Noivern, The Sound Wave Pokémon. They fly around on moonless nights and attack careless prey. Nothing can beat them in a battle in the dark. The ultrasonic waves it emits from its ears can reduce a large boulder to pebbles. It swoops out of the dark to attack.
Noivern is an interesting Pokémon, boosting solid typing for the tier, RU, as well as incredible speed making it a solid threat. Noivern also has solid enough coverage with Focus Blast and Flamethrower, as well as access to Hurricane to make use of its Flying typing. However, Noivern has low Attack and average Special Attack, making it both predictable and a bit easy to handle, but is still a major threat in tier.
Frisk - Reveals opponents item - Alright as it reveals items on sets making it easier to predict and outplay
Life Orb Attacker
Noivern needs to run as much power as possible, so a Life Orb is a must. This also makes Draco Meteor and Hurricane a must use, though both are great moves in their own right, but have drawbacks. Flamethrower is the main option to deal with Steels, but Focus Blast is nice to get over Rock threats but has low accuracy like Hurricane. Lastly Roost is the last option to heal the recoil from Life Orb as well as switch in damage.
Choice Specs - Noivern can easily make use of Choice Specs, switching Roost for U-Turn, and just try to blow stuff up but needs more control of hazards.
Nidoqueen - With its Poison typing, Nidoqueen can easily pressure out Fairy types that wall Noivern such as Florges. Nidoqueen also brings entry hazards, both Stealth Rocks and Toxic Spikes, which Noivern really enjoys with its low base power
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Noivern is another Pokemon not found in the Alolan Pokedex and therefore missing from VGC 2017, but it has been uncommon in doubles in its first few years of existence anyway. Noivern’s most common role has been a fast Tailwind setter, as its high base speed (typically holding a Focus Sash) almost guarantees Tailwind will go up. Though it is not the bulkiest Tailwind user, it does provide some offensive presence to help a teammate sweep, but it faces stiff competition from a number of other supporting Tailwind Pokemon. Although we probably will still not see this dragon much once VGC 2018 comes around, it is a unique supporting choice in doubles with a great ability and a relatively deep movepool.
Max speed with a Timid nature helps Noivern get Tailwind up as quickly as possible and outspeed a majority of the Pokemon commonly found in doubles. Max special attack gives it some power so that it does not become dead weight after using Tailwind, while the remaining four EVs are put into special defense to give opposing Download Porygon2 an attack boost. Focus Sash helps Noivern take any one hit, which can be useful for surviving attacks from faster threats like Tapu Koko or surprise Choice Scarf opponents. Frisk is an incredible ability in double battles, revealing the items of your opponents’ Pokemon when Noivern is sent out, which can help determine your opponent’s sets and which Pokemon holds a z crystal.
Draco Meteor is Noivern’s strongest move to do damage. Air Slash is moderately strong, but the main reason to use it is for a potential flinch, which goes well with the high speed stat and Tailwind. Flamethrower is an alternative that is useful for steel types, especially Ferrothorn or Celesteela. Tailwind of course is Noivern’s primary role in supporting the team. Protect is not always necessary due to the Focus Sash, but if you fear Fake Out breaking your Sash, it is a good option to have. Alternatively, Super Fang is fantastic to help a sweeper eliminate a threat. Strong attacks from Pokemon like Tapu Lele or Mega Charizard Y have no problem knocking out opponents once they have been reduced to 50% of their health.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-While Frisk is the best ability for Noivern, the other abilities can still be considered for specific occurrences. Infiltrator is great for hitting Pokemon behind Substitute, which can be annoying to deal with. Telepathy gives you the ability to run certain spread moves like Discharge, Surf, Sludge Wave, or Lava Plume next to Noivern to throw off your opponent.
Special Defensive Threats - With the best option being Draco Meteor and having the stat drop, Special Defensive walls easily stop Noivern. Porygon 2 can threaten back with Ice Beam while other walls like Umbreon, Cresselia, and Bronzong all sponge attacks, heal, and threaten stats moves.
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