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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.

Contents
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 1 Please Note
 2 Limbo
 3 Anything Goes
 4 Uber
 5 Overused (OU)
 6 Borderline (BL)
 7 Underused (UU)
 8 Borderline 2 (BL2)
 9 Rarelyused (RU)
 10 Borderline 3 (BL3)
 11 NeverUsed (NU)
 12 Borderline 4 (BL4)
 13 PU
 14 Little Cup (LC)
 15 Not Fully Evolved (NFE)

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 Sun/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.

 Floette-Eternal

Anything Goes
Pokémon that are banned from Uber and can only be used in the metagame Anything Goes.

 Mega Rayquaza

Uber
Pokémon 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 ability Moody and the move Baton
Pass are also banned from OU and Ubers due to their uncompetitive nature. The ability
Shadow Tag is also banned from OU, but unlike Moody and Baton Pass, it is permitted in
Ubers. The combination of a Sleep move and a permanent trapping ability/move is also
banned from Ubers. Note that Mega Rayquaza is banned from Ubers, which makes Ubers
an actual tier more so than a ban list (although it is still the ban list for OU). As a result, a
new metagame was created called Anything Goes in which there are no restrictions and no
clauses.
 Aegislash
 Arceus (All Forms)
 Blaziken
 Mega Blaziken
 Darkrai
 Deoxys
 Deoxys-A
 Deoxys-D
 Deoxys-S
 Dialga
 Genesect
 Mega Gengar
 Giratina
 Giratina-O
 Groudon
 Primal Groudon
 Ho-oh
 Mega Kangaskhan
 Kyogre
 Primal Kyogre
 Kyurem-W
 Landorus
 Mega Lucario
 Lugia
 Lunala
 Marshadow
 Mega Metagross
 Mewtwo
 Mega Mewtwo X
 Mega Mewtwo Y
 Palkia
 Pheromosa
 Rayquaza
 Reshiram
 Mega Salamence
 Shaymin-S
 Solgaleo
 Xerneas
 Yveltal
 Zekrom
 Zygarde-C

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 61 OU Pokémon.

 Mega Alakazam
 Mega Altaria
 Mega Ampharos
 Bisharp
 Celesteela
 Chansey
 Mega Charizard X
 Mega Charizard Y
 Clefable
 Mega Diancie
 Dugtrio
 Excadrill
 Ferrothorn
 Mega Gallade
 Garchomp
 Mega Garchomp
 Mega Gardevoir
 Gengar
 Greninja
 Ash-Greninja
 Heatran
 Mega Heracross
 Hoopa-U
 Jirachi
 Kartana
 Keldeo
 Kyurem-B
 Landorus-T
 Mega Latias
 Latios
 Mega Latios
 Mega Lopunny
 Magearna
 Magnezone
 Mega Manectric
 Alolan Marowak
 Mega Mawile
 Mega Medicham
 Mew
 Mimikyu
 Nihilego
 Pelipper
 Mega Pinsir
 Rotom-W
 Mega Sableye
 Mega Scizor
 Skarmory
 Smeargle
 Mega Swampert
 Tangrowth
 Tapu Bulu
 Tapu Fini
 Tapu Koko
 Tapu Lele
 Toxapex
 Tyranitar
 Mega Tyranitar
 Mega Venusaur
 Volcarona
 Zapdos
 Zygarde

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 is banned from the
Underused tier as well. There are 22 Pokemon in the BL tier.

 Alakazam
 Azumarill
 Breloom
 Buzzwole
 Conkeldurr
 Diggersby
 Dragonite
 Gyarados
 Mega Gyarados
 Mega Houndoom
 Manaphy
 Porygon-Z
 Salamence
 Scolipede
 Serperior
 Mega Slowbro
 Staraptor
 Thundurus
 Thundurus-T
 Tornadus-T
 Victini
 Xurkitree

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 51
Pokémon in UU.

 Mega Abomasnow
 Mega Absol
 Mega Aerodactyl
 Mega Aggron
 Alomomola
 Amoonguss
 Arcanine
 Azelf
 Mega Banette
 Mega Beedrill
 Mega Blastoise
 Blissey
 Mega Camerupt
 Celebi
 Chandelure
 Cobalion
 Crawdaunt
 Crobat
 Darmanitan
 Decidueye
 Empoleon
 Entei
 Forretress
 Gliscor
 Hawlucha
 Haxorus
 Hippowdon
 Hydreigon
 Infernape
 Klefki
 Krookodile
 Latias
 Magneton
 Mamoswine
 Mandibuzz
 Metagross
 Mienshao
 Alolan Muk
 Nidoking
 Nidoqueen
 Alolan Ninetales
 Mega Pidgeot
 Primarina
 Raikou
 Mega Sceptile
 Scizor
 Mega Sharpedo
 Starmie
 Mega Steelix
 Suicune
 Swampert
 Sylveon
 Tentacruel
 Terrakion
 Togekiss
 Tornadus
 Tsareena
 Volcanion
 Weavile
 Zygarde-10%

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.
There are 6 Pokémon in the tier.

 Heracross
 Kyurem
 Lucario
 Reuniclus
 Talonflame
 Venomoth

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 54 Pokémon in RU.

 Aerodactyl
 Araquanid
 Mega Audino
 Bewear
 Blastoise
 Bronzong
 Bruxish
 Chesnaught
 Cloyster
 Comfey
 Cresselia
 Dhelmise
 Diancie
 Donphan
 Doublade
 Dragalge
 Durant
 Escavalier
 Espeon
 Feraligatr
 Florges
 Flygon
 Froslass
 Gallade
 Galvantula
 Gardevoir
 Gigalith
 Mega Glalie
 Gligar
 Golisopod
 Goodra
 Heliolisk
 Honchkrow
 Hoopa
 Jolteon
 Kommo-o
 Linoone
 Mantine
 Milotic
 Pangoro
 Porygon2
 Registeel
 Roserade
 Rhyperior
 Rotom-H (Heat Form)
 Salazzle
 Sharpedo
 Shaymin
 Snorlax
 Swellow
 Umbreon
 Torkoal
 Venusaur
 Zoroark

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 11
Pokémon in this tier.

 Cofagrigus
 Exploud
 Kingdra
 Meloetta
 Moltres
 Necrozma
 Noivern
 Ribombee
 Slurpuff
 Tyrantrum
 Yanmega

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 53
Pokémon in this tier.

 Accelgor
 Ambipom
 Archeops
 Aromatisse
 Aurorus
 Braviary
 Cinccino
 Clawitzer
 Claydol
 Cryogonal
 Delphox
 Dodrio
 Drapion
 Druddigon
 Emboar
 Garbodor
 Golbat
 Hitmonlee
 Hitmontop
 Houndoom
 Incineroar
 Jellicent
 Machamp
 Malamar
 Medicham
 Mesprit
 Minior
 Mismagius
 Omastar
 Qwilfish
 Rhydon
 Rotom (Normal form)
 Rotom-C (Lawn Mower form)
 Alolan Sandslash
 Sceptile
 Scrafty
 Seismitoad
 Shuckle
 Sigilyph
 Slowbro
 Slowking
 Sneasel
 Spiritomb
 Steelix
 Toxicroak
 Typhlosion
 Uxie
 Vaporeon
 Vikavolt
 Vileplume
 Virizion
 Whimsicott
 Xatu

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.

 Barbaracle
 Gallade
 Hariyama
 Klinklang
 Samurott
 Sawk
 Vivillon

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. Since this tier is in its beta phase, some
NFEs listed that had a niche last generation may no longer be viable in this metagame, and
they will be removed accordingly once the tier settles. In addition, some NFEs that were
introduced in Sun/Moon might have a viable niche and will be added eventually.

 Abomasnow
 Absol
 Aggron
 Altaria
 Ampharos
 Arbok
 Ariados
 Armaldo
 Articuno
 Audino
 Avalugg
 Banette
 Basculin
 Bastiodon
 Beartic
 Beautifly
 Beedrill
 Beheeyem
 Bellossom
 Bibarel
 Bouffalant
 Butterfree
 Cacturne
 Camerupt
 Carbink
 Carnivine
 Carracosta
 Castform
 Charizard
 Chatot
 Cherrim
 Chimecho
 Clefairy
 Combusken
 Corsola
 Crabominable
 Cradily
 Crustle
 Delcatty
 Delibird
 Dedenne
 Dewgong
 Ditto
 Dragonair
 Drampa
 Drifblim
 Alolan Dugtrio
 Dunsparce
 Duosion
 Dusclops
 Dusknoir
 Dustox
 Eelektross
 Electivire
 Electrode
 Emolga
 Exeggutor
 Alolan Exeggutor
 Farfetch'd
 Fearow
 Ferroseed
 Flareon
 Floatzel
 Fraxure
 Furfrou
 Furret
 Gabite
 Gastrodon
 Girafarig
 Glaceon
 Glalie
 Gogoat
 Golduck
 Golem
 Alolan Golem
 Golurk
 Gorebyss
 Gothitelle
 Gourgeist (all forms)
 Granbull
 Grumpig
 Gumshoos
 Gurdurr
 Guzzlord
 Haunter
 Heatmor
 Hitmonchan
 Huntail
 Hypno
 Illumise
 Jumpluff
 Jynx
 Kabutops
 Kadabra
 Kangaskhan
 Kecleon
 Kingler
 Komala
 Krokorok
 Kricketune
 Lanturn
 Lapras
 Leafeon
 Leavanny
 Ledian
 Lickilicky
 Liepard
 Lilligant
 Lopunny
 Ludicolo
 Lumineon
 Lurantis
 Lunatone
 Luvdisc
 Luxray
 Lycanroc
 Lycanroc-N
 Machoke
 Magcargo
 Magmortar
 Manectric
 Maractus
 Marowak
 Masquerain
 Mawile
 Meganium
 Meowstic (Both Male and Female)
 Metang
 Mightyena
 Miltank
 Minun
 Misdreavus
 Monferno
 Mothim
 Mudsdale
 Mr. Mime
 Muk
 Murkrow
 Musharna
 Ninetales
 Ninjask
 Noctowl
 Octillery
 Oranguru
 Oricorio
 Oricorio-Pa'u
 Oricorio-Pom-Pom
 Oricorio-Sensu
 Pachirisu
 Palossand
 Parasect
 Passimian
 Pawniard
 Persian
 Alolan Persian
 Phione
 Pidgeot
 Piloswine
 Pinsir
 Plusle
 Politoed
 Poliwrath
 Primeape
 Prinplup
 Probopass
 Purugly
 Pyroar
 Pyukumuku
 Quagsire
 Quilladin
 Raichu
 Alolan Raichu
 Rampardos
 Rapidash
 Raticate
 Alolan Raticate
 Regice
 Regirock
 Regigigas
 Relicanth
 Roselia
 Rotom-F (Freezer form)
 Rotom-S (Fan form)
 Sableye
 Sandslash
 Sawsbuck
 Scyther
 Seaking
 Servine
 Seviper
 Shedinja
 Shiftry
 Shiinotic
 Silvally (All Forms)
 Simipour
 Simisage
 Simisear
 Skuntank
 Slaking
 Solrock
 Spinda
 Stantler
 Stoutland
 Stunfisk
 Sudowoodo
 Sunflora
 Swalot
 Swanna
 Swoobat
 Tangela
 Tauros
 Throh
 Togedemaru
 Togetic
 Torterra
 Toucannon
 Trevenant
 Tropius
 Turtonator
 Unfezant
 Unown
 Ursaring
 Vanilluxe
 Vespiquen
 Vibrava
 Victreebel
 Vigoroth
 Volbeat
 Vullaby
 Wailord
 Walrein
 Wartortle
 Watchog
 Weezing
 Whiscash
 Wigglytuff
 Wishiwashi
 Wobbuffet
 Wormadam (All Forms)
 Zangoose
 Zebstrika
 Zweilous

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).

 Abra
 Aipom
 Amaura
 Anorith
 Archen
 Aron
 Axew
 Azurill
 Bagon
 Baltoy
 Barboach
 Beldum
 Bellsprout
 Bergmite
 Bidoof
 Binacle
 Blitzle
 Bonsly
 Bounsweet
 Bronzor
 Budew
 Buizel
 Bulbasaur
 Bunnelby
 Buneary
 Burmy
 Cacnea
 Carvanha
 Caterpie
 Charmander
 Cherubi
 Chespin
 Chikorita
 Chimchar
 Chinchou
 Chingling
 Clamperl
 Clauncher
 Cleffa
 Combee
 Corphish
 Cosmog
 Cottonee
 Crabrawler
 Cranidos
 Croagunk
 Cubchoo
 Cubone
 Cyndaquil
 Darumaka
 Deerling
 Deino
 Dewpider
 Diglett
 Alolan Diglett
 Doduo
 Dratini
 Drilbur
 Drowzee
 Ducklett
 Duskull
 Dwebble
 Eevee
 Ekans
 Electrike
 Elekid
 Elgyem
 Espurr
 Exeggcute
 Feebas
 Fennekin
 Flabébé
 Finneon
 Fletchling
 Fomantis
 Foongus
 Frillish
 Froakie
 Gastly
 Geodude
 Alolan Geodude
 Gible
 Glameow
 Goldeen
 Golett
 Goomy
 Grimer
 Alolan Grimer
 Growlithe
 Grubbin
 Gulpin
 Happiny
 Helioptile
 Hippopotas
 Honedge
 Hoothoot
 Hoppip
 Horsea
 Houndour
 Igglybuff
 Inkay
 Jangmo-o
 Joltik
 Kabuto
 Karrablast
 Klink
 Koffing
 Krabby
 Kricketot
 Larvesta
 Larvitar
 Ledyba
 Lickitung
 Lileep
 Lillipup
 Litleo
 Litten
 Litwick
 Lotad
 Machop
 Magby
 Magikarp
 Magnemite
 Makuhita
 Mankey
 Mantyke
 Mareanie
 Mareep
 Meowth
 Alolan Meowth
 Mienfoo
 Mime Jr.
 Minccino
 Morelull
 Mudbray
 Mudkip
 Munchlax
 Munna
 Natu
 Nidoran
 Nincada
 Noibat
 Nosepass
 Numel
 Oddish
 Omanyte
 Onix
 Oshawott
 Pancham
 Panpour
 Pansage
 Pansear
 Paras
 Patrat
 Petilil
 Phanpy
 Phantump
 Pichu
 Pidgey
 Pidove
 Pineco
 Piplup
 Pikipek
 Poliwag
 Ponyta
 Poochyena
 Popplio
 Psyduck
 Pumpkaboo
 Purrloin
 Ralts
 Rattata
 Alolan Rattata
 Remoraid
 Rhyhorn
 Riolu
 Rockruff
 Roggenrola
 Rowlet
 Rufflet
 Salandit
 Sandile
 Sandshrew
 Alolan Sandshrew
 Sandygast
 Scatterbug
 Scraggy
 Seedot
 Seel
 Sentret
 Sewaddle
 Shellder
 Shellos
 Shelmet
 Shieldon
 Shinx
 Shroomish
 Shuppet
 Skiddo
 Skitty
 Skorupi
 Skrelp
 Slakoth
 Slowpoke
 Slugma
 Smoochum
 Snivy
 Snorunt
 Snover
 Snubbull
 Solosis
 Spearow
 Spheal
 Spinarak
 Spoink
 Spritzee
 Squirtle
 Starly
 Staryu
 Stufful
 Stunky
 Sunkern
 Surskit
 Swablu
 Swinub
 Taillow
 Teddiursa
 Tentacool
 Tepig
 Timburr
 Tirtouga
 Togepi
 Torchic
 Totodile
 Trapinch
 Treecko
 Trubbish
 Turtwig
 Tympole
 Tynamo
 Tyrogue
 Tyrunt
 Vanillite
 Venipede
 Venonat
 Voltorb
 Alolan Vulpix
 Wailmer
 Weedle
 Whismur
 Wimpod
 Wingull
 Woobat
 Wooper
 Wurmple
 Wynaut
 Yamask
 Yungoos
 Zigzagoon
 Zorua
 Zubat

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.

 Bayleef
 Boldore
 Braixen
 Brionne
 Cascoon
 Charjabug
 Charmeleon
 Cosmoem
 Croconaw
 Cutiefly
 Dartrix
 Dewott
 Drifloon
 Eelektrik
 Electabuzz
 Flaaffy
 Fletchinder
 Floette
 Frogadier
 Gloom
 Gothita
 Gothorita
 Graveler
 Alolan Graveler
 Grotle
 Grovyle
 Hakamo-o
 Herdier
 Ivysaur
 Jigglypuff
 Kakuna
 Klang
 Kirlia
 Lairon
 Lombre
 Lampent
 Loudred
 Luxio
 Magmar
 Marill
 Marshtomp
 Meditite
 Metang
 Metapod
 Nidorina
 Nidorino
 Nuzleaf
 Palpitoad
 Pidgeotto
 Pignite
 Pikachu
 Poliwhirl
 Porygon
 Pupitar
 Quilava
 Sealeo
 Shelgon
 Silcoon
 Skiploom
 Sliggoo
 Spewpa
 Staravia
 Steenee
 Swadloon
 Swirlix
 Torracat
 Tranquill
 Trumbeak
 Type: Null
 Vanillish
 Vulpix
 Weepinbell
 Whirlipede
 Yanma