Nincada

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

Pokédex data

National № 290
Type Bug Ground
Species Trainee Pokémon
Height 1′08″ (0.5 m)
Weight 12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)
Abilities Compound Eyes
Run Away (hidden ability)
Local № 042 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
111 (X/Y — Central Kalos)
043 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
Japanese Tsuchinin

Training

EV yield 1 Defense
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Happiness 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 53
Growth Rate Erratic

Breeding

Egg Groups Bug
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 15 (base 3,840 steps)

Base stats

HP 31
172 266
Attack 45
85 207
Defense 90
166 306
Sp. Atk 30
58 174
Sp. Def 30
58 174
Speed 40
76 196
Total 266 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 Nincada.

Evolution chart

(Level 20) (Level 20, empty
spot in party,
Pokéball in bag)
+

Name origin

ninja
stealthy martial art
cicada
a species of insect

Nincada changes

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.
Omega 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.
Alpha 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.

Moves learned by Nincada

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HardenNormal
1ScratchNormal 40 100
5AbsorbGrass 20 100
9Sand AttackGround 100
13Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
17Mud-SlapGround 20 100
21Metal ClawSteel 50 95
25Mind ReaderNormal
29BideNormal
33False SwipeNormal 40 100
37DigGround 80 100

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bug BiteBug 60 100
Bug BuzzBug 90 100
EndureNormal
Feint AttackDark 60
Final GambitFighting 100
GustFlying 40 100
Night SlashDark 70 100
Silver WindBug 60 100

Move Tutor moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bug BiteBug 60 100
Giga DrainGrass 75 100
SnoreNormal 50 100
SpiteGhost 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
17ProtectNormal
21FrustrationNormal 100
22Solar BeamGrass 120 100
27ReturnNormal 100
28Leech LifeBug 80 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
37SandstormRock
40Aerial AceFlying 60
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
48RoundNormal 60 100
54False SwipeNormal 40 100
81X-ScissorBug 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Nincada 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.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Fury CutterBug 40 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
String ShotBug 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
FlashNormal 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDark Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Struggle BugBug 50 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HardenNormal
1ScratchNormal 40 100
5AbsorbGrass 20 100
9Sand AttackGround 100
13Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
17Mud-SlapGround 20 100
21Metal ClawSteel 50 95
25Mind ReaderNormal
29BideNormal
33False SwipeNormal 40 100
37DigGround 80 100

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bug BiteBug 60 100
Bug BuzzBug 90 100
EndureNormal
Feint AttackDark 60
Final GambitFighting 100
GustFlying 40 100
Night SlashDark 70 100
Silver WindBug 60 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
17ProtectNormal
21FrustrationNormal 100
22Solar BeamGrass 120 100
27ReturnNormal 100
28Leech LifeBug 80 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
37SandstormRock
40Aerial AceFlying 60
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
48RoundNormal 60 100
54False SwipeNormal 40 100
81X-ScissorBug 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Nincada 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.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Fury CutterBug 40 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
String ShotBug 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
FlashNormal 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDark Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Struggle BugBug 50 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM

Nincada sprites

Type Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
Normal Nincada  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Nincada  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Nincada  sprite from Black & White Nincada  sprite from X & Y
Shiny Nincada Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Nincada Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Nincada Shiny sprite from Black & White Nincada Shiny sprite from X & Y

Where to find Nincada

Ruby
Sapphire
Route 116
FireRed
LeafGreen
Trade/migrate from another game
Emerald Route 116
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Eterna Forest
HeartGold
SoulSilver
National Park
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Route 6
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Route 116
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Trade/migrate from another game