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
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Guts Cacophony
Cacophony
Scrappy
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Flying
Hatch time
3855 - 4111 steps
Height
2'04" 0.7 m
Swellow
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
Swellow
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#277
Kanto
#000
Johto
#026
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
Coastal
#020
Kalos
#000
Alola
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
159
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
Swellow
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
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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.

In the anime

In the main series

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 Crossgate PokéRinger.

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!. Winona used it during her battle against Ash in the Fortree Gym. Swellow was used to battle Grovyle which it was able to defeat but was defeated against Ash's own Swellow.

Minor appearances

A Swellow appeared in Pursuing a Lofty Goal! as one of the participants of Squallville PokéRinger where it was used against a Wingull.

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

Multiple Swellow appeared in Butterfree and Me!.

A Swellow was among the Flying-type Pokémon who raced Mewtwo in Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

A Swellow appeared in the Hoopa's Surprise Ring Adventures short Flying in the Air.

A Trainer's Swellow appeared in A Relay in the Sky! participating 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.
This concludes the entries from the Advanced Generation series.

In Pokémon Generations

A Swellow appeared during a flashback in The Redemption as one of the many Pokémon fighting in the great war of Kalos, 3000 years previously.

In the manga

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 who first appeared in Walrein and Camerupt.

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

In the TCG

Main article: Swellow (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
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.
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.

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
Pokémon Bank

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 (B16-B29), World Abyss (B9-B29), Mt. Mistral (1F-19F)
MD Sky
Concealed Ruins (B16-B29), World Abyss (B9-B29), 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

Generation III-VI
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.


Generation VII
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: 75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Sp.Def: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Speed: 125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Total: 455   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 VII, 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 VII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Brave Bird Flying Physical 120120 100100% 15
011 Air Slash Flying Special 07575 09595% 15
011 Pluck Flying Physical 06060 100100% 20
011 Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
011 Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
011 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 —% 30
011 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
055 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 —% 30
099 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
1313 Wing Attack Flying Physical 06060 100100% 35
1717 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —% 15
2121 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —% 20
2727 Quick Guard Fighting Status 0000 —% 15
3333 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
3939 Air Slash Flying Special 07575 09595% 15
4545 Endeavor Normal Physical 0000 100100% 5
5151 Brave Bird Flying Physical 120120 100100% 15
5757 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100100% 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 level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM01Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM01 Work Up Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 30
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM11Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM15Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM18Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM19Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM19 Roost Flying Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
TM40Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM46Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM49Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
TM51Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM51 Steel Wing Steel Physical 07070 090}}90% 25
TM68Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM76Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM76 Fly Flying Physical 09090 095}}95% 15
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM89Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM89 U-turn Bug Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
  • 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 VII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Noivern Boomburst Normal Special 140 100% 10
Farfetch'dTaillowSwellowStarlyStaraviaStaraptor
DucklettSwannaRuffletBraviaryTalonflameRowlet
DartrixDecidueye
Brave Bird Flying Physical 120 100% 15
DucklettSwannaRuffletBraviary Defog Flying Status —% 15
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotWingullPelipperDucklett
SwannaNoibatNoivernOricorio
Hurricane Flying Special 110 70% 10
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotSpearowFearowSwablu
ChatotSigilyphOricorio
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
NoibatNoivernPikipekTrumbeakToucannonOricorio
Roost Flying Status —% 10
NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezant
Sigilyph
Sky Attack Flying Physical 140 90% 5
SkarmoryFletchlingFletchinderTalonflame Steel Wing Steel Physical 70 90% 25
ZubatGolbatCrobatAerodactylWingullPelipper
NoibatNoivernPikipekTrumbeakToucannon
Supersonic Normal Status 55% 20
PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor
SigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
Whirlwind Normal Status —% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Swellow in Generation VII
  • 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 VII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI
 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 VII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • 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 RS
PinRS277.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani277.png
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!
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 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

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
Spr 7s 277.png Spr b 7s 277.png
Spr 7s 277 s.png Spr b 7s 277 s.png
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 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 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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