don't let go of your dreams
The first thing that stands out about Noivern is its fantastic Speed tier; UU's congested Speed tiers have lots of threats between 331 and 361, and Noivern blazes past them with a blistering 379. Due to this, Noivern can gain momentum on the likes of Zarude, Cobalion, Azelf, Raikou, and Keldeo, a trait almost unique to it. Beyond that, Noivern's fantastic typing and great movepool give it great defensive utility and a powerful STAB Draco Meteor. With Flamethrower, Noivern has nearly unresisted coverage, which gives it an unparalleled ability to outspeed and bully offensive teams. Noivern's plentiful resistances and decent natural bulk let it check the likes of Azelf, Keldeo, Zarude, Skarmory, and Cobalion, giving it many opportunities to switch in. The main issue Noivern faces is competition with Crobat for a teamslot; Crobat's higher Speed gives it an edge one-on-one with Noivern, and it has the typing to better check Pokemon like Amoonguss and Conkeldurr that Noivern can struggle with. Still, Noivern's extra resistances to Water and Fire allow it to check the likes of Keldeo and Darmanitan, giving it the edge on a number of teams. Noivern also competes with Salamence to a lesser extent due to their shared typing; Salamence's bulk generally makes it better, as it can more reliably handle threats like Scizor and Cobalion, but some teams need Noivern's Speed tier. Another hindrance is Noivern's mediocre neutral power; it struggles to do lasting damage to Pokemon like Hippowdon, Slowking, Nihilego, and Mandibuzz without entry hazard support. Noivern is also entirely blanked by certain Fairy-types like Primarina and Togekiss.
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Draco Meteor / Hurricane
move 2: Flamethrower
move 3: U-turn
move 4: Roost
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Draco Meteor is generally preferred as a STAB move to OHKO the likes of Hydreigon and Salamence, in addition to being Noivern's strongest revenge killing tool overall. Hurricane can be used to nab the OHKO on Keldeo for teams particularly weak to it. Hurricane also can break through naturally bulky Pokemon like Hippowdon and Moltres because it doesn't lower Special Attack, and it does better damage to Tangrowth, Amoonguss, Fairy-types, and Conkeldurr—OHKOing the latter—than Flamethrower. Flamethrower fries Steel-types like Scizor, Skarmory, Excadrill, and Cobalion; it also peppers Celesteela, Tangrowth, and Amoonguss for decent damage. U-turn lets Noivern pivot out of bad matchups against switch-ins like Nihilego, Chansey, and Slowking; when combined with chip damage from entry hazards, Noivern can rack up damage on them very quickly. Roost is necessary to continuously check Pokemon like Cobalion, Zarude, and Keldeo throughout a game. Equipping Noivern with Heavy-Duty Boots is necessary, since Stealth Rock would otherwise greatly hinder its role as a pivot.
Noivern's best teammates are entry hazard setters, which aid it in securing KOs against Pokemon like Hippowdon, Slowking, and Swampert. Skarmory is an excellent partner; not only does it lay Noivern's beloved Spikes, it also nicely checks the physical attackers Noivern can't deal with, like Swords Dance Excadrill, Diggersby, Mamoswine, and Scizor. Skarmory also appreciates Noivern's ability to switch into Pokemon like Azelf and Entei. Hippowdon can set up Stealth Rock very easily and checks Pokemon like Hatterene, Nihilego, and Lycanroc-D that give Noivern a hard time; in return, Noivern is a great pivot into Zarude, Keldeo, and Skarmory. VoltTurn users like Thundurus-T, Rotom-W, Raikou, and Azelf can easily weaken shared checks like Chansey, Hippowdon, and Nihilego. The former three can also check Primarina and Togekiss, two major roadblocks to Noivern, and all appreciate Noivern threatening Zarude, Tangrowth, and Hydreigon for them. Scizor threatens Fairy-types for Noivern while also removing items from Pokemon like Hippowdon and Moltres, making it tough for them to check Noivern in the long term. Vanilluxe can break through Hippowdon and Slowking for Noivern and greatly appreciates its U-turn providing entry points for it. Partners that can deal with Fairy-types are necessary; Hatterene, Togekiss, and Primarina are all major annoyances for Noivern, with the former in particular being a huge issue thanks to its Magic Bounce blanking Skarmory's Spikes; teammates such as Excadrill, Nidoqueen, Nihilego, and Galarian Slowbro can all be helpful here. These Pokemon also appreciate Noivern bringing them onto the field against the aforementioned Fairy-types via U-turn, as well as checking Zarude and Azelf for them.
A Choice Specs set with Draco Meteor, Hurricane, Flamethrower, and Switcheroo can be very difficult to switch into, but it's pretty thoroughly outclassed by other wallbreakers like Choice Specs Hydreigon. Taunt is an option over U-turn that can make handling Noivern very difficult for teams that rely on Hippowdon and Slowking to beat it, though not having U-turn makes Noivern significantly easier to deal with for offensive teams. Also, it is forced to run Hurricane over Draco Meteor to assure that it can break through Slowking, even with Taunt. Defog Noivern can be used as a last resort, but it has a poor matchup against most Stealth Rock setters and struggles to fit the move to begin with.
Checks and Counters
**Fairy-types**: Primarina, Hatterene, and Togekiss all blank Noivern's most common moves entirely and can use it as setup fodder, but the former two must be wary of switching directly into Hurricane Noivern.
**Special Walls**: Hippowdon, Celesteela, and Chansey can all handle Noivern pretty well, though Noivern can outlast them in a long game due to entry hazard damage. Nihilego can check Noivern in the short term, with its great Special Defense letting it tank a couple of Draco Meteors, but without any way to recover its health, it isn't a hard counter. Heavy-Duty Boots Slowking is a hard stop to Noivern, although sets lacking Heavy-Duty Boots are prone to Spikes and U-turn wearing them down, even with Regenerator to offset it somewhat.
**Knock Off**: Noivern is extremely crippled by losing its item; Knock Off users like Tangrowth, Tentacruel, and Azelf can severely hamper it as a result. These Pokemon don't really like dealing with Noivern themselves, though.
**Priority Moves**: Noivern's Speed means nothing when faced with priority users that can threaten it. Lycanroc-D and Mamoswine can OHKO, and while +2 Attack Scizor lacking Life Orb cannot OHKO Noivern, it can do so very easily after minor chip damage.
- Written by: [[Lily, 481709]]
- Quality checked by: [[Monky25, 515132], [pokemonisfun, 56643], [estarossa, 461329]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Isaiah, 375662], [Adeleine, 517429]]
Last edited by a moderator: