With each new month comes a wave of new updates to Pokemon Unite. While the game will definitely get its fair share of new content, the competitive community is poised for the new wave of balancing updates they hope will keep the experience fun and engaging.

Unite is the very first MOBA game in the Pokémon franchise, and like many games in the genre, it struggles with balancing issues. Despite efforts to fix these issues through updates, the game continues to experience ups and downs while introducing new content to keep players engaged. It is unlikely that it will ever reach a perfect state, but the developers continue to work hard on improvements.

As such, with each new month, players are excited to see what changes will be made to the metagame. With so many characters, there are bound to be some that are just better than others. Here are the current best options in Pokemon Unite’s playable list.

Ranking of Pokemon Unite’s different Unite licenses for May 2023

Zacian, the most powerful character of Pokemon Unite as he appears in the anime (Image via The Pokemon Company)

The Pokemon Unite monthly leaderboard provided by Game8 follows the standard leaderboard format that players have come to expect from competitive gaming. Here is the list for the month of May 2023:

SS level

  • Zacian
  • Comfortable
  • Dodrio
  • Urshifu
  • Espeon
  • Slowbro

S level

  • blastoise
  • Blissey
  • chandelier
  • Glacial
  • Greninja
  • lapras
  • Meow
  • Relaxo
  • Trevenant
  • Zoroark

A level

  • Absolutely
  • Aegislash
  • buzz
  • Charizard
  • Clefable
  • decidueye
  • Delphox
  • Gardevoir
  • Gengar
  • Goodra
  • Oops
  • Luke
  • mamoswine
  • Pikachu
  • sable
  • shear
  • Sylveon
  • Tyranitar
  • Venusaur
  • Wigglytuff

B class

  • Nine Stories
  • azumarill
  • Cinderella
  • Cramorant
  • crust
  • Dragapult
  • dragonite
  • Elde goss
  • Greedent
  • Macchamp
  • Mr Mime
  • claw flame
  • tsarina

C level

There have been some significant changes to the meta over the past few months. So, from the list, the Pokemon Unite support meta was the hardest hit after the May balancing update. In May’s ranking, strong and unassailable supports are superior.

Unfortunately, Zacian is still prevalent in the metagame as it still has access to strong area damage and high base stats. While its main downside is the lack of a third held item, Zacian’s inherent toolbox in terms of his stats and moves is still too good to make up for this downside.

With Zacian, Absol, and Gengar being the main junglers, previous metagame tyrants like Zeraora and Garchomp have fallen deep into the C tier, leaving the jungle meta much more stagnant than ever.

To summarize these changes, the support and jungle metagame has settled on a simple “good or evil” duality, while other roles are much more open and many of their characters are viable.

The latest addition to Pokemon Unite’s playable roster, Chandelure has found a good spot in the metagame, sitting high in the S-Tier. Since it still has those new character stats, many players have started playing the new entry as a much more powerful Gardevoir and are seeing a lot of success.

Edited by
Siddharth Satish


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