Game8 Ranked Season 1 Recap | Pokemon UNITE

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Ranked Season 1 in Pokemon UNITE has just ended! Take a look back on the very first Season of Pokemon UNITE with Game8's recap of Season 1. See which Pokemon was the best, the most improved Pokemon, the best New Pokemon, and more!

Most Valuable Pokemon (MVP)

MVP Goes to Lucario

Pokemon UNITE - Season 1 Best Pokemon Lucario

Game8 chose Lucario as Season 1's Most Valuable Pokemon (MVP). Versitile, mobile, and hard-hitting, Lucario has been dominating matches since the game was launched. Lucario's impact during matches was consistent despite getting many bug fixes.
Lucario Guide: Builds and Best Items

MVP Criteria

Most Valuable Pokemon Criteria
Consistency Rank Usage Tier-List Ranking

Each of these factors determine which Pokemon deserves the Most Valuable Pokemon award for each season.

  • Consistency: Refers to a Pokemon's effectiveness or impact in matches despite buffs and nerfs.
  • Rank Usage: Refers to how frequent the Pokemon is used in Ranked Matches.
  • Tier-List Ranking: Refers to a Pokemon's Tier-List placement throughout the season. If the Pokemon remained in the highest tier throughout the season, it's a contender for MVP.

Tier List: Best Pokemon to Use

Most Improved Pokemon (MIP)

MIP Goes to Venusaur

Pokemon UNITE - Season 1 Most Improved Pokemon Venusaur

Game8 chose Venusaur as Season 1's Most Improved Pokemon (MIP). Being part of the original roster when the game was released, Venusaur had a humble beginning and went under the radar for the most part. However, after the patch update, Venusaur received a meta-changing buff that catupaulted it to fame. Ever since that buff, Venusaur began bulldozing matches with its insane damage and god-like HP sustain.
Venusaur Guide: Builds and Best Items

MIP Criteria

Most Improved Pokemon Criteria
Significant Improvement Increased Usage Tier-List Ranking

Each of these factors determine which Pokemon deserves the Most Improved Pokemon award for each season.

  • Significant Improvement: Refers to a Pokemon's sudden significant improvement after a patch.
  • Increased Usage: Refers to the significant increase in a Pokemon's usage in matches.
  • Tier-List Ranking: Refers to the Pokemon's increase in the Tier-List Ranking. If the Pokemon experienced a significant jump in its raking (S or SS tier), it's a contender for MIP.

Tier List: Best Pokemon to Use

Top Picks for the Season

Top 3 Picks for Season 1
Lucario ImageLucario
Pick Rate: 23%
Greninja ImageGreninja
Pick Rate: 14%
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff
Pick Rate: 13%

These are the top three (3) most used Pokemon by the Masters Top 100 in the leaderboards. These Pokemon helped the players achieve such a feat so give them a big round of applause!

Master Rank Top Pick List

Best Pokemon Per Role

Best Attacker

Pokemon UNITE - Greninja Preview

Game8 chose Greninja as Season 1's Best Attacker. Greninja's mobility, high damage, and illusiveness is unmatched by any Attacker Pokemon. Greninja is known for completely dominating games once it gains momentum. Even if Venusaur is placed as SS tier in the Attacker Tier-List, Greninja's peformance was consistent throughout the entire season while Venusaur's placement was completely due to the buff it received.

List of Attackers: All Attacker Pokemon

Best Speedster

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Game8 chose Zeraora as Season 1's Best Speedster. With high burst damage and mobility, Zeraora Discharged its way to every game, bringing down even the most durable Pokemon. Zeraora maintained it's high tier-list placement throughout the season, never going below S tier.

List of Speedsters: All Speedster Pokemon

Best All-Rounder

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Preview

Game8 chose Lucario as Season 1's Best All-Rounder. Lucario is just insane on all fronts - capable of consistently dishing tons of damage! Also, with Lucario being the best Pokemon for Season 1, it's a no-brainer that Lucario also wins as the best All-Rounder.

List of All-Rounders: All All-Rounder Pokemon

Best Defender

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Game8 chose Snorlax as Season 1's Best Defender. Snorlax was consistent in it's effectiveness and impact in the game, body slamming, blocking, and putting enemies to sleep, simultaneously. Snorlax also maintained it SS tier list placement throughout the season.

List of Defenders: All Defender Pokemon

Best Supporter

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Game8 chose Wigglytuff as Season 1's Best Supporter. Wigglytuff has a great balance of offensive and defensive moves and showed consistency in terms of its effectiveness and impact in the game - singing enemies to sleep and slapping them to death.

List of Supporters: All Supporter Pokemon

Best Pokemon Per Role Criteria

Best Pokemon Per Role Criteria
Role Effectiveness Usage Tier-List Ranking

Each of these factors determine which Pokemon are the best at their respective roles for each season.

  • Role Effectiveness: Refers to a Pokemon's capacity to perform their role in each game.
  • Usage: Refers to how frequent the Pokemon is used in matches compared to other Pokemon in the same role.
  • Role Tier-List Ranking: Refers to the Pokemon's placement in the Tier-List Ranking per Role.

Tier List: Best Pokemon to Use

Best Holowear

Best Holowear for Season 1
Costume Party Style ImageCostume Party Style
Sacred Style ImageSacred Style
(Alolan Ninetales)
Space Style ImageSpace Style

Game8 was split between Costume Party Style: Lucario, Sacred Style: Alolan Ninetales, and Space Style: Gengar, so we decided to have a 3-way tie. All Holowear gave their respective Pokemon a personality that stands out in every game.

Holowear List: All Pokemon Skins and Costumes

Best Newcomer

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Game8 chose Blastoise as Season 1's Best Newcomer Pokemon. Players have not forgotten how overpowered Blastoise was when it was released, spinning while spraying groups on enemies with water to death. Blastoise got nerfed in the patch udpate though but its effectiveness in games remained the same.

Future Pokemon: List of Upcoming Characters

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Game8 Ranked Season Recap

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