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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