Tier listings

Tiers are, in a way, a ranking system for Pokémon. The placement of Pokémon within the tiers defines both their usage and their overall potential. Pokémon that are strong and used often will find themselves in the high tier of OU, while weaker and less common Pokémon will find their way into UU, RU, NU, and PU. The faux tier of BL is for Pokémon that are too strong for the UU environment, but are not used enough for OU. This is usually for their lack of potential in the standard environment, but there are various other reasons. The BL2, BL3, and BL4 tiers are basically the same thing, but for Pokemon too strong for the RU, NU, and PU environment, respectively. The only unbalanced tier is the Uber tier, which is for Pokémon that are game-breaking in the standard environment. Most Pokémon in this tier are legendaries with a base stat total of at least 600.

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Please Note

This tier list does resemble Smogon's Tier list. The reasoning for this is the fact that all competitive players on this website use that tier list for all battles. Thus, it is senseless to make an unused tier list that is made from people who lack a true understanding of the meta-game. With the exception of the Uber tier, which is considered a ban list, the tiers are solely based off usage from players from the Pokemon Showdown! ladders. Every tier has certain Smogon-wide clauses that prohibit certain events from happening in game that could be considered uncompetitive or unfair. Those clauses are the Species Clause, Sleep Clause, Evasion Clause, OHKO Clause, Moody Clause, Endless Battle Clause, and Swagger Clause. For the Overused (OU) tier and all tiers below it, there is a Baton Pass clause in which a team cannot have more than one Pokémon with the move Baton Pass and cannot have a Pokémon have a move that boosts Speed and another stat alongside Baton Pass. However, no such clause is imposed for the Uber tier.

Mega Evolutions are tiered separately from their base forms. Mega forms cannot be in tiers lower than their base forms even if they do not have enough usage to remain in a specific tier. For example, Mega Latios does not receive enough usage to be OU on its own, but Latios does, keeping Mega Latios from dropping to UU. Some Pokémon are usable in multiple tiers. There is no restriction on what Pokémon can be used in tiers other than Pokémon that reside in the higher tiers.

Right now, only the Uber and OU tiers are established as of now, and it will take a while before all the tiers are settled down. There are also a number of Mega Evolutions and Pokémon unavailable that will be listed under a Limbo tier for the time being.

Limbo

This is a list of all the unavailable Pokémon in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. These Pokémon cannot be used in competitive play until they become available in-game. When they do become available, they will be defaulted to the Overused tier unless they are clearly broken, and if they are not used enough, they will be available in lower tiers after some time.

Anything Goes

Pokémon that are banned from Uber and can only be used in the metagame Anything Goes. All Pokémon from every tier can be used here. In the Anything Goes metagame, there are no clauses or restrictions. This means that strategies that are generally viewed as uncompetitive or unfair in tiered play, such as Moody and Baton Pass, are completely free to be used in this metagame. However, the clause for intentionally preventing a battle from ending still exists in Anything Goes.

Uber

Pokémon, mostly legendaries, that are seen as too powerful for standard play. This could be due to massive stat total, insane movepool, or the power to over-centralize the meta-game if they were to remain in OU (often, all 3 of these reasons apply). The abilities Shadow Tag and Arena Trap are banned from OU but are permitted in Ubers. The combination of a Sleep move and a permanent trapping ability/move is also banned from Ubers. Although its primary identity is the ban list for OU, note that the Uber tier can ban certain elements that are seen as uncompetitive or harm the competitive value of the tier. This was first seen with the ban of Mega Rayquaza which led to the creation of Anything Goes.

Overused (OU)

The standard Pokémon competitive metagame in which Pokémon that are most often seen reside. They are generally recognized for this, their wide move pools and their high potential. Please note that Pokémon enter the OU tier if they achieve a usage % of at least 3.41% on Smogon's Pokémon Showdown Server through a specific amount of people with a high ranking (to avoid any bad influence from poor metagame trends). Any newly released Mega Evolutions are automatically put in the OU tier, and if they do not reach the specific usage %, they will fall to the lower tiers. There are a total of 57 OU Pokémon.

Borderline (BL)

Pokemon that are considered broken or too strong for the Underused metagame, yet not used enough to the an Overused Pokemon, fall into the BL, or Borderline. This is a banlist, not an actual tier, and they are unusable in UU because of traits that make them unhealthy for the metagame, but are either not used enough or not as viable in OU. These Pokemon can still be used in OU, but are not officially OU. The ability Drizzle and item Kommonium Z are banned from the Underused tier as well. There are 23 Pokemon in the BL tier.

Underused (UU)

Pokémon that are not commonplace in a competitive environment due to more hindering flaws, lack of usage, or just plainly outclassed. They are generally lacking in potential, though several are still quite playable and very usable in OU. There are a total of 58 Pokémon in UU.

Borderline 2 (BL2)

Pokémon that are not used enough in the UnderUsed metagame, but too broken for the Rarelyused metagame fall under the BL2 list. These Pokémon are banned from the Rarelyused tier, but can be used in Ubers, Overused, and the Underused tiers if so desired. The move Aurora Veil is banned from the RU tier. There are 9 Pokémon in the tier.

Rarelyused (RU)

Pokémon that have nearly crippling flaws and are typically easily outclassed by other Pokémon in OU and UU. Most of these Pokémon have specific niches in the higher tiers, but find a place to shine with the more powerful threats locked away in higher tiers. This tier was formed in Generation V to keep the NU tier from having nearly 300 Pokémon in it. There are a total of 65 Pokémon in RU.

Borderline 3 (BL3)

Pokémon that are not used enough in the RarelyUsed metagame, but too broken for the NeverUsed metagame fall under the BL3 list. These Pokémon are banned from the NeverUsed tier, but can be used in Ubers, Overused, Underused and Rarelyused tiers if so desired. The ability Drought is banned from the Neverused tier. There are currently 8 Pokémon in this tier.

NeverUsed (NU)

Pokémon that are generally not seen at all due to being highly limited and unpopular. Their stats and movepools may be, and usually are, very lacking compared to the higher tiers. Most of these Pokémon don't even have a specific niche in the higher tiers. There are 55 Pokémon in this tier.

Borderline 4 (BL4)

Pokémon that are not used enough in the Neverused metagame, but too broken for the PU metagame fall under the BL4 list. These Pokémon are banned from the PU tier, but can be used in Ubers, Overused, Underused, Rarelyused, and Neverused tiers. There are 7 Pokémon in the tier.

PU

Pokémon very rarely, if ever, seen in the main tiers of competitive battling and not used enough in the NeverUsed tier and all tiers above it fall under the PU tier. This tier was a novelty tier introduced in Generation V as an unofficial metagame and officially became Smogon's fifth-based usage tier in Generation VI. These Pokémon lack viability or are simply not used in the higher tiers but can find their own set of niches in PU. The tier contains all fully-evolved Pokémon that are not in the higher tiers alongside NFE (not fully evolved) Pokémon that have a viable niche in PU. There are a whopping 227 Pokémon in the tier.

Little Cup (LC)

These Pokemon who are the first evolution of their chain. This does not count Pokemon who do not evolve like Absol. The following Pokemon are banned from LC: Cutiefly, Drifloon, Gligar, Gothita, Meditite, Misdreavus, Murkrow, Porygon, Scyther, Sneasel, Swirlix, Tangela, Vulpix, Yanma. The item Eevium Z cannot be used. Also note that Type: Null cannot be used as it is impossible for it to be Level 5, the required default level in LC. Little Cup is a completely separate tier from the other tiers (Ubers, OU, UU, RU, NU, and PU).

Not Fully Evolved (NFE)

These are Pokémon that are the prior forms of the Pokémon seen here. This is not an actual tier and more or less the remaining Pokemon that are irrelevant to the regular tiers or in some cases banned from Little Cup.

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