Scizor - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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This is a strategy guide for using Scizor in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Scizor, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Scizor

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Bug Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Steel Type
Abilities
Swarm Powers up Bug-type moves in a pinch.
Technician Powers up the Pokemon's weaker moves.
Light Metal (Hidden) Halves the Pokemon's weight.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Fire Image
Takes 2x damage
-
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Poison Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 130 100 55 80 65

Best Nature for Scizor

Best Nature
Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Scizor

Choice Band Moveset & Best Build

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Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 236 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 12 Sp. Def / 4 Spd
Final Stat Values 175 HP / 200 Atk / 121 Def / 102 Sp.Def / 86 Spd
Ability Technician
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Bullet Punch
U-turn
Superpower
Dual Wingbeat

This set takes advantage of its Ability Technician's effect of powering up all moves with a Power of 60 and below, doubled up with the Choice Band to send the damage soaring even higher. Using the Steel-type Bullet Punch for STAB, and the Normal-type Quick Attack for everything Bullet Punch can't hit, Scizor can strike with priority and ignore the Speed stat to deal massive damage faster than a speeding Bullet Punch.

Other Viable Moves

Quick Attack Priority move that is boosted by Technician.
Thief For using against Psychic and Ghost types. Has 90 power after the Technician boost.

Swords Dance Moveset & Best Build

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Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 236 HP / 252 Atk. / 12 Sp.Def. / 4 Def. / 4 Spd.
Final Stat Values 175 HP / 200 Atk. / 121 Def. / 102 Sp.Def. / 86 Spd.
Ability Technician
Held Item Lum Berry
Moveset Swords Dance
Bullet Punch
Dual Wingbeat
U-turn

With the ever-powerful setup move Swords Dance, Scizor can take its attacking power to the next level. After building up with Swords Dance, it can use Bullet Punch to hit first. With the Lum Berry, it can undo the effects of Will-o-Wisp or Thunder Wave, allowing it to hit hard against a variety of Pokemon, including defensive stall-heavy Pokemon.

Other Viable Moves

Superpower Great for hitting Steel-types, and can also change into Max Knuckle to boost its Attack.
Thief For using against Psychic and Ghost types. Has 90 power after the Technician boost.
Quick Attack A Normal-type priority move, for opponents which resist Steel. Has 60 power after the Technician boost.

How to Use Scizor Effectively

Can clean things up at the end of a battle

Its Ability Technician, when combined with its priority moves, allows it to deal heavy damage while ignoring Speed, making it a key player for ending a tight battle. When your opponent has multiple Pokemon with limited health remaining, Scizor can use Bullet Punch and Quick Attack to take them down before they get a chance to swing back.

Great for switch-heavy fights

With Scizor's wide spread of 9 resisted types, while learning U-turn to escape from those it can't handle, it's quite capable in switch-heavy battles. It even gets STAB on U-turn, creating a nuisance to opponents each time it switches out.

Counters for Scizor

Scizor
Weakness Pokemon Fire Image

Deal 4x super effective damage with Fire

As a Steel/Bug-type Pokemon, Scizor takes 4x damage from Fire moves. Fire-type Pokemon can also resist most of Scizor's moves, making them an excellent counter offensively and defensively.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal 4x super effective damage
・Resists most of Scizor's moves
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Pokemon SWSH - Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal 4x super effective damage
・Has 4x resistence to Steel
Moveset & Best Build for Heat Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Volcarona ImageVolcarona Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal 4x super effective damage with Special attacks
・Resists both Steel and Bug
Moveset & Best Build for Volcarona
Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal 4x super effective damage
・Resists most of Scizor's moves while also recovering lost HP
Zapdos - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Celesteela ImageCelesteela Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal 4x super effective damage
・Resists Scizor's STAB moves
Celesteela - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Arcanine ImageArcanine Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal 4x super effective damage
・Resists most of Scizor's moves
Arcanine - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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