Swablu/Altaria in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl, how to catch

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There are a number of Generation III Pokemon in Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl. From Trapinch to Nincada, players have their pick when deciding which one to add to their team. However, an underrated option is Swablu, which is one of the sleeker Generation III Pokémon.

Swablu is a standard flying type that has fairly low stats in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl. However, it evolves into Altaria, a formidable Flying and Dragon-type Pokémon. If players want to skip adding other popular dragon types, they can find out how to catch Swablu in Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl below.



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Swablu is found in two locations in Sinnoh. (Photo: Game Freak)

The only requirement to catch Swablu is to reach Eterna City. This is where the second Gym Leader is in Sinnoh, Gardenia and the Underground Man. If you talk to the Underground Man, who is in the house next to the Eterna Pokémon Center, you will receive the Explorer's Kit to go to the Great Underground.

The Great Underground is home to many rare Pokémon from the Platinum Pokédex. Among these Pokémon is Swablu, which can be found in several underground caves. These caves are listed below.

  • fountain cave
  • ice cave
  • spacious cave
  • Ice cave
  • rock cave
  • Whiteout Cave
Altaria is Swablu's only evolution. (Photo: Game Freak)

While visiting one of these caves, you might see a Swablu flying around the area. If you do, you can approach and grab it, preferably with a Dusk Ball. However, if Swablu isn't there, just exit the cave, re-enter immediately, and see if Swablu has appeared. Repeat this process until the blue bird appears.



If the Grand Underground isn't your cup of tea, you can also use the Poké Radar to catch Swablu on the east side of Route 211. Although to get the radar you need to have acquired the National Dex from Professor Rowan.


Once you have Swablu in your party, you'll need to train him to level 35 to evolve him into the graceful Altaria in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl.


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