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FIFA 21 Chemistry Styles guide: how to make the most of them in Ultimate Team

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The players you acquire in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team can be modified with Chemistry Styles. These FUT 21 consumables allow you to boost certain attributes, such as Sprint Speed and Finishing, with each Chemistry Style upgrading a unique set of stats. 

There are well over 20 different Chemistry Styles to collect in FUT 21, available via packs, the transfer market and objectives. But which ones should you assign to your players? 

Thankfully, the system hasn't changed much from last year's game. We’ve detailed the entire list in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team below, complete with tips. 

Note: To get the full effects of the boosts shown below, your player needs to have a maxed-out individual Chemistry rating. They require a rating of 4 to get any boost at all, and your Team Chemistry rating also has an effect on how well their stats improve. 

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Glove (GK)

Recommended for: Keepers who require a boost to their key saving attributes. Make sure they have an efficient Reflexes stat before applying this. 

Boosts: +15 Diving, +15 Positioning, +15 Handling

Cost: 300-400 coins

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Cat (GK)

Recommended for: Goalkeepers who require quicker reactions between the sticks, and who are already proficient in Handling and Diving. 

Boosts: +15 Reflexes, +15 Positioning, +10 Acceleration, +5 Sprint Speed

Cost: 200 coins.

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Shield (GK)

Recommended for: Exactly the same as the Cat chem style, but for players who require an increase to Kicking rather than Positioning. 

Boosts: +15 Kicking, +15 Reflexes, + 10 Acceleration, +5 Speed

Cost: 200 coins.

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Wall (GK)

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Recommended for: Keepers with good Positioning and Reflexes stats. Very similar to Glove, but replaces Positioning with Kicking. 

Boosts: +15 Diving, +15 Handling, +15 Kicking

Cost: 200 coins.

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Anchor (DEF)

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Recommended for: Defenders of all types. A very popular Chemistry Style due to its crucial pace, defensive, and physical boosts. 

Boosts: +5 Acceleration, +5 Sprint Speed, +5 Interceptions, +10 Heading, +10 Def. Awareness, +10 Standing Tackle, +10 Sliding Tackle, +10 Jumping, +5 Strength, +10 Aggression

Cost: 1,000-2,500 coins. Regularly in demand. 

Backbone (DEF)

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Recommended for: Pacey defenders who spend a lot of time on the ball. Includes a great set of passing and tackling stats. 

Boosts: +5 Vision, +10 Crossing, +5 Long Passing, +10 Short Passing, +5 Curve, +5 Interceptions, +5 Heading, +10 Def. Awareness, +10 Standing Tackle, +10 Sliding Tackle, +5 Jumping, +5 Strength

Cost: 300-600 coins. 

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Gladiator (DEF)

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Recommended for: Tall centre-backs who are relied on for scoring from set-pieces. Also useful for midfielders such as CDMs and CMs. 

Boosts: +10 Positioning, +5 Finishing, +10 Shot Power, +5 Long Shots, +10 Interceptions, +15 Heading, +5 Def. Awareness, +10 Standing Tackle, +15 Sliding Tackle

Cost: 200 coins. 

Guardian (DEF)

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Recommended for: Again, this suits ball-playing defenders. It also works well for midfielders (particularly CDMs) in need of a defensive boost. 

Boosts: +10 Agility, +10 Ball Control, +5 Dribbling, +5 Composure, +10 Interceptions, +5 Heading, +15 Def. Awareness, +10 Standing Tackle, +15 Sliding Tackle

Cost: 200 coins.

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Sentinel (DEF)

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Recommended for: Pacey defenders who want to prioritise defensive and physical stats above all else. Another popular chem style in FUT 20. 

Boosts: +5 Interceptions, +10 Heading, +10 Def. Awareness, +15 Standing Tackle, +15 Sliding Tackle, +10 Jumping, +10 Strength, +10 Aggression

Cost: 500-1,000 coins. 

Shadow (Special)

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Recommended for: Physically strong defenders who need a boost in pace and defensive attributes. Expensive and hard to find on the market. 

Boosts: +15 Acceleration +10 Sprint Speed, +10 Interceptions, +5 Heading, +10 Def. Awareness, +5 Standing Tackle, +15 Sliding Tackle

Cost: 3,500-5,000 coins. Often go extinct on the transfer market. 

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Engine (MID)

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Recommended for: Players who require enhanced skills on the ball. Excellent for creative midfielders and pacey wingers. 

Boosts: +5 Acceleration, +5 Sprint Speed, +5 Vision, +5 Crossing, +10 Free Kick Accuracy, +10 Long Passing, +5 Short Passing, +5 Agility, +5 Reactions, +10 Balance, +5 Ball Control, +10 Dribbling

Cost: 500-1,000 coins. 

Maestro (MID)

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Recommended for: Physically proficient midfielders in need of a boost to their dribbling, shooting, and passing abilities.

Boosts: +5 Positioning, +10 Shot Power, +10 Long Shots, +5 Volleys, +5 Vision, +10 Free Kick Accuracy, +5 Long Passing, +10 Short Passing, +5 Reactions, +5 Ball Control, +10 Dribbling

Cost: 200-400 coins. 

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Powerhouse (MID)

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Recommended for: Midfielders (particularly CDMs) who require an upgrade to their defensive and passing skills. Again, suits physically strong players. 

Boosts: +10 Vision, +5 Crossing, +10 Long Passing, +10 Short Passing, +5 Curve, +5 Interceptions, +10 Def. Awareness, +15 Standing Tackle, +10 Sliding Tackle

Cost: 200-300 coins. 

Architect (MID)

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Recommended for: Playmakers who rely on passing (and/or crossing) to create chances in attack. Also provides a boost to certain physical stats. 

Boosts: +10 Vision, +15 Crossing, +5 Free Kick Accuracy, +15 Long Passing, +10 Short Passing, +5 Curve, +5 Jumping, +10 Strength, +10 Aggression

Cost: 200 coins. 

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Artist (MID)

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Recommended for: Similar to Architect, but for players who benefit more from improved dribbling rather than enhanced physical attributes. 

Boosts: +15 Vision, +10 Crossing, +15 Long Passing, +5 Short Passing, +5 Curve, +10 Agility, +5 Balance, +10 Ball Control, +10 Dribbling

Cost: 200 coins. 

Catalyst (Special)

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Recommended for: Anyone who requires lots of pace. Often assigned to midfielders (especially wide players). Fairly expensive to acquire. 

Boosts: +10 Acceleration, +10 Sprint Speed, +15 Vision, +15 Crossing, +10 Free Kick Accuracy, +5 Short Passing, +5 Curve

Cost: 1,000-1,500 coins. 

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Hawk (ATT)

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Recommended for: Attack-minded players who need a slight upgrade to their shooting abilities, as well as their pace and physical stats. 

Boosts: +5 Acceleration, +5 Sprint Speed, +10 Positioning, +5 Finishing, +10 Shot Power, +10 Volleys, +10 Penalties, +10 Jumping, +5 Strength, +10 Aggression

Cost: 700-1,500 coins. 

Marksman (ATT)

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Recommended for: Strong hold-up players such as Romelu Lukaku. Alternatively, a striker with very high default Acceleration/Sprint Speed stats.

Boosts: +5 Positioning, +10 Finishing, +5 Shot Power, +10 Long Shots Accuracy, +10 Volleys, +5 Penalties, +5 Agility, +5 Reactions, +5 Ball Control, +5 Dribbling, +10 Jumping, +5 Strength, +5 Aggression

Cost: 200-300 coins. 

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Deadeye (ATT)

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Recommended for: Attacking midfielders and CFs, as well as strikers who require good passing stats when working in a pair. 

Boosts: +15 Positioning, +15 Finishing, +10 Shot Power, +5 Long Shots Accuracy, +5 Penalties, +10 Vision, +5 Crossing, +5 Free Kick Accuracy, +10 Short Passing, +5 Curve

Cost: 700-1,500 coins. 

Finisher (ATT)

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Recommended for: Strikers requiring a further boost to their shooting and physical stats. Works well with tall, pacey forwards in particular. 

Boosts: +5 Positioning, +5 Finishing, +15 Shot Power, +15 Long Shots Accuracy, +10 Volleys, +10 Penalties, +10 Jumping, +5 Strength, +10 Aggression

Cost: 300-500 coins.

Sniper (ATT)

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Recommended for: Players who require an even bigger upgrade to shooting than the ‘Finisher’ Chem Style allows, as well as improved dribbling abilities. 

Boosts: +5 Positioning, +15 Finishing, +10 Volleys, +15 Penalties, +10 Agility, +5 Balance, +5 Reactions, +5 Ball Control, +10 Dribbling, +5 Composure

Cost: 300-500 coins.

Hunter (Special)

Recommended for: Nimble strikers who can benefit from Hunter’s impressive pace and shooting upgrades. Very popular in FUT 20.

Boosts: +10 Acceleration, +10 Sprint Speed, +5 Positioning, +5 Finishing, +10 Shot Power, +15 Volleys, +15 Penalties 

Cost: 3,000-5,000 coins. Like Shadow, this often goes extinct on the market. 

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