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What is a good moveset for Nidoking?

3 votes

it knows: Earthquake, Sludge Bomb, Brick Break, Megahorn.

Nidoking Learnset

asked Jul 6, 2010 by trachy
edited Jun 28, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Nidoking (M) @ Life Orb
 Trait: Encourage
 EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
 Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
 - Slime Wave
 - Earth Power
 - Fire Blast
 - Thunderbolt
Nidorino (M) @ Evolution Stone
Trait: Hustle
EVs: 152 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Def / 60 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Claw Sharpen
- Poison Jab
- Sucker Punch
- Double Kick
Double Kick? o_O

36 Answers

8 votes

Gen V

Nidoking (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Sheer Force

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Earth Power
  • Ice Beam
  • Thunderbolt
  • Flamethrower

Just an incredible sweeper. Sheer Force and Life Orb (which has no recoil) make Nidoking do a ton of damage. You'll also be hitting pretty much every foe for neutral or super-effective damage. This thing tears through Pokemon in UU.

answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
i have tried this and works out amazingly
if you are already planning on using a life orb with another pokemon in your team, expert belt works really well with this set as an alternative since it has such good super effective type coverage.
Life Orb is on this set because it boosts the moves without getting recoil due to sheer force.
Life orb doesn't stack on life orb the best item to use here is wise glasses or the expert belt
Ganja, that comment was either gibberish or wrong, I can't tell which. Life Orb does stack on Sheer Force and anything boosted by Sheer Force won't induce Life Orb recoil.
even though alot of people already tested it and this answer is really old
i tested it and it works
nidoking uses flamethrower+sheer force on aggron at half hp lost
nidoking uses flamethrower+sheer force+life orb on aggron ALOT MORE HP LOST
The life orb does a set amount of damage. It only takes off 10% of your max HP each turn, so sheer force does absolutely nothing to the life orb. You could inflict 300 Hp damage and still only lose a small portion of health.
Kiadthenickl, Life Orb increases damage by 30%. Sheer Force increases damage by 30% but removes secondary effects (chance to inflict status effect, stat increase for user, stat decrease for target, etc.). Combined they increase the power of a move with a secondary effect by 69% AND it will induce no damage from Life Orb.
4 votes

Mine knows:
Sludge Bomb - STAB, good power and accuracy, great chance to poison the foe.
Earthquake - STAB, a powerfull ground type move
Shadow Ball - cover weakness against psychic type
Thunderbolt - better than Thunder, cover weakness against water type

answered Aug 10, 2010 by Wobbuffet33
I think Shadow Claw would be a better move to complement his higher attack
yeah i agree, i use Shadow Claw on my Nidoking and Poison Jab instead of Sludge Bomb. I'm not sure why people keep posting that Nidoking should have sp.atk moves when it has a higher base physical attack.
What does STAB mean?
there is sp atk moves cos of sheer force + life orb
most of the physical atk moves that nidoking learns doesnt work with sheer for making u take recoil from life orb
2 votes

Well, most of it is pretty good, actually! Just get rid of Sludge Bomb.

If you have access to a move tutor, I would tutor it the move Outrage. Strong Base Power, and hits Dragon hard, whereas the others may not.

If you don't have access to Outrage tough, give Nidoking Poison Jab. Basically like Sludge Bomb, but Nidoking's Attack (92) outweighs the Special Offense. (85)

answered Jul 6, 2010 by ~-~WILL~-~
2 votes

Seems Good, Maybe Add In Return, or Stone Edge Though, for Backup, or Poison Jab, Instead of Sludge Bomb, for more STAB.

Have To Go, 11:00, Answer The Rest of These tommorrow!:)

answered Aug 10, 2010 by Swampert
2 votes

Weather Abusing Nidoking (special)

Suggested ability:sheer force

Suggested item: life orb

Blizzard/Thunder-Gets perfect accuracy in rain. Blizzard is probably better considering hail is more common in UU than rain.

Flamethrower/fire blast-powers up in the sun. It's great since he's neutral to grass moves from chlorophyll abusers.

earth power-STAB.

surf/ice beam/focus blast-coverage move as you see fit.

answered Jun 28, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Oct 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
2 votes

Nidoking (M) @ Life Orb

Role: Mixed King

Trait: Sheer Force

EVs: 4 HP / 144 Atk / 108 SAtk / 252 Spd

Mild Nature (+SAtk, -Def)

  • Earthquake
  • Sucker Punch
  • Sludge Wave
  • Hidden Power [Grass]

Okay, With the Ev's in that manner, he has equal Attacking Stats.

Sheer Force Boosts Sludge Wave into Pretty monstrous Power to anything that Nidoking is Hitting Neutral Damage on.

Earthquake Takes out Poison and Steel Which he Can't use Sludge Wave on.

Sucker Punch is a Form of Priority used to hit Psychics before they can hit him.

And hidden power Grass takes out Water types and Other Grounds. Plus Rock types like Rhyperior with insane Defense, that Earthquake wouldn't do great agaisn't.

answered Jul 15, 2011 by Josh
Btw, Who else things that Nidoking looked the most awesome in FR/LG?
He's the most awesome in every game.
Very very impressive Josh, takin movesets to another level huh?
replace s-punch with payback and mild with quiet to complement payback because of threats like reuniclus and cofagrigus who are slower even with quiet natures
Tyson, this is for a Sweeping King, not a tanking king.
Hence forth the 252 Ev's in Speed.
2 votes

i like this dude

Nidoking (M) @ Life Orb role tank
Trait: Sheer Force
EVs: 52 HP / 168 Def / 104 SAtk / 184 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Thunderbolt
- Flamethrower
- Sludge Wave
- Ice Beam

thunder bolt water flying
flamethrower ice and grass bug
ice beam ground and flying grass
sludge wave grass
he covers a good amount of types

Nidoking (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Sheer Force
EVs: 52 HP / 168 Def / 104 SAtk / 184 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Thunderbolt
- Flamethrower
- Sludge Wave
- Earth power

thunderbolt water and flying
flamethrower steel bug ice grass
sludge wave STAB grass
earth power steel rock fire

hope you liked :)

answered Aug 17, 2011 by Sh!nyFlygon
how is 4 attack moves gonna make nidoking a tank
2 votes

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Nidoking (M) @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly/Adamant Nature
- Earthquake/Bulldoze
- Thunder Punch/Rock Slide
- Ice Punch/Fire Punch
- Poison Jab

answered Sep 23, 2014 by Froggyboy
1 vote

Nidoking (F) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Rivalry

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Ice Punch
  • Earthquake
  • Brick Break
  • Shadow Claw
answered Sep 17, 2011 by Hex
edited Sep 17, 2011 by Hex
"Nidoking (F) @ Choice Scarf"  :P  You made me laugh.
Haha, Glad to hear that! :)
What? Nidoking can't be female!!! You hacker :D
Nidoking can't be female! Lol. But I can see how you made that mistake...SHINY Nidoking looks a bit like Nidoqueen. xP
It wasn't a mistake, I purposely put it there for the lolz.
Oh. Lol. Sorry, my bad. :P
Nice one, almost thought Nidoking was Nidoquenn while I was browse-scrolling!  LOL
I'm sure we all did. People nickname their shiny Nidokings ''Nidoqueen''. :P
1 vote

Double/Triple Battle

Nidoking (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Sheer Force
EVs: 100 Atk / 156 SAtk / 252 Spd
Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)
- Sludge Wave
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Blizzard

Same moveset as Nidoqueen, but with different EVs, nature, and item due to being faster and having better offensive stats. Nidoqueen was amazing, Nidoking is even more amazing. Earthquake and Rock Slide as always are amazing in multi-battles, with E-quake getting STAB and Rock Slide Sheer Force. Blizzard hits multiple Pokemon and is boosted by Sheer Force. Sludge Wave gets STAB, hits multiple Pokemon, and is boosted by Sheer Force. An incredible mixed sweeper and one of the best Pokemon for a multi-battle.

answered Jan 17, 2012 by trachy
edited Jan 17, 2012 by trachy
1 vote


Nidoking (M) @ Life Orb/Choice Scarf
Trait: Sheer Force
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)/Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Blizzard
- Fire Blast
- Thunder
- Earth Power

Nidoking frickin' loves Gravity support. 100% accurate Blizzard, Thunder, and Fire Blast. Earth Power that hits levitators and Flyings? Hell yeah, Nidoking is simply the best Pokemon to use in Gravity. It evens trumps Regice. Just put it on a team with a Regi, Cressalia, Chansey, you know, the bulky guys that can keep on using it when it runs out. Use Modest with Scarf, Timid with Orb btw.

answered Feb 15, 2012 by trachy
0 votes

I am now using this:

Ice Beam

answered Sep 9, 2010 by trachy
0 votes

Physical Nidoking:
Stone Edge-coverage
Sucker Punch-for Psychic types
Poison Jab-more STAB

Evs-252ATT 252 SP
Item:Life Orb

answered Feb 24, 2011 by Psychic x
0 votes


Nidoking (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Poison Point

EVs: 128 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Def / 72 SDef

Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

  • Substitute
  • Focus Punch
  • Earthquake
  • Shadow Ball

Why not a sub puncher?
Same coverage as The Queen, only he isn't choiced, and doesn't have Poison STAB. Big deal.

He's got the Bulk for Substitute, and from there you can Sub punch, and if he someone doesn't break your sub, or heck. Tries to set up. You've got a good 2 or 3 kills on your hands.

Earthquake is STAB, and Shadow Ball is coverage agaisn't Gengar mainly, but others aswell.

answered Sep 11, 2011 by Josh
0 votes

Here's what I think...
Ability: Sheer force
Nature: Adamant/Jolly OR Timid/Modest
Adamant/Jolly set: Earthquake (STAB), Poison Jab (STAB and boost from Sheer Force), Shadow claw (covers Psychos+Sheer force boost), Your choice/Hone Claws (or Claw Sharpen in the Japanese's case)

Modest/Timid set:
Earth Power (STAB and boost from sheer force), Thunderbolt (boost from sheer force, covers water types), Flamethrower (Boost) and Sludge Wave (STAB+ sheer boost)

I'd say the timid/Modest set is better but it's entirely up to you. :) Go with the adamant/jolly set for higher attack.

answered Nov 19, 2011 by GliscorPWNS!
0 votes

ive found a good way to really annoy people:

first use Toxic Spikes

then keep using Roar to poison their full team

Earthquake for steel and poison types

Venoshock with STAB and them being poisoned its got crazy power

or as speed freak reminded me u could use ice beam to cover flying types and levitators instead of venoshock

hope it helps...

answered Feb 10, 2012 by uberjackel97
edited Feb 27, 2012 by uberjackel97
What if they have a Flying type or Pokemon with Levitate.
thanks man totally forgot about them :P
0 votes

Item: Life-orb
Ability: Sheer-force
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Earthquake is STAB. Ice and Thunder-punch are bolt-beam-coverage. Fire-punch is coverage while Sucker-punch is priority. This set without Sucker-punch is the Physical version of the Special based Nidoking I use. This guy is just awesome.

answered Feb 10, 2012 by Speed freak
edited Apr 24, 2012 by Josh
0 votes

poison point/rivalry
@ leftovers
modest & likes to run/alert to sounds

Toxic Spikes

This is the most dangerous nidoking ever built.

answered Mar 31, 2012 by swan
edited Apr 1, 2012 by swan
0 votes

Nidoking (M) @ Choice Scarf / Life Orb

Trait: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Ice Punch
  • Fire Punch
  • Poison Jab
  • Bulldoze
answered Oct 3, 2012 by Mewderator
EQ is still more powerful despite the Sheer Force boost from Bulldoze.
0 votes

Yeah, this Pokemon is strong if you know how to use.

Nature: Adamant
IVs: Defense

Poison Jab: Yep, this move has 30% to poison opponent, is very high, you know.
Mega Horn: Oh my god! This is pain, and can cover weakness.
Aqua Tail: Oh yeah, cover weakness.
Stone Edge: Increase critical hit radio is nice eh? Also can cover weakness.

Item: Poison Barb/Razor Claw

answered Oct 16, 2012 by JustEMO