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Speed Tiers

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blog-ninjask.jpgSpeed 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)

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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 StatPokemonNatureEvsBoostBase Speed
294YanmegaNeutral252+295
280ExcadrillNeutral252+288
274KingdraNeutral252+285
264BlazikenNeutral252+280
244LudicoloNeutral252+270
243Latios, LatiasNeutral252+1110
240TerrakionNeutral252+1108
231GarchompNeutral252+1102
229Thundurus-TNeutral252+1101
228Volcarona, Staraptor, SalamenceNeutral252+1100
225HydreigonNeutral252+198
220YanmegaNeutral252+195
214Landorus-TNeutral252+191
210ExcadrillNeutral252+188
207Rotom-A*Neutral252+186
205HeracrossNeutral252+185
200Crobat, AerodactylPositive2520130

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

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

Max Speed StatPokemonNatureEvsBoostBase Speed
198Blaziken, Mamoswine, Togekiss, ChandelureNeutral252+180
194WeavilePositive2520125
192ScizorPositve252+165
186TyranitarPositive252+161
184Lapras, Jellicent, AbomasnowPositive252+160
183Raikou, StarmiePositive2520115
183Metagross, PolitoedNeutral252+170
182CrobatNeutral2520130
179Thundurus, TornadusPositive2520111
178Gengar, Latios, LatiasPositive2520110
176Terrakion, Infernape, VirizionPositive2520108
174HeatranNegative252+177
173LiepardPositive2520106
172MienshaoPositive2520105
169GarchompPositive2520102
168Thundurus-TPositive2520101
167Volcarona, Salamence, Staraptor, Zapdos, NinetalesPositive2520100
165HydreigonPositive252098
163ThundurusNeutral2520111
162Latios, LatiasNeutral2520110
161YanmegaPositive252095
160Virizion, TerrakionNeutral2520108
157MienshaoNeutral2520105
157Landorus-TPositive252091
156MoltresPositive252090
154GarchompNeutral2520102
154ExcadrillPositive252088
153Landorus, Thundurus-TNeutral2520101
152Volcarona, Salamence, Staraptor, Zapdos, NinetalesNeutral2520100
150HydreigonNeutral252098
150Kingdra, ToxicroakPositive252085
147Yanmega, ArcanineNeutral252095
145Dragonite, Mamoswine, ChandelurePositive252080
143Landorus-TNeutral252091
142MoltresNeutral252090

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

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

Max Speed StatPokemonNatureEvsBoostBase Speed
140ExcadrillNeutral252088
138Rotom-A*Neutral252086
137Cresselia, Kingdra, Nidoking, Suicune, ToxicroakNeutral252085
137Rotom-A*Neutral30 IV 248 EV086
136CresseliaNeutral30 IV 248 EV085
135ThundurusNeutral280111
135RaikouNeutral00115
135AmoongussPositive252130
133GyaradosNeutral252081
132Mamoswine, Blaziken, Dragonite, Togekiss, ChandelureNeutral252080
131ThundurusNeutral00111
130LatiasNeutral00110
129HeatranPositive252077
128VirizionNeutral00108
124TyranitarPositive252061
123Empoleon, AbomasnowPositive252060
122Politoed, Bisharp, Hitmontop, Ludicolo, MetagrossNeutral252070
121Landorus, Thundurus-TNeutral00101
120Zapdos, Staraptor, Volcarona, Ninetales, TentacruelNeutral00100
118HydreigonNeutral0098
117ScizorNeutral252065
115ArcanineNeutral0095
113TyranitarNeutral252061
112AbomasnowNeutral252060
111Landorus-TNeutral0091
110ScraftyNeutral252058
108ExcadrillNeutral0088
106Rotom-A*Neutral0086
105Cresselia, Heracross, Toxicroak, Kingdra, Suicune, NidokingNeutral0085
101GyaradosNeutral0081
100Chandelure, Gallade, Togekiss, Mamoswine, DragoniteNeutral0080
97HeatranNeutral0077
96GarchompNegative0 IV 0 EV0102
90Politoed, Bisharp, Hitmontop, Ludicolo, MetagrossNeutral0070
90AmoongussPositive252030

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

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

Max Speed StatPokemonNatureEvsBoostBase Speed
85Scizor, Gothitelle, VaporeonNeutral0065
81TyranitarNeutral0061
81CresseliaNegative0 IV 0 EV085
80Abomasnow, Lapras, Jellicent, Swampert, Porygon2Neutral0060
78ScraftyNeutral0058
76Gallade, Chandelure, TogekissNegative0 IV 0 EV080
75Gothorita, ExeggutorNeutral0055
70Sableye, Hariyama, RegiceNeutral0050
67Metagross, HitmontopNegative0 IV 0 EV070
65Dusknoir, Conkeldurr, MarowakNeutral0045
63CradilyNeutral0043
63Scizor, Gothitelle, VaporeonNegative0 IV 0 EV065
60RhyperiorNeutral0040
59GastrodonNeutral0039
59TyranitarNegative0 IV 0 EV061
58Abomasnow, Empoleon, Jellicent, Swampert, Porygon2Negative0 IV 0 EV060

Tier 4 (Minimum Base 58s and Below)

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

Max Speed StatPokemonNatureEvsBoostBase Speed
56ScraftyNegative0 IV 0 EV058
54Gothorita, ExeggutorNegative0 IV 0 EV055
50Amoonguss, Slowking, Slowbro, ReuniclusNeutral0030
49HariyamaNegative0 IV 0 EV050
49MusharnaNeutral0029
47NinetalesNegative0 IV 0 EV-2100
45Marowak, Dusknoir, ConkeldurrNegative0 IV 0 EV045
45DusclopsNeutral0025
43CradilyNegative0 IV 0 EV043
40Escavalier, FerrothornNeutral0020
40RhyperiorNegative0 IV 0 EV040
39GastrodonNegative0 IV 0 EV039
33PolitoedNegative0 IV 0 EV-270
31Amoonguss, Slowking, Slowbro, ReuniclusNegative0 IV 0 EV030
30MusharnaNegative0 IV 0 EV029
29TyranitarNegative0 IV 0 EV-261
29AbomasnowNegative0 IV 0 EV-260
27DusclopsNegative0 IV 0 EV025
22Ferrothorn, EscavalierNegative0 IV 0 EV020

*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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      The speeds listed here are broken up into four somewhat arbitrary groups to make the list a little more readable. There is almost too much data here already, so Pokémon not likely to be relevant to the metagame aren’t listed. Should there be a rise in Tyrantrum usage, for example, it would be added to the list.
      Boost Required
      All Pokémon here have their speed boosted in one way or another, whether by Choice Scarf, Tailwind or boosting moves such as Dragon Dance and Quiver Dance. Most viable Pokémon require a boost of some sort in order to reach these Speed numbers.

      Max Speed StatPokémonNatureEVsBoostBase Speed356TalonflameNeutral2522126356Latios, LatiasPositive2522110304Mega Blaziken, Zapdos, VolcaronaNeutral2522100294Yanmega, SharpedoNeutral252295283Mega SalamencePositive2521120280ExcadrillNeutral252288274Kingdra, SuicuneNeutral252285264Venusaur, TogekissNeutral252280258Mega SalamenceNeutral2521120250VolcaronaPositive2521100244Ludicolo, Mega SwampertNeutral252270240TerrakionNeutral2521108235Mega SharpedoNeutral2521105235Landorus-TherianPositive252191231GarchompNeutral2521102229Thundurus-TherianNeutral2521101228Mega Blaziken, Salamence, Zapdos, Staraptor, VolcaronaNeutral2521100225HydreigonNeutral252198Faster Than Base 100
      The Pokémon in this section of the Speed tiers are those faster than base 100 Pokémon with positive natures, which also includes some Pokémon with Speed boosts from weather abilities and Choice Scarf as well as most of the Pokémon that are used largely because of their innate Speed.

      Max Speed StatPokémonNatureEVsBoostBase Speed222Mega Alakazam, Mega AerodactylPositive2520150220Yanmega, SharpedoNeutral252195216KrookodileNeutral252192216Mega Sceptile, Mega BeedrillPositive2520145214Landorus-TherianNeutral252191213MoltresNeutral252190210SuicuneNeutral0285208SmearglePositive252175207Rotom-A*Neutral252186205HeracrossNeutral252185205Mega Manectric, Mega LopunnyPositive2520135202Mega Alakazam, Mega AerodactylNeutral2520150202Mega TyranitarPositive252171200Togekiss, BlazikenNeutral0280200Mega Gengar, Crobat, Aerodactyl, JolteonPositive2520130199Gyarados, Mega GyaradosNeutral252181198Mamoswine, Chandelure, BlazikenNeutral252180197Mega Sceptile, Mega BeedrillNeutral2520145195BlastoiseNeutral252178195TalonflamePositive2520126194WeavilePositive2520125192NoivernPositive2520123191GreninjaPositive2520122190SmeargleNeutral252175190Mega PidgeotPositive2520121189Mega SalamencePositive2520120187Mega Manectric, Mega LopunnyNeutral2520135186TyranitarPositive252161184Mega TyranitarNeutral252171184Abomasnow, Sylveon, JellicentPositive252160184WhimsicottPositive2520116183Politoed, CloysterNeutral252170183Mega Absol, Mega Houndoom, Starmie, RaikouPositive2520115182Mega Gengar, Crobat, Aerodactyl, JolteonNeutral2520130180Mega LucarioPositive2520112179ThundurusPositive2520111178TalonflameNeutral2520126178Mega Latios, Mega Latias, Mega Metagross, Mega Gallade, Gengar, Raichu, Latios, LatiasPositive2520110177WeavileNeutral2520125177HelioliskPositive2520109176Infernape, Cobalion, Terrakion, VirizionPositive2520108175NoivernNeutral2520123174GreninjaNeutral2520122173Mega PidgeotNeutral2520121173LiepardPositive2520106172Mega SalamenceNeutral2520120172Mega Pinsir, Manectric, Mienshao, Scyther, LopunnyPositive2520105171Meowstic, DelphoxPositive2520104169GarchompPositive2520102168WhimsicottNeutral2520116168Thundurus-TherianPositive2520101Middle of the Pack
      These Pokémon make up the large bulk of the Speed tiers, and are slower than the base 100s like Mega Kangaskhan, Mega Gardevoir, Charizard, Zapdos and Volcarona but faster than most Pokémon common on Trick Room teams, especially the most common Trick Room setter, Cresselia.

      Max Speed StatPokémonNatureEVsBoostBase Speed167Mega Kangaskhan, All Charizard, Mega Medicham, Mega Glalie, Mega Gardevoir, Salamence, Zapdos, Staraptor, Entei, VolcaronaPositive2520100167Mega Absol, Mega Houndoom, Starmie, RaikouNeutral2520115165HydreigonPositive252098164Mega LucarioNeutral2520112163ThundurusNeutral2520111163HaxorusPositive252097162Mega Latios, Mega Latias, Mega Metagross, Mega Gallade, Gengar, Raichu, Latios, LatiasNeutral2520110161Yanmega, HoundoomPositive252095160Infernape, Cobalion, Terrakion, VirizionNeutral2520108158Mega Garchomp, KrookodilePositive252092157Mega Pinsir, Mega Sharpedo, Manectric, Mienshao, Scyther, LopunnyNeutral2520105157Landorus-TherianPositive252091156Meowstic, DelphoxNeutral2520104156Kangaskhan, Moltres, LucarioPositive252090155VivillonPositive252089154GarchompNeutral2520102154ExcadrillPositive252088153Thundurus-TherianNeutral2520101152Mega Kangaskhan, All Charizard, Mega Medicham, Mega Glalie, Mega Gardevoir, Mega Blaziken, Salamence, Zapdos, Staraptor, Entei, VolcaronaNeutral2520100151Rotom-APositive252086150HydreigonNeutral252098150Kingdra, Heracross, Toxicroak, Nidoking, Pinsir, SuicunePositive252085149HaxorusNeutral252097147Yanmega, Houndoom, Sharpedo, ArcanineNeutral252095146TalonflameNeutral00126146Mega Gyarados, GyaradosPositive252081145Mega Venusaur, Mamoswine, Goodra, Chandelure, Gardevoir, Gallade, Dragonite, Venusaur, Medicham, TogekissPositive252080144Mega Garchomp, KrookodileNeutral252092143Landorus-TherianNeutral252091143BlastoisePositive252078142Kangaskhan, Moltres, LucarioNeutral252090141VivillonNeutral252089140ExcadrillNeutral252088139Smeargle, Mega Scizor, Mega Heracross, Mega Banette, Florges, Absol, KlefkiPositive252075138Rotom-ANeutral252086137Kingdra, Heracross, Toxicroak, Nidoking, Pinsir, Suicune, CresseliaNeutral252085137MalamarPositive252073136WhimsicottNeutral00116135Mega TyranitarPositive252071134Mega Swampert, Politoed, Ludicolo, Bisharp, Magneton, Breloom, Metagross, HitmontopPositive252070133Mega Gyarados, Gyarados, MiloticNeutral252081132Mega Venusaur, Mamoswine, Goodra, Chandelure, Gardevoir, Gallade, Dragonite, Venusaur, Medicham, Togekiss, BlazikenNeutral252080132ExploudPositive252068130BlastoiseNeutral252078129HeatranNeutral252077128ScizorPositive252065127Smeargle, Mega Scizor, Mega Heracross, Mega Banette, Florges, Absol, KlefkiNeutral252075125MalamarNeutral252073124Meowstic, DelphoxNeutral00104124TyranitarPositive252061123Mega TyranitarNeutral252071123Abomasnow, Sylveon, Aegislash, JellicentPositive252060122Mega Swampert, Politoed, Ludicolo, Bisharp, Magneton, Breloom, Metagross, HitmontopNeutral252070120ExploudNeutral252068120Mega Kangaskhan, All Charizard, Mega Medicham, Mega Glalie, Mega Gardevoir, Salamence, Zapdos, Staraptor, Tentacruel, Entei, VolcaronaNeutral00100118HydreigonNeutral0098117Scizor, GothitelleNeutral252065115ArcanineNeutral0095112Abomasnow, Sylveon, Aegislash, JellicentNeutral252060111Murkrow, Landorus-TherianNeutral0091110Scrafty, PangoroNeutral252058109VivillonNeutral0089106Rotom-ANeutral0086105Toxicroak, Heracross, Suicune, CresseliaNeutral0085104Gourgeist (Medium Size)Neutral0084102AzumarillNeutral252050101Mega Gyarados, Gyarados, MiloticNeutral0081100Mega Venusaur, Mamoswine, Goodra, Chandelure, Gardevoir, Gallade, Dragonite, Venusaur, Medicham, TogekissNeutral008098Meowstic, DelphoxNegative0 EVs, 0 IV010498BlastoiseNeutral007897HeatranNeutral007795Smeargle, Mega Scizor, Mega Heracross, Mega Banette, Florges, KlefkiNeutral007593MalamarNeutral007391Mega TyranitarNeutral007190Mega Swampert, Politoed, Ludicolo, Bisharp, Magneton, Breloom, Metagross, HitmontopNeutral007090AmoongussPositive25203085Scizor, Gothitelle, VaporeonNeutral0065Trick Room Zone
      These Pokémon are largely favored on Trick Room teams due to their naturally lower base Speed, allowing them to move before faster Pokémon under Trick Room conditions. Most of them have had their Speed lowered further by a negative Nature and a 0 Speed IV in order to optimize their effectiveness in Trick Room.

      Max Speed StatPokémonNatureEVsBoostBase Speed81CresseliaNegative0 EVs, 0 IV08581TyranitarNeutral006180Abomasnow, Sylveon, Aegislash, JellicentNeutral006079ClawitzerNeutral005978Scrafty, PangoroNeutral005876Chandelure, Gardevoir, GalladeNegative0 EVs, 0 IV08076TrevenantNeutral005675Ampharos, Machamp, Crawdaunt, GothoritaNeutral005574BlastoiseNegative0 EVs, 0 IV07874Gourgeist (Super Size)Neutral005472Smeargle, Mega Scizor, Mega Heracross, Mega BanetteNegative0 EVs, 0 IV07570MalamarNegative0 EVs, 0 IV07370Mega Mawile, Mega Aggron, Azumarill, Sableye, Mawile, Aggron, HariyamaNeutral005068Mega TyranitarNegative0 EVs, 0 IV07165ExploudNegative0 EVs, 0 IV06865Conkeldurr, Mega Ampharos, MarowakNeutral004564DragalgeNeutral004463Scizor, GothitelleNegative0 EVs, 0 IV06560Rhydon, RhyperiorNeutral004059TyranitarNegative0 EVs, 0 IV06159GastrodonNeutral003958Abomasnow, Sylveon, Aegislash, JellicentNegative0 EVs, 0 IV06057ClawitzerNegative0 EVs, 0 IV05956Scrafty, PangoroNegative0 EVs, 0 IV05854Ampharos, Machamp, Crawdaunt, GothoritaNegative0 EVs, 0 IV05554TrevenantNegative0 EVs, 0 IV05653Gourgeist (Super Size)Negative0 EVs, 0 IV05450Mega Abomasnow, Amoonguss, Slowking, Slowbro, Mega Slowbro, Reuniclus, SnorlaxNeutral003049Mega Mawile, Mega Aggron, Azumarill, Sableye, Mawile, Aggron, HariyamaNegative0 EVs, 0 IV05049AromatisseNeutral002945Conkeldurr, Mega Ampharos, MarowakNegative0 EVs, 0 IV04545DusclopsNeutral002544DragalgeNegative0 EVs, 0 IV04440Rhydon, RhyperiorNegative0 EVs, 0 IV04040Ferrothorn, Torkoal, Escavalier, Mega CameruptNeutral002039GastrodonNegative0 EVs, 0 IV03933PolitoedNegative0 EVs, 0 IV-27031Mega Abomasnow, Amoonguss, Slowking, Slowbro, Mega Slowbro, Reuniclus, SnorlaxNegative0 EVs, 0 IV03030AromatisseNegative0 EVs, 0 IV02929TyranitarNegative0 EVs, 0 IV-26129AbomasnowNegative0 EVs, 0 IV-26027DusclopsNegative0 EVs, 0 IV02522Ferrothorn, Torkoal, Escavalier, Mega CameruptNegative0 EVs, 0 IV0204AronNegativeLevel 1, 0 EVs, 0 IV020
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