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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 in solo-queue, and why you should pick them.

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

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With the release of Tyranitar, the Solo Queue tier list is now under evaluation. Come back later for Tyranitar's placement!

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Solo Queue Tier List Updates (August 05)

New Pokemon Tier Placement

Update Date Pokemon Summary
08/05 Buzzwole ImageBuzzwole Enters A Tier
・There is no doubt that Buzzwole is a juggernaut when it comes to dealing high amounts of damage and shutting down opponents. However, the Pokemon is highly dependent on its allies' cooperation when it opens up key targets with Leech Life or Superpower. Its single-target, disable playstyle holds it back when compared to other All-Rounders like Lucario or Tsareena, which can trump Buzzwole's kit when it comes to flexibility. That said, Buzzwole is still a decent All-Rounder for climbing the ladder, as long as you do not mind compromising with random allies in Solo Queue.

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Tier List Re-Evaluation (Version 1.6.1.4)

Update Date Pokemon Summary
08/05 Azumarill ImageAzumarill
Up Arrow to A Tier

・Azumarill has saw consistent buffs to its moves - namely Play Rough and Aqua Tail - that increased its overall effectiveness in combat. Because of this, Azumarill can now stand on its own as the skill ceiling imposed by Huge Power has been lowered enough that the Pokemon's effectiveness will not fall off drastically if not utilized.
08/05 Espeon ImageEspeon
Down Arrow to B Tier

・With the release of Glaceon, Espeon looks to be the weakest of the Eeveelutions because of its limited playstyles. Although it is not unusable, you will find that there are better alternatives for Sp. Attack Pokemon that are worth using to climb the ladder as of now.
08/05 Garchomp ImageGarchomp
Down Arrow to C Tier

・The release of yet another strong All-Rounder, Buzzwole, has placed Garchomp in an awkward spot. Veterans of the Pokemon may still find some value in its distinct playstyle when climbing the ladder. Otherwise, with other All-Rounders contributing their leverage to team compositions, Garchomp is now a niche pick at best.

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Tier List Explanations

SS-Tier

Absol ImageAbsol SS Rank Icon Jungle
Lord of Crits
Absol brings insane damage through critical hits, allowing it to easily pressure its targets. It can give its team a decent advantage simply by continuously picking off targets, especially early in the early game. It also has great scaling since it does not need to evolve. If given a significant level advantage, Absol can carry its team to victory with no problem.
Greninja ImageGreninja SS Rank Icon Jungle
A True Ninja
Greninja is a fast, cunning, and hard-hitting Pokemon with high potential to carry the game. While weak early on, Greninja becomes a damage powerhouse when it is able to reach its move upgrades.
Pikachu ImagePikachu SS Rank Icon Top/Bot
A Thunderous Pokemon
Pikachu can deal both high single target and area damage from a long range, making it extremely powerful in teamfights. It also has great scaling since it doesn't need to evolve to reach its power spike. However, its most notable asset is its fast-recharging Unite Move, allowing Pikachu to deal large amounts of damage across multiple targets consistently.
Tsareena ImageTsareena SS Rank Icon Jungle
The Ultimate Duelist
Tsareena almost perfect move kit synergy that promotes high damage, great mobility, and ample crowd control. It is a top pick for solo-queue because it can independently carry itself without much help from supports or teammates. Tsareena's sustain and survivability via Stomp and Trop Kick are enough to dominate lanes and allow it to survive grueling fights while dealing heavy area damage.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur SS Rank Icon Top
A Razor-sharp Pokemon
Venusaur has one of the most flexible kit in the Attacker Role. It can deal area damage while healing itself thanks to the Petal Dance + Giga Drain combo and snipe down enemies with its long-ranged Solar Beam. Although it takes a bit of time for Venusaur's power to scale and take over the game, it becomes difficult for its enemies to stop its momentum once it does.

S-Tier

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Aegislash ImageAegislash S Rank Icon Jungle/ Bot
En Garde!
Aegislash's sword and shield playstyle gives players a high level of versatility when fighting opponents. Its ability to block attacks and counter with high damaging attacks is satisfying when pulled off. However, its dependence on boosted attacks means that you will have to learn its mechanics to fully take advantage of its strengths. Still, Aegislash is a well-balanced Pokemon that can carry games on its own.
Blastoise ImageBlastoise S Rank Icon Top/Bot
Pump it Up!
Blastoise's kit has 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. With its high durability and Sp. Attack stat, Blastoise is a great Defender to run in solo queue.
Cinderace ImageCinderace S Rank Icon Top/Jungle
High-Velocity Attacker
Cinderace is another late-game powerhouse Pokemon with its insane attack speed and attack damage. The best thing about Cinderace is it can secure Boss Pokemon effectively, making it a valuable asset to any team. With the right build, Cinderace's high mobility mixed with its firepower can overwhelm the entire enemy team.
Gengar ImageGengar S Rank Icon Jungle
Peek a Boo!
Gengar's ability to easily melt down single targets with its arsenal of combos makes the Pokemon a great assassin. It can also itself constantly recover HP when its moves hit, making up for its innate squishiness. Although not great for team fights, if you are looking to generate an advantage by cutting off key targets in the enemy team, look no further than this Pokemon!
Glaceon ImageGlaceon S Rank Icon Bot
Glacial Strength
Glaceon is a powerful Attacker that is suited for knocking down opponents. It is effective at bursting down low HP targets with endless barrages of ice crystals and even going toe-to-toe with Defenders thanks to its passive ability, Snow Cloak. Although it is still beneficial to be backed by allies, You will find that Glaceon can stand on its own because of its versatile and synergistic kit.
Lucario ImageLucario S Rank Icon Any
A Hyper Carry All-Rounder
Lucario is a highly dependable All-Rounder for any team to have. Its high mobility, good damage, and survivability makes Lucario a top pick for solo-queue. Even after receiving numerous nerfs, Lucario remains as formidable as ever.
Machamp ImageMachamp S Rank Icon Jungle
Rampaging Brawler
Machamp can consistently provide itself with buffs and immunity from certain disables, allowing it to ignore enemy moves while it charges its targets. It can also deal significant damage thanks to its critical hits. Moreover, Machamp can be built in various ways depending on what the team needs or lacks, taking roles such as a carry or a tank.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro S Rank Icon Bot
Defender-Supporter Hybrid
Slowbro has the best single-target disablers in the game with Telekinesis and Slowbeam, which can cut off key targets from the fight. Additionally, Slowbro can also contribute to the team's overall offense with Scald. This makes the Pokemon flexible enough to take on the Defender role if your team lacks one.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame S Rank Icon Jungle
Death from Above!
Talonflame's gameplay is centered around diving targets from a distance and bursting them down quickly. Its highly mobile moveset can make you near impossible to catch, which is perfect for goal-focused playstyles. Talonflame is also notorious for stealing Boss Pokemon with moves like Fly or Brave Bird.

A-Tier

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
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. It can also dish out burst damage with its Avalanche + Blizzard combo and has support capabilities with Aurora Veil. Though it is teammate dependent, you will find that Alolan Ninetales is a capable Attacker that can stand on its own when it needs to.
Azumarill ImageAzumarill A Rank Icon Jungle/ Bot
Strong Tides
Azumarill is straightforward Pokemon that is easy to pick up and learn compared to other All-Rounders. Its innate critical hit mechanic can easily bring down foes who are unfortunate enough to fight Azumarill one-on-one. However, its lack of proper mobility and unstoppable moves pull it back from being a dependable All-Rounder for the team. If you are willing to adjust your gameplay around its critical hit ability, Azumarill can still dominate games when used to the fullest.
Blissey ImageBlissey A Rank Icon Bot
High-HP Supporter
Blissey is the ultimate Supporter Pokemon in all respect with its arsenal shield and healing moves. It even has the highest HP in the whole UNITE roster! However, Blissey's effectiveness relies solely on being able to support the team's carry throughout the game, especially in crucial moments. Still, with just a bit more effort, its support moves can have a significant impact in solo queue.
Buzzwole ImageBuzzwole A Rank Icon Jungle / Bot
Here Comes the Slam
Buzzwole is a very capable All-Rounder that has the ability to isolate and pin down key targets with Leech Life and Superpower. It has everything you need to become a great front line Pokemon - high damage and defense. However, its dependence on its allies to follow up its moves hurts overall effectiveness.
Delphox ImageDelphox A Rank Icon Top/Bot
A Fiery Fox
Delphox is a stable Sp. Atk. caster for solo-queue games. Its long-ranged, low-cooldown, and high damage moves can burn through any enemy Pokemon's HP quickly. Delphox is also great at teamfights thanks to Fanciful Fireworks, slowing, reducing healing effects, and dealing damage to enemies in a huge area. However, what holds Delphox back from reaching higher placement is its low durability and mobility, and weak early game.
Dragonite ImageDragonite A 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 secure potential and mobility makes it a decent pick for solo queue
Duraludon ImageDuraludon A Rank Icon Bot
Titan-Level Threat
Duraludon boasts high burst damage, long range, and relatively easy gameplay. Moves like Dragon Pulse and Flash Cannon offer high amounts of damage that can directly affect a teamfight. Though its lack of proper mobility moves makes it depend on Defenders to support it, Duraludon can still dominate lanes if you manage to play it right.
Greedent ImageGreedent A Rank Icon Top/Bot
Gas! Gas! Gas!
Apart from being a tanky Pokemon, Greedent can make itself hard to target with the use of Covet. Combining that with Belch allows it to pick off easy targets. However, because of how different its playstyle is compared to other Defenders, Greedent cannot carry games by itself. Still, the Pokemon remains the go-to pick for unique strategies like counter-jungling or quick scoring.
Charizard ImageCharizard A Rank Icon Bot
Durable Single-Target Assassin
Charizard is a DPS damage dealer that can take out squishier targets easily. Its hard-hitting moves and ability to dominate lanes with Seismic Slam make it a formidable Pokemon to fight against. The downside to Charizard is that it takes some time before it reaches its full potential. Though Charizard cannot carry the game alone, it can take out the enemy Pokemon that do.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir A Rank Icon Top
Strong Sp.Atk. Damage Moves
Gardevoir's gameplay both provide high Sp. Attack damage from a long range and quick disables for the team to take advantage of. However, Gardevoir scales far slower and needs allies by its side most of the time, otherwise, it gets defeated easily.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine A Rank Icon Top/Bot
A Thick-Skinned Initiator
Mamoswine is a highly durable Pokemon with an arsenal of crowd-control moves This makes Mamoswine a great initiator to have on the team that can open up opportunities for your teammates to knock down opponents or open goal zones. However, Mamoswine must have a near-perfect early game for it to be an effective initiator.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime A Rank Icon Bot
Supporter with High Burst Damage
Mr. Mime has a good balance between utility and damage thanks to its moves like Barrier and Guard Swap. It is also a durable Pokemon that can tank damage for the team while also being able to fight back. Though it does not offer any straightforward support move for the team, you will find that Mr. Mime plays like an All-Rounder that can stand on its own.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax A Rank Icon Top
The Sleeping Giant
Snorlax is an effective Defender Pokemon from beginning to end, offering consistent crowd control moves while being able to stay in the fight longer with its high durability. Though it can essentially carry the game with just these two factors, Snorlax still depends on its teammates to become effective.
Sylveon ImageSylveon A 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 A Rank Icon Bot
Has Great Team Synergy
Wigglytuff provides both disruptive offense and life-saving defense thanks to Sing and Starlight Recital, respectively. Wigglytuff synergizes well with any Pokemon, whether they're long-ranged attackers or melee brawlers, making Wigglytuff a valuable asset to any team in solo-queue.
Trevenant ImageTrevenant A Rank Icon Bot
Drain and Sustain
Trevenant's high-sustain and high durability make 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.
Zeraora ImageZeraora A Rank Icon Jungle
An Electrifying Wildcat
Zeraora's arsenal of highly mobile damaging moves makes it a great Speedster for any strategy. However, because its move upgrades take too long to learn, expect that the Pokemon will be underpowered for the entire early game. This makes Zeraora a hard Pokemon to use in solo queue. But, when you manage to pull it off, you will find that Zeraora can still wreak havoc with its Wild Charge and Plasma Gale.

B-Tier

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Crustle ImageCrustle B Rank Icon Top/Bot
A Moving Fortress
Crustle is an incredibly durable and mobile Pokemon thanks to its moveset. It can be built as a deadly attacker with X-Scissor and a slippery scorer thanks to Shell Smash. However, it can get overwhelmed by cunning and hard-hitting Pokemon like Cinderace.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss B Rank Icon Bot
Best Healer in the Game
Eldegoss will always be a valuable asset to any team composition with the constant healing and shielding it provides. However, just like other Supporter Pokemon, 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.
Espeon ImageEspeon B Rank Icon Top/Bot
Psychic Strength
Espeon is a dependable Attacker that is capable of bursting down single targets with high-intensity Sp. Attacks. It can dominate lanes with its long-ranged Psyshock and turn the tide during team fights using Psychic Solare. Unfortunately, its lack of proper mobility moves and limited playstyles hurts it from being a great pick for solo queue.
Hoopa ImageHoopa B Rank Icon Top/Bot
Hyper Support
Hoopa has the capacity to make remarkable plays through its unique support moves like Hyperspace Hole and Rings Unbound, which focus on enhancing your team's reach and positioning. However, because of its dependence on its teammates to take make use of the advantage it generates, Hoopa falls short of being a good pick for solo queue.

C-Tier

Pokemon Tier Best Lane
Cramorant ImageCramorant C Rank Icon Top/Bot
A Living Gattling Gun
Cramorant excels at dealing high amounts of damage with its hard-hitting moves. However, because its moves need to be properly set up, Cramorant is a hard Pokemon to use in an uncoordinated team.
Decidueye ImageDecidueye C 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 C Rank Icon Jungle
Deadly Swipes
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 on its own.

Tier List Criteria

Full Criteria

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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