Competitive Information for Swellow [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon 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.
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ScrappyScrappy: This Pokemon can hit Ghost types with Normal- and Fighting-type moves.


Evolutions / Family:
Taillow
Swellow

Weakness Chart for Normal/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.5x
  
  
2x
  
  
  
  
0x
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.5x
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 Sun/Moon 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 Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Swellow in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

IncineroarSwampertGyarados-MegaZeraoraBeedrill-MegaSandslashEspeonMagnezoneScizorMuk-AlolaGarchomp-MegaPoliwrath


Swellow is a sensational Normal and Flying-typed Pokemon. It's a common sight to see Swellow out in the 7th generation battlefield. Swellow is weak to Electric, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Swellow
Item: Choice Specs / Flame Orb
Ability: Scrappy
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Boomburst
- Hurricane / Air Slash
- Heat Wave
- Steel Wing

Special Sweeper Swellow (Analytic)

Swellow is a decent Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Choice Specs will increase the damage of Swellow's special moves by 1.5x but will lock you into the first move you pick. Flame Orb will burn Swellow at the end of the turn. With Scrappy, Swellow can hit ghost types with normal- and fighting-type moves.

Boomburst is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent pokemon).
Hurricane is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to confuse target. can't miss in rain).
Air Slash is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Heat Wave is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the foes).
Steel Wing is a physical 70-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to raise your Swellow's defense by 1 stage).




Species: Swellow
Item: Flame Orb / Normalium Z
Ability: Guts
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Facade / Double-Edge
- Brave Bird / Sky Attack
- U-turn
- Steel Wing

Physical Sweeper Swellow (Guts)

Swellow is an extraordinary Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. 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 33% recoil).
Brave Bird is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Flying-type move (has 33% recoil).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
U-turn is a physical 70-base power Bug-type move (Swellow switches out after damaging the target).
Steel Wing is a physical 70-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to raise your Swellow's defense by 1 stage).




Species: Swellow
Item: Normalium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Scrappy
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Boomburst / Hyper Beam
- Air Slash / Air Cutter
- Heat Wave
- Ominous Wind

Special Sweeper Swellow (Scrappy)

Swellow is an outstanding Special Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Swellow from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Swellow's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Scrappy, Swellow can hit ghost types with normal- and fighting-type moves.

Boomburst is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent pokemon).
Hyper Beam is a special STAB-boosted 150-base power Normal-type move (Swellow cannot move next turn).
Air Slash is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Air Cutter is a special STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move (high critical hit ratio. hits adjacent foes).
Heat Wave is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the foes).
Ominous Wind is a special 60-base power Ghost-type move (10% chance to raise all stats by 1 stage (not acc/eva)).




Species: Swellow
Item: Flame Orb
Ability: Guts
Nature: Impish (+Def, -SpA)
EVs: 111 Hp / 222 Atk / 64 SpD / 111 Spe
Moveset:
- Brave Bird
- Facade
- Return
- Protect

Swellow Physical Tank (Swellow Burn)

Swellow is a notable Physical Tank. This moveset attempts to take a considerable amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. 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.

Brave Bird is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Flying-type move (has 33% recoil).
Facade is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if Swellow is burn/poison/paralyzed).
Return is a physical STAB-boosted 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Swellow this turn).




Species: Swellow
Item: Flame Orb
Ability: Guts
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 222 Hp / 241 Atk / 47 SpD
Moveset:
- Brave Bird
- Roost
- Facade
- Return

Swellow Physical Tank (Burned Guts)

Swellow is a fabulous Physical Tank. It's purpose is to take a nice amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. 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.

Brave Bird is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Flying-type move (has 33% recoil).
Roost is a status move (heals 50% hp. flying-type removed until turn ends).
Facade is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if Swellow is burn/poison/paralyzed).
Return is a physical STAB-boosted 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Swellow? These builds have been optimized for Sun/Moon 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 Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Swellow in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

IncineroarSwampertGyarados-MegaZeraoraBeedrill-MegaSandslashEspeonMagnezoneScizorMuk-AlolaGarchomp-MegaPoliwrath


Species: Swellow
Item: Flame Orb / Normalium Z
Ability: Guts
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Facade / Double-Edge
- Brave Bird / Sky Attack
- U-turn
- Steel Wing

Doubles Physical Sweeper Swellow (Guts)

Swellow is popular Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. 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 33% recoil).
Brave Bird is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Flying-type move (has 33% recoil).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
U-turn is a physical 70-base power Bug-type move (Swellow switches out after damaging the target).
Steel Wing is a physical 70-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to raise your Swellow's defense by 1 stage).




Species: Swellow
Item: Normalium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Scrappy
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Boomburst / Hyper Beam
- Air Cutter / Air Slash
- Heat Wave
- Twister

Doubles Special Sweeper Swellow (Scrappy)

Swellow is a marvelous Special Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Swellow from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Swellow's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Scrappy, Swellow can hit ghost types with normal- and fighting-type moves.

Boomburst is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent pokemon).
Hyper Beam is a special STAB-boosted 150-base power Normal-type move (Swellow cannot move next turn).
Air Cutter is a special STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move (high critical hit ratio. hits adjacent foes).
Air Slash is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Heat Wave is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the foes).
Twister is a special 40-base power Dragon-type move (20% chance to flinch the foes).



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
Air Cutter
60
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Air Slash
75
95%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Boomburst
140
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent Pokemon.
Echoed Voice
40
100%
15
Power increases when used on consecutive turns.
Heat Wave
95
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Hurricane
110
70%
10
30% chance to confuse target. Can't miss in rain.
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.
Ominous Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Twister
40
100%
20
20% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Brave Bird
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% 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
90
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Peck
35
100%
35
No additional effect.
Pluck
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if a foe is switching out.
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.
Reversal
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
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.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
U-turn
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
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.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Defog
--
--
15
-1 evasion; clears user and target side's hazards.
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.
Laser Focus
--
--
30
Until the end of the next turn, user's moves crit.
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.
Quick Guard
--
--
15
Protects allies from priority attacks 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.
Roost
--
--
10
Heals 50% HP. Flying-type removed 'til turn ends.
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
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Tailwind
--
--
15
For 4 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Whirlwind
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Swellow can perform in Sun/Moon. 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 SM Move and Ability Combos for Swellow

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