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Find out how to breed Corviknight in Pokemon Sword and Shield - includes Corviknight's best competitive movesets, best nature, how to get Roost, hidden ability & Gigantamax builds!

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Pro Player Recommended Build

Pro Player Build

The following is a part of our upcoming series of builds provided by Japanese Pro players! This guide is provided by Yuki!

Weakness Policy Attacker

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Mirror Armor
The Pokemon reflects back moves or abilities that attempt to lower its stats.
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4
Check Here For Details On EV Allocation

Outspeeds Cinderace & Its Mirror

The main reason for maxing out speed is to be able to outspeed a Jolly Cinderace (after you use one Max Airstream). Additionally, it also helps you take out other Corviknights in the mirror matchup. There are indeed many other Corviknights out there, many of which run buff moves, so being able to fire off Taunt before they can do so is key.

Don't Be Overconfident In The Mirror

Although going full speed on Corviknight gives you an advantage in the mirror most of the time, others may also be running a similar type of build, so don't be overconfident. Given that this build is not as common right now, however, you can still expect to come out on top most of the time.

Best Moves

MandatoryBulk Up
Brave Bird
Taunt
Roost

Role & How To Use

Use As A Sweeper

Most people think of Corviknight as a physically defensive wall, meant to tank hits, but this particular build forgoes any and all EVs in defensive stats in order to maximize its offensive potential. When using this build, treat Corviknight as a sweeper, not as a tank. This has its advantages:

Advantages To Offensive Corviknight
Can't have its speed or attack lowered by Intimidate, Rock Tomb, or Icy Wind due to Mirror Armor
STAB Max Airstream deals good damage while also buffing speed
Can handle tanks as well by Taunting, buffing up, and healing whenever necessary
Has few weaknesses

Ally Support Is Key

If you provide Corviknight with support in the form of Light Screen or Reflect, it will be able to take on a much wider variety of opponents. With this, it will be able to get off more Bulk Ups against foes that deal non-supereffective damage, and even if it is hit with a Fire or Electric move, it can proc Weakness Policy off of them and get revenge.

Shell Smash Baton Pass Combo

Corviknight can of course get the job done alone, but if you have a Polteageist use Shell Smash and Baton Pass to buff Corviknight up even further!

How To Counter This Build

PokemonExplanation
Rotom-HeatHeat Rotom ・Resists flying moves
・STAB Electric moves are super effective
・Has to watch out for Roost, as it removes Corviknight's flying type
・Fire attacks in the sunlight (using Max Flare) are recommended
QuagsireQuagsire ・Ignores stat buffs with Unaware
・Can inflict a burn by spamming Scald
・Has to either wait for Roost to run out of PP or go for a time-over victory since it has low damage
ChandelureChandelure ・Infilitrator ignores barriers, can hit with super-effective fire moves
・Takes 1x damage from Flying, so it needs to be careful
・Can run Trick Room to turn Corviknight's speed boosts against it.

Resist Its Attacks

Resisting Flying moves and using a Special Attacker that doesn't care about Bulk Up's Defense boost is the best way to take out Corviknight. In terms of ideal Pokemon that are also relatively versatile, Heat Rotom is probably the best choice. Using Fire moves is recommended, as Corviknight may sometimes Roost and lose its Electric weakness.

Stop It With Unaware

The ability Unaware ignores the opponent's stat increases, meaning no matter how much Corviknight spams Bulk Up, it won't matter. However, with Taunt and Roost, it can often be hard for low-damage Unaware using Pokemon to actually win the battle, so be careful.

Quagsire Is Recommended

In terms of Pokemon with Unaware, Clefable using Flamethrower is a possible choice, but seeing as Corviknight might run a Steel move, this is best avoided. Instead, try Quagsire! The main advantage here is the chance to cause a burn by repeatedly spamming Scald.

However, note that it'll take time for Quagsire to defeat Corviknight alone. It might be worth considering alternate win conditions, such as exhausting Corviknight's PP or aiming for a stall time-over victory!

Hit Past Barriers With Infilitrator

The ability Infilitrator is effective here as it can bypass any walls that might be set up by previous Pokemon. This will make it easier to take Corviknight out with a super-effective ability (though, watch out for Weakness Policy!) Chandelure is your best bet when it comes to this approach, as it has high Sp. Atk and STAB fire moves.

It can also learn Trick Room, which can turn the tables on Corviknight in terms of speed.


All of the information above, including EV distribution, counters, and moves, has been provided to us by the Japanese Pro Player Yuki.

Source: Yuki's Hidden Power (Ice)


Corviknight Moveset & Best Build

Corviknight
Total Base Stats495
Type Flying IconSteel Icon

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Physical Tank Build

Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Defense↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Mirror Armor
The Pokemon reflects back moves or abilities that attempt to lower its stats.
Best Moveset
Roost / Iron Defense / Brave Bird / Body Press
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Def 252, Attack 4

Corviknight Strengths

Corviknight possesses high HP & Defense, making it a great candidate for a physical tank. Defense EVs will help you maximize Body Press damage.

Use Buff Moves To Fight

Either Bulk Up or Iron Defense should be included in your moveset, as they allow Corviknight to become a serious threat. Use Leftovers for gradual health recovery, and use Roost only when your Leftovers can't keep up the pace. You can also switch to a Rocky Helmet & rely entirely on Roost for recovery.

Limited Move Choices

Corviknight really only has room for 2 offensive moves, meaning you'll need to pick them carefully depending on your team's needs. Body Press uses your Defense stat to calculate attack, making it excellent to pair with Iron Defense. For Bulk Up builds, consider Iron Head instead.

Boost Speed With Max Airstream

Corviknight's rather low speed is in dire need of help, so if you're looking to strike first, Dynamaxing and using Max Airstream is a good option.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Brave Bird
Flying Icon
High power STAB move that can deal a lot of damage. The recoil damage can be healed up with Roost.
Roost
status icon
Restores 1/2 of total HP. An absolute must on all defensive builds. Allows you to out-sustain most Pokemon.
Body Press
Fighting Icon
Great move that deals damage calculated from your Defense stat.
Iron Defense
status icon
Boosts Defense by 2 stages. Become incredibly tanky and force a switch.

Other Viable Moves

MoveTraits
U-Turn
bug Icon
Good type coverage and allows Corviknight to switch out in unfavorable matchups.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Good STAB move, but might not be necessary on most defensive builds.
Bulk Up
status icon
Boosts Defense by 2 stages. Become incredibly tanky and force a switch.
Taunt
status icon
Forces opponents to only use attacking moves. Great for stopping tanks.

Special Tank Build

Best NatureBest Item
Careful (Sp.Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Maranga Berry
Best Ability
Mirror Armor
The Pokemon reflects back moves or abilities that attempt to lower its stats.
Best Moveset
Roost / Bulk Up / Brave Bird / Iron Head
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Sp.Def 252, Attack 4

Set Up On Special Attackers

This build focuses on boosting the Sp.Def stat so that Corviknight can set up on an unsuspecting special attacker. The Maranga Berry will boost your Sp. Def when hit with a Special move, so your opponent will have limited options to deal with you. However, be careful if they're a Nasty Plot user, as they might still be able to overpower you.

Consider Running Taunt

If you're finding yourself up against a lot of tanks, it might be worth it to swap Iron Head with Taunt. This is especially useful against the likes of Toxapex, which only really has Scald as an offensive move.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Brave Bird
Flying Icon
High power STAB move that can deal a lot of damage. The recoil damage can be healed up with Roost.
Roost
status icon
Restores 1/2 of total HP. An absolute must on all defensive builds. Allows you to out-sustain most Pokemon.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Good STAB move, but might not be necessary on most defensive builds.
Bulk Up
status icon
Boosts Defense by 2 stages. Become incredibly tanky and force a switch.

Other Viable Moves

MoveTraits
U-Turn
bug Icon
Good type coverage and allows Corviknight to switch out in unfavorable matchups.
Body Press
Fighting Icon
Great move that deals damage calculated from your Defense stat.
Iron Defense
status icon
Boosts Defense by 2 stages. Become incredibly tanky and force a switch.
Taunt
status icon
Forces opponents to only use attacking moves. Great for stopping tanks.

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Corviknight Best Gigantamax Moveset & Build

Gigantamax Build

Gigantamax Build

Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Mirror Armor
The Pokemon reflects back moves or abilities that attempt to lower its stats.
Best Moveset
Roost / Bulk Up / Brave Bird / Iron Head
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Def 252, Attack 4

Ruin Your Opponent's Plans With G-Max Wind Rage

Move G-Max Wind Rage Flying Icon
Effect Deals damage and removes effects of hazards, barriers, and terrains.

G-Max Wind Rage is a move totally unique to Gigantamax Corviknight. It allows you to destroy barriers, clear Stealth Rock, and remove terrains. Since many parties rely on these factors to function, you can throw a wrench in their plans. However, your own hazards will be removed too, so be careful.

Check Out All Other Gigantamax Pokemon Here!

Use A Rare Ball

Since Corviknight is such a common Pokemon, it can be difficult to know what build it is at first glance. If you use a Corviknight that is inside a Heavy Ball or Ultra Ball, it will become even more difficult for your opponent to distinguish it from a regular egg-bred Pokemon. Repeat Balls and Dusk Balls are not recommended, as they are often used when catching G-Max Pokemon!

Unable To Use Max Airstream

All Flying moves will become G-Max Wind Rage, which means you won't be able to use Max Airstream. You can't rely on outspeed your opponents with this build, so stick to targeting tanks!

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Brave Bird
Flying Icon
High power STAB move that can deal a lot of damage. The recoil damage can be healed up with Roost.
Roost
status icon
Restores 1/2 of total HP. An absolute must on all defensive builds. Allows you to out-sustain most Pokemon.
Body Press
Fighting Icon
Great move that deals damage calculated from your Defense stat.
Bulk Up
status icon
Boosts Defense and Attack by 1 stage each. Useful setup move.

Other Viable Moves

MoveTraits
U-Turn
bug Icon
Good type coverage and allows Corviknight to switch out in unfavorable matchups.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Good STAB move, but might not be necessary on most defensive builds.
Taunt
status icon
Forces opponents to only use attacking moves. Great for stopping tanks.
Iron Defense
status icon
Boosts Defense by 2 stages. Become incredibly tanky and force a switch.

Corviknight - Best Items to Hold

ItemTraits
LeftoversGives Corviknight even more sustain, making it hard to take out. Most recommended item on Corviknight.
Maranga BerryBoosts Sp.Def when hit with a Special move. Great for dealing with special attackers.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Corviknight - Best Nature And EVs

Corviknight - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
ImpishDefense↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Focuses on handling and walling physical threats like Mimikyu.
CarefulSp.Defense↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Balances out Corviknight's lower Sp. Def stat. Allows it to survive against Heat Rotom and some other threats.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Physical Tank Corviknight

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Defense252 points (max)
Attack4 points

Boost your Defenses to maximize Body Press damage.

Special Tank Corviknight

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Sp.Defense252 points (max)
Attack4 points

A specially defensive variation on the above build.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Corviknight Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Corviknight

PokemonExplanation
Dragapult IconDragapult Pros
- Can two shot with Fire Blast
Cons
- Can't 2 shot if Corviknight has Defense EVs.
Heat Rotom IconHeat Rotom Pros
- Can two shot with Overheat
Cons
- Will probably have to swap out after using Overheat
Hydreigon IconHydreigon Pros
- Fire Blast is super effective, usually deals over 55%.
Cons
- None in particular
Charizard IconCharizard Pros
- Resists steel moves
- Can deal massive damage with Fire moves
Cons
- None in particular

How To Play Against Corviknight

Avoid Stat Lowering Moves

Corviknight's Mirror Guard ability reflects stat decreases onto its attacker, so it is best to leave behind Intimidate users like Arcanine & Gyarados. Be careful not to use stat-lowering Max Moves either!

Taunt It!

Taunt is extremely effective against Corviknight, as it prevents it from setting up or using Roost. However, be careful, as many Corviknight also run Taunt, meaning you might get locked out of your moves instead.

Fire Is Your Friend

Corviknight's physical defense stat is quite high, so it's recommended to attack it with super effective special moves. Fire or Electric are its only weaknesses, so we recommend Pokemon which are common in the meta, such as Heat Rotom.

Corviknight - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1 Catch a Rookidee on Route 2, or a Corviknight in the Slumbering Weald.
2 Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Rookidee
3 Breed that Rookidee until you get one with an Impish Nature
4 Put 252 EVs in HP and 252 in Defense
5 Max out its Dynamax Level
6 Level to 38 to evolve
7 Teach it Roost, Iron Defense, Brave Bird, and Body Press
(▼Check Out How To Get Roost Here)
8 Equip Leftovers
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Rookidee

Catching the Pre-Evolution Base Pokemon

The first step to Breeding Corviknight will be to catch a wild one. Rookidee is one of the most easily obtainable Pokemon in the game, and chances are you already have one. If not, head to Route 2 or Route 3 and catch one. Corviknight are also found in the Slumbering Weald.

Hidden Ability - Mirror Armor

In order to get Mirror Armor, you'll have to catch a Corviknight which has it from a Max Raid Battle, or get it by trading with someone.

Check Out Which Den It Can Be Found In Here!

Roost - How To Get

Roost Is An Egg Move

Roost is a move which Corviknight does not normally learn. This means that you'll need to pass it down from another Pokemon. Remember that in Sword and Shield, you can pass egg moves along to existing Pokemon by leaving them in the Nursery!

To Find Out How To Pass Roost, Check Out The Egg Move Calculator Here

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Anonymous 3

You can transfer roost if one corviknight has already had it p***ed down and then transfer it to your perfect iv corviknight by leaving them both in nursery providing the one you want to learn it has a free moveslot

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Thanks! I was trying to understand how to get roost

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This is wrong. Roost is only available as Egg Move.

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