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Braviary Best Moveset & Build

Braviary
Total Base Stats510
Type Normal Icon Flying Icon

Life Orb Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Defiant
Sharply raises attack when its stats are lowered.
Best Moveset
Brave Bird / Close Combat / U-Turn / Bulk Up
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Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

A Max Airstream Ace

Braviary's main appeal is its STAB Max Airstream which can help boost its speed. By doing so, you will be able to outspeed basically anything. Although Close Combat actually loses power by becoming Max Knuckle (120 -> 95), the Life Orb helps make up for that lost damage.

Life Orb And Dynamax Go Well Together

The damage Life Orb deals to its user is based on the Pokemon's pre-Dynamax HP. This means that while it normally deals 10% HP in damage, while Dynamaxed, you'll effectively be taking only 5% each turn. For this reason, we recommend using this build mainly with Dynamax.

Defiant Trumps Stat Dropping Moves

Braviary's Hidden Ability Defiant raises its Attack 2 stages whenever a stat is lowered. This makes it particularly effective against Intimidate and Dynamax, as many Max Moves lower stats. You can also reflect your Max Flutterby vs. an enemy Mirror Armor Corviknight to get the attack boost too.

Switch Out With U-Turn

When in an unfavorable matchup, this build retains the option of foregoing Dynamax and U-Turning out into a favorable matchup instead.

Bring Bulk Up For Max Guard

Although it's possible to use Bulk Up just to boost stats, it also gives you the option of Max Guarding through an opponent's Dynamax. If your previous Pokemon was taken out by a Dynamaxer, switch in Braviary and Max Guard to survive long enough to Dynamax yourself and sweep.

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Braviary - Best Moves

Life Orb Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Brave Bird
Flying Icon
Powerful STAB move which also deals recoil. Mainly used for Max Airstream while Dynamaxed.
Close Combat
Fighting Icon
Powerful fighting move. Allows you to use Max Knuckle.
U-Turn
bug Icon
Fallback option when you need to escape.
Bulk Up
status icon
Can boost your own Attack/Defense, or simply use it as Max Guard to stall out an opponent's Dynamax.

Braviary - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Life OrbBoosts all attack moves by 30%, but you take 10% HP damage each time you attack. Works well with Dynamax due to the recoil damage calculation.
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Braviary - Best Natures And EVs

Braviary - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpeed↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Braviary's surprisingly low 80 speed needs all the help it can get to ensure it goes first.

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Life Orb Build

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Def4 points

Braviary's main purpose is to sweep opponents while Dynamaxed, so maximizing offensive stats is the way to go.

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Braviary Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Braviary

PokemonExplanation
Rotom-WashWash Rotom Pros
- Can deal massive damage with Electric moves
- Can survive 3 Max Airstreams
- Volt Switch gives you the advantage since Braviary will likely swap out
Cons
- Choice Specs build is in trouble if the opponent switches in a Ground type
Rotom-HeatHeat Rotom Pros
- Can deal massive damage with Electric moves
- Can survive 3 Max Airstreams
- Volt Switch gives you the advantage since Braviary will likely swap out
Cons
- Choice Specs build is in trouble if the opponent switches in a Ground type
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan Pros
- Can often 1 shot a Dynamaxed Braviary (depends on roll)
- Choice Band builds will one shot 100% of the time
Cons
- Icicle Crash only has a 90% accuracyc, could miss.
TyranitarTyranitar Pros
- Can proc Weakness Policy off Max Knuckle and sweep
Cons
- Needs to Dynamax to survive the initial hit
RhyperiorRhyperior Pros
- Can take 3 hits even without Dynamaxing
Cons
- None

How To Play Against Braviary

Don't Trigger Defiant

Whatever you do, avoid using stat lowering moves, as they will massively buff Braviary. When combined with the speed boost from Max Airstream, this can lead to your entire team being wiped out in no time. Leave out Intimidate users and be careful with your Max Moves.

Its Defenses Aren't That Great

With 75 in both defensive stats, Braviary would fall easily if it weren't for the massive HP cushion provided by Dynamax. If you buy time until its Dynamax is over, you should be able to take it out quickly with a super effective move.

Braviary - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Rufflet on Route 8
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2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Rufflet
3Breed that Rufflet until you get one with a Jolly Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack, 252 EVs in Speed, and 4 in Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Brave Bird, Close Combat, U-Turn, and Bulk Up
7Equip a Life Orb
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