Pokemon GO Noctowl: “Why not nurture that Noctowl?”

Why not nurture that Noctowl?

USER GUIDE | Submitted by JovJov14 on Feb 22 2017

I’ll start this with a note that I love Noctowl. When I watched the Pokémon Johto series, this particular Pokémon really caught my attention. Lots would probably disagree and say that Noctowl is just your run-off-the-mill Flying-type Pokémon that looks like an owl.

I don’t really have any specific reason myself to like Noctowl, I just do. So, let’s all just agree to disagree and leave it at that.

The good

Since the release of the Second Generation, Hoothoot is one of the most common Pokémon seen all over any place. With that said, here some other advantages that Noctowl can give your team: The abundance of Hoothoot make it very easy to collect candies and Evolve/Upgrade. It would also be easy to find a Hoothoot with a great set of IV because there are lots to choose from.

Noctowl typing and stats

As for practical use, since these Pokémon are Flying-types, they pose a certain advantage over Fighting, Bug, and Grass-type Pokémon. If you do manage to find one with a great IV, it can get as high as 2040 CP. It was a surprise for me to know that some Noctowl can get Night Shade as a charge move.

The bad

Despite having a selection of Hoothoot all over the place, there are still downsides. Here are some that you might consider: even with a CP of 2040, it’s not high as one would hope.

Noctowl and Hoothoot weak against Rock, Steel, and Electric-types (which are also commonly seen and bred for gym battles). These Pokémon don’t really have that high of Def and HP to support them as gym defenders.


Move Type Power DPS STAB DPS
Wing attackFLYING Sky attackFLYING 8/70 22.50 28.15
ExtrasensoryPSYCHIC Sky attackFLYING 12/70 22.95 27.35
Wing attackFLYING PsychicPSYCHIC 8/100 22.85 24.10
ExtrasensoryPSYCHIC PsychicPSYCHIC 12/100 23.30 23.30
Wing attackFLYING Night shadeGHOST 8/60 16.55 17.80
ExtrasensoryPSYCHIC Night shadeGHOST 12/60 17.00 17.00

The Noctowl experience

I had the pleasure of running around my area to try out Noctowl I’m action. I targeted gyms with a quick team turnover to try and make use of my Noctowl as much as I can.

As you can see, my Noctowl does not have the best IV out there. I did rush a little bit to try this Pokémon out as early as I can. This Noctowl possess an average of only 65% IV. This is actually my first Hoothoot caught, and I got really excited to have a Noctowl, so like any other excited trainer, I evolved too early and I can’t seem to let go of this one. She is awesome by the way.

I managed to try this Noctowl out in battle numerous times. Here’s what I found out:

  • Noctowl is pretty quick to dodge attacks, so it would buy you some time to evade and sneak in a fast move and slowly damage the opponent.
  • My Noctowl has Extrasensory as its quick move. It delivers. It is pretty quick to execute. I didn’t know that a Noctowl can get Night Shade as a charged attack, and now I am wishing I can get a Noctowl with one. I just want to see how that plays out.
  • My Noctowl has Psychic as her charge move. It actually posed a threat to Bug and Grass-types opponents we had. It packs a punch and was able to take down a few Pinsir, Scyther, and Exeggutor. That’s right! Those annoying palm tree-looking things up there.
  • My Noctowl can take out 1-2 Pokémon with type advantage that has 1200-1800 CP. It can take out 1 Pokémon and have HP to spare equal type battle (my term for saying there’s no additional damage taken or given because of their types).
  • It can take down 1 Pokémon despite having a disadvantage over their types.

Being placed on a gym as defender, it stays on mid to bottom part of the tiers, so I would recommend Noctowl to be part of your attacking team instead. So, it’s not all that bad having Noctowl in your team.

Find a good one, good luck with the move set, and go get those gyms.

Best of luck trainers!

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