Scyther is a Mantis Pokémon. It is green with two wings that enable flight. It has two razor-sharp scythes for arms.
Scyther can have the ability Swarm or the ability Technician. Swarm increases Scyther's -type moves by 1.5x when its HP is lower than 1/3. Technician increases the power of moves under 60 attack power. Scyther's most impressive feature is its scythe-like arms that can easily cut through metal. Scyther is also known for its agility. While hunting in the wild or in a battle between trainers, it relies on its speed to strike quickly and to avoid being struck in return by its foe. Its high-supernatural speed can make it seem to be in more than one place at once, or to seem invisible as it moves in, strikes, and leaves the opponent before he can feel the blow. Scyther's wings are capable of flight, but this is rare; it is not a fast or an agile flier, and it is a better hunter on its own feet.
In the anime
In the anime, Tracey Sketchit catches a Scyther in the Orange Islands. It is aged and was recently removed from its clan by a younger, stronger Scyther. The bug Pokémon reconcile their differences through the interference of Team Rocket, and Tracey's Scyther is allowed to leave with him with its conflicts fully resolved. Tracey's elderly Scyther (similar to Master Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is incredibly strong-willed, preferring to keep watch over the travellers while they sleep, as opposed to staying in its Poké Ball.
In the episode "Showdown at Dark City", two gangs were fighting in a dusty town. The leader of one team had an Electabuzz while the other had a Scyther. When Ash poured ketchup barrels on both Pokémon, they locked into each other in a death grip, meaning that Scyther and Electabuzz are possibly provoked by the color red.
|Red/Blue||Safari Zone, Rocket Game Corner (Pokémon Red) Viridian Forest (super rare)||Rare|
|Yellow||Safari Zone, Rocket Game Corner||Rare|
|Gold/Silver||National Park during Bug-Catching Contest||Rare|
|Crystal||National Park during Bug-Catching Contest||Rare|
|FireRed/LeafGreen||Safari Zone (Pokémon FireRed)||Rare|
|Diamond/Pearl||Route 229 (Pokémon Diamond)||Uncommon|
|Platinum||Route 210 and Route 215||Common|
|HeartGold/SoulSilver||National Park during Bug-Catching Contest||Rare|
|Black/White||Poké Transfer, Dream World||None|
Useful battle info
Scyther's attacking power is excellent, and it also has a very good speed stat, making it an ideal physical sweeper. Unfortunately, its special attack is very poor and its Defense and Special Defense are average. However, in Pearl/Diamond/Platinum, Scyther can use Shadow Claw ( ) Slash ( ) X-Scissor ( ) and Wing Attack ( ) which means it is effective against most other Pokémon (although is is recommended that you also teach it Sword's Dance). However, note that evolving it into a Scizor will prevent it learning Wing Attack yet allow it to learn some different moves but as a Scyther it is immune to type attacks but as a Scizor, it takes normal damage from them. Scizor is, however, immune to attacks.
It is questionable whether evolving Scyther is a good idea. Scizor has even higher attack and stronger defence, but Scyther has much better speed. Overall, Scyther tends to work better as a sweeper. However, Scizor's higher defence makes it more durable and more reliable. Despite this, I would recommend Scyther over Scizor.
- Its English name was originally going to be Stryke, as revealed in the 1999 Nintendo Official Magazine Pokémon Special #2.
- Although Scyther is provoked by the color red, it obviously loses this trait when it evolves, because its evolutionary form, Scizor, is red.
- Scyther is one of the few Fly. -type Pokémon that cannot learn
- It is the only Pokémon that changes from a -type to another during evolution (In this case, it's ).