Competitive Information for Sceptile [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon Movesets and Strategies for Sceptile sceptile
Base Stats for Sceptile

Grass

Abilities:
OvergrowOvergrow: At 1/3 or less of its max HP, this Pokemon's attacking stat is 1.5x with Grass attacks.
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UnburdenUnburden: Speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches, gets new item/Ability.

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Sceptile? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sun/Moon 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 Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Sceptile in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

Charizard-Mega-XInfernapeGliscorSnorlaxHeracrossAlomomolaManectric-MegaMiloticExploudZangooseEmpoleonSlurpuff


Sceptile is an astounding Grass-typed Pokemon. It's pretty usual to see Sceptile show up as a Sun/Moon opponent. Sceptile is weak to Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison-typed attacks.


Species: Sceptile
Item: Focus Sash / Weakness Policy
Ability: Unburden
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Blade
- Drain Punch
- Acrobatics
- Swords Dance

Physical Sweeper Sceptile (Popular/Trending)

Sceptile is an awesome Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Sceptile from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Weakness Policy activates if Sceptile is hit by a super effective move. The Weakness Policy is consumed and its Attack and Special Attack are increased by two stages each. With Unburden, speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches gets new item/ability.

Leaf Blade is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Grass-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Drain Punch is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (Sceptile recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Acrobatics is a physical 55-base power Flying-type move (power doubles if your Sceptile has no held item).
Swords Dance is a status move (raises your Sceptile's attack by 2 stages).




Species: Sceptile
Item: Grassium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Blade / Seed Bomb
- Double-Edge / Return
- Outrage
- Earthquake

Physical Sweeper Sceptile (Overgrow)

Sceptile is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Sceptile from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Sceptile's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Overgrow, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Sceptile's attacking stat is 1.5x with grass attacks.

Leaf Blade is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Grass-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Seed Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Grass-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Outrage is a physical 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Sceptile afterwards).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).




Species: Sceptile
Item: Grassium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Storm / Energy Ball
- Dragon Pulse / Dragon Breath
- Hyper Beam / Round
- Mud-Slap

Special Sweeper Sceptile (Overgrow)

Sceptile is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Sceptile from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Sceptile's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Overgrow, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Sceptile's attacking stat is 1.5x with grass attacks.

Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 130-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Sceptile's special attack by 2 stages).
Energy Ball is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Dragon Pulse is a special 85-base power Dragon-type move that deals a good amount of damage.
Dragon Breath is a special 60-base power Dragon-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Sceptile cannot move next turn).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Mud-Slap is a special 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).




Species: Sceptile
Item: Watmel Berry
Ability: Unburden
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Natural Gift
- Leaf Blade
- Rock Slide / Earthquake
- Swords Dance

Sceptile Physical Sweeper (Exceptional Sceptile)

Sceptile is a sensational Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Unburden, speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches gets new item/ability. Natural Gift is the star of the show here. With Watmel Berry, Natural Gift turns into a 100 bp physical fire attack and doubles Sceptiles speed due to Unburden. Thus, Sceptile becomes very difficult to revenge kill outside of priority (which is sadly quite common). The unfortunate side effect is that Natural Gift is a one off attack so it must be used carefully.

Natural Gift is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (power and type depends on your Sceptile's berry).
Leaf Blade is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Grass-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Swords Dance is a status move (raises your Sceptile's attack by 2 stages).




Species: Sceptile
Item: Petaya Berry
Ability: Unburden
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Storm
- Synthesis
- Dragon Breath
- Leech Seed

Unburden Sceptile

Sceptile is a fabulous Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. With Unburden, speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches gets new item/ability.

Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 130-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Sceptile's special attack by 2 stages).
Synthesis is a status move (heals your Sceptile by a weather-dependent amount).
Dragon Breath is a special 60-base power Dragon-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Leech Seed is a status move (1/8 of target's hp is restored to Sceptile every turn).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Sceptile? These builds have been optimized for Sun/Moon 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 Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Sceptile in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

Charizard-Mega-XInfernapeGliscorSnorlaxHeracrossAlomomolaManectric-MegaMiloticExploudZangooseEmpoleonSlurpuff


Species: Sceptile
Item: Groundium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Leaf Blade
- Rock Slide
- Double-Edge

Doubles Physical Sweeper Sceptile (Overgrow)

Sceptile is a decent Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Sceptile from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Sceptile's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Overgrow, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Sceptile's attacking stat is 1.5x with grass attacks.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Leaf Blade is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Grass-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).




Species: Sceptile
Item: Grassium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Storm / Energy Ball
- Dragon Pulse / Dragon Breath
- Razor Wind / Hyper Beam
- Mud-Slap

Doubles Special Sweeper Sceptile (Overgrow)

Sceptile is a decent Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Sceptile from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Sceptile's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Overgrow, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Sceptile's attacking stat is 1.5x with grass attacks.

Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 130-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Sceptile's special attack by 2 stages).
Energy Ball is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Dragon Pulse is a special 85-base power Dragon-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Dragon Breath is a special 60-base power Dragon-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Razor Wind is a special 80-base power Normal-type move (charges, then hits foes turn 2. high crit ratio).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Sceptile cannot move next turn).
Mud-Slap is a special 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Sceptile 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
Absorb
20
100%
25
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Dragon Breath
60
100%
20
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Dragon Pulse
85
100%
10
No additional effect.
Energy Ball
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Frenzy Plant
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Giga Drain
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Grass Pledge
80
100%
10
Use with Fire or Water Pledge for added effect.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Leaf Storm
130
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Magical Leaf
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Mega Drain
40
100%
15
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Razor Wind
80
100%
10
Charges, then hits foe(s) turn 2. High crit ratio.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Acrobatics
55
100%
15
Power doubles if the user has no held item.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Brutal Swing
60
100%
20
No additional effect. Hits adjacent Pokemon.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Bullet Seed
25
100%
30
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Crush Claw
75
95%
10
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double Kick
30
100%
30
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Dragon Claw
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Drain Punch
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Dual Chop
40
90%
15
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Dynamic Punch
100
50%
5
100% chance to confuse the target.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Endeavor
--
100%
5
Lowers the target's HP to the user's HP.
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.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Focus Punch
150
100%
20
Fails if the user takes damage before it hits.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
40
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.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Leaf Blade
90
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Low Kick
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Low Sweep
65
100%
20
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Outrage
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Pound
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Power-Up Punch
40
100%
20
100% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
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.
Rock Climb
90
85%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Seed Bomb
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Seismic Toss
--
100%
20
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Slam
80
75%
20
No additional effect.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Throat Chop
80
100%
15
For 2 turns, the target cannot use sound moves.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
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.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Detect
--
--
5
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Grass Whistle
--
55%
15
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Grassy Terrain
--
--
10
5 turns. Grounded: +Grass power, +1/16 max HP.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Laser Focus
--
--
30
Until the end of the next turn, user's moves crit.
Leech Seed
--
90%
10
1/8 of target's HP is restored to user every turn.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mud Sport
--
--
15
For 5 turns, Electric-type attacks have 1/3 power.
Nature Power
--
--
20
Attack depends on terrain (default Tri Attack).
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Quick Guard
--
--
15
Protects allies from priority attacks this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
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
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Synthesis
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.
Worry Seed
--
100%
10
The target's Ability becomes Insomnia.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Sceptile can perform in Sun/Moon. 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 SM Move and Ability Combos for Sceptile

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