Nidoking

Nidoking
ニドキング
Nidoking.png
Nidorino < Nidoking > Clefairy
Species
Type
Drill Pokémon
Poison.gif Ground.gif
Number
Ability
#34
Height
Weight
4'7" (1.4 m)
136.7 lbs (62kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 100%
Female: 0%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
None
Egg Group
Catch Rate
45
Tier
EV Yield
3 Attack Points
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Nidoking (ニドキング) is the 34th Pokémon in the Pokédex. It is a Poison/Ground Type, and is known as the Drill Pokémon.

Nidoking can use one of two Abilities: Poison Point, which Poisons an opponent that uses an attack that requires physical contact against it at a rate of 30%; or Rivalry, which increases its Attack and Special Attack by 25% if its opponent is also male, but decreases those same Statistics by 25% if the opponent is of the other gender. Its Hidden Ability is Sheer Force, which increases the power of moves that have a secondary effect by 33%, but those secondary effects are lost as a result.

Nidoran ♂ can evolve into a Nidorino at Level 16, and can evolve into Nidoking when a Moon Stone is used on it.

Nidoking is in the Egg Groups Monster and Field, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Nidoking 1,059,860 Experience Points to reach Level 100.

Contents

Biology

Physiology

Nidoking takes on the appearance of a large, scaly purple lizard. In addition to its horn, which is poisonous, it also has poisonous barbs on its ears, head and back. Nidoking also has a lengthy tail, which can be swung about with tremendous force.

Gender Differences

Nidoking is a Male-Only Pokémon species and is the male equivalent of Nidoqueen.

Game Information

Original Games

Nidoking cannot be found in the wild and can only be obtained by evolving a Nidorino, which is consistent across all of its game appearances.

Spin-Off Games

Nidoking makes appearances at Endless Level 2, Pair Trozei, Forever Level 51 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.

The only way to obtain a Nidoking in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games is to evolve a Nidorino. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Nidoking can be found at Shimmer Desert 1F-9F, which is known as Shimmering Desert in Explorers of Sky but the floor range is the same. Nidoking is exclusive to Light Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing on the Path to Treasure Island B1-B5.

Nidoking has yet to appear in any of the Pokémon Ranger games as of writing.

Nidoking can be found at Shimmering Lake Cave 2-4 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.

Trading Card Game

Nidoking is listed nine times in eight sets. He is listed as a Rare Card in the Base, Gym Challenge, Aquapolis (2), EX FireRed and LeafGreen, EX Dragon Frontiers (Delta Species Card), Secret Wonders, Rising Rivals and Triumphant sets.

Anime/Manga Information

Anime

Gary would use a Nidoking in the episode The Battle of the Badge, defeating Giovanni's Golem to start the Gym Battle, only to get easily defeated by Mewtwo. He would also use his Nidoking in Fourth Round Rumble, this time losing to another trainer's Golem.

A wild Nidoking would go on a rampage because of Team Rocket in In The Pink. He would have no problem dispatching Team Rocket, but Ash and company would attempt to flee with the help of Officer Jenny. They get cornered, only for Misty's Togepi to use Metronome, reflecting an incoming Hyper Beam with a Barrier.

A trainer named Oscar would team up with his girlfriend to take on Ash and May with a Nidoking in The Bicker The Better. Ash and May would lose the battle to the couple.

Paul would use a Nidoking of his own in A Pyramiding Rage!, but despite his best efforts was defeated by Brandon's Registeel.

Movies

Gary's Nidoking makes an appearance in a flashback in Mewtwo Strikes Back, and another trainer uses a Nidoking in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. Wild Nidoking make an appearance in The Power of One, Celebi: Voice of the Forest and Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

Manga

Red would capture a few Nidoking in Chapter 21, which would make a subsequent appearance in Chapter 22.

Giovanni uses his own Nidoking in Chapter 38 when Red challenged the Viridian City Pokémon Gym. This Nidoking would make a subsequent appearance in Chapter 275.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Nidoking is in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. With great offensive prowess due to Sheer Force boosting its special attacks and preventing Life Orb recoil, Nidoking is certainly a capable special attacking threat. Its strong STAB attacks in Sludge Wave and Earth Power can dish out significant damage to the majority of the tier, while it can run Superpower to break through defensive behemoths like Blissey and Snorlax. It can also provide Stealth Rock support decently well if need be. However, Nidoking suffers from being in a subpar Speed tier that makes it easy to revenge kill. It also faces competition from Nidoqueen, which is bulkier and can hit harder than Nidoking with a Modest nature due to Nidoking usually having to use a Speed boosting nature in order to take advantage of its higher Speed in comparison to Nidoqueen.

Nidoking is also an option in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. Due to a great offensive movepool bolstered by Sheer Force, Nidoking can be quite the formidable wallbreaking threat. Its Poison / Ground typing allows for it to switch into Clefable, while its coverage options such as Ice Beam and Flamethrower can throttle supposed defensive checks. Despite being able to check one of the most prominent Pokémon in the tier, Nidoking has flaws like being outpaced by many Pokémon in the tier and having lackluster bulk that prevent it from being a top-tier threat. It also faces heavy competition from many other wallbreakers like Manaphy, Kyurem-B, and Mega Alakazam, all of which can bring more to the table due to better bulk, Speed, or power.

Area Locations

Game Rarity Location
Red/Blue/Yellow None Evolve Nidorino
Gold/Silver/Crystal None Evolve Nidorino
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald None Trade
Fire Red/Leaf Green None Evolve Nidorino
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum None Evolve Nidorino
Heart Gold/Soul Silver None Evolve Nidorino
Black None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade
White None Evolve Nidorino
Black 2/White 2 None Evolve Nidorino
X/Y None Evolve Nidorino
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire None Transfer or Trade
Sun/Moon None Transfer or Trade

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red It uses its powerful tail in battle to smash, constrict, then break the prey's bones.
Blue It uses its powerful tail in battle to smash, constrict, then break the prey's bones.
Yellow Its steel-like hide adds to its powerful tackle. Its horns are so hard, they can pierce a diamond.
II Gold It swings its big tail around during battle. If its foe flinches, it will charge with its sturdy body.
Silver Its tail is thick and powerful. If it binds an enemy, it can snap the victim's spine quite easily.
Crystal It uses its thick arms, legs and tail to attack forcefully. Melee combat is its specialty.
III Ruby Nidoking's thick tail packs enormously destructive power. With one swing, it can topple a metal transmission tower. Once this Pokémon goes on a rampage, there is no stopping it.
Sapphire Nidoking's thick tail packs enormously destructive power. With one swing, it can topple a metal transmission tower. Once this Pokémon goes on a rampage, there is no stopping it.
Emerald A Nidoking's thick tail packs enormously destructive power capable of toppling a metal transmission tower. Once it goes on a rampage, there is no stopping it.
FireRed It is recognized by its rock-hard hide and its extended horn. Be careful with the horn as it contains venom.
LeafGreen It uses its powerful tail in battle to smash, constrict, then break the prey's bones.
IV Diamond One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
Pearl One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
Platinum One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
HeartGold It swings its big tail around during battle. If its foe flinches, it will charge with its sturdy body.
SoulSilver Its tail is thick and powerful. If it binds an enemy, it can snap the victim's spine quite easily.
V Black One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
White One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
Black 2 One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
White 2 One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
VI X It is recognized by its rock-hard hide and its extended horn. Be careful with the horn, as it contains venom.
Y One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
Omega Ruby Nidoking's thick tail packs enormously destructive power. With one swing, it can topple a metal transmission tower. Once this Pokémon goes on a rampage, there is no stopping it.
Alpha Sapphire Nidoking's thick tail packs enormously destructive power. With one swing, it can topple a metal transmission tower. Once this Pokémon goes on a rampage, there is no stopping it.

Pokéthlon Statistics

Stats
Speed
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Power
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Technique
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Stamina
Full.pngFull.pngFull.pngEmpty.png
Jump
Full.pngFull.png

Statistics

Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
HP
81
. 272 366 .
Atk
102
188 209 303 333
Def
77
143 159 253 278
Sp. Atk
85
157 175 269 295
Sp. Def
75
139 155 249 273
Speed
85
157 175 269 295

Moves

For learnsets from previous generations, see here

Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Megahorn Bug.gif 120 85 Physical.png
Start Peck Flying.gif 35 100 Physical.png
Start Focus Energy Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Start Double Kick Fighting.gif 30 100 Physical.png
Start Poison Sting Poison.gif 15 100 Physical.png
23 Chip Away Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
35 Thrash Normal.gif 120 100 Physical.png
43 Earth Power Ground.gif 90 100 Special.png
58 Megahorn Bug.gif 120 85 Physical.png

Via TM/HM

TM/HM - Gen 7
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM05 Roar Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM09 Venoshock Poison.gif 65 100 Special.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM12 Taunt Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM13 Ice Beam Ice.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM14 Blizzard Ice.gif 110 70 Special.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM23 Smack Down Rock.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM24 Thunderbolt Electric.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM25 Thunder Electric.gif 110 70 Special.png
TM26 Earthquake Ground.gif 100 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM34 Sludge Wave Poison.gif 95 100 Special.png
TM35 Flamethrower Fire.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM37 Sandstorm Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
TM38 Fire Blast Fire.gif 110 85 Special.png
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock.gif 60 95 Physical.png
TM41 Torment Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM46 Thief Dark.gif 40 100 Physical.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM49 Echoed Voice Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM60 Quash Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM67 Smart Strike Steel.gif 70 -- Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM71 Stone Edge Rock.gif 100 80 Physical.png
TM78 Bulldoze Ground.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM80 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
TM82 Dragon Tail Dragon.gif 60 90 Physical.png
TM84 Poison Jab Poison.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 85 Other.png
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM94 Surf Water.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM100 Confide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Amnesia Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Beat Up Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Chip Away Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
Confusion Psychic.gif 50 100 Special.png
Counter Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Disable Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
Endure Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Head Smash Rock.gif 150 80 Physical.png
Iron Tail Steel.gif 100 75 Physical.png
Poison Tail Poison.gif 50 100 Physical.png
Sucker Punch Dark.gif 70 100 Physical.png
Supersonic Normal.gif -- 55 Other.png
Take Down Normal.gif 90 85 Physical.png
Venom Drench Poison.gif -- 100 Other.png

Nidorino Exclusive Moves

Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Leer Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
20 Fury Attack Normal.gif 15 85 Physical.png
23 Horn Attack Normal.gif 65 100 Physical.png
28 Helping Hand Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
35 Toxic Spikes Poison.gif -- -- Other.png
38 Flatter Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
43 Poison Jab Poison.gif 80 100 Physical.png
50 Captivate Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
58 Horn Drill Normal.gif ?? 30 Physical.png

Z-Moves

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Breakneck Blitz Normal.gif 200*/200* -- Physical.png Special.png
All-Out Pummeling Fighting.gif 140*/190* -- Physical.png Special.png
Supersonic Skystrike Flying.gif 100 -- Physical.png
Acid Downpour Poison.gif 160*/175* -- Physical.png Special.png
Tectonic Rage Ground.gif 180*/175* -- Physical.png Special.png
Continental Crush Rock.gif 200 -- Physical.png
Savage Spin-Out Bug.gif 190 -- Physical.png
Never-Ending Nightmare Ghost.gif 140*/160* -- Physical.png Special.png
Corkscrew Crash Steel.gif 180 -- Physical.png
Inferno Overdrive Fire.gif 185 -- Special.png
Hydro Vortex Water.gif 175 -- Special.png
Gigavolt Havoc Electric.gif 185 -- Special.png
Shattered Psyche Psychic.gif 100 -- Special.png
Subzero Slammer Ice.gif 185 -- Special.png
Devastating Drake Dragon.gif 120 -- Physical.png
Black Hole Eclipse Dark.gif 140 -- Physical.png

Transfer Only Z-Moves

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
All-Out Pummeling Fighting.gif 200 -- Physical.png
Inferno Overdrive Fire.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Hydro Vortex Water.gif 175 -- Physical.png
Gigavolt Havoc Electric.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Subzero Slammer Ice.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Devastating Drake Dragon.gif 190*/160* -- Physical.png Special.png

Evolution Line

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Level 16
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Nidoking

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages
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Ghost.gif
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Rock.gif
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Ice.gif
Psychic.gif
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