Swellow

Guts
Attack is increased by 50% when afflicted with status.
Scrappy
Can hit Ghost-types with Fighting- and Normal-type moves.
Type Tier
Normal / Flying NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 261 324 -
Atk
85
185 206 269 295
Def
60
140 156 219 240
SpA
50
122 136 199 218
SpD
50
122 136 199 218
Spe
125
257 286 349 383

Overview

Swellow is an extremely fast, hard hitting attacker in UU. With a unique Speed tier shared only by Weavile in UU, it can outspeed almost the whole tier. While its base 85 Attack might seem underwhelming, Guts remedies this by boosting its Attack to an amazing 403 Attack. Along with Guts comes a 140 Base Power STAB move in Facade, allowing Swellow to easily destroy unprepared teams. Despite these pros, Swellow has many flaws, including its frailty, weakness to the omnipresent Stealth Rock, and its inability to even dent Rock- or Steel-type Pokemon.

Name Item Ability Nature

Guts

Toxic Orb / Flame Orb Guts Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Facade
~ Brave Bird
~ U-turn / Pursuit
~ Quick Attack / Protect
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

With high Speed, an Attack boost from Guts, and two STAB attacks of 120 Base Power or more, Swellow makes a great end game clean-up sweeper. The first two attacks are obvious, as Facade is the main attack of the set, completely decimating Pokemon who do not resist it, while Brave Bird is a secondary STAB useful for hitting those Ghost-types immune to Facade. The final two moves are questionable. U-turn is incredible for scouting the opponent's switches and switching to the correct counter. Pursuit, however, is useful for trapping and killing frail Ghost-types, such as Mismagius, without taking recoil from Brave Bird. Quick Attack is useful in the final slot, hitting faster enemies—including Choice Scarf Pokemon—although Protect is usable to activate the item and scout Choice attackers.

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Other Options

With a limited movepool, there is not much else Swellow can do. Moves such as Roost, Substitute, Rain Dance, and Sunny Day can be used on Swellow, but are all put to much better use on bulkier Pokemon such as Zapdos. Tailwind is a usable field effect, although Swellow is fast enough as it is. A Choice Band or Choice Scarf set is somewhat viable using Scrappy, but without Guts, Brave Bird would be the primary STAB attack, defeating the purpose of Scrappy. Work Up is usable on Swellow, used against a predicted switch to give Swellow a +1 Guts-boosted STAB Facade, which will murder everything that does not resist it, but Swellow will hardly ever find time to set up a Work Up. Furthermore, a +1 boost will be meaningless if the opponent switches to one of Swellow's very solid counters.

Checks and Counters

Although Swellow hits incredibly hard, it has no real way to get past Steel- and Rock-type Pokemon. Rhyperior and Aggron get special mentions as the biggest Swellow counters in the game, taking pitiful damage from everything Swellow can dish out, and can effortlessly OHKO Swellow with their STAB Rock-type attacks, or leisurely set up using Substitute, Rock Polish, or Swords Dance. Outside Rhyperior and Aggron, Rotom is immune to Facade, resists Brave Bird, and can handle any and all of Swellow's attacks when using a bulky EV spread. Its STAB Electric-type attacks will easily bring Swellow down. Furthermore, Aerodactyl, while lacking bulk, can easily outspeed and OHKO Swellow its Rock STAB resists Swellow's STAB moves.