Originally Posted by Fat cjrocker
He probably chose Torkoal because it had battled a Legendary Pokemon before (Registeel.) And if you watched AG, you'd know that Swellow wasn't crappy. It had a crazy amount of wins, probably his strongest bird to date.
Oh yeah, forgot about the Registeel battle...but then, by that logic, he still should've used Charizard over Swellow seeing how Charizard took on Articuno, another legendary Pokemon, and actually won. oh well, that's the anime for you.