Pokémon Unite: Best Defender Builds

Based on their strengths and weaknesses, these builds provide the ultimate assists for the Defender class to dominate the battlefields in Pokémon Unite.

There are five classes in Pokémon Unite that describes a set of Pokémon characters, based on their strengths and weaknesses. The Defender class in Pokémon Unite have high Endurance and excel at protecting allies and hindering opponents.

Pokémon Unite: Best Defender Builds

These Pokémon abilities and Items help build up each character, according to their classes, stats, and gameplay. Here's a list of the best Defender builds in Pokémon Unite.

Snorlax

Screenshot of Pokemon Unite gameplay

Abilities

  • Tackle
    • Charge forward belly first, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and decreasing their movement speed for a short time.
  • Heavy Slam
    • Slams Snorlax's heavy body down, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and displaces them.
  • Block
    • Players will spread their arms wide to create shield that prevents Pokémon from passing through the wall and shoves opposing Pokémon that run into it.

Related: Best Snorlax Builds in Pokémon Unite

Items

  • Leftovers
    • When not in combat, recovers one percent of the players HP every second.
  • Rocky Helmet
    • After taking a certain amount of damage, deals Percent Damage to nearby opponents.
  • Assault Vest
    • When out of combat, gain a percentage of maximum health as a shield that blocks special attacks.
  • Eject Button
    • Instantly teleport somewhere nearby.

Crustle

Screenshot of Pokemon Unite gameplay

Abilities

  • Fury Cutter
    • Slashes opposing Pokémon with each successful hit dealing in more damage.
  • Shell Smash
    • Smashes its shell to swap defenses for increased movement speed and attack damage
  • X-Scissor
    • Claws opponents multiple times, displacing them. Stuns opponents that get carried into terrain

Related: Pokémon Unite: Best Supporter Builds

Items

  • Leftovers
    • When not in combat, recovers one percent of the players' HP every second.
  • Assault Vest
    • When out of combat, gain a percentage of maximum health as a shield that blocks special attacks
  • Float Stone
    • Players move faster when they are not in combat
  • Potion
    • Restore a small amount of HP over time

Slowbro

Screenshot of Pokemon Unite gameplay

Abilities

  • Water Gun
    • Shoots a powerful stream of water that displaces opponents by stunning them and knocking them back.
  • Surf
    • Charge forward while surfing on waves. The first wave deals damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and displaces them.
  • Telekinesis
    • Makes opposing Pokémon float with psychic power. If used again, pulls the opposing Pokémon toward the user.

Related: Pokémon Unite: Best Attacker Builds

Items

  • Shell Bell
    • Special attacks heal 45 HP, plus a percentage of Special Attack
  • Rocky Helmet
    • After taking a certain amount of damage, deals Percent Damage to nearby opponents.
  • Aeos Cookie
    • Permanently increases Max HP upon scoring a goal.
  • Eject Button
    • Instantly teleport somewhere nearby.

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