Competitive Information for Swellow [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Swellow swellow
Base Stats for Swellow

Normal / Flying

Abilities:
GutsGuts: If this Pokemon is statused, its Attack is 1.5x; ignores burn halving physical damage.


Evolutions / Family:
Taillow
Swellow

Weakness Chart for Normal/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
2x
  
  
  
0x
0.5x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0x
2x
  
  
  
2x
  
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Swellow? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Ruby/Sapphire Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Common team mates for Swellow in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire:

SwampertHeracrossMagnetonJolteonSuicune


Swellow is a phenomenal Normal and Flying-typed Pokemon. It's pretty common to see Swellow show up as a Ruby/Sapphire opponent. Swellow is weak to Electric, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Swellow
Item: Flame Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Guts
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Facade / Double-Edge
- Sky Attack / Wing Attack
- Steel Wing
- Mud-Slap

Physical Sweeper Swellow (Guts)

Swellow is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the old days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Swellow from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Flame Orb will burn Swellow at the end of the turn which will activate Swellow's Guts ability. With Guts, if Swellow is statused its attack is 1.5x; ignores burn halving physical damage. Facade's damage doubles when the user has a status affliction. Combine that with Guts to seriously give Swellow a sweet boost.

Facade is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if Swellow is burn/poison/paralyzed).
Double-Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
Wing Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Steel Wing is a physical 70-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to raise your Swellow's defense by 1 stage).
Mud-Slap is a physical 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Swellow? These builds have been optimized for Ruby/Sapphire Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Common team mates for Swellow in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire:

SwampertHeracrossMagnetonJolteonSuicune


Species: Swellow
Item: Flame Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Guts
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Facade / Double-Edge
- Sky Attack / Wing Attack
- Steel Wing
- Mud-Slap

Doubles Physical Sweeper Swellow (Guts)

Swellow is a pretty decent Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Remember prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Swellow from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Flame Orb will burn Swellow at the end of the turn which will activate Swellow's Guts ability. With Guts, if Swellow is statused its attack is 1.5x; ignores burn halving physical damage. Facade's damage doubles when the user has a status affliction. Combine that with Guts to seriously give Swellow a sweet boost.

Facade is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if Swellow is burn/poison/paralyzed).
Double-Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
Wing Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Steel Wing is a physical 70-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to raise your Swellow's defense by 1 stage).
Mud-Slap is a physical 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Swellow learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if the targeted foe is switching out.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Endeavor
--
100%
5
Lowers the target's HP to the user's HP.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fly
70
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Peck
35
100%
35
No additional effect.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Rage
20
100%
20
Raises the user's Attack by 1 if hit during use.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Sky Attack
140
90%
5
Charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. High crit.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Wing Attack
60
100%
35
No additional effect.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Baton Pass
--
--
40
User switches, passing stat changes and more.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Feather Dance
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Focus Energy
--
--
30
Raises the user's critical hit ratio by 2.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mirror Move
--
--
20
User uses the target's last used move against it.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Refresh
--
--
20
User cures its burn, poison, or paralysis.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Swellow can perform in Ruby/Sapphire. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive RS Move and Ability Combos for Swellow

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