Look at that sprite. Boss. Sceptile has the potential to be a massive threat in this metagame. It is a very versatile Pokemon, having a good movepool and great stats: 105 Base SpA and 120 Base Speed. He is the third fastest Pokemon in RU, and can become the fastest Pokemon in the tier with the hidden ability Unburden. Here are some of the sets: Sceptile (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Overgrow EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Giga Drain - Focus Blast - Hidden Power [Rock] - Leaf Storm This is Sceptile's most effective set, being able to continue to hit things hard throughout the game without the loss of a Gem. Giga Drain is definitely one of the most useful moves on this set. It enables Sceptile to get some HP back without the use of Synthesis, and it is a good STAB move to use if you don't want to lower your special attack. Focus Blast 2HKOs Ferroseed and Clefable and takes a decent chunk out of Munchlax's HP (35.5 - 41.79%). HP Rock is preferred to HP Ice because of its ability to OHKO Moltres and other Flying types after rocks. Sceptile's Leaf Storm is one of the strongest moves in the tier. You won't be able to switch in without having a solid counter. Sceptile @ Leftovers Timid Nature | 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 Def Ability: Overgrow - Substitute - Leech Seed - Giga Drain - Hidden Power Fire / Focus Blast Sceptile's high speed works perfectly together with Substitute + Leech Seed. Sceptile is capable of setting up on a majority of the metagame by forcing switches, allowing for a free substitute. If you use Sceptile with hazard support, you will quickly rack up damage on the enemy. Leech Seed + Giga Drain will earn back the HP you lost from Substitute. Even if you get low, Overgrow will activate, raising the power of Giga Drain by 50%. Hidden Power Fire, in my opinion, is the better move because stuff like Ferroseed and Rotom-C are going to switch in trying to block Leech Seed, only to get caught off guard by a Super-Effective hit. This set also baits counters to the offensive sets, such as Munchlax, and gains a large chunk of HP from Leech Seed. Sceptile @ Grass Gem/White Herb Timid Nature | 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Ability: Unburden - Giga Drain - Focus Blast - Hidden Power Rock - Leaf Storm This is a set I've been experimenting with recently. After Unburden activates, Sceptile reaches 742 Speed. If you don't have a counter, it's GG. People underestimate Leaf Storm. With Grass Gem, almost nothing can switch in safely. Only Munchlax and Pokemon that resist Grass can take a boosted Leaf Storm without having their HP automatically cut in half. Because this one move is so frightening, the opponent will likely switch in something such as Moltres, which you can OHKO with good prediction using HP Rock. Giga Drain is there in case you don't want -2 SpA, allowing you to obtain the speed boost and clean up the enemy's team. I haven't figured out an alternate EV spread for this, but if someone wants to change it, go ahead. Sceptile @ Flight Gem Adamant Nature | 80 HP / 252 Atk / 176 Spe Ability: Unburden - Swords Dance - Leaf Blade - Brick Break - Acrobatics This is a fairly uncommon set but it should not be underestimated. Swords Dance will boost Sceptile's mediocre Atk stat. Acrobatics can OHKO Moltres, as well as common switch-ins such as Lilligant. This set is generally outclassed by the special sets, but you can use it effectively as a late game sweeper or as a surprise factor. If you guys have any other sets that you use, please post them! I am hesitant to post a Choice Specs set, as I haven't tested it or ran damage calcs yet. If Sceptile becomes more well-known, it will become a very unpredictable Pokemon, making it extremely hard to counter. Discuss!