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This is a good move set for a Sceptile in XY. At least this is my move set.

Sceptile @ Leftovers
Ability: Unburdun
Modest Nature ( +SpA -Atk )
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 4 Spe
-Leaf Blade: Because everyone uses it, STAB
-Dragon Breath: Some Dragon Damage, Could get a HAX off and get Paralysis
-Swords Dance: Increase Attack
-Drain Punch: Gains HP back that you have lost

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use Hasty Nature not Modest oh god
special attack with swords dance lmao
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In case ur playin ORAS:

Sceptile (M) @ Sceptilite
Ability: Overgrow
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 HP / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature +Spd -Sp Atk
- Leaf Blade (Good Physical attack)
- Swords Dance (Doubles Attack if used twice)
- Dragon Claw (Gets STAB when Mega Evolved)
- Rock Slide (For most of his weaknesses coverage)

For Physical sweeping. Just Mega Evolve and Swords Dance on one turn, and ATTACK!!!

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Sceptile @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Unburden
Adamant Nature
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 6 Def
-Leaf Blade
-Swords Dance
-Acrobatics
-Earthquake

So I thought I'd change things up and use a physical set as Mega Sceptile is better at special. With the absence of type gems in Gen VI, Flying Gem can't be used, so a Sitrus Berry will activate the Unburden, Acrobatics and give you a health boost. Although his speed is high already, Unburden will outspeed scarf sets. Leaf Blade STAB and high crit chance, Acrobatics takes out other Grass and Bug types, and also double in power when item is consumed. Earthquake is powerful and will get Fire and Steel types.

Mega Sceptile @ Sceptilite
Ability: Overgrow > Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spd / 6 Def
Modest Nature
-Leaf Storm
-Dragon Pulse
-Focus Blast
-Hidden Power [Rock]

Switching into a predicted Electric move will give Sceptile a nice boost. I chose Modest because he has crazy speed already and I wanted him to do as much damage as he can't take too many hits. Although Leaf Storm and Focus Blast aren't reliable, they provide high power and Focus Blast gets Ice and Steel types. Dragon Pulse will be your main attack with STAB, and Hidden Power will take down Fire and Flying types like Talonflame.

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Sceptile @ Life Orb

Ability: Overgrow

Nature: Modest

EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spd / 4 Def

  • Energy Ball
  • Giga Drain
  • Focus Blast
  • Dragon Pulse
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This is for ORAS only, and whatever Gen comes after 6.

Sceptile @ Sceptilite
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Adamant ( +Atk, -Spk )
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP

  • Leaf Blade
  • Dragon Claw
  • X-Scissor / Rock Slide
  • Earthquake / Swords Dance / Seed Bomb / Thunder Punch

Leaf Blade is STAB. Dragon Claw is STAB when Mega Evolved. X-Scissor is also STAB. Earthquake and Thunder Punch are for coverage. Swords Dance is obvious. Seed Bomb is for more Grass moves. Rock Slide for coverage. I think Sceptile is more of a Physical, but you can make him Special.

SPECIAL Sceptile

Secptile @ Secptilite
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Modest ( +Spk, -Atk )
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP

  • Energy Ball / Giga Drain
  • Outrage / Dragon Pulse
  • Focus Blast
  • Hidden Power [Rock]

Hidden Power is a MUST HAVE. It covers so many weaknesses. Energy Ball and Giga Drain are STAB. I would prefer Giga Drain, because of health regeration. Focus Blast just has so much power for a special attacker, and it takes out those pesky Steel types. Outrage and Dragon Claw are STAB.

Well, there you go! And thanks for reading =)

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not bad but to outspeed Lopunny and manectric (both which can pose a problem) you would have to run Jolly or Timid. Moreover, a Modest nature and Outrage are two things that should not go together, run Hasty/Naive/ for Outrage.
Well modest nature increase spk and that makes outrage unstoppable with dragon typing and  high spk
Sceptile doesn't get STAB on X-Scissor.
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Sceptile @ Sceptilite
Ability: Overgrow --> Lightning Rod
Nature: Naughty / Hasty
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
-Swords Dance
-Leaf Blade
-Outrage
-Drain Punch

When it Mega Evolves, Leaf Blade and Outrage become STAB moves. Swords Dance is for a +2 Attack boost and Drain Punch is for healing purposes. Hope this helps. :)

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Sceptile:
EVs: 252 attack 252 speed

Nature: Adamant (Atk+ SpAtk-)

Item: Expert Belt:

Moves:
Swords Dance (O.P Attack Boost)
Leaf Blade (S.T.A.B)
Substitute: (Good For Setup)
Rock Slide (Coverage Heaps Of Threats)

Strategy: Basically due to Sceptiles really low health, but high speed you want to be able to hit the enemy first, and with that, hit them hard. So, substitute, then set up swords dance until the substitute dies. Then, Destroy Them.

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Gen VII
Double/Triple battle Sceptile
Role: Fast Special Sweeper

Sceptile @ Grassinium Z / Power Herb
Ability: Unburden
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Ability: Bold / Modest / Timid
-Energy Ball
-Dig / Earthquake
-Magical Leaf / Razor Wind
-Dragon Breath

Energy Ball for STAB, Dig if you're using Power Herb, Earthquake for type coverage. I'd go with Earthquake but if you want Unburden to kick in really fast, you know what to do. Magical Leaf for STAB, Razor Wind as it's Normal type, Dragon Breath for type coverage (remember, this is GEN VII)

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Sceptile @ Sceptilite
EVs: 252 Def / 252 SpA / 4 HP
Ability: Unburden -----> Lightning Rod
Nature: Sassy

-Energy Ball (STAB)
-Dragon Pulse (STAB when Mega Evolved)
-Earthquake (Lots of coverage)
-Thunder Punch (Even more coverage)

Ok so here's what I got:
Sassy Nature because we have horrible Special Defense, so we need better and our Spd is already really good so who cares if we lower it
Sceptilite because once we Mega Evolve, we are getting a free speed boost because of Unburden (Now do you get why I chose Sassy nature?)
Energy Ball is STAB. Dragon Pulse is STAB when Mega Evolved. Earthquake provides coverage to Poison, Steel, Fire, Rock, and Electric types. Thunder Punch is for coverage against Flying types that you can't hit with Earthquake.

Hope This Helps!! :)
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Unburden doesn't activate when you Mega Evolve.
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Sceptile @ Focus Sash
Ability: Overgrow
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance
- Leaf Blade
- Acrobatics
- Earthquake

Physical Sceptile is definitely underrated. Once this thing get's knocked to its Focus Sash, it's a force to be reckoned with. Both Leaf Blade and Acrobatics are upgrated, and Earthquake is a great coverage option. With base 130 speed, Sceptile can set up with Swords Dance.

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What about unburden because it works much better with focus sash due to it being lost when used and will work very well with acrobatics
Oh I did Overgrow because when it gets to 1hp it gets a grass boost. It’s already really fast. But I see your point- Unburden has a more drastic boost.
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Psyical set
Sceptile @ Sceptilite
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Ability: Doesn't matter
Nature: Adamant / Jolly

-Leaf Blade: Good move, STAB, high power, even stronger with Swords Dance.
-Earthquake: For Fire types.
-Rock Slide or Protect: Rock Slide for Mega Charizard Y and Talonflame, or Protect to predict sets.
-Swords Dance: To raise Attack. Be aware of Flying types or Ice types. In doubles, Greninja is a good idea. Mat Block protects both, but Greninja must be very fast, because it has no priority and Mat Block works only on first turn out.

Special set
Sceptile @ Sceptilite
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Ability: Doesn't matter
Nature: Timid (+Sp, -Atk)

-Giga Drain: Very strong, STAB, and recovery.
-Focus Blast: For Ice types.
-Leaf Storm or Dragon Pulse: Leaf Storm for extra power, but it lowers Special Attack. Works as a finishing move because it lowers special Attack. Dragon Pulse for great STAB.
-Protect: To predict.

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This is my Sceptile moveset:
Sceptile @ Sceptilite
Ability: Unburden
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest / Timid Nature

  • Leaf Storm / Energy Ball
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Focus Blast
  • Hidden Power [Rock]

Leaf Storm is for powerful STAB, but Energy Ball can be used if you don’t want to deal with stat drops. Once Mega Evolved, Dragon Pulse is STAB. Focus Blast is coverage against Ice types, who are 4x super effective against Mega Sceptile, and Hidden Power [Rock¡ is coverage against Flying and weaker Ice types, such as Weavile.

The EVs are dumped into Special Attack and Speed to hit as hard and fast as possible. Sceptilite is needed for Sceptile to Mega Evolve. Finally, a Modest Nature is used to wallbreak more efficiently, however a Timid Nature can be used to outspeed more threats.

Watch out for this Sceptile!

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For Physical Sceptile.

Sceptile @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Unburden (x2 speed when item is lost)
Nature: Adamant (+ATK -SpA).
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD 252 Spe

-Leaf Blade: STAB, 90 power, 100 accuracy, high crit ratio

-Drain Punch: 75 power, 100 accuracy, user recovers 50% of damage dealt

-Acrobatics: 55 power, 100 accuracy, x2 Damage when user has no held item

-Swords Dance: Attack raises by 2 stages

For Special Sceptile.

Sceptile @ Sceptilite
Ability: Overgrow --> Lightning Rod
Nature: Modest (+SpA -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 Spd / 252 Spe

-Energy Ball: STAB, 90 power, 100 accuracy, may lower foe's SpD

-Detect: +4 priority, protects the user

-Dragon Pulse: (Mega Evolution STAB) 85 power, 100 accuracy

-Focus Blast: 120 power, 70 accuracy, may lower foe's SpD

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Sceptile @ Liechi Berry
Ability: Unburden
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Def / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Natural Gift
- Acrobatics
- Swords Dance
- Drain Punch
(In case you don't know, Natural Gift doesn't give Sceptile the Liechi Berry Atk boost)
A] Use Natural Gift immediately and activate Unburden.
B] Consume Liechi Berry normally, activating Unburden.

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252 Defense over 252 Speed?

Also, 252 HP > 252 Defense if you wanna invest in bulk.
I chose Defense over Speed because Sceptile's already really fast, but it's fine to invest in more of it.
(I'm sorry, I was kinda stupid while determining EV's. HP is obviously better than Defense)
i don’t think it’s a good idea for training it’s defence, it kinda useless
If you're gonna have Sceptile know Swords Dance, give it a Focus Sash, as Sceptile is very frail. I'd replace Natural Gift for Leaf Blade for a STAB move.
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[email protected] Sash
Ability: Unburden
EV spread: 252 Atk, 252 Spe
Nature: Adamant/Naughty
-Leaf Blade
-Earthquake
-Acrobatics/Thunder Punch
-Swords Dance

Sash is here because this thing is ridiculously frail. Leaf Blade is powerful STAB with a high critical hit rate, which is nice. Earthquake to patch up Fire and Steel's resistance to Leaf Blade ( I probably missed some other types as well). Acrobatics doubles in power after Sash is destroyed and covers Bug types and hits flying types neutrally, and Thunder Punch is there to hit Bug types neutrally and hit Flying types, especially Skarmory, super effectively.

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Ability: Unburden
Nature: Modest/Naughty
EV spread: 252 SpA, 252 Spe
-Energy Ball
-Focus Blast
-Dragon Pulse
-Endure

Energy Ball for STAB, Focus Blast for steels and hitting Fire types neutrally, Dragon Pulse to hit the many Dragon-Flying types super effectively and to hit flying types neutrally. Endure+Petaya is deadly.

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Sceptile @ Life Orb
Nature: Adamant
ability: unburden
EVs: 252 atk / 252 Def / 4 HP
Swords Dance (Boosts Attack)
Leaf Blade (Grass STAB)
Aerial Ace (Coverage)
Bulldoze (Coverage)

Special:

Sceptile @ life orb
Nature: Modest
Ability: Unburden
EVs: 252 spA / 252 spD / 4 HP
Mega Drain (for STAB and recovery)
Sunny Day
Solar Beam (because of sunny day)
Rock slide (coverage)

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Sceptile
Ability:Lightning Rod
Nature:Timid/Modest
EVs:252 SpA/252 Spe/4 HP
•Energy Ball
•Dragon Pulse
•Focus Blast
•Hidden Power [Ice]

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Sceptile @ Petaya Berry
Ability: Unburden
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Endure
- Giga Drain
- Dragon Pulse
- Focus Blast

This set revolves around using endure when you think your opponent is going to attack, which gives you the Sp Atk boost from the petaya berry and doubled speed from Unburden. After that, use your moves as needed. Giga Drain is for STAB + Recovery, Dragon Pulse is for opponents that resist Giga Drain, and Focus Blast is just a filler slot.

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Sceptile @ Focus Sash
Ability: Unburden
EVs: 4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spe
Adamant Nature
-Swords Dance
-Solar Blade/Leaf blade
-Earthquake
-Acrobatics

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Solar Blade requires sun support. Use Leaf Blade instead.
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FEAR the Wood Gecko Treecko
Gen 7

Treecko @ Focus Sash
Ability: Unburden
Level: 1
EVs: 116 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Endeavor
- Quick Attack
- Pursuit

Let the opponent bring you to your sash, then use Endeavor. Then, you can use Quick Attack to finish them off. Pursuit is to punish Pokemon trying to switch out.

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Isn’t this a Sceptile question..?
But you can post sets for lower evolutions
"Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread."
Yep you can.
:O pardon Messrs, I didn’t read that.