Pokemon Colosseum In-Game Tiers

  1. Introduction
  2. High Tier
  3. Mid Tier
  4. Low Tier
  5. Bottom Tier

Introduction

The best possible Pokemon is one that is obtained at the start of the game, can OHKO enemies off the bat, and takes 1 HP damage from everything, while also learning every possible HM, healing itself automatically, and having some neat ability to top it off. Such a Pokemon doesn't exist, of course, but this means that Pokemon closer to this ideal are the best ones possible.

The goal of this in-game tier list is to recommend a select group of Pokemon for an efficient run through of the game. Those will be put in High tier. Very inefficient Pokemon will be put in Low. Things that are neither efficient nor inefficient, for example Pokemon that have some opportunity cost but end up as good as High ones, will be put in the Middle.

Resources are available, but come with the cost of not being able to give it to other Pokemon. Giving Super Potions is fine because you can buy them and you have almost infinite money in the game. Giving a Pokemon a TM like the Dig in RBY cannot simply be assumed as there is likely lots of competition for it. The less competition there is for a TM, the more likely it is that the Pokemon in question can get said TM. A purchasable TM can always be assumed, of course.

Don't confuse an efficient run with a speed run. Speed runs are often segmented and recorded runs with luck manipulation through resets, and aim for the absolute fastest time, but the real time spent on them is usually much, much more. Just assume you want to play through in a relatively low time frame.

Team size is actually by far most efficient if you use one member, but I'm assuming something more like 3 members as otherwise you get extremely centralized lists with starters and early-game Pokemon at the far top and everything else is pretty much too crappy to bother with.

The tiers for Colosseum are based on the following:

  • Availability: Can you get them early on and are they easy to get?
  • Stats: Do they have a usable stat distribution?
  • Moves: Do they have a good movepool that needs little TM support? (By that I mean hard to replace TMs such as ones you get from Gyms.)
  • Power: Are they strong enough to sweep through enemies without taking too much damage in return?
  • Type: Do they have useful STABs and resistances?
  • Match-ups: Do they fare well in boss battles?

High Tier

Croconaw
Availability: Very Early
Stats: High
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It has good stats, comes early, but unfortunately is slightly worse than Suicune.

Entei
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Very High
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It has good stats and comes at a high level, along with STAB Fire Blast, which pretty much 2HKOes every Pokemon you'll encounter that doesn't resist it.

Espeon
Availability: Beginning
Stats: High
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's very fast and strong, and there aren't too many Dark-types to worry about in-game.

Flaaffy
Availability: Early
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has decent bulk and comes with Thunderbolt and Thunder Wave, and it makes for a very good Raikou replacement.

Makuhita
Availability: Very Early
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It comes very early and with a powerful STAB Cross Chop, plus it's one of the few good Fighting-types available.

Meditite
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's a very useful Hariyama replacement, very strong, and has a decent Speed stat.

Quilava
Availability: Very Early
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's fast and strong, and it comes very early in the game.

Raikou
Availability: Late
Stats: Very High
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: While it comes late in the game, it comes with a very strong STAB Thunder, and you get it at a decent level.

Suicune
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Very High
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It has very good stats, STAB Surf is very useful since it hits both opposing Pokemon, and it comes early enough in the game to still be useful, even more so than Croconaw.

Umbreon
Availability: Beginning
Stats: High
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has massive bulk and passable offenses which make it a great Pokemon to tank hits and do decent damage back.

Vibrava
Availability: Late
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It has decent stats, a good typing, is not far off from evolving upon capture, and Levitate is very useful in later battles because many of the later opponents like to spam Earthquake.

Mid Tier

Furret
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It comes early, is decently strong, and has good enough stats to make it a great early-game Pokemon, but its usefulness fades against the tougher foes at the end of the game.

Heracross
Availability: Late
Stats: High
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's very, very strong, but just comes too late in the game to be more useful than Hariyama or Medicham.

Hitmontop
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's overall worse than Hariyama and Medicham, and has to rely on Triple Kick for STAB, but it's still pretty good.

Mantine
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It has passable stats and is a decent replacement for Croconaw, but Suicune is still better.

Misdreavus
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's useful early-game, but not as good late-game due to its poor stats.

Noctowl
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It gets Hypnosis, which is helpful for capturing other Shadow Pokemon, and comes early, but it's very weak offensively.

Quagsire
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: Its low Speed hurts its effectiveness, but it has a good typing, defenses, and movepool.

Remoraid
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Very Wide
Additional Comments: Octillery is slow and Remoraid comes at a very low level, but it has a great movepool and good offenses.

Skiploom
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It's very fast and Sleep Powder is very useful, but it's incredibly weak.

Stantler
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has passable stats and comes with Hypnosis, which aids in capturing other Shadow Pokemon.

Swablu
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It's weak offensively and defensively, but Sing is helpful, and there aren't many better choices for a Flying-type; also, the resistances it gains as a Dragon-type are very helpful.

Low Tier

Absol
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It comes far too late in the game to be very useful.

Ariados
Availability: Late
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It comes with good STAB moves, but it's slow and weak.

Bayleef
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's not very strong offensively and has a lot of weaknesses defensively.

Dunsparce
Availability: Early
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It has mediocre stats and a poor level-up movepool.

Forretress
Availability: Late
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has a great typing, but it has a poor offensive movepool and it comes too late in the game.

Gligar
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Below Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has mediocre stats and a lackluster movepool.

Granbull
Availability: Late
Stats: Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It comes too late in the game and it's slow.

Houndoom
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It comes far too late in the game to be useful.

Metagross
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Very High
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It's very strong but comes too late in the game.

Miltank
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It comes far too late in the game.

Murkrow
Availability: Late
Stats: Below Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has poor defenses and a shallow movepool, plus it comes late in the game.

Piloswine
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's too slow and has too many weaknesses to be useful.

Qwilfish
Availability: Early
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: While it's not necessarily a poor Pokemon, there are just too many better choices for a Water-type.

Scizor
Availability: Whenever you bother to waste $20 on an E-Reader. Good luck finding the card.
Stats: High
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It requires a crappy peripheral (E-Reader) that you have most likely tossed in the trash. Beyond that, it has a great typing and stats, but a very poor movepool.

Skarmory
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has weak offenses and comes late in the game.

Slugma
Availability: Early
Stats: Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: Quilava and Entei are both superior, and Magcargo having 4x weaknesses to both Surf and Earthquake screams uselessness.

Sneasel
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Below Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has bad stats and no good STAB moves.

Sudowoodo
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Below Average
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: Its defensive typing is terrible in doubles and its stats are mediocre.

Sunflora
Availability: Late
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has a poor typing, bad movepool, is extremely slow, and comes too late in the game.

Tropius
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Average
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It comes far too late in the game and its movepool and typing are terrible.

Tyranitar
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Very High
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It's very strong but comes too late in the game.

Bottom Tier

Aipom
Availability: Late
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Decent
Additional Comments: It's weak offensively and defensively, has a poor offensive movepool, and comes too late to be useful.

Delibird
Availability: Late
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has a terrible typing, very poor stats, and comes too late in the game.

Ho-Oh
Availability: After you have beaten everything else.
Stats: Uber strong
Movepool: Very Wide
Additional Comments: It's incredibly powerful, but it comes after you beat the game, which means it is of absolutely no help.

Ledian
Availability: Mid-game
Stats: Very Poor
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It's just too weak offensively and defensively.

Plusle
Availability: Early
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It's way too weak and comes at an extremely low level.

Shuckle
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It has awful offenses, a horrible movepool, and comes too late in the game.

Smeargle
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Ad infinitum
Additional Comments: It's incredibly weak, comes with four awful moves, and comes too late in the game.

Togetic
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It has poor offenses and comes too late in the game.

Ursaring
Availability: Very Late
Stats: Above Average
Movepool: Wide
Additional Comments: It's very strong but comes very late in the game.

Yanma
Availability: Early
Stats: Poor
Movepool: Shallow
Additional Comments: It's too weak offensively and has a terrible movepool.