Nidoking

Nidoking is a Poison/Ground type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Drill Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 034
Type Poison Ground
Species Drill Pokémon
Height 1.4 m (4′07″)
Weight 62.0 kg (136.7 lbs)
Abilities 1. Poison Point
2. Rivalry
Sheer Force (hidden ability)
Local № 034 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
100 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
034 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
100 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
109 (X/Y — Coastal Kalos)
034 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
070 (The Crown Tundra)

Training

EV yield 3 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 227
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Field, Monster
Gender 100% male, 0% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 81
272 366
Attack 102
188 333
Defense 77
143 278
Sp. Atk 85
157 295
Sp. Def 75
139 273
Speed 85
157 295
Total 505 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Nidoking.

Evolution chart

(Level 16) (use Moon Stone)

Nidoking changes

Pokédex entries

Red
Blue
It uses its powerful tail in battle to smash, constrict, then break the prey’s bones.
Yellow Its steel-like hide adds to its powerful tackle. Its horns are so hard, they can pierce a diamond.
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.
Ruby
Sapphire
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.
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.
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.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
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 render the victim helpless quite easily.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
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
Alpha Sapphire
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.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Its steel-like hide adds to its powerful tackle. Its horns are so hard, they can pierce a diamond.
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.

Moves learned by Nidoking

Moves learnt by level up

Nidoking learns the following moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Double KickFightingPhysical 30 100
1Earth PowerGroundSpecial 90 100
1FlatterDarkStatus 100
1Focus EnergyNormalStatus
1Fury AttackNormalPhysical 15 85
1Helping HandNormalStatus
1Horn AttackNormalPhysical 65 100
1LeerNormalStatus 100
1MegahornBugPhysical 120 85
1PeckFlyingPhysical 35 100
1Poison JabPoisonPhysical 80 100
1Poison StingPoisonPhysical 15 100
1ToxicPoisonStatus 90
1Toxic SpikesPoisonStatus

Moves learnt on evolution

Nidoking learns the following moves when it evolves in Pokémon Sword & Shield (regardless of level).

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
MegahornBugPhysical 120 85

Egg moves

Nidoking does not learn any moves by breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Move Tutor moves

Nidoking can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Sword & Shield from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Scorching SandsGroundSpecial 70 100

Moves learnt by TM

Nidoking is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by TR

Nidoking is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by level up

Nidoking learns the following moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1CounterFightingPhysical 100
1Focus EnergyNormalStatus
1LeerNormalStatus 100
1PeckFlyingPhysical 35 100
1Poison StingPoisonPhysical 15 100
1SupersonicNormalStatus 55
1ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
55MegahornBugPhysical 120 85

Moves learnt on evolution

Nidoking learns the following moves when it evolves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee (regardless of level).

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100

Moves learnt by TM

Nidoking is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee:

Nidoking sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Nidoking  sprite from Red & Blue Nidoking  sprite from Silver Nidoking  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Nidoking  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Nidoking  sprite from Black & White Nidoking  sprite from X & Y Nidoking  sprite from Sword & Shield
Shiny Nidoking Shiny sprite from Silver Nidoking Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Nidoking Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Nidoking Shiny sprite from Black & White Nidoking Shiny sprite from X & Y

Where to find Nidoking

Red
Blue
Yellow
Evolve Nidoran♂/Nidorino
Gold
Silver
Crystal
Evolve Nidoran♂/Nidorino
Ruby
Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
FireRed
LeafGreen
Evolve Nidoran♂/Nidorino
Emerald Trade/migrate from another game
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Evolve Nidoran♂/Nidorino
Black Trade/migrate from another game
White Evolve Nidoran♂/Nidorino
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Evolve Nidoran♂/Nidorino
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Trade/migrate from another game
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Route 23
Sword
Shield
Evolve Nidoran♂/Nidorino

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Nidoking
Japanese ニドキング (Nidoking)
German Nidoking
French Nidoking

Name origin

nidoru
Japanese for ‘needle’
king
male royalty