot
Perfectly balanced damage and control
Alolan Ninetales is an A-Tier Attacker because of its incredible control and high burst damage. Those who overextend or push against this Pokemon or its allies are often subjected to a ton of deadly stun effects such as Stun and Freeze. Another edge Alolan Ninetales has over other Attackers is its ability to probe bushes with its Passive Ability.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff A Rank Icon Top/Bot
Strong offensive utility
Wigglytuff excels at setting opponents up for follow-up attacks from allies mostly through Sleep, Slow, and Stun effects. This Pokemon can also bolster allies with Invincibility with its Unite Move. Wigglytuff is a perfect A-Tier Supporter for teams that want to use aggressive strategies in matches.
Absol ImageAbsol A Rank Icon Jungle
The king of critical damage
An Absol's gameplan is simple but efficient: Dive in and tear enemies apart with powerful crits and standard attacks. This playstyle is so effective that even Defenders fall with ease without the aid of their allies — earning Absol an A-Tier rating.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax A Rank Icon Top/Bot
A straighforward meatshield
Snorlax is another Defender that sits at A-Tier because of its abiltiy to sustain itself in the frontlines. This Pokemon excels at being the shield of the entire team and can even set them opponents up for follow-up attacks whenever they overextend.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro A Rank Icon Top/Bot
Offers incredible crowd-control
Slowbro earns it place amongst A-Tier Pokemon mostly due to its excellence at setting opponents up for follow-up attacks from allies. This Defender offers incredible crowd-control moves that can disable anyone for a significant amount of time. This ability to shut key targets down makes Slowbro an incredibly valuable ally to have.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp A Rank Icon Jungle
Amazing damage with decent mobility
Garchomp's biggest strength is its incredible damage output regardless of the target. This Pokemon can make quick work of enemies players and key targets such as Zapdos. Closing the distance on targets isn't an issue as well since Garchomp has a variety of moves that bolster overall mobility. It does take a while for Garchomp to get fully online though.

B-Rank Explanations

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Talonflame ImageTalonflame B Rank Icon Jungle
High damage that leads to unparalleled aggression
Talonflame, like most Speedsters in the game, excel at establishing early advantages for their team through ganks and skirmishes. Talonflame is incredibly good at striking at targets from any angle and make quick work of them. The only thing holding this Pokemon from reaching higher tiers is its huge reliance on getting an early advantage to be effective.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime B Rank Icon Top/Bot
Strong utility that requires proper mastery
Mr. Mime is a solid Supporter that brings a variety of utility for the team. This Pokemon excels at being a nuisance for the enemy team by generating walls or displacing them into unfavorable positions. Mr. Mime can also tether to allies to bolster their defensive capabilities. Mr. Mime's kit is incredibly strong but it takes proper usage and mastery.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur B Rank Icon Top
Strong early game; mediocre late game
Venusaur has one of the strongest early games in the current roster and can be tweaked for either long or close range combat. The problem with this Pokemon is its huge fall-off in overall damage and survivability at the later stages of a match. These glaring late game issues are the reason why Venusaur is currently placed at B Tier.
Cramorant ImageCramorant B Rank Icon Top/Bot
Incredible in team fights, but requires proper mastery
Cramorant is a B Tier Attacker that offers great ranged damage and is surprisingly durable when used correctly. Cramorant's biggest strength is how devastating its Unite Move is in chaotic situations — essentially turning a large area into a kill zone if positioned correctly.
Greninja ImageGreninja B Rank Icon Jungle
An attacker that struggles in the lane
Greninja sits at B-Tier due to how ineffective it is at the early stages of the game. While Greninja's damage and survivability significantly improve once it establishes its move upgrades, Pokemon UNITE's lightning-paced meta just doesn't give it enough time to be competitive against other Attackers in the roster.

C-Rank Explanations

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Charizard ImageCharizard C Rank Icon Top/Bot
Mediocre and one dimensional
Charizard has amazing damage once it unlocks its moves and upgrades. The main issue with this Pokemon is everything else before that point. Charizard takes a while to go online and its performance before unlocking all of its moves and upgrades isn't outstanding either. This often leads to Charizard being overshadowed by other Pokemon in the roster that take significantly less time to get set up.

Lane Tier Lists

Top Lane Tier List

S Rank Icon
Pikachu Image Snorlax Image Crustle Image
A Rank Icon
Eldegoss Image Lucario Image Slowbro Image Machamp Image Alolan Ninetales Image Garchomp Image Cinderace Image
B Rank Icon
Greninja Image Venusaur Image Mr. Mime Image Wigglytuff Image Cramorant Image Zeraora Image
C Rank Icon
Charizard Image Talonflame Image Absol Image Gengar Image Gardevoir Image

Bottom Lane Tier List

S Rank Icon
Pikachu Image Eldegoss Image Cinderace Image
A Rank Icon
Snorlax Image Crustle Image Lucario Image Venusaur Image Machamp Image Wigglytuff Image Alolan Ninetales Image Cramorant Image Gardevoir Image Zeraora Image
B Rank Icon
Greninja Image Mr. Mime Image Slowbro Image Gengar Image Garchomp Image
C Rank Icon
Charizard Image Talonflame Image Absol Image

Jungle Tier List

S Rank Icon
Lucario Image Zeraora Image
A Rank Icon
Pikachu Image Greninja Image Absol Image Machamp Image Gengar Image Garchomp Image
B Rank Icon
Talonflame Image Mr. Mime Image Cinderace Image Gardevoir Image
C Rank Icon
Charizard Image Snorlax Image Crustle Image Eldegoss Image Venusaur Image Slowbro Image Wigglytuff Image Alolan Ninetales Image Cramorant Image

Role Tier Lists

Attacker Tier List

S Rank Icon
Pikachu Image Cinderace Image
A Rank Icon
Alolan Ninetales Image
B Rank Icon
Greninja Image Venusaur Image Cramorant Image
C Rank Icon None

Attacker Tier List Evaluations

Speedster Tier List

S Rank Icon
Gengar Image Zeraora Image
A Rank Icon
Absol Image
B Rank Icon
Talonflame Image
C Rank Icon None

Speedster Tier List Evaluations

All-Rounder Tier List

S Rank Icon
Lucario Image Machamp Image
A Rank Icon
Garchomp Image
B Rank Icon None
C Rank Icon
Charizard Image

All-Rounder Tier List Evaluations

Defender Tier List

S Rank Icon
Crustle Image
A Rank Icon
Snorlax Image Slowbro Image
B Rank Icon None
C Rank Icon None

Defender Tier List Evaluations

Supporter Tier List

S Rank Icon
Eldegoss Image
A Rank Icon
Mr. Mime Image Wigglytuff Image
B Rank Icon None
C Rank Icon None

Supporter Tier List Evaluations

Tier List Criteria

Evaluated by a team that reached top 100 during the Japanese Beta Test

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The tier lists you see below were created by a team that managed to reach the top 100 during the Japanese Beta Test. Read on to see their criteria for rating the entire Pokemon roster.

Full Criteria

Criteria
Power Level Team Impact Ease-of-Use Rank Usage

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

  • Power Level: Determines how strong a Pokemon is in theory (when its potential is realized; optimized itemization and playstyle).
  • Team Impact: Determines how instrumental a Pokemon is from a team's perspective. What does the Pokemon bring to the table and how effective is this to achieve victory?
  • Ease-Of-Use: When two things perform at roughly the same power level, the one that's easier to use is always better. We always have to consider the amount of effort it takes to play certain Pokemon into account.
  • Rank Usage: We kept a close eye on a Pokemon's performance in high rank matches to get a better glimpse at its overall potential in certain high-level match ups and scenarios.

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