Scyther resembles a primarily green, human-sized praying mantis with accents of cream coloration. It has large, blade-like forearms and a pair of cream-colored wings. Its head is reptilian rather than insect-like in shape, with three small points, and its feet possess three claws.
The female of the species have slightly larger abdomens.
Scyther's blade-like forearms have the power to slice through logs with a single blow. Scyther is also gifted with tremendous speed and is a strong flyer, but very rarely flies. It is said it could use its scythes like a ninja. Scyther is one of a small number of Pokémon still capable of evolution that are able to use Hyper Beam and Giga Impact.
Scyther are very intelligent, but tend to be quiet and reclusive in the wild. They tend to act like lions, and 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. When confronted by a Trainer, they will react very aggressively to defend themselves, but when trained, Scyther can be among the most loyal Pokémon on any Trainer's team and hate to give up.
Scyther are often rare Pokémon that prefer an open grassland so they can live with other packs of Scyther. However, they have been known to take residence in secluded forests. Although rare, they are usually imported to live in Safari Zones and similar reserves.
Scyther has been known to use its scythes to slash its prey.
This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.