Originally Posted by Fat HuntSaboteur
The other thing that people can never predict is the Huntile set itself. Setup leads, which account for about two thirds of first-mons-out I've seen recently, can't do much to Sceptile. By the time they have switched out, Baton Pass has been successful. Sceptile, using its outstanding natural speed, can then outspeed the opponent in the vast majority of cases. Seeing as it's special (obviously, thanks to the Tail Glow boost), the opponent assumes Overgrow and then gets their next 1-3 Pokemon OHKO'd by their mistake. This actually happens.
The fact that you are using a gem usually reveals that you are using Unburden generally. Plus, it isn't like Sceptile is in danger of being outsped by very many Pokemon, and most Choice Scarfed Pokemon, Aerodactyl, and Accelgor aren't going to fold over and die to unboosted, unSTABbed, 70 BP Hidden Power Rocks, Focus Blasts, and Giga Drains unless they are already weak to the latter two, which generally its revenge killers are not. To put it in perspective...
252 SpAtk Sceptile Hidden Power Rock vs 0 HP/0 SpDef Accelgor: 66.45% - 78.41% (2 hits to KO)
That is against a freaking Accelgor, which is very frail, and it can't even always OHKO after Rocks.
Sceptile can't even guarantee its OHKOs if it does hit for Super Effective damage.
252 SpAtk Sceptile Giga Drain vs 0 HP/0 SpDef Feraligatr: 80.06% - 94.53% (2 hits to KO)
While Feraligatr does have a decent 85/83 Special Defense, that still isn't very good, especially considering most Feraligatr invest in HP. Not that Feraligatr vs. Sceptile will every happen, but this means that Sceptile needs some sort of boosting item or general boost if it wishes to go offensive, and relying on Volbeat isn't the best idea because every Special Attacker likes support from Volbeat. I believe I actually faced this team before (twice) and the Sceptile was also very vulnerable to priority attacks if it didn't set up a Substitute, a fact which has not changed from any other Sceptile.