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What is a good swellow moveset?

1 vote

This one knows.

aerial ace



giga impact

Swellow learnset

asked Jul 20, 2010 by houndoom
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Swellow (M) @ Flame Orb
Trait: Guts
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Facade
- U-turn
- Pluck
- Steel Wing

15 Answers

6 votes

Sorry Dark, this is one time you are wrong. Air Slash is not that good because Swellow has higher Attack. Here is my recommended moveset:

Brave Bird: High power, high accuracy, STAB, Roost heals Swellow. Make sure to also hold a Shell Bell for quick healing right away.

Roost: Used to heal Swellow, especially from Brave Bird recoil.

Steel Wing: Decent power, decent accuracy, chance to raise defense, used to deal with Rock and Ice types.

Facade: If you do ever get a status condition, this combined with Guts will become incredibly powerful. If you get poisoned or burned, the Shell Bell will heal you also. If you don't have a status condition then this move still has decent power, high accuracy, and STAB.

answered Jul 20, 2010 by trachy
Crap, I thought it was physical.-How could I have missed that!?
The word Slash in there throw you off? Same here.
Is the guts ability Swellow better than the Dream World scrappy ability Swellow?
Boomburst is still an option. You can breed it if you have a Noivern with Boomburst.
Alex, I don't know much, but unless all your swellow knows are normal/fighting attacks, then yes, the Scrappy Ability is useless.  Besides, there are only like 44 ghost pokemon total/in all!  (I'm surprised it's that low!)
Also, the word "Slash" threw me off as well!
lol at time
You mean will have not will has
3 votes

Maybe this:

Steel wing, decent power, physical move, deal with 2 weaknesses

roost-recover damages

Aerial ace-good power, good accuracy, STAB

endeavor-Good when his health is low and roost won't help.

answered Jul 20, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Jul 20, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
He has low special attack, so air slash is worthless
I wrote that 18 seconds too late
Yeah, already answered this correctly.
2 votes

Nature Jolly, Evs 4hp, 252attack, 252 speed

Item: Flame orb

Aerial ace/Brave bird(I reccomend Aerial ace becuase you are already taking enough damage from the flame orb)

Facade(Works great with flame orb)

Steel wing(Your only defense against rock and Ice)

U-Turn(Incase you have to switch out you might as well do damage and you will hit first 90% of time becuase it is so fast)

Flame orb will activate guts to make your attack acceptiable and no the burning doesn't cancel out the guts boost this has been confirmed

answered Feb 19, 2011 by Speed freak
With guts burning wont reduce the attack and also wont do damage as far as I know
It does do damage.
I have a very similar set mine would be Brave Bird, Facade, Steel Wing and Protect my ability is guts and it has a flame orb. Protect so it can start out right away first turn with burn , Steel Wing for Defense possible boost and for ice and rock types, Facade for the ability and status Facade boost so it's like a plus two max attack Swellow and Brave Bird for high damage plus burn for high attack my Pokemon is Max attack and Speed with Jolly nature
Just because it has guts doesn't mean you will be ok and not take damage from burn
2 votes

Gen V

Swellow (M) @ Flame Orb
Trait: Guts
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Facade
- Roost
- Quick Attack
- Pluck

answered Apr 28, 2011 by trachy
This moveset is terrible! With such a speed (max 383 on lv 100) you dont need no quick attack. Also, what happened to you? Two normal-type attacks? WIth that nature and EVs noone will outspeed you! Also, pluck is a weak move, rather use brave bird to later heal it with roost. Daaamn
Reasoning here:

I'd rather not have Brave Bird, since I'd rather not OHKO myself, with recoil and Flame Orb. So Pluck is the next best. Swellow isn't the type of Pokemon who can OHKO the foe, and as such I'd rather not really damage with Brave Bird but have Swellow KOd. And just because it has high speed doesn't mean it can't be outsped. Priority, higher base speed, Baton Passing speed boosts,speed boosts in general, Choice Scarf, all these things make it so that Swellow can be outsped a fair amount actually. So that is where priority comes in. And its not like it has other moves. Steel Wing is possible, but I'd rather not have Steel type coverage, seeing as Rock types usually have high defense and can take multiple Steel Wings and Ice types have poor defense and should be taken down by Facade.
With Guts you wont get damaged from burn and poison as far as I know.

*moves away from the mic to find out that pluck has the same base power as areal ace
Guts still makes you get damaged by Burn and poison. The only thing it blocks about status effects is burns attack drop.
This is not regarding swellow, but would a guts ability conkeldurr technically be better than a sheer force one? It could hold a flame orb and have facade.
@trachy: Oh I didnt know
@AleX: Yes. Even though a sheer force one could hold a life orb and then it wont get damage from it as far as I know
1 vote

Swellow (F) @ Flame Orb/Toxic Orb

Trait: Guts

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Jolly Nature (+Spe, -SpA)

  • Brave Bird
  • Facade
  • U-turn
  • Protect/Roost

Brave Bird is very good STAB.
Facade is boosted by Guts and STAB.
U-turn is for scouting and sending in another teammate.
Protect is used to get the Boost from the respective orbs, safely.
Toxic Orb will do less damage the first three turns but after that Flame Orb will do less.
Roost heals Swellow and punishes Pokemon who try to stall it out with its orb. Obviously when using Roost Flame Orb is the better choice.

answered Sep 2, 2011 by Hex
edited Mar 1, 2012 by Hex
0 votes

Swellow @ Flame Orb

Trait: Guts

EV's: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature: (+Spd -SAtk)

-Brave Bird

The first two moves are obvious. Facade is stupidly powerful with Guts + STAB + Flame Orb. It reaches 236 Base Power. Brave Bird is basically it's only option to a STAB Flying move over base 60. So it's nice. The last two moves are based on what you want. U-Turn is awesome because it allows you to scout and get away from Steel and Rock type Pokemon which run amuck in the metagame.
Roost let's you heal off brave bird damage and flame orb damage. Protect is also a very nice option as it allows you to scout what your opponent is going to do, and allow you to get the instant flame orb boost.

These EV's and Nature give it 383 speed, which is just unbelievable.

Flame Orb powers up Guts and Facade.

Hope you guys like this moveset!

answered Sep 3, 2011 by aStryker97
0 votes

Swellow @ Flame Orb
Ability: Guts
- Facade (STAB, good with flame orb/guts)
- Arial Ace (STAB, infinite Acc)
- Steel Wing (Coverage)
- Roost (Heals you from the damage you have taken)

answered Sep 28, 2011 by TheMyrMan
0 votes

Havn't used a Swellow in a while. Here's what I would consider:

Adamant Nature
Ev trained in Attack and Speed
Guts Ability
Flame/Toxic Orb Held Item

Facade:Stab, good accuracy and double powered once your orb kicks in.
U-Turn/Roost: Switch or heal when your health is low.
Ariel Ace/Brave Bird: Stab and never misses/Stab, awesome power but the downside is the recoil damage.
Protect/Steel Wing: Use this first to get your orb to activate/Deals with those troublesome Rock types.

New here but I know what I'm doing.

answered Apr 29, 2012 by metagurosu
0 votes

Epic bird:

Adamant: Like to trash about----<Ev`s> Attack 255, 255 speed
Item: Flame orb ---Ability: Guts

Protect/sustitute---> One turn for the flame orb make effect
Facade---> Burn, ability activated, attack, lets pick up the foe 100 miles away..
Work up/Sky attack: you want more attack ?/ cover by sustitute.
Roost: heal all the damage from sustitute and the flame orb


answered May 17, 2013 by jaravic
0 votes

Swellow (M) @Flame Orb
Trait: Guts
Nature: Jolly (+Spd -Sp. Atk)
.Brave Bird

So a way to use this moveset is say you up against a Gyrados or something like that, then all you have to do is use protect while it uses Thunder or something tada insta-burn and once that is done take them out with facade and if brave bird is what you choose for that job roost is always there for healing and that is how I suggest to use this moveset.

answered Jun 15, 2013 by Hyper Flares
0 votes

Swellow (M) @ Flame Orb
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Ability: Guts
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SpA)
- Facade
- Aerial Ace
- U-Turn
- Tailwind

Good support Swellow. The ability to set up sweeps for the rest of the team using Tailwind is great, while still keeping the ability to hit hard and fast. Facade is STAB and is insanely powerful when combined with Guts and Flame Orb. Aerial Ace > Pluck because the perfect accuracy is nice, and berries are very uncommon in competitive battling. U-Turn is great for scouting and will go first most of the time. Tailwind is obviously for team support and can get other sweeps going.

answered Jun 16, 2013 by JarJar~
0 votes

Ability: Guts
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -Satk)
Item: Toxic Orb
- U-Turn
- Façade
- Steel Wing
- Brave Bird
I plan to use this set for my Swellow. The Toxic Orb doesn't lower the power of my moves (except Façade) contrary to the Flame Orb. Anyway, when the damage from the Orb gets too high, just switch with U-Turn. If you encounter Rock types, you can use Steel Wing as a last resort. I think Roost is pointless on a sweeper like Swellow since its defences are terrible and it would give a chance for your opponent to easily put you down in 1 hit.

answered Nov 2, 2013 by TsubasaRC
Ability:Guts Item:Flame Orb/toxic orb
1.Facade (Stab+Burn/toxic)
2.protect:(Prevent getting paralyzed)
3.steel wing(rocks)
4.Brave Bird(massive damage)
0 votes

This one's a bit of a curveball.

Swellow @ Choice Band
Ability: Guts
Jolly Nature
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
-Brave Bird
-Steel Wing

This Swellow is meant to be used in NU. Predict a Toxic or Will-O-Wisp, then switch it in. Click Facade and watch things die.

Be sure to watch for Ghosts. You can run Scrappy and Return if you REALLY fear them, but I think that would be a waste of Guts' potential power boost.

answered Mar 4 by Radicool21
0 votes

Tsubasa and radiocool have a fantastic moveset for Swellow but moves like roost, agility, and tailwind just simply aren't moves that I would recommend (no offense of course). Swellow just isn't bulky and is way too frail for those kinds of moves. Just give him an all out sweeping moveset and you should be fine


EVs: 252atk, 252speed, 4hp

Nature: Jolly

Item: flame orb (goes well with guts)


Brave bird: 120 power but does recoil (definitely worth it though)

Facade: Does 140 damage if you have a status infliction (Flame orb's got ya covered :p. Goes good with guts as well)

U-turn: Im out of here folks!

Steel wing/pursuit/protect: Coverage, attack when foe switches out, or stall for one turn to get flame orb started? Choice is yours.

So yeah very similar to tsubasa and Radiocool's moveset.

answered Apr 8 by nintendogamer639
0 votes

Swellow Moveset
Item: Flame orb/ Toxic orb
Nature: Adament/ Jolly
Ability: Guts

-Arial ace (STAB)
-Roost (Healing from the Flame orb/ Toxic orb)
-Steel wing (Covers the Rock and Ice weaknesses)
-Facade (STAB and a greater combo with the flame orb guts)

answered Apr 11 by pokecrusher