Gen 5 BW RU Viability Rankings

stolen from Molk and then MrAldo
approved by Lutra

Most of you know the drill by now, but if you don't: viability rankings are a method of sorting Pokemon in a given tier based on how good they are in said tier. S rank is reserved for the defining Pokemon of the tier, while D rank is the place for less viable Pokemon that have no clear use in the metagame. As the metagame changes, the rankings are periodically updated by players who are well-versed in the tier. Everything is ranked alphabetically. Within every other rank, Pokemon are listed alphabetically.

Now, what is your job here? Your job is to discuss the ranks given to every Pokemon, make arguments for making a Pokemon higher or lower ranked, and also to discuss the possible ranks for the "untested" rank. These are Pokemon that might have potential, but haven't been tested enough to get official ranks yet, if you have used any of these, now is your time to say so!

S Rank: Reserved for the top threats in the RU metagame. These Pokemon are usually able to perform a variety of roles effectively, or can just do one extremely well with little to no extra support. Their use has low risk involved and high reward exerted. Pokemon in this tier have very few flaws that are patched up by numerous positive traits.

  • Druddigon

  • Durant

  • Moltres
A Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that are outstanding in the RU metagame and can sweep, wall, or support the majority of the tier. These Pokemon require less support than other Pokemon to be used effectively, but still perform less consistently than the average S rank Pokemon. A rank Pokemon have few flaws that can be overlooked when compared to their positive traits.


  • Alomomola

  • Kabutops

  • Magneton

  • Qwilfish

  • Sceptile

  • Sigilyph

  • Aerodactyl

  • Golurk

  • Lilligant

  • Rhydon

  • Rotom-C

  • Rotom-N

  • Slowking

  • Steelix

  • Aggron

  • Amoonguss

  • Cryogonal

  • Entei

  • Gallade

  • Jynx

  • Mesprit

  • Omastar

  • Scolipede

  • Spiritomb

  • Smeargle

  • Tangrowth

  • Uxie
B Rank: Reserved for Pokemon who are slightly above average in the RU metagame. These Pokemon have more notable flaws than of those above it that affects how they function in the tier. Their positive traits still outshine their negatives, but they require a bit more team support to bring out their full potential


  • Accelgor

  • Braviary

  • Cinccino

  • Clefable

  • Escavalier

  • Emboar

  • Ferroseed

  • Gothorita

  • Manectric

  • Roselia

  • Seismitoad

  • Torterra

  • Absol

  • Archeops

  • Bouffalant

  • Crustle

  • Exeggutor

  • Fraxure

  • Galvantula

  • Garbodor

  • Haunter

  • Hitmonlee

  • Kangaskhan

  • Klinklang

  • Lanturn

  • Ludicolo

  • Medicham

  • Piloswine

  • Rotom-F

  • Sawsbuck

  • Scyther

  • Tauros

  • Zangoose

  • Carracosta

  • Drapion

  • Drifblim

  • Feraligatr

  • Hariyama

  • Magmortar

  • Misdreavus

  • Miltank

  • Musharna

  • Poliwrath

  • Regirock

  • Samurott

  • Swellow

  • Typhlosion

C Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that have notable niches in the RU metagame, but have just as notable flaws that prevent them from being top tier threats. Pokemon in the C tier often require significant support to be as effective as higher ranked Pokemon in RU. C rank Pokemon tend to face a lot of competition with the more commonly used Pokemon.


  • Altaria

  • Cacturne

  • Charizard

  • Crawdaunt

  • Dragonair

  • Duosion

  • Eelektross

  • Gardevoir

  • Gurdurr

  • Hitmonchan

  • Mandibuzz

  • Pinsir

  • Primeape

  • Shiftry

  • Zweilous

  • Electivire

  • Kadabra

  • Quagsire

  • Rotom-S

  • Swanna

  • Victreebel

  • Arbok

  • Basculin

  • Butterfree

  • Camerupt

  • Gabite

  • Lickilicky

  • Liepard

  • Murkrow

  • Relicanth

  • Sandslash

  • Scraggy

  • Vigoroth

  • Volbeat

  • Weezing

  • Whimsicott
D Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that are below average in the RU metagame. These Pokemon often require very significant amounts of support with a relatively low reward compared to higher ranked Pokemon.


  • Ditto

  • Flareon

  • Leafeon

  • Linoone

  • Marowak

  • Muk

  • Riolu

  • Serperior

  • Simipour

  • Skuntank

  • Torkoal

  • Articuno

  • Audino

  • Dusknoir

  • Golem

  • Gorebyss

  • Natu

  • Ninjask

  • Rapidash

  • Shedinja

  • Shelgon

  • Swoobat

  • Vileplume

Untested Rank: Reserved for pokemon that might have niches, but havent been sufficiently tested. Post your experiences with them here so we can give them a tier.
and now onto: THE RULES.

~Only nominate viable Pokemon. We are not going to put every legal Pokemon in RU on the list. There is no reason to put stuff that no one will ever use.
~Post intelligently. Posts like "I think pokemon X should be in this tier" will not be tolerated
~No flaming
~Usage statistics may be used to support an argument or a claim, but don't base your ENTIRE argument around them. For example, you can't just say "Pokemon X shouldn't be this tier because they aren't used that often!"
~No talk about editing the OFFICIAL smogon tier lists.
~Only Pokemon in RU and below are up for nomination, Pokemon in higher tiers are not allowed to be nominated, this should be common sense but lol someone nommed nidoking for S rank.
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If you are gonna make this into a separate thread, make use of the one on this post so you can update it:

Far up to date and has been discussed with players of the meta like SilentVerse, Oglemi, Molk, and col49, and discussed with the community in general. This is more reflective of todays BW RU meta. Check the thread to see what has changed.

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