VGC 2018 Speed Tiers

With the unveiling of VGC 2018’s standard ruleset comes a slew of new Pokémon to consider during teambuilding, and with them comes a wider range of Speed stats that just weren’t present in the relatively sluggish VGC 2017 format. While together they look a bit like a reference table in a mathematics textbook, Speed tiers are what drive turns in Pokémon. Knowing whether your Pokémon is going to move before or after its opponents is essential to winning battles and avoiding unnecessary damage. This list should help you get a feel for the relative Speed of each Pokémon and what nearby threats are faster or slower than them, thereby making it easier for you to construct your team.

As always, here are some helpful hints about Speed before the table:

  • Discounting the bonuses and penalties of a Pokémon’s Nature, the difference between a 0 IV in Speed and a 31 IV is 15 points in Speed and the difference between 0 EVs and 252 EVs in Speed is 32 points with an odd IV or 31 with an even IV.
  • Choice Scarf boosts Speed by one level (*1.5). Tailwind boosts Speed by two levels (*2). Thunder Wave halves speed (*1/2). Icy Wind reduces Speed by one level (*2/3). Iron Ball reduces Speed by two levels (*1/2).
  • A Pokémon’s Speed is always a whole number. Like most of the math in Pokémon, Speed calculations round down, so a Pokémon with 101 Speed would have 151 Speed when holding a Choice Scarf, not 151.5 or 152.
  • The turn order of Pokémon is decided before a turn starts, with the exception of Mega Evolution mechanics (which aren’t particularly relevant in VGC 2017 anyway). If you use a move that changes a Pokémon’s Speed level (like Icy Wind) you retain the Speed value you had before the turn started until the next turn. The only exception to this rule is the move Quash.
  • There is a 50/50 chance of each Pokémon moving first if two Pokémon have the same Speed. This is some of how Speed Tiers got their name, though Game Freak has enjoyed putting Pokémon at a much greater variety of Speeds in recent iterations of the game compared to the older games, when any popular Pokémon were tied at base speeds like 100.
  • In the tables below, a boost level of 1 typically signifies either a Choice Scarf or an actual boost in the Speed stat, either by Speed Boost or a move like Dragon Dance or Quiver Dance. A boost level of 2 signifies either two turns of Speed Boost or a weather-related boost. You can check exactly how a Pokemon has been boosted in the Remarks column.

Every Pokémon listed below has either 0 or 252 EVs in Speed and a 31 or 0 IV in Speed. In real life, you’ll probably see more variance than this, so what a list like this really does is help you find absolutes: these are the fastest and slowest Pokémon can be with the given Natures. Since taking unnecessary risks tends to be the fastest way to lose in Pokémon, you can use this information when planning your team to make sure that your Pokémon will move before important threats that can knock your Pokémon out, or if that is unreasonable or impossible, to know when defeat could be a turn away and you need to switch out to a more appropriate counter to fend it off.

This list can also help you figure out how much Speed you really need: if all the things you want to counter only require your Pokémon to invest 100 EVs in Speed, you’re probably going to want to invest the rest of your EVs defensively instead of running more Speed EVs that might not accomplish very much.

SpeedPokemonNatureEVsBoostIVsBase SpeedRemarks
356Raichu-AlolaPositive252231110Surge Surfer
334Salamence, Volcarona, ZapdosPositive252231100Tailwind / Quiver Dance
330HydreigonPositive25223198Tailwind
300KingdraPositive25223185Swift Swim
283Mega SalamencePositive252131120Dragon Dance
280ExcadrillNeutral25223188Sand Rush
274KingdraNeutral25223185Swift Swim
264Venusaur, BlazikenNeutral25223180Chlorophyll / Speed Boost
261BlacephalonPositive252131107Choice Scarf
258Mega SalamenceNeutral252131120Dragon Dance
252Thundurus-TherianPositive252131101Choice Scarf
250Mega Charizard X, Salamence, Volcarona, Zapdos, StaraptorPositive252131100Choice Scarf / Quiver Dance / Dragon Dance
244Mega Swampert, LudicoloNeutral25223170Swift Swim
241Tapu LelePositive25213195Choice Scarf
240ZapdosNeutral0231100Tailwind
235Landorus-TherianPositive25213191Choice Scarf
231GarchompNeutral252131102Choice Scarf
229Thundurus-TherianNeutral252131101Choice Scarf
228Mega Charizard X, VolcaronaNeutral252131100Choice Scarf / Quiver Dance / Dragon Dance
226Rotom-Wash, Rotom-HeatPositive25213186Choice Scarf
225HydreigonNeutral25213198Choice Scarf
223PheromosaPositive252031151
222Mega AerodactylPositive252031150
220Tapu LeleNeutral25213195Choice Scarf
217BlazikenPositive25213180Speed Boost
216Mega SceptilePositive252031145
214Landorus-TherianNeutral25213191Choice Scarf
210SuicuneNeutral023185Tailwind
205Mega LopunnyPositive252031135
202Mega TyranitarPositive25213171
201PolitoedPositive25213170Choice Scarf
200TogekissNeutral023180Tailwind
200Tapu Koko, Mega GengarPositive252031130
199GyaradosNeutral25213181Dragon Dance
198BlazikenNeutral25213180Speed Boost
194WeavilePositive252031125
191GreninjaPositive252031122
190NaganadelPositive252031121
189Mega SalamencePositive252031120
187Mega LopunnyNeutral252031135
186TyranitarPositive25213161Choice Scarf
185SalazzlePositive252031117
184WhimsicottPositive252031116
183Raikou, Persian-AlolaPositive252031115
182Tapu KokoNeutral252031130
179ThundurusPositive252031111
178Mega Metagross, Latios, Gengar, Raichu-AlolaPositive252031110
178TalonflameNeutral252031126
177Kartana, Ninetales-AlolaPositive252031109
176TerrakionPositive252031108
174BlacephalonPositive252031107
173NagandelNeutral252031121
170NihilegoPositive252031103
169GarchompPositive252031102
168Landorus, Thundurus-TherianPositive252031101
167Mega Charizard Y, Mega Kangaskhan, Salamence, Volcarona, Zapdos, StaraptorPositive252031100
165HydreigonPositive25203198
162MimikyuPositive25203196
161Tapu Lele, ArcaninePositive25203195
157Landorus-TherianPositive25203191
154ExcadrillPositive25203188
152Mega Charizard Y, Mega Kangaskhan, Salamence, Volcarona, Zapdos, StaraptorNeutral252031100
150HydreigonNeutral25203198
150Tapu FiniPositive25203185
148MimikyuNeutral25203196
148XurkitreePositive25203183
147Tapu Lele, ArcanineNeutral25203195
145Venusaur, Mega Venusaur, Blaziken, Mamoswine, Togekiss, ChandelurePositive25203180
143Landorus-TherianNeutral25203191
141HeatranPositive25203177
140ExcadrillNeutral25203188
139Tapu BuluPositive25203175
138Rotom-Wash, Rotom-HeatNeutral25203186
137KingdraNeutral25203185
137Suicune, Tapu FiniNeutral25203185
135Mega TyranitarPositive25203171
135XurkitreeNeutral25203183
134Breloom, Bisharp, Politoed, HitmontopPositive25203170
133Gyarados, MiloticNeutral25203181
132Venusaur, Mega Venusaur, Blaziken, Mamoswine, Togekiss, ChandelureNeutral25203180
129HeatranNeutral25203177
128PelipperPositive25203165
127BlacephalonNeutral0031107
127Tapu BuluNeutral25203175
124TyranitarPositive25203161
122Mega Swampert, Breloom, Bisharp, Politoed, HitmontopNeutral25203170
120ZapdosNeutral0031100
115Tapu Lele, ArcanineNeutral003195
111Landorus-TherianNeutral003191
106Rotom-Wash, Rotom-HeatNeutral003186
105Suicune, Tapu Fini, CresseliaNeutral003185
101Gyarados, MiloticNeutral003181
100Venusaur, Mega Venusaur, Mamoswine, Togekiss, ChandelureNeutral003180
97HeatranNeutral003177
90Politoed, HitmontopNeutral003170
90MimikyuNegative00096
85Gothitelle, PelipperNeutral003165
81CresseliaNegative00085
81Celesteela, TyranitarNeutral003161
80Aegislash, Oranguru, Sylveon, Abomasnow, SwampertNeutral003160
78ScraftyNeutral003158
76ChandelureNegative00080
73Celesteela, TyranitarNegative003161
73HeatranNegative00077
70Azumarill, Muk-Alola, SableyeNeutral003150
65Marowak-Alola, ConkeldurrNeutral003145
63Gothitelle, PelipperNegative00065
62AraquanidNeutral003142
60Rhyperior, RhydonNeutral003140
58Aegislash, Oranguru, Sylveon, AbomasnowNegative00060
56ScraftyNegative00058
45Marowak-Alola, ConkeldurrNegative00045
42AraquanidNegative00042
40Rhyperior, RhydonNegative00040
34BronzongNegative00033
31Snorlax, Amoonguss, Reuniclus, Wishiwashi-SchoolNegative00030
22Torkoal, Ferrothorn, EscavalierNegative00020
16StakatakaNegative00013
  • James Asberry Oakes

    Thanks for posting this, I feel that this will be a very useful tool moving forward to VGC18. 😀

    If I can make one suggestion/request though is there anyway you can add Mega Loppuny to this list?

    • Level 51

      Hi, unfortunately at this point in time Mega Lopunny isn’t looking like it’ll be a very significant force in VGC 18 due to the generally higher level of power and the rise of strong Fairy-types as compared to VGC 15. Unless it proves to be very strong in the format, we’re going to be leaving it out for the speed tiers so as not to clog them up unnecessarily.

    • Nihal Noor

      no problem

  • picklesword

    Where is mega sceptile?

    • Nihal Noor

      Tis in the list now.

  • Carlo Indrizzi

    I’m sorry, ins’t Kabutops in the Alolan Pokedex as well?