Where to Find Swinub in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Swinub can be found inside Four Island’s Icefall Cave. The only requirements to encounter Swinub in the wild is to beat the Elite Four and catch 60 new species of Pokémon to upgrade into the National Pokédex. You also need to do Celio’s quest to get a Rainbow Pass to access the island.

Inside the Icefall Cave

Swinub can only be found in one location in-game: inside Four Island’s Icefall Cave.

From the island Pokémon Center, head right to find a small pond. Bring a Pokémon who knows Surf to cross the water to arrive on the other side, in front of the cave entrance.

Go inside and use Surf again. The area where Swinub can be found is deeper within the cave, and not in the area past the waterfalls. Go inside another cave opening to take you into Swinub’s area.

Catching Swinub

When you get to the new area, walk around to encounter Swinub. It has a 30% encounter rate, so it should be easy enough to find.

Swinub is part-Ice and part-Ground type Pokémon. It is weak against Rock attacks, so keep that in mind should you want to use a type advantage. In any case, Swinub is found to be between Level 25 to 30 when encountered, so it should be easily caught.

As mentioned, Swinub only appears in the wild after upgrading your Pokédex since it’s one of the few Johto-native Pokémon made available in the region. Swinub appears in both FireRed and LeafGreen versions of the games.

When you’ve caught your Swinub, its move set will be as follows. It learns stronger Ice type moves such as Mist and Blizzard when raised up to Level 37 and 46, respectively.

Swinub can also evolve into Piloswine when leveled up to Level 33.


Piloswine has the same exact move set as Swinub when leveled up, so it’s up to you if you will find them useful enough in battle.  Despite this, both Swinub and Piloswine are must-haves should you be on a Pokédex completionist run.

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