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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?

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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