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 was 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. Being the result of an evolution via Evolution stone, Nidoking is rarely found in the wild, though they can be found in savannas and plains.

In the anime

Nidoking in the anime

In the main series

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. It reappeared in another flashback in Mind-Boggling Dynamax!.

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. He reappeared in a flashback in Shocks and Bonds.

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.
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 & Pearl series.

In Pokémon Origins

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

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

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

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Two Nidoking appeared in Long Live the Nidoking!, where they 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.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

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!!.

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 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
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

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
Unobtainable

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)

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

Generation 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

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

By leveling up
Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
011 Supersonic Normal Status 0000 05555% 20
011 Counter Fighting Physical 0000 100100% 20
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
011 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 —% 30
011 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
Evo.Evo. Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
5555 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 
TM01Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM01 Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM02Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM02 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM03Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM03 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM05Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM05 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM07Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM07 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM08Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM08 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM09Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM09 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM10Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM10 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM12Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM12 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM13Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM13 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM15Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM15 Seismic Toss Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM17Bag TM Dragon VI Sprite.png TM17 Dragon Tail Dragon Physical 06060 090}}90% 10
TM19Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM19 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM23Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM23 Thunder Punch Electric Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM26Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM26 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM27Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM27 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM31Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM31 Fire Punch Fire Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM34Bag TM Dragon VI Sprite.png TM34 Dragon Pulse Dragon Special 08585 100}}100% 10
TM35Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM35 Ice Punch Ice Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM36Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM36 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM37Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM37 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM38Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM38 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM39Bag TM Dragon VI Sprite.png TM39 Outrage Dragon Physical 120120 100}}100% 10
TM41Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM41 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM43Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM43 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM46Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM46 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TM47Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM47 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM49Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM49 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TM51Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM51 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM52Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM52 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM55Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM55 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM56Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM56 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM57Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM57 Pay Day Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 20
TM58Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM58 Drill Run Ground Physical 08080 095}}95% 10
TM60Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM60 Megahorn Bug Physical 120120 085}}85% 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 a prior evolution
Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
032033 Double Kick Fighting Physical 30 100% 30
032033 Horn Attack Normal Physical 65 100% 25
032033 Fury Attack Normal Physical 15 85% 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

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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 
PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSnorlaxSentret
FurretWooperQuagsireSwinubPiloswineSlakoth
SlakingWailmerWailordNumelCameruptTorkoal
BidoofBibarelPansearWoobatSwoobatHeatmor
Amnesia Psychic Status —% 20
SneaselHoundourHoundoomPassimian Beat Up Dark Physical 100% 10
NidokingLickitungLickilickyRhyhornRhydonRhyperior
SnorlaxTotodileCroconawFeraligatrLarvitarPupitar
TyranitarSlakothVigorothSlakingCranidosRampardos
ScraggyScraftyDruddigon
Chip Away Normal Physical 70 100% 20
PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingEspeon
GirafarigWoobatSwoobatEspurrMeowsticOranguru
Confusion Psychic Special 50 100% 25
SlakothVigorothSlakingLucarioLycanrocLycanroc
MudbrayMudsdale
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitung
Lickilicky
Disable Normal Status 100% 20
DunsparceSwinubPiloswineMamoswinePhanpyVigoroth
ShieldonBastiodonPachirisuBunearyLopunnyCubchoo
BearticTurtonator
Endure Normal Status —% 10
CranidosRampardosTepigPigniteEmboarScraggy
ScraftyTyrantrum
Head Smash Rock Physical 150 80% 5
AronLaironAggron Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
Seviper Poison Tail Poison Physical 50 100% 25
RattataRattataRaticateRaticateDiglettDiglett
DugtrioDugtrioSentretFurretPoochyenaMightyena
MawileSpindaKecleonAbsolGlameowStunky
SkuntankPurrloinLiepardFurfrouMeowsticKomala
Sucker Punch Dark Physical 70 100% 5
LickitungLickilickyWhismurLoudredExploud Supersonic Normal Status 55% 20
BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurGrowlithePonytaRapidash
SeelDewgongRhyhornRhydonRhyperiorTauros
EeveeMareepFlaaffyAmpharosDunsparceSwinub
PiloswineMamoswinePhanpyStantlerMudkipMarshtomp
SwampertPoochyenaMightyenaZigzagoonAronLairon
AggronNumelCameruptBidoofBibarelCranidos
RampardosShieldonBastiodonGibleGabiteGarchomp
HippopotasHippowdonTepigPigniteEmboarLillipup
HerdierStoutlandDeerlingSawsbuckChespinQuilladin
ChesnaughtBunnelbyDiggersbyLitleoPyroarSkiddo
GogoatFurfrouAmauraAurorusBergmiteAvalugg
YungoosGumshoosStuffulBewearPassimian
Take Down Normal Physical 90 85% 20
SeviperStunkySkuntankSalandit Venom Drench Poison Status 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Nidoking in Generation VII
  • 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 
S M US UM Aqua Tail Water Physical 90 90% 10
S M US UM Dragon Pulse Dragon Special 85 100% 10
S M US UM Drill Run Ground Physical 80 95% 10
S M US UM Earth Power Ground Special 90 100% 10
S M US UM Fire Punch Fire Physical 75 100% 15
S M US UM Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150 100% 20
S M US UM Helping Hand Normal Status —% 20
S M US UM Ice Punch Ice Physical 75 100% 15
S M US UM Icy Wind Ice Special 55 95% 15
S M US UM Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
S M US UM Outrage Dragon Physical 120 100% 10
S M US UM Shock Wave Electric Special 60 —% 20
S M US UM Snore Normal Special 50 100% 15
S M US UM Stealth Rock Rock Status —% 20
S M US UM Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 75 100% 10
S M US UM Super Fang Normal Physical 90% 10
S M US UM Superpower Fighting Physical 120 100% 5
S M US UM Throat Chop Dark Physical 80 100% 15
S M US UM Thunder Punch Electric Physical 75 100% 15
S M US UM Uproar Normal Special 90 100% 10
S M US UM Water Pulse Water Special 60 100% 20
  • 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 HandSM 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
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Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
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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 Battle Trozei
Poison
Attack Power: ★★★★★

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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
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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*

Evolution

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Unevolved
Nidoran♂
 Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 16
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First evolution
Nidorino
 Poison 
Moon Stone
Moon Stone
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Second evolution
Nidoking
 Poison  Ground 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
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Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
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Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
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Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
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Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
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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
034XYMS.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, 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

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