Oooh, Swellow, my favorite Flying type aside from Yveltal and Skarmory. Swellow has sadly become out-classed quickly by both Gen 4 and 6 "generic birds" and it can't really find a way back up to the top. Now, since most of the sets here are already great, I'll just quote the best ones and then give some other basic overviews...
Originally Posted by Meowmeow
First off, the two things that make these sets differ is the Steel Wing and Roost. Roost, although rather pointless since Swellow will never have the chance to heal with that low bulk of its, can be useful under VERY specific situations, like when you know someone will switch out. Steel Wing on the other hand, could have a use in this new Metagame filled to the brim with little pixie-based creatures (fairy types if you didn't get that) as it can take most of them out easily with Swellow's Guts added attack.
Originally Posted by Razor Shiftry
Now then, onto my own overview:
- Hits hard, moves fast, OHKO's a ton of things very easily.
- Moveset can prioritize on the Guts ability, with things like Facade and... Well... Facade.
- Can barely touch anything that it can't hit with a neutral or super-effective hit.
- Normal-Flying type makes it susceptible to most moves, neutral or not.
- Bulk does not exist, it will die sooner or later, with or without a status condition.
Abilities: You have no reason not to run Guts, seriously, none at all. Scrappy is nice, but since you are allowed to have more than Normal type moves, there's no real reason to touch it.
Countering Swellow: Click Steel or Rock type. Click super-effective move, watch the bird fall to its death. Honestly, unless you bring a Geodude into a serious battle, there's no way Swellow can touch a Steel or Rock type. (Minus by the aforementioned Steel Wing, but that usually won't make much of a difference.) Swellow is also frail enough that any Pokémon that can withstand a neutral hit from it can take it out in return. The only choice the poor Swellow will have is to switch out or die.
Checking Swellow: Well, I suppose if the counters are all KO'd by now, you'll need a way to check Swellow. Get a VERY bulky Pokémon. Even Pokémon like Blissey take over half damage from this thing when its burnt or poisoned, so a very good plan would be something that can take more than two hits and maybe stall out with Protect and the likes. First off, no Pokémon that isn't Steel or Rock can switch in safely. Period. (well ok, maybe Ghost types.) If you switch anything bulky into a Facade, it's done for unless it can either kill with priority or Protect stall the Swellow to death. While Pokémon like Steelix and Aggron can simply shrug Swellow's moves off, but even Pokémon like Blissey and Deoxys - Defense will not take two hits without getting KO'd. So really, the only ways to really check a Swellow is with either a Rock or Steel type, or a Pokémon that can stall with Protect and make Swellow get KO'd by its Burn or Poisoned status.
Swellow is a nice Pokémon with a sweet design, but I don't see it getting used much due to those horrid defenses and low lifespan. However, it still harbors potential to take out a full team, assuming there are no Steel or Rock types, that is. And really, that's all there is too it. Hit as hard as you can, while you can, and hope for the best.
Last edited by Golden Warrior; 10th February 2014 at 9:04 AM.
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