Swellow

Swellow is a Normal/Flying type Pokémon introduced in Generation 3. It is known as the Swallow Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 277
Type Normal Flying
Species Swallow Pokémon
Height 0.7 m (2′04″)
Weight 19.8 kg (43.7 lbs)
Abilities 1. Guts
Scrappy (hidden ability)
Local № 026 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
020 (X/Y — Coastal Kalos)
026 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)

Training

EV yield 2 Speed
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 159
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Flying
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 15 (3,599–3,855 steps)

Base stats

HP 60
230 324
Attack 85
157 295
Defense 60
112 240
Sp. Atk 75
139 273
Sp. Def 50
94 218
Speed 125
229 383
Total 455 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 Swellow.

Evolution chart

(Level 22)

Swellow changes

Pokédex entries

Ruby SWELLOW flies high above our heads, making graceful arcs in the sky. This POKéMON dives at a steep angle as soon as it spots its prey. The hapless prey is tightly grasped by SWELLOW’s clawed feet, preventing escape.
Sapphire SWELLOW is very conscientious about the upkeep of its glossy wings. Once two SWELLOW are gathered, they diligently take care of cleaning each other’s wings.
FireRed
LeafGreen
If its two tail feathers are standing at attention, it is proof of good health. It soars elegantly in the sky.
Emerald A SWELLOW dives upon prey from far above. It never misses its targets. It takes to the skies in search of lands with a warm climate.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.
HeartGold
SoulSilver
It dives at a steep angle as soon as it spots its prey. It catches its prey with sharp claws.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.
X If its two tail feathers are standing at attention, it is proof of good health. It soars elegantly in the sky.
Y It dives at a steep angle as soon as it spots its prey. It catches its prey with sharp claws.
Omega Ruby Swellow flies high above our heads, making graceful arcs in the sky. This Pokémon dives at a steep angle as soon as it spots its prey. The hapless prey is tightly grasped by Swellow’s clawed feet, preventing escape.
Alpha Sapphire Swellow is very conscientious about the upkeep of its glossy wings. Once two Swellow are gathered, they diligently take care of cleaning each other’s wings.

Moves learned by Swellow

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Air SlashFlyingSpecial 75 95
1Brave BirdFlyingPhysical 120 100
1Focus EnergyNormalStatus
1GrowlNormalStatus 100
1PeckFlyingPhysical 35 100
1PluckFlyingPhysical 60 100
1Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
5Focus EnergyNormalStatus
9Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
13Wing AttackFlyingPhysical 60 100
17Double TeamNormalStatus
21Aerial AceFlyingPhysical 60
27Quick GuardFightingStatus
33AgilityPsychicStatus
39Air SlashFlyingSpecial 75 95
45EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
51Brave BirdFlyingPhysical 120 100
57ReversalFightingPhysical 100

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
BoomburstNormalSpecial 140 100
Brave BirdFlyingPhysical 120 100
DefogFlyingStatus
HurricaneFlyingSpecial 110 70
Mirror MoveFlyingStatus
PursuitDarkPhysical 40 100
RageNormalPhysical 20 100
RefreshNormalStatus
RoostFlyingStatus
Sky AttackFlyingPhysical 140 90
Steel WingSteelPhysical 70 90
SupersonicNormalStatus 55
WhirlwindNormalStatus

Move Tutor moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
DefogFlyingStatus
EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
Heat WaveFireSpecial 95 90
Laser FocusNormalStatus
Sky AttackFlyingPhysical 140 90
SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
TailwindFlyingStatus

Moves learnt by TM

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

Transfer-only moves

Swellow 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
CounterFightingPhysical 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormalStatus Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormalStatus 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormalStatus Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormalPhysical 100 Generation 4 — TM
Air CutterFlyingSpecial 60 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Ominous WindGhostSpecial 60 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormalSpecial 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
TwisterDragonSpecial 40 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Air SlashFlyingSpecial 75 95
1Brave BirdFlyingPhysical 120 100
1Focus EnergyNormalStatus
1GrowlNormalStatus 100
1PeckFlyingPhysical 35 100
1PluckFlyingPhysical 60 100
1Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
5Focus EnergyNormalStatus
9Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
13Wing AttackFlyingPhysical 60 100
17Double TeamNormalStatus
21Aerial AceFlyingPhysical 60
27Quick GuardFightingStatus
33AgilityPsychicStatus
39Air SlashFlyingSpecial 75 95
45EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
51Brave BirdFlyingPhysical 120 100
57ReversalFightingPhysical 100

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
BoomburstNormalSpecial 140 100
Brave BirdFlyingPhysical 120 100
DefogFlyingStatus
HurricaneFlyingSpecial 110 70
Mirror MoveFlyingStatus
PursuitDarkPhysical 40 100
RageNormalPhysical 20 100
RefreshNormalStatus
RoostFlyingStatus
Sky AttackFlyingPhysical 140 90
Steel WingSteelPhysical 70 90
SupersonicNormalStatus 55
WhirlwindNormalStatus

Moves learnt by TM

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

Transfer-only moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
CounterFightingPhysical 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormalStatus Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormalStatus 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormalStatus Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormalPhysical 100 Generation 4 — TM
Air CutterFlyingSpecial 60 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Ominous WindGhostSpecial 60 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormalSpecial 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
TwisterDragonSpecial 40 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM

Swellow sprites

Type Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Swellow  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Swellow  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Swellow  sprite from Black & White Swellow  sprite from X & Y
Shiny Swellow Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Swellow Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Swellow Shiny sprite from Black & White Swellow Shiny sprite from X & Y

Where to find Swellow

Ruby
Sapphire
Route 115
FireRed
LeafGreen
Trade/migrate from another game
Emerald Route 115
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Route 213
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Evolve Taillow
Black
White
Route 13, Giant Chasm
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Taillow
Sun
Moon
Trade/migrate from another game
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Ultra Space Wilds
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Not available in this game

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Swellow
Japanese オオスバメ (Ohsubame)
German Schwalboss
French Hélédelle

Name origin

swell
expand
swallow
a species of bird