#123 Scyther
Scyther's artwork for Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Category Mantis Pokémon
Original Region Kanto
National Dex Nr. #123
Kanto Dex Nr. #123
Johto #111
Hoenn #281
Sinnoh #195
Kalos #136 (Mountain)
Generation 1
Pokémon Color Green
First Appearance Pokémon Red/Blue and Green
Latest Appearance Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Type(s) Bug/Flying
Ability/ies Rock Head, Sturdy
(Hidden: Weak Armor)
Average Height 4'11"
Average Weight 123.5 lbs.
Evolves Into Scyizor

Scyther (Japanese: ストライク Strike) is a dual-type Bug/Flying Pokémon.

It evolves into Scizor when traded holding a Metal Coat.


Scyther is a bipedal, insectoid creature. It is primarily green with cream accents between its body segments. On the back of its somewhat reptilian head are three points, and it has narrow eyes. Its forearms consist of large, white scythes, which it uses for hunting as well as fighting. On its thighs are spikes of fur, and it has three clawed toes on its large feet. Two pairs of cream-colored wings extend from its back. While these wings do allow Scyther to fly, it is rarely seen doing so. The abdomen of a female will be slightly larger than that of the male.

Scyther's blade-like forearms are capable of slicing through logs, and become sharper by cutting through hard materials. Using swift movements, it camouflages itself and enhances the effectiveness of its scythes. The anime has shown that wild Scyther form groups. If a challenger Scyther wins a battle against the leader of the Scyther swarm, the original Scyther leader will depart and the challenger will take place as the new leader. It has also been shown that some Scyther despise the color red, and become aggressive when confronted with this color. Although it is rare, Scyther can be found in grasslands.


  • In the Pokémon Red and Blue beta, Scyther's prototype name was "Stryke". This is a corruption of the word "strike", which is also its romanized Japanese name.
  • Despite having different base stats, Scyther and its evolution, Scizor, both have a base stat total of 500. This makes Scyther the only pre-evolutionary form that has the same base stat total as its evolution.
  • Scyther has the highest base stat total of all Pokémon that have not evolved but can still evolve, with 500.
  • Scyther can be seen as a parallel to Pinsir. Both of them are Bug-type Generation I Pokémon. Scyther is exclusive to Pokémon Red, FireRed and Diamond, while Pinsir is exclusive to Pokémon Blue, LeafGreen and Pearl.


Scyther draws much inspiration from a praying mantis and grasshoppers. However, its face is more reptilian, with similarities to dinosaurs and dragons.

Name Origin

Scyther is a combination of scythe and the suffix -er, in reference to its sharp blades.

Strike is literally strike.

Names in other Languages

Language Name Meaning
From strike
SpanishScytherSame as English name
GermanSichlorFrom Sichel
ItalianScytherSame as English name
Corruption and shortening of strike
Means "Flying mantis"




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