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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
Flying Type Steel Type
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

Deals 4x damage
Deals 2x damage
Fire Image Electric Image
Deals 0.5x damage
Normal Image Flying Image Psychic Image Dragon Image Steel Image
Deals 1/4x damage
Grass Image Bug Image
Deals 0x damage
Poison Image 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
(+Def, -SpAtk)
(+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)

Moveset & Best Build for Corviknight

Physical Defender Moveset & Best Build

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.
Ability Mirror Armor
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Iron Head
Body Press

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

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Ability Mirror Armor
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Brave Bird
Body Press
Bulk Up

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.

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.

Counters for Corviknight

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
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
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
Best Ranked Battle Build for Wash Rotom
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

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Arcanine ImageArcanine Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Tyranitar ImageTyranitar
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom 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.
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1 Anonymous3 months

Pidove learns Roost at 36 not 30

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