Top 100 Pokémon UNITE Player Picks

The Pokémon UNITE anniversary party is about half way through. Three new Pokémon have been introduced in Buzzwole, Glaceon, and Tyranitar. Emblems have turned the Pokémon UNITE meta on its head. But that’s not all: a new map, balance patches, three more Pokémon, and 51 more emblems are just on the horizon. Where is the competitive scene for the next big meta-shift as the fifth season of Pokémon UNITE draws to a close?

A level:

  • Bliss – 15% (+3)
  • Dragonite – 11% (+1.5)
  • Cramorant – 11% (+6.5)
  • Tsareena – 10% (+/-)

B level:

  • Tyranitar – 9% (-0.5)
  • Hoopa – 8.5% (+2)
  • Glaceon – 6.5% (+2)
  • Aegislash – 6% (+3)

C-layer:

D-layer:

  • Machamp – 2% (-2.5)
  • Snorlax – 2% (-4)
  • Cinderella – 2% (-2.5)
  • Zeraora – 2% (+/-)
  • Absol – 2% (+1)
  • Trevenant – 2% (+2)
  • Lucario – 1.5% (-3)
  • Greninja – 1.5% (-3)
  • Sylveon – 1.5% (+1.5)
  • Gengar – 1% (+1)
  • Venusaur – 1% (-1)
  • Greedy – 1% (+/-)
  • Slow Bro – 0.5% (-0.5)

Garchomp (-2), Charizard (-1), Delphox (-1), Pikachu, Ninetales (-2), Talonflame (-0.5), Mr. Mime (-0.5), Azumarill, Mamoswine, Buzzwole (-1), Espeon, Duraludon, Wigglytuff, Blastoise, Decidueye, Crustle and Eldegoss all saw no noticeable use on top players.

Below is the monthly moving average for the top 10 Pokemon:

Most important Pokémon chosen by top 100 players in the current Pokémon UNITE meta as Monthly Moving Average | Provided by Maxwell Kappes

Leveling the playing field for the Pokémon UNITE meta

The levels used in these articles are based on usage percentages. D Tier is for niche Pokemon with no more than two users, while S Tier is for Pokemon with more than 15% usage, making them almost guaranteed to be used on every team in the high-level meta. Since the release of decals in late July, no Pokémon have been in that level. While many Pokémon have come closer, this is without a doubt the longest stretch of the meta without a commanding presence.

It’s not just Roselias and Butterfrees, though: the actual variety of Pokémon in use dropped this week. With this update, 22 Pokémon were used by top players, the lowest number since the beginning of June, despite only having three more Pokémon. With so many changes on the way, although we don’t have to figure out whether this is a trend or a one-off, the meta is about to get some serious shake up.

Number of different Pokémon used in Pokémon UNITE among top players. | Provided by Maxwell Kappes

The return of the all-rounder

Role prevalence in Pokémon UNITE among top players over time. | Provided by Maxwell Kappes

Early in Pokémon UNITE, the all-rounder role was something of a joke: only a handful of Pokémon and only Lucario saw use in the competitive meta. Now all-rounders are getting a large share of the newly released Pokémon and many of them are seeing high usage rates. Lucario has dropped to the lowest usage rate in its history, but all-rounders are the meta. ADCs and speedsters have been replaced in the jungle by slow-burning fighter Tyranitar and the target-protecting Dragonite.

In the past month, the lifetime roll use average of all-rounders passed early game dominant supporters, 25.2% to 25%. Attackers, however, remain dominant at 27.6%. However, all-rounders win over attackers: they have a higher weekly usage rate than attackers since June. The introduction of Mew could change this trajectory, but unless ADCs or speedsters can reclaim the jungle from Tyranitar and Dragonite, both roles will struggle to maintain their older relevance.

Methodology: This data is collected using both the rankings tab in Pokémon UNITE and the Pokémon UNITE API. A Pokémon is considered a player’s “head” if it is the most played Pokémon in their most recent 16 ranked matches. In the event of a tie or near tie, the data will reflect that. If more than two Pokémon are matched, the 32 most recent matches will be taken into account instead.

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