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Pokémon Unite roster: All playable Pokémon characters, roles, and prices

Pokemon Unite 5 Character Team
Pokemon Unite 5 Character Team (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Pokémon Unite is the latest Pokémon game to come to Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and Android devices. It's a free-to-play online multiplayer battle arena game where 5-v-5 battles occur. Victory depends on user skill, team strategy, and individual Pokémon skills. But exactly which Pokémon can you use? Here are all of the playable Pokémon characters available right now.

Pokémon Unite roster

Pokemon Unite Characters (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Here are all of the playable characters you can use right now, along with their roles. There is also a Pokémon Unite tier list that shows which Pokémon are higher ranking than others. If you want to gussy up your favorite characters, you'll want to take advantage of the various Pokémon skins to make your fighter look unique.

  • Absol (Speedster)
  • Alolan Ninetales (Attacker)
  • Blastoise (Defender)
  • Blissey (Supporter)
  • Charizard (All-Rounder)
  • Cinderace (Attacker)
  • Cramorant (Attacker)
  • Crustle (Defender)
  • Decidueye (Attacker)
  • Dragonite (All-Rounder)
  • Eldegoss (Supporter)
  • Garchomp (All-Rounder)
  • Gardevoir (Attacker)
  • Gengar (Speedster)
  • Greedent (Defender)
  • Greninja (Attacker)
  • Lucario (All-Rounder)
  • Machamp (All-Rounder)
  • Mamoswine (Defender)
  • Mr. Mime (Supporter)
  • Pikachu (Attacker)
  • Slowbro (Defender)
  • Snorlax (Defender)
  • Sylveon (Attacker)
  • Talonflame (Speedster)
  • Trevenant (Defender)
  • Tsareena (All-Rounder)
  • Venusaur (Attacker)
  • Wigglytuff (Supporter)
  • Zeraora (Speedster)

Roles & Battle Type System

Pokemon Unite 5 Character Team Orange (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Unlike core Pokémon games, Pokémon Unite's battle system focuses on Battle types rather than Elemental types. During each battle, Pokémon can grow as they fight and can even temporarily evolve.

There are five different Battle Types:

  • Attacker: Has low Endurance and excels at dealing heavy ranged damage to opponents.
    • Alolan Ninetales
    • Cinderace
    • Cramorant
    • Decideueye
    • Gardevoir
    • Greninja
    • Pikachu
    • Sylveon
    • Venausaur
  • Speedster: Has high Mobility and Offense and excels at making quick attacks and scoring points.
    • Absol
    • Gengar
    • Talonflame
    • Zeraora
  • All-Rounder: Has balanced Offense and Endurance and are highly tenacious fighters.
    • Charizard
    • Dragonite
    • Garchomp
    • Lucario
    • Machamp
    • Tsareena
  • Defender: Has high Endurance and excels at protecting allies and hindering opponents.
    • Blastoise
    • Crustle
    • Greedent
    • Mamoswine
    • Slowbrow
    • Snorlax
    • Trevenant
  • Supporter: Provides team support by inflicting status conditions on opponents and by healing allies.
    • Blissey
    • Eldegoss
    • Mr. Mime
    • Wigglytuff

Pokémon Unite: Pokémon Licenses coming soon

Pokemon Unite (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

We do not currently know who the next Pokémon coming to Pokémon Unite will be, but we'll update when we learn more.

Pokémon Unite License Prices

Pokemon Unite License Shop (Image credit: iMore)

To use a Pokémon in battle, you will need to have its Pokémon License. You can purchase these in the shop by either spending Aeos Coins or Aeos Gems. Aeos Coins are earned as you play, while Aeos Gems can only be purchased with real-world money. Here's the price for each license.

PokémonAeos CoinsAeos Gems
Absol10,000575
Alolan Ninetales8,000460
Blastoise8,000460
Blissey8,000460
Charizard6,000345
Cinderace8,000460
Cramorant8,000460
Crustle8,000460
Decidueye10,000575
Dragonite10,000575
Eldegoss6,000345
Garchomp10,000575
Gardevoir8,000460
Gengar10,000575
Greedent8,000460
Greninja10,000575
Lucario10,000575
Machamp8,000460
Mamoswine8,000460
Mr. Mime8,000460
Pikachu6,000345
Slowbro6,000345
Snorlax6,000345
Sylveon10,000575
Talonflame6,000345
Trevenant10,000575
Tsareena10,000575
Venasaur8,000460
Wigglytuff8,000460
Zeraora*UnavailableUnavailable

*Zeraora was given to players as an reward for playing the game shortly after launch. If you didn't get it then, it's possible you will not be able to get it going forward.

Pokémon Unite: All Pokémon you can get for free

Trainer Level Rewards Venasaur (Image credit: iMore)

There are currently 12 Pokémon that you can get for free. However, five of these are starters. If you get one of the starters, the rest are closed to you and must be purchased. Some of them are only free during a limited-time event.

PokémonHow to get it
ZeraoraPlay Pokémon Unite before Aug 31 and then make sure to claim Zeraora.
SlowbroAwarded after reaching Trainer Level 2. You have to claim it to add it to your roster.
VenasaurAwarded after reaching Trainer Level 5. You have to claim it to add it to your roster.
Alolan NinetalesLog in to Pokémon Unite on two different Days. Rewarded as part of the 14-Day Welcome Gifts. It won't join your roster until you claim it.
CinderaceLog in to Pokémon Unite on eight different Days. Rewarded as part of the 14-Day Welcome Gifts. You must remember to claim Cinderace to use it.
GreninjaRewarded on the 14th day of logging in to Pokémon Unite. Rewarded as part of the 14-Day Welcome Gifts. Make sure to claim Greninja after you unlock it.
CrustlePart of the Beginner Challenge awarded after completing all 7 Day Missions. Crustle won't join your team until you claim it.
EldegossCan be chosen as a Starter.
SnorlaxCan be chosen as a Starter.
PikachuCan be chosen as a Starter.
CharizardCan be chosen as a Starter.
TalonflameCan be chosen as a Starter.

Get out there, champ

To do well in Pokémon Unite, you'll need to keep Battle Types in mind and use your Pokémon to score points. It will help to have a diverse group of creatures on your team. As time goes on, more Pokémon might get added to this list, and we'll update it if that happens.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.