Skarmory, The Armor Bird Pokémon. It's sturdy wings are actually light and hollow allowing it to freely fly in the sky. After nesting in bramble bushes, it's offspring grow tough wings from scratches by thorns. The feathers it sheds are sharps, it is said they used to be used as weapons. It is entirely encased in hard protective armor. It flies at almost 200MPH and slashes it's foes with it's wings. It's wings become tattered and bashed in from repeated battles. Once a year, the wings grow back completely.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Skarmory would have to be this:


Drill Peck

Items Attached:


Preferred Nature:


Strategy Using Skarmory

Skarmory is by far one of the better spikers. This moveset is simple, lay three rounds of spikes and roar.
Drill peck is for the sake of a move that can do more damage and with stab its strength is boosted too. Toxic also makes Skarmory helpful as a Toxishuffler too. Although you could replace toxic with a different move, such as HP Ground, Counter or Substitute.
Skarmory has excellent defense and it would take some strong physical sweepers to bring it down. Your best hopes against this pokemon is to use its two weaknesses, fire and Electric.
The EV's are to give Skarmory a boost in its special defense, so it can take more special hits. Leftovers restores Skarmory's HP when it loses some. Watch out for Magneton, which is probably the best pokemon to use against Skarmory. Magnet pull prevents Skarmory being withdrawn from battle and it wouldn't take many thunderbolts to knock out Skarmory, so watch out for those.
Overall, Skarmory, overused and is a good pokemon, excellent spiker and has little weaknesses.

EV Corner:

Max out the EVs in Special Defense for Skarmory with any remaining in HP & Attack

Strategy Against Skarmory

Skarmory has High Defense and low Special Defense, so your best bet here is to attack with Special Attacks or Super Effective attacks such as Fire.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Skarmory would have to be this for the Cool Contest best with Lonely, Adament, Naughty or Brave Nature:


Aerial Ace
Drill Peck
Metal Sound

Items Attached:

Red Scarf

Strategy Using Skarmory

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Aerial ace, 2nd - Leer, 3rd - Drill peck, 4th - Metal sound, 5th - Aerial ace

Locations in Games


Route 113


Snatched From Snagem Head Gonzap in Realgam Tower or Snagem Headquarter

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Island 7

Animé Appearences

Skarmory has had several Animé Appearences. First, Ash battled one with Cyndaquil and had to train Cyndaquil up in order to beat it. After that, a Team Rocket member used it to try and stop Yoshi, Dani & Jackson from protecting Raikou. After that, it was one of the Steel Pokémon attacking a wild Torkoal who stumbled into the valley. After that, one kidnapped May and took her into the forbidden forest and After that, Winona had one at the Feather Carnival

Episode 154: Hot Matches!
Episode 212: Around the Whirlpool!
Special 3: Raikou! Legend Of Thunder!
Short 5: Camp Pikachu!
Episode 334: Breaking Through Steel Valley! Torkoal VS Steelix!
Episode 347: Prof. Oak & Prof. Birch! Secret Base Battle!
Episode 349: King Of The Forbidden Forest! Venusaur!
Episode 356: Beginning Challenge! Sky Match - PokéRinger!
Episode 360: Fortree City's Feather Carnival!

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