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 4′07″ (1.4 m)
Weight 136.7 lbs (62.0 kg)
Abilities Poison Point
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)

Training

EV yield 3 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 227
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Field, Monster
Gender 100% male, 0% female
Egg cycles 20 (base 5,120 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.

Moves learned by Nidoking

Moves learnt by level up

Nidoking learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Double KickFighting 30 100
1Focus EnergyNormal
1MegahornBug 120 85
1PeckFlying 35 100
1Poison StingPoison 15 100
23Chip AwayNormal 70 100
35ThrashNormal 120 100
43Earth PowerGround 90 100
58MegahornBug 120 85

Egg moves

Nidoking learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Nidoking egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AmnesiaPsychic
Beat UpDark 100
Chip AwayNormal 70 100
ConfusionPsychic 50 100
CounterFighting 100
DisableNormal 100
EndureNormal
Head SmashRock 150 80
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Poison TailPoison 50 100
Sucker PunchDark 70 100
SupersonicNormal 55
Take DownNormal 90 85
Venom DrenchPoison 100

Move Tutor moves

Nidoking can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Pre-evolution moves

These moves can only be learned in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon by a previous evolution of Nidoking. Check the respective Pokédex for the exact details.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
CaptivateNormal 100 Level up
FlatterDark 100 Level up
Fury AttackNormal 15 85 Level up
Helping HandNormal Level up
Horn AttackNormal 65 100 Level up
Horn DrillNormal Level up
LeerNormal 100 Level up
Poison JabPoison 80 100 Level up
Toxic SpikesPoison Level up

Moves learnt by TM

Nidoking is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
5RoarNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
9VenoshockPoison 65 100
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
12TauntDark 100
13Ice BeamIce 90 100
14BlizzardIce 110 70
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
23Smack DownRock 50 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
34Sludge WavePoison 95 100
35FlamethrowerFire 90 100
36Sludge BombPoison 90 100
37SandstormRock
38Fire BlastFire 110 85
39Rock TombRock 60 95
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
49Echoed VoiceNormal 40 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
56FlingDark 100
60QuashDark 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
67Smart StrikeSteel 70
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
71Stone EdgeRock 100 80
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
82Dragon TailDragon 60 90
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
94SurfWater 90 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Nidoking can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
TackleNormal 40 100 Generation 1 — Level up
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
Bubble BeamWater 65 100 Generation 1 — TM
FissureGround Generation 1 — TM
Pay DayNormal 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
ReflectPsychic Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
SubmissionFighting 80 80 Generation 1 — TM
Water GunWater 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Dynamic PunchFighting 100 50 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega KickNormal 120 75 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega PunchNormal 80 85 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Seismic TossFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
AvalancheIce 60 100 Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
WhirlpoolWater 35 85 Generation 4 — HM
Fury CutterBug 40 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDark Generation 6 — TM
IncinerateFire 60 100 Generation 6 — TM
Power-Up PunchFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

Nidoking learns the following moves in Pokémon Sun & Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Double KickFighting 30 100
1Focus EnergyNormal
1MegahornBug 120 85
1PeckFlying 35 100
1Poison StingPoison 15 100
23Chip AwayNormal 70 100
35ThrashNormal 120 100
43Earth PowerGround 90 100
58MegahornBug 120 85

Egg moves

Nidoking learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sun & Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Nidoking egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AmnesiaPsychic
Beat UpDark 100
Chip AwayNormal 70 100
ConfusionPsychic 50 100
CounterFighting 100
DisableNormal 100
EndureNormal
Head SmashRock 150 80
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Poison TailPoison 50 100
Sucker PunchDark 70 100
SupersonicNormal 55
Take DownNormal 90 85
Venom DrenchPoison 100

Pre-evolution moves

These moves can only be learned in Pokémon Sun & Moon by a previous evolution of Nidoking. Check the respective Pokédex for the exact details.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
CaptivateNormal 100 Level up
FlatterDark 100 Level up
Fury AttackNormal 15 85 Level up
Helping HandNormal Level up
Horn AttackNormal 65 100 Level up
Horn DrillNormal Level up
LeerNormal 100 Level up
Poison JabPoison 80 100 Level up
Toxic SpikesPoison Level up

Moves learnt by TM

Nidoking is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sun & Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
5RoarNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
9VenoshockPoison 65 100
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
12TauntDark 100
13Ice BeamIce 90 100
14BlizzardIce 110 70
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
23Smack DownRock 50 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
34Sludge WavePoison 95 100
35FlamethrowerFire 90 100
36Sludge BombPoison 90 100
37SandstormRock
38Fire BlastFire 110 85
39Rock TombRock 60 95
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
49Echoed VoiceNormal 40 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
56FlingDark 100
60QuashDark 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
67Smart StrikeSteel 70
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
71Stone EdgeRock 100 80
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
82Dragon TailDragon 60 90
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
94SurfWater 90 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Nidoking can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Sun & Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
TackleNormal 40 100 Generation 1 — Level up
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
Bubble BeamWater 65 100 Generation 1 — TM
FissureGround Generation 1 — TM
Pay DayNormal 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
ReflectPsychic Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
SubmissionFighting 80 80 Generation 1 — TM
Water GunWater 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Dynamic PunchFighting 100 50 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega KickNormal 120 75 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega PunchNormal 80 85 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Seismic TossFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
AvalancheIce 60 100 Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
WhirlpoolWater 35 85 Generation 4 — HM
Fury CutterBug 40 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDark Generation 6 — TM
IncinerateFire 60 100 Generation 6 — TM
Power-Up PunchFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Nidoking sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
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
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

Other languages

English Nidoking
Japanese ニドキング (Nidoking)
German Nidoking
French Nidoking

Name origin

nidoru
Japanese for ‘needle’
king
male royalty