Competitive Information for Scyther [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Scyther scyther
Base Stats for Scyther

Bug / Flying

Abilities:
SwarmSwarm: At 1/3 or less of its max HP, this Pokemon's Bug-type attacks have 1.5x power.
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TechnicianTechnician: This Pokemon's moves of 60 power or less have 1.5x power. Includes Struggle.


Evolutions / Family:
Scyther
Scizor

Weakness Chart for Bug/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
2x
0.25x
2x
2x
  
0.25x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0x
2x
  
  
  
4x
  
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Scyther? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Diamond/Pearl Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Common team mates for Scyther in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

SnorlaxScizorMagnezoneHippowdonStarmieCrobatCelebiGengarGyaradosDonphanCharizardPoliwrath


Scyther is a remarkable Bug and Flying-typed Pokemon. Scyther is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Scyther is weak to Electric, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Scyther
Item: Choice Band
Ability: Technician
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Headbutt / Sleep Talk
- Night Slash
- Aerial Ace
- Bug Bite / U-turn

Physical Sweeper Scyther (Analytic)

Scyther is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Choice Band will increase the damage of Scyther's physical moves by 1.5x at the cost of locking you into the first move you pick. With Technician, Scyther's moves of 60 power or less have 1.5x power. includes struggle.

Headbutt is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Sleep Talk is a status move (Scyther must be asleep. uses another known move).
Night Slash is a physical 70-base power Dark-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Aerial Ace is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move (this move does not check accuracy).
Bug Bite is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (Scyther steals and eats the target's berry).
U-turn is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Bug-type move (Scyther switches out after damaging the target).




Species: Scyther
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Swarm
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- X-Scissor / U-turn
- Wing Attack
- Brick Break

Physical Sweeper Scyther (Swarm)

Scyther is a sensational Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Swarm, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Scyther's bug-type attacks have 1.5x power.

Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
X-Scissor is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a considerable amount of damage.
U-turn is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Bug-type move (Scyther switches out after damaging the target).
Wing Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).




Species: Scyther
Item: Eviolite
Ability: Technician
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 248 Hp / 8 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Roost
- Aerial Ace / Bug Bite
- Baton Pass / Brick Break
- Swords Dance

Scyther Support (Bulky Swords Sweeper)

Scyther is an outstanding Support. Scyther is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolite was attached to it. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. With Technician, Scyther's moves of 60 power or less have 1.5x power. includes struggle. If all you're looking for is a bulky sweeper, Brick Break provides the best possible coverage alongside Aerial Ace. Roost makes sure Scyther keeps surviving, and allows it to stall out weaker Electric- and Ice-type attacks. Plus it can Roost off the Stealth Rock damage if your Rapid Spinner dies out sooner than expected.

Roost is a status move (heals 50% hp. flying-type removed until turn ends).
Aerial Ace is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move (this move does not check accuracy).
Bug Bite is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (Scyther steals and eats the target's berry).
Baton Pass is a status move (Scyther switches, passing stat changes and more).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).
Swords Dance is a status move (raises your Scyther's attack by 2 stages).




Species: Scyther
Item: Metronome
Ability: Technician
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Roost
- Aerial Ace
- Fury Cutter
- Swords Dance

Scyther Physical Sweeper (Furious Cutter Of Doom)

Scyther is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Technician, Scyther's moves of 60 power or less have 1.5x power. includes struggle.

Roost is a status move (heals 50% hp. flying-type removed until turn ends).
Aerial Ace is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move (this move does not check accuracy).
Fury Cutter is a physical STAB-boosted 10-base power Bug-type move (power doubles with each hit, up to 160).
Swords Dance is a status move (raises your Scyther's attack by 2 stages).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Scyther? These builds have been optimized for Diamond/Pearl Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Common team mates for Scyther in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

SnorlaxScizorMagnezoneHippowdonStarmieCrobatCelebiGengarGyaradosDonphanCharizardPoliwrath


Species: Scyther
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Swarm
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- X-Scissor / U-turn
- Wing Attack
- Brick Break

Doubles Physical Sweeper Scyther (Swarm)

Scyther is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Swarm, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Scyther's bug-type attacks have 1.5x power.

Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
X-Scissor is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a decent amount of damage.
U-turn is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Bug-type move (Scyther switches out after damaging the target).
Wing Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Scyther learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Air Slash
75
95%
20
30% chance to flinch the target.
Bug Buzz
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ominous Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Razor Wind
80
100%
10
Charges, then hits foe(s) turn 2. High crit ratio.
Silver Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Vacuum Wave
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, even if the target is immune.
Bug Bite
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Double Hit
35
90%
10
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Feint
50
100%
10
Breaks protection. Fails if target is not protecting.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
10
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Knock Off
20
100%
20
Target's item is lost and it cannot obtain another.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if a foe is switching out.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Reversal
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
U-turn
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Wing Attack
60
100%
35
No additional effect.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Baton Pass
--
--
40
User switches, passing stat changes and more.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Defog
--
--
15
-1 evasion; clears target side's hazards/screens.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Focus Energy
--
--
30
Raises the user's critical hit ratio by 2.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Morning Sun
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roost
--
--
10
Heals 50% HP. Flying-type removed 'til turn ends.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Tailwind
--
--
30
For 3 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Scyther can perform in Diamond/Pearl. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive DP Move and Ability Combos for Scyther

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