Scyther is classified as the Mantis Pokémon, and is listed as #123 in the National Pokédex. It evolves into Scizor if you give it a Metal Coat and trade it (Generation II onwards). Some basic stats:

Type: Bug/Flying
Height: 4'11.1" (1.5m)
Weight: 123.5 lb (56kg)
Habitat: Grassland
Gender ratio: ½ male, ½ female
Breeding group: Bug
Growth rate: Medium (1,000,000 EXP to level 100)

As a Bug/Flying-type, Scyther takes half-damage from Bug-types. It takes double damage from Electric, Fire, Flying, and Ice-types, and quadruple damage from Rock-types. Like all Flying-types, it's immune to Ground-type damage.

Scyther's name is a reference to its scythes. Its names in other languages tend to follow this theme.

Japanese: ストライク (Sutoraiku, lit. strike)
French: Insécateur [insecte = insect, sécateur = shears]
German: Sichlor [sichel = sickle]
Korean: 스라크 (Seurakeu, shortening of strike)


As a first-generation Pokémon, Scyther has appeared in many of the Pokémon games over the years. In some generations it was a version-exclusive Pokémon; Pinsir was its alternate.

  • Generation I: Available in Red, Blue (Japan), and Yellow, trade to Blue (US)
  • Generation II: Available in Gold, Silver, and Crystal
  • Generation III: Available in FireRed and XD, trade to Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, LeafGreen, and Colosseum
  • Generation IV: Available in Diamond, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, trade to Pearl
  • Generation V: Unavailable (formerly available through Dream World)
  • Generation VI: Available in X and Y

Scyther has also been in many side games. Given the high number of Pokémon spinoff games, it's entirely possible I missed a few — if you know of any other games Scyther appears in, please drop me a line!

  • Snap
  • Pinball
  • Stadium
  • Trading Card Game
  • Stadium 2
  • Trozei!
  • Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team
  • Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness
  • Ranger
  • Ranger: Shadows of Almia
  • Ranger: Guardian Signs
  • Rumble
  • Rumble Blast
  • PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
  • Conquest

Scyther also appeared in both the Pokémon anime and manga — neither of which I've followed for years, so this site doesn't cover them, but it's worth a mention. Tracey (Kenji) caught a Scyther in the Orange Islands arc of the anime, and Blue (Green) had a Scyther since childhood in the manga. Blue eventually evolved his Scyther into a Scizor. (Blue is known as Gary in the anime dub, and is called Blue in the US after Pokémon Blue, and Green in Japan after Pokémon Green.)