Archen

Archen is a Rock/Flying type Pokémon introduced in Generation 5. It is known as the First Bird Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 566
Type Rock Flying
Species First Bird Pokémon
Height 0.5 m (1′08″)
Weight 9.5 kg (20.9 lbs)
Abilities 1. Defeatist
Local № 072 (Black/White)
128 (Black 2/White 2)
192 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
239 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
149 (The Crown Tundra)

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 71
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Flying, Water 3
Gender 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Egg cycles 30 (7,454–7,710 steps)

Base stats

HP 55
220 314
Attack 112
206 355
Defense 45
85 207
Sp. Atk 74
137 271
Sp. Def 45
85 207
Speed 70
130 262
Total 401 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Archen.

Evolution chart

(Level 37)

Pokédex entries

Black Said to be an ancestor of bird Pokémon, they were unable to fly and moved about by hopping from one branch to another.
White Revived from a fossil, this Pokémon is thought to be the ancestor of all bird Pokémon.
Black 2
White 2
It was revived from an ancient fossil. Not able to fly, it lived in treetops and hopped from one branch to another.
X
Omega Ruby
Revived from a fossil, this Pokémon is thought to be the ancestor of all bird Pokémon.
Y
Alpha Sapphire
Said to be an ancestor of bird Pokémon, they were unable to fly and moved about by hopping from one branch to another.
Sun It is the ancestor of all bird Pokémon. Archen itself could not actually fly but moved by hopping from treetop to treetop.
Moon To all appearances flightless, it was able to glide down from tall treetops to snag its prey.
Ultra Sun Once thought to be the ancestor of all bird Pokémon, some of the latest research suggests that may not be the case.
Ultra Moon Restored from a fossil, this ancient bird Pokémon has wings but can’t yet fly.
Sword This Pokémon was successfully restored from a fossil. As research suggested, Archen is unable to fly. But it’s very good at jumping.
Shield Archen is said to be the ancestor of bird Pokémon. It lived in treetops, eating berries and bug Pokémon.

Moves learned by Archen

Moves learnt by level up

Archen learns the following moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1LeerNormal 100
1Quick AttackNormal 40 100
3Rock ThrowRock 50 90
6Wing AttackFlying 60 100
9Dragon BreathDragon 60 100
12Ancient PowerRock 60 100
15PluckFlying 60 100
18Quick GuardFighting
21U-turnBug 70 100
24Rock SlideRock 75 90
27Scary FaceNormal 100
30CrunchDark 80 100
33AgilityPsychic
36TailwindFlying
39Dragon ClawDragon 80 100
42ThrashNormal 120 100
45EndeavorNormal 100

Egg moves

Archen learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Archen egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
BiteDark 60 100
DefogFlying
Double TeamNormal
Head SmashRock 150 80
Knock OffDark 65 100
SwitcherooDark 100

Move Tutor moves

Archen can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Sword & Shield from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Dual WingbeatFlying 40 90
Lash OutDark 75 100
Meteor BeamRock 120 90

Moves learnt by TM

Archen is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by TR

Archen is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by level up

Archen learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1LeerNormal 100
1Quick AttackNormal 40 100
1Wing AttackFlying 60 100
5Rock ThrowRock 50 90
8Double TeamNormal
11Scary FaceNormal 100
15PluckFlying 60 100
18Ancient PowerRock 60 100
21AgilityPsychic
25Quick GuardFighting
28AcrobaticsFlying 55 100
31Dragon BreathDragon 60 100
35CrunchDark 80 100
38EndeavorNormal 100
41U-turnBug 70 100
45Rock SlideRock 75 90
48Dragon ClawDragon 80 100
50ThrashNormal 120 100

Egg moves

Archen learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Archen egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Ally SwitchPsychic
BiteDark 60 100
DefogFlying
Dragon PulseDragon 85 100
Earth PowerGround 90 100
Head SmashRock 150 80
Knock OffDark 65 100
Steel WingSteel 70 90
SwitcherooDark 100

Move Tutor moves

Archen can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Ally SwitchPsychic
Aqua TailWater 90 90
BounceFlying 85 85
DefogFlying
Dragon PulseDragon 85 100
Earth PowerGround 90 100
EndeavorNormal 100
Heat WaveFire 95 90
Iron DefenseSteel
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Knock OffDark 65 100
SnoreNormal 50 100
Stealth RockRock
TailwindFlying
UproarNormal 90 100
Zen HeadbuttPsychic 80 90

Moves learnt by TM

Archen is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

Transfer-only moves

Archen can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDark Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM

Archen sprites

Type Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Archen  sprite from Black & White Archen  sprite from X & Y Archen  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Shiny Archen Shiny sprite from Black & White Archen Shiny sprite from X & Y Archen Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Archen

Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Nacrene City
X
Y
Ambrette Town
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Rustboro City
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Route 8
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Trade/migrate from another game
Sword
Shield
Giant's Foot

Other languages

English Archen
Japanese アーケン (Archen)
German Flapteryx
French Arkéapti

Name origin

archaeopteryx
a reptile-like fossil bird