|#34|| Poison Point/Rivalry|
|4'7" (1.4 m)||136.7 lbs (62kg)|
|Male: 100%||Female: 0%|
|Evolves From||Evolves Into|
|Egg Group||Catch Rate|
|UU/OU||3 Attack Points|
Nidoking (Pokédex. He is a Poison/Ground Type, and is known as the Drill Pokémon.) is the 34th Pokémon in the
Nidoking can use one of two Abilities: Poison Point, which Poisons an opponent that uses an attack that requires physical contact against him at a rate of 30%; or Rivalry, which increases his Attack and Special Attack by 25% if his opponent is also male, but decreases those same Statistics by 25% if the opponent is of the other gender. A third Ability is available to Nidoking from the Dream World, the Sheer Force Ability. This Ability increases the power of moves that have a secondary effect by 33%, but those secondary effects are lost as a result.
Nidoking takes on the appearance of a large, scaly purple lizard. In addition to his horn, which is poisonous, he also has poisonous barbs on his 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 five Generations.
 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
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.
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.
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 finds himself in the Under-Utilized and Over-Utilized Tiers of Competitive Battling. Unlike Nidoqueen, whose emphasis is more towards defense, Nidoking is more offense-oriented, and he has the movepool, offensive Statistics and an Ability in Sheer Force to back that up. He does have the same immunities to Thunder Wave and Toxic Spikes that Nidoqueen has, and is capable of using the same Entry Hazards that Nidoqueen does.
Pokémon with a high Special Defense Statistic will do well against most Nidoking, as he generally gets used as a Special Attacker. While those that switch into Nidoking's attacks won't like taking repeated hits, strong attackers will be able to do plenty of damage to Nidoking, if not OHKO him. Strong attackers with a higher Speed than Nidoking will do well in this role.
 Area Locations
|Fire Red/Leaf Green||None||Evolve Nidorino|
|Heart Gold/Soul Silver||None||Evolve Nidorino|
|Black||None||PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade|
|White||None||PokéTransfer, Dream World or Evolve Nidorino|
|Black 2/White 2||None||PokéTransfer, Dream World or Evolve Nidorino|
 Pokédex Entries
|I||Pokémon Red||It uses its powerful tail in battle to smash, constrict, then break the prey's bones.|
|I||Pokémon Blue||It uses its powerful tail in battle to smash, constrict, then break the prey's bones.|
|I||Pokémon Yellow||Its steel-like hide adds to its powerful tackle. Its horns are so hard, they can pierce a diamond.|
|II||Pokémon Gold||It swings its big tail around during battle. If its foe flinches, it will charge with its sturdy body.|
|II||Pokémon Silver||Its tail is thick and powerful. If it binds an enemy, it can snap the victim's spine quite easily.|
|II||Pokémon Crystal||It uses its thick arms, legs and tail to attack forcefully. Melee combat is its specialty.|
|III||Pokémon 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.|
|III||Pokémon 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.|
|III||Pokémon 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.|
|III||Pokémon FireRed||It is recognized by its rock-hard hide and its extended horn. Be careful with the horn as it contains venom.|
|III||Pokémon LeafGreen||It uses its powerful tail in battle to smash, constrict, then break the prey's bones.|
|IV||Pokémon Diamond||One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.|
|IV||Pokémon Pearl||One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.|
|IV||Pokémon Platinum||One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.|
|IV||Pokémon HeartGold||It swings its big tail around during battle. If its foe flinches, it will charge with its sturdy body.|
|IV||Pokémon SoulSilver||Its tail is thick and powerful. If it binds an enemy, it can snap the victim's spine quite easily.|
|V||Pokémon Black||One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.|
|V||Pokémon White||One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.|
|V||Pokémon Black 2||One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.|
|V||Pokémon White 2||One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.|
|VI||Pokémon X||Unknown Entry|
|VI||Pokémon Y||Unknown Entry|
 Pokéthlon Statistics
 Via Level-Up
 Via TM/HM
 Via Breeding
 Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)
 Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves
 Generation IV Exclusive Moves
 Via TM/HM
- TM01: Focus Punch
- TM03: Water Pulse
- TM34: Shock Wave
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM72: Avalanche
- TM78: Captivate
- TM83: Natural Gift
- HM05: Whirlpool (Heart Gold/Soul Silver Only)
- HM08: Rock Climb
 Via Move Tutor
 Heart Gold/Soul Silver
 Evolution Line
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