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Pokemon Unite: Best OP Pokemon to Play

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The current meta of Pokemon Unite stands as one of the most balanced states of the game thus far. As a whole, excluding perhaps two or so picks, every pokemon is viable in their own regard. But even then, there are certain picks that definitely stand out over the rest, especially when playing solo queue. Whether it’s because of the utility provided in a team fight, their burst damage potential, or even their map pressure, the Pokemon Unite OP pokemon listed here are sure to improve win rates in solo queue when properly mastered.

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Dragonite

The first pick up is Dragonite. A lot of players labeled the pick as weak when it first came out. But the more the community is becoming accustomed to its kit, the stronger it seems to be. Although Pokemon Unite labels this particular Pokemon Unite OP pokemon as “easy to play,” Dragonite is really far from it. The key to mastering the pick is to utilize its passive properly, while gauging the different situations around the map.

Since Dragonite’s basic attacks provide different status ailments, utilize and keep track of Dragonite’s basic attacks accordingly. In addition, Dragonite’s Unite move overwhelms the enemy. By allowing Dragonite to fly across the map, after a short delay, the pokemon drops down and deals phenomenal damage to targets in the area of effect. But since the delay is very telegraphed, to properly utilize the move players need to calculate ally’s positioning alongside the tides of the team fight.

This ability to jump halfway across the map is unique to Dragonite. The move on its own compensates for the pokemon’s weak early game by allowing the pick to provide emergency aid during skirmishes. After all, Pokemon Unite victories are often decided by team fights during the mid to latter half of the game. Early stages simply help snowball, but don’t determine the game.

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Wigglytuff

This pokemon definitely requires a strong understanding of the game to maximize. When wielded by a knowledgeable player, Wigglytuff destroys team fights. Despite receiving a minor nerf to its Unite move, Wigglytuff’s Unite Move is one of the most impactful moves in the game. Providing a huge shield to its allies, alongside additional shielding thanks to Buddy Barrier, Wigglytuff allows the carries in the team composition to become quite unkillable.

In addition, Wigglytuff scales relatively quickly into the game. Acquiring one of its most important moves at level 4, the pokemon contests the early game quite well. Since Wigglytuff excels in both team fights and laning phase, playing the pokemon idol is highly recommended. Especially because often times, team compositions lack a proper utility supporter.

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Eldegoss

Yet another Pokemon Unite OP pokemon is Eldegoss. Similar to Wigglytuff, Eldegoss stands as one of the best supporters in the game. A big portion to its irreplaceable position in the meta is thanks to its ranged capabilities. Every other supporter plays melee. On the other hand, Eldegoss, thanks to its relatively long range, can position itself behind the front line while providing immense utility through it shields and heals.

Now, why is having range so important? Well, supporters need to remain alive as long as possible to use their heals effectively. If they die first, the team loses out on critical sustain than may cost the game. Eldegoss, unlike the likes of Blissey and Wigglytuff, doesn’t have to stand right smack dab in the front to utilize its kit. Thanks to its ranged moves and basic attacks, Eldegoss doesn’t feel so guilty hiding behind its team. In fact, it’s rewarded for doing so.

And since so many players love playing DPS reliant roles, Eldegoss fits perfectly into almost any solo queue team composition.

Pikachu


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The reign of Pikachu has begun. Undoubtedly one of the strongest pokemon in the game, Pikachu is an absolute monster in the current patch. It’s rather squishy, with relatively low DPS, favoring burst damage over a consistent stream of damage. So why is Pikachu so strong?

Pikachu’s strength comes not necessarily from its damage, which of course is still really good, but more so from the utility it provides. There are different move sets viable for the pokemon, but take Volt Tackle as an example. The move deals significant damage, while keeping the enemy airborne. Combo the move with allies’ lockdowns, to prevent the enemy from moving until they inevitably just faint. In other words, this move allows Pikachu to extend the duration of Crowd Control, while simultaneously bursting down the target.

Since Pikachu doesn’t require evolutions, the pick is rather strong from the beginning of the game. But Pikachu actually becomes even stronger as time ticks on by, thanks to its broken unite move. Its Unite Move recharge rate was buffed, allowing Pikachu to essentially have its Unite Move ready practically every team fight. Synergizing with Buddy Barrier, the utility and damage from its Unite Move destroys the enemy.

Talonflame

This bird speedster is one of the kings of solo queue. Since the pokemon has insane mobility, Talonflame is one of the greatest pokemon for stealing objectives. In other words, utilize Talonflame to secure Zapdos or Articuno. And though this particular pokemon unite OP pokemon plays very selfishly, the playstyle fits perfectly for those just looking to solo carry games. Of course, that doesn’t mean players should lock in Talonflame when the team is already full of attackers and speedsters. But given a proper team composition, the pick truly does seem broken.

In Conclusion

Hopefully, analysis of these powerful pokemon provided useful information for those looking to climb the ranked ladder. Utilizing these picks to their full efficiency is sure to yield success. But don’t treat this as a definitive list of must play pokemon. In fact, there are may pokemon not listed in this article that still play very well in the current meta. Instead, utilize the information provided to grasp a stronger understanding of the strengths of these picks instead.


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