Solo Queue Tier List: Best Pokemon for Solo Queue Ranked Matches

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Want to climb the ranks solo-queue in Pokemon UNITE, but don't know which Pokemon to use? Read this article to know the best Pokemon to use for climbing the ranks solo-queue, and why you should pick them.

Solo-Queue Tier List

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

Tier List Updates (January 21)

Trevenant Release

Update Date Pokemon Summary
01/21 Trevenant ImageTrevenant Enters B Tier
・Even though it can sustain itself with constant healing, Trevenant's lack of a proper way to fight back can make batlles a feel like a drag. Support synergies, be it offense or defense, is still needed for Trevenant to operate effectively, which contradicts the self-sustain playstyle. Its crowd control moves, on the other hand, are currently outshined by other moves that have the same purpose.

Tier List Re-Evaluation

Update Date Pokemon Summary
01/05 Slowbro ImageSlowbro ↑ to B Tier
・Crowd control and disruption are now key elements in the current meta and Slowbro has excelled on this regard. However, this requires team coordination so you can effectively time your Surf and Telekinesis. Still, Slowbro's effect in battles (even when solo) can't be ignored so it rose from C to B.

Tier List Explanations


Crustle ImageCrustle SS Rank Icon Top/Bot
The Untouchable
Crustle is an incredibly tanky Pokemon that has no problem taking on groups of enemies at once with its surprisingly high damage via X-Scissor or Stealth Rock. Crustle also has decent supporting capabilities via Rock Tomb, allowing its allies to focus on the trapped target. However, Crustle truly shines when it's allowed to roam freely around the map and score huge points for the team while ignoring Pokemon that tries to defend their goals. The Shell Smash makes Crustle nearly uncatchable while the enourmous shield from Rubble Rouser is too much for defenders to penetrate through, allowing Crustle to score points with a sure way to escape.
Lucario ImageLucario SS Rank Icon Any
A Hyper Carry All-Rounder
Lucario is argubly the best Pokemon in the game right now. Its high mobility, good damage, and survivability makes Lucario a top pick for solo-queue. With enough practice and mastery, players can dominate any game with Lucario.
Tsareena ImageTsareena SS Rank Icon Jungle
The Ultimate Duelist
Tsareena joined the Pokemon UNITE roster with an almost perfect move kit synergy that promotes high damage, great mobility, and ample crowd control. Like Lucario, it is a top pick for solo-queue because it can independently carry itself without much help from supports or teammates. Dominate any game with the queen!
Venusaur ImageVenusaur SS Rank Icon Top
Giga Chadusaur
Venusaur got buffed hard after the patch update, making Venusaur's Petal Dance reduce the cooldown of Giga Drain by 1 second for each Pokemon hit. This mechanic enabled Venusaur to take on groups of enemies, dealing damage while sustaining its HP. Even when Giga Drain got nerfed in the patch update, Venusaur's Petal Dance-Giga Drain build is still dominating games. Although it takes a bit of time for Venusaur's power to scale and take over the game, Venusaur is a top solo-queue pick.


Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Dragonite ImageDragonite S Rank Icon Jungle/Bot
Feel the Impact
Dragonite lives up to the All-Rounder name by having a versatile kit that can excel in both melee and ranged combat. Its moves synergize well with each other, which allows it to dominate lanes once it reaches its move upgrades. Additionally, Draco Impact's extremely long reach will make opponents cautious when going for objectives. Dragonite's high damage potential and mobility makes it a great pick for climbing the Rank ladder.
Gengar ImageGengar S Rank Icon Jungle
Peek a Boo!
Gengar's enldess Sludge Bomb-Hex combo deals tons of damage to grouped enemies. With the patch update, Gengar can now sustain HP constantly using the any combos, making up for Gengar's squishiness.
Greedent ImageGreedent S Rank Icon Top/Bot
Gas! Gas! Gas!
Apart from being a tanky Pokemon, Greedent can take on the entire enemy team with the Covet-Belch combo, disrupting their formation while dealing tons of damage. Berry Belly Flop enables Greedent to solo kill boss Pokemon since it provides unlimited Berries, allowing Greedent to use Belch endlessly. The only downside to Greedent is that Greedent is difficult to master.
Greninja ImageGreninja S Rank Icon Jungle
A True Ninja
Greninja is a fast, cunning, and hard-hitting Pokemon with the potential to carry the game. While weak early on, Greninja becomes a late-game powerhouse due to Greninja's exponential damage growth.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime S Rank Icon Bot
Supporter with High Burst Damage
Mr. Mime has a good balance between utility and damage via Light Screen/Guard Swap and Psychic/Confusion, respectively. Mr. Mime is also a durable Pokemon, allowing Mr. Mime to tank damage for the team while dealing high damage. Showtime! is an effective AOE crowd-control move that prevents hard-hitters from doing any damage during a fight.
Pikachu ImagePikachu S Rank Icon Jungle
Long Ranged Disabler and Damage Dealer
Pikachu is a reliable Sp. Atk. assassin with a good mix of high-damage and disabling moves. Although fragile, Pikachu can bombard the enemy team with long-ranged moves from a safe distance.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax S Rank Icon Top
The Sleeping Giant
Snorlax is an effective Defender Pokemon from beginning to end. Snorlax's high durability and arsenal of disabling and HP recovery moves make Snorlax difficult to defeat.
Sylveon ImageSylveon S Rank Icon Top/Bot
Anti-Sp. Atk. Pokemon with Early Power Spikes
Sylveon can weaken a Pokemon's Sp. Atk. while increasing its own Sp. Atk. and Sp. Def, making Sylveon a great counter to Sp. Atk. Pokemon. However, what truly makes Sylveon a great pick for solo-queue is its early power spikes, having access to the Unite Move and upgraded moves earlier compared to other Pokemon.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff S Rank Icon Bot
Has Great Team Synergy
Wigglytuff provides both disruptive offense and life-saving defense. Wigglytuff also synergizes well with any Pokemon, whether they're long-ranged attackers or melee brawlers, making Wigglytuff an overall great pick for solo-queue.
Zeraora ImageZeraora S Rank Icon Jungle
Argubly the Best Jungler
When it comes to dealing high amounts of AOE or single-target damage from start to end, Zeraora is argubly the top Pokemon in that category and the best Jungler. Mobile, strong, and easy to master, Zeraora is definitely a solo-queue Pokemon.


Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Absol ImageAbsol A Rank Icon Jungle
Lord of Crits
What makes Absol appealing to solo queue players is its insane critical damage, enabling them to defeat an enemy with a single hit. Absol is a stable pick for the most part, but it relies too much on critical hits to be impactful, leaving the outcome of the fight to pure chance.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales A Rank Icon Top
Non-Stop Freezing Festival
Alolan Ninetales' ability to freeze enemies constantly from afar makes it one of the most annoying Pokemon to fight against, especially in the early game. However, Alolan Ninetales' effectiveness stagnates at a certain point, turning it more of an offensive support rather than a damage-dealer. Nonetheless, Alolan Ninetales could still be effective in the right hands, just without the expectation of solo-carrying the game.
Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Blastoise ImageBlastoise A Rank Icon Top/Bot
Pump it Up!
Even after getting nerfed in the update patch, Blastoise's moveset remains to be a great mix of damage and utility with the Rapid Spin combos and Hydro Pump stuns. Moreover, it can disrupt the entire enemy team in an instant using Hyrdo Typhoon. One downside to Blastoise is it does rely heavily on having its moves available. Otherwise, Blastoise does not do much when its moves are on cooldown. However, most players tend not to take advantage of this weakness, making Blastoise still a great pick for solo queue.
Charizard ImageCharizard A Rank Icon Bot
Durable Single-Target Assassin
Charizard is a DPS damage dealer that can take out squishier targets easily, most notably late-game powerhouse Pokemon like Greninja. The downside to Charizard is that it takes some time before it reaches its full potential. Charizard can't carry the game alone, but can take out the enemy Pokemon that do.
Cinderace ImageCinderace A Rank Icon Top/Bot
High-Velocity Attacker
Cinderace is another late-game powerhouse Pokemon with its insane attack speed and decent attack damage. The best thing about Cinderace is it can defeat boss Pokemon alone, making Cinderace a valuable asset to any team. However, Cinderace requires proper positioning to deal damage, otherwise, Cinderace gets easily taken down.
Cramorant ImageCramorant A Rank Icon Top/Bot
A Living Gattling Gun
Cramorant is much like Pikachu in that it relies on moves to deal the bulk of the damage instead of normal attacks. Gattling Gulp Missile is Cramorant's most notable move, dealing huge damage to enemy Pokemon from a far away. However, with the patch update, Gattling Gulp Missile's damage got a huge decrease, flunking Cramorant's damage potential hard.
Machamp ImageMachamp A Rank Icon Jungle
Rampaging Brawler
Submission, Dynamic Punch, and Barrage Blow gives increased movement and attack speed, and immunity, allowing Machamp to fight groups of enemies alone and making Machamp one of the hardest Pokemon to escape from. However, Machamp does rely too much on these buffs to be effective and overpower targets.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame A Rank Icon Jungle
Death from Above!
Talonflame's gameplay is centered around diving targets from a distance and bursting them down quickly. Talonflame is also notorious for stealing boss Pokemon like Drednaw and Zapdos using Fly or Brave Bird. However, solo-queue players tend to dive in recklessly into fights, leaving Talonflame in a bad position.


Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Decidueye ImageDecidueye B Rank Icon Top/Jungle
It's Raining Arrows
Decidueye can offer a good amount of offensive support for the team with its fast auto attacks and long range moves. However, it is held back by a lackluster early game that requires you to reach at least level 7 to start being a threat. Additionally, it lacks mobility moves that can help it reposition itself or escape tricky situations. It will take a properly coordinated team to fully utilize what Decidueye can offer on the battlefield.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp B Rank Icon Jungle
Just Keep Attacking!
Garchomp requires a lot of time to reach the point where it can take over the game via its insane attack speed and lifesteal. However, even with all that attack speed and lifesteal, Garchomp has no means of immunity against stuns and debuffs, making it easy for enemy Pokemon to stop Garchomp completely. One upside to Garchomp is its capacity to defeat boss Pokemon alone.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir B Rank Icon Top
Strong Sp.Atk. Damage Moves
Even with moves that deal high Sp.Atk. damage, Gardevoir's fragility, low mobility, and slow power spike do not make up for the damage. Gardevoir relies too much on other Pokemon to initiate first before dealing any damage.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine B Rank Icon Top/Bot
A Beefy Initiator
Mamoswine is a highly durable Pokemon with an arsenal of crowd-control moves, making Mamoswine a great initiator to have on a team. However, Mamoswine must have a near-perfect early-game for it to be an effective initiator.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro B Rank Icon Bot
Defender-Supporter Hybrid
Compared to other Defenders, Slowbro has high supporting capabilities, making Slowbro a durable Defender-Supporter hybrid. Slowbro is also the best single-target disablers in the game with Telekinesis and Slowbeam. However, Slowbro must always have an ally to follow up each time a target is immobilized by any of Slowbro's disabling moves, otherewise, Slowbro's efforts are wasted. Because of this, Slowbro is not an ideal pick for solo-queue.
Trevenant ImageTrevenant B Rank Icon Bot
Drain and Sustain
Trevenant's high-sustain and high-durability makes it a great Defender to have in the middle of a clash. Moves like Curse and Pain Split take advantage of Trevenant's HP to deal damage to enemies near it while leeching away their HP. Unfortunately, it falls short in the offense side of things that can help it carry the game.


Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Blissey ImageBlissey C Rank Icon Bot
High-HP Supporter
Blissey is a decent Supporter Pokemon in all respect, having the highest HP in the game without any Held Items. However, Blissey's effectiveness relies solely on being able to support the team's carry throughout the game, especially in crucial moments. It's this dependency that makes Blissey not a good solo-queue Pokemon.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss C Rank Icon Bot
Best Healer in the Game
It is without a doubt that Eldegoss is always a valuable asset to any team composition with the constant healing and shielding Eldegoss provides. However, just like Blissey, Eldegoss relies heavily on other Pokemon to carry and win the game, making Eldegoss not a good Pokemon for solo-queue. Eldegoss only becomes a great pick when players group up with their friends who can cooperate well with the team.

Tier List Criteria

Full Criteria

Ability to Solo Other Pokemon Ability to Handle More Than 1 Pokemon Not Needing Other Teammates to Set-up a Play

Each of these factors determine the Pokemon's place within the tier list. Read on to learn what they refer to exactly:

  • Solo Other Pokemon: This refers to the Pokemon's capacity to defeat any Pokemon by itself.
  • Handle More Than 1 Pokemon. This refers to a Pokemon's capacity to take on groups of enemies at once.
  • Not Needing Other Teammates. This refers to a Pokemon's capacity to set up plays without needing any allies, and to carry the team to a win.

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