Did you know that with the advent of Pokémon Black and White there are now 649 Pokémon in existence? I remember back in the day when I would watch the anime on television and hear that familiar Pokérap song at the end of each episode naming all the Pokémon that, at the time, totaled 150. I'll admit, I was one of those people who tried to memorize their names, and I also went even further by researching their origins and how they were thought up. And guess what? I still do.
This is the third of my many I Choose You! articles where I will focus on one Pokémon or on its evolutionary line and cover its origins and abilities. I'll also include my own opinions about the Pokémon and what I remember most about them. Sure, we all know about Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Lucario. But what about the less famous ones like Sandslash, Whiscash, and Bastiodon? I've added all 649 Pokémon into a randomizer and I will try to focus on all of them as they come and in no particular order. Even if you are not a Pokémon fan, I hope you'll learn a bit about them, how they affected my own gaming experience, and perhaps realize why the Pokémon franchise is still going strong. Hit the jump for Scyther!
Some Pokémon aren't worth the trouble it is to catch them. If you were one of those people who played Pokémon Red with the whole intent of completing your Pokédex, catching Scyther might have caused you some trouble. But once you did, you realized what an awesome Pokémon you just caught.
The Mantis Pokémon, Scyther looks just like a bigger version of the insect it is based on and has two large blades on its arms that it uses as its primary means of attack. While its body is that of an insect, its head looks more like a lizard. Its English name is a reference to the scythes on its arms while its Japanese name, Strike, comes from the way it destroys its opponents with quick ninja-like movements. Thanks to its blades, Scyther can learn many blade-type moves such as Swords Dance and X-Scissor. It actually didn't learn any Bug-type moves until Pokémon Gold, and like many other dual Bug and Flying-type Pokémon, it cannot learn Fly.
Back in Pokémon Red, you could only catch Scyther in the Safari Zone or purchase it as a prize from the Game Corner. I normally end up trading my Pokédollars for coins since I am not very good at the slot machines, and while I could use them to purchase Pokémon, I prefer to save them for the rare TMs. So instead, I caught my Scyther in the Safari Zone after many failed attempts. Catching Pokémon in the Safari Zone was and still is somewhat of a hassle since you have to rely on luck most of the time. Not only do you have to walk around hoping to run into your rare Pokémon, but once you encounter one, you have to pray that your mud doesn't make it flee. My experience shows Scyther completely abhors mud.
Thankfully in Pokémon Gold, Scyther became a bit easier to catch since you could encounter it in the National Park during the Bug Catching Contest. I remember waking up on early on Saturdays to enter the contest. You could catch many non-evolved Bug-type Pokémon in the park, but the winners usually had a Scyther or a Pinsir. Back then I simply thought that the stronger Pokémon would win, but now I know that the sum of its total stats is what is used to score each catch. Thankfully, I often won catching a Scyther, but there would be the occasional trainer that caught a surprisingly powerful Butterfree that would steal my win.
Scyther is one of those Pokémon that gets better with age. Even in its younger years, it was one of the more famous of Pokémon. It even appeared in Pokémon Snap and was crucial in triggering one of the highest scoring Pikachu photo opportunities. While most people nowadays make it evolve into Scizor, a slower and yet more powerful Pokémon, Scyther's legacy cannot be forgotten.