Pokemon Masters Tier List (September 2021)

Pokemon Masters Tier List

Our Pokemon Masters Tier List features some of the best sync pairs for each type of combination.

Last Updated: September 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Pokemon Masters Tier List:

Pokemon Masters Tier List: S-Tier Strategies

Pokemon Masters Tier List: Battle Role Guide

Pokemon Masters EX is a mobile spin-off game of the well-loved Pokemon series. Released in August 2019, the game has since garnered 22 million unique downloads and still has an active gaming community. Unlike traditional Pokemon games, Pokemon Masters EX features a unique gameplay format.

Players compete in 3v3 battles, with each unit being composed of a trainer and a Pokemon. Because each playable character has their own set of active and passive skills, the goal is to mix and match trainers and Pokemon to find the best possible sync pair. And because there are different types of sync pairs, this Pokemon Masters Tier List will be categorizing the best striker, tech, and support sync pair.

It’s also necessary to highlight the importance of sync pairs.

Read on to see our top picks for Pokemon Masters EX sync pairs!

POKEMON MASTERS TIER LIST

With 65 trainers (including your character) and 65 unique Pokemon, there are thousands of possible pairs to try in Pokemon Masters EX. But, of course, some pairs work better than others based on their particular mix of skills.

For our Pokemon Masters Tier List, we’re ranking sync pairs across five tiers: S, A, B, C, and D. We’ve also specified whether each combination is a striker-, tech-, or support-based pairing.

S-Tier

First is S-Tier sync pairs which have some of the most effective in the game. Their skill combinations allow for either hard-hitting or support-heavy plays.

Striker Sync Pairs
  • Cynthia & Mega Garchomp
  • Hilbert & Mightyena
  • Karen & Mega Houndoom
  • Leon & Charizard
  • N & Zekrom
  • Steven & Mega Metagross
Tech Sync Pairs
  • Acerola & Palossand
  • Bianca & Musharna
  • May & Swampert
  • Serena & Delphox
  • Sygna Suit Leaf & Mega Venusaur
Support Sync Pairs
  • Hilbert & Samurott
  • Player & Torchic
  • Professor Sycamore & Xerneas
  • Sabrina & Mega Alakazam
  • Skyla & Swanna
  • Sygna Suit Blue & Mega Blastoise

 

 

A-Tier

A-Tier sync pairs are still good picks, but don’t have as much potential as S-Tier sync pairs. This is either because their skillsets require more setup or because their type-based capabilities aren’t as powerful.

Striker Sync Pairs

  • Alder & Volcarona
  • Brendan & Sceptile
  • Blue & Mega Pidgeot
  • Iris & Haxorus
  • Lance & Dragonite
  • Lysandre & Yveltal
  • May & Mega Lopunny
  • Selene & Decidueye
  • Sygna Suit Cynthia & Kommo-o
  • Sygna Suit Grimsley & Mega Sharpedo

Tech Sync Pairs

  • Agatha & Mega Gengar
  • Dawn & Alcremie
  • Flannery & Torkoal
  • Ghetsis & Kyurem
  • Iris & Hydreigon
  • Koga & Crobat
  • Professor Oak & Mew
  • Serena & Whimsicott
  • Volkner & Luxray
  • Will & Xatu

Support Sync Pairs

  • Dawn & Torterra
  • Erika & Comfey
  • Jasmine & Mega Steelix
  • Lillie & Clefairy
  • Leaf & Eevee
  • Lyra & Meganium
  • Misty & Starmie
  • Piers & Obstagoon
  • Rosa & Delibird
  • Sygna Suit Elesa & Rotom

 

B-Tier

B-Tier sync pairs are combinations that are neither terrible nor spectacular. They’re ideal for players who don’t have access to S- or A-Tiers, but once you get your hands on a higher-tier pair, it’s best to start investing in that.

Striker Sync Pairs

  • Burgh & Leavanny
  • Caitlin & Reuniclus
  • Cyrus & Palkia
  • Elesa & Zebstrika
  • Korrina & Mega Lucario
  • Lance & Gyarados
  • Lyra & Jigglypuff
  • Noland & Mega Pinsir
  • Player & Solgaleo
  • Wally & Mega Gallade

Tech Sync Pairs

  • Brock & Onix
  • Calem & Meowstic
  • Clemont & Heliolisk
  • Kukui & Lycanroc
  • Lisia & Mega Altaria
  • Mallow & Tsareena
  • Ramos & Victreebel
  • Skyla & Togekiss
  • Viola & Masquerain
  • Wallace & Milotic

Support Sync Pairs

  • Drake & Salamence
  • Elio & Primarina
  • Erika & Comfey
  • Glacia & Mega Glalie
  • Lana & Araquanid
  • Phoebe & Dusknoir
  • Plater & Pikachu
  • Rosa & Serperior

 

C-Tier

C-Tier sync pairs are passable, so unless you don’t have any other higher-tier option that fits the team, steer clear of these pairs.

Striker Sync Pairs

  • Barry & Empoleon
  • Bruno & Machamp
  • Bugsy & Mega Beedrill
  • Ethan & Typhlosion
  • Gardenia & Roserade
  • Kris & Feraligatr
  • Molayne & Dugtrio
  • Pryce & Dewgong
  • Roxie & Scolipede
  • Silver & Ho-oh

Tech Sync Pairs

  • Acerola & Mimikyu
  • Blaine & Rapidash
  • Brawly & Hariyama
  • Crasher Wake & Floatzel
  • Erika & Vileplume
  • Gladion & Silvaly
  • Marnie & Morpeko
  • Siebold & Octillery
  • Sophocles & Togedemaru
  • Winona & Pelipper

Support Sync Pairs

  • Cheryl & Blissey
  • Liza & Lunatone
  • Maylene & Medicham
  • Roxanne & Probopass

 

D-Tier

Finally, D-Tier sync pairs are bottom-of-the-barrel options. You have little to no reason to invest in these combinations. So, the second you get your hands on better pairs, stop putting time into these.

Striker Sync Pairs

  • Hapu & Mudsdale
  • Marshal & Conkeldur
  • Norman & Slaking
  • Player & Solgaleo
  • Roark & Rampardos
  • Shauntal & Chandelure
  • Siebold & Clawitzer
  • Tate & Solrock
  • Valerie & Sylveon
  • Zinnie & Rayquaza

Tech Sync Pairs

  • Brycen & Cryogonal
  • Candice & Abomasnow
  • Grant & Aurorus
  • James & Weezing
  • Lorelei & Lapras
  • Lucy & Seviper
  • Lt. Surge & Electrode
  • Mina & Granbull
  • Thorton & Bronzong
  • Whitney & Miltank

Support Sync Pairs

  • Cheren & Stoutland
  • Marley & Arcanine
  • Marlon & Carracosta

 

POKEMON MASTERS TIER LIST: S-TIER STRATEGIES

Coz we want you to gain more than just a list, our Pokemon Masters Tier List will also give you some useful strategies and info that you might need!

If you’re aiming to form the best sync pairs in the game, you will need detailed knowledge on what movesets and passive skills each pair needs to make them very effective. Below are some S-Tier strategies for you to create an impactful change in your game.

STRIKER SYNC PAIRS:

Cynthia & Mega Garchomp

Type: Ground
Weakness: Ice

Cynthia and Mega Garchomp become invincible when used with the Arecola and Pasoland Tech Sync. Palosand can whip up an intense sandstorm that boosts the critical hit rate, making Mega Garchomp perform huge damage.

MAX STATS
HP561
ATTACK409
DEFENCE177
SPECIAL ATTACK131
SPECIAL DEFENCE145
SPEED334
BULK568

 

MOVESET
MOVEEarthquakeX AttackSlashThis match is too fun!
POWER100/200050/600
EFFECTDeals damage to opponents.Raises the user’s attack by s stat rank.Higher chance of critical rate.Raises the user’s Speed and critical-hit rate by 1 stat rank. These stats are raised by 2 stat ranks instead during a sandstorm.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLFast- Track 2Surging Sand 5 Ground Shift
EFFECTHas a 30% chance of raising speed after a move is used.Powers up during a sandstorm.Normal-type moves become ground-type moves.
Hilbert & Mightyena

Type: Dark
Weakness: Fairy

This pair is one of the few early-game Dark-type syncs. They have high HP, but they need some time to build up to their full potential. 

MAX STATS
HP745
ATTACK350
DEFENCE123
SPECIAL ATTACK230
SPECIAL DEFENCE123
SPEED267
BULK556

 

MOVESET
MOVECrunchX AttackDouble- EdgeRawr!
POWER99/1180167/2000
EFFECTMay lower target’s defense by 1 stat rank by 20%Sharply raises attackUser also takes 25& of the damage dealt to targetRaises speed by 2 stat rank. Raises speed by 6 stat rank instead if affected by a status condition. Raises critical hit but lowers defense.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLCarry On 1Spur On 4 Dark Shift
EFFECTRaises attack each time another Pokemon on the field faintsCharges move gauge by 4 each time another Pokemon the field faintsNormal-type moves becomes Dark-type moves
Karen & Mage Houndoom

This pair has one of the highest damage potentials. High hit rates and a big chance to make enemies flinch are very useful abilities these two possess.

Type: Dark
Weakness: Fighting

MAX STATS
HP530
ATTACK313
DEFENCE176
SPECIAL ATTACK391
SPECIAL DEFENCE161
SPEED405
BULK571

 

MOVESET
MOVESnarlDire Hit +Dark PulseEntertain Me!
POWER39/46095/1140
EFFECTLowers the target special attackRaises the user’s critical-hit rate by 2 stat ranks Has a 20% chance of target flinchThe lower the user’s HP is, the more this move raises special attack.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLWide AwakeFlameproof
EFFECTIt prevents Pokemon from falling asleepIt prevents Pokemon from getting burned
Leon & Charizard

Charizard is Metagross’s equivalent for the special attack striker’s group. It has the quickest path to Mega Evolution and impressive all-around stats. 

Type: Fire
Weakness: Electric

MAX STATS
HP718
ATTACK448
DEFENCE151
SPECIAL ATTACK448
SPECIAL DEFENCE151
SPEED336
BULK563

 

MOVESET
MOVEHurricaneEarthquakeInfernoStrike a Pose!
POWER126/151100/120183/219250/300
EFFECTNo additional effectLeaves the target burnedReduces sync move countdown by 1. Raises attack and Sp. Attack by 2 stat rank. It also raises critical hit rate by 1 stat rank. No additional effect

 

PASSIVE
SKILLGalar Flag BearerPiercing GazeMP Rekindle 2Super preparation 4
EFFECTPowers up all the allied sync pair moves by 10%. Also, it reduces attack move damage taken by 20% of allied sync pairs. Moves never missIt has a 30% chance of restoring one MP when Pokemon uses a move.Has 50% chance of applying supereffective
N & Zekrom

The best N and Zekrom Sync Grid Builds are Outrage Focused or Bolt Strike Focused, depending on what other teammates you are pairing them with.

Type: Electric
Weakness: Dragon

MAX STATS
HP611
ATTACK414
DEFENCE157
SPECIAL ATTACK336
SPECIAL DEFENCE157
SPEED204
BULK536

 

MOVESET
MOVEBolt StrikeX AttackOutrageIdeas will Prevail!
POWER189/2260115/1380
EFFECTHas 20% chance of leaving target paralyzed.Raises the attack by 2 rank stats.It leaves the user confused.Raise speed by 2 stat ranks. Raises accuracy by 1 stat rank. It applies super effectively when user does not have sync buff.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLEntry FreebieSync FreebiePiercing Blows
EFFECTApplies the free next move effect when entering the battleApplies free move next effect to the user after using sync move.Grants multiple effects when attacking with a move of sync move, such as ignoring the passive skill that reduces the damage of attacks. Ignores passive skills that would protect a target against a critical hit. 
Steven & Mega Metagross

If you want devastating damage to deal with your opponents, this pair has got you covered. On top of that, it has good healing and decent MP refresh, which are good bonuses

Type: Steel
Weakness: Ghost

MAX STATS
HP487
ATTACK513
DEFENCE209
SPECIAL ATTACK137
SPECIAL DEFENCE204
SPEED246
BULK590

 

MOVESET
MOVEIron HeadX AttackBullet PunchBest there is!
POWER92/110075/900
EFFECTHas a chance of making target flinch.Raises the user’s attack by 2 stat rank.No additional effect.Raises defense by 1 stat rank. Applies Critical Hit Next effect. When used by Metagross, it also applies the enduring effect to the user.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLPower Chain 3Impervious
EFFECTPowers up the next move when unity bonus is in effect.Stats cannot be lowered.

 

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Pokemon Masters Tier List:

Pokemon Masters Tier List: S-Tier Strategies

Pokemon Masters Tier List: Battle Role Guide

TECH SYNC PAIRS:

Acerola & Palossand

This pair is best used in a team with Cynthia and Mega Garchomp or Karen and Mega Houndoom. Palossand is able to raise the team’s attack and crit rate and can be hard to take down due to its sync move.

Type: Ghost
Weakness: Ice

MAX STATS
HP502
ATTACK163
DEFENCE174
SPECIAL ATTACK126
SPECIAL DEFENCE164
SPEED210
BULK561

 

MOVESET
MOVEAstonishX DefenseSandstormOver Here!
POWER12/14000
EFFECTHas 30% chance to make the target flinch.Raises defenses.Whips up a sandstorm.Enemies will target Palossand for a short time. Gradually heals.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLSand Fortress
EFFECTStats cannot be lowered during sandstorm
Bianca & Musharna

This pair has a good move set. Musharna also increases her damage output with stored power.

Type: Psychic
Weakness: Bug

MAX STATS
HP629
ATTACK201
DEFENCE203
SPECIAL ATTACK278
SPECIAL DEFENCE228
SPEED182
BULK659

 

MOVESET
MOVEStored PowerPsychic TerrainYou snooze, you lose!Psychic
POWER13/150100200/240
EFFECTRaised stats empowers this move.Turns field into Psychic TerrainRaises defenses, Sp. Attack and Sp. Def by 1 stat rank. Stats increase by 2 when on Psychic terrain.Has 10% chance of lowering the target Sp. Def by 1 stat rank. 

 

PASSIVE
SKILLOn A Roll 4
EFFECTRaises the chance of lowering stat values with the additional effects of moves.
May & Swampert

Swampert has many utilities to offer for the team in the game.

Type: Water
Weakness: Grass

MAX STATS
HP645
ATTACK255
DEFENCE232
SPECIAL ATTACK286
SPECIAL DEFENCE194
SPEED189
BULK682

 

MOVESET
MOVEMuddy WaterRain DanceEarth PowerReady for this?
POWER116/139099/1180
EFFECTIt has a 30% chance of lowering the target’s accuracy.Makes the weather rainy.It has a 10% chance of lowering SP. Def by 1 stat rank.Charges move gauge by 2. Raises the Sp. Atk and crit hit rate.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLRaging Rain 5Racing Rain 4Dizzying Power
EFFECTPowers up moves when it is rainy.Quickly charges the move gauge when it is rainy.When target’s accuracy is lowered, the user’s moves powers up.
Serena & Delphox

This pair has incredible potential for damage as well as the best way to spread status effects to the opponent. Go Viral provides an excellent utility that is effective against any party composition.

Type: Fire
Weakness: Ground

MAX STATS
HP685
ATTACK138
DEFENCE146
SPECIAL ATTACK297
SPECIAL DEFENCE170
SPEED376
BULK565

 

MOVESET
MOVEFire SpinHypnosisCan’t Stop Us!Overheat
POWER48/4500136/163
EFFECTTraps target in firePuts enemy to sleepRemoves all status conditions. Raises special attack and accuracy.Lowers the Special attack by 2 stat rank.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLStat Leech 4Good Night-Mare 5Go Viral 9 
EFFECTHas a chance of lowering the target’s stats when the user’s attack is successful. The same amount will also raise user’s stats.Moves are empowered when enemy is asleep.When a status is inflicted on the enemy, it inflicts the same status condition on all enemy sync pairs.
Sygna Suit Leaf & Mega Venusaur

Mega Venusaur is one, if not, the tankiest Pokemon with healing and damage output.

Type: Grass
Weakness: Psychic

MAX STATS
HP677
ATTACK247
DEFENCE266
SPECIAL ATTACK296
SPECIAL DEFENCE271
SPEED154
BULK800

 

MOVESET
MOVERazor LeafPotionsMega Healing!Frenzy Plant
POWER43/51095/11590
EFFECTLikely to be a critical hit.Restores approximately 40% of an ally’s HP.Reduces sync movement by 1. If used by Venusaur, reduce by 2.No additional effect.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLPotent Toxin 2Sundering 9 Adrenalin 2
EFFECTIncreases damage taken by enemies when poisoned. Lower’s target defense, Sp. Defense, or both by one when targeting the enemy is successful.Reduces sync move countdown when a sync move is first used.
SUPPORT SYNC PAIRS:

Hilbert & Samurott

Hilbert and Samurott are great for physical teams with their Trainer move, but they also can raise other handy stats, including Speed, Defense, and critical-hit rate.

Type: Water 
Weakness: Electric

MAX STATS
HP690
ATTACK257
DEFENCE238
SPECIAL ATTACK170
SPECIAL DEFENCE238
SPEED288
BULK726

 

MOVESET
MOVEAqua TailX Speed AllIn this Together!Waterfall
POWER56/670045/54
EFFECTNo additional effectRaises speed of all allies syncThe smaller the user’s percentage of remaining HP, the more this move raises the Attack of all allied sync pairs.Has 20% chance of making enemies flinch

 

PASSIVE
SKILLN/A
Player & Torchic

A powerful duo that can support a variety of teams. 

Type: Fire
Weakness: Water

MAX STATS
HP656
ATTACK208
DEFENCE193
SPECIAL ATTACK204
SPECIAL DEFENCE193
SPEED366
BULK624

 

MOVESET
MOVEFlame ChargeX Attack AllBlazing Hope!Flame Thrower
POWER30/360047/56
EFFECTRaises speed by 1Raises the attack of allied sync pair by 2Raises Sp. Atk of allies by 2. Raises allied crit rate by 2Has 10% chance of leaving the target burned

 

PASSIVE
SKILLHaste
EFFECTSpeed cannot be lowered
Prof. Sycamore and Xerneas

This pair has a variety of healing options. Has efficient stat boots for the whole team and has a solid bulk. 

Type: Fairy
Weakness: Steel

MAX STATS
HP663
ATTACK304
DEFENCE256
SPECIAL ATTACK274
SPECIAL DEFENCE262
SPEED327
BULK759

 

MOVESET
MOVEDazzling GleamMoonblastThe World is Vast!Horn Leech
POWER50/6098/117091/109
EFFECTNo additional effectHas 30% chance of lowering target’s Sp. Atk by 1 stat rankApplies the Move Gauge Acceleration effect to the allied field of play. Removes all status conditions from all allied sync pairs. Applies the Gradual Healing effect to all allied sync pairs.The more damage you deal to target, the more HP you restore.

 

PASSIVE
SKILLTeam Shout 4Fairy Power 5
EFFECTHas a chance (50%) of raising the Attack or Sp. Attack—or both—of all allied sync pairs by one stat rank when an attack move hits the user.Powers up the user’s Fairy-type moves.
Sabrina & Mega Alakazam

This pair can help your striker by providing buffs. Mega Alakazam is also a good all-rounder.

Type: Psychic
Weakness: Dark

MAX STATS
HP540
ATTACK71
DEFENCE180
SPECIAL ATTACK297
SPECIAL DEFENCE274
SPEED439
BULK650

 

MOVESET
MOVEPsychicDire Hits AllSixth Sense!Reflect
POWER99/118000
EFFECTHas 10% chance of lowering a target’s def by 1 stat rankRaises critical hit rateApplies physical damage reduction to alliesBecomes Mega Alakazam until end of Battle

 

PASSIVE
SKILLUnflappableSpeedy Entry 1 Dauntless
EFFECTPrevents flinchingRaises speed by 1 stat rank when entering battleSpecial attacks cannot be lowered
Skyla & Swanna

Swanna is a tank with some handy heals, buffing and defense. This pair can help with sustain while in battle.

Type: Flying
Weakness: Rock

MAX STATS
HP722
ATTACK248
DEFENCE215
SPECIAL ATTACK266
SPECIAL DEFENCE215
SPEED269
BULK632

 

MOVESET
MOVEGust PotionTake Flight!Aerial Ace
POWER20/2400200/240
EFFECTNo additional effectRestores HPRaises defense and speed of alliesMoves never miss

 

PASSIVE
SKILLHaste
EFFECTSpeed cannot be lowered
Syna Suit Blue & Mega Blastoise 

The tankiest and bulkiest duo of the whole game. Mega Blastoise has the ebay stats of buffing skills in-game.

Type: Water
Weakness: Electric

MAX STATS
HP684
ATTACK166
DEFENCE357
SPECIAL ATTACK190
SPECIAL DEFENCE357
SPEED166
BULK962

 

MOVESET
MOVEWater PulseX Defense AllTo the top!Hydro Cannon
POWER47/5600178/213
EFFECTHas 20% chance of leaving enemies confusedRaises defense of allied sync pair by 2 stat rankMove gauges accelerate for allies. Raises crit rateNo additional effects

 

PASSIVE
SKILLForce Field 4Team Shout 9 Safety Net
EFFECTHas a chance of raising Sp. Def of all allied sync when Blastoise uses a moveRaises attack speed or Sp. Atk,  or both by one when targeting the enemy is successful.All allies can endure next hit.

 

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Pokemon Masters Tier List:
Pokemon Masters Tier List: S-Tier Strategies

POKEMON MASTERS TIER LIST: BATTLE ROLE GUIDE

What are Sync Pairs?

A sync pair is composed of a trainer and a Pokemon. Accordingly, top-tier pairings have the most optimal skill combinations in the game, making it easier for players to win. So, to further improve your chances of winning, you’ll need the right combination of sync pairs.

Here are the three types you’ll want on your team.

STRIKER SYNC PAIRS

Strength: Have the most potential for damage output.

Weakness: Tend to have lower defense and HP reserves, compared to other sync pairs.

TECH SYNC PAIRS

Strength: Are the best at inflicting status effects, such as Poison, Sleep, Burn, and debuffing using moves like Growl or Leer.

Weakness: Not very powerful when inflicting direct damage.

SUPPORT SYNC PAIRS

Strength: Have the highest defense stats in the meta and has buffs that raise the entire team’s stats.

Weakness: Tend to be inefficient with both direct and indirect attacks.

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Conclusion

To sum up, Pokemon Masters EX is an excellent spin-off title that introduces rich lore and beloved characters for avid Pokemon fans.

In fact, unlike other multiplayer games such as Valorant and Genshin Impact, Pokemon Masters EX draws from an already renowned franchise, making it easier to draw in new players.

Also, their innovative mechanics, long-time followers of the Pokemon series are promised a new, enjoyable experience. In addition, if you want to be the very best player, strategize based on our Pokemon Masters Tier List.

Therefore, with the right pairs and some practice, you’ll climb the ranks in no time!

To download the game, head to Pokemon Masters EX’s official website. You can also read up on lore, character details, and future events there.

If you love Pokemon franchise so much, you may also want to check out our Pokemon’s Great League Tier List!


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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