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This is Game8's tier list for the best Defenders in Pokemon UNITE. Read on to know each Defender's strengths, weaknesses, and how they measure up against each other in the current meta!
|Pokemon Tier Lists|
|Main Tier List||All-Rounders||Attackers|
List of Contents
|The Sturdiest Wall|
|Snorlax is amazing at stalling and setting enemies up for follow-ups and combos. Its signature moves like Block and Yawn can be used in a variety of offensive and defensive scenarios, which ultimately boils down to the player's skill and imagination. Players looking for a dependable Defender that can help teams carry games will find great value in Snorlax!|
|Stun. Freeze. Repeat.|
|Mamoswine's entire moveset comes with some variation of stuns, freezes, or knock-ups, ensuring enemies will have a hard time fighting back. It can start a fight with Earthquake or High Horsepower, and follow up with a freeze or stun-and-displace combo using its damage moves. Aside from disabling enemies, Mamoswine can also make it hard for opponents to score goals with Thick Fat, which elevates its Defender gameplay even further.|
|Goodra plays its role in a special way. It soaks damage either by increasing its own defenses while weakening the opponents' damage output with Muddy Water or healing itself while damaging targets using Dragon Pulse. It can also punish opponents for attacking it by slowing and damaging them thanks to Gooey, making it a great frontliner. However, it lacks a reliable disabling move that is present with other prominent Defenders.|
|A Menacing Presence|
|Lapras leans more towards an offensive tank. It can make an impact early on, and it scales well into the late game. Its kit urges the Pokemon to be on the offensive and get close to enemies in fights, but it compensates for it through healing and shielding. Although it has disables, they're not as straightforward to use compared to moves like Heavy Slam and Slowbeam.|
|A Durable Disabler|
|Slowbro brings an incredible amount of control in fights. This Pokemon's ability to shut key targets down with Surf, Slowbeam, and Telekinesis makes it a major threat in fights that is difficult to eliminate due to its naturally high durability as a Defender. However, it outshined by other Defenders that can also contribute damage in the mix.|
|The Best Initiator|
|While weak at the start, once Blastoise reaches level 7, Blastoise's damage output increases drastically. Rapid Spin and Surf are excellent crowd control moves, which shine in big team fights. Blastoise's lethality skyrockets and becomes the perfect initiator for any team clash.|
|The Undying Tree|
|Trevenant's crowd control capabilities with Horn Leech and great burst damage with Curse proved to be a welcome addition to any team composition. It is also an annoying Pokemon to play with as its consistent HP recovery effects make it difficult to take this Pokemon down, and, when you finally do, the damage has already been done.|
|The Frontline King|
|Crustle's amazing versatility lets it sit at the top spot among Defenders in the current roster. This Pokemon can either split fights up with walls or take the fight to enemies directly with sudden bursts of speed and damage. Its solid damage output from melee range makes enemy teams think twice before engaging in fights and skirmishes.|
|High Risk, High Reward|
|Greedent lives up to its reputation as a tricky Defender. Those who don't mind a few quirks will see how Greedent can sustain itself with Stuff Cheeks, and how you can easily melt opponents and boss Pokemon with Belch after swooping down with Berry Belly Flop. Greedent has great potential but is held back by its complex gameplay mechanics that don't translate well for the Defender role.|
|Umbreon's gameplay strays too much from a typical Defender. It relies heavily on building up Boosted Atacks and hitting targets with them, which is a mechanic that All-Rounders tend to have. It's also noticeably squishier compared to other Defenders. Although it has disables and debuffs that are typical for Defenders, they're less effective overall.|
Roster Tier List and Evaluations
|Power Level||Team Impact||Ease-of-Use||Role Effectivess|
Each of these factors determine the Pokemon's place within the tier list. Read on to learn what they refer to exactly:
|Pokemon UNITE Main Tier Lists|
|Pokemon Tier List||Free Character Tier List|
|Battle Items Tier List||Held Items Tier List|
|Low-Elo Tier List||Solo-Queue Tier List|
|Pokemon UNITE Tier Lists per Role|
|Attacker Tier List||Speedster Tier List|
|All-Rounder Tier List||Defender Tier List|
|Supporter Tier List|
Defender Tier List: Best Defenders
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