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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

Snorlax Image Blastoise Image
S Rank Icon
Crustle Image
A Rank Icon
Slowbro Image
B Rank Icon
C Rank Icon

SS Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
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.
Blastoise ImageBlastoise S Rank Icon 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 becomes even deadlier, and the perfect initiator once Hydro Typhoon is learned due its insane damage and huge area of effect.

S Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Crustle ImageCrustle S 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.

A Tier Defenders

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Slowbro ImageSlowbro A 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.

Pokemon Roster Tier List

Lucario Image Blastoise Image Wigglytuff Image Snorlax Image Cramorant Image
S Rank Icon
Crustle Image Zeraora Image Greninja Image Mr. Mime Image Pikachu Image Alolan Ninetales Image
A Rank Icon
Blissey Image Slowbro Image Eldegoss Image Talonflame Image Machamp Image Cinderace Image Absol Image
B Rank Icon
Gengar Image Venusaur Image Gardevoir Image Garchomp Image
C Rank Icon
Charizard 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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