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I've always liked Sceptile's physical move pool, but I've never seen choice banded sets for some reason. Is it because bands need to be bulky and Sceptile isn't? I don't know, o was thinking Leaf-Blade, Earthquake, X-Scissor, Drain Punch/Rock Slide. Is Sceptile a bad choice user, or outclassed by mixed unburden sets and the like?

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Outclassed by Mega Sceptile. There.
Bands don't necessarily have to be bulky. There are better set for Sceptile that work better and tbh locking a frail Pokemon like Sceptile into one move isn't really advisable
Guys guys please just answer. I want to trust your advice, but I need more than a one-liner. I'll hide this if I don't get a response though, if that's what you're trying to say.

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It is outclassed by Physical Mega Sceptile due to the fact:

  • Speed is higher than regular Sceptile
    (I don't know what threats M-Sceptile could out speed that CB-Sceptile can't tho)
  • Even though it has lower attack,it has the freedom to switch moves thus being able to use Swords Dance
  • Dragon type STAB
  • Mega Sceptile is better than regular Sceptile in almost any situation.

However,both are outclassed by Special Mega Sceptile due to its higher Sp.Atk tho Physical Mega Sceptile has a surprise niche to it

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