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How to get Scyther & Scizor in Pokemon Sword Shield

Published: 7/Sep/2020 15:25

by James Busby


Scyther and Scizor have always proved popular amongst Pokemon fans, but the razor-sharp duo were missing from Sword and Shield’s base game. However, the Isle of Armor expansion has brought both bug-type Pokemon back into the roster.

While the Isle of Armor may not be overly big in terms of both story and location, it can be easy to miss some of the expansion’s rarer Pokemon. Both Scyther and Scizor have relatively low spawn rates, making them a little trickier to spot in the wild. However, the time investment required to catch this dynamic duo is definitely worth it. 

Scyther and Scizor dominate their foes with lightning-fast attacks, tearing through even the tankiest of Pokemon with ease. These dual bug-type Pokemon have access to some incredibly powerful moves and decent bulk, allowing them to dish out some decent damage in battle.

Whether you’re looking to add either of these Pokemon to your team or just wanting to complete your Pokdex, you’ll want to follow our handy catching guide below. 

Where to find Scyther in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Scyther location
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Scyther can be found roaming around the Training Lowlands.

Scyther can be found roaming around the overworld in the Training Lowlands. However, it only has a 5% spawn rate and favors the following weather conditions: normal, overcast, raining, thunderstorm, intense sun, and sandstorm. Fortunately, this bipedal bug-type is easy to spot in the wild, so if you don’t see it wandering around, then simply reset game’s date and time settings. 

To do this, hit the HOME button and navigate over to the system menu. From here, you’ll be able to access the date and time. Simply advance the date by one day and then head back over to the game. If done correctly, you should be able to see a change in the weather conditions. 

This will instantly refresh the wild Pokemon that can be seen roaming around the area, increasing your odds of finding Scyther in the wild. Simply rinse and repeat this process until Scyther finally appears. 

Raid Den locations

  • Fields of Honor
  • Forest of Focus
  • Training Lowlands 
  • Workout Sea

Where to find Scizor in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Scizor location
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Scizor only appears during sandstorms.

Unlike its sword-loving counterpart, Scizor can be found wandering around both the Challenge Road and the Training Lowlands. Scizor is much harder to find and only appears in these locations when a sandstorm is sweeping through either area. While you can still use the process above to reset the weather conditions, there is another option to obtaining Scizor. 

This method requires both a Scyther and the Metal Coat item from Stow-on-Side. Once you have both, simply give your Scyther the Metal Coat and trade it to a fellow Pokemon trainer. Once the rade has been completed, your Scyther will evolve into a Scizor. 

Raid Den locations

  • Fields of Honor
  • Forest of Focus
  • Training Lowlands
  • Workout Sea

Catching Scyther and Scizor

Scizor battle
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Both of these Pokemon are extremely weak to fire, so be careful when battling them.

Just like the majority of Pokemon in Sword and Shield, it is recommended that you teach a Pokemon False Swipe. False Swipe inflicts normal type damage and leaves your foe at 1 HP, making it the perfect move to use when capturing Pokemon. Immobilizing status effects like Sleep and Paralyze will also help Scyther/Scizor from bursting out of your Pokeballs. 

Scyther has a capture rate of 45% while its steely evolution drastically lowers this success rate down to 25%. Because of this relatively low chance, we recommend packing plenty of Pokeballs to ensure you don’t run out. After all, both Scyther and Scizor have low encounter rates and having to go encounter them again can take a while. 

Remember to avoid using any rock, fire, and ice attacks as Scyther is extremely weak to all three. Scizor doesn’t have as many weaknesses as Scyther, but its bug and steel typing makes it 4x weak to fire moves. Make sure you remember these weaknesses before you begin battling. 

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How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
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Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
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The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
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Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.