Noivern, the Sound Wave Pokémon. Ultrasonic waves emitted by a Noivern can pulverize a large boulder. This Pokémon has a cruel disposition. In the dark, even Hydreigon are terrified of this Pokémon. But in the light, Noivern is the one that avoids battle.


Noivern returns triumphantly in Generation 9 as one of the better abusers of Terastalization. Being able to get STAB on the amazing Boomburst pushes Noivern’s offense from decent to good, able to slam most opponents for considerable damage thanks to its absurdly wide neutral coverage, and incredible base speed that ties with Meowscarada as one of the fastest Pokémon around. The ability to pivot with U-Turn and disrupt with Taunt adds depth to Noivern’s game, giving it a niche even when its ability to spam Boomburst is not needed.

However, Noivern remains overshadowed by Dragonite who pulls a similar Tera Normal schtick and boasting wholly superior bulk and power. Dragon Flying is an unfortunate typing having a cripplingly common weaknesses that can strain team building and require hazard control. Lackluster base 97 Special Attack often leaves Noivern wanting for damage when not clicking Boomburst or Draco Meteor and it can struggle to break past sturdier walls. Additionally, while base 123 Speed is fantastic, generational powercreep has introduced several Pokémon that either tie or outright outspeed Noivern, leaving its best quality falling short when Noivern needs it most. Noivern has some incredible qualities, but its at times lacking offenses and middling bulk can make it a difficult sell over the other incredible Dragon type Pokémon.
Base 123 Speed is incredible. The number of commonly used Pokémon that outspeed Noivern can be counted on one hand.
Great offensive movepool, with wide coverage and the coveted Boomburst that Noivern can abuse with Terastalization
Choice support moves in Defog, Taunt and Tailwind give Noivern a niche on multiple teams

Dragon Flying is laden with common crippling weaknesses that stress teambuilding and require entry hazard support.
Lackluster offenses and no way to boost them can leave Noivern missing out on KOs at crucial times.
Outclassed by other Dragons and other naturally speedy Pokémon.


Turn Down for What

-Dark Pulse
-Focus Blast
Ability: Infiltrator
Item: Throat Spray
EVs and Nature:
4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spe
Timid Nature

Boomburst Noivern acts as a late game cleaner, stacking Boomburst, Normal Terastalization and Throat Spray for an easily spammable nuke that batters down the opposing team while leaving Noivern flexible enough to counter incoming switches so that an opponent can’t pivot around like they could with a Choice set. While Boomburst will be the move of choice, Dark Pulse and Focus Blast offer important coverage against Ghost and Rock/Steel types respectively, as they’re the ones who resist Boomburst and thus the crux of Noivern’s offense. Hurricane rounds out the set as a powerful alternative STAB that has important coverage against opposing Grass, Fighting and Bug types. It is important to stress that you only get one shot with Throat Spray, so while it is tempting to use Noivern in the early game for revenge killing, you must be judicious with Boomburst until it is time to go for the sweep.

Tera Types:
Normal is the only option here, offering STAB on the horrifically powerful Boomburst and wiping away Noivern’s common Ice, Rock and Fairy weaknesses and having Noivern resist Fighting before Terastalization enables mind games and making it punishing to mispredict the Terastalization.

EVs and Items:
Max Special Attack and Speed to get as much power out of Noivern as possible. Timid Nature to ensure ties with Meowscarada and outspeeding Greninja and co. Throat Spray is key to how this set functions, giving Noivern a significant power boost while maintaining flexibility.

While Noivern has the coverage, having allies that can soften or eliminate resists to Boomburst facilitate’s Noivern’s sweep. Iron Valiant is exemplary, covering Rock, Steel, Ghost and Dragon types with its STABs and Shadow Ball. Cinderace and Greninja both excel as well, covering most of Noivern’s weaknesses and offering important hazard control. The hazard game is invaluable for Noivern, both for keeping it healthy and applying damage punishing an opponent’s pivoting and helping Noivern reach for KOs for a revenge KO or sweep. Clodsire, Great Tusk, Brambleghast, Toedscruel are all standout choices, covering problematic Rock and/or Steel types with their STABs.

Other Options:
Shadow Ball -Dark Pulse is generally preferred for covering Hisuian Zoroark, but if Flutter Mane and Mimikyu are a concern, Shadow Ball is preferred

The hazard game is invaluable for Noivern, both for keeping it healthy and applying damage punishing an opponent’s pivoting and helping Noivern reach for KOs for a revenge KO or sweep. Clodsire, Great Tusk, Brambleghast, Toedscruel are all standout choices covering Rock and/or Steel types with their STABs, though the shared Ice weakness is unfortunate. Other pivoting users work incredibly well with Noivern, forming potent VoltTurn cores that constant pivot to maintain positioning advantage over the opponent. Scizor is an exemplary example, easily pivoting into Ice and Fairy moves as well as potent priority for the few things faster than Noivern. Noivern in turn pivots into Fire moves easily and shuts down walls like Garganacl that can give Scizor trouble. Cinderace and Greninja also excel for similar reasons. Rotom-Wash makes a good Volt Switch partner, beating most Rock types with ease while offering disruption with Will-o-Wisp and Thunder Wave, and enjoying Noivern’s ability to pivot into Grass types.

Other Options:
Flamethrower/Hurricane/Air Slash/Boomburst -Noivern can run a dedicated Choice Specs set, swapping out Taunt and potentially U-Turn for extra coverage while still maintaining the fantastic Switcheroo disruption for walls.
Defog -Noivern’s speedy Defogs are very difficult to disrupt making it a decent Defogger if given Heavy Duty Boots
Super Fang -set 50% damage can be great for chipping bulky targets given Noivern’s somewhat lacking offense.
Roost -Noivern is going to be constantly switching and taking attacks and Stealth Rock damage. This can help it stick around longer in lieu of Heavy Duty Boots

Doubles and VGC Options

Noivern has spent many generations languishing in obscurity in the doubles format despite its excellent traits. It is one of the fastest Tailwind setters, making it incredibly reliable in setting it up and having a speedy non Prankster boosted Taunt is invaluable in shutting down opposing setup in doubles consider that it can’t be stopped by Tera Dark. Infiltrator and Frisk are wildly invaluable in doubles given how common Screens are, and the information Frisk provides enables more accurate plays, especially in best of 3 matches. However, Noivern suffers from incredibly stiff competition. Both Talonflame and Kilowattrel are naturally faster, the former possessing priority Tailwind thanks to Gale Wing, while Murkrow is effectively faster than Noivern with Prankster. Even if Noivern can boast more power thanks to Draco Meteor, it still suffers competition with that from Hydreigon who while admittedly is much slower, its Draco Meteors are far more damaging, enabling Hydreigon to better abuse its own Tailwind and Hydreigon’s Levitate means it has two incredible defensive Tera types that alongside its bulk make it difficult to put down quickly.

Bat Colony

-Draco Meteor
-Super Fang
Ability: Frisk
Item: Covert Cloak
Tera Type: Fire/Steel
EVs and Nature:
4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spe
Timid Nature

Noivern acts as a middle Ground between the support/disruption of Talonflame and the power of Hydreigon. As mentioned before, the number of common Pokémon that naturally outspeed Noivern can be counted on one hand, making Noivern reliable at setting up Tailwind and shutting down opposing setups with a speedy Taunt Frisk further increases the utility Noivern offers, showing what items your opponent has. Knowing what item can be instrumental in figuring an opponent's set or knowing when they are running protective items like Covert Cloak and Safety Goggles to avoid moves that would be shutdown by them.

As for the offense, Noivern offers a fast Draco Meteor that will force your opponent to Terastalize or lose their Dragon while Super Fang is great in softening up bulkier targets it lacks the direct power to answer itself.

Covert Cloak blocks Fake Out, one of the few ways to stop Noivern before it can throw up a Tailwind.

Partners & Other Options:
Focus Sash -Considering the prevalence of Iron Bundle, Flutter Mane and Chien Pao who all naturally outspeed and OHKO Noivern, this can be invaluable in guaranteeing the Tailwind goes up.
Boomburst+Tera Normal -fantastic as always, but be sure to pair with a Ghost type or Protect user to avoid friendly fire.
Powerful attackers that can abuse Tailwind love the support Noivern can provide. Flutter Mane and Chi-Yu stand out, possessing overwhelming offense especially against the naturally faster opposing Flutter Mane, Iron Bundle and Chien-Pao that trouble Noivern.

Countering Noivern

Noivern lives and dies based on its Speed, so any priority and most faster targets naturally mess with Noivern and what it is trying to do. Banded Lycanroc Dusk best exemplifies this, able to pivot into most moves short of Focus Blast or a boosted Draco Meteor and get the OHKO with Accelerock. Baxcalibur is similar but can’t switch into Draco Meteor at all. Dragonite solidy 2HKOs with Tera Normal Extreme Speed, but needs Multiscale intact to endure a Draco Meteor/Focus Blast. Dragapult, Weavile, Chien-Pao, Iron Bundle and Fluttermane are also naturally faster attackers that can easily OHKO with their own STABs but can’t switch in Safely due to Draco Meteor or possibly Shadow Ball in Flutter Mane’s case.

Aside from these generalizations, Noivern counters vary widly between sets. Tera Normal Boomburst sets loathe opposing Ghost types for stopping Noivern from spamming Boomburst. Skeledirge and Ceruledge do well against sets lacking coverage for Ghost moves, taking pittance from everything else, but are unable to quickly KO in turn. Garganacl is an even bigger problem its bulk easily tanking most attacks and putting Noivern on a clock with Salt Cure/outright OHKO with Body Press, but struggles to stomach a Focus Blast. Blissey, Ting-Lu and Clodsire do by far the best, having the sheer special bulk to stomach even multiple +1 Focus Blasts and Boombursts without issue.

Pivot sets are even more difficult to manage due to the hit and run nature of them making it difficult to pin Noivern down. Unlike the Boomburst sets, dedicated Walls want nothing to do with Noivern as being Switcheroo’d a choice item is crippling for the rest of the match, and Taunt isn’t much better. Stealth Rocks are your friend here, as Noivern will constantly be taking chip damage, KOing it or forcing it to Roost sooner rather than later. Though in turn, Pivot Noivern’s damage outside of Super Fang is rather lacking and do not pose a significant threat unless exploiting a weakness.

Locations in Games

Not in game

Not in game

Not in game

Not in game

Not in game

Not in game

Not in game

Not in game

Black 2/White 2:
Not in game

Evolve Noibat

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Trade from X & Y

Trade from Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon:
Resolution Cave

Let's Go, Pikachu!/Let's Go, Eevee!:
Not in game

Bridge Field, Lake of Outrage, Ballimere Lake, Lakeside Cave
Max Raid Battles: Axew's Eye, Workout Sea, Honeycalm Sea, Frostpoint Field, Giant's Bed, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake, Dyna Tree Hill

Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl:
Not in game

Legends: Arceus:
Not in game

North Province Area One, North Province Area Two
Tera Raid Battles: 5 Star Raid Battles

Anime Appearences

Noivern has made several anime appearances. Most notably Ash used one during his Kalos adventures. Kalos Elite Four member Drasna also used one during her World Coronation Series campaign

# -English Episode Name- -Jp. Episode Name- Pics
798 Celebrating the Hero's Comet! Noivern Appears! The Legend of the Comet & the Hero!! Pics
803 Dream Continues! My Dream: Pokémon Master! Pics
808 A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle! Santalune Gym Match! The Vivillon's Elegant Dance Battle! Pics
809 Battling on Thin Ice! Decisive Battle on Ice! Pikachu VS Vivillon! Pics
822 A Conspiracy to Conquer! Madame X's Evil Plot! The Terrifying Malamar!! Pics
M17 Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie Pics
S40 Hoopa’s Surprise Ring Adventures Hoopa's Appear Operation Pics
913 An Electrifying Rage! Zapdos and Noivern! A Furious Strike of Lightning!! Pics
919 The Synchronicity Test! Ash and Alain! Greninja VS Mega Charizard Once Again!! Pics
922 A Full-Strength Battle Surprise! Rival Showdown! Ash VS Sawyer!! Pics
924 Seeing the Forest for the Trees! The Winding Woods...The Dawn of Evolution! Pics
925 A Real Icebreaker! Ash-Greninja VS Mega Abomasnow! The Giant Water Shuriken Triggers!! Pics
926 A Diamond in the Rough! Find Carbink! Goodra and Dedenne!! Pics
929 Valuable Experience for All! Mega Sceptile VS Raichu! I Received Some EXP!! Pics
M19 Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel Volcanion & The Ingenious Magearna Pics
930 Analysis Versus Passion! Semifinal Full Battle! Ash VS Sawyer!! Pics
931 A Riveting Rivalry! Fierce Rival Battle! Ash-Greninja VS Mega Sceptile Pics
932 Kalos League Passion With a Certain Flare! Fierce Fighting at the Kalos League! Gather, All of My Passion!! Pics
933 Finals Not for the Faint-Hearted! The Finals! Ash VS Alain!! Pics
934 Down to the Fiery Finish Kalos League Victory! Ash's Ultimate Match!! Pics
935 A Towering Takeover! Team Flare Attacks! The Zygarde at the Prism Tower!! Pics
936 Coming Apart at the Dreams! The Shocking Zygarde VS Zygarde! The Breaking World!! Pics
937 The Right Hero for the Right Job! Attack on Lumiose Gym! The Clembot Forever!! Pics
940 Battling With a Clean Slate! We Start at Zero! Clemont's Decision!! Pics
941 The First Day of the Rest of Your Life! One Last Battle with Ash! Serena's Choice!! Pics
942 Facing the Needs of the Many Farewell, Ash-Greninja! Xerosic Strikes Back!! Pics
943 Till We Compete Again A Zero With No End! Till the Day We Meet Again!! Pics
1030 Filling the Light with Darkness! Crisis in Alola! The Darkness that Eats Radiance!! Pics
1031 Full Moon and Many Arms! Lunala VS UB: BLACK! A Battle at Full Moon!! Pics
1032 The Prism Between Light and Darkness! A Prism of Light and Darkness: Its name is Necrozma! Pics
1033 Securing the Future! Connect to the Future! The Legend of the Blinding One!! Pics
1083 Z-Move Showdown! Guzzlord Attacks! Decisive Z-Move Battle!! Pics
1087 From Z to Shining Z! The Greatest Z in Alola! Tapu Koko VS Pikachu! Pics
1114 A Festival Reunion! A Battle Festival Exploding With Life! VS Mega Lucario!! Pics
1157 Advice for Goh! Rivals for Goh?! The Road to Mew!! Pics
1192 The Future is Now, Thanks to Strategy! Ash & Clemont! Special Friendship Training!! Pics
1193 Taking Two For The Team! Ultra Class! VS Elite Four Drasna! Pics
1203 Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit! Fire Training Battle! Ash VS Paul!! Pics
1207 Battling as Hard as Stone! Ash Heads Into Battle! VS Steven!! Pics
1210 TBC The Climax Begins: Ash's Masters Tournament Experience Pics
1212 Bewitch, Battle, and Bewilder! The Semifinals II: Dazzle Pics
1213 Valor: A Strategic Part of Battling! The Semifinals III: Valor Pics
1214 Whittle While You Work! The Semifinals IV: Impact Pics
1218 A Flood of Torrential Gains The Finals I: Torrent Pics
1219 Toying With Your Motions! The Finals II: Toying Pics
1220 Paring Pokémon While Parrying! The Finals III: Smashing Pics
1221 Partners in Time! The Finals IV: Partner Pics
1224 Heroes Unite! Pokémon! I Am Glad I Got To Meet You Pics
1226 The Road Most Traveled The Wind of Beginnings! The Eon Path!! Pics