Nincada

Nincada is a Bug/Ground type Pokémon introduced in Generation 3. It is known as the Trainee Pokémon.

Pokédex entries

Ruby NINCADA lives underground for many years in complete darkness. This POKéMON absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees. It stays motionless as it waits for evolution.
Sapphire NINCADA lives underground. It uses its sharp claws to carve the roots of trees and absorb moisture and nutrients. This POKéMON can’t withstand bright sunlight so avoids it.
FireRed
LeafGreen
Because it lived almost entirely underground, it is nearly blind. It uses its antennae instead.
Emerald It makes its nest at the roots of a mighty tree. Using its whiskerlike antennae, it probes its surroundings in the pitch-black darkness of soil.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It grows underground, sensing its surroundings using antennae instead of its virtually blind eyes.
HeartGold
SoulSilver
It can sometimes live underground for more than 10 years. It absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It grows underground, sensing its surroundings using antennae instead of its virtually blind eyes.
X Because it lived almost entirely underground, it is nearly blind. It uses its antennae instead.
Y It can sometimes live underground for more than 10 years. It absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees.

Evolution chart

Nincada
#290
Nincada
Bug · Ground
(Level 20)
Ninjask
#291
Ninjask
Bug · Flying


(Level 20, empty
spot in party,
Pokéball in bag)
Ninjask
#291
Ninjask
Bug · Flying
+ Shedinja
#292
Shedinja
Bug · Ghost

Name origin

ninja
stealthy martial art
cicada
an insect

Moves learned by Nincada

Nincada sprites

Normal
Black/White
Shiny
Black/White
Normal
HG/SS
Shiny
HG/SS
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Where to find Nincada

Ruby
Sapphire
Route 116
Emerald Route 116
Diamond
Pearl
Eterna Forest
Platinum Eterna Forest
HeartGold
SoulSilver
National Park
X
Y
Route 6 (Palais Lane)