#277 – Swellow
Japanese Name: オオスバメ (Oosubame)
Classification: Swallow Pokémon
Weight: 43.7 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 50% – Female 50%
Base Stats: HP 60 / Atk 85 / Def 60 / SpAtk 50 / SpDef 50 / Spd 125
There are a venerable glut of Normal/Flying Pokémon out there. Every generation seems to bring us a new variation on the early-game bird Pokémon, and Swellow is no exception to this trend. This third generation Pokémon seems highly unimpressive at first glance, but with the proper trainer, Swellow has the real potential to become an extremely deadly threat.
Stats-wise, Swellow is fairly average – certainly not stellar in any regards but speed. It’s base speed is very high, but it’s major attack stat is only 85, and it simply does not have the defenses to make a good wall. However, it’s really Swellow’s ability that makes it worthwhile.
Now, DreamWorld Swellow has access to Scrappy, which is certainly an interesting choice to catch your Ghost types off guard, but Swellow truly shines with its regular, every day ability – Guts. Guts skyrockets Swellow’s Attack when it is inflicted by a status condition, and with the Flame Orb and Toxic Orb available to give that instant status infliction, Swellow can immediately become an extremely powerful threat on the battlefield.
Because of that, Swellow really only has one ability in my opinion. Sure, Scrappy might be good, but you’re going to have to work extremely hard to make it work well. He could come out as a revenge killer and use the Endeavor/Quick Attack strategy to great effect with the Scrappy ability, but Guts is going to give him a powerful jump on his foes and let him almost assuredly OHKO just about any foe he faces.
And he has the movepool to make great use out of Guts. With access to attacks like Quick Attack for priority, and then Aerial Ace, Facade, and U-turn via level up and TMs, he’s got some strong, if limited, options. Egg Moves is really where your Swellow is going to shine. Pursuit, Sky Attack, Brave Bird, and Steel Wing are all available to Swellow through breeding. It also has access to some other stat-boosting moves like Agility and the HP recovery move Roost.
While Swellow really is a one-trick pony, it does that trick very, very well. His limited movepool offers little room for exciting sets, but he is a very strong contender when used correctly.