Scyther

Swarm
Boosts power of Bug-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Type Tier
Bug / Flying UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 281 344 -
Atk
110
230 256 319 350
Def
80
176 196 259 284
SpA
55
131 146 209 229
SpD
80
176 196 259 284
Spe
105
221 246 309 339
  • Underused

Overview

A swift UU Pokemon that could do with some use. It can totally wreck teams with just a Swords Dance under the belt, and surprise people with the Choice Band set. If you manage to Baton Pass Agility or Swords Dance to the right recipient, your opponent is going to be in pain. You probably don't want to use Scyther in standard environment—the big amount of weaknesses on all sides is too glaring. Give Scyther some love in UU play.

Name Item Nature

Baton Pass

Liechi Berry / Leftovers Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Baton Pass
~ Silver Wind / Hidden Power Bug / Hidden Power Flying
~ Swords Dance
184 HP / 252 Atk / 72 Spe

Baton Passing Scyther. Once you get in, Agility, then Baton Pass if you can't stand the incoming opponent. If you think you can get away with it, you can Swords Dance as well. You need at least one attacking move, I personally like Hidden Power Bug since it also gets the Swarm bonus once your HP gets below 33%, and it has better power than Silver Wind.

Name Item Nature

Swords Dance Sweeper

Leftovers / Liechi Berry Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Substitute / Aerial Ace
~ Silver Wind
~ Hidden Power Rock / Hidden Power Flying
40 HP / 252 Atk / 216 Spe

Not a big fan of this set, though Hidden Power Rock can give a nasty surprise to Fearow or something.

Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Aerial Ace
~ Hidden Power Rock
~ Silver Wind
~ Steel Wing / Quick Attack
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Choice Band Scyther. Not the best set, but a possible 479 Attack with Jolly nature, 525 with Adamant seems appealing to me. Silver Wind boost potential as well.

Name Item Nature

Reversal

Salac Berry Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Hidden Power Bug / Hidden Power Ghost
~ Endure / Substitute
~ Swords Dance
~ Reversal
128 HP / 252 Atk / 128 Spe

Save it for later, when everything is in your KO range. With a Swords Dance in, a Scyther at 1HP OHKOs a lot of stuff. Hidden Power Ghost is for Banette and Misdreavus, and Hidden Power Bug still has that fantastic Swarm boost when you're sweeping and hits Pokémon like Hypno and Grumpig hard. Watch out for Quick Attackers like Fearow and Gligar, though Scyther is so fast it can switch out of them and come later to bring more pain.

EVs

Reversal set needs at least 264 Speed if you're in standard play. For UU, it depends on what you want to outspeed. The fastest Pokémon are Electrode and Persian. You need 278 or 242 to outspeed these. It's up to preference.

If you're using Agility, you will obviously not need much Speed. The ultimate maximum you should go for is 290 or even 300, you might want to be able to outspeed things without having to use Agility. Scyther's minimum is 246, which is already enough to beat everything after one Agility.

For other sets, 309 (max without nature), 310, or 339 (max with nature) is preferable. 309 beats Jolly Kangaskhan, 310 beats Adamant Scyther and Modest Electabuzz / Manectric. Max Speed ties with them at worst.

Scyther will always need max Attack, and the other EVs should go into HP. The only exception here is the Substitute / Reversal set, where you should make sure that your HP is not divisible by four. This is to make sure you can Substitute four times to get Reversal to 200 Base Power.

Checks and Counters

Gligar, Fearow, Muk, Magmar, Ninetales, Banette, Misdreavus, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Golem, Aggron, Sandslash