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name: Setup Sweeper (Bug)
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Bullet Punch
move 3: Dual Wingbeat
move 4: Knock Off / Superpower
item: Life Orb
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Thanks to its decent bulk, its access to Swords Dance, and the many resistances given by its Steel typing, Scizor can act as a threatening setup sweeper for Bug-type teams. Swords Dance allows Scizor to boost its Attack to high levels and become a dangerous setup sweeper in many matchups such as Fairy and Poison. Bullet Punch is a great priority STAB move boosted by Technician that lets Scizor pressure faster threats like Terrakion and allows it to clean late-game; in addition, Bullet Punch helps greatly in the Fairy matchup, as Scizor can take care of Pokemon like Togekiss, Belly Drum Azumarill, and Galarian Weezing, especially after a Swords Dance boost. Dual Wingbeat is a strong move boosted by Technician that greatly helps against defensive Poison-types like Toxapex and Amoonguss. Knock Off is a utility move used to punish switch-ins like Galarian Corsola and Toxapex or common defensive Normal-types like Chansey and Porygon2. Alternatively, Superpower can be used to hit Steel- and Normal-types like Excadrill, Ferrothorn, Duraludon, and Porygon2 hard, which can otherwise be hard for Bug teams to handle. Scizor should seek opportunities to set up against passive Pokemon that do not threaten it such as Bronzong, and it should be used mid- or late-game once its checks and counters like Skarmory are taken out or weakened enough. Maximum Attack investment in combination with an Adamant nature and Life Orb allows Scizor to maximize its damage output. 252 EVs in Speed allow it to outspeed faster threats like Indeedee-M and Urshifu-S when Sticky Web is up.
All of Scizor's teammates appreciate its ability to threaten weakened Pokemon with Bullet Punch. Galvantula and Araquanid are able to set Sticky Web, allowing Scizor to threaten faster Pokemon like Urshifu-S, Indeedee-M, and Drapion that are less vulnerable to Bullet Punch. Galvantula can also be used to improve the matchup against Flying- and Water-type teams and threaten most Defoggers such as Mandibuzz and Mantine. On the other hand, Araquanid can switch into Fire-type moves directed at Scizor thanks to its Water typing in combination with its ability Water Bubble; it can also use Magic Coat to bounce back very annoying Spikes against Steel, Grass, and Fairy teams. Volcarona forms a great offensive core with Scizor, as the former can cover a variety of matchups, including Electric, for Scizor and can also take care of Steel-types that check Scizor like Skarmory and Corviknight. In return, Scizor can deal with Rock- and Normal-types such as Tyranitar, Chansey, and Snorlax that Volcarona struggles against. Choice Scarf Heracross is a good partner to handle faster Fire-types like opposing Volcarona and Cinderace, and it helps Scizor against Steel and Rock teams with Close Combat. Heracross also appreciates Scizor's ability to weaken opposing teams so that it can act as a deadly sweeper late-game. Finally, Scolipede is also a good teammate, as it helps in the Fairy-type matchup and can use its coverage moves like Earthquake and Rock Slide to hit Steel- and Fire-types like Cobalion and Salazzle.
- Written by: [[Mihowk, 461046]]
- Bug analysis by: [[Mihowk, 461046]]
- Quality checked by: [[Decem, 362454], [Harpp, 320110]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Milak, 262594]]