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

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Basic Information for Noivern

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Flying Type Dragon Type
Frisk The Pokemon can check a foe's held item.
Infiltrator Passes through the foe's barrier and strikes.
Telepathy (Hidden) Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Ice Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
85 70 80 97 80 123

Best Nature for Noivern

Best Natures
+Spd, -Atk
- -

What are Natures?

How to Learn Noivern's Egg Moves

Defog Inherit from Galarian Farfetch'd (learns at Lvl.35), Sirfetch'd (learns at Lvl.35), Rufflet (learns at Lvl.60), and Braviary (learns at Lvl.64).

Movesets & Best Builds for Noivern

Utility Lead (Doubles) Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid
EV Spread Spd. 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Atk. 81 / Def. 100 / Sp.Atk. 149 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 192
Ability Frisk
Held Item Heavy-Duty Boots
Moveset Tailwind
Super Fang
Draco Meteor

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Noivern's high speed stat, moderate bulk, and access to Tailwind and Taunt support moves make it an excellent lead in doubles. The ability Frisk scouts opposing Pokemon's held item, allowing you to better predict your opponent's moveset and build.

Super Fang separates this utility set from other leads, allowing Noivern to support its teammate offensively by halving the opponent's health. Draco Meteor allows it to threaten frail leads and sweepers after it's finished supporting its team.

Heavy-Duty Boots is the preferred held item as it protects Noivern from entry hazards. This allows you to switch out without fear of accumulating damage from Stealth Rock.

Other Viable Moves

Hurricane A strong, Flying-type STAB move that has a 30% chance to confuse the target.
This move has 100% accuracy in rain, making it a good alternative when you're expecting to face Pelipper leads.
Roost Allows Noivern to heal damage and stay in the field longer without switching out.
Defog Allows Noivern to clear entry hazards, Reflect, Light Screen, Aurora Veil, Mist, Safeguard, and Terrain.
This move also lowers the target's evasion by 1 stage.
Shadow Ball Allows you to hit Ghost-type Pokemon that are immune to Super Fang.

Choice Specs Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid
EV Spread Spd. 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Atk. 81 / Def. 100 / Sp.Atk. 149 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 192
Ability Infiltrator
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset U-Turn
Draco Meteor

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Noivern's high speed stat and respectable movepool allow it function well as a late-game cleaner and sweeper. Thanks to the ability Infiltrator, Noivern's attacks bypass Substitute, Reflect, Light Screen, Mist, Safeguard, and Aurora Veil.

You can use this build for both Singles and Doubles play.

Strong STAB moves such as Hurricane and Draco Meteor are further boosted by Choice Specs, allowing this speedy dragon to easily KO rival sweepers such as Cinderace and take out weakend walls.

Flamethrower allows Noivern to hit Steel-type Pokemon that otherwise take little damage from its other moves.

U-Turn allows Noivern to function well as a scout. While it doesn't receive a boost from Choice Specs, this move allows Noivern to quickly pivot to a teammate that can better handle its checks and counters.

Other Viable Moves

Heat Wave Slightly stronger than flamethrower and hits both opposing Pokemon in Doubles.
Uproar A strong, special Normal-type move that prevents all Pokemon from Sleeping for 4 turns. Stops Rest+Sleep Talk sets/
Air Slash Has lower damage than Hurricane but has a 30% chance to cause the target to flinch.
Dragon Pulse Has lower damage than Draco Meteor but is more consistent and has no drawbacks.

How to Use Noivern Effectively

An Excellent Scout Thanks to Frisk

Noivern Frisk.jpg

Frisk allows Noivern to reveal your opponent's held items, helping you to better plan your next move and strategies.

One of the Fastest Tailwind Users in Doubles

Noivern Tailwind.jpg

Noivern's high speed stat and access to Tailwind make it a top choice for Doubles lead. It's faster than weather setters such as Torkoal, Hippowdon, and Tyranitar, and speed ties with Choice Scarf Pelipper without needing to hold Choice Scarf!

Super Fang Deters Bulky Pokemon

Noivern Super Fang.jpg

Noivern seperates itself from other lead Pokemon with Super Fang, giving it some offensive utility in Doubles. Bulkier Pokemon are less likely to set up and face this speedy dragon when it can cut their HP in half with one move!

Counters for Noivern

Shut down support sets with Priority Taunt

Although Noivern is well-known for it's fast Taunt, it's just as susceptible to the move - especially when used by a Pokemon that can ignore its speed stat with Prankster!

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking: ★★★★★
・Ignores Noivern's speed stat and shuts down support sets with Prankster Taunt and status
・Immune to Draco Meteor and can hit back with strong STAB Play Rough
Whimsicott ImageWhimsicott Ranking: ★★★★☆
・On top of Prankster Taunt, Whimsicott's Tailwind has higher priority than Noivern's
・Lower bulk means it needs to watch out for Hurricane

Use Faster Sweepers

Noivern no longer holds the title of fastest dragon. Dragapult is faster and can easily KO offensive Noivern, forcing it switch.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking: ★★★★★
・Higher speed stat allows it to outpace Noivern and KO it with a super effective Draco Meteor or Outrage.
・Large offensive movepool allows it to threaten Noivern's ally Pokemon in doubles
Ribombee ImageRibombee Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Higher speed stat allows it to outpace Noivern and KO it with a super effective Moonblast
・Can Quiver Dance on Noivern choice-locked to Dragon-type moves thanks to its Fairy typing

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1 Pickle3 months

can you list some good teammates for Niovern please? ty

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