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I haven’t started training either one yet, but I wanted to see what other people though before I went ahead with anything. Whichever one doesn’t end up on my team will be replaced with Umbreon later.

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Why would you use either of them when you can use Scyther? Scyther's physical attack and ability are better than Noctowl's and Crobat's.

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Crobat

Pros
-Ridiculously fast
-Solid Attack
-Learns U-turn
-Aerial Ace is a decent move
-Can be good against Bruno, Erika, and to an extent, Giovanni

Cons
-Only decent defenses and HP
-Not too many options for physical attacks
-Friendship evolutions are a pain

Noctowl

Pros
-Great HP and Special Defense
-Decent Special Attack
-Can learn things like Extrasensory, Air Slash, Hypnosis, Reflect, and Shadow Ball
-Can be good against Bruno, Will, Erika, Koga, and to an extent, Giovanni

Cons
-Middling Speed
-Garbage Defense

It may seem like Noctowl is better, but I would choose Crobat. It's got a better typing, it's faster, and it can reliably deal with foes. Hope I helped!

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Pointing out couple points: Noctowl gets Reflect to somehow patch its defense + support team. Also gets hypnosis quite early.
Good points, thanks.
I still would like Crobat as Poison-Flying gives it immunity to Ground, and I think the friendship evolution can be handled (hopefully). But I guess Noctowl is good, too.
Honestly, anything works ingame. Both are good for Heartgold, but I think Crobat has a slight edge over Noctowl.
Thanks! I decided to go with Crobat, so I appreciate your input!
You're welcome, happy to help!