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Strike (Physical) Tier 1
Analysis by mysegp
Other Forms

Trainer

Pokemon Info

Type Grass
Weak Vs Poison
Role Strike (Physical)
Base Potential
Gender Male

Pokemon Description

The leaves growing on Sceptile’s body are very sharp edged. This Pokémon is very agile—it leaps all over the branches of trees and jumps on its foe from above or behind.

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Stats

5★
HP 125
ATK 36
DEF 14
Sp. ATK 36
Sp. DEF 14
Speed 36
HP 513
ATK 358
DEF 145
Sp. ATK 379
Sp. DEF 145
Speed 421
Bulk 592

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Pokemon Analysis

Overview

Brendan & Sceptile is the game’s strongest early game Sync Pair. 

Their unique move "No Turning Back!" allows them to immediately increase their offensive capabilities and dish out tons of powerful attacks. When speed is all a Trainer is looking for, they stand out as the favored choice in Pokemon Masters. 

Having evolved from the already pretty powerful Treecko, Sceptile has marginally better offensive stats and a stronger Sync Move to edge out wins just that bit better.

Strengths

Ambidextrous

"No Turning Back!" raises both offensive stats by +2 for each Move Gauge slot it consumes, up to 3 total. This means the Move Gauge should ideally be filled to at least 3 bars before using this move (note that the buff cap on this move is +6, and it can't consume more than 3 bars). 

This move is especially great for Sceptile since he has both Special and Physical Strike Moves, which he can use to adapt to the enemy's weaker defensive stat. This is evident in how Sceptile can easily straddle both EX Brock and EX Barry, with the former's Onix more vulnerable to Leaf Storm while the latter is more susceptible to Bullet Seed. In EX Brock, players can make use of this to reduce the reliance on Kris and/or Hilbert, since they can fall back on Bullet Seed to clean up the remaining Lunatone, which are weaker on their Physical Defense.

High Neutral Early Game Unity Attack Damage

Because Sceptile's Sync Move and Unity Attack calculate damage off its Attack instead of Special Attack, it is able to do a lot more damage with its Sync Move and Unity Attack despite repeated usage of Leaf Storm. When all three Sceptile are at +6 Attack and +3 Critical Hit rate, the Unity Attack can do up to 3 times the damage of a regular 3x Super Effective monotype Unity Attack.

Weaknesses

Imperfect Accuracy

On the Special Spectrum, Leaf Storm suffers from the problem of imperfect accuracy (90%). When compared to the notoriously unreliable Mega Kick, Leaf Storm's accuracy problem may be ignored, but it is still able to cause problems in runs. This, however, isn't a problem with Brendan & Sceptile, per se, but more of a flaw with the move itself.

Fortunately, players can easily rectify it with allies that provide Accuracy buffs or the ability to never miss, such as Sygna Suit Elesa & Rotom and Thorton & Bronzong, or make use of well-timed Gauge refills to make up for the loss in Move Gauge.

High Energy Cost

The full benefits of No Turning Back! can only be reaped by using 3 Move Gauge Slots, which means that in the mid to late game where most players have already exhausted their Move Gauge, they might find it hard to buff Sceptile properly.

Players can choose to rectify this weakness by supporting Brendan with Move Gauge refillers like Phoebe, Drake, and Rosa. Players could also tap on Sceptile's Lithe and Haste Passive Skills to buff its Speed and reduce the time needed to charge the Move Gauge slots. Allies that can help in that regard include Roxanne, Marley, Hilbert, and Skyla.

Leaf Storm's Drawback

This is aggravated by the fact that Leaf Storm lowers Sceptile's Special Attack by 2 stages per use. This can pose problems in the foreseeable future where 3 Leaf Storms aren't enough to secure the KO on the boss (in the expected increase in difficulty stages). Fortunately for Sceptile, the introduction of Lucky Skills with the Battle Villa update gave it access to Dauntless, a Lucky Skill gives Sceptile an immunity to Special Attack drops. This immunity most importantly nullifies the Special Attack drop from Leaf Storm, which keeps it firing on all cylinders throughout the match.

Team Synergy

In single player, Brendan & Sceptile's best partner comes in the form of the newer additions to the game: Sygna Suit Elesa & Rotom. When supported by Dauntless, the model's Breathtaking! fixes the imperfect accuracy of Leaf Storm, as well as reduce the number of moves needed for Sceptile to use its next Sync Move. Other fantastic support options include Roxanne, Phoebe, Rosa, and Skyla. These Sync Pairs mainly support Sceptile through either buffing its Speed or providing instant Move Gauge refills. For players who have yet to match Dauntless to Sceptile, Roxanne and Rosa become rather important to maximize the number of turns that Leaf Storm can strike for full damage.

In co-op, Brendan’s high early game damage makes him a great asset for two different Strike categories: Mega and recoil.

Mega Strike Sync Pairs like Blue and Karen tend to suffer from low early game damage until after they Mega Evolve through Sync, which takes quite some time to activate. Having Brendan pave the way in the early game can allow players to retain the damage output, with these Mega Strike units coming in on the turn it Syncs to minimize the time they have to spend on the field in their regular form. Steven Stone is a decent shout here due to Mega Metagross being able to come in and Bullet Punch regardless of the current drainage on the player's Move Gauge.

Recoil Strike Sync Pairs, like Hilda, on the other hand, greatly appreciate Brendan cleaning up the field and weakening the boss, thereby reducing the amount of recoil they take from attacking the foe.

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Moves

Type Grass
Category
Power
15 / 18
Accuracy 100
Target An opponent
Effect Tag Continues
Cost
Attacks the target two to five times in a row.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Sharply raises the user’s critical-hit rate.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Type Grass
Category
Power
136 / 163
Accuracy 90
Target An opponent
Cost
Sharply lowers the user’s Sp. Atk.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Uses a maximum of three slots of the user’s move gauge. Based on the amount used, this move raises both the user’s Attack and Sp. Atk by up to six stat ranks.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default

Sync Move

Type Grass
Category
Power
250 / 300
Accuracy -
Target An opponent
Effect Tag -

No additional effect.

Passive Skills