Nidoking (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
Nidorino #033: Nidorino
Pokémon
#035: Clefairy Clefairy
Nidoking
Drill Pokémon
ニドキング
Nidoking
#034
Nidoking



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Poison Ground
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Poison Point or Rivalry Cacophony
Cacophony
Sheer Force
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
100% male
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Monster and Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
4'07" 1.4 m
Nidoking
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Weight
136.7 lbs. 62.0 kg
Nidoking
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Mega Stone
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#034
Kanto
#100
Johto
#000
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
Coastal
#109
Kalos
#000
Alola
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
195
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
227
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Nidoking
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HP
3
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
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0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body06.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F034.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Purple
Base friendship
70
External Links

Nidoking (Japanese: ニドキング Nidoking) is a dual-type Poison/Ground Pokémon.

It evolves from Nidorino when exposed to a Moon Stone. It is the final form of Nidoran♂.

It is related to Nidoran♀ and can produce Eggs that contain either Nidoran♂ or Nidoran♀ when bred with Ditto.

Contents

Biology

Nidoking is a large, bipedal, purple Pokémon with distinct reptilian features. It has narrow eyes, large, spiny ears, fur-like tufts on its cheeks, and a short snout filled with pointed teeth. There is a long, venomous horn on its forehead and a ridge of spines down its back. Gray plates cover its chest and belly, and there is a gray rounded spine on each elbow. Each hand was three claws, while foot has only a single hoof-like nail. It has a long, powerful tail. This is a male only species; the female counterpart is Nidoqueen.

It is said that Nidoking's tail is capable of toppling a metal transmission tower. Nidoking uses this tail to smash, constrict, or break the bones of its prey and enemies. The tail can be swung to create distance between it and its foes before Nidoking charges. Its steel-like hide adds to its powerful, rampaging charges. Nidoking lives in grasslands.

In the anime

Nidoking in the anime

Major appearances

Gary Oak has a Nidoking that first appeared in The Battle of the Badge. He called on it to battle Giovanni's Golem during their Gym battle. Nidoking was shown to have tremendous power as he managed to Tackle Golem head on, launching it across the battlefield, and defeating it in one hit. However, when Giovanni used Mewtwo to battle, Nidoking was no match, and was defeated handily. Gary's Nidoking was briefly seen again in The Fourth Round Rumble battling Melissa's Golem, but much unlike his battle with Giovanni's Golem, he was defeated easily.

Jessie and James were attacked by a pink Nidoking in In the Pink.

A Nidoking appeared in the episode Showdown at the Oak Corral, trying to mate with Cassidy (who was in a Nidoqueen costume at the time).

A Nidoking appeared under the ownership of Oscar in The Bicker the Better. His girlfriend Andi had a Nidoqueen. They had a Double Battle with Ash and May, and due to Oscar and Andi's communication with each other, they were able to defeat Ash and May with relative ease.

A Nidoking appeared in A Pyramiding Rage! under the ownership of Paul. He was used to battle against Brandon's Registeel. Although shown to be powerful and versatile, Registeel was still able to hold its own and brought down Nidoking.

Two Nidoking appeared in Arceus and the Jewel of Life under the ownership of Damos.

A Nidoking appeared in Mystery on a Deserted Island!.

Minor appearances

Nidoking first appeared in A Chansey Operation as a sick Pokémon.

A Nidoking belonging to the natives of the Golden Island, appeared in Meowth Rules!.

Nidoking also appeared in The Power of One.

A Nidoking was seen in a fantasy in The Rivalry Revival.

A Nidoking was seen in a dojo in Wired for Battle!.

A Nidoking was one of the Pokémon competing in the Pokémon Sumo Wrestling in Ring Masters.

Multiple Nidoking also appeared in Celebi: Voice of the Forest.

A Nidoking was one of the Pokémon defeated by Wings Alexander's then Hoothoot as seen in his flashback in Throwing in the Noctowl.

In As Cold as Pryce, a Nidoking appeared in Pryce's flashback as one of the Pokémon which fought against his Piloswine.

A Nidoking under the ownership of an unknown Trainer battled in a qualifying match for the Silver Conference in A Claim to Flame!.

Multiple Nidoking appeared in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew as part of the feuding armies.

A Nidoking was among the Pokémon used to attack Dawn, Brock, Officer Jenny, and Solana in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part Two.

A Nidoking also appeared in Historical Mystery Tour! with a Nidoqueen.

A Nidoking appeared in the opening scenes of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

A Soldier's Nidoking appeared during a flashback in SS036.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG072 Nidoking Ash's Pokédex Nidoking, the Drill Pokémon. Nidoking swings its large tail about to create distance, then charges in with the full force of its body behind it.
This concludes the entries from the Advanced Generation series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP128 Nidoking Dawn's Pokédex Nidoking, the Drill Pokémon. One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were nothing but a matchstick.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond and Pearl series.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Red caught several rampaging Nidoking in the Safari Zone in A Hollow Victreebel which two appeared in the previous round Long Live the Nidoking! fighting for a Nidoqueen.

Giovanni used his Nidoking to destroy his former Gym with a powerful Earthquake in Long Live the Nidoqueen!?. He was later seen again in the Sevii Islands, where his Rock Tomb tripped a biker that Deoxys had attacked.

A Nidoking appeared in a flashback along with a Nidoqueen while the Day-Care Couple was reminiscing about the times they had raising Pokémon in Gligar Glide.

A Nidoking was seen in a Poké Ball at Oak's Laboratory in Cherrygrove in Off Course with Corsola.

Another Nidoking appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to help the fight in Ilex Forest.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

In Pokémon Zensho, Giovanni became bitter and turned to crime after losing his Nidoking when he was young.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Giovanni's Nidoking was used in the Gym battle against Red.

In the TCG

Main article: Nidoking (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

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Pokédex entries

Generation I
Red It uses its powerful tail in battle to smash, constrict, then break the prey's bones.
Blue
Yellow Its steel-like hide adds to its powerful tackle. Its horns are so hard, they can pierce a diamond.
Stadium Has a rock-hard hide that is worn like armor. The long horn on its head is sharp and highly venomous.
Generation 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.
Stadium 2 It swings its big tail around during battle. If its foe flinches, it will charge with its sturdy body.
Generation 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
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.
Generation IV
Diamond One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
Pearl
Platinum
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.
Generation V
Black One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
White
Black 2 One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
White 2
Generation 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

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Evolve Nidorino
Blue (Japan)
Evolve Nidorino
Yellow
Evolve Nidorino
Generation II
Gold Silver
Evolve Nidorino
Crystal
Evolve Nidorino
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Evolve Nidorino
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Evolve Nidorino
Platinum
Evolve Nidorino
HeartGold SoulSilver
Evolve Nidorino
Pal Park
Field
Generation V
Black
Trade
White
Evolve Nidorino
Black 2 White 2
Evolve Nidorino
Generation VI
X Y
Evolve Nidorino
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade

In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Evolve Nidorino
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Endless Level 2, Forever Level 51, Pair Trozei, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Nidorino
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
MD Sky
Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
Rumble
Eternal Tower (Normal Mode A & S)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Cave: Shimmering Lake
Rumble U
Adventure Area: Unexpected Land, Variety Battle: It's Drill Time!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 2Fr
Shuffle
Jungle Verde: Stage 141
Rumble World
Dark Land: Forgotten Forest (All Areas)

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Bitter Berry (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

Base stats

Generation I-V
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 81
141 - 188 272 - 366
Attack: 92
87 - 158 170 - 311
Defense: 77
73 - 141 143 - 278
Sp.Atk: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Sp.Def: 75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Speed: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Total: 495   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 75.


Generation VI
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 81
141 - 188 272 - 366
Attack: 102
96 - 169 188 - 333
Defense: 77
73 - 141 143 - 278
Sp.Atk: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Sp.Def: 75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Speed: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Total: 505   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
3/3 ★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
15/17 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Megahorn Bug Physical 120120 08585% 10
011 Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
011 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 —% 30
011 Double Kick Fighting Physical 03030 100100% 30
011 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
2323 Chip Away Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
3535 Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
4343 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100100% 10
5858 Megahorn Bug Physical 120120 08585% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoking
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoking
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM05Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM09Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM09 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM11Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM12Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM12 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM13Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM14Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM15Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM18Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM23Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM23 Smack Down Rock Physical 05050 100}}100% 15
TM24Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM26Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM30Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM31Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
TM34Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM34 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
TM35Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM36Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM37Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM38Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TM39Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM41Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM41 Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM46Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM49Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
TM52Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TM56Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM60Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM60 Quash Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM65Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM67Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM67 Smart Strike Steel Physical 07070 —}}—% 10
TM68Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM71Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TM78Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM80Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM82Bag TM Dragon VI Sprite.png TM82 Dragon Tail Dragon Physical 06060 090}}90% 10
TM84Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM94Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM94 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoking
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoking
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Amnesia Psychic Status —% 20
Beat Up Dark Physical 100% 10
Chip Away Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Confusion Psychic Special 50 100% 25
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
Disable Normal Status 100% 20
Endure Normal Status —% 10
Head Smash Rock Physical 150 80% 5
Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
Poison Tail Poison Physical 50 100% 25
Sucker Punch Dark Physical 70 100% 5
Supersonic Normal Status 55% 20
Take Down Normal Physical 90 85% 20
Venom Drench Poison Status 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Nidoking in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Nidoking in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoking
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoking
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Nidoking can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Nidoking cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoking
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoking
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
032033 Leer Normal Status 100% 30
032033 Fury Attack Normal Physical 15 85% 20
032033 Horn Attack Normal Physical 65 100% 25
032033 Helping Hand Normal Status —% 20
032033 Toxic Spikes Poison Status —% 20
032033 Flatter Dark Status 100% 15
032033 Captivate Normal Status 100% 20
032033 Horn Drill Normal Physical —% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoking
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoking
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin034.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani034.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP034.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Safari
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'm the male among males!
26%-50% HP I'm down to half HP now. Better watch out.
1%-25% HP I can't take much more... I can't muster any strength...
Level up I leveled! The poison in my horn's turning vile!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP034.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -12%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Poison
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT034.png

Brute Force
Deals normal damage even to types resistant to its type.
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Poison
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 90 Raise Max Level.png 0

#053
Shuffle034.png

Power of 5
Attacks do more damage when you make a match of five.


Pokémon GO
GO034.png Base Stamina: 162 Base Attack: 204 Base Defense: 170
Egg Distance: N/A Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Poison Jab, Fury Cutter
Special Attacks: Earthquake, Sludge Wave, Megahorn

Evolution

032Nidoran.png
Unevolved
Nidoran♂
 Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 16
033Nidorino.png
First evolution
Nidorino
 Poison 
Moon Stone
Moon Stone
034Nidoking.png
Second evolution
Nidoking
 Poison  Ground 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 034.png Spr b g1 034.png Spr 1y 034.png Spr b g1 034.png Spr 1g 034.png Spr b g1 034.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
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Spr 2g 034 s.png Spr b 2g 034 s.png Spr 2s 034 s.png Spr b 2g 034 s.png Spr 2c 034 s.png Spr b 2g 034 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 034.png Spr b 3r 034.png Spr 3e 034.png Spr b 3r 034.png Spr 3f 034.png Spr b 3f 034.png
Spr 3r 034 s.png Spr b 3r 034 s.png Spr 3e 034 s.png Spr b 3r 034 s.png Spr 3f 034 s.png Spr b 3f 034 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 034.png Spr b 4d 034.png Spr 4d 034.png Spr b 4p 034.png Spr 4h 034.png Spr b 4p 034.png
Spr 4d 034 s.png Spr b 4d 034 s.png Spr 4d 034 s.png Spr b 4p 034 s.png Spr 4h 034 s.png Spr b 4p 034 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 034.png Spr b 5b 034.png Spr 5b 034.png Spr b 5b 034.png
Spr 5b 034 s.png Spr b 5b 034 s.png Spr 5b 034 s.png Spr b 5b 034 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 034.png Spr b 6x 034.png Spr 6x 034.png Spr b 6x 034.png
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Front Back Front Back
034MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Nidoking images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Nidoking and its female counterpart Nidoqueen share their category name with Rhydon and Rhyperior. They are all known as the Drill Pokémon. Additionally, all four are partly Ground types.
  • Although its female counterpart Nidoqueen cannot be bred, Nidoking can.
  • Nidoqueen and Nidoking are the only Pokémon with a Poison/Ground type combination.
  • Nidoking is a popular choice with anime rivals as both of Ash's main rivals (Gary and Paul) have one as well as Jimmy's main rival.

Origin

Nidoking shares traits of rhinoceroses, gorillas, rabbits and porcupines.

Name origin

Nidoking may be a combination of needle and king (reflective of its gender and being the final evolution). Nido may also be based on cnidocyte, a type of venomous cell responsible for the stings delivered by stinging animals, most notably by jellyfish. Alternatively, it may be based on 二 ni (two) or 二度 nido (two times/two degrees), referring to there being two distinct evolutionary lines using the name with similar names and traits.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ニドキング Nidoking Possibly from "needle", plus "king"
France Flag.png French Nidoking Same as Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Nidoking Same as Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Nidoking Same as Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Nidoking Same as Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 니드킹 Nidoking Transliteration of Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 尼多王 Nèihdōwohng A portmanteau of 尼多, the common prefix of the names of this Pokémon's evolutionary line, and wohng
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 尼多王 Níduōwáng A portmanteau of 尼多, the common prefix of the names of this Pokémon's evolutionary line, and wáng


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