This is something I've been thinking about for a while, and I believe deserves actual discussion rather than a simple answer of "___ is better." Mence is given the ability Intimidate, making it an excellent pair alongside Mega Mawile, as with Earthquake being popular, the double Inti makes it worth nothing. Not to mention, the metagame right now is based around mainly physical attackers, and with the scarf set, it seems to work out fairly well. It also works great as to pivot with Garchomp in that one has the special moves, one has the physical version of similar moves. This can help in wallbreaking things that normally would completely shut down the duo, such as Ferrothorn, Rotom-W, and similar mons. The main problem is that Mence almost has to have the scarf now, or you'll be outsped by opposing Salamences, which is not a good thing. With Mence seemingly having little to no flaws, and Noivern sounding like complete blasphemy, let me talk about it first. Noivern has a special ability known as Frisk, this allows you to figure out your opponent's sets on Pokemon just by sending it out. For instance, finding a Chesto Berry on a Rotom will tell you it has rest, and doesn't have Shadow Ball most likely. Finding a Choice Band on a Talonflame will tell you to be more careful around it than normal. It's a really good Ability that helps you predict your opponent better. Noivern can run almost any item from Life Orb to Focus Sash, as it doesn't have the bulk one may want it too, it has an overwhelmingly great speed stat of 123, outspeeding most things in this current Meta other than Scarf users and Talonflame. It's also given Tailwind, which can be an artificial Scarf, though, takes one turn to get up. This makes Noivern a good friend with Amoonguss, as Amoonguss can take the hits using Rage Powder while Noivern sets up the field, and since Mega Abomasnow seemingly isn't around too often, Blizzard isn't too much to worry about. Not to mention, I personally like to run Flamethrower + Dragon Pulse/Draco Meteor on my Noivern. Protect is optional, and can help, but not needed. So, what would make one better than the other? Salamence has Intimidate, making it a solid lead alongside a good Mega Mawile in this Metagame. Noivern seems to be the opposite, as it can be sent with an Amoonguss against the Yzard/Venusaur common duo. Salamence has to use it's item slot though for the Choice Scarf. Noivern can run almost any item considered competitive and do good. ScarfMence can break walls Alongside a nice Garchomp. Noivern can't seem to do this as well, but can nonetheless. They both seem to have their niches and their disadvantages. What do you think? Should they even be compared? Or is one just overall better in the current Metagame? Is one more predictable than the other? I'd love to see people's thoughts and opinions on this. P.S. This is based off of a conversation I had with my buddy, he was on the side of Noivern, though, I defended Salamence. Most of these points are his, but he's also a fairly experienced player.