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This is the hub for all Roles and Playstyle guides in Pokemon UNITE, available for the Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Read on to know the different roles and playstyles available in the game, and how you can master each of them!

All Playstyle Roles

Pokemon Unite Role Traits
Pikachu AttackerAttacker Specializes in dealing high DPS (damage per second) in order to defeat enemies quickly.
Talonflame SpeedsterSpeedster Highly mobile Pokemon that can get in and out of situations in a flash.
Snorlax Defender[Defender Durable characters that can take a lot of damage and takes attacks for the team.
Charizard All-RounderAll-Rounder Can both deal and take damage. In-between Attacker and Defender.
Eldegoss SupporterSupporter Has abilities that can help give teammates advantages in fights through healing, shields, buffs, or disables.

Teamwork is key, and knowing how your Pokemon can contribute in terms of offense and defense can affect your team's effectiveness in battle. So it is important to have a general idea of what roles are needed beforehand to synergize well with your team's composition, especially in competitive play.

How to Play Attackers

Pokemon UNITE - Attacker Roster

Strengths Weaknesses
• Can deal a lot of damage quickly • Low endurance and can be taken out quickly

Defeat Wild Pokemon Quickly

Because of their high damage output, Attackers can quickly take down wild Pokemon with hard-hitting ranged attacks. They're also the main damage dealers of the team, so dish out the damage against your opponents while keeping your distance from them.

Support the Team with Firepower

Attackers focus on dealing massive damage from a safe distance. Pair them with a sturdier teammate with a low damage output so you can compensate their low offense. They may be glass cannons, but good positioning and well-timed attacks will make them a deadly force.

Attacker Guide: How to Play Attackers

How to Play Speedster

Speedster Roster Front

Strengths Weaknesses
• High mobility, making ganking and scoring easy • Fragile and can be taken out quickly

Gank Lanes

Speedsters excel at getting in a fight, dealing a high amount of damage, and getting out quickly. This makes them great for sneaking past unaware opponents. They're almost as frail as Attackers though, so use your speed and try not to get caught by the enemy!

Score Quick Goals

Aside from being natural assassins, Speedsters can utilize their highly mobile Dash Moves to score easy when no one's watching.

Speedster Guide: How to Play Speedsters


Defender Roster Front

Strengths Weaknesses
• High endurance
• Good Crowd Control abilities
• Low damage output
• Low mobility

Soak Up Damage for the Team

Defenders offer their high HP to protect their teammates from harm. They are usually found in the front line keeping enemies away from their much frailer allies.

Equalize Fights with Crowd Control Moves

Take advantage of their huge physique to hinder your opponents by stunning or knocking them away during team fights. When battles get out of hand, Defenders can prevent enemies from scoring goals with moves that generate crowd control. Get in the enemie's faces and use your crowd control to mess them up!

Defender Guide: How to Play Defenders

How to Play All-Rounder

All-Rounder Roster Front

Strengths Weaknesses
• Can both deal and take damage
• Can fit in a lot of roles and team compositions
• Not the best at either offense or defense

Fill in Roles when Needed

All-Rounders are dependable Pokemon that can operate on their own. Because of their balanced stats, you can easily adapt into offensive and defensive roles when the situation demands it.

Lead the Charge

By having high enough endurance and moves that pack a punch, All-Rounders excel at leading charges in the frontlines. You can adjust your moves and items depending on if your team needs more damage or more defensive power. Pair them up with Supporter Pokemon and you will have an unstoppable force!

All-Rounder Guide: How to Play All-Rounders

How to Play Supporter

Supporter Roster Front

Strengths Weaknesses
• Has moves that can help teammates win fights • Weakest when by themselves

Heal and Buff your Teammates

Supporters enable their teammates to do their job effectively throughout all stages of the game. They come with a variety of utility such as heals, shields, and debuffs that can keep your teammates alive and give them the upper hand in battle.

Always have an Ally to Support

Supporters should stick close to their allies most of the time. Using their various utility skills, they ensure that their teammates can stay alive in a fight through healing and shielding, as well as take down their opponents through debuffs and crowd control!

Supporter Guide

All Lane Roles

All Lanes
Top Lane IconTop Jungle Area IconJungle Bottom Lane IconBottom

Since it is not possible to be everywhere at once, knowing which specific lanes to attack or defend makes sure that time is spent efficiently. This will be helpful as you communicate with your team when doing mini skirmishes, tactical pushes, and, eventually, scoring goals. Overall, players who know how to utilize the lanes to their advantage will have a better chance of winning.

How to Play Top Lane

Pokemon UNITE Destroy Goal Zone
The Top Lane is about farming Aeos Energy as fast as possible and scoring goals consistently. It is best to defeat every wild Pokemon you come across - even wild Pokemon on the enemy's side to steal Aeos energy.

Great for Generating Early Score Advantage

Defeating Rotom will be key in gaining the score advantage in the early game as it will open up the enemy's goal for easy scoring. It is important to always keep Rotom in check, whether it is being contested or open to capture.

Top Lane Guide

How to Play Jungle

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The Jungle area of the arena does not have any goals to defend or oppose. However, controlling the central area and its wild Pokemon is key when you want to get the upper hand on your enemies.

Great Role for Pokemon with Powerspikes

Pokemon that can quickly take out Wild Pokemon and level up quickly is the best in the jungle. Once they hit their powerspikes they are able to help teammates by ganking their lane.

Jungle Guide

How to Play Bottom Lane

Pokemon UNITE Bottom Lane Venasaur

The Bottom Lane is all about outplaying and outlasting your opponents. Expect a lot of clashes with the opposing team as you do skirmishes while preventing them to score goals and attacking when there is an opening.

Great for Pokemon with Strong Early Games

Since the Bottom Lane has slightly more wild Pokemon spawns in the area, it is easy to amass Aeos Energy and level up fast. It is best to use Pokemon that have strong moveset in the early game for this lane. Having a strong early game will allow you to win fights and steal Wild Pokemon from the other team, allowing you to snowball.

Bottom Lane Guide

What are Roles?

Based on Pokemon's Strengths

Pokemon UNITE Pikachu Scoring
Roles dictate your Pokemon's overall function in a battle based on their strengths and weaknesses. Since Pokemon UNITE matches rely heavily on teamwork and synergy, knowing your role means knowing what your Pokemon's strength is and using it to your team's advantage.

Dictates Playstyle

Pokemon Unite Role MOBA Equivalent
Attacker Carry
Speedster Assassin
Defender Tank
All-Rounder Bruiser/Off-tank
Supporter Support

Pokemon Unite's roles are based around common MOBA archetypes - Attacker, Speedster, All-Rounder, Defender, and Supporter. They offer a variety of playstyles that have their own set of abilities, as well as their own strengths and weaknesses for players to master.

MOBA Terms and Glossary

Roles Coincide with Lanes

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Pokemon Unite's arena is divided into strategic paths that vary in size and scope, as well as the wild Pokemon that appears within it. While players can practically take any path they want, some Pokemon can operate more effectively depending on where they are positioned.

Lane Roles: Best Lane to Play for Each Playstyle

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