First off, we need to preface this post by saying: If you already feel you have a solid grasp on how to play the character or you’re looking for how to compete at a higher level, this is not the post for you. Treat this as simply a 101 overview for a quick rundown on the Pokemon at a high level. That being said, let’s get into it:
This represents the eighth of 22 “episodes” by Redonkulous Gaming. We will provide overviews of all of the playable characters in the newly released Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. Please reference the below video as a compliment to this breakdown.
Overview of Sceptile
- Health Pool: 570 HP
- Pokemon Type: Speed
- Play-Style: Quick closer
- Speed: Great
- Recommended Cheer: Standard until comfortable enough to use Synergy Focused
Duel Phase vs Field Phase
Sceptile is a complete fighter. He is incredibly well-rounded and is a good combination of evasive and aggressive which can make him hard to track. Sceptile has the ability to take control of a battle early and push duel phase leveraging lateral movement and the (Y) button. Once in duel phase you will need to mix mid-range attacks such as (DOWN+A) to allow you to close in and utilize combos. Grab attacks (B+Y) or (UP+A) can be utilized, but be prepared for a counterattack if not timed properly.
Sceptile also has a unique Bullet Seed mechanic which can be charged by pressing (A), deployed by pressing (A) again, and grown by pressing (A) yet again by timing out growth when the enemy is nearby.
If opposing fighter opt for an airborne attack, you can use either (UP+A) to execute a grab or (BACK+A HOLD) to nullify it.
Speed and combos are Sceptile’s friends. Use both together for maximum effectiveness and always be looking for ways to set up combos. Thankfully, a majority of his combos are fairly easy to master and execute. You can utilize the following combo to make the most of your offensive advances:
This one is great, because it allows you to start in melee range and kick your opponent back just far enough to take advantage of your Giga Drain ability, which absorbs HP and Synergy. (DOWN+A) can be difficult to determine the proper distance needed to deploy, so this is a great mini combo to let you use more efficiently.
Sceptile is also effective from the air. Try using the following combo when you jump towards your opponent. This will make Sceptile slash down and follow it up with 3 consecutive hits:
In Midair (X)(Y,Y,Y)
You can also control the fight by forcing your opponent airborne and executing combos. This one will cause a critical strike, followed by Sceptile sliding under the enemy, and finishing it off with a volley of punches.
We rate all Synergy Phases (Mega-Evolutions) on a scale of 1 to Redonkulous! Here is where Sceptile stacks up to the other playable characters:
- Strength of Synergy Phase: The best part of the synergy phase for Sceptile is the increased speed coupled with the ease of execution for his combos. This makes him incredibly effective and can turn the tide of the battle. We feel Sceptile’s synergy phase is very strong earning him a 9 here.
- Coolness Factor: Sceptile cool looking overall and the synergy burst makes him cooler. We give him a 9 for coolness.
- Finisher: Sceptile’s finisher (ultimate) move is pretty solid alone. You want to maximize and use his finisher as much as possible, which is why we recommend the Synergy Focused cheer. When you couple that with the ability to execute seamless combos prior to unleashing his ultimate attack, the result is Redonkulous! Once you press (L+R) to enter synergy phase, try executing the following combo. You won’t be disappointed.
(X,FORWARD+R)(Y,Y) –> (L+R)
In addition to to your playable Pokemon, you get to choose a combination of 2 support Pokemon to aid you in battle by pressing (L) when your support gauge is full. This will summon your selected Pokemon to perform a move before fleeing the battlefield. While ultimately the choice will likely come down to personal preference, here is the support combination we recommend to get you started:
- Cubone: Cubone is on a fast charge time which is absolutely great. He doesn’t deal a lot of damage but what he does is set you up to chain attacks by tossing out his bonemerang and moving the enemy closer to you.
- Diglett: Diglett is also on a fast charge time and he is a perfect pairing for Sceptile. By calling Diglett to the battle, he will burrow and pop up under your opponent hitting them several times essentially stunning them. This gives you an opening to move in and slap around the opposing fighter.
The choice is yours, so be sure to play around with other support options that fit your play-style!
Is Sceptile a favorite of yours? Let us know in the comments sections below!
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