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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!

Defender Tier List

S Rank Icon
Greedent Image Slowbro Image Snorlax Image
A Rank Icon
Blastoise Image Mamoswine Image Trevenant Image
B Rank Icon
Crustle Image
C Rank Icon

S Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Greedent ImageGreedent S Rank Icon Top/Bot
Needs mastery, but offers 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.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro S Rank Icon Top/Bot
Amazing crowd control
Slowbro brings an incredible amount of control in fights and skirmishes. This Pokemon's ability to shut key targets down with Surf, Slowbeam, and Telekenesis makes it a major threat in fights that is difficult to eliminate due to its naturally high durability as a Defender.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax S Rank Icon Top/Bot
A tough shield to break
Snorlax is amazing at stalling and setting enemies up for follow-ups and combos. 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.

A Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Blastoise ImageBlastoise A Rank Icon Top/Jungle
The perfect 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 shines in big teamfights. Blastoise's lethality skyrockets and becomes the perfect initiator. However, the recent nerf to Hydro Typhoon caused Blastoise to drop a tier.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine A Rank Icon Top/Bot
Stun. Freeze. Repeat.
Mamoswine's entire moveset comes with some variation of stuns, freezes, or knockups, 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 Icicle Crash or Ice Fang, respectively. The only issue is that Mamoswine's damage output is mediocre and that access to its Unite Move is locked at a very late level 10.
Trevenant ImageTrevenant A Rank Icon Top/Bot
The Undying Tree
Trevenant can be built either as a traditional crowd-control defender or a frontline bruiser. Trevenant's HP-centric gameplay is definitely something fresh to the game but feels underwhelming. It's kit revolves around Trevenant soaking damage but it dies before it can deal significant damage to the opponent. Unless UNITE buffs Trevenant to increase its defenses, we will see it lurking in the lower tiers for the time being.

B Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Crustle ImageCrustle B Rank Icon Top/Bot
The king of the front lines
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.

Pokemon Roster Tier List

SS Tier Icon
Absol Image Blissey Image Greninja Image Hoopa Image Pikachu Image Tsareena Image Tyranitar Image
S Rank Icon
Aegislash Image Alolan Ninetales Image Buzzwole Image Cinderace Image Dragonite Image Espeon Image Gardevoir Image Glaceon Image Greedent Image Lucario Image Machamp Image Slowbro Image Snorlax Image Venusaur Image
A Rank Icon
Azumarill Image Blastoise Image Charizard Image Decidueye Image Delphox Image Duraludon Image Eldegoss Image Gengar Image Mamoswine Image Mr. Mime Image Sylveon Image Talonflame Image Trevenant Image Wigglytuff Image Zeraora Image
B Rank Icon
Cramorant Image Crustle Image
C Rank Icon
Garchomp Image

Roster Tier List and Evaluations

Tier List Criteria

Full 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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