This Swellow is a shiny Swellow that was the last Pokémon she used during her Gym battle with Ash.
It is unknown when or where Winona got this unusual specimen, but color wasn't the only special thing about Swellow. It was also a formidable opponent in battle and although its endurance wasn't great it made up for this with its impressive speed and powerful attacks. During her battle with Ash, Winona's Swellow easily defeated Ash's Grovyle and hit his Swellow many times, exhausting the normal coloured Pokémon. However Ash's Swellow eventually defeated it by using Wing Attack on the ground, blinding the shiny Swellow with sand before finishing it with a second Wing Attack.
Winona's Swellow influenced Ash's Swellow to learn Aerial Ace, having almost defeated it by using this move along with its other attacks.
|Aerial Ace||Sky High Gym Battle!|
|Hyper Beam||Sky High Gym Battle!|
|Peck||Sky High Gym Battle!|
|+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*|
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.
- Winona's Swellow was the first shiny Pokémon to be owned by a Gym Leader, the second being Clair's Druddigon.
- Winona's Swellow used Hyper Beam several times and never needed to recharge.
- Winona's Swellow is a shade of dark blue where a regular Swellow is blue, while in the games, this area on a shiny Swellow is green.