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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!

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Mamoswine Image Snorlax Image
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Blastoise Image Trevenant Image
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SS Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Snorlax ImageSnorlax S Rank Icon Top/Bot
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!
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine S Rank Icon Top/Bot
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.

S Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Slowbro ImageSlowbro S Rank Icon Top/Bot
A Durable Disabler
Slowbro brings an incredible amount of control in fights and skirmishes. 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.

A Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Blastoise ImageBlastoise A Rank Icon Top/Jungle
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.
Trevenant ImageTrevenant A Rank Icon Top/Bot
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.

B Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Crustle ImageCrustle B Rank Icon Top/Bot
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.

C Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Greedent ImageGreedent C Rank Icon Top/Bot
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.

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Aegislash Image Blastoise Image Charizard Image Decidueye Image Delphox Image Dragonite Image Eldegoss Image Garchomp Image Hoopa Image Lucario Image Mamoswine Image Talonflame Image Tyranitar Image Wigglytuff Image
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Crustle Image Dodrio Image Espeon Image Zeraora Image
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Cramorant Image Duraludon Image

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Tier List Criteria

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Criteria
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:

  • Power Level: Determines how strong a Pokemon is in theory (when its potential is realized; optimized itemization and playstyle) compared to other Pokemon within its role.
  • 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.
  • Role Effectiveness: Determines how well the Pokemon upholds its role and the expectations that come with it. We look at how its playstyle coincides with the fundamental aspects of the role the Pokemon has.

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