Farfetch’d Friday #4: Slicing Scyther!

#123 – Scyther


Hello Pokefans! Welcome to “Farfetch’d Friday” where, as you know, we will be discussing a Pokémon that is looked down upon or ignored in the competitive scene. By reading this post I will try to explain to you how this actually really great Pokémon is. This week will be the first edition to feature an un-evolved Pokémon. I am aware Snormax normally does Farfetch’d Friday, but a lot of us are back in school so we are super busy away from Pokémon Dungeon at times. There hasn’t been a Farfetch’d Friday in awhile so I was eager to write one up myself. The latest secret weapon I have recently trained for battle is a mighty Scyther named Greenie. Today I will be analyzing its background, typing, notable moves and items, move sets, and more!


Scyther, the mantis Pokemon (also known as “Strike” in Japanese).
HP: 70
Attack: 110
Defense: 80
Sp. Atk: 55
Sp. Def: 80
Speed: 105

Preferred Natures:
There isn’t much hope for Scyther’s Special Attack so an Attack-based Scyther would be the best offensive wise. If you just want to focus on Power do the Adamant nature:
-Adamant (up Atk, lowers Sp. Atk)
Scyther’s best stats are Attack and Speed, although Attack is a little higher, so why not up the Speed a little? For a small Speed boost do the Jolly nature:
-Careful (up Speed, lowers Sp. Atk)
Being prepared for taking attacks is something Scyther will need the most help with. Although Evolite will help out a little, these natures can back up Scyther somewhat:
-Impish (up Def, lowers Sp. Atk)
-Careful (up Sp. Def, lowers Sp. Atk)

Preferred Abilities:
1. Technician: Increases power of moves with 60 base power or less by 50%.
2. Swarm: Boosts power of Bug-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
3. Steadfast (HA): Speed is boosted one stage when flinched.
(Edit: ‘HA’ means hidden ability!)

Viable Moves:

Aerial Ace: 60 damage, always hits +boost from Technician (STAB)
Agility: sharply boosts the Speed stat = super fast Scyther
Air Slash: 70 damage and high critical-hit ratio (STAB)
Brick Break (TM): 75 damage and breaks any barrier such as Light Screen and Reflect
Bug Bite (Tutor Move): 60 damage and eats foe’s berry +boost from Technician (STAB)
Defog (Egg Move): Obstacles are moved, reducing the foe’s evasion stat.
Cut???: just in case, if you need a Pokemon to Cut a small tree.
Double Hit: 35 damage X2 +boost from Technician (no STAB)
Endure (Egg Move): he user endures any attack, leaving 1 HP. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
False Swipe: 40 damage +boost from Technician (no STAB) and leaves foe with 1HP; great for catching wild Pokemon!
Fury Cutter: 10 damage initially but the Power doubles with each consecutive hit +boost from Technician (STAB)
Knock Off: 65 damage +boost from Techician. If this move is used on a Pokémon that is holding an item that can be lost, it will deal 50% more damage
Night Slash: 70 damage and high critical-hit ratio (no STAB)
Pursuit: 40 damage x2 if foe switches out +boost from Technician (no STAB)
Quick Attack: 40 damage and always goes first +boost from Technician (no STAB)
Reversal (Egg Move): An all-out attack that becomes more powerful the less HP the user has (no STAB)
Roost: restores the user’s HP by up to half of its max HP
Steel Wing (Egg Move): 70 damage, nice steel move, may also raise the user’s Defense stat
Swords Dance:sharply raises the user’s Attack stat
Tailwind: ups the Speed of all party Pokemon for three turns
U-turn (TM): 70 damage and user switches out (STAB)
X-Scissor: 80 damage (STAB)


Resist: Ground
1/4 damage: Fighting, Grass
1/2 damage: Bug
Regular damage: Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Steel, Water
2x damage: Electric, Fire, Flying, Ice
4x damage: rock!

Flying-type alone
-good against and resists to Bug, Fighting, Grass
-weak against Electric, Ice, Rock
Bug-type alone
-good against Dark, Grass, Psychic
-resists Fighting, Grass, Ground
-weak against Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Poison, Steel

Viable Items:

1. Eviolite: when attached to a Pokémon that is capable of evolution, will boost the Pokémon’s Defense and Special Defense by 50%
2. Choice Band: When this item is being held, the user’s Attack is increased by 50%, but the Pokémon is limited to using the first attack it uses until it is withdrawn from battle.
3.Leftovers: Heals a little each turn.

Smogom Set(s):

Move 1: Aerial Ace
Move 2: Bug Bite
Move 3: Brick Break
Move 4: Pursuit/Quick Attack
Item: Choice Band
Ability: Technician
Tier: NU

Fun Fact: NU (Never Used) is Smogon’s fourth usage-based tier. All Pokémon that are not RU or higher by usage and are not banned to Ubers, BL, BL2, or BL3 (Borderline 3) can be used in NU.

My Personal Set:
“Greenie” @ Eviolite
Ability: Technician
Impish Nature
-Fury Cutter
-Double Hit
-Air Slash
-Knock Off
Scythers of the Anime:

Fun fact: Eric Stuart is Scyther’s voice actor who has done the voice of some very familiar characters. Stuart retired voice acting in 2009. For humans in the Pokemon series he has voiced Brock, James, Butch, Magikarp Salesman, and Gligarman. For Pokemon in the Pokemon series he has voiced Metapod, Charmeleon, Squirtle, Snorlax, Poliwhirl, Pineco, Forretress, Scyther, Ekans, Lickitung, Koffing, Weezing, Victreebel, Blastoise, Beldum, Magmar, Feraligatr, Machoke, Squirtle Squad, Aerodactyl, Cubone, Electrode, Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Hypno, Jolteon, Kabuto, Machoke, Magnemite, Magneton, Marowak, Omanyte, Omastar, Scizor, Tentacruel, Venomoth, Venusaur, Voltorb, Wartortle, Weedle, Breloom, Porygon, and Golbat.

  • Tracey’s Scyther. Tracey captured an elderly Scyther in Tracey Gets Bugged of the Pokemon anime. “Even in its old age it is very aggressive, but for the same reasons, Tracey tries not to use it (Bulbapedia).” His Scyther is so rarely used I only knew he had one during the opening theme when I was little and would watch the show.
  • Mewtwo’s Scyther. “In Mewtwo Strikes Back, a Scyther owned by Corey was one of the Pokémon that was captured and cloned by Mewtwo. When Team Rocket saw this Pokémon being cloned, it was mistaken for an Alakazam. The Scyther clone was seen again in Mewtwo Returns (Bulbapedia).”
  • Bugsy’s Scyther. “Bugsy used a Scyther against Ash in Gettin’ The Bugs Out of the Pokemon anime. This Scyther was trained to block Fire-type attacks by using Swords Dance as a fan. Ash discovered that this defensive strategy doesn’t work if a Fire-type move is used from above, which allowed his Cyndaquil to win in his Gym match (Bulbapedia).”
  • This is my favorite Scyther, a Bug Pokemon resisting Fire attacks and taking out Fire Pokemon is absolutely amazing!

  • Red’s Scyther. 200px-Red_Scyther_PO
    “Red used Scyther in his League battles against Bruno’s Onix and Blue’s Alakazam. Scyther’s only known move is Slash (Bulbapedia).” This Scyther was seen for a couple seconds in the entire Pokemon Origins series, I wish we got to see more because that must have been a pretty powerful and quick Scyther; this is also one of the very few Pokemon we’ve seen run on the wall and ceiling during a battle, super cool!

    Gen 1 Scyther vs Modern Scyther will be another post for another time; later gators!

    [thanks Bulbapedia and SuperCheats]

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    2 Responses to “Farfetch’d Friday #4: Slicing Scyther!”

    1. Sean Michael-Patrick Thompson says:

      I like Scyther a lot, but I can’t help but love Scizor just a little more due to technician giving a boost to an already STABed Bullet Punch, plus he doesn’t need an Eviolite to make his defenses mean anything. Interesting article, but I’m still sticking ith Scizor.

    2. what the heck says:

      I think the reason why its in lower tiers is because of stealth rocks. everything else is really good

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