PES Playing Styles

Every player is assigned a playing style in PES. This determines how the player will behave when his playing style is enabled. In this post, we will look at the different types of Playing Styles in PES.

PES Playing Styles

Playing Style: Goal Poacher
Description: A predatory striker who plays off the shoulders of the last defender

Playing Style: Dummy Runner
Description: A player who attracts the defence to create space for other players to exploit.

Playing Style: Fox in the Box
Description: A striker who lurks in the opposition 18 yards box just waiting for the ball.

Playing Style: Target Man
Description: A player who becomes the focal point of attack by holding the ball up in an advanced position.

Playing Style: Creative Playmaker
Description: A player who likes to drop off into a deeper position in order to orchestrate the attack.

Playing Style: Prolific Winger
Description: The winger / striker who likes to cut in from wide into the central area looking to score..

Playing Style: Classic No. 10
Description: An old-style static playmaker who makes use of deft touches and passes rather than pace or movement.

Playing Style: Hole Player
Description: A player who looks to make runs into the opposition goal when the team is on the attack.

Playing Style: Box to Box
Description: A player who tirelessly covers every blade of grass for the full 90 minutes.

Playing Style: The Destroyer
Description: A tenacious player who prevents opposition attacks through hard tackling and pressing.

Playing Style: Anchor Man
Description: A deep sitting defensive midfielder protecting the backline.

Playing Style: Build Up (Used to be called The Instigator in PES 2014)
Description: A player who likes to drop back in order to receive the ball and trigger attacks from deep.

Playing Style: Solid Player
Description: A player who always look to strike a perfect balance in attack and defence.

Playing Style: Extra Frontman
Description: A defender who likes to join in the attack and lay siege on the opposition goal at every given opportunity.

Playing Style: Offensive Fullback
Description: An attack-minded full back who will run upfield and join the attack when presented with a chance.

Playing Style: Defensive Fullback
Description: A solid fullback who prefers to stay back and stick to defensive duties.

Playing Style: Offensive Goalkeeper
Description: A keeper playing a sweeper type role who often comes out to cover the area behind the defence.

Playing Style: Defensive Goalkeeper
Description: A solid keeper who prefers to stay around the goal line.

Playing Styles for your team

Try and sign players with playing styles that fits your preferred style of play. For example, if you like attacking down the flanks, you should have ‘Prolific Wingers’, ‘Target Man’, and ‘Offensive Fullback’ in your team.

To play a passing game, get players who are ‘Classic No.10’ and ‘Build Up’.

In my opinion, ‘Anchor Man’ and ‘The Destroyer’ are crucial for every team.

Do note that playing styles are only enabled when the player is played in his ideal position. Switch your player’s position on the field if you find that his playing style is not activated.

Having a team of players with a variety of playing styles allows you to change your game according to how your opponent plays.


PES strives to add realism into the game by incorporating playing styles for each player. Learn about the playing styles of your players and use them well to win you games.

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