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 50 (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)

Archen changes

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.
1LeerNormalStatus 100
1Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
3Rock ThrowRockPhysical 50 90
6Wing AttackFlyingPhysical 60 100
9Dragon BreathDragonSpecial 60 100
12Ancient PowerRockSpecial 60 100
15PluckFlyingPhysical 60 100
18Quick GuardFightingStatus
21U-turnBugPhysical 70 100
24Rock SlideRockPhysical 75 90
27Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
30CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
33AgilityPsychicStatus
36TailwindFlyingStatus
39Dragon ClawDragonPhysical 80 100
42ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
45EndeavorNormalPhysical 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.
BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
DefogFlyingStatus
Double TeamNormalStatus
Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80
Knock OffDarkPhysical 65 100
SwitcherooDarkStatus 100

Move Tutor moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Dual WingbeatFlyingPhysical 40 90
Lash OutDarkPhysical 75 100
Meteor BeamRockSpecial 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.
1LeerNormalStatus 100
1Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
1Wing AttackFlyingPhysical 60 100
5Rock ThrowRockPhysical 50 90
8Double TeamNormalStatus
11Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
15PluckFlyingPhysical 60 100
18Ancient PowerRockSpecial 60 100
21AgilityPsychicStatus
25Quick GuardFightingStatus
28AcrobaticsFlyingPhysical 55 100
31Dragon BreathDragonSpecial 60 100
35CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
38EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
41U-turnBugPhysical 70 100
45Rock SlideRockPhysical 75 90
48Dragon ClawDragonPhysical 80 100
50ThrashNormalPhysical 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 SwitchPsychicStatus
BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
DefogFlyingStatus
Dragon PulseDragonSpecial 85 100
Earth PowerGroundSpecial 90 100
Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80
Knock OffDarkPhysical 65 100
Steel WingSteelPhysical 70 90
SwitcherooDarkStatus 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 SwitchPsychicStatus
Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
BounceFlyingPhysical 85 85
DefogFlyingStatus
Dragon PulseDragonSpecial 85 100
Earth PowerGroundSpecial 90 100
EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
Heat WaveFireSpecial 95 90
Iron DefenseSteelStatus
Iron TailSteelPhysical 100 75
Knock OffDarkPhysical 65 100
SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
Stealth RockRockStatus
TailwindFlyingStatus
UproarNormalSpecial 90 100
Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical 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
DigGroundPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDarkStatus Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFightingPhysical 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormalPhysical 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 Archen  sprite from Sword & Shield
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
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Giant's Foot

Other languages

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

Name origin

archaeopteryx
a reptile-like fossil bird