In Pokemon Legends Arceus, the new regional Hisuian evolution for Scyther, Kleavor is a Bug/Rock type Pokemon, in a similar vein to Dwebble and Crustle. As it stands, Crustle has been a good Shell Smash-powered Pokemon in playthroughs and is passable in the lowest tiers of competitive play. Sure, Bug/Rock isn’t a great defensive type, as it’s still 2x weak to Rock-type attacks, as well as 2x to Water and Steel. The good news is that it now takes neutral damage from many of each type’s weaknesses. So, while it’s certainly no Bug/Steel Pokemon like Scizor, it’s certainly not terrible.
Notably, Kleavor is a definite defensive upgrade from Bug/Flying type Scyther, losing its weaknesses to Fire, Flying, and Electric attacks, and cutting its quad-weakness to Rock in half. Stat wise, we can assume it retains the 130 physical attack of Scizor and even with 100 physical Defense and 80 Special Defense, it will still hold its own.
What will be interesting is to see how many Rock-type moves Kleavor gains, as Scizor only ever learned Sandstorm by TM. It also takes away the same-type Attack Bonus for Scizor staples such as Steel-type Bullet Punch and Flying-type Dual Wingbeat. But, if it retains the ability Technician, which powers up moves with 60 base power or less by 50 percent, there are plenty of Rock type moves that could fit that bill. Overall, Kleavor looks to be on a similar offensive level to Scizor, although Steel is a more desirable typing than Rock in that department.
It’s also important that Kleavor is a key Pokemon in the Pokemon Legends Arceus adventure, as one of the Noble Pokemon that can assist you in your adventure once you gain their trust. Kleavor stands the same 5-foot 11-inches as Scyther but is somewhat lighter at 196.2 lbs vs 260.1 lbs for Scizor. That weight difference may suggest a slight speed boost for Kleavor over its Steel-type counterpart, as Scizor is notoriously slow at just 65 base speed. Scyther itself is among the 100+ Speed club with base 105, so if Kleavor is any faster than Scizor, it will likely play somewhat differently; this is especially true if Choice Scarf comes into play boosting speed for the sacrifice of being locked into one move.
All in all, Kleavor looks like a solid alternative to Scizor. Yes, Scizor is among one of the best competitive Pokemon in the franchise’s history, but Kleavor is going to very likely offer a significantly different play style. It’s going to easily be much more of an offensive threat than the defensive-minded Crustle, the only other current Pokemon to share the Bug/Rock type. Considering Scizor’s competitive pedigree, it’s probably unfair to expect the same level of success from Kleavor, but it certainly shouldn’t be slept on.
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