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Aerial Ace (move)

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Aerial Ace
つばめがえし Swallow Return
Aerial Ace.png
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Type  Flying
Category  Physical
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  60
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone but the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
The appeal works great if performed first.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs first in the turn.

Aerial Ace (Japanese: つばめがえし Swallow Return) is a damage-dealing Flying-type move introduced in Generation III. It has been TM40 since Generation III.

Effect

Generation III to IV

Aerial Ace inflicts damage and is unaffected by modifications to the accuracy stat and evasion stat. It will not hit a Pokémon during the semi-invulnerable turn of moves such as Dig, Fly and Dive.

Generation V

Aerial Ace can hit non-adjacent opponents in Triple Battles.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD An extremely speedy and unavoidable attack.*
An extremely fast attack that can't be avoided.*
FRLG An extremely fast attack against one target. It can’t be evaded.
PMDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It never misses.*
It inflicts damage on the target. It never misses.*
DPPtHGSS The user confounds the foe with speed, then slashes. The attack lands without fail.*
The user confounds the foe with speed, then strikes. The attack lands without fail.*
BWB2W2 The user confounds the target with speed, then slashes. The attack lands without fail.
XY The user confounds the target with speed, then slashes. This attack never misses.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
021 Spearow Spearow Normal Flying 25 17 17 17
022 Fearow Fearow Normal Flying   17 17 17
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying   13 13 9
214 Heracross Heracross Bug Fighting   13 13 10 10
276 Taillow Taillow Normal Flying 34 34 34 34
277 Swellow Swellow Normal Flying 38 38 38 38
278 Wingull Wingull Water Flying   42 42 42
396 Starly Starly Normal Flying   25 25 25
397 Staravia Staravia Normal Flying   28 28 28
398 Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying   28 28 28
580 Ducklett Ducklett Water Flying     15 15
581 Swanna Swanna Water Flying     15 15
627 Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying     23 23
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying     23 23
673 Gogoat Gogoat Grass Grass       --, 65
679 Honedge Honedge Steel Ghost       22
680 Doublade Doublade Steel Ghost       22
681 Aegislash Aegislash Steel Ghost       --
701 Hawlucha Hawlucha Fighting Flying       16
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Type Machine
I
--
II
--
III
TM40
IV
TM40
V
TM40
VI
TM40
004 Charmander Charmander Fire Fire
005 Charmeleon Charmeleon Fire Fire
006 Charizard Charizard Fire Flying
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying
015 Beedrill Beedrill Bug Poison
016 Pidgey Pidgey Normal Flying
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Normal Flying
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot Normal Flying
021 Spearow Spearow Normal Flying
022 Fearow Fearow Normal Flying
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground
028 Sandslash Sandslash Ground Ground
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison
030 Nidorina Nidorina Poison Poison
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying
042 Golbat Golbat Poison Flying
046 Paras Paras Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect Bug Grass
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison
050 Diglett Diglett Ground Ground
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio Ground Ground
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal
054 Psyduck Psyduck Water Water
055 Golduck Golduck Water Water
056 Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting
057 Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting
058 Growlithe Growlithe Fire Fire
059 Arcanine Arcanine Fire Fire
080 Slowbro Slowbro Water Psychic
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying
084 Doduo Doduo Normal Flying
085 Dodrio Dodrio Normal Flying
104 Cubone Cubone Ground Ground
105 Marowak Marowak Ground Ground
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Normal Normal
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy
123 Scyther Scyther Bug Flying
137 Porygon Porygon Normal Normal
140 Kabuto Kabuto Rock Water
141 Kabutops Kabutops Rock Water
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying
144 Articuno Articuno Ice Flying
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
146 Moltres Moltres Fire Flying
149 Dragonite Dragonite Dragon Flying
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
155 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil Fire Fire
156 Quilava Quilava Fire Fire
157 Typhlosion Typhlosion Fire Fire
158 Totodile Totodile Water Water
159 Croconaw Croconaw Water Water
160 Feraligatr Feraligatr Water Water
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot Normal Flying
164 Noctowl Noctowl Normal Flying
165 Ledyba Ledyba Bug Flying
166 Ledian Ledian Bug Flying
169 Crobat Crobat Poison Flying
176 Togetic Togetic Fairy Flying
177 Natu Natu Psychic Flying
178 Xatu Xatu Psychic Flying
187 Hoppip Hoppip Grass Flying
188 Skiploom Skiploom Grass Flying
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff Grass Flying
190 Aipom Aipom Normal Normal
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying
198 Murkrow Murkrow Dark Flying
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Ghost Ghost
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying
212 Scizor Scizor Bug Steel
214 Heracross Heracross Bug Fighting
215 Sneasel Sneasel Dark Ice
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa Normal Normal
217 Ursaring Ursaring Normal Normal
225 Delibird Delibird Ice Flying
226 Mantine Mantine Water Flying
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying
233 Porygon2 Porygon2 Normal Normal
237 Hitmontop Hitmontop Fighting Fighting
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar Rock Dark
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying
251 Celebi Celebi Psychic Grass
252 Treecko Treecko Grass Grass
253 Grovyle Grovyle Grass Grass
254 Sceptile Sceptile Grass Grass
255 Torchic Torchic Fire Fire
256 Combusken Combusken Fire Fighting
257 Blaziken Blaziken Fire Fighting
267 Beautifly Beautifly Bug Flying
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison
275 Shiftry Shiftry Grass Dark
276 Taillow Taillow Normal Flying
277 Swellow Swellow Normal Flying
278 Wingull Wingull Water Flying
279 Pelipper Pelipper Water Flying
284 Masquerain Masquerain Bug Flying
287 Slakoth Slakoth Normal Normal
288 Vigoroth Vigoroth Normal Normal
289 Slaking Slaking Normal Normal
290 Nincada Nincada Bug Ground
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying
292 Shedinja Shedinja Bug Ghost
302 Sableye Sableye Dark Ghost
304 Aron Aron Steel Rock
305 Lairon Lairon Steel Rock
306 Aggron Aggron Steel Rock
313 Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug
314 Illumise Illumise Bug Bug
330 Flygon Flygon Ground Dragon
333 Swablu Swablu Normal Flying
334 Altaria Altaria Dragon Flying
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal
341 Corphish Corphish Water Water
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Water Dark
347 Anorith Anorith Rock Bug
348 Armaldo Armaldo Rock Bug
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal
357 Tropius Tropius Grass Flying
359 Absol Absol Dark Dark
371 Bagon Bagon Dragon Dragon
372 Shelgon Shelgon Dragon Dragon
373 Salamence Salamence Dragon Flying
375 Metang Metang Steel Psychic
376 Metagross Metagross Steel Psychic
379 Registeel Registeel Steel Steel
380 Latias Latias Dragon Psychic
381 Latios Latios Dragon Psychic
383 Groudon Groudon Ground Ground
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza Dragon Flying
385 Jirachi Jirachi Steel Psychic
386 Deoxys Deoxys Psychic Psychic
390 Chimchar Chimchar Fire Fire
391 Monferno Monferno Fire Fighting
392 Infernape Infernape Fire Fighting
393 Piplup Piplup Water Water
394 Prinplup Prinplup Water Water
395 Empoleon Empoleon Water Steel
396 Starly Starly Normal Flying
397 Staravia Staravia Normal Flying
398 Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying
402 Kricketune Kricketune Bug Bug
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying
424 Ambipom Ambipom Normal Normal
429 Mismagius Mismagius Ghost Ghost
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow Dark Flying
431 Glameow Glameow Normal Normal
432 Purugly Purugly Normal Normal
441 Chatot Chatot Normal Flying
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground
444 Gabite Gabite Dragon Ground
445 Garchomp Garchomp Dragon Ground
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug
452 Drapion Drapion Poison Dark
458 Mantyke Mantyke Water Flying
461 Weavile Weavile Dark Ice
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth Grass Grass
468 Togekiss Togekiss Fairy Flying
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying
470 Leafeon Leafeon Grass Grass
472 Gliscor Gliscor Ground Flying
474 Porygon-Z Porygon-Z Normal Normal
475 Gallade Gallade Psychic Fighting
483 Dialga Dialga Steel Dragon
484 Palkia Palkia Water Dragon
486 Regigigas Regigigas Normal Normal
487 Giratina Giratina Ghost Dragon
491 Darkrai Darkrai Dark Dark
493 Arceus Arceus Normal Normal
495 Snivy Snivy Grass Grass
496 Servine Servine Grass Grass
497 Serperior Serperior Grass Grass
501 Oshawott Oshawott Water Water
502 Dewott Dewott Water Water
503 Samurott Samurott Water Water
506 Lillipup Lillipup Normal Normal
507 Herdier Herdier Normal Normal
508 Stoutland Stoutland Normal Normal
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark
510 Liepard Liepard Dark Dark
519 Pidove Pidove Normal Flying
520 Tranquill Tranquill Normal Flying
521 Unfezant Unfezant Normal Flying
527 Woobat Woobat Psychic Flying
528 Swoobat Swoobat Psychic Flying
529 Drilbur Drilbur Ground Ground
530 Excadrill Excadrill Ground Steel
542 Leavanny Leavanny Bug Grass
553 Krookodile Krookodile Ground Dark
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock
558 Crustle Crustle Bug Rock
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph Psychic Flying
566 Archen Archen Rock Flying
567 Archeops Archeops Rock Flying
570 Zorua Zorua Dark Dark
571 Zoroark Zoroark Dark Dark
580 Ducklett Ducklett Water Flying
581 Swanna Swanna Water Flying
587 Emolga Emolga Electric Flying
588 Karrablast Karrablast Bug Bug
589 Escavalier Escavalier Bug Steel
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel
610 Axew Axew Dragon Dragon
611 Fraxure Fraxure Dragon Dragon
612 Haxorus Haxorus Dragon Dragon
613 Cubchoo Cubchoo Ice Ice
614 Beartic Beartic Ice Ice
619 Mienfoo Mienfoo Fighting Fighting
620 Mienshao Mienshao Fighting Fighting
621 Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon
624 Pawniard Pawniard Dark Steel
625 Bisharp Bisharp Dark Steel
626 Bouffalant Bouffalant Normal Normal
627 Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying
629 Vullaby Vullaby Dark Flying
630 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz Dark Flying
631 Heatmor Heatmor Fire Fire
632 Durant Durant Bug Steel
637 Volcarona Volcarona Bug Fire
638 Cobalion Cobalion Steel Fighting
639 Terrakion Terrakion Rock Fighting
640 Virizion Virizion Grass Fighting
641 Tornadus Tornadus Flying Flying
647 Keldeo Keldeo Water Fighting
649 Genesect Genesect Bug Steel
650 Chespin Chespin Grass Grass
651 Quilladin Quilladin Grass Grass
652 Chesnaught Chesnaught Grass Fighting
656 Froakie Froakie Water Water
657 Frogadier Frogadier Water Water
658 Greninja Greninja Water Dark
661 Fletchling Fletchling Normal Flying
662 Fletchinder Fletchinder Fire Flying
663 Talonflame Talonflame Fire Flying
666 Vivillon Vivillon Bug Flying
673 Gogoat Gogoat Grass Grass
674 Pancham Pancham Fighting Fighting
675 Pangoro Pangoro Fighting Dark
679 Honedge Honedge Steel Ghost
680 Doublade Doublade Steel Ghost
681 Aegislash Aegislash Steel Ghost
686 Inkay Inkay Dark Psychic
687 Malamar Malamar Dark Psychic
688 Binacle Binacle Rock Water
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle Rock Water
696 Tyrunt Tyrunt Rock Dragon
697 Tyrantrum Tyrantrum Rock Dragon
701 Hawlucha Hawlucha Fighting Flying
702 Dedenne Dedenne Electric Fairy
714 Noibat Noibat Flying Dragon
715 Noivern Noivern Flying Dragon
717 Yveltal Yveltal Dark Flying
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation IV

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
142 142 Aerodactyl Rock Flying My Pokémon Ranch
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

Skyla Unfezant Aerial Ace.png Zoey Leafeon Aerial Ace.png Elesa Emolga Aerial Ace.png Winona Swellow Aerial Ace.png
Unfezant Leafeon Emolga Swellow
The user is engulfed by light and hits the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
277 Swellow Swellow flies at the opponent, flips in the air, then it becomes engulfed in streaks of white light and flies into the opponent, disappearing before hitting it.
Winona's Swellow Sky High Gym Battle! Debut
Ash's Swellow Lessons in Lilycove None
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto flies at the opponent, flips in the air, then it becomes engulfed in steaks of white light and flies into the opponent, disappearing before hitting it.
Vladimir's Pidgeotto Pokéblock, Stock, and Berry None
334 Altaria Altaria disappears, then reappears behind the opponent.
Drake's Altaria Vanity Affair None
059 Arcanine Arcanine runs at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded in white streaks. It jumps into the air, then tackles the opponent.
Tucker's Arcanine Tactics Theatrics!! None
275 Shiftry Shiftry jumps at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by white streaks. It then flies into the opponent. While its body is surrounded by white streaks, Shiftry can fly through the air.
Angela's Shiftry From Cradle to Save! None
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot flies at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by white streaks. It then slams into the opponent.
Solidad's Pidgeot Channeling the Battle Zone! None
291 Ninjask Ninjask's body glows white and it slams into the opponent.
Brandon's Ninjask Pace - The Final Frontier! None
396 Starly Starly dives at the opponent and white streaks surround its body. Starly then tackles the opponent.
Paul's Starly When Pokémon Worlds Collide! None
Ash's Starly A Staravia is Born! None
397 Staravia Staravia flies at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by white streaks. It then slams into the opponent.
Ash's Staravia A Staravia is Born! None
278 Wingull Wingull's body becomes surrounded by white streaks and it flies into the opponent.
Holly's Wingull Tag! We're It...! None
267 Beautifly Beautifly flies into the air and does a flip. Then, its body becomes surrounded in white streaks and it slams into the opponent.
May's Beautifly Strategy With a Smile! None
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow's body becomes surrounded by white streaks and it flies down and slams into the opponent.
Paul's Honchkrow Aiding the Enemy! None
444 Gabite Gabite's body becomes surrounded by white streaks and it flies into the opponent multiple times.
Ursula's Gabite Another One Gabites the Dust! None
398 Staraptor Staraptor flies at the opponent, back flips in the air, then dives down at the opponent, its body becoming surrounded by white streaks. It then slams into the opponent.
Ash's Staraptor Sliding Into Seventh! None
Narissa's Ditto One in the form of Staraptor Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama! Used via Transform
Narissa's Ditto Two in the form of Staraptor Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama! Used via Transform
470 Leafeon Leafeon's body becomes surrounded by white streaks and it slams into the opponent. As it is surrounded by white streaks, Leafeon flies through the air.
Zoey's Leafeon Coming Full - Festival Circle! None
156 Quilava Quilava ignites the flames on its head and back and it jumps into the air. Its body then becomes surrounded in white streaks and it slams into the opponent. As the white streaks surround its body, Quilava can fly through the air.
Ash's Quilava League Unleashed! None
520 Tranquill Tranquill dives down at the opponent and flaps its wings once. Once it does, it moves so fast it becomes a blur and it slams into the opponent twice.
Trip's Tranquill A Rival Battle for Club Champ! None
Dino's Tranquill The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk! None
587 Emolga Emolga flies into the air, then dives down towards the ground and shoots at the opponent, moving so fast that it becomes a blur. It then slams into the opponent two or more times.
Elesa's Emolga Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym! None
521F Unfezant Unfezant dives down at the opponent and flaps its wings once. Once it does, it moves so fast it becomes a blur and it slams into the opponent. Sometimes, Unfezant becomes outlined in white.
Skyla's Unfezant An Amazing Aerial Battle! None
Ash's Unfezant An Amazing Aerial Battle! None
614 Beartic Beartic jumps up with a high burst of speed with a clear aura around it, and hits the opponent. Beartic sometimes will charge forward with a high burst of speed with a clear aura around it, and hit the opponent twice.
Brycen's Beartic Caution: Icy Battle Conditions! None
628 Braviary Braviary dives down at the opponent and flaps its wings once. Once it does, it moves so fast it becomes a blur and it slams into the opponent.
Soren's Braviary A Surface to Air Tag Battle Team! None
553 Krookodile Krookodile jumps up with a high burst of speed with a clear aura around it, and hits the opponent. Krookodile sometimes will charge forward with a high burst of speed with a clear aura around it, and hit the opponent twice.
Ash's Krookodile Strong Strategy Steals the Show! None

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga


In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Aerial Ace III.png Aerial Ace IV.png Aerial Ace BW.png Aerial Ace B2W2.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS BW BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Aerial Ace PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Trivia

  • This move is based on and named after Sasaki Kojiro's "Turning Swallow Cut". However, due to multiple translations, including the English Aerial Ace, the nature of the move is widely misinterpreted. This is reinforced by some of its depictions in the Pokémon anime, which do not correspond with its in-game animations and descriptions. The misinterpretation is further reinforced by the fact that it is a Flying-type move. However, many Flying-type moves do not require the user to be capable of flight (e.g. Acrobatics, Bounce), or even leave the ground (e.g. Peck, Pluck).

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 迴轉攻 Huízhuǎngōng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Flyveres
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Lucht Troef
Finland Flag.png Finnish Taivasässä
France Flag.png French Aéropique
Germany Flag.png German Aero-Ass
Greece Flag.png Greek Εναέριος Ελιγμός
India Flag.png Hindi हवाई हमला Havaee Hamla
Italy Flag.png Italian Aeroassalto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 제비반환 Jebi Banhwan
Poland Flag.png Polish Powietrzny as
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Golpe Aéreo
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Às Aéreo (Advanced Series)
Perícia Aérea (Diamond and Pearl Series)
Romania Flag.png Romanian As de Aer
Asul Atmosferic
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Vazdušni As
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America As Aéreo (anime)
Spain Flag.png Spain Golpe Aéreo


Variations of the move Swift
Physical Feint AttackAerial AceShadow PunchMagnet Bomb
Special SwiftMagical LeafShock Wave


Generation III TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation III HMs
0102030405060708
Generation IV TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Generation VI HMs
0102030405


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