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If you have a good competitive moveset for Nidoking, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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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
Trachy its Sludge Wave but otherwise an amazing moveset!

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This is my Nidoking set:
Beast (Nidoking) @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 8 HP / 248 Atk / 252 Spe
Nature: Adamant
- Earthquake
- Thunderbolt
- Ice Beam
- Sludge Bomb

I know it may be a really common set, but I wanted to use this one because of Life Orb so he would have some extra HP so it can use a move an extra turn before it gets knocked out even though it's pretty sturdy. Good attacker and all out attacker set. Would recommend this set for Life Orb so you have that extra HP.

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Why not use a modest nature with full investment in S.Atk? Plus Earth power is better with sheer force because of it have a chance to lower Sp.Def.
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[email protected] Orb/Choice Band
Trait: Sheer Force
EVs: 252Atk/252Spd/4Def
Nature: (Adamant +Atk -SpA)

  • Earthquake-Reliable STAB, hits 5 types super effectively
  • Poison Jab-Reliable STAB as well
  • Ice Punch-Hits annoying flying types that are immune to your earthquake
  • Mega Horn/SuperPower/Rock Slide-Mega Horn and Super Power hit dark types, while Rock Slide hits Moltres for 4x super effective damage.

More detailed explanation:
So Nidoking is a full on attacker, with Sheer Force it doesn’t take any damage from the Life Orb, making it a huge threat, also, its base attack is WAAAYYY better than its base Special attack, sitting at only 85, while it’s base attack is 102. Stealth Rocks won’t work on this thing, it’s not a tank, that’s more Nidoqueen’s role.
Earthquake hits a lot of things for super effective damage, such as Mega-Aggron, Bisharp, Darmanitan, and pretty much everything that’s a poison, steel, fire, rock, and electrics type.
Poison Jab is just reliable STAB, hits Amoongus and Celebi for neutral damage (Earthquake might be a more reliable option, especially on Amoongus.)
Ice Punch hits Mega-Pigeot and Kommo-o, and hits Amoongus, but again Earthquake is probably better.
Mega Horn, high base power, and hits Alolan-Muk, but again EARTHQUAKE IS BETTER, also hits Mega-Sharpedo, don’t know why you’d keep Nidoking in against a Mega-Sharpedo though.
Super Power, another option instead of Mega Horn, 100% accurate, but lowers your attack and defense after using it, hits against the same Pokémon as Mega Horn, but also hits Mamoswine, buttttttt
Lastly, a alternate option for Mega Horn or Super Power, and personally my favorite, Rock Slide, KO’s Moltres.

Hope this helped :D

Sorry, I forgot about SHEER FORCE! That brings SuperPowers base power to about 133, and it ignores the stat drop, bringing it’s base power over Mega Horns 120, and rock slides base power is now 97.5, so honestly, the best option is SuperPower. Sheer Force also brings Poison Jabs base power up to 104, which is amazing! And it brings Ice Punch’s base power up to 97.5! So here’s the final moveset with base powers
Earthquake-150 Base Power
Poison Jab-156 Base Power
Ice Punch-97.5 Base Power
SuperPower-133 Base Power
Hope this helped!
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Nidoking has good physical attack and decent special attack. I think this moveset will do it favours.


Item: life orb

252 Atk 252 speed 4 sp Atk

-Poison Jab
-Thunder punch

Poison jab and Earthquake for stab

Surf to take care of other ground types plus in eariler generations nidoking will get you across the water so you dont need a water type Pokemon just for surf

Thunder punch for water types with nidoking high attack it will hit like a truck plus it takes care of flying types since ground attacks cant touch them

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Nidoking @ Leftovers
Ability:Sheer Force
EVs:4 HP/252 Atk/252 SAtk
-Focus Blast