You can obtain TM87 Swagger by speaking to a girl in a white hat standing inside the Day-Care Center at the Battle Resort. There are no prerequisites to reaching the Day Care, but this area is only accessible after you complete the Delta Episode.
As for the move itself:
Swagger is a move that sharply raises the target’s Attack stat, but it confuses them. When your opponent damages themselves due to confusion, the Attack boost from Swagger increases the damage they would normally deal. In competitive play, support Pokémon may use Swagger to potentially deal damage while setting up entry hazards or dual screens.
TM87 Swagger Location (Step-by-Step)
Upon completing the Delta Episode, your father Norman will give you the S.S. Ticket when you go back home to Littleroot Town. Using this ticket, you can board the S.S. Tidal and travel to the Battle Resort.
And once you have access to the Battle Resort, you can acquire TM87 Swagger.
So once you’re ready just proceed to the Battle Resort’s Pokémon Center to get started.
Step 1: Head east from the Battle Resort’s Pokémon Center.
Step 2: Continue east, passing the intersection, and enter the Day-Care Center (the first house on your right).
Step 3: Once inside, speak with the Lass wearing the white hat to receive the TM for Swagger.
TM87 Swagger Details + Uses
|Swagger Move Details|
|PP||15 (max. 24)|
Swagger is a Normal-type Status move that boosts the target’s Attack stat by two stages, but it also leaves them confused.
If the target is already confused, their Attack will still go up by two more stages.
Just be cautious when using Swagger multiple times, as it might accidentally make your opponent’s Physical attackers much stronger.
Here’s a breakdown of how each stage modifies your opponent’s Attack stat:
Confusion damage goes up with a Pokémon’s own Attack stat, so the higher their Attack, the more damage they might do to themselves.
However, they can also use this to their advantage if they manage to execute their chosen move.
Swagger in Competitive Battles
In competitive battles, Swagger was notorious for its frequent use with the Prankster ability, which grants priority to the user’s status moves. This strategy often includes Foul Play and a way to induce paralysis, resulting in matches that rely heavily on luck. Klefki and Liepard are popular picks for pulling off this strategy.
Foul Play is a Dark-type move that uses the target’s Attack stat to calculate damage rather than the user’s.
When you pair it with Swagger, you can make the most of the confused target’s boosted Attack, so you can still cause significant damage while using a defensive Pokémon.
Tip: In Double Battles you can use Swagger on your own ally and equip them with a Lum Berry or a Persim Berry to cure the confusion, effectively giving them a free stat boost. Safeguard can also be used to protect your team from status conditions, including confusion.
Status Condition Details: Confusion
Confusion is a status condition that lasts 1-4 turns, causing affected Pokémon to have a 50% chance of damaging themselves instead of executing their chosen move. On the final turn of confusion, the target is cured before attacking.
However, confusion’s duration doesn’t decrease during turns spent recharging, asleep, frozen, or flinching.
Confusion’s damage is considered as a typeless Physical move with a base power of 40. Also, it can’t land critical hits.
The confusion status ends when the affected Pokémon is switched out or when the battle concludes.
Here’s a quick list of abilities that interact with Confusion in OR/AS:
|Own Tempo||Prevents the Pokémon from being confused|
|Tangled Feet||Doubles the Pokémon’s evasion stat while it’s confused|