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This is a strategy guide for using Corviknight in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Corviknight, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Corviknight

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Flying Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Steel Type
Abilities
Unnerve Makes the foe nervous and unable to eat Berries.
Pressure The Pokemon raises the foe's PP usage.
Mirror Armor (Hidden) Bounces back only the stat-lowering effects that the Pokemon receives.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
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Pokemon Electric Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image
Pokemon Flying Image
Pokemon Psychic Image
Pokemon Dragon Image
Pokemon Steel Image
Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Poison Image
Pokemon Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
98 87 105 53 85 67

Best Nature for Corviknight

Best Natures
Impish
(+Def, -SpAtk)
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Corviknight's Egg Moves

Roost Inherit from Mantine(learns at Lv. 1) or Pidove (learns at Lv. 30)

Singles Movesets for Corviknight

Physical Defender Moveset & Best Build

Physical Defender Corviknight.png
Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 205 / Def. 107 / Sp. Atk. 172 / Sp. Def. 105 / Spd. 88
Ability Mirror Armor
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Sitrus Berry
Moveset Iron Head
Body Press
Taunt
Roost

A tank that takes advantage of its Stats

Corviknight combines a wonderful dual-typing of Flying and Steel with a high Base Defense to make it a great physical defender. With its Rocky Helmet, it can also deal damage back to enemies who hit it with contact moves. As a physical defender, it'll be receiving a fair share of physical moves, allowing Rocky Helmet to prove its worth in battle.

A moveset powerful even against other tanks

Corviknight is a holder and STAB-receiver of Iron Head, a move super-effective against the threats Mimikyu and Tyranitar, as well as Body Press to take out Excadrill. It can also use Taunt to disable stallers, as well as Roost to recover its HP and hold strong in battles of attrition, allowing Corviknight to fare well against both physical attackers and defenders.

Other Viable Moves

U-turn When the opponent switches in a unfavorable Pokemon, Corviknight can get an attack in and switch having already seen what it's up against.
Iron Defense Gives further resistance to physical attacks, and increases the damage of the Defense-powered attack Body Press.

Bulk Up Moveset & Best Build

Bulk Up Corviknight.png
Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 205 / Atk. 107 / Def. 172 / Sp. Def. 105 / Spd. 88
Ability Mirror Armor
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Brave Bird
Body Press
Bulk Up
Roost

Dual-Role Attacker and Defender

This build allows Corviknight to come into its own as a simultaneous attacker and defender. When attacking, it's proficient with the STAB-giving Brave Bird, and against Flying-resistent Rock and Steel types, it can use Body Press instead.

Can withstand attacks and power up

By making it hold Leftovers, restoring its HP every round, and using Roost to recover its HP, Corviknight can hold its ground against physical attackers and use Bulk Up to raise its Attack and Defense, further powering it up as both an attacker and defender.

Other Viable Moves

Iron Defense An alternate choice for Bulk Up. Gives further resistance to physical attacks, and increases the damage of the Defense-powered attack Body Press.
Iron Head A powerful STAB attack. Consider using this if you're worried about Fairy-types.
Drill Peck An alternate choice for Brave Bird for players who want to avoid recoil damage.
Taunt A solid choice for avoiding the meddling of Status Moves while powering up with Bulk Up or Iron Defense.
Substitute Recommended move to waste an opponent's Dynamax turns.

Special Wall Moveset & Best Build

Nature Careful (+SpDef, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp. Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 205 / Atk. 107 / Def. 125 / Sp. Def. 150 / Spd. 88
Ability Mirror Armor
Held Item Maranga Berry
Moveset Brave Bird
Taunt
Bulk Up
Roost

This set lets Corviknight take special moves from opponents. Using Bulk Up also allows it to take physical moves.

About Corviknight's Held Item

Maranga Berry is held to boost Corviknight's Special Defense stat if it is hit by a special move.

Singles Moveset for Gigantamax Corviknight

Weakness Policy Moveset and Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 172 / Atk. 84 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 195 / Atk. 118 / Def. 125 / Sp.Def. 105 / Spd. 130
Ability Mirror Armor
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Brave Bird
Taunt
Bulk Up
Roost

How to Get Gigantamax Corviknight

About Corviknight's Moves

Initially relying on its Speed, Gigantamax Corviknight can start with Taunt and followup with Bulk Up to improve its defenses.

When Gigantamaxed, Brave Bird will be used as the main attack.

After Gigantamaxing and returning to normal, take advantage of Corviknight's Speed and use Roost to regain any lost HP.

Gigantamax Corviknight's G-Max Move

Move Type Effect
G-Max Wind Rage
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A Flying-type attack that Gigantamax Corviknight use. This move removes the effects of moves like Reflect and Light Screen.

To use G-Max Wind Rage, place at least one Flying-type Move on Corviknight, and it will change into G-Max Wind Rage when Dynamaxed.

About Corviknight's EV Spread

EVs are allocated to HP to allow it to be durable and take a bit more damage.

Additionally, giving max EVs to Speed will allow it to move first with Taunt.

About Coviknight's Held Item

Weakness Policy is held so Corviknight's Attack stat can be raised when it is hit by Fire- or Electric-type moves.

Other Viable Moves

Iron Head STAB move effective against Fairy-type opponents like Togekiss.

How to Use Corviknight Effectively

An effective physical defender

Above all, Corviknight is solid in its physical defensive role. Its Base HP and Defense are both high, and with Electric and Fire as its only weaknesses, compared to a whopping 10 resisted types, it's recommended for a variety of party arrangements. Its strength against threatening Tyranitar/Excadrill teams, as well as the omnipresent Mimikyu, are notable.

A wide movepool to choose from

Corviknight can learn a wide range of moves, allowing it to fulfill a variety of roles in a team. It can use Roost and Taunt to hold its own against defensive Pokemon, as well as Iron Defense and Bulk Up to power itself up, or even Whirlwind to act in a supporting role.

Best Pokemon to Use With Corviknight

Pokemon Strong Against Special Attacks

Corviknight's weakness against Fire and Electric-type attacks makes it vulnerable to special moves. It is therefore recommended to let Corviknight team up with Pokemon that can take these moves or those that are durable against special attacks.

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Nihilego ImageNihilego ・Corviknight can cover its 4x weakness to Ground-type moves.
・Has high Special Defense and can easily fit most team compositions.
Moveset & Best Build for Nihilego
Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar ImageTyranitar ・Goes well against Fire-type Pokemon.
Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Pokemon SWSH - Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom ・Special attacker that can face opposing Fire-type Pokemon.
・Can switch places with Volt Switch.
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Snorlax ImageSnorlax ・Very durable and can tank most hits.
・Cam disable opponents with Yawn.
Moveset & Best Build for Snorlax
Pokemon SWSH - Dragapult ImageDragapult ・Not durable, but can go well against Corviknight's weaknesses.
・Build can be adjusted to fit a Corviknight team's needs.
Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult

Counters for Corviknight

Corviknight
Weakness
Pokemon Fire Image
Pokemon Electric Image

Hit hard with Special Fire and Electric moves

Compared to its excellent Defense, Corviknight's Special Defense is middling. When faced with Corviknight, attacking its weak point with a Special Move like Thunderbolt or Fire Blast can deal heavy damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
・Works very well in face-to-face battles due to its high speed and can handle various Pokemon.
Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Pyro Ball to hit Corviknight's weakpoint.
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Pokemon SWSH - Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use both Fire and Electric-type moves with STAB.
・Can control the flow of battle with Volt Switch.
・Can use Trick and Will-o-Wisp to cut Corviknight's effectiveness.
Moveset & Best Build for Heat Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Electric-type moves with STAB.
・Can control the flow of battle with Volt Switch.
・Can use Trick and Will-o-Wisp to cut Corviknight's effectiveness.
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Chandelure ImageChandelure Ranking: ★★★
・Gets STAB on the powerful Fire Blast.
・An extremely powerful Special Attacker
・Can use Trick and Will-o-Wisp to cut Corviknight's effectiveness.
Moveset & Best Build for Chandelure

Best Teams Featuring Corviknight

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Pokemon SWSH - Arcanine ImageArcanine Pokemon SWSH - Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar ImageTyranitar
Pokemon SWSH - Corviknight ImageCorviknight Pokemon SWSH - Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu

Born from one player's love of one Pokemon, Arcanine, this team takes advantage of Arcanine's already-high Base Stats, supported by Assault Vest to make it a powerful player both offensively and defensively.

In addition to Arcanine, this team features a host of other surprises, such as a Pressure Corviknight, a Special Attack-using Tyranitar, and a stall-ready Mimikyu, that might change your preconceptions about the competitive scene as a whole.
Best Arcanine Team for Ranked Battle

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