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If you have a good competitive moveset for Braviary, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for its pre-evolutions, if any, can also be shared on this thread.

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Braviary (M) @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 116 HP / 252 Atk / 140 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Crush Claw
- Rock Slide
- Brave Bird
- Tailwind

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Why not Superpower instead of rock slide because that deals with Ice and Rock type or superpower instead of tailwind....no....? Your the master Trachy!
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Braviary (M) @ Choice Band / Choice Scarf
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly / Adamant Nature
- Brave Bird
- Return / Crush Claw
- Superpower
- U-turn

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I personally like this moveset for Braviary:
Braviary

Braviary @ Leftovers
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Adamant / Jolly Nature
- Brave Bird
- Roost
- Return
- Superpower

Hope you like it.

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As always I will post a VGC 2017 set:

Braviary @ Life Orb
Ability: Defiant
Level: 50
EVs: 228 HP / 92 Atk / 4 Def / 156 SpD / 28 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Brave Bird
- Return
- Tailwind
- Protect

this set is bulky enough to resist a life orb tapu koko's thunderbolt without electric terrain, it is used to set tailwind. Those ev in attack are for ko 100% of the time bulky tapu bulu, over the 62% chance to OHKO non invested tapu lele.

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Maybe this works in game (GEN VI):

Braviary @ Leftovers / Life Orb
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Brave Bird
- Superpower
- Bulk Up
- Roost

  • Brave Bird (STAB, good damage and the recoil problem can be solved with Roost)
  • Superpower (coverage)
  • Bulk Up (will be a tank after some and is great with Superpower)
  • Roost (after Bulk Up and with a good HP, this can be very useful)

I guess Braviary can be a great Pokémon in game, easy to find and breed, awesome Attack and great HP, Speed isn't that bad, but if he can't outspeed, he can 'tank'.

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Braviary (M) @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 116 HP / 252 Atk / 140 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Brave Bird
- Superpower
- Rock Slide
- Roost

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Braviary
Braviary (M) @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Brave Bird
- Crush Claw
- Close Combat
- Agility

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Gen 8 PU
Braviary
Braviary (M) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Retaliate
- Brave Bird
- Close Combat
- U-turn

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Moves for Braviary in [Gen 8] Random Battle:
Brave Bird, Bulk Up, Close Combat, Retaliate, Roost, U-turn
https://calc.pokemonshowdown.com/randoms.html
https://www.smogon.com/dex/ss/pokemon/braviary/monotype/
This set is entirely similar to that of Pokemon Showdown!'s set.
Clearing flags. Smogon does not own the CS + Retaliate/coverage strategy.
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Gen 8 NU

Braviary @ Leftovers
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 252 HP / 120 SpD / 136 Spe
Careful Nature
- Bulk Up
- Roost
- Substitute
- Brave Bird

This set was actually created in BW NU, but the EVs have been adjusted for this set to become usable in Gen 8 NU. 252 HP is for bulk. 136 Speed EVs allow Braviary to outspeed Max Speed (without a speed boosting nature) base 65 Speed Pokemon like Sirfetch'd. The rest of the EVs are dumped into Special Defense. Bulk Up is to boost your attack and defense, allowing Braviary to hit hard and take more physical hits. Roost is for healing. Substitute is to help setup and can help with predicted status moves. Brave Bird is the only attacking move on this set because its STAB. Although Brave Bird is resisted by Pokemon like Tyrantrum, Bronzong, and Copperajah, they can only tank so many Brave Birds before they are knocked out by Brave Bird.

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Wargle (Braviary) (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Bulk Up
- Brave Bird
- Rock Slide
- Shadow Claw

Note-only for NU battling environment only.

This guy worked surprisingly well as a physical tank. Bulk Up is for earning the title of "tank", Brave Bird is STAB backed by good HP and Leftovers, Rock Slide and Shadow Claw are good coverage. Adamant is to make him ridiculously powerful. 252 EVs in HP give him great bulk for a bird paired with Bulk Up.

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Braviary (M) @ Sharp beak
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 116 HP / 252 Atk / 140 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Brave Bird
- Fly
- Superpower
- Crush Claw

This is a pretty good move set, especially if it used a Flying type move, as it will be boosted by Sharp Beak. Superpower for coverage against Ice and Rock. Crush Claw is STAB.

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Fly is way too predictable. Having 2 strong flying moves is overkill also.
Superpower isn't as useful as you'd think if it's not paired with Bulk Up or another move that can power up the lost stats. Otherwise, You'll have to switch out once you use Superpower. It weakens both Attack and Defense, Braviary's best stats.
Great moveset :)
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Braviary (M) @ Leftovers
Ability: Sheer Force / Defiant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 SpD / 4 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Brave Bird
- Bulk Up
- U-turn
- Crush Claw / Return, I prefer Crush Claw though for the chance of Def. Drop

I'm sure a lot of you think this is bad, but it's not...trust me.
+Special Defense because he's weak to Thunderbolt/Thunder, then Bulk Up lets you make up for Defense, while the Jolly nature makes you move first for Bulk Up. Let's say you run into Rock moves. You want to use Bulk Up first right? Leftovers gives you health as you sweep.

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Braviary @ Sharp Beak / Sky Plate
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Jolly Nature
- Superpower
- Brave Bird
- Crush Claw
- Roost

Superpower: one use and you have a sweeper
Brave Bird: item + attack boost + STAB = total annihilation
Crush Claw: STAB, chance to lower opponents defense
Roost: Heal from recoil from Brave Bird

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Braviary @ Life Orb
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Adamant Nature
- Crush Claw / thrash
- Brave Bird
- Close Combat
- Rock Slide

Crush Claw or Thrash: Both are STAB. Crush Claw for 50% chance of lowering the opponents Defense, and Thrash for high power, but becoming confused after 2-3 turns. I would go with Crush Claw.
Brave Bird: STAB, high power.
Close Combat: High power, covers Ice and Rock weakness, but lowers Defense and Sp. Defense each by one stage.
Rock Slide: Covers Fire and Flying types, and in a double battle hits both opponents. It has a 30% Flinch chance.

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Defiant doesn't raise Attack if you're lowering your own stats
Oh right I completely forgot about this I'll just fix it really quick.
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Gen 8 RU
Braviary (M) @ Leftovers
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 236 HP / 136 SpD / 136 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Brave Bird
- Close Combat
- Bulk Up
- Roost

Brave Bird is strong STAB. Close Combat is for Rock and Ice types. Bulk Up is to raise your attack and defense stats. Roost is to heal off damage.

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Gen 8 PU
Braviary
Braviary (M) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Brave Bird
- Defog
- Roost
- U-turn

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Braviary (M) @ Power Herb
Gen 6
Ability: Sheer Force
Role: Bulky Physical Sweeper: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD / (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Superpower
- Sky Attack
- Roost
- Zen Headbutt

Superpower covers up Rock and Ice. Sky Attack has a high critical hit-ratio and may make the target flinch. With the Power Herb, it executes in 1 turn. Roost heals the user. Zen Headbutt may make the target flinch.

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Sky Attack + Power Herb isn’t as good as Life Orb + Brave Bird. Being able to use it multiple times effectively is much better, and it even does more damage because of Life Orb. Sure, it’s gonna take big recoil, but it’s still much better. Faster variants are also usually better.
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Gen 8 NFE

Rufflet (M) @ Eviolite
Ability: Hustle
EVs: 248 HP / 76 Atk / 176 SpD / 8 Spe
Careful Nature
- Substitute
- Hone Claws
- Brave Bird
- Roost

Similar to Sub Bulk Up, but Hone Claws is in its place. Substitute is to help you setup. Hone Claws raises your attack and accuracy, meaning Hone Claws can get rid of the accuracy drop from Hustle. Brave Bird is strong STAB and can be incredibly dangerous if Rufflet sets up Hone Claws. Roost is to recover HP and allows you to heal off the recoil from Brave Bird.

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Braviary (M) @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Aerial Ace
- Close Combat
- Iron Head
- Roost

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Why would you use Aerial Ace over Brave Bird?
No recoil
But Aerial ace has half the power. Recoil isn’t too big a price to pay for 2x power.
Aerial Ace hits hard too.
No it doesn't. 60 base power isn't "hitting hard". Plus, you have Roost to heal Brave Bird recoil.
"252 Atk Braviary Aerial Ace vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rillaboom: 206-246 (60.4 - 72.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO"
2HKO is good.
"252 Atk Braviary Brave Bird vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rillaboom: 480-566 (154.8 - 182.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO"
OHKO is better. Also, no Rillaboom is going to be running 0 HP and 0 Defense IVs, meaning Aerial Ace is going to do less anyways.
Yep. That’s like using Spark over Bolt Strike.