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Swellow (Pokémon)

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Taillow #276: Taillow
Pokémon
#278: Wingull Wingull
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Swellow (disambiguation).
Swellow
Swallow Pokémon
オオスバメ
Ohsubame
#277
Swellow

Swellow

Swellow

Swellow
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Normal Flying
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Guts Cacophony
Cacophony
Scrappy
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Swellow

Mega Swellow Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Flying
Hatch time
4080 - 4334 steps
Height
2'04" 0.7 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
43.7 lbs. 19.8 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#277
Kanto
#000
Johto
#026
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
Coastal
#020
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-037
Fiore
R-007
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
162
Gen. III-IV
Unknown
IV
151
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
2
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body09.png BodyUnknown.png
{{{forme2}}}
Footprint
F277.png None.png
{{{forme2}}}
Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
External Links

Swellow (Japanese: オオスバメ Ohsubame) is a dual-type Normal/Flying Pokémon.

It evolves from Taillow starting at level 22.

Biology

Swellow is a large dark blue bird Pokémon with a red breast and face. It has a crest of blue feathers sweeping back from its head, a vertical stripe of blue extending into its chest, and a white belly. It has sharply shaped wings with white undersides and two, red-tipped tail feathers. It has red feet with black talons. It is an impressive dive-bomber, and will never miss its target. It searches for warm meadows while in the air. It also takes great pride in its glossy plumage, and often cleans the wings of other Swellow.

In the anime

Swellow in the anime
Shiny Swellow in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Swellow

Ash's Taillow evolved into Swellow in That's Just Swellow during the final round of the PokéRinger tournament. Unlike Pidgeotto and Noctowl, Swellow was a main competitor on Ash's team.

Other

Swellow first appeared in Candid Camerupt. Vito of the Winstrate family used it to secretly protect his family.

Winona's Shiny Swellow debuted in Sky High Gym Battle!. Ash battled against it during the Gym battle.

Minor appearances

A Swellow appeared in Pursuing a Lofty Goal! as one of the participants of PokéRinger competition.

Multiple Swellow made a brief cameo in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

Multiple Swellow appeared in Butterfree and Me!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG080 Swellow Ash's Pokédex Swellow, the Swallow Pokémon. Swellow uses its impressive divebomber speed and its large talons to capture its prey.
This concludes the entries from the Advanced Generation series.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Three Fires of Team Magma each own a Swellow they use for aerial transport.

In the TCG

Main article: Swellow (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
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.
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.
FireRed If its two tail feathers are standing at attention, it is proof of good health. It soars elegantly in the sky.
LeafGreen
Generation IV
Diamond It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It dives at a steep angle as soon as it spots its prey. It catches its prey with sharp claws.
SoulSilver
Generation V
Black It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.
White
Black 2 It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.
White 2
Generation VI
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.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Route 115
Emerald
Route 115
FireRed LeafGreen
Trade
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 213 (Poké Radar)
Platinum
Route 213 (Poké Radar)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Evolve Taillow
Pal Park
Field
Generation V
Black White
Route 13, Giant Chasm
Black 2 White 2
Route 13 (Swarm)
Dream World
Pleasant Forest, Windswept Sky
Generation VI
X Y
Evolve Taillow

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Evolve from Taillow
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 4
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve from Taillow
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Concealed Ruins (B16-B29)
World Abyss (B9-B29)
Mt. Mistral (1F-19F)
Pokémon Ranger Lyra Forest
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Union Road
Pokémon Rumble Blast Forest: Challenger's Ground (Post-ending)

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Diamond Pearl Charti Berry Charti Berry (5%)
Platinum
Black White Charti Berry Charti Berry (5%)
Black 2 White 2 Charti Berry Charti Berry (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 60
120 - 167 230 - 324
Attack: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Defense: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Sp.Atk: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Def: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Speed: 125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Total: 430   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/3 ★★★
Power
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Skill
1/2
Stamina
4/4 ★★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
16/19 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Air Slash Flying Special 07575 09595% 15
00Start Pluck Flying Physical 06060 100100% 20
00Start Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
00Start Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
00Start Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 —% 30
00Start Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
044 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 —% 30
077 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
1313 Wing Attack Flying Physical 06060 100100% 35
1919 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —% 15
2828 Endeavor Normal Physical 0000 100100% 5
3838 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —% 20
4949 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
6161 Air Slash Flying Special 07575 09595% 15
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Swellow obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Swellow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Swellow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM19 Roost Flying Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Steel Sprite.png TM51 Steel Wing Steel Physical 07070 090}}90% 25
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Bug Sprite.png TM89 U-turn Bug Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag HM Flying Sprite.png HM02 Fly Flying Physical 09090 095}}95% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Swellow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Swellow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
III - IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Noivern Boomburst Normal Special 140 100% 10
Farfetch'dStarlyStaraviaStaraptorDucklettSwanna
RuffletBraviaryTalonflame
Brave Bird Flying Physical 120 100% 15
DucklettSwannaRuffletBraviary Defog Flying Status —% 15
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotSpearowFearowSwablu
AltariaChatotSigilyph
Mirror Move Flying Status —% 20
SpearowFearowDoduoDodrioMurkrowHonchkrow
Wingull
Pursuit Dark Physical 40 100% 20
DoduoDodrio Rage Normal Physical 20 100% 20
SwabluAltaria Refresh Normal Status —% 20
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotSpearowFearowHoothoot
NoctowlWingullPelipperChatotPidoveTranquill
UnfezantDucklettSwannaFletchlingFletchinderTalonflame
NoibatNoivern
Roost Flying Status —% 10
NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezant
Sigilyph
Sky Attack Flying Physical 140 90% 5
SkarmoryFletchlingFletchinderTalonflame Steel Wing Steel Physical 70 90% 25
ZubatGolbatCrobatAerodactylWingullPelipper Supersonic Normal Status 55% 20
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor
SigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
Whirlwind Normal Status —% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Swellow in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Swellow in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Swellow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Swellow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Swellow can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Swellow cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Swellow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Swellow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation V
Other generations:
III - IV - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
276 Endure Normal Status —% 10
276 TailwindBW Flying Status —% 30
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Swellow
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Swellow
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS277.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani277.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP277.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Beau Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'm a wanderer. The skies are free!
26%-50% HP I don't like this... My health shouldn't be down to half.
1%-25% HP I'm falling... My wings have failed me...
Level up I've gained in level! I can soar higher and farther!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I've gained in level! I can soar higher and farther!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP277.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Flying  Poké Assist: Flying PA.png
( Flying )
Field move: Gust fm.pngGust fm.png
(Gust ×2)
Loops: 6 Min. exp.: 42 Max. exp.: 59
Browser entry  
Swellow darts quickly through the air while flapping its wings to create gusts.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Flying  Poké Assist: Flying PA.png
( Flying )
Field move: Cut 2 field move.png
(Cut ×2)
Browser entry  
It whips up gusts with its wings to attack. It also rams targets.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

276Taillow.png
Unevolved
Taillow
 Normal  Flying 
Rare Candy
Level 22
277Swellow.png
First evolution
Swellow
 Normal  Flying 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 277.png Spr b 3r 277.png Spr 3e 277.gif Spr b 3r 277.png Spr 3r 277.png Spr b 3r 277.png
Spr 3r 277 s.png Spr b 3r 277 s.png Spr 3e 277 s.gif Spr b 3r 277 s.png Spr 3r 277 s.png Spr b 3r 277 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 277.png Spr b 4d 277.png Spr 4d 277.png Spr b 4p 277.png Spr 4d 277.png Spr b 4p 277.png
Spr 4d 277 s.png Spr b 4d 277 s.png Spr 4d 277 s.png Spr b 4p 277 s.png Spr 4d 277 s.png Spr b 4p 277 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 277.png Spr b 5b 277.png Spr 5b 277.png Spr b 5b2 277.png
Spr 5b 277 s.png Spr b 5b 277 s.png Spr 5b 277 s.png Spr b 5b2 277 s.png
Front Back Front Back
277MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Swellow images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Swellow is the fastest non-legendary Normal-type Pokémon, with a Speed base stat of 125.

Origin

Swellow is based directly on swallows, specifically a barn swallow or welcome swallow. However, it shares characteristics with other types of birds as well. In terms of behavior, its predatory habits and incredible speed suggest inspiration from falcons, or perhaps the swallow-tailed kite. Its coloration, appearance, and crested head are similar to treeswifts, though its head also resembles that of a secretary bird. Swellow's Shiny colors of green, red and white, combined with its two long tail feathers, also resemble the Resplendent Quetzal.

Name origin

Swellow is a combination of swell (to grow larger) and swallow.

Ohsubame is a corruption of 大燕 ōtsubame (large swallow). Ohsubame may also mean big Subame.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese オオスバメ Ohsubame Corruption of 大燕 ōtsubame
France Flag.png French Hélédelle Possibly from ailé, and hirondelle
Spain Flag.png Spanish Swellow Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Schwalboss From Schwalbe and Boss
Italy Flag.png Italian Swellow Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스왈로 Seuwallo Transliteration of English name


Related articles

External links

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Pokémon
#278: Wingull Wingull


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