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

Biology

Swallow is a large, navy blue, swallow-like Pokémon with a somewhat chubby white underbelly and a red breast and face. Its tail is deeply forked, it has a crest of feathers on the back of its head, and it appears to have a smug expression.

Evolution

Swellow evolves from Taillow at level 22.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Ruby and Sapphire Route 115 Rare
FireRed and LeafGreen Trade None
Emerald Route 115 Rare
Diamond and Pearl Route 213 (Poké Radar) Uncommon
Platinum Route 213 (Poké Radar) Uncommon
HeartGold and SoulSilver Trade None
Black and White Route 13, Giant Chasm Uncommon
Black 2 and White 2 Outbreak at Route 13 None


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 4,
Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Taillow
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Concealed Ruins (B16F-B29F)
World Abyss (B9F-B29F)
Mt. Mistral (1F-19F)
Pokémon Ranger Lyra Forest
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Union Road


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

    If its two tail feathers are standing at attention, it is proof of good health. It soars elegantly in the sky.

  • 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

    It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.

  • Pearl

    It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.

  • Platinum

    It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.

  • HeartGold

    It dives at a steep angle as soon as it spots its prey. It catches its prey with sharp claws.

  • SoulSilver

    It dives at a steep angle as soon as it spots its prey. It catches its prey with sharp claws.

  • Black

    It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.

  • White

    It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.

  • Black 2

    It circles the sky in search of prey. When it spots one, it dives steeply to catch the prey.

  • 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.


Side game data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-007 PR Swellow Sprite.png Swellow Flying SOA Cut 2.png Cut 2 PA Flying SofA.png Flying
Capture Points* On Sight**
600 No reaction.
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It whips up gusts with its wings to attack. It also rams targets.
* - This is the amount of points required to capture the Pokémon (excluding boss Pokémon).
** - This is the reaction of the Pokémon when players approach it.


Stats

Swellow's Stats
HP
60
Attack
85
Defense
60
Sp. Atk
75
Sp. Def
50
Speed
125
Total
455

Swellow's Stats
HP
60
Attack
85
Defense
60
Sp. Atk
50
Sp. Def
50
Speed
125
Total
430

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical
1 Air Slash 75 95% 15 Flying Special
1 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
1 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status
1 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
5 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status
9 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
13 Wing Attack 60 100% 35 Flying Physical
17 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
21 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
27 Quick Guard —% 15 Fighting Status
33 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status
39 Air Slash 75 95% 15 Flying Special
45 Endeavor 100% 5 Normal Physical
51 Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical
57 Reversal 100% 15 Fighting Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
N/AXY
1ORAS
Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical Cool 6 0 ♥
1XY
1ORAS
Air Slash 75 95% 15 Flying Special Cool 1 4 ♥
1XY
1ORAS
Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical Cute 3 0 ♥
1XY
1ORAS
Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
1XY
1ORAS
Growl 100% 40 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
1XY
1ORAS
Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
1XY
1ORAS
Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
4XY
5ORAS
Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
7XY
9ORAS
Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
13XY
13ORAS
Wing Attack 60 100% 35 Flying Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
19XY
17ORAS
Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
38XY
21ORAS
Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2 0 ♥
N/AXY
27ORAS
Quick Guard —% 15 Fighting Status Cool 2 0 ♥
49XY
33ORAS
Agility —% 30 Psychic Status Cool 3 0 ♥
28XY
39ORAS
Endeavor 100% 5 Normal Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
61XY
45ORAS
Air Slash 75 95% 15 Flying Special Cool 1 4 ♥
N/AXY
51ORAS
Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical Cool 6 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
1 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status
1 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
4 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status
8 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
13 Wing Attack 60 100% 35 Flying Physical
19 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
28 Endeavor 100% 5 Normal Physical
38 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
49 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status
61 Air Slash 75 95% 20 Flying Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical Cute 0
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical Cool 3
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status Cute 2
1 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status Cool 0
1 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Cool 2
4 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status Cool 0
8 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Cool 2
13 Wing Attack 60 100% 35 Flying Physical Cool 3
19 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
28 Endeavor 100% 5 Normal Physical Tough 2
38 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2
49 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status Cool 2
61 Air Slash 75 95% 20 Flying Special Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Cool 4 0 ♥
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
1 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Cool 1 3 ♥
1 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Cool 3 0 ♥
4 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Cool 1 3 ♥
8 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Cool 3 0 ♥
13 Wing Attack 60 100% 35 Flying Cool 2 0 ♥
19 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
28 Endeavor 100% 5 Normal Tough 2 0 ♥
38 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Cool 2 0 ♥
49 Agility —% 30 Psychic Cool 3 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM19 Roost —% 10 Flying Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM51 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM76 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM19 Roost —% 10 Flying Status Clever 4 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Tough 1 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM51 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Tough 4 4 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical Clever 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM83 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beauty 2
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 0
TM47 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical Cool 3
TM51 Roost —% 10 Flying Status Cool 0
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Beauty 2
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM88 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical Cute 0
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical Cute 0
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical Smart 1
HM05DPPt Defog —% 15 Flying Status Beauty 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Smart 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Smart 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Beauty 1 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Cool 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Smart 1 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Cute 2 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Tough 1 0 ♥
TM47 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Cool 2 0 ♥
HM02 Fly 70 95% 15 Flying Smart 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

To see the Egg Moves that Swellow can learn, refer to Taillow.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Defog USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Endeavor USUM 100% 5 Normal Physical
Heat Wave USUM 95 90% 10 Fire Special
Laser Focus USUM —% 30 Normal Status
Sky Attack USUM 140 90% 5 Flying Physical
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Tailwind USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Endeavor ORAS 100% 5 Normal Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
Heat Wave ORAS 95 90% 10 Fire Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
Sky Attack ORAS 140 90% 5 Flying Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Tailwind ORAS —% 15 Flying Status Cool 3 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Endeavor B2W2 100% 5 Normal Physical
Heat Wave B2W2 100 90% 10 Fire Special
Roost B2W2 —% 10 Flying Status
Sky Attack B2W2 140 90% 5 Flying Physical
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Tailwind B2W2 —% 30 Flying Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Air Cutter HGSSPt 55 95% 25 Flying Special Cool 3
Endeavor HGSSPt 100% 5 Normal Physical Tough 2
Heat Wave HGSSPt 100 90% 10 Fire Special Beauty 2
Mud-Slap HGSSPt 20 100% 10 Ground Special Cute 3
Ominous Wind HGSSPt 60 100% 5 Ghost Special Smart 0
Sky Attack HGSS 140 90% 5 Flying Physical Cool 1
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Swift HGSSPt 60 —% 20 Normal Special Cool 2
Tailwind HGSS —% 30 Flying Status Smart 2
Twister HGSSPt 40 100% 20 Dragon Special Cool 3
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Counter FRLGE 100% 20 Fighting Tough 2 0 ♥
Double-Edge FRLGEXD 120 100% 15 Normal Tough 6 0 ♥
Endure E —% 10 Normal Tough 2 0 ♥
Mimic FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
Mud-Slap E 20 100% 10 Ground Cute 2 1 ♥
Sky Attack XD 140 90% 5 Flying Cool 3 0 ♥
Sleep Talk E —% 10 Normal Cute 3 0 ♥
Snore E 40 100% 15 Normal Cute 4 0 ♥
Substitute FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0 ♥
Swagger EXD 90% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
Swift E 60 —% 20 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Appearances

Anime

Main article: Ash's Swellow

Ash had a Taillow which evolved into Swellow in Poké-Ring Tournament.

A shiny Swellow appeared in the episode Sky High Gym Battle!, belonging to the Fortree City gym leader Winona.

Known trainers with a Swellow

Trivia

  • Swellow and Noctowl are the only regional bird Pokémon caught by Ash that have a two-stage evolution. Coincidentally, both of them had their shiny forms appeared in the anime.

Origin

Swellow is based on a barn swallow with elements of robins and hawks.

Etymology

Swallow comes from "swell" (to increase in size, either referring to its increase in size from Taillow or its somewhat pudgy belly; it's also somewhat archaic slang for "good") and "swallow" (the bird it's based on).

Ōsubame likely comes from 大 (ō, big), 王 (ō, king), "awesome," and 燕 (tsubame, swallow).

Gallery

See also

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