Braviary is a large, avian Pokémon with dark red feathers on its back and dark blue feathers on its underside. Its tail feathers are red, turning to yellow, and then blue at the tips. Braviary's legs are long and thick with yellow feet that each have a digit facing backward, and three facing forward. Each digit is tipped by a short, thick, black claw.
Braviary has a long, thick beak with a blue cere. On either side of the cere are Braviary's eyes, which are black with small white pupils. Sprouting from above the eyes are three large, white feathers. At the base of the feathers is a red, three-pointed design that is spread across all three feathers. On each side of Braviary's face, sprouting out from behind the feathers on its forehead, are an additional three white feathers pointing horizontally and downward. Behind the three feathers on its head is a large plume of white feathers, extending most of the way down its neck. These features combined resemble a Native Americanwar bonnet.
Braviary is extremely aggressive, but for noble reasons. It will fight fiercely to help and protect its friends. Even if it is injured or has its life threatened, it will still fight. The more scars it has on its front, the more respect it gets from its peers. Scars on its back will bring it ridicule however. It has earned the nickname "hero of the skies" due to its extreme dedication for its friends. Aiding its valiance, Braviary is extremely strong, capable of lifting a car and flying with it. Braviary is known for its bravery and pride. It is usually seen as a motif for different emblems. However, due to its hotheaded and belligerent nature, Corviknight is chosen for transportation in Galar instead of Braviary.
In Hisui, Braviary's appearance is slightly changed. It has a grey and white feathered body. Braviary's tail is now shaped like a jet. The wings are shaped to resemble a white hand with black feathers underneath. The head feather is shaped like a hat. The plume have changed into purple flames with a light blue eye markings on them.
Unlike their Unova counterparts, Hisuian Braviary prefers to live alone instead of flocks. Hisuian Braviary travels to Hisui during the winter season. It can use its psychic powers to unleash eerie screeches capable of generating shock waves. Hisuian Braviary then uses its talons to grab and rip apart prey. Hisuian Braviary can enter a trance using its psychic powers in order to heighten sixth sense and physical power boost.
Braviary, the Valiant Pokémon, and the evolved form of Rufflet. Called "soldiers of the sky," Braviary fights tirelessly to protect its friends. If it has many scars, it earns more respect from its comrades.
Braviary and Rufflet can be seen as counterparts to Mandibuzz and Vullaby. Braviary and Mandibuzz share a base stat total of 510, evolve from their pre-evolutions starting at level 54, and are both part Flying. Braviary and Rufflet are exclusive to White, White 2, Sun, Ultra Sun, and Sword, while Mandibuzz and Vullaby are to Black, Black 2, Moon, Ultra Moon, and Shield. Whereas Braviary and Rufflet can only be male, Mandibuzz and Vullaby can only be female.
Hisuian Braviary appears to be based on the Steller's sea-eagle, as evidenced by its larger size, dark plumage with white highlights, and pointed central tail feathers. It is described as visiting the Hisui Region from the north in winter, just as the Steller's sea-eagle migrates to spend the winter in Hokkaido, which the Hisui and Sinnoh regions are based on. It may also be based on the Papuan harpy eagle, as evidenced by its larger size, contrasting dark and white plumage, and distinctive feather crest on his head.