Pokémon Unite best Speedsters

Everything you need to know about Pokémon Unite's Speedster characters

Gengar in Pokémon Unite

Pokémon Unite brings Pikachu, Charizard, and co. into the realm of a League of Legends-inspired MOBA, borrowing some of the same mechanics in the process. Developed by TiMi Studios, Pokémon Unite sees two teams of five players battle it out over multiple control points across a map – while players can also score points by defeating wild Pokémon roaming around.

As with League of Legends, half the strategy is picking a roster of monsters with complimentary play-styles and abilities. In Pokémon Unite, there are 20 characters at launch (including Zeraora who is available to players who login before 31 August). These are split between five character classes: Attacker, Speedster, All-Rounder, Defender, and Supporter.

Here, we’ll break down the Unite moves and playstyles for characters in the Speedster class, which includes Zeraora, Talonflame, Absol, and Gengar, and we’ll rank which ones we think are the best.

Our pals at Pocket Tactics have a full Pokémon Unite tier list of every character, but here’s our ranking of the very best Speedsters.

Pokémon Unite best Speedster

Zeraora is the best Speedster in Pokémon Unite right now. Here are our rankings:

Rank Pokémon
1 Zeraora
2 Absol
3 Talonflame
4 Gengar
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1) Zeraora

Difficulty: Expert

  • Offense: 3.5
  • Endurance: 1.5
  • Mobility: 4
  • Scoring: 3
  • Support: 0.5

Zeraora moves

Level 1-3

  • Agility: A quick dash which increases user’s basic attack speed
  • Slash: Has the user pounce and attack with claws, can throw enemies

Level 6

  • Volt Switch: A high-speed dash which deals damage and increases basic attack speed for short time, can also dash back
  • Spark: Leaps at enemies while charged with electricity, dealing damage. Can be used three times before cooldown

Level 8

  • Discharge: Deals damage with electricity, grants user a shield when it hits. Deals extra damage to paralysed enemies
  • Wild Charge: A charge attack which causes a combo if it connects

Unite move: Plasma Gale

Zeraora is an Electric-type mythical Pokémon who is both speedy and can deal massive damage when close – so quickly closing the gap between yourself and your opponent is the key to success here. Its Unite move, Plasma Gale, sends out an electrical blast that creates a field of lightning around the area where the blast hits.

Zeraora’s strong move set and biblically strong Unite move make it the best Speedster in Pokémon Unite right now.

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2) Absol

Difficulty: Expert

  • Offense: 3.5
  • Endurance: 2
  • Mobility: 4
  • Scoring: 2.5
  • Support: 0.5

Absol moves

Level 1-3

  • Feint: User dashes in an arc and attacks enemies in the way. Also ignores shields and Defense stats of enemies
  • Slash: Attacks with claws and increases move’s critical hit chances 

Level 5

  • Night Slash: Slashes in an arc, lowering movement speed of enemies for a short time. If used twice, dashes to a designated location, dealing damage 
  • Pursuit: Dashes to an enemy to allow a basic attack, damage increases if the attack lands from behind

Level 7

  • Psycho Cut: Fires a cut line directly in front, reducing enemy movement speed temporarily if it hits. The next three basic attacks are increased
  • Sucker Punch: Hits a single enemy but slows both the user and enemy movement speeds

Unite move: Midnight Slash

Absol shares many attributes with Zeraora, being a big damage dealer who can close distances in a flash. Its Unite move, Midnight Slash, sums up his strengths – slashing and throwing enemies to knock off huge amounts of HP. While Absol isn’t quite as proficient at scoring as Zeraora, its extra endurance might just save you in a pinch.

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3) Talonflame

Difficulty: Novice

  • Offense: 2.5
  • Endurance: 1.5
  • Mobility: 5
  • Scoring: 3.5
  • Support: 0.5

Talonflame moves

Level 1-3

  • Peck: Flies forward and attacks three times
  • Acrobatics: Flies towards an area and attacks multiple times, can escape in any direction after using move

Level 5

  • Flame Charge: Flies in a direction covered in flames, causing damage and increasing user’s speed
  • Aerial Ace: Dashes towards an enemy and increases power of next basic move

Level 7

  • Fly: Flies up into the sky when used, will dive and damage a designated area when used again
  • Brave Bird: Covers itself in flames and flies to a target area causing damage. User suffers recoil damage and reduces cooldown of basic moves for short period

Unite move: Flame Sweep

Talonflame isn’t built for taking damage, but can sweep over long distances very quickly and provide clearance when overwhelmed. Its Unite move, Flame Sweep, sees Talonflame charge forward while cloaked in flame knocking enemies aside, making it an excellent ‘mon for defusing dicey situations.

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4) Gengar

Difficulty: Expert

  • Offense: 3.5
  • Endurance: 2
  • Mobility: 4
  • Scoring: 3
  • Support: 0.5

Gengar moves

Level 1-3

  • Will-O-Wisp: Shoots multiple flames, dealing damage and inflicting burn
  • Lick: Attacks with tongue and pulls enemies closer

Level 5

  • Shadow Ball: Throws a ball which decreases movement speed and Sp. Def of enemy
  • Sludge Bomb: Throws sludge at an area, leaving hit enemies poisoned

Level 7

  • Dream Eater: When it hits, puts enemies in a Sleepy state. If it hits again, Gengar sneaks up and attacks, doing damage and healing user’s HP
  • Hex: User disappears and reappears at a location, dealing damage to enemies in the area of effect. Deals extra damage to those poisoned

Unite move: Phantom Ambush

As you’d expect from a Ghost-type, Gengar is all about surprise attacks. It can sneak up behind opponents without making a noise, teleport long distances, and its Unite move, Phantom Ambush, turns Gengar invisible before landing a big attack. A tricky customer indeed, a good Gengar could have the potential to cause all sorts of problems for the opposing team. A poorly-played Gengar though is close to redundant.

For our breakdowns of the other classes in Pokémon Unite, check out the following guides:

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