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



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Normal Flying
Unknown Unknown
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Abilities
Guts Cacophony
Cacophony
Scrappy
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Flying
Hatch time
3855 - 4111 steps
Height
2'04" 0.7 m
Swellow
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Weight
43.7 lbs. 19.8 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
162
Gen. III-IV
Unknown
IV
159
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
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0
Sp.Def
2
Speed
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Shape
Body09.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F277.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
External Links

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

It evolves from Taillow starting at level 22.

Biology

Swellow is a large, dark blue bird Pokémon with a red breast and face. A crest of feathers sweeps back from the top of its head. A blue stripe separates the red markings on its head and chest, and it has a white underside. It has small, narrow eyes, a pointed, yellow beak, and red feet with black talons. Each foot has three forward-facing toes and one pointed backward. Two long, pointed feathers with red tips form its tail, and are an indication of good health when standing up straight. Swellow's wings taper to a sharp point. An impressive dive-bomber, it will never miss its target. Additionally, it takes great pride in its glossy plumage, and often cleans the wings of other Swellow. It searches for warm meadows while in the air. Swellow preys on Wurmple.

In the anime

In the main series

Swellow in the anime
Shiny Swellow in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Swellow

In That's Just Swellow, Ash's Taillow evolved into a Swellow during the final round of the Crossgate PokéRinger competition.

Other

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

In Sky High Gym Battle!, Winona used a Shiny Swellow during her Gym battle against Ash. It faced off against Grovyle, which it was able to defeat, but it was later defeated by Ash's own Swellow.

In the Hoopa's Surprise Ring Adventures short Flying in the Air, a Swellow was among the immense Flying-type Pokémon summoned by Hoopa to create wind for Ash and Pikachu, but their combined Gust was too much for them and sent them blasting off.

Minor appearances

In Pursuing a Lofty Goal!, a Swellow competed in the Squallville PokéRinger. It was used against a Wingull.

In A Staravia Is Born!, Team Rocket captured multiple Swellow.

Multiple Swellow appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

In Butterfree and Me!, multiple Swellow were living at Wayfarer Island.

In Genesect and the Legend Awakened, Mewtwo raced a Swellow.

In A Relay in the Sky!, a Trainer's Swellow competed in the Pokémon Sky Relay.

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.

In Pokémon Generations

A soldier's Swellow appeared in The Redemption, during a fantasy of a story from the past. It was one of the many Pokémon fighting in the great war of Kalos 3,000 years previously.

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Swellow

Ash owns a Swellow in Ash & Pikachu, similar to the anime.

In the Pocket Monsters manga

A Swellow appeared in a fantasy in JNM01.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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

Maxie has a Swellow that first appeared in Walrein and Camerupt.

The Battle Tower rented a Swellow, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in The Final Battle VII.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

A Swellow appeared in Battle Between Student and Master!.

In the Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission manga

In Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission Episode Two, Solana captured a Swellow with her Capture Styler. It reappeared in Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission Episode Three and Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission Episode Four. It was released in Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission Episode Five.

In the TCG

Main article: Swellow (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III Hoenn
#026
Kanto
#—
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 Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#—
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 Unova
#—
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 Kalos
Coastal #020
Hoenn
#026
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.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

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
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Taillow
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Ultra Space Wilds (Cliff World)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Taillow
Trozei!
Secret Storage 4, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Taillow
Ranger
Lyra Forest
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Concealed Ruins (B16F-B29F), World Abyss (B9F-B29F), Mt. Mistral (1F-19F)
MD Sky
Concealed Ruins (B16F-B29F), World Abyss (B9F-B29F), Mt. Mistral (1F-19F)
Ranger: SoA
Union Road
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Forest: Challenger's Ground (Post-ending)
Rumble U
Conductor Room: King of the Sky, Challenge Battle: The Battle for Sky and Land
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Island of Haste: Stage 5
Shuffle
Galerie Rouge: Stage 73
Rumble World
Starlight Islands: Time-Leap Plains (All Areas)

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

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

Generation VII onward
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
60
120 - 167 230 - 324
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Total:
455
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

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 VIII, 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

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Swellow's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Pinball RS
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Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani277.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
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!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 277.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 R-037
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 R-007
It whips up gusts with its wings to attack. It also rams targets.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●●●
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Flying
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT277.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Flying
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#080
Shuffle277.png

Cloud Clear
Clears away one black-cloud disruption without fail.
Skill Swapper: Barrier Shot
Pokémon GO
GO277.png Base Stamina: 155 Base Attack: 185 Base Defense: 124
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Wing Attack, Steel Wing
Charged Attacks: Aerial Ace, Brave Bird, Sky Attack

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.png 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.png 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
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 277.png Spr b 6x 277.png Spr 6x 277.png Spr b 6x 277.png
Spr 6x 277 s.png Spr b 6x 277 s.png Spr 6x 277 s.png Spr b 6x 277 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 277.png Spr b 7s 277.png Spr 7s 277.png Spr b 7s 277.png
Spr 7s 277 s.png Spr b 7s 277 s.png Spr 7s 277 s.png Spr b 7s 277 s.png
Front Back Front Back
277MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Swellow images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

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 secretarybird. 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 Swalow Transliteration of English name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 大王燕 Dàwángyàn Literally "King swallow"


Related articles

External links


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