Sceptile Pokémon: Stats, Evolution, Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters

Sceptile Pokémon: Stats, Evolution, Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters

The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. Today, there are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about one of them – Sceptile.

Sceptile is a Grass-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation III of the core video games. It is the second and final evolution form of Treecko, one of the Generation’s Starters. Treecko first evolves into Grovyle, which, in turn, evolves into Sceptile. Sceptile can Mega Evolve into Mega Sceptile, thus becoming a dual Grass- and Dragon-type. It is weak to Flying-, Poison-, Bug-, Fire- and Ice-type moves, and is super effective against Rock-, Ground-, and Water-type Pokémon. It is not immune to any moves.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed a Sceptile in any of the games. You’ll find out about its type, its powers, its strengths and weaknesses, its evolutions, and its moves. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.

Type

Sceptile is a Grass-type Pokémon is the final evolution of Generation III’s Grass-type Starter Pokémon, Treecko. It was first introduced in Generation III of the video games and holds #254 in the National PokéDex.

It is a Pokémon that develops best in the forest. No one can reach him or beat him by force in the forest or jungle. Some spores come out of his back that are responsible for healing the trees. It has blades on the edges of its hands, sharp as blades, and its solar beam is devastating. It looks like a Dilophosaurus, which is a carnivorous dinosaur.

This Pokémon is the fastest grass-type Pokémon and, like Charizard and Feraligatr, has Dragon-type genes. Sceptile’s power is unmatched in the jungle and they are the dominant species in such environments. Besides that, not even the fastest Pokémon can beat him in the jungle or in the woods. Sceptile’s body is configured for battle prowess and superior mobility in the jungle, with long, sharp blades protruding from his arms that can easily cut down large trees. It knows the jungle by heart.

As protectors of the forests, these Pokémon carefully grow trees and plants. The orb-shaped seeds on Sceptile’s back contain nutrients which he uses to revitalize the trees in his care. Sceptile regulates his body temperature by taking sunbaths. This Pokémon still retains the arrogant and brash temperament of Treecko, and Grovyle, it is very proud so it is easily offended, which makes it very difficult to deal with, but it is also very affectionate and outgoing with its trainer.

It establishes a bond superior to that of friendship with its trainer, and what happens to the trainer affects it a lot (it is not the first time that this Pokémon attacks with all its fury whoever has done something bad to its trainer). The friendship he feels is so great that he is capable of sacrificing himself to save his coach’s life.

Starting with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and only during battles, Sceptile can Mega Evolve into Mega Sceptile thanks to Sceptilite. It acquires the Dragon type and its ability changes as well. When mega evolving it increases in weight and size and also its attack, defense, special attack, and speed characteristics.

His tail now ends in a point, with the red end, being able to cut a piece of it to shoot it at his opponent as if it were a missile and it will grow back. The seeds on his back multiply, changing color as we get closer to the end. The dagger-shaped blades of the arms turn red at the tip, and become more stylized and sharp. Its crest becomes more aquiline, and it seems bitten. Thanks to the power of its agile legs, Mega-Sceptile can launch itself at its opponent in the blink of an eye.

Stats

Sceptile’s Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
HP70145 177 281 344 
Attack8594105137150185206269295
Defense657685117128149166229251
Special Attack105112125157172221246309339
Special Defense8594105137150185206269295
Speed120126140172189248276339372

In Pokémon GO, Sceptile has a Base Stamina of 172, a Base Attack of 223, and a Base Defense of 169.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Overgrow: Powers up Grass-type moves when the Pokémon’s HP is low.
  • Unburden: Boosts the Speed stat if the Pokémon’s held item is used or lost. (Hidden Ability)
  • Lightning Rod: The Pokémon draws in all Electric-type moves. Instead of being hit by Electric-type moves, it boosts its Sp. Atk. (Mega Ability)

Strengths and Weaknesses

As a pure Grass-type Pokémon, Sceptile is weak against Flying-, Poison-, Bug-, Fire- and Ice-type moves, and is super effective against Rock-, Ground-, and Water-type Pokémon. It is not immune to any specific type. It receives normal damage from Normal-, Fighting-, Rock-, Ghost-, Steel-, Psychic-, Dragon-, Dark-, and Fairy-type moves.

RELATED: How to Mega Evolve in Pokémon Go?

The Mega Evolution, a dual Dragon- and Grass-type, is – in addition to the above-listed ones – weak to Dragon- and Fairy-type moves, and is damaged normally by Normal-, Fighting-, Rock-, Ghost-, Steel-, Psychic-, and Dark-type moves. On the other hand, it is fully immune to Electric-type moves and super effective, in addition to the ones above, against Dragon-type moves.

Evolutions

Sceptile was first introduced in Generation III as the second and final evolution of Treecko. Treecko first evolved into Grovyle, starting at Level 16, and then into Sceptile starting at Level 36. Sceptile can further evolve into Mega Sceptile when exposed to the Sceptilite.

In Pokémon GO, Sceptile is also obtained by first evolving Treecko into Grovyle, for which you need 25 Treecko Candy, and after that, Grovyle to Sceptile, for which you need 100 Treecko Candy. Mega Sceptile is not yet available in the game.

Moves

As of Generation VIII, the movies that Sceptile can learn are:

  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sceptile
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sceptile
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

By leveling up

 Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1Dual ChopDragonPhysical4090%15
1Fury CutterBugPhysical4095%20
1False SwipeNormalPhysical40100%40
1X-ScissorBugPhysical80100%15
1Energy BallGrassSpecial90100%10
1PoundNormalPhysical40100%35
1LeerNormalStatus100%30
1LeafageGrassPhysical40100%40
1Quick AttackNormalPhysical40100%30
Evo.Dual ChopDragonPhysical4090%15
5Mega DrainGrassSpecial40100%15
12DetectFightingStatus—%5
15Quick GuardFightingStatus—%15
20AssuranceDarkPhysical60100%10
25Giga DrainGrassSpecial75100%10
30SlamNormalPhysical8075%20
35Double TeamNormalStatus—%15
42Leaf BladeGrassPhysical90100%15
49ScreechNormalStatus85%40
56EndeavorNormalPhysical100%5
63Leaf StormGrassSpecial13090%5

By TM

 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM00Mega PunchNormalPhysical8085%20
TM01Mega KickNormalPhysical12075%5
TM05Thunder PunchElectricPhysical75100%15
TM08Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5
TM09Giga ImpactNormalPhysical15090%5
TM10Magical LeafGrassSpecial60—%20
TM11Solar BeamGrassSpecial120100%10
TM12Solar BladeGrassPhysical125100%10
TM15DigGroundPhysical80100%10
TM16ScreechNormalStatus85%40
TM19SafeguardNormalStatus—%25
TM21RestPsychicStatus—%10
TM22Rock SlideRockPhysical7590%10
TM24SnoreNormalSpecial50100%15
TM25ProtectNormalStatus—%10
TM28Giga DrainGrassSpecial75100%10
TM31AttractNormalStatus100%15
TM34Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM39FacadeNormalPhysical70100%20
TM40SwiftNormalSpecial60—%20
TM43Brick BreakFightingPhysical75100%15
TM48Rock TombRockPhysical6095%15
TM50Bullet SeedGrassPhysical25100%30
TM58AssuranceDarkPhysical60100%10
TM59FlingDarkPhysical100%10
TM63Drain PunchFightingPhysical75100%10
TM73Cross PoisonPoisonPhysical70100%20
TM75Low SweepFightingPhysical65100%20
TM76RoundNormalSpecial60100%15
TM78AcrobaticsFlyingPhysical55100%15
TM81BulldozeGroundPhysical60100%20
TM88Grassy TerrainGrassStatus—%10
TM94False SwipeNormalPhysical40100%40
TM97Brutal SwingDarkPhysical60100%20
TM99Breaking SwipeDragonPhysical60100%15
TR00Swords DanceNormalStatus—%20
TR01Body SlamNormalPhysical85100%15
TR07Low KickFightingPhysical100%20
TR10EarthquakeGroundPhysical100100%10
TR12AgilityPsychicStatus—%30
TR20SubstituteNormalStatus—%10
TR24OutrageDragonPhysical120100%10
TR26EndureNormalStatus—%10
TR27Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TR31Iron TailSteelPhysical10075%15
TR32CrunchDarkPhysical80100%15
TR47Dragon ClawDragonPhysical80100%15
TR50Leaf BladeGrassPhysical90100%15
TR51Dragon DanceDragonStatus—%20
TR59Seed BombGrassPhysical80100%15
TR60X-ScissorBugPhysical80100%15
TR62Dragon PulseDragonSpecial85100%10
TR64Focus BlastFightingSpecial12070%5
TR65Energy BallGrassSpecial90100%10
TR71Leaf StormGrassSpecial13090%5
TR77Grass KnotGrassSpecial100%20
TR85Work UpNormalStatus—%30
TR95Throat ChopDarkPhysical80100%15

By transfer from another generation

 Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
Aerial AceFlyingPhysical60—%20
Captivate ×NormalStatus100%20
ConfideNormalStatus—%20
CounterFightingPhysical100%20
Crush ClawNormalPhysical7595%10
CutNormalPhysical5095%30
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical120100%15
Dynamic PunchFightingPhysical10050%5
Flash ×NormalStatus100%20
Focus PunchFightingPhysical150100%20
Frustration ×NormalPhysical100%20
Grass Whistle ×GrassStatus55%15
HeadbuttNormalPhysical70100%15
Hidden Power ×NormalSpecial60100%15
Hone ClawsDarkStatus—%15
Laser FocusNormalStatus—%30
MimicNormalStatus—%10
Mud Sport ×GroundStatus—%15
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial20100%10
Natural Gift ×NormalPhysical100%15
Nature PowerNormalStatus—%20
Power-Up PunchFightingPhysical40100%20
Pursuit ×DarkPhysical40100%20
Razor Wind ×NormalSpecial80100%10
Return ×NormalPhysical100%20
RoarNormalStatus—%20
Rock SmashFightingPhysical40100%15
Secret Power ×NormalPhysical70100%20
Seismic TossFightingPhysical100%20
StrengthNormalPhysical80100%15
SwaggerNormalStatus85%15
ToxicPoisonStatus90%10

In Pokémon GO, Sceptile can learn Fury Cutter and Bullet Seed as Fast Attacks, and Leaf Blade, Aerial Ace, Earthquake, Dragon Claw, and Frenzy Plant as Charged Attacks. Some of these attacks depend on when you caught and evolved your Sceptile, as they are event-only attacks.