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I've been scrolling through the RMT here and on Smogon, and many teams have Scizor listed as a Lele counter. This doesn't make any sense, as Lele's Psychic terrain doesn't allow Bullet Punch to work, and most of the Scizor's I'm seeing are running Bullet Punch/U-Turn/Roost/Defog or something like that. Plus, due to Scizor's not great SpDef, I guess Lele 2HKO with specific attacks. Then, why is Scizor treated as a Lele counter?

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Because it is a counter lol

The second most common Scizor set in the ~1850 ELO range is Careful with 248 HP/8 Def/252 SpD which is ran 11.008% of the times. With this spread, even Choice Specs Lele does only 37.5 even with Focus Blast, on average, which is a mere 3HKO. Scizor, with its great Steel-/Bug-typing resists both of Tapu Lele's STAB options and takes less damage from its other coverage options.

This doesn't make any sense, as Lele's Psychic terrain doesn't allow Bullet Punch to work, and most of the Scizor's I'm seeing are running Bullet Punch/U-Turn/Roost/Defog or something like that.

Knock Off > Defog is far more common, but if you're running Defog, just Fog the Terrain lmao. Scizor, even with Bullet Punch disabled, is winning the 1v1 even if it comes on a manual switch, as U-Turn does 46 on average, and Knock Off knocks the item and deals a nice amount of damage, so even better.

Plus, due to Scizor's not great SpDef, I guess Lele 2HKO with specific attacks.

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Then, why is Scizor treated as a Lele counter?

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Some calcs

252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Psyshock vs. 248 HP / 8 Def Scizor in Psychic Terrain: 126-149 (36.7 - 43.4%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Scizor: 97-114 (28.2 - 33.2%) -- guaranteed 4HKO

252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Focus Blast vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Scizor: 163-192 (47.5 - 55.9%) -- 80.9% chance to 2HKO (nice probability but Focus Miss, and with the miss chance + 80.9% 2HKO chance (and the SpD drop into the equation too), Scizor is winning usually)

252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Scizor in Psychic Terrain: 119-141 (34.6 - 41.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

Other sets (Scarf, Calm Mind, etc) hit like noodles.


So, Scizor is termed as a Lele counter because it is a counter and wins the 1v1 usually even when it's in on a manual. And therefore, Lele is sometimes paired with Magnezone so that it can trap and eliminate Scizor's.

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Wait I just noticed the question says check too, lmao it's one of the best Lele checks. Counter too, but a far better check.
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Short version

252+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Focus Blast vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Scizor: 179-211 (52.1 - 61.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Scizor: 106-126 (30.9 - 36.7%) -- 67.7% chance to 3HKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Scizor in Psychic Terrain: 131-154 (38.1 - 44.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

If it's scarfed, then forget about it

Long version

Because Scizor mostly runs max spdef to truly counter both Lele and Kyurem, or just enough spdef not to get two shotted by both mons with their strongest stabs. Another important factor is boots which means you can't reliably use hazards to put Scizot into two shot range. Psychic terrain blocks bp? Who cares? Scizor can just roost stall the terrain turns and once it goes down, Lele does as well. Or if you have defog, then just blow away the terrain and kill Lele. Point is, Lele doesn't have unlimited terrain turns otherwise it would be a whole different story. Focus blast? Well, that move doesn't really have the best accuracy and Scizor can exploit that to a teammate that can take it fairly well

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