So VGC 2014 is in a very mature state. When we talk about Megas, the list basically boils down to:
2. Charizard X/Y
There may be some other oddballs I neglected to mention, but these cover most of your bases. However, I’ve stumbled upon something that at least fits into the viable part of the Mega hierarchy, and it’s something we’ve trashed for nearly a whole season.
The stapler Mega Scizor! I was talking to a friend about a week ago who doesn’t really play VGC , and I made the observation that sometimes singles sets translate over to doubles. I went home and thought about how Mega Scizor is actually pretty solid in Smogon OU, and I wondered if I could translate it to VGC 2014.
The main issue is that Scizor doesn’t really offer very many new tricks over it’s non-Mega countepart. On top of that, people don’t even really like Scizor in this metagame since it can’t really use its Bug STAB well with no Cresselia to prey on. Throw in the Will-O-Wisp going around, and it’s a lot for a bug to contend with.
Therefore, the key to making Mega Scizor work is to capitalize on what makes it different from normal Scizor. Let’s look at the base stats. In order of HP/Attack/Defense/Special Attack/Special Defense/Speed:
Mega Scizor: 70/150/140/65/100/75
The main difference boils down to a huge increase in bulk and an increase in Attack. Speed is also increased, but the VGC 2014 speed tiers aren’t very conducive to using this speed. The increase in Attack isn’t really all that amazing, but the bulk does merit a second look. Let’s look at Adamant LO Bisharp against both types of Scizor:
252+ Atk Life Orb Bisharp Sucker Punch vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Mega Scizor: 71-86 (40.1 – 48.5%) — guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Life Orb Bisharp Sucker Punch vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Scizor: 95-113 (53.6 – 63.8%) — guaranteed 2HKO
So no additional EV investment against the worst-case scenario Bisharp (barring Defiant). Alright, looks interesting. Let’s look at one of the more prominent physical attackers in Garchomp.
252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Mega Scizor: 49-58 (27.6 – 32.7%) — guaranteed 4HKO
252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Scizor: 64-76 (36.1 – 42.9%) — guaranteed 3HKO
You can take another Earthquake compared to regular Scizor. How about the most deadly physical attacker in the history of VGC 2014?
+1 252+ Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Sucker Punch vs. 252 HP / 252 Def Scizor: 87-103 (49.1 – 58.1%) — 98.4% chance to 2HKO
+1 252+ Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Sucker Punch vs. 252 HP / 132 Def Mega Scizor: 75-88 (42.3 – 49.7%) — guaranteed 3HKO
So if you can Intimidate it just once after a Power up Punch, you can actually take another Sucker Punch with quite a bit less bulk investment. Also note that these are ADAMANT Kanga calculations. The Jolly ones are even more favorable to Scizor. Let’s check out the special end against Rotom-W.
4 SpA Rotom-W Hydro Pump vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Mega Scizor: 66-78 (37.2 – 44%) — guaranteed 3HKO
4 SpA Rotom-W Hydro Pump vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Scizor: 78-93 (44 – 52.5%) — 18% chance to 2HKO
252+ SpA Rotom-W Hydro Pump vs. 252 HP / 132 SpD Mega Scizor: 78-93 (44 – 52.5%) — 18% chance to 2HKO
You can really see the special bulk making a difference on neutral hits. I’ve spent so much time talking about defense that I haven’t covered the offense yet!
+2 156+ Atk Technician Mega Scizor Thief vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Aegislash-Shield: 168-198 (100.5 – 118.5%) — guaranteed OHKO
HOW GODLY IS THAT. Aegislash usually walls Scizor to hell and back, but Mega Scizor can actually KO Aegislash in one shot! Even if they know you pack Thief, you still have the Swords Dance mindgame to fall back on. Plus there’s even another trick I’ll talk about later. Oh yeah, in case you were wondering:
252+ SpA Aegislash-Blade Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 116 SpD Mega Scizor: 75-88 (42.3 – 49.7%) — guaranteed 3HKO
Lol, go screw yourself Aegislash. You’ll see where the trick comes in handy later.
Let’s return to Kangaskhan. Mega Scizor is one of the Pokemon that actually is prepared for a long, drawn-out brawl with Kanga.
+1 188+ Atk Technician Mega Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Kangaskhan: 91-108 (50.2 – 59.6%) — guaranteed 2HKO
I could include +2 calculations, but they aren’t particularly enlightening. +1 is a realistic situation since Intimidate is a thing though. If you factor in the defensive calculations from before, you can see that Mega Scizor can actually hang with Mega Kangaskhan, and even beats Kangaskhan with “the trick”. Moving onto Rotom-W:
+2 0+ Atk Technician Mega Scizor Thief vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Rotom-W: 100-118 (63.6 – 75.1%) — guaranteed 2HKO
So you should be able to take Rotom-W out in 2 hits even with Sitrus Berry. Just avoid the burn and Scizor beats Rotom-W handily. How about the new number 2 Mega in Venusaur?
+2 156+ Atk Technician Mega Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Mega Venusaur: 100-118 (53.4 – 63.1%) — guaranteed 2HKO
And you wall it to hell anyway.
Explanation: Scizor has enough bulk in an Adamant state to do what it needs, and it needs Adamant or else some 2HKOs risk becoming 3HKOs
Ability: Light Metal (becomes Technician after Mega Evolving)
Explanation: If you’re running dual Mega with Scizor, use Technician so you have the option of fighting with a non-Mega Scizor. If single Mega, there is no reason not to Mega Evolve, so Light Metal is used to switch in on the admittedly rare Low Kick and Grass Knot. It really doesn’t matter what ability you have though.
EVs: 252 HP, 116 SpDef, 92 Attack, 44 Def, 4 Speed
252 HP since low base HP Pokemon benefit a ton from it. 116 SpDef makes it so max SpAtk Aegislash Shadow Ball is a 3HKO. 92 Attack so that Thief at +2 OHKOs Aegislash 75 percent of the time. Remainder dumped in Defense and Speed. Spread could use potential refinement, but it’s worked so far in practice.
Explanation: Swords Dance and Bullet Punch need no introduction. Thief is used over X-Scissor in 2014 because there’s not a lot that Scizor’s Bug STAB can really prey on. Therefore Thief is used because of Aegislash. Bullet Punch is the main form of offense if available though.
Which brings us to “the trick”, and this is what makes Mega Scizor special. Instead of Protect, we use Roost to beat a lot of stuff that can brawl with regular Scizor over the course of several turns. Kangaskhan and Aegislash usually take Scizor out over the course of 2-3 turns. With the bulk and Roost, they actually lose now. In those particular matchups, you can Roost or SD on predicted King’s Shields or Sucker Punches.
What to Watch Out For
Mainly the things that stop this Mega Scizor set are Fire attacks and Will-O-Wisp (wow surprising I know). You don’t really have much business fighting against Rotom-H unless you have some sort of redirection, so knock him out first before attempting to start the Mega Scizor Bus. Dragon types are the next common source of Fire type attacks, but redirection is a safer bet since they often don’t run Safety Goggles. Stopping WoW is a matter of redirection, Fake Out, Taunt, or perhaps even Safeguard.
Amoonguss and Scrafty deserve special mention since they can cover Scizor for a turn or two so Scizor can muscle through a bad matchup that I described earlier. Amoonguss compounds the Fire type weakness, and both are weak to Talonflame. However, Talonflame is pretty suicidal, and if it’s Choice-locked into Brave Bird, Scizor actually can beat it. Aerodactyl is also an option for Sky Drop support.
Garchomp, Rotom-W, and the usual firefighters are good for eliminating Rotom-H and his arsonist friends. Hydreigon and Salamence are also good for spamming Draco Meteor against them, as well as softening targets up for Bullet Punch.
Taunt partners are amazing. If you can taunt a Rotom-W, all of a sudden the matchup is heavily in your favor. Gyarados, Aerodactyl, Talonflame, Gardevoir, all decent Taunt users.
I don’t really believe in using Pokemon for the sake of being creative. If I see a legitimate use for a Pokemon, that’s when I investigate. Mega Scizor does not stand on equal footing with Mega Kangaskhan in terms of overall usefulness, but I do believe it can sit in the Mega Gyara/Ttar tier. Hopefully I’ve convinced you that Mega Scizor isn’t just a useless sack of shit, so go out and try it!