Pokemon GO Altaria (Max CP 1868) and Swablu (Max CP 722) are two very popular, albeit weak, Pokemon coming in Generation III. Swablu is also known as the “Cotton Bird” and Altaria as the “Humming Pokemon”.
Upon evolving, Swablu’s typing changes from Normal to Dragon, granting it access to a completely new set of moves. Unfortunately, Altaria, much like Kingdra, is not a strong dragon type – we don’t expect to see a lot of Altarias in Gyms or Raids.
Altaria in the meta
Despite it’s interesting type evolution, we still think of Altaria as a Pokedex filler. It’s stats are rather low, which translates into low Combat Power values. As a potential Raider, Altaria is a much worse performer than Dragonite, who shares the same typing.
On the plus side, Altaria does have a mega evolution. With its mega evolution, it changes its dual type once again into dragon fairy. In addition, its stats skyrockets and might even place Altaria in its mega form on top 10 ranks.
Pokémon GO Altaria Moves
We expect Altaria to have some of these currently available moves:
- Aerial Ace
- Air Cutter
- Dazzling Gleam fairy
- Disarming Voice fairy
- Dragon Pulse dragon
- Moon Blast fairy
- Outrage dragon
- Sky Attack
In addition, we’re hoping that Niantic will add some of the following moves in the coming Gen III update, granting Altaria a bit more diversity:
- Draco Meteor dragon
- Dragon Rush dragon
- False Swipe normal
- Fury Attack normal
Shiny Swablu and Altaria variants in Pokemon GO
A normal Swablu is all blue colored head with a white beak, and white cotton-looking wings. A normal Altaria is also blue colored with its white wings that resembles clouds surrounding its body. It also has a white beak, and white oval markings on its cheek.
A shiny Swablu is all gold colored head with a white beak, and white cotton-looking wings. A shiny Altaria is also gold colored with its white wings that resembles clouds surrounding its body. It also has a white beak, and white oval markings on its cheek.
In the anime
Swablu had a major appearance on the 338th episode of the Pokémon series (Advanced Generation: Episode 64) titled, “True Blue Swablu”. In this episode also comes minor appearance of Altaria.