Pokémon GO Sceptile tops Swampert, almost all of Gen 2 Starters and can pack a serious punch if you dodge properly, as its 140 Stamina is on the low end. The entire Generation III grass starter family in Pokémon GO is interesting, mostly due to the fact their Attack values are high compared to other families!
It seems that the “curse of grass” we introduced in our Meganium family overview has finally lifted. Although not super powerful, the Sceptile family can hold it’s own in Gym offense, but forget about defense.
Do note that the entire Sceptile family is grass typed, unlike other Gen 3 starters that gain dual typing when evolved.
Position in the meta game
Without mega evolutions, the Pokémon GO Sceptile can’t achieve it’s full potential as an attacker. Once mega evolved, Sceptile typing changes to grass dragon, making it much harder to counter with anything but top tier Dragon Pokémon.
It’s likely that Sceptile will live on the edge of the meta for a while, jumping to top once Mega Evolutions get introduced in Pokémon GO.
In other use cases, Sceptile is forming as a mediocre attacker.
Sceptile Moves in Pokémon GO
In the original game series, Sceptile has a varied move pool, ranging from standard grass moves, all the way to dragon moves. Access to moves like Earthquake ground is also very interesting, as it enables you to set up Sceptile as a grass type attacker with non-Grass moves.
If you combine the varied move pool with high ATK stat (223) and low STA (180), it’s pretty clear that Sceptile is a Grass type glass cannon, capable of dealing huge amounts of damage.
Some of the expected Sceptile moves in the Pokémon GO move pool:
- Solar Beam grass
- X-Scissor bug
- Rock Tomb rock
- Earthquake ground
- Rock Smash fighting
- Outrage dragon
- Dragon Claw dragon
Shiny Treecko, Grovyle and Sceptile variants
Shiny variants of the Grass starter family are teal colored, with their torso and jaw colored in a yellow hue, similar to the color of sand. Notably, feathers and tails also change color. Sceptile eyes also change to a red hue if it’s shiny.