Altaria has the Natural Cure Ability. This Ability heals a Status condition that is has been afflicted with upon being withdrawn from battle; those Status conditions being Burn, Paralysis, Sleep, Poison, and Freeze. A second Ability is available to Altaria from the Dream World, the Cloud Nine Ability. This Ability negates any and all weather effects while the Pokémon that has this Ability is in battle.
Altaria takes on the appearance of a blue bird with wings that resemble Cumulus Clouds.
Altaria doesn't have any differences to differentiate between male and female.
Altaria doesn't appear in the wild again until Generation V. In Black and White, Altaria can be found at Route 14. In addition to Route 14 in Black 2 and White 2, Altaria can also be found at Abundant Shrine, Victory Road and the Nature Preserve.
Altaria can be obtained by evolving a Swablu in Pokémon Colosseum. Altaria is a Shadow Pokémon found in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, obtainable by snagging it from Cipher Admin Lovrina in Citadark Isle.
Altaria appears at Endless Level 64, Forever Level 64 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Altaria can only be obtained by evolving Swablu in the first round of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness & Explorers of Sky, Altaria appears at Crevice Cave B1-B10 & DPB1-B4 and Mt. Avalanche B1-B19. Altaria is exclusive to Stormy Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Weird Rockland 13F-23F.
Altaria can be found at Firebreathing Mountain Tower 3-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast after completing the game.
Trading Card Game
Altaria appears in a total of 11 sets, the 6th Movie Halfdeck and the Black/White Promo set. Its lone appearance as an Uncommon Card is in the Supreme Victors set (Cynthia's Altaria). Altaria appears as a Rare Card in the EX Dragon, EX Deoxys, EX Emerald (EX Card), EX Dragon Frontiers (EX Delta Species Card), EX Power Keepers, Great Encounters, Platinum, Triumphant and Boundaries Crossed sets. Altaria is also listed in the Boundaries Crossed set as a Secret Ultra Rare card.
Another trainer would use an Altaria to help Ash teach his Gible the Dragon-Type attack Draco Meteor in the episode A Meteoric Experience!. Nando also used an Altaria in the episodes Last Call, First Round! and Opposites Interact!, which was during the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
Altaria's Manga info is unknown at this time.
In the Sixth Generation, Altaria finds itself in the PU tier of competitive battling. With the capability to run offensive and defensive sets, Altaria is certainly not lacking in versatility. Its resistances to Grass and Fire help it immensely in checking certain big threats like Monferno. Altaria also is the only Dragon-type that can viably run an offensive special attacking set. It does not face immense competition from other Pokémon in the tier due to a lack of great Dragon Dance users. Its best set is a Life Orb special attacking set that can do some decent damage with Draco Meteor while acting as a check to some major threats in the tier. It can also run an offensive Dragon Dance set that can give Altaria a means to sweep, a bulky Dragon Dance set that has great longevity with Roost, and a physically defensive set that uses Altaria's good defensive stats to its advantage. Unfortunately, Altaria has very lacking base 70/70 offenses that lead to it not being able to dominate the tier, and its Speed leaves it outsped by some major threats in the tier like Floatzel. Altaria's Stealth Rock weakness is also a hindrance especially if switching into something like Monferno's U-turn.
Altaria is also usable in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. As the only fully evolved Dragon-type in the tier, Altaria certainly is a distinct Pokémon in terms of what it can do. Its typing allows for it to check certain big threats in the tier like Combusken, Swords Dance Samurott, and Magmortar. Altaria can run a defensive set that takes advantage of its good natural bulk, nice support options in Haze and Heal Bell, and solid defensive typing which allows for it to check Pokémon like Hariyama, Samurott, Gurdurr, Magmortar, Combusken, and Shiftry. An offensive Choice Specs set is also a viable options that allows for it to pivot into certain threats and retaliate with a powerful Draco Meteor. However, Altaria faces some surprisingly stiff competition from Sliggoo, which has a wider movepool, no Stealth Rock weakness, and better Special Defense when considering Eviolite. Altaria is also hindered by its lack of great offensive stats and its massive weakness to Ice-type attacks and Stealth Rock.
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