Scyther

Type Tier
Bug / Flying UU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
70
26
Atk
110
20
Def
80
17
Spc
55
15
Spe
105
20
  • Overused

Overview

If used at the right time in a UU match, Scyther can be quite surprising and can manage to sweep your entire team. However, refrain from using him in an OU match as he can't take a hit, and won't be allowed to sweep.

Name Moveset

Swords Dance + Agility

~ Slash
~ Swords Dance
~ Agility
~ Hyper Beam

If you switch Scyther in, you need to be almost positive that your opponent is not using an attacking move. Swords Dance on the switch, Agility if needed, and sweep with Hyper Beam. It's quite basic, really. Slash should be used if Scyther doesn't get an opportunity to Swords Dance, but unfortunately its critical hit rate will nullify Swords Dance when it is used.

Other Options

Double-Edge might be useful, since he'll die fast anyway, or maybe Substitute.

Checks and Counters

Gengar takes no damage from Scyther's astonishing array of Normal-type moves. Likewise, Golem and Rhydon have a field day exploiting Scyther's lack of any move that can hit Rock-types. Onix is basically a UU Rhydon—he takes nothing from Scyther's attacks. Aerodactyl outspeeds Scyther, and can hit him hard with Double-Edge or Fire Blast. Fire Pokémon, especially Arcanine, will also severely cripple Scyther.