Swords Dance (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM03
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM75
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
TM75
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM75
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM75

Effects

Swords Dance raises the user's Attack by two stages.

Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each.

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Swords Dance has 30 PP.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Swords Dance turns into Z-Swords Dance and eliminates any stat drops applied to the user, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Other languages

English Swords Dance
Japanese つるぎのまい (Tsurugi no Mai)
German Schwerttanz
French Danse-Lames
Italian Danzaspada
Spanish Danza Espada

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
A dance that increases ATTACK.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
A fighting dance that sharply raises ATTACK.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A frenetic dance of fighting. It sharply raises the ATTACK stat.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
A frenetic dance to uplift the fighting spirit. It sharply raises the user’s Attack stat.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
A frenetic dance to uplift the fighting spirit. It sharply raises the user’s Attack stat.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A frenetic dance to uplift the fighting spirit. This sharply raises the user’s Attack stat.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
A frenetic dance to uplift the fighting spirit. This sharply raises the user’s Attack stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Swords Dance at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Raticate
#020 / Normal
Level 1
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Level 1
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 38
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Level 38
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 43
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Level 25
Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Level 36
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Level 38
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Level 57
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Level 40
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Level 50
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Level 57
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 41
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Level 47
Seviper
#336 / Poison
Level 36
Corphish
#341 / Water
Level 37
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 40
Absol
#359 / Dark
Level 25
Empoleon
#395 / Water · Steel
Level 11
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Level 37
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Level 43
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Level 19
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 29
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 50
Gallade
#475 / Psychic · Fighting
Level 26
Oshawott
#501 / Water
Level 41
Dewott
#502 / Water
Level 50
Samurott
#503 / Water
Level 58
Drilbur
#529 / Ground
Level 36
Excadrill
#530 / Ground · Steel
Level 42
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Level 46
Karrablast
#588 / Bug
Level 52
Escavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Level 52
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Level 46
Fraxure
#611 / Dragon
Level 48
Haxorus
#612 / Dragon
Level 50
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Level 57
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Level 63
Bouffalant
#626 / Normal
Level 56
Cobalion
#638 / Steel · Fighting
Level 37
Terrakion
#639 / Rock · Fighting
Level 37
Virizion
#640 / Grass · Fighting
Level 37
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Level 31
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Level 49
Diggersby
#660 / Normal · Ground
Level 1
Honedge
#679 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
Doublade
#680 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
Clauncher
#692 / Water
Level 25
Clawitzer
#693 / Water
Level 25
Hawlucha
#701 / Fighting · Flying
Level 60
Golisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Level 16
Kartana
#798 / Grass · Steel
Level 37

Learnt by TM

Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Ledyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
Ledian
#166 / Bug · Flying
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Lileep
#345 / Rock · Grass
Cradily
#346 / Rock · Grass
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Absol
#359 / Dark
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Litten
#725 / Fire
Oricorio
Baile Style
#741 / Fire · Flying
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Swords Dance in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor