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This is a guide on how to play the Defender Role in Pokemon UNITE. Read on to learn what Defenders are, their strengths and weaknesses, how to play Defender Pokemon, and more!

Pokemon Unite Defender Role

What are Defenders?

Defenders are large, tough Pokemon with high endurance. They focus on protecting allies and preventing opponents from scoring goals.

List of All Defender Pokemon

Why Should You Play Defender?

The Defender role is for players who want to support their team by being the frontline Pokemon to lead charges and defend goal zones. Defenders are similar to the 'Tank' archetype found in other MOBAs, which are very useful in absorbing most of damage and for providing crowd control.

Best Defenders

Best Defender Pokemon
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Snorlax is a dependable Pokemon who can take a lot of hits while protecting its allies.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbro has high defense and can shrug off the damage it sustained.

Defender Pokemon Tier List


Snorlax excels at being wall that protects allies from most hits and prevents enemies from scoring. Using Rest while defending a goal will be annoying for your enemies who want to score. Moreover, Heavy Slam can help give strategic crowd control by stuninng enemies in its radius.


Slowbro provides additional support by hindering opponents while being hard to to knock down. Moves like Surf is useful at pushing away each opponent caught in its path and Telekinesis which can incapacitate enemies completly in the late game. Also ,when everything seems dire, Slowbro can recover lost HP by using Slack Off.

Defender Best Lanes

Top Lane

Top Lane Defenders should focus on preventing opponents from scoring as much as possible by using moves that hinder their movement or pushing them back entirely. Then, when the time is right, you should be able to escort your partner safely to score goals. It would also help to stick with your lane partner and help them farm experience fast.
Top Lane Guide

Bottom Lane

Defenders can help take the bulk of the damage dealt by Drednaw when going for the objective. In defending, it is important to always keep the goal within reach as you defeat wild Pokemon in the wider spaces of the Bottom Lane. It is best to coordinate with your teammates when you are going to initiate a push.

Bottom Lane Guide

Defender Pokemon Strengths

High Endurance

Defender Pokemon have the highest Endurance rating compared to other Pokemon roles in the game. They can sustain high amounts of damage before falling in battle.

Good for Crowd Control

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Because of their big size, their moves are all about causing hindrances to opponents. When battles get too cluttered, a big strategic slam from a defender could level the playing field for a short time for an opportunity to push or retreat when needed.

Defender Pokemon Weaknesses

Low Offense

Even with the size advantage, Defender Pokemon have the lowest offense rating compared to other roles. This makes it hard for them to take out wild Pokemon and opponents on their own.

Low Mobility

Defenders have low enough mobility that it will take a bit of effort to maneuver around the area. It is important for them to commit to a lane and keep the opponent in check as much as possible.

How to Play Defender

Be the Guardian of the Team

Protecting Goal Zones

Opponents will have a hard time knocking Defenders down, especially when it is in a goal zone. Defenders aren't easily pushed back, making it easy to block the enemy from scoring entirely by using moves that inflict stun or moves that knocks them back.

Protecting Allies

Being a defender means you are willing to stand infront of enemy attacks to protect your allies. You can utilize the Defender's high HP to absorb most of the damage for your fragile teammates to safely escort them to an enemy goal or save them from a losing fight. Moreover, Defenders are extremely helpful in protecting teammates when you are fighting Boss Pokemon.

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Pair Up With an Attacker

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Defenders are generally ineffective offense-wise on their own. Teaming up with an Attacker can help you farm experience and Aeos Energy faster, while alleviating each other's weaknesses. This also allows you to share experience so you can level up faster while having extra offense against opponents.

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