Throh < Sawk > Sewaddle
Karate Pokémon
4'3" (1.3m)
122.4 lbs (55.5kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 100%
Female: 0%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
Egg Group
Catch Rate
EV Yield
2 Attack Points

Sawk (ダゲキ) is the 45th Pokémon in the Unova Pokédex. He is a Fighting Type, and is known as the Karate Pokémon.

Sawk's two abilities are Sturdy, which makes this Pokémon immune to One-Hit KO moves such as Fissure and Horn Drill, and starting with Generation V, Pokémon with Sturdy cannot be KO'd when its HP is full; and Inner Focus, which prevents the Pokémon from flinching except when attempting to use Focus Punch. A third ability, exclusive to Sawk from the Dream World, called Mold Breaker, which nullifies the effect of the foe's abilities on this Pokémon in battle.

Sawk cannot evolve, nor does he have a pre-evolved form

Sawk is in the Human-Like Egg Group, and it will take approximately 5,120 steps for his Egg to hatch. It takes Sawk One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.




Sawk takes on the appearance of a blue karate master.

Gender Differences

Sawk are exclusively male. Because of this, the only way to breed a Sawk egg is for it to breed with a Ditto.

Game Information

Original Games

Sawk appear at Routes 10, 15, 18, and Pinwheel Forest in Black and White. Despite the rarity percentages, Sawk is more likely to appear in Pokémon Black than in Pokémon White. This also holds true in Black 2 and White 2; while Sawk will appear on Routes 15, 18, 23, outside the Pinwheel Forest and the Cliffside section of Victory Road in both Generation V sequels, Sawk are easier to find in Pokémon Black 2.

Spin-off Games

Sawk appears at Volcanic Slope Canyon 3-2 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.

Sawk appears at the Crag Area's Colosseum in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, but won't appear until Boldore has been befriended. Befriending it is a unique challenge unto itself: you have to defeat it and Throh in battle at the same time, after which you'll be able to call for Sawk's assistance in battle.

Trading Card Game

Sawk is listed as an Uncommon Card in the Emerging Powers set, and as a Rare Card in the Black&White set.

Anime/Manga Information


A trainer named Stephen uses Sawk during the Don Battle Tournament, losing to Iris and her Emolga in the episode The Club Battle Hearts of Fury, Emolga Versus Sawk!. Stephen would return with Sawk during the Donamite Tournament.


Another trainer uses Sawk during the Black version of Pokémon Movie 14.


Sawk's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Sawk is a part of the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. With a strong STAB attack in Close Combat and great coverage options in Knock Off, Poison Jab, and Zen Headbutt, Sawk can be very difficult to wall. Its ability Sturdy gives it the ability to live any hit from full health and retaliate with a hard hitting attack, meaning that it does not fail to pull its weight against offensive teams. Its best set is a Choice Band set that gives it maximum power to work with and can act as a brutal wallbreaker of sorts. Sawk's biggest flaws are its frailty and average Speed stat that leave it rather easy to revenge kill, especially after Sturdy has been broken. It also faces stiff competition from other offensive Fighting-types like Medicham and Hitmonlee.

Area Location

Game Rarity Location
Black 10% Pinwheel Forest: Outside
Route 10 (Regular & Double Grass)
Route 18 (Regular & Double Grass)
Black 15% Route 15 (Regular & Double Grass)
White 5% Pinwheel Forest: Outside (Shaking Spots)
Route 10 (Shaking Spots)
Route 15 (Shaking Spots)
Route 18 (Shaking Spots)
Black2 15% Pinwheel Forest: Outside
Black2 20% Route 15
Route 18
Black2 25% Route 23
White2 5% Route 15 (Shaking Spots)
Route 18 (Shaking Spots)
Route 23 (Shaking Spots)
Pinwheel Forest: Outside (Shaking Spots)
Black2/White2 5% Victory Road: Cliffside (Shaking Spots)

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
V Black The sound of Sawk punching boulders and trees can be heard all the way from the mountains where they train.
White Tying their belts gets them pumped and makes their punches more destructive. Disturbing their training angers them.
Black 2 Desiring the strongest karate chop, they seclude themselves in mountains and train without sleeping.
White 2 Desiring the strongest karate chop, they seclude themselves in mountains and train without sleeping.
VI X Desiring the strongest karate chop, they seclude themselves in mountains and train without sleeping.
Y Tying their belts gets them pumped and makes their punches more destructive. Disturbing their training angers them.
Omega Ruby Desiring the strongest karate chop, they seclude themselves in mountains and train without sleeping.
Alpha Sapphire Tying their belts gets them pumped and makes their punches more destructive. Disturbing their training angers them.


Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 260 354 .
229 255 349 383
139 155 249 273
Sp. Atk
58 65 159 174
Sp. Def
139 155 249 273
157 175 269 295


Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Rock Smash Fighting.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Leer Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
5 Bide Normal.gif N/A 100 Physical.png
9 Focus Energy Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
13 Double Kick Fighting.gif 30 100 Physical.png
17 Low Sweep Fighting.gif 60 100 Physical.png
21 Counter Fighting.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
25 Karate Chop Fighting.gif 40 100 Physical.png
29 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
33 Bulk Up Fighting.gif N/A N/A Other.png
37 Retaliate Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
41 Endure Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
45 Quick Guard Fighting.gif N/A N/A Other.png
49 Close Combat Fighting.gif 120 100 Physical.png
53 Reversal Fighting.gif ?? 100 Physical.png


TM/HM - Gen 6
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM08 Bulk Up Fighting.gif -- -- Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM12 Taunt Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM26 Earthquake Ground.gif 100 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM28 Dig Ground.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock.gif 60 95 Physical.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM47 Low Sweep Fighting.gif 65 100 Physical.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM66 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM67 Retaliate Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM71 Stone Edge Rock.gif 100 80 Physical.png
TM78 Bulldoze Ground.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM80 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
TM83 Infestation Bug.gif 20 100 Special.png
TM84 Poison Jab Poison.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM86 Grass Knot Grass.gif  ?? 100 Special.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
HM04 Strength Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png

Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Block Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Dual Chop Dragon.gif 40 90 Physical.png
Fire Punch Fire.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Helping Hand Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Ice Punch Ice.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Knock Off Dark.gif 20 100 Physical.png
Low Kick Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Pain Split Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif  ??  ?? Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
Superpower Fighting.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Thunderpunch Electric.gif 75 100 Physical.png

Evolution Line


Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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