Pokémon Unite Tyranitar Guide: Best Build, Held items, Movesets, and Gameplay Tips

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The dual Rock/Dark-type Pseudo-legendary Pokemon from Generation II has pretty much announced its arrival in Pokémon Unite. Those with access to the Public Test Server, have already tried and showed their satisfaction over the beast Tyranitar is in the game. In the game, Tyranitar is a melee-type all-rounder with high Offense and Endurance. Playing with it requires an Intermediate level of practice and mastery. In this guide, we will take a closer look at the best battle items, and abilities, including tips and tricks to play Tyranitar in Pokémon Unite.

Also, previously, we have discussed how to master playing with other Pokémon like  Pikachu, MamoswineEldegoss, Zeraora, BlisseyCharizardSnorlaxTsareenaDecidueyeDragoniteTalonflameCinderaceGreninjaGardevoirVenusaurWigglytuffTrevenantGengarLucarioAegislashCrustleHoopaGarchompAbsolAlolan NinetalesDuraludonCramorantBlastoiseSlowbroMachampMr. MimeGreedentAzumarillSylveonEspeon, DelphoxGlaceon, and Buzzwole. Therefore, one must make sure to check those guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Tyranitar.

Tyranitar: In-game cost

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Tyranitar is available in the Pokémon Unite Committee for either 14000 Aeos coins or 575 Aeos gems. It also has a Tuxedo Style skin available, or soon to be available in the shop. The shop consists of all the characters available from which players can view general info, stats, and abilities of the Pokémon before purchasing them.

Tyranitar: Stats and Evolution

1st Evolution2nd EvolutionFinal Evolution
Larvitar (Lv. 1)Pupitar (Lv. 5)Tyranitar (Lv. 9)

Pokémon Unite Tyranitar Movesets

Tyranitar is a melee-type all-rounder with a lot of endurance to boast about. It has a 4-star Offense and Endurance, which is what a perfect all-rounder needs. However, its scoring and mobility are a bit low, but perfect builds can complement easily. Here are the moves which Tyranitar has, across its three evolutionary stages.

Basic Attack

The skill becomes a boosted attack at every third hit, dealing increased damage. The Unite move changes the mechanics of the Basic attack, which are discussed below.


The passive ability of Tyranitar is a bit interesting. The three different evolutionary stages of Tyranitar, which has three different passive abilities.

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  • Guts (Pupitar): When the Pokémon receives a certain amount of damage, its attack increases for a short time. This ability goes on a cooldown, after getting triggered.
  • Shed Skin (Larvitar): When the Pokémon receives a certain amount of damage, all of its status conditions are nullified and it is granted a shield. This ability goes on a cooldown, after getting triggered.
  • Sand Stream (Tyranitar): The skill summons a sandstorm around Tyranitar, when it uses a move. This sandstorm increases Pokemon’s Def. and Sp. Def. and also deals damage to the opposition.

Ability 1 – Bite (Melee)

CD – 5s

This dark-type move deals damage to the designated opposition. Furthermore, this move can also stun an opposition, if it has HP below a set amount. Also, it may be stunned, if Bite deals sufficient damage to the opponent at once.

Ability 1 Choices at Level 5

At Level 5, Bite can be upgraded to either of these 2 moves:

Dark PulseStone Edge
A dark-type move releases a dark mist towards the opponent in a horizontal sweeping motion. If the move hits an enemy with low damage, it stuns the same.

Repetitive hits on the same opponent with this move increase the damage dealt. This move can form a combo with Ability 2 (Ancient Power), where the player can ignore the defense and shield, if the opposition for a longer period of time, due to increased Piercing strength.
The Rock-type move deals damage to the opposition, in the AoE. This move deals more damage the closer the enemy is to Tyranitar. This move can be used 3 times within a stipulated time, with the AoE widening itself each time it is used.
Upgrade: The move’s cooldown is reduced.
Type: Area
Cooldown: 5s
Upgrade: Increases damage dealt.
Type: Area
Cooldown: 9.5s

Ability 2 – Rock Polish (Dash)

CD – 8s

This Rock-type move makes the player dash to any direction of choice, while also dealing damage to any Pokémon, which it hits on the way. In case it hits any enemy, the attack stat of the player increases for a short time.

Ability Choices at Level 9

At level 9, when the Pokémon is fully evolved, Rock Polish can be upgraded into the following moves:

Ancient PowerSand Tomb
A Rock-type move charges power before releasing a shock wave. The wave deals damage to the opponents and leaves them stunned. While charging, the user’s movement speed increases, and it gets a shield and becomes immune to hindrances.

If the wave hits an enemy, the user’s piercing strength increases and it may ignore the defense and shields of enemies to deal damage. If the move strikes an opposition, another wave is released, which decreases the opponent’s movement speed and deals damage.

Upon hitting, this 2nd shock wave grants another shield to the user. The shield’s strength is proportional to the number of opponents the 2nd wave hits at a time, with a maximum of 3.
This Ground-type move has the user move towards a designated direction in a single bound, dealing damage to enemies it hits while leaping and leaving them stunned. Upon landing, a cloud of dust surrounds the user, and enemies within the AoE suffer damage and loss of movement speed if the dust hits.

Furthermore, if this move is used again while the cloud is still there, it pulls the enemies closer to the user. Lastly, during this whole move, the player takes decreased damage and ignores the defense and shield effects of the opponent Pokemon.
Upgrade: Strengthens the effects of the shield this move provides.
Type: Buff
CD: 7.5 s
Upgrade: Increases the length of time the cloud of dust remains at the point of impact.
Type: Hindrance
CD: 12 s

Unite Move – Tyrannical Rampage (Buff)


This move has the use burst out in anger and go on a rampage. The move increases the user’s movement speed for a short time, but if it is hit with a hindrance move then, its speed becomes normal, faster than usual. During the rampage, the basic attack style changes, and deals excess amounts of damage with each basic attack (stomps). Lastly, if the enemy has HP below a certain level, and it gets hit with such a basic attack, it immediately gets knocked out.

Best items for Tyranitar in Pokémon Unite

Further in this guide, we will discuss the best-held items for Tyranitar in Pokémon Unite, as well as its best battle item.

Best Held Items

Item(s)Why it’s useful
Muscle BandWhen Basic Attack hits, the damage is increased by 2% of the opposing Pokemon’s remaining HP.
Energy AmplifierEnergy Amplifier provides extra firepower for a short time after Tyranitar activates its Unite Move. It also increases its Unite move’s recharge rate and increases the damage of basic attack critical hits.
Attack WeightEvery time, Tyranitar would score a goal, its attack would increase.

Besides the above-suggested builds, a Tyranitar player may also use the following item builds:

  • Weakness Policy, Muscle Band, Energy Amplifier.
  • Attack Weight, Score Shield, Scope Lens.
  • Attack Weight, Exp. Share, Focus Band.
  • Attack Weight, Focus Band, Score Shield.

Best Battle Items

  • Slow Smoke: This would slow down the opponent, making Tyranitar hit them from close range for maximum damage.
  • Potion: To Enhance a much tankier Tyranitar in the late game.
  • X-Speed: Might help the slow Pokemon to retreat or chase a Pokemon with low remaining HP.
  • Eject Button: For quick retreats or closing in on opponents.

Pokémon Unite Tyranitar Gameplay Tips

Tyranitar may be a bit low on mobility, but has high endurance, even at the lower levels. A Tyranitar once levelled up, can act as a tanky defender too. It can be used as a solo decoy, while the others quickly attack the other vacant goal zones. Our Pokémon Unite Tyranitar guide includes the perfect game plan for the early and late games during Unite battles.

Early Game

Pupitar doesn’t get its 1st Ability upgradation, until Lv. 5. Rock Polish can be used with a similar purpose to that of an Eject Button, while also dealing damage. However, Pupitar might be a bit too close-ranged or slow Pokémon to clear the nearby Aipoms when the game starts. In that case, if you feel, you may use an Exp.

Share as a held item. Bite might not have any Critical damage as of yet, but it may stun enemies based on their low HP. If you fail to take the initial Aipoms, try engaging yourself in early-stage team fights, and get a few k.o.s, then score goals. However, don’t let your opponents have levels much higher than you, in that case, move to the middle lane and farm.

Pokémon Unite Tyranitar Guide early game
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At Level 5, Pupitar evolves into Larvitar, and Bite into either Dark Pulse or Stone Edge. Stone Edge can deal a lot more AoE damage than the former one. However, Dark Pulse can perform a move combo with Sand Tomb later on. However, Sand Tomb would help a lot in juggling at that stage. However, Dark Pulse has a lower CD. Also, Drednaw fights would be more recommended than Rotom fights.

Late Game

After Level 5, no changes occur to the Pokémon until Level 9. It is at Lv. 9, that its Ability 2 gets an upgrade, and the Unite Move also is available. Hence, for those 4 levels, players should engage themselves in team fights or juggling. Once Tyranitar fully evolves, Sand Tomb or Ancient Power is also available. Sand Tomb can again be used as a dash-type move, and then bring enemies closer to Tyranitar, to deal more damage. It is one Pokémon, that every opponent would want to stay away from.

Pokémon Unite Tyranitar Guide late game
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The Unite Move increases the user’s speed for a while. Players can unleash it during team fights, when the enemies run out of HP, to get plenty of KOs.

Positioning of Tyranitar

The best path for Tyranitar would be the bottom lane. Be it either of its evolutionary stages, the moves of Tyranitar are really powerful, especially against low-level opponents or wild Pokémon. Players must focus on farming the bottom lane in Aipoms and Audinos. The cluster of Combees and Vespiqueen should be hunted down by moves like Stone Edge. The second priority should be the jungle, in case, levelling up becomes a struggle.

Tyranitar with other Pokémon

Our Pokémon Unite Tyranitar guide would also talk about the relationship between Tyranitar and other Pokémon.

Best synergies with Tyranitar

These Pokemon would be the perfect synergy for Tyranitar, especially in the game earlier.

BlisseyThe healing moves of this supporter would keep Tyranitar in the battle as much as possible. Especially in the early game.
WigglytuffA Pokemon which evolves early can help Tyranitar in the bottom lane with moves like Sing to stun opponents.
DecidueyeTyranitar with its high endurance can act as a tank for this lethal ranged Pokemon.

Pokemon which are strong and weak against Tyranitar

Pokémon that Tyranitar countersPokémon that counters Tyranitar
Decidueye  Slowbro
Pikachu Cinderace
 Talonflame Aegislash
Garchomp Dragonite

Pokémon Unite Tyranitar: Tips, tricks and strategies

Our Pokémon Unite Tyranitar guide includes the perfect game plan for the early and late game during the Unite battles.

  1. Players must prioritize leveling up. Although the Pokemon is strong early in the game when at a higher level, it is an ultimate beast.
  2. Remember, the best way opponents can beat you is by working as a team, and with high HP. Lonely Pokemon with low remaining HP would easily fall prey to Tyranitar.
  3. One must act as a decoy at late stages, and tell the teammates to go for the other goal.
  4. Players should use the Unite move on enemies with low remaining HP.
  5. One must try to be as close to the opponents as possible, for maximum damage. It has quite the opposite Ability mechanism as a Decidueye.
  6. They must remember that Tyranitar has a lot of endurance once fully evolved. It may even be played as a defender (a tank to soak up damages).
  7. Sand Tomb and Ancient Power can help to deal with Speedsters. Rock Tomb can help in jungling, and also Attackers, Supporters.
  8. Lastly, players must avoid using it much in Ranked Matches until they master all of its moves and playing style. They should use offline mode or Standard Battles as their Practice Arena.

Final Thoughts

Some might feel Tyranitar is not worth it, but it actually is worth it. Players must try to remember the tips which they read here, practice a lot in offline and standard battles, and master Tyranitar in no time.

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