League of Legends: Comparing Pokemon to LoL Champions

With the announcement today of a new Pokemon MOBA, we are going to look at the champions and roles in our favorite MOBA, League of Legends to see where the original 151 Pokemon might fit.

The news today that a Pokemon MOBA game is in development got a lot of people, particularly the League of Legends community excited. Pokemon was one of the most influential games of its generation and Pokemon Unite rumored to be a game both for the Nintendo Switch and mobile, it could bring a whole new audience to the MOBA genre.

Many prospective players of Pokemon Unite might be looking to use League of Legends as a way to learn this new genre of game. League of Legends veterans might be interested in trying out a new MOBA, but wondering how the game will translate to Pokemon.

To that end, we’re going to compare each of the OG 151 Pokemon to champions in League of Legends and predict which role their kit would best translate to if Pokemon Unite is structurally the same as League. One caveat I make first is that I will be grouping all evolutions of Pokemon together (so I will consider Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard together). This is because I am assuming that there will be some mechanic in Pokemon Unite that will allow each character to evolve and get stronger, much like League of Legends champions leveling up or buying items.

Bulbasaur/Ivysaur/Venusaur

Role: Jungle/Support
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Amumu, Zyra

Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard

Role: Jungle/Top
Class: Fighter
LoL champ equivalents: Shyvana, Aurelion Sol

Squirtle/Wartortle/Blastoise

Role: Top/Mid
Class: Mage/Fighter
LoL champ equivalents: Mordekaiser, Orianna

Caterpie/Metapod/Butterfree

Role: Mid/Support
Class: Enchanter/Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Lulu, Janna

Weedle/Kakuna/Beedrill

Role: Top
Class: Fighter
LoL champ equivalents: Singed, Mordekaiser

Bulbasaur/Ivysaur/Venusaur

Role: Jungle/Support
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Amumu, Zyra

Pidgey/Pidgeotto/Pidgeot

Role: ADC
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Quinn, Vayne

Rattata/Raticate

Role: Jungle
Class: Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Twitch, Kha’Zix

Spearow/Fearow

Role: ADC
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Jhin, Miss Fortune

Ekans/Arbok

Role: Mid/Jungle
Class: Mage/Juggernaut
LoL champ equivalents: Cassiopeia, Sett

Pikachu/Raichu

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Kennen, Xerath

Sandshrew/Sandslash

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Diver/Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Rammus, Warwick

Nidoran/Nidorina/Nidoqueen

Role: Jungle/Mid
Class: Diver
LoL champ equivalents: Irelia, Kled

Nidoran/Nidorino/Nidoking

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Diver/Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Jarvan IV, Volibear

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Clefairy/Celfable

Role: Support
Class: Enchanter
LoL champ equivalents: Lulu, Soraka

Vulpix/Ninetales

Role: Mid/Support
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Brand, Ahri

Jigglypuff/Wigglytuff

Role: Support
Class: Enchanter
LoL champ equivalents: Zoe, Sona

Zubat/Golbat

Role: ADC/Jungle
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Kindred, Twitch

Oddish/Gloom/Vileplume

Role: Mid/Support
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Zyra, Teemo

Venonat/Venomoth

Role: ADC/Support
Class: Enchanter/Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Senna, Galio

Diglett/Dugtrio

Role: Jungle/Top
Class: Diver
LoL champ equivalents: Rek’Sai, Poppy

Meowth/Persian

Role: ADC/Top
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Vayne, Quinn

Psyduck/Golduck

Role: Jungle/Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Nocturne, Ahri

Mankey/Primeape

Role: Top
Class: Fighter
LoL champ equivalents: Sett, Vi

Growlithe/Arcanine

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Brand, Ziggs

Poliwag/Poliwhirl/Poliwrath

Role: Mid
Class: Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Fizz, Evelynn

Abra/Kadabra/Alakazam

Role: Mid
Class: Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Leblanc, Akali

Machop/Machoke/Machamp

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Diver
LoL champ equivalents: Sett, Darius

Bellsprout/Weepinbell/Victreebel

Role: Mid/Top
Class: Mage/Juggernaut
LoL champ equivalents: Zyra, Urgot

Tentacool/Tentacruel

Role: Top
Class: Juggernaut
LoL champ equivalents: Teemo, Veigar

Geodude/Graveler/Golem

Role: Top/Support
Class: Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Malphite, Braum

Ponyta/Rapidash

Role: Jungle/Mid
Class: Mage/Diver
LoL champ equivalents: Hecarim, Shyvana

Slowpoke/Slowbro

Role: Top/Support
Class: Tank/Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Fiddlesticks, Gragas

Magnemite/Magneton

Role: Mid/Support
Class: Mage/Enchanter
LoL champ equivalents: Galio, Sejuani

Farfetch’d

Role: ADC
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Aphelios, Jhin

Doduo/Dodrio

Role: ADC
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Ashe, Kalista

Seel/Dewgong

Role: Top/Mid
Class: Tank/Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Volibear, Anivia

Grimer/Muk

Role: Top/Support
Class: Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Zac, Poppy

Shellder/Cloyster

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Anivia, Morgana

Ghastly/Haunter/Gengar

Role: Jungle
Class: Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Shaco, Nocturne

Onix

Role: Top
Class: Tank/Fighter
LoL champ equivalents: Illaoi, Aatrox

Drowzee/Hypno

Role: Top/Support
Class: Tank/Enchanter
LoL champ equivalents: Soraka, Taric

Krabby/Kingler

Role: Jungle
Class: Diver
LoL champ equivalents: Skarner, Rek’Sai

Voltorb/Electrode

Role: Top
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Rumble, Vladimir

Exeggcute/Exeggutor

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Maokai, Gragas

Cubone/Marowak

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Diver
LoL champ equivalents: Camille, Wukong

Hitmonlee

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Diver
LoL champ equivalents: Lee Sin, Xin Zhao

Hitmonchan

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Juggernaut
LoL champ equivalents: Vi, Sett

Lickitung

Role: Top/Support
Class: Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Tahm Kench, Sion

Koffing/Wheezing

Role: Top/Support
Class: Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Cassiopeia, Nautilus

Rhyhorn/Rhydon

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Sejuani, Malphite

Chansey

Role: ADC/Top
Class: Marksman/Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Sivir, Tristana

Tangela

Role: Support
Class: Enchanter/Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Zyra, Taric

Kangaskhan

Role: Top
Class: Fighter
LoL champ equivalents: Garen, Renekton

Horsea/Seadra

Role: Mid
Class: Mage/Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Zoe, Fizz

Goldeen/Seaking

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Sylas, Nami

Staryu/Starmie

Role: Mid
Class: Mage/Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Fizz, Diana

Mr. Mime

Role: Mid/Support
Class: Mage/Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Zoe, Sona

Scyther

Role: Jungle
Class: Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Kha’Zix, Rengar

Jynx

Role: Mid/Top
Class: Mage/Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Galio, Lissandra

Electabuzz

Role: ADC
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Twitch, Kennen

Magmar

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Brand, Vladimir

Tauros

Role: Support
Class: Tank/Diver
LoL champ equivalents: Alistar, Hecarim

Magikarp/Gyarados

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Kayle, Syndra

Lapras

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Anivia, Vel’Koz

Ditto

Role: Top/Mid
Class: Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Sylas, Leblanc

Eevee/Vaporeon/Jolteon/Flareon

Role: Jungle
Class: Juggernaut
LoL champ equivalents: Udyr, Nidalee

Porygon

Role: Top
Class: Juggernaut
LoL champ equivalents: Mordekaiser, Nasus

Omanyte/Omastar

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Aurelion Sol, Gangplank

Kabuto/Kabutops

Role: Mid/Jungle
Class: Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Diana, Kha’Zix

Aerodactyl

Role: ADC
Class: Marksman/Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Corki, Xayah

Snorlax

Role: Top/Jungle
Class: Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Gragas, Sejuani

Articuno

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Anivia, Syndra

Zapdos

Role: ADC
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Jinx, Aphelios

Moltres

Role: Mid
Class: Mage
LoL champ equivalents: Zoe, Brand

Dratini/Dragonair/Dragonite

Role: Top/Mid
Class: Mage/Tank
LoL champ equivalents: Shyvana, Aurelion Sol

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Mewtwo

Role: Top/Mid
Class: Assassin
LoL champ equivalents: Riven, Yasuo

Mew

Role: ADC
Class: Marksman
LoL champ equivalents: Ezreal, Heimerdinger