Nidoking (Pokémon)

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Nidorino #033: Nidorino
Pokémon
#035: Clefairy Clefairy
Nidoking
Drill Pokémon
ニドキング
Nidoking
#034
Nidoking



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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 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Monster and Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
4'07" 1.4 m
Nidoking
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
136.7 lbs. 62.0 kg
Nidoking
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
195
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
227
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Nidoking
0
HP
3
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
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
Shape
Body06.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F034.png None.png
{{{form2}}}
Pokédex color
Purple
Base friendship
70
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Nidoking (Japanese: ニドキング Nidoking) is a dual-type Poison/Ground Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

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

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

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 has three claws, while each foot has only a single hoof-like nail. It has a long, powerful tail. Nidoking is a male-only species.

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 also be swung to create distance between it and its foes before Nidoking charges. Its steel-like hide adds to its powerful, rampaging charges. Nidoking's horn is powerful enough to crush diamonds. Nidoking is known to be very proud of its own strength. When Nidoking goes on a rampage, it becomes impossible to control. Only a Nidoqueen can calm it down from its rampages. As shown in the manga, Nidoking has strong acid within its claws. Being the result of evolution via an Evolution stone, Nidoking is rarely found in the wild, though they can be found in savannas and plains.

In the anime

Main series

Nidoking in the anime

Major appearances

In The Battle of the Badge, Gary Oak used a Nidoking to battle Giovanni's Golem during their Gym battle. Nidoking was revealed to have tremendous power as he managed to Tackle Golem head-on, launch it across the battlefield, and defeat it in one hit. However, when Giovanni used Mewtwo, Nidoking was no match and was defeated easily. This battle was shown again from Mewtwo's perspective in Mewtwo Strikes Back. In The Fourth Round Rumble, Nidoking battled Melissa's Golem but was defeated easily. He reappeared again in Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, a remake of Mewtwo Strikes Back, where he played the same role.

In In the Pink, a pink Nidoking was a resident of Pinkan Island. He attacked Jessie and James as they were attempting to capture a pink Nidoran couple. He was eventually subdued by Officer Jenny.

In Showdown at the Oak Corral, a Nidoking tried to mate with Cassidy, who was in a Nidoqueen costume at the time.

In The Bicker the Better, Oscar has a Nidoking, while 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.

In A Pyramiding Rage!, Paul used a Nidoking to battle Brandon's Registeel. Although Nidoking was powerful and versatile, Registeel was still able to hold its own and eventually brought down Nidoking.

In the original timeline of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, two Nidoking were used by Damos, who was under Hypnosis, to attack Arceus with Shock Wave. When Ash and his friends traveled to the past to prevent this, Marcus, the one responsible for hypnotizing Damos, managed to use the Nidoking again to attack Arceus.

In Mystery on a Deserted Island!, a Nidoking was a resident of the Deserted Island. He was first seen chasing a trio of Eevee before being intimidated into leaving by Pikachu's Iron Tail. He later attacked Team Rocket but was defeated by them.

In a flashback in Enter Pikachu!, a young Goh and Chloe saw a Nidoking battling a Mew that was copying its moves. He reappeared in flashbacks in Mind-Boggling Dynamax! and Time After Time!.

Minor appearances

In A Chansey Operation, a sick Nidoking was seen.

A Nidoking appeared in Meowth Rules!, under the ownership of the Golden Island villagers.

In The Power of One, a Nidoking sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A Nidoking appeared in a fantasy in The Rivalry Revival.

In Wired for Battle!, a Nidoking was in Muramasa's dojo.

In Ring Masters, a Nidoking competed in Rikishii Town's Sumo Conference.

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

In a flashback in Throwing in the Noctowl, a Nidoking was defeated by Wings Alexander's then-Hoothoot.

In As Cold as Pryce, Pryce remembered a Trainer's Nidoking as one of the Pokémon that fought his Piloswine.

In A Claim to Flame!, a female Trainer's Nidoking participated in a qualifying match for the Silver Conference.

In Saved by the Beldum, a Trainer's Nidoking was seen during the Ever Grande Conference.

In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, multiple Nidoking were part of the feuding armies that were eventually placated by Sir Aaron in the past.

In Odd Pokémon Out!, a Nidoking was a resident of Camomile Island.

A Coordinator's Nidoking appeared in Settling a Not-So-Old Score!.

In Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2), J's client's henchmen used a Nidoking to attack Dawn, Brock, Officer Jenny, and Solana.

In Historical Mystery Tour!, Ash encountered a Nidoking in Xatu's Forest.

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

A Nidoking appeared in Cilan's demonstration in Mystery on a Deserted Island!, where he evolved from a Nidoran♂.

A soldier's Nidoking appeared in a flashback in The Legend of X, Y, and Z!.

In I Choose You!, a Nidoking was under the control of Marshadow.

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.
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.

Pokémon Origins

In File 1: Red, a Nidoking was one of the Pokémon seen in Professor Oak's introduction.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

Gary owns a Nidoking, which appeared in One Half Of A Poké Ball.

Pokémon Adventures

In Long Live the Nidoking!, two Nidoking were fighting for a Nidoqueen.

Red caught several rampaging Nidoking in the Safari Zone in A Hollow Victreebel.

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 Professor Oak's Laboratory in Cherrygrove City in Off Course with Corsola.

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

A Nidoking appeared in Out-Odding Oddish, under the ownership of a Pokéathlon participant.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Giovanni has a Nidoking, which was used in his Gym battle against Red in Get The Last Badge!!.

Professor Oak owns a Nidoking, which debuted in Save the Pokémon Zoo!!.

Pokémon Zensho

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

In the TCG

Main article: Nidoking (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

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Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#034
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 Johto
#100
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 Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#034
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 Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#100
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 Unova
#—
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 Kalos
Coastal #109
Hoenn
#—
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
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#034
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.
Let's Go Pikachu Its steel-like hide adds to its powerful tackle. Its horns are so hard, they can pierce a diamond.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Crown Tundra #070
Sword When it goes on a rampage, it's impossible to control. But in the presence of a Nidoqueen it's lived with for a long time, Nidoking calms down.
Shield Nidoking prides itself on its strength. It's forceful and spirited in battle, making use of its thick tail and diamond-crushing horn.


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
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Route 23
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Expansion Pass
Giant's Bed (Wanderer)
Giant's Bed, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake (Max Raid Battle)
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure)


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)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Dragonite Sea, Garchomp Sea, Butterfree Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Garchomp SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Region Location Level Distribution period
USUM Team Rainbow Rocket's Ambition Giovanni's Nidoking All Japan 68 January 20 to March 11, 2018

Held items

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

Stats

Base stats

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


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


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 VIII, 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 VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Megahorn Bug Physical 120120 08585% 10
011 Fury Attack Normal Physical 01515 08585% 20
011 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Double Kick Fighting Physical 03030 100100% 30
011 Horn Attack Normal Physical 06565 100100% 25
011 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Toxic Poison Status 0000 09090% 10
011 Flatter Dark Status 0000 100100% 15
011 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100100% 20
011 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100100% 10
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
011 Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
011 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 00——% 30
Evo.Evo. 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/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM00Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM00 Mega Punch Normal Physical 08080 085}}85% 20
TM01Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM01 Mega Kick Normal Physical 120120 075}}75% 5
TM02Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM02 Pay Day Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 20
TM03Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM03 Fire Punch Fire Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM04Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM04 Ice Punch Ice Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM05Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM05 Thunder Punch Electric Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM08Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM15Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM23Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM33Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM34Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM36Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM36 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM37Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM37 Beat Up Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM41Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM41 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM43Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM49Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM49 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 085}}85% 15
TM53Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM54Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM54 Rock Blast Rock Physical 02525 090}}90% 10
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM64Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM64 Avalanche Ice Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM65Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM74Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM74 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM77Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM77 Hex Ghost Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM81Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM96Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM96 Smart Strike Steel Physical 07070 00—}}—% 10
TM98Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM98 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR02Bag TR Fire Sprite.png TR02 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR04Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR05Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR06Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR08Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR09Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR09 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TR10Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR13Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR13 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR15Bag TR Fire Sprite.png TR15 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TR17Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR17 Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR22Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR22 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR24Bag TR Dragon Sprite.png TR24 Outrage Dragon Physical 120120 100}}100% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR28Bag TR Bug Sprite.png TR28 Megahorn Bug Physical 120120 085}}85% 10
TR31Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR33Bag TR Ghost Sprite.png TR33 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR35Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR35 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR37Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR37 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR39Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR39 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR54Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR54 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR57Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR62Bag TR Dragon Sprite.png TR62 Dragon Pulse Dragon Special 08585 100}}100% 10
TR64Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR64 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TR67Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR75Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR75 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TR76Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR78Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR78 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
TR87Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR87 Drill Run Ground Physical 08080 095}}95% 10
TR91Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR91 Venom Drench Poison Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR94Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR94 High Horsepower Ground Physical 09595 095}}95% 10
TR95Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR95 Throat Chop Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR99Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR99 Body Press Fighting Physical 08080 100}}100% 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 TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
PsyduckGolduckPonytaRapidashSlowpokeSlowpoke
SlowbroSlowbroSlowkingSlowkingEspeonWoobat
SwoobatEspurrMeowsticOranguru
Confusion Psychic Special 50 100% 25
ZigzagoonLinooneObstagoonLucarioLycanrocLycanroc
MudbrayMudsdaleScorbunnyRabootCinderaceSkwovet
GreedentChewtleDrednaw
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
VulpixVulpixNinetalesNinetalesPsyduckGolduck
SlowpokeSlowpokeSlowbroSlowbroSlowkingSlowking
LickitungLickilicky
Disable Normal Status 100% 20
ScraggyScraftyTyrantrumDrednaw Head Smash Rock Physical 150 80% 5
RhyhornRhydonRhyperiorExcadrillTyruntTyrantrum Horn Drill Normal Physical 30% 5
DruddigonSilicobraSandaconda Poison Tail* Poison Physical 50 100% 25
DiglettDiglettDugtrioDugtrioSeedotNuzleaf
ShiftryMawileAbsolStunkySkuntankPurrloin
LiepardMeowsticLycanrocLycanrocSobbleDrizzile
InteleonNickitThievul
Sucker Punch Dark Physical 70 100% 5
LickitungLickilickyMudkipMarshtompSwampertWhismur
LoudredExploud
Supersonic Normal Status 55% 20
BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurGrowlitheArcaninePonyta
PonytaRapidashRapidashRhyhornRhydonRhyperior
TaurosEeveeVaporeonJolteonFlareonEspeon
UmbreonLeafeonGlaceonSylveonDunsparceSwinub
PiloswineMamoswineMudkipMarshtompSwampertZigzagoon
ZigzagoonLinooneLinooneObstagoonAronLairon
AggronGibleGabiteGarchompHippopotasHippowdon
LillipupHerdierStoutlandBunnelbyDiggersbyBergmite
AvaluggStuffulBewearPassimianWoolooDubwool
Take Down Normal Physical 90 85% 20
MeowthPerrserkerCuboneMarowakMarowakTauros
PiloswineMamoswineLarvitarPupitarTyranitarSandile
KrokorokKrookodileDarumakaDarumakaDarmanitanDarmanitan
CubchooBearticTyruntTyrantrumLittenTorracat
IncineroarStuffulBewearPassimianMorpeko
Thrash Normal Physical 120 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Nidoking in Generation VIII
  • 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 VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Scorching Sands Ground Special 70 100% 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 Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • 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

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - IV - V - VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
I II III IV V VI VII Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 090}}90% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Bide × Normal Physical 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Bubble Beam Water Special 06565 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Captivate × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Chip Away × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Curse Ghost Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
I II III IV V VI VII Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 40
I II III IV V VI VII Detect Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Dragon Tail Dragon Physical 06060 090}}90% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Dynamic Punch Fighting Physical 100100 050}}50% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Fissure Ground Physical 0000 030}}30% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150150 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Fury Cutter Bug Physical 04040 095}}95% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Hone Claws Dark Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Incinerate Fire Special 06060 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Mimic Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Natural Gift × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Power-Up Punch Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Quash Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Rage × Normal Physical 02020 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Roar Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Seismic Toss Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Shock Wave Electric Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Skull Bash Normal Physical 130130 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Smack Down Rock Physical 05050 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Submission Fighting Physical 08080 080}}80% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Super Fang Normal Physical 0000 090}}90% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 35
I II III IV V VI VII Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Water Gun Water Special 04040 100}}100% 25
I II III IV V VI VII Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • 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
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for 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
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
MDP E 034.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -12%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush034Body.png Walking Speed: 1.5 seconds Base HP: 56
Base Attack: 79 Base Defense: 54 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Poison
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT034.png

Brute Force
Deals normal damage even to types resistant to its type.
Pokémon Shuffle
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Poison
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 110 Raise Max Level.png 5

#053
Shuffle034.png

Power of 5
Increases damage when you make a match of five.


Pokémon GO
GO034.png Base Stamina: 191 Base Attack: 204 Base Defense: 156
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Poison Jab, Iron Tail*, Fury Cutter
Charged Attacks: Earthquake, Sludge Wave, Megahorn, Earth Power*, Frustration, Return

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
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Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
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Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
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Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
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Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
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Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
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Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
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Front Back Front Back
034MS8.png For other sprites and images, please see Nidoking images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • Nidoking and its female counterpart Nidoqueen share their category 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 two of Ash's main rivals (Gary and Paul) have one, as well as Jimmy's main rival.

Origin

Nidoking appears to share traits of rhinoceroses, gorillas, mice, 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 Nèihdōwòhng A portmanteau of 尼多, the common prefix of the names of this Pokémon's evolutionary line, and wòhng
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


External links

Nidorino #033: Nidorino
Pokémon
#035: Clefairy Clefairy


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