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Swift miss glitch

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Template:Japan_only2 The Swift miss glitch is a glitch in Pokémon Red and Green, Pokémon Blue (Japanese) and Pokémon Yellow (Japanese) where the move Swift (called スピードスター "Speed Star") may miss if the target Pokémon doesn't have a Substitute up.

How to perform

First, you need a Pokémon that knows the move Swift. Various Pokémon learn it through level-up, including Pikachu, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Magnemite, Magneton, Voltorb, Electrode Staryu and Mewtwo. A girl in the Route 12 gate 1F gives the player TM12, which teaches Swift.

When using Swift, the move may miss if the player has no Substitute up ; however, it will always hit a Substitute.

The girl's description of the move is : わざマシン39は スピードスター という わざよ この わざは めいちゅうりつが すごく たかいの まけられない しょうぶの とき やくに たつ はずよ

TM39 is a move called Speed Star. This move's accuracy rate is very high. During a battle you can't lose it should be useful.

(Thanks IceFlame for the translation) However, the video down below showcases a Pikachu's Swift missing against a Pikachu who used Double Team several times.

Swift has a 1/256 chance of missing anyways, and is affected by Accuracy-reducing and Evasion-raising moves.

This glitch was fixed in all English versions, but the fix introduced the Substitute drain move not missing glitch.


  • REDIRECT Template:YouTube (happens near 2:40 for Pokémon Yellow (Japanese), though it's not obvious if you're not fluent in Japanese)


    Thanks to IceFlame for the research.

    Original GCLf thread