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Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Cassie

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Speed Tiers

Speed tiers. If you’re new to competitive Pokémon, this probably doesn’t make a bit of sense to you. It’s a lot simpler than it sounds: speed tiers are just groupings of Pokémon with similar Speed stats. The purpose behind organizing them into speed tiers is to make it much easier to read and find who’s faster than your Pokémon at a glance. Quite a few new players don’t realize how important your Pokémon’s Speed stat is to the outcome of the battle. I’m not saying that you need to have the fastest Pokémon, but I am saying you should know the tier your Pokémon is, as well as have a general idea of the Speed stat of your opponent’s Pokémon. Just knowing this will usually change your play style for the better, as you’ll have a better understanding of which, if any, of your opponent’s Pokémon will cause you problems. Of course you can make use of items, abilities, or moves (wer has a great article on Speed control here) that will benefit your team, so be sure to consider those as well!

Base Speeds and Max Speeds

A comprehensive speed tier at level 50 will be provided below, courtesy of Biosci and Zach. These tiers won’t have every Pokémon and EV spread, so it’s important to know how to get from a Base Speed stat to the Speed stat that corresponds with the format in these tiers. Base Speeds are the most important for comparison reasons, as the ending Speed stat doesn’t match what you’d get by adding EVs to the Base Speed stat. Nevertheless, Base Speed stats are still really useful for learning purposes, as most players consider the Base Speed when looking at their opponent’s Pokemon. It is also common to make EV spreads that outspeed a certain group of Pokemon with a specific Base Speed stat range. Anyway, to find base stats, just look at the column labeled Spd found here. Now that you have a list of Speed bases, you can use a damage calculator like this one to figure out the actual Speed stat (you can change the IV when needed if you’re using something super specific for that, or if you need a 0 IV), and then find the max Speed stat by adding 252 EVs. 252 EVs isn’t a requirement, and wer’s article really goes in-depth on how to make use of Speed EVs, but for this tier list you will see generic 252 EV spreads just to give you a general idea.

Oh, and if you have no idea what a base stat is, you can read all about it in our Introduction to Competitive Pokémon!

Speed Tiers (0-4)

Pokémon are placed in 1 of 5 groups (they may be in more than one if one refers to a boost and the other does not, though) based on the Speed stat they are able to reach, with 0 being fastest and 4 being slowest. Be sure to take into account that the description of each tier doesn’t mean that the group is exclusive to those Base Speeds, but includes all Pokemon that are able to reach the max Speed criteria for the tier. The boost columns below refer to how many boosts the Pokémon needs to reach that speed, which can be achieved through abilities, moves, or items. Not everyone uses Speed boosting natures, especially if the Pokémon has no reason to choose speed over power, so be sure to take note of the Nature column when checking out or making your own Speed tiers.

Tier 0 (+Base 130s and Greater)

yanmega crobat latios excadrill thundurus-therian

This tier contains anything that reaches or surpasses a 200 Speed stat, so you’ll only find Pokémon with a Base 130 Speed stat (Base 130s will need a +Speed nature) or greater and Pokémon with Speed boosts that put them at or past a 200 Speed stat gained through a variety of ways.

Max Speed Stat Pokemon Nature Evs Boost Base Speed
294 Yanmega Neutral 252 +2 95
280 Excadrill Neutral 252 +2 88
274 Kingdra Neutral 252 +2 85
264 Blaziken Neutral 252 +2 80
244 Ludicolo Neutral 252 +2 70
243 Latios, Latias Neutral 252 +1 110
240 Terrakion Neutral 252 +1 108
231 Garchomp Neutral 252 +1 102
229 Thundurus-T Neutral 252 +1 101
228 Volcarona, Staraptor, Salamence Neutral 252 +1 100
225 Hydreigon Neutral 252 +1 98
220 Yanmega Neutral 252 +1 95
214 Landorus-T Neutral 252 +1 91
210 Excadrill Neutral 252 +1 88
207 Rotom-A* Neutral 252 +1 86
205 Heracross Neutral 252 +1 85
200 Crobat, Aerodactyl Positive 252 0 130

Tier 1 (Neutral Base 90s to +1 Neutral Base 80s)

infernape terrakion salamence zapdos landorus-therian

Tier 1 refers to Pokémon with a max Speed in the range of 141-199.

Max Speed Stat Pokemon Nature Evs Boost Base Speed
198 Blaziken, Mamoswine, Togekiss, Chandelure Neutral 252 +1 80
194 Weavile Positive 252 0 125
192 Scizor Positve 252 +1 65
186 Tyranitar Positive 252 +1 61
184 Lapras, Jellicent, Abomasnow Positive 252 +1 60
183 Raikou, Starmie Positive 252 0 115
183 Metagross, Politoed Neutral 252 +1 70
182 Crobat Neutral 252 0 130
179 Thundurus, Tornadus Positive 252 0 111
178 Gengar, Latios, Latias Positive 252 0 110
176 Terrakion, Infernape, Virizion Positive 252 0 108
174 Heatran Negative 252 +1 77
173 Liepard Positive 252 0 106
172 Mienshao Positive 252 0 105
169 Garchomp Positive 252 0 102
168 Thundurus-T Positive 252 0 101
167 Volcarona, Salamence, Staraptor, Zapdos, Ninetales Positive 252 0 100
165 Hydreigon Positive 252 0 98
163 Thundurus Neutral 252 0 111
162 Latios, Latias Neutral 252 0 110
161 Yanmega Positive 252 0 95
160 Virizion, Terrakion Neutral 252 0 108
157 Mienshao Neutral 252 0 105
157 Landorus-T Positive 252 0 91
156 Moltres Positive 252 0 90
154 Garchomp Neutral 252 0 102
154 Excadrill Positive 252 0 88
153 Landorus, Thundurus-T Neutral 252 0 101
152 Volcarona, Salamence, Staraptor, Zapdos, Ninetales Neutral 252 0 100
150 Hydreigon Neutral 252 0 98
150 Kingdra, Toxicroak Positive 252 0 85
147 Yanmega, Arcanine Neutral 252 0 95
145 Dragonite, Mamoswine, Chandelure Positive 252 0 80
143 Landorus-T Neutral 252 0 91
142 Moltres Neutral 252 0 90

Tier 2 (Neutral Base 70s to Neutral Base 88s)

chandelure cresselia rotom-wash metagross hitmontop

Tier 2 has Pokémon with a max Speed range of 90-140.

Max Speed Stat Pokemon Nature Evs Boost Base Speed
140 Excadrill Neutral 252 0 88
138 Rotom-A* Neutral 252 0 86
137 Cresselia, Kingdra, Nidoking, Suicune, Toxicroak Neutral 252 0 85
137 Rotom-A* Neutral 30 IV 248 EV 0 86
136 Cresselia Neutral 30 IV 248 EV 0 85
135 Thundurus Neutral 28 0 111
135 Raikou Neutral 0 0 115
135 Amoonguss Positive 252 1 30
133 Gyarados Neutral 252 0 81
132 Mamoswine, Blaziken, Dragonite, Togekiss, Chandelure Neutral 252 0 80
131 Thundurus Neutral 0 0 111
130 Latias Neutral 0 0 110
129 Heatran Positive 252 0 77
128 Virizion Neutral 0 0 108
124 Tyranitar Positive 252 0 61
123 Empoleon, Abomasnow Positive 252 0 60
122 Politoed, Bisharp, Hitmontop, Ludicolo, Metagross Neutral 252 0 70
121 Landorus, Thundurus-T Neutral 0 0 101
120 Zapdos, Staraptor, Volcarona, Ninetales, Tentacruel Neutral 0 0 100
118 Hydreigon Neutral 0 0 98
117 Scizor Neutral 252 0 65
115 Arcanine Neutral 0 0 95
113 Tyranitar Neutral 252 0 61
112 Abomasnow Neutral 252 0 60
111 Landorus-T Neutral 0 0 91
110 Scrafty Neutral 252 0 58
108 Excadrill Neutral 0 0 88
106 Rotom-A* Neutral 0 0 86
105 Cresselia, Heracross, Toxicroak, Kingdra, Suicune, Nidoking Neutral 0 0 85
101 Gyarados Neutral 0 0 81
100 Chandelure, Gallade, Togekiss, Mamoswine, Dragonite Neutral 0 0 80
97 Heatran Neutral 0 0 77
96 Garchomp Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 102
90 Politoed, Bisharp, Hitmontop, Ludicolo, Metagross Neutral 0 0 70
90 Amoonguss Positive 252 0 30

Tier 3 (Minimum Base 60s to Neutral Base 65s)

scizor tyranitar abomasnow gastrodon jellicent

Tier 3 Pokemon have a max Speed in the range of 57-89.

Max Speed Stat Pokemon Nature Evs Boost Base Speed
85 Scizor, Gothitelle, Vaporeon Neutral 0 0 65
81 Tyranitar Neutral 0 0 61
81 Cresselia Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 85
80 Abomasnow, Lapras, Jellicent, Swampert, Porygon2 Neutral 0 0 60
78 Scrafty Neutral 0 0 58
76 Gallade, Chandelure, Togekiss Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 80
75 Gothorita, Exeggutor Neutral 0 0 55
70 Sableye, Hariyama, Regice Neutral 0 0 50
67 Metagross, Hitmontop Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 70
65 Dusknoir, Conkeldurr, Marowak Neutral 0 0 45
63 Cradily Neutral 0 0 43
63 Scizor, Gothitelle, Vaporeon Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 65
60 Rhyperior Neutral 0 0 40
59 Gastrodon Neutral 0 0 39
59 Tyranitar Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 61
58 Abomasnow, Empoleon, Jellicent, Swampert, Porygon2 Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 60

Tier 4 (Minimum Base 58s and Below)

musharna amoonguss hariyama ferrothorn rhyperior

Tier 4 contains any Pokemon with a max Speed stat of 56 and lower.

Max Speed Stat Pokemon Nature Evs Boost Base Speed
56 Scrafty Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 58
54 Gothorita, Exeggutor Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 55
50 Amoonguss, Slowking, Slowbro, Reuniclus Neutral 0 0 30
49 Hariyama Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 50
49 Musharna Neutral 0 0 29
47 Ninetales Negative 0 IV 0 EV -2 100
45 Marowak, Dusknoir, Conkeldurr Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 45
45 Dusclops Neutral 0 0 25
43 Cradily Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 43
40 Escavalier, Ferrothorn Neutral 0 0 20
40 Rhyperior Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 40
39 Gastrodon Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 39
33 Politoed Negative 0 IV 0 EV -2 70
31 Amoonguss, Slowking, Slowbro, Reuniclus Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 30
30 Musharna Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 29
29 Tyranitar Negative 0 IV 0 EV -2 61
29 Abomasnow Negative 0 IV 0 EV -2 60
27 Dusclops Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 25
22 Ferrothorn, Escavalier Negative 0 IV 0 EV 0 20

*Rotom-A refers to all Rotom formes except the original.

Importance of Speed Tiers

Now that you have Speed tiers to look at, it’s important to keep them in mind while battling. The max Speed column is most useful for when making your team, while the Base Speed is great for giving you a general idea of where on the Speed spectrum a Pokémon will be.

Special thanks goes to Biosci and Zach for the Speed Tier list, and veekun for the list of Base Speeds. Article image created by feathers for Nugget Bridge. View more of her artwork on her tumblr or Nugget Bridge forums thread.

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