Pokémon Unite launches on Nintendo Switch with 19 playable characters, many of which have been fan favorites for over two decades. Much more is expected to come with future updates, but for now, you’ll have iconic monsters like Pikachu, Charizard, Greninja, Gengar, etc. at your disposal.
These 19 Pokémon are divided into five categories – Attacker, Speedster, All-Rounder, Defender, and Support. Each group has a specific playstyle, though all the characters bring their own to the battlefield. Before diving into the newest MOBA on the market, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with every Pokémon in the game Pokémon Unite.
You’ll also want to check out the wild Pokémon shortlist, which are unplayable characters you’ll encounter in each match and grant a variety of rewards when defeated.
These characters may have low Tenacity, but they make up for it with attacks that can deal massive damage at a distance. Anyone looking to corner their opponents and increase their points should consider these Pokémon carefully.
- Pikachu: One of the best choices for new players, Pikachu can easily hit enemies at long distances. Its Support and Tenacity stats can make you vulnerable, but as long as you’re far away from the target you should be able to deal massive damage. On top of that, some of its attacks paralyze enemies – leaving them open for further attacks.
- Greninja: Do yourself a favor and avoid playing like Greninja until you master the basics of Pokémon Unite. As one of the most challenging characters in the game, Greninja is capable of dealing massive damage and surprising enemies with smoke screens and doppelgangers. You’ll need to evolve from Froakie and Grogadier before reaching all this power – but it’s well worth the challenge.
- Venusaur: After briefly playing Bulbasaur and Ivysaur, Venusaur offers incredible ranged DPS. It’s a bit sluggish – and boasts one of the worst Support stats in the game – but its Verdant Anger is a deadly AoE attack that will quickly deplete nearby health bars.
- Hellon Ninetales: Capable of damaging and freezing enemies in their path, Alolan Ninetales is a boon for any team. Evolved from Level 4 Alolan Vulpix, Alolan Ninetales is an all-round Attacker suitable for most playstyles. If things start to get sketchy, its Snowball skill stops opponents in their path – giving you time for an easy escape or quick attack.
- Cramorant: With a powerful combination of Attack, Endurance and Mobility, Cramorant is a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Activate its Gulp Missile skill at the right time and any Pokémon that comes close will be bombarded by a deadly attack of flying fish.
- Cinderace: This excellent starter Pokémon is perfect for hunting down enemies with attacks before deftly fleeing to safer ground. As one of the only Attackers with good Mobility, Cinderace is well suited for beginners. The hardest part? Trying to grow from underpowered Scorbunny and Raboot – manage that, and it’s hard to beat Cinderace.
If you’re looking to run around the battlefield at breakneck speed, look no further than one of these Speedsters. With high Mobility and Attack stats, this Battle Type Pokémon is well suited for scoring and quickly attacking opponents.
- Zeraora: Impressive mobility with plenty of fouls, Zeraora is the perfect pick for seasoned players. You’ll need to get close to deal any real damage, but its electric skill set is deadly in the right hand.
- Talonflame: With maximum Mobility, Talonflame can move around the battlefield faster than nearly all other Pokémon. You’ll want to quickly evolve from Fletchling and Fletchinder, but once you’ve converted to Talonflame, you can easily control the game.
- Absolute: A good overall pick, Absol excels in close range damage – and closes the gap between himself and the target. Their good mix of Mobility, Attack, and Endurance makes them an attractive choice – although the need to carefully consider your moves makes them more suitable for advanced players.
- Gengar: If you want to surprise your enemies with difficult attacks, look no further than Gengar. As the stealthiest Speedster out there, Gengar offers a gameplay that sees you hiding in Tall Grass before rushing out and dealing massive damage. Gastly and Haunter aren’t too strong, but Gengar will make up for it when you finally reach Level 9.
As an all-trades aggregator, all of these competitions come with a strong combination of Offense and Endurance. Some are agile, a few offer great melee damage, and others offer a bit of stealth gameplay. However, whichever you choose, you’ll have a snappy gaming experience.
- Charizard: Starting out as a lowly Charmander isn’t easy, but evolve into Charmeleon and eventually Charizard for one of the most versatile skill sets of all. Pokémon Unite. With a solid balance of Attack, Endurance, and Mobility, Charizard excels at taking down fire that can effectively halt enemy advance.
- Lucario: Combining Mobility and Attack – and nothing to worry about – Lucario is a formidable melee fighter that requires you to keep moving to succeed. Drag its Unite Move – Aura Cannon – and you’ll unleash a massive energy beam that wreaks havoc on anyone caught in its path.
- Machamp: If you’re after brute force, Machamp should be at the top of your list. With near-maximum Attack stat and surprising Durability and Mobility, Machamp is a great Pokémon to bring into close combat. The Barrage Blow is the standout move in its arsenal, prompting Machamp to lunge forward to unleash a barrage of fierce punches at its prey.
- Garchomp: In its own right, Garchomp’s Raw Skin skill can damage anyone who attacks it – this is a great way to injure careless opponents who are just spamming their skills.
With the best Durability stat of all Pokémon Unite, these three Defenders are best for protecting teammates and keeping opponents away from important points on the map. They may be a bit slow and lack firepower, but they definitely know how to beat.
- Snorlax: Believe it or not, Snorlax won’t block any links in Pokémon Unite. Instead, it’s a fully playable character – complete with a Endurance stat that puts all others to shame. Capable of taking dozens of hits before being knocked down, Snorlax is a great character for new players.
- Shell: With a few different crowd control skills, Crustle is very good at controlling the flow of fights. Summon a stone wall to stop your opponents from tracking them, giving your teammates time to move in and deal some real damage.
- Slowbro: Maybe very slow, but it knows how to take a punch. Combine its impressive Endurance with some great assist skills, and Slowbro is a master at keeping the focus of the enemy while their team does all the rest.
Whether they’re healing teammates, increasing movement speed, or lulling enemies into deep sleep, these Pokémon give the rest of their party an edge. Instead of dealing massive damage or absorbing damage, Supporters apply various status effects to turn the tide of battle.
- Eldegoss: It doesn’t have any real firepower, but Eldegoss can quickly restore HP to their teammates. It can also increase their movement speed, making it easier to chase enemies or quickly escape.
- Mr. Mime: Stunting and slowing opponents is Mr. Mime. It’s one of the slowest characters in Pokémon Unite, but its unique set of motion changes make it a fun character that can turn the tide of battle.
- Wigglytuff: You’ll want to keep a close eye on your teammates as Wigglytuff since most of its stats are surprisingly low. However, that is balanced by the near-maximal Support stat. Specifically, using the Starlight Recital skill will protect you and your teammates within a certain radius. When combined with a few good Attackers, Wigglytuff is a great choice.
These Wild Pokémon will appear randomly during your battles – manage to defeat them, and you’ll earn various rewards and points for your team. Some are specific to certain maps and others will only appear at certain times during a match. Here are all the wild Pokémon you can expect to encounter Pokémon Unite:
- Hellon Meowth
- Persian Alolan