Sceptile vs Jaroda
Don't think this exists yet. If it does, feel free to close this. So, these two are currently the most popular Grass Starters (note: most popular =/= best). They're both pure Grass type, they're both speed demons (first and second fastest Starters ever) but Sceptile takes a more offensive approach whereas Serperior prefers defense.
Sceptile's pros are it's speed and attacking stats, plus it's wide movepool (widest movepool of all the Grass Starters). Unburden makes it even faster and activating it almost certainly requires a pinch berry (like Peteya or Leichi) which makes it even stronger. It's cons are it's bad defenses and offensive typing.
Serperior's pros include it's speed and defenses. It also has the awesome Perversity ability, which if you don't know, reverses the stat gains/loses of it's attacks. This means that it gets the equivalent of a Nasty Plot boost every time it uses Leaf Storm. Coil and Calm Mind are the last things that are noteworthy about it. Two unique moves (as far as Grass Starters are concerned) that, between the two of them, increase it's Attack, Special Attack, Defense, Special Defense and Accuracy one stage. Cons include it's laughable attacking stats and HP, it's shallow movepool and the fact that it can't successfully abuse Perversity, Coil and Calm Mind on the same set.
Which of these two Pokemon do you prefer?
Which one is more useful?
Which one would win in a battle?
I'll be honest, Serperior looks really boss, but he just doesn't hold a candle to Sceptile. The original Grass speedster wins this one for me. Wider movepool, better attacking stats complimented by it's speed, Sceptile has all the right tools in all the right places to succeed. As a defensive Pokemon, Serperior really doesn't care for speed. It's HP and Speed stats should have been reversed. That would have made it amazing. Oh well, at least it makes it unique. Still, Sceptile is miles ahead of Serperior here. Sorry Smuglord, maybe some other time.