FIFA 17 Ultimate Team - How Chemistry Works And The Best Chemistry Style For Every Position

FIFA 17 Ultimate Team - How Chemistry Works And The Best Chemistry Style For Every Position

Alchemical advice on how best to use Ultimate Team's chemistry system.

The chemistry style objects are often overlooked in FIFA 17's Ultimate Team mode. You use them to improve your players by specializing them - and we're not talking about small increases, here. Most chemistry style objects improve a player's individual attributes by about 15 points. We'll show you which chemistry styles are best for each position as well as what skills they improve. You can find more expert tips and advice in our FIFA 17 Ultimate Team guide, and there's still more further reading in the main FIFA 17 guides.

What are chemistry styles and what do they do?

If you apply them to a player's card, chemistry styles improve a range of attributes like sprint speed. These attributes are organized into more general groups in Ultimate Team, like speed or defense.

In order to benefit from this system, the players must have an appropriate chemistry. This is represented by the blue bars under the players' cards in the secondary player view in the team line-up. A player should have at least 5 out of 10. The green arrows on the chemistry style objects indicate what attributes will be improved.

The downside is that it's never clear which chemistry styles fit which players. That's because the individual attributes are divided into groups. Therefore it's not immediately clear if you should make your main striker or attacking midfielder a Sniper or Finisher.

The best chemistry styles for every position in FUT 17

The tables show you the best chemistry styles for strikers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers, depending on the values they change.

The basic chemistry style, which is applied automatically to all players who don't have an individual style, doesn't increase an individual attribute if you have the right chemistry. Rather, it increases a fixed group of attributes by a smaller amount.

  • Basic chemistry styles: Acceleration, Positioning, Finishing, Shot Power, Volleys, Penalties, Vision, Long Passing, Short Passing, Curve, Agility, Ball Control, Dribbling, Marking, Standing Tackle, Sliding Tackle, Jumping, and Strength are increased by a small amount.

Let's take a look at what chemistry style is best for each position in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

The best chemistry styles for strikers and attackers - ST, CF, LW, RW

Chemistry styleImproved attributesBest for...Reason
SniperPositioning (10) Finishing (15) Volleys (10) Penalties (15) Agility (5) Balance (10) Reactions (5) Ball Control (5) Dribbling (15) ST
CF
RW
LW
Focuses on short distance shots, speed and dribbling. Good for fast strikers who move fluently with the ball and shoot from inside the penalty box.
Finisher Finishing (5) Shot Power (15) Long Shots (15) Volleys (10) Penalties (10) Jumping (15) Strength (10) Aggression (10) ST
CF
Focuses on power and long distance shots. Good for attackers who shoot from a greater distance.
Deadeye Positioning (10) Finishing (15) Shot Power (10) Long Shots (5) Penalties (5) Vision (5) Free Kick Acc. (10) Long Passing (5) Short Passing (15) Curve (10) CAM
CF
RW
LW
ST
Focuses on passes and shots. Good for players who want to create and use chances. Is good for all attacking positions, depending on the player.
Marksman

Positioning (10) Finishing (5) Shot Power (10) Long Shots (10) Volleys (10) Penalties (5) Agility (5) Reactions (5) Ball Control (5) Dribbling (5) Jumping (10) Strength (5) Aggression (5)

ST
CF
Every attacker's dream. Good for strong strikers who handle the ball easily, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
HawkAcceleration (10) Sprint-Speed (5) Positioning (10) Finishing (5) Shot Power (10) Long Shots (10) Volleys (10) Penalties (5) Jumping (10) Strength (5) Aggression (10) ST
LW
RW
Very similar to Marksman, but focuses more on speed rather than endurance. Good for wingers or hanging strikers.
HunterAcceleration (15) Sprint-Speed (10) Positioning (15) Finishing (10) Shot Power (10) Long Shots (5) Volleys (10) Penalties (15) ST
Focuses completely on speed and shots. Good for fast strikers like Theo Walcott or Javier Hernandez.

The best chemistry styles for midfielders - CAM, CM, LM, RM, CDM

Chemistry styleImproved attributesBest for...Reason
ArtistVision (15)
Crossing (5)
Long Passing (15)
Short Passing (10)
Curve (5)
Agility (5)
Balance (5)
Reactions (10)
Ball Control (5)
Dribbling (15)
CAM
CM
LM
RM
Focuses on dribbling and passing. Good for offensive midfielders like Modric or Iniesta.
ArchitectVision (10)
Crossing (15)
Free Kick Acc. (5)
Long Passing (15)
Short Passing (10)
Curve (5)
Jumping (5)
Strength (15)
Aggression (10)
CM
CAM
Focuses on physical attributes rather than dribbling. Good for strong, creative midfielders like Paul Pogba.
PowerhouseVision (10)
Crossing (5)
Long Passing (10)
Short Passing (15)
Curve (10)
Interceptions (5)
Marking (10)
Standing Tackle (15)
Sliding Tackle (10)
CM
CAM
Focuses on passes and defense. Good to bring players like Pogba or Yaya Toure more to midfield.
Maestro

Positioning (5)
Finishing (5)
Shot Power (10)
Long Shots (10)
Volleys (10)
Vision (5)
Free Kick Acc. (10)
Long Passing (5)
Short Passing (10)
Reactions (5)
Ball Control (5)
Dribbling (10)

CAM
CM
LM
RM
Focuses on dribbling, shots and passes. Useful for offensive midfielders who want to create and use chances.
Engine
Sprint Speed (5)
Vision (5)
Crossing (5)
Free Kick Acc. (10)
Long Passing (5)
Short Passing (10)
Curve (5)
Agility (5)
Balance (10)
Reactions (5)
Ball Control (5)
Dribbling (10)
CAM
LM
RM
LW
RW
Focuses on speed, passes and dribbling. Good for supporting, creative and attacking midfielders.
Catalyst
Acceleration (15)
Sprint-Speed (10)
Vision (15)
Crossing (10)
Free Kick Acc. (10)
Long Passing (5)
Short Passing (10)
Curve (15)
CDM
CM
CAM
LM
RM
LW
RW
Focuses completely on passes, and is good for every midfielder. The speed alone makes it worthwhile in many situations, both offensively and defensively. The bonus in passing boosts crosses a lot as well.

The best chemistry styles for defenders - CDM, CB, LB, RB, LWB, RWB

Chemistry styleImproved attributesBest for...Reason
SentinelVision (10) Interceptions (5) Heading (10) Marking (15) Standing Tackle (15) Sliding Tackle (15) Jumping (5) Strength (15) Aggression (10) CDM
RB
LB
CB
Focuses on defense and physical attributes. Good for athletic defenders like Eric Bailly.
GuardianAgility (5) Balance (10) Reactions (5) Ball Control (5) Dribbling (15) Interceptions (10) Heading (5) Marking (15) Standing Tackle (10) Sliding Tackle (10)LB
RB
LWB
RWB
Focuses exclusively on dribbling and defending. Good for defenders with multiple tasks.
Gladiator Positioning (15) Finishing (5) Shot Power (10) Long Shots (5) Interceptions (10) Heading Accuracy (15) Marking (5) Standing Tackle (10) Sliding Tackle (15) CDM
LWB
RWB
A bit unusual, since this chemistry style focuses on shots and defending. Good for defenders and defensive midfielders that have to make long distance shots.
Backbone Vision (5) Crossing (5) Long Passing (5) Short Passing (10) Curve (5) Interceptions (5) Heading Accuracy (5) Marking (10) Standing Tackle (10) Sliding Tackle (10) Jumping (5) Strength (10) Aggression (5) CDM
CB
Focuses on passes, defending and physical attributes. Good for defenders like John Stones, Gerard Pique or defensive midfielders like Ferandinho.
Anchor Acceleration (10) Sprint-Speed (5) Interceptions (5) Heading (10) Marking (10) Standing Tackle (10) Sliding Tackle (10) Jumping (10) Strength (10) Aggression (10) LB
RB
LWB
RWB
CB
Focuses on speed, defending and physical attributes. A good all-round option for defenders who can use an overall boost.
ShadowAcceleration (15) Sprint-Speed (10) Interceptions (10) Heading (10) Marking (15) Standing Tackle (15) Sliding Tackle (15) LB
RB
LWB
RWB
Focuses on speed and defending. A good option for defenders that have to move up and down the field a lot.

The best chemistry styles for goalkeepers - GK

Chemistry styleImproved attributesBest for...Reason
WallDiving, Handling, Kicking GK A good all-round option for goalkeepers with strong kicks like David de Gea. Good to start counters.
ShieldKicking, Reflexes, Speed GK Good for goalkeepers who leave their goal like Manuel Neuer.
CatReflexes, Speed, Positioning GK Good for goalkeepers with good control of the penalty box like Hugo Lloris.
GloveDiving, Handling, Positioning GK A purely defensive specialization. Good for traditional goalkeepers like Thibaut Courtois or Gianluigi Buffon.

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