When I was still a novice at Pokémon, I would wonder why certain Pokémon I battled with were significantly faster than my Pokémon. They would make moves faster than I could say the word Pokémon😔.
However, as I gradually learned to study my Pokémon’s stat summaries and collected items, I realized I could boost my Pokémon’s speed without solely relying on their nature and abilities🤩.
Join me as I show you how to leverage such items as the choice scarf and carbos for their speed-enhancing properties.
How do Speed Enhancing Items Work?
With such items as the choice scarf and the power anklet, you will acquire them and store them in your bag🎒as a collectible. Alternatively, for items like the Salac berry and carbos, the Pokémon eats them.
Upon using or eating the speed-enhancing items, they will either boost your speed stats, offer a priority boost, or modify how you perform your moves (do it faster) 😏.
The effect of added speed takes effect immediately when the Pokémon uses or consumes the item.
How to Increase Pokémon Speed
Besides using your held items, you can increase a Pokémon’s speed by leveraging its abilities, natures, effort values (EVs), and individual values (IVs), and performing certain moves.
The list of held items with speed-enhancing abilities is tabulated further in this article. Some moves that enhance a Pokémon’s speed include the dragon dance, flame charge, quiver dance, silver wind, ominous wind, tailwind, and rock polish.
A Pokémon with timid, jolly, hasty, or naïve natures enjoys speed boosts from time to time. Also, a player whose Pokémon has such abilities as sand rush, swift swim, motor drive, moody, steadfast, chlorophyll, and speed boost will have elevated speed but circumstantially.
For example, sand rush enhances speed when in sand. Lastly, possessing EVs to 252 and IVs to 31 maximizes a Pokémon’s speed.
How Much Does Choice Scarf Increase Speed?
The choice scarf can increase the Pokémon’s speed by 50%. In other words, the Pokémon can execute a move 1.5 times faster😎.
If you need your Pokémon to attack its opponent first, then the choice scarf is an ideal tool to consider.
Unfortunately, the choice scarf’s speed stats are low😔. It also has the limitation of restricting the user to use the scarf for only one move.
You can obtain a choice scarf by either finishing a quest in Hammerlocke or purchasing it at the BP Shop at 25 BP (battle points).
What Held Items Increase Speed Without Hindering the User?
The held items that increase a Pokémon’s speed without affecting the user are the Salac Berry and Carbos. The swift wing/feather can increase the speed but hinders the user since the Pokémon cannot use it during battle.
The Custap Berry🫐 increases speed, but this affects the Pokémon only within its priority bucket. The Choice Scarf’s speed enhancement ability restricts the player to one move.
Any Pokémon holding a power anklet will have its speed stats halved during battle.
A list of all the held items with speed-enhancing features is tabulated below:
Increases the speed stat of a Ditto Pokémon that holds it.
Helps the Pokémon move first (priority boost). However, this happens occasionally: there is a 20% chance of this happening).
A vitamin which helps a Pokémon increase its speed effort values by 10 EVs.
Swift Wing or Swift Feather
A feather that increases the speed EV slightly: increase by one EV.
It empowers the Pokémon to move 1.5 times faster.
Upon them winning a battle, the Pokémon holding a power anklet will receive double speed effort values
Boosts the Pokémon’s speed by one stage when its HP falls to one quarter or less. However, the effect varies depending on whether the Pokémon has Ripen or Gluttony.
Empowers the Pokémon to move first (priority boost) when its HP declines to below one quarter.
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