VGC 2012 Speed Tiers

  1. Getting Started
  2. Tier 0 (+Speed Base 130s and Greater)
  3. Tier 1 (Neutral Base 90s to +1 Neutral Base 80s)
  4. Tier 2 (Neutral Base 70s to Neutral Base 88s)
  5. Tier 3 (Minimum Base 60s to Neutral Base 65s)
  6. Tier 4 (Minimum Base 58s and Below)

Getting Started

The first step is to find the maximum Speed of the Pokemon you're building. You can find this information on our analysis pages for each Pokemon. After you've found its maximum Speed, use the following tables to see how much Speed the threats you wish to outspeed have, and EV your Pokemon accordingly. Keep in mind that when calculating your maximum Speed stat, you need to take into account its Speed IV.

For example, neutral Speed nature Toxicroak can hit a maximum Speed of 137. The next biggest threat in Toxicroak's Speed tier hits 132 Speed. You can therefore safely run 133 Speed, which only requires 220 EVs as opposed to 252, and still allow Toxicroak to outrun all necessary threats.

Speed Boosts

To calculate your necessary starting Speed when factoring in +2 Speed boosting moves or abilities such as Sand Rush, Chlorophyll, or Swift Swim, all you need to do is add one point to the Speed of the Pokemon you wish to outspeed, divide it by two, and round up the result. In practice, for example, should you decide that you want your Ludicolo to outspeed Adamant +1 Landorus in the rain, you just add one point to Landorus's Speed, giving you 230. Dividing this by 2 and rounding up the result (115) gives you your desired starting Speed.

VGC Specifics

Remember that in VGC, all Pokemon are level 50, and so speeds are lower, and it takes more EVs to increase your Pokemon's Speed stat. Also, in VGC, Speed altering mechanics, such as Icy Wind, Tailwind, and Trick Room are more prevalent and so there are more things to worry about when deciding what Speed to run.

Tier 0 (+Speed Base 130s and Greater)

Speed Stat Pokemon Base Speed Nature EVs Boost
358 Tornadus 111 +Spe 252 2
356 Jumpluff 110 +Spe 252 2
334 Zapdos 100 +Spe 252 2
308 Excadrill 88 +Spe 252 2
304 Zapdos 100 Neutral 252 2
300 Kingdra 85 +Spe 252 2
294 Yanmega 95 Neutral 252 2
290 Shiftry, Venusaur 80 +Spe 252 2
280 Excadrill 88 Neutral 252 2
274 Kingdra 85 Neutral 252 2
268 Ludicolo, Cloyster 70 +Spe 252 2
264 Shiftry, Venusaur, Blaziken, Kabutops, Togekiss 80 Neutral 252 2
264 Terrakion 108 +Spe 252 1
253 Garchomp 102 +Spe 252 1
250 Typhlosion 100 +Spe 252 1
244 Ludicolo, Cloyster 70 Neutral 252 2
229 Landorus 101 Neutral 252 1
223 Haxorus 97 +Spe 252 1
220 Darmanitan, Yanmega 95 Neutral 252 1
217 Chandelure, Togekiss 80 +Spe 252 1
213 Porygon-Z 90 Neutral 252 1
208 Smeargle 75 +Spe 252 1
205 Heracross 85 Neutral 252 1
201 Metagross, Politoed 70 +Spe 252 1
200 Aerodactyl, Crobat, Jolteon 130 +Spe 252 0

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

Speed Stat Pokemon Base Speed Nature EVs Boost
198 Chandelure, Blaziken 80 Neutral 252 1
194 Swellow, Weavile 125 +Spe 252 0
192 Glaceon 65 +Spe 252 1
189 Alakazam, Dugtrio 120 +Spe 252 0
184 Jellicent, Abomasnow 60 +Spe 252 1
184 Carracosta 32 +Spe 252 2
184 Whimsicott 116 +Spe 252 0
183 Azelf, Starmie, Raikou 115 +Spe 252 0
179 Thundurus, Tornadus 111 +Spe 252 0
178 Archeops, Espeon, Froslass, Gengar, Latias, Latios 110 +Spe 252 0
176 Infernape, Terrakion, Virizion 108 +Spe 252 0
173 Liepard 106 +Spe 252 0
172 Manectric, Mienshao, Zoroark 105 +Spe 252 0
169 Garchomp 102 +Spe 252 0
168 Landorus 101 +Spe 252 0
167 Charizard, Flygon, Ninetales, Salamence, Staraptor, Volcarona, Zapdos 100 +Spe 252 0
165 Hydreigon 98 +Spe 252 0
156 Porygon-Z, Lucario 90 +Spe 252 0
154 Excadrill 88 +Spe 252 0
153 Landorus 101 Neutral 252 0
152 Charizard, Flygon, Ninetales, Salamence, Staraptor, Volcarona, Zapdos 100 Neutral 252 0
150 Hydreigon 98 Neutral 252 0
150 Kingdra 85 +Spe 252 0
149 Haxorus 97 Neutral 252 0
147 Arcanine, Darmanitan, Yanmega, Gliscor 95 Neutral 252 0
144 Krookodile 92 Neutral 252 0
142 Lucario 90 Neutral 252 0

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

Speed Stat Pokemon Base Speed Nature EVs Boost
140 Excadrill 88 Neutral 252 0
139 Smeargle 75 +Spe 252 0
138 Rotom-A 86 Neutral 252 0
137 Kingdra, Toxicroak 85 Neutral 252 0
132 Blaziken, Dragonite, Mamoswine, Medicham, Shiftry, Venusaur, Chandelure, Stoutland, Togekiss, Gallade 80 Neutral 252 0
129 Heatran 77 Neutral 252 0
127 Absol 75 Neutral 252 0
123 Honchkrow 71 Neutral 252 0
122 Hitmontop, Ludicolo, Politoed, Metagross, Cloyster 70 Neutral 252 0
115 Uxie 95 Neutral 0 0
111 Murkrow 91 Neutral 0 0
107 Ursaring 55 Neutral 252 0
106 Rotom-A 86 Neutral 0 0
105 Cresselia, Suicune 85 Neutral 0 0
101 Gyarados 81 Neutral 0 0
100 Blaziken, Dragonite, Mamoswine, Medicham, Shiftry, Venusaur, Chandelure, Stoutland, Togekiss, Gallade 80 Neutral 0 0
94 Suicune 85 -Spe 0 0
92 Shedinja 40 Neutral 252 0
92 Carracosta 32 +Spe 252 0
90 Breloom, Hitmontop, Metagross, Politoed 70 Neutral 0 0

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

Speed Stat Pokemon Base Speed Nature EVs Boost
85 Scizor 65 Neutral 0 0
81 Cresselia, Heracross 85 -Spe,0IV 0 0
81 Tyranitar 61 Neutral 0 0
80 Porygon2, Empoleon, Jellicent, Lapras 60 Neutral 0 0
78 Scrafty 58 Neutral 0 0
75 Ursaring, Machamp, Blissey, Golurk 55 Neutral 0 0
73 Heatran 77 -Spe,0IV 0 0
76 Chandelure 80 -Spe,0IV 0 0
70 Eelektross, Sableye 50 Neutral 0 0
67 Metagross, Politoed 70 -Spe,0IV 0 0
65 Conkeldurr 45 Neutral 0 0
63 Cradily 43 Neutral 0 0
63 Glaceon 65 -Spe 0 0
59 Gastrodon 39 Neutral 0 0
59 Tyranitar 61 -Spe,0IV 0 0
58 Abomasnow, Jellicent, Rampardos 60 -Spe,0IV 0 0

Tier 4 (Minimum Base 58s and Below)

Speed Stat Pokemon Base Speed Nature EVs Boost
56 Scrafty 58 -Spe,0IV 0 0
54 Ursaring, Machamp, Golurk 55 -Spe,0IV 0 0
49 Eelektross, Hariyama, Lickilicky 50 -Spe,0IV 0 0
47 Ninetales 100 -Spe,0IV 0 -2
46 Carracosta 32 -Spe,0IV 0 0
46 Hippowdon 47 -Spe,0IV 0 0
45 Conkeldurr, Dusknoir 45 -Spe,0IV 0 0
40 Rhyperior, Shedinja 40 -Spe,0IV 0 0
40 Ferrothorn 20 Neutral 0 0
36 Golurk 55 -Spe,0IV 0 -1
34 Bronzong 33 -Spe,0IV 0 0
33 Politoed 70 -Spe,0IV 0 -2
31 Amoonguss, Cofagrigus, Parasect, Reuniclus, Slowbro, Slowking, Snorlax 30 -Spe,0IV 0 0
30 Musharna 29 -Spe,0IV 0 0
29 Tyranitar 61 -Spe,0IV 0 -2
29 Abomasnow 60 -Spe,0IV 0 -2
27 Gigalith, Dusclops 25 -Spe,0IV 0 0
23 Hippowdon 47 -Spe,0IV 0 -2
22 Ferrothorn, Escavalier 20 -Spe,0IV 0 0
9 Shuckle 5 -Spe,0IV 0 0
6 Whimsicott (Level 1) 116 -Spe,0IV 0 0
5 Smeargle (Level 1) 70 -Spe,0IV 0 0