Unless Noivern is a pseudo legend with a broken ability and has really good stat distribution it is just going to be outclassed by Salamence and Dragonite like how Staraptor and partly Swellow outclassing every other Normal/Flying and making them useless.
I really get the impression Noivern is being designed intentionally to be middling to sort of help introduce us to the concept of dragons as something other than always just short of legendary. Along with the dreaded fairies, of course.
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