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What is a good moveset for Sceptile?

3 votes

I have got a sceptile in heart gold. Is this a good moveset:
leaf blade
energy ball
rock tomb
dig

I chose the last two because they cover all weaknesses the second because of sceptile's special attack and leaf blade because well it's an awesome move!

Sceptile Learnset

asked May 14, 2010 by Speed freak
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Sceptile (M) @ Flight Gem
Trait: Unburden
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Swords Dance
- Acrobat
- Leaf Blade
- Earthquake
^ Needs a Sash
It is harder to get rid of a sash to power up unburden. Acrobatics is powered up not holding an item and the gem is disposed of before the move is used, so it is really powerful.
It's still really powerful without it...and Sceptile will die sooner.
Sceptile can learn outrage.. :D give it outrage

20 Answers

8 votes

OK here's a few tips. Firstly, stick to moves of one category - either 'physical' or 'special'. In Sceptile's case his SpAtk is higher than Attack, but you can always EV train to get his attack higher.

It's pointless having two attacking moves of the same type (ie leaf blade and energy ball). Just stick with the most powerful one (depends on if your special attack is higher or not).

Dig is a bad move because of the two turns. If you dig underground on the first turn I can switch to a flying pokemon and the move won't have any effect. If you want a ground move, go with Earthquake. If you're going with Physical moves, X-Scissor is great, as is Leaf Blade.

I would always keep one spot for a status move - something that puts the opponent to sleep or confuses them for example.

answered May 15, 2010 by Pokemaster
i thought that haveing both leaf blade and energy ball would be good becuase one is physical and one is special
Sometimes that does help if you battle a pokemon with a high defense or sp. defense, you can use the other move. But it's best to train in either attack or special attack to overcome that problem.
Having a physical and special move might be good... but then you'd have to train him a bit in both stats... :(
sceptile cant learn earthquake mine has:
leaf blade
dig
drain punch
rock slide

dont tell me a mistake because its very annoying typing on my 3ds
Actually, it learns Earthquake by TM.
oh i was looking at grovyle but its still annoying i have to type on my 3ds :/
5 votes

Ok here is the set I now use

Hp(Rock)

Focus blast(Coverage)

Energy ball(STAB)

Dragon pulse(Coverage)

For physical users

E-quake(Coverage)

Leaf blade(STAB)

Rock slide(Coverage)

Swords dance(Mandatory for increasing Attack)

answered Feb 15, 2011 by Speed freak
4 votes


Sceptile @ Life Orb

Trait: Overgrow

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Jolly Nature (+Spe, -SpA)

  • Hone Claws
  • Leaf Blade
  • DynamicPunch
  • Rock Slide/Earthquake

I tried making something original.
Hone Claws boosts accuracy and Attack, just find a good situation to set it up.
Leaf Blade is good STAB with a better crit chance, if something is setting up Def you can spam dat mofo for a potential crit.
DynamicPunch has good power, and it's honestly the main reason Hone Claws is here. It also has a excellent secondary effect (confuses opponent).
Rock Slide patches up the coverage hitting Bug- and Flying-types, while Earthquake takes care of Poison-types.

answered Mar 1, 2012 by Hex
edited Mar 1, 2012 by Hex
Okay, this is awasome stuff.
Is hone claws even available in heartgold?
no, its new in B/W
2 votes

Nature: Adamant (We're going for Attack)
EV: 252 Attack , 252 Speed , 4 HP
Leaf Blade (STAB)
Rock Slide (Covers bug,flying,ice and fire weaknesses , what else do you need )
EarthQuake (Covers poison and great power)
Hone Claws/Swords Dance

With that speed and combo you could well go on KOing opponents easily .

answered May 1, 2011 by Unidentified
2 votes

Here's a mixtile set I made for gen V OU/UU.

Leaf Storm-STAB, pretty powerful move.

Hidden power [fire]-deals with genesect, ferrothorn, scizor, or foretress. It serves to deal with bugs that have the advantage over him, or Steel types that try to shut him out.

Rock slide-Covers 4 weaknesses in one move.

Dragon Claw-Deals with Kingdra, a pretty common check to sceptile.

For generation V, you can also use the move Acrobatics combined with a flight gem. Since the gem goes away before the game checks for items, the damage will be tripled, which, combined with Sceptile's new unburden ability, is pretty devastating.

answered May 26, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Rock HP works well on pesky bug types as well
not just bugs,but also flying,ice, and fire :)
0 votes

Well, It's pretty good. However, At lvl 67, he learns leaf storm which is even better than energy ball and laef blade. However, it greatly lowers your sp. attack but with 140 power, it's a great move.

answered May 14, 2010 by Swampert
i am not replaceing energy ball i went through to much to get it
0 votes

Gen V

Sceptile (M) @ Petaya Berry
Trait: Overgrow
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Giga Drain
- Substitute
- Leech Seed

answered May 1, 2011 by trachy
What about Unburden and Modest nature?
0 votes


Special
Sceptile(F)@Petaya Berry
Trait: Unburden
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
-Energy Ball
-Dragon Pulse
-Hidden Power[Rock]
-Razor Wind

Physical
Sceptile(F)@Flying Gem
Trait: Unburden
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
-Leaf Blade
-Dragon Claw
-Rock Slide
-Acrobatics

answered Nov 6, 2011 by Mewderator
0 votes

a good move set for sceptile would be...

leaf storm: a high power move of it's type witch will give it extra power
aerial ace: i sure hit move witch will help when battling fire types such as infernape
toxic: a helpful move witch poisons the foe witch could give you an advantage in battle
rock slide: i decent powered move that will be useful when fighting fire types.
hope this will help i know a fair bit about sceptile as it is one of my Favourite starter evolutions pokemon along with empoleon.

answered Apr 2, 2012 by skylink
0 votes

i have a sceptile in black his moves are leaf storm, giga drain, dragon breath, low sweep. its nature is modest and it is highly intellegent.

answered May 7, 2012 by vesperdeath
0 votes

If you want a good mixed attacker with special and physical attacks try this out:

Careful Nature, Female, with lum berry/white herb

Rockslide - Covers the flying and fire weaknesses
X-Scissor - Deals with fellow grass types as well as psychic and darks
Dragon Claw/Outrage - Coverage
Leafstorm - Hits hard a few times and make use of special attacks

Hope this helps and good luck in your exploits!

answered Jun 11, 2012 by Ethan McCulla
0 votes

Sceptile (F) @ Flying Gem

Trait: Unburden
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Leaf Blade
  • Drain Punch
  • Swords Dance
  • Acrobatics
answered Jun 25, 2012 by Mewderator
I've used that set!
:D
0 votes

My Sceptile is:
Adamant, Alert Sounds
Swords Dance
Substitute
Leaf Blade
Earthquake
Item:Salac Berry
;)

answered Apr 29, 2013 by Alexjogos1999
0 votes

THIS is a SCEPTILE move set:
thunder punch (flying type coverage)
x-scissor (versing other grass types
earthquake (fire type coverage)
leaf blade (best physical move for sceptile in my opinion)

P.S. EV train its defense/sp.d/speed if you want to sweep fire types.
give it thunder gem/zap plate if you want it to destroy flying types
earth plate is for ground types
leave x-scissor and leaf blade alone for now
HOPE THIS HELPS :)

answered Aug 6, 2013 by sandstorm57102
0 votes

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Leaf storm -the best grass type moveset.

Earthquake - helps to deal with fire and poison types.

ariel ace -to deal with bug types.

Focus blast -to deal with ice types.

answered Aug 15, 2013 by konrad
0 votes

Sceptile
Ability: Unburden
EVs: 252 SpAtk, 252 Spd, 4 HP
Item: Focus Sash/May change depending of Suggestions
Nature: Timid/Modest

Moves:
Giga Drain(attempt to counters its frail-ness)/Energy Ball(More reliable than leaf storm)
Dragon Pulse(Coverage)
Hidden Power: Rock (May change depending on suggestions)
Razor Wind(Movepool is obviously limited, but does decent damage)

I'm not going to lie, kind of banking on Sceptile to get a mega evolution come the future, obviously not this gen since its move pool is pre-set. But possibly next generation, I feel that if it were to obtain a secondary typing such as Bug/Electric/Dragon, it would have a much wider move pool. May they will create some back story with a mega evolution saying that the yellow pods on its back generate electricity, it could really use thunderbolt. Just saying.

answered Jan 1 by A_Charmandur
0 votes

Sceptile
Sceptile- Mixed Attacker
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Hasty
EVs: 252 Speed 156 Special Attack 156 Attack 4 HP

Leaf Storm- Powerful STAB, works with a mix set
Dragon Pulse- Coverage, decent power
Rock Slide- Coverage, 10% chance of flinching the opponent
Earthquake- Powerful coverage

I just couldn't put that excellent physical movepool to waste.

answered Mar 10 by The Froakster
0 votes

Sceptile @ Focus Sash/Lum Berry
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Attack / 252 Speed
Trait: Unburden
Jolly/Hasty/Naive Nature
-Swords Dance (opponent may be thinking you will be KOed, pairing with Unburden boost)
-Leaf Blade (signature move of gen 3 with EXCELLENT power and critical hit ratio)
-Acrobatics (goes well with unburden)
-Drain Punch/Quick Attack/Earthquake/X Scissor/Crunch

First send this Pokemon out. Swords Dance will double your Attack power, while a either status infliction kicks in the lum berry or a hard hit will attempt to knock out the frail lizard, allowing unburden to double your speed. Acrobatics will be at 110 power, Leaf Blade would be at 135 power, and the last move would be for coverage. X scissor and Crunch at 80 power and Earthquake at 100 is good. Drain Punch heals you after the focus sash which is cool. Quick attack is to outspeed those who try to finish you off.

answered Apr 11 by Ki2436Chen
–1 vote

Sceptile @ Big Root

Trait: Overgrow

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Sp.Atk / 252 Spe

Modest Nature (+S.Atk, -Atk):-

•Giga Drain
•Double Team
•Substitute
•Dragon Breathe

Double team with Substitute works very well and if done correctly (sceptiles becomes a nuisance) sincerely, lol. Dragon Breathe for coverage encase Giga Drain faces grass types and so forth. Overgrow (works very well for when double team failes and Substitute comes back in)

answered 6 days ago by Haribos_01
Leech Seed instead Double Team or Substitute isn't better?
Unburden isn't a good choice too? You can fast set up Leech Seed, then Giga Drain + Leech Seed + Big Root, sometimes Substitute, you can heal a lot.
Felipe, Five* (user and me) use this moveset. It's awesome! Try it out. Besides Overgrow and substitute along with double team works well and dragonbreathe as coverage is support.
–2 votes

This is my ideal Sceptile:
Item- Heat Rock
Nature- Brave(To even out its phys. attack and spec. attack
Moves: Dragon Claw/Outrage- Dragon types usually have fire type moves

Rock Slide- Covers the flying, ice, and fire weaknesses

Sunny Day- Gives solar beam the power to attack every tirn

Solar Beam- Powerful grass type move

answered Apr 1, 2013 by Arcaninelover8
Why was this down voted?
I wasn't one of the people that downvoted, but I can see why it is. First of all, Brave is not the best choice of nature for Sceptile. Sceptile is meant to be a speedy sweeper. Why, also, would you say "to even out its physical attack and special attack"? You probably meant for a mixed sweeper, right? Well, it's better for most pokemon to stay as a special user or as a physical user. (Even though DarkTyphlosion gave a Mixtile set above, I still highly advise not using a mixed Sceptile)

Second of all, Sceptile is too brittle to last long, so having the whole Sunny Day and Solarbeam thing going on is a bit of a waste. Sceptile is likely to faint before he can even benefit from the Sun. Also, he'll be somewhat slow because of the nature you gave him, so he may not. Therefore, Heat Rock, Sunny Day, and Solarbeam are all completely useless. Sceptile is better off using Giga Drain/Leaf Storm (special Sceptile) or Leaf Blade (physcial Sceptile). If you really insist upon keeping Solarbeam, then this would be in a Sun team, and the Sun had better be already set up for this Sceptile.
And uhm, yeah.