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 0.5 m (1′08″)
Weight 5.5 kg (12.1 lbs)
Abilities 1. Compound Eyes
Run Away (hidden ability)
Local № 042 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
111 (X/Y — Central Kalos)
043 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
104 (Sword/Shield)

Training

EV yield 1 Defense
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 53
Growth Rate Erratic

Breeding

Egg Groups Bug
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 15 (3,599–3,855 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) +

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.
Sword Because it lived almost entirely underground, it is nearly blind. It uses its antennae instead.
Shield It can sometimes live underground for more than 10 years. It absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees.

Moves learned by Nincada

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Sand AttackGroundStatus 100
1ScratchNormalPhysical 40 100
5HardenNormalStatus
10False SwipeNormalPhysical 40 100
15Mud-SlapGroundSpecial 20 100
21AbsorbGrassSpecial 20 100
25Metal ClawSteelPhysical 50 95
30Fury SwipesNormalPhysical 18 80
35Mind ReaderNormalStatus
40DigGroundPhysical 80 100

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bug BiteBugPhysical 60 100
Final GambitFightingSpecial 100
FlailNormalPhysical 100
GustFlyingSpecial 40 100
Night SlashDarkPhysical 70 100

Move Tutor moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Skitter SmackBugPhysical 70 90

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
11Solar BeamGrassSpecial 120 100
15DigGroundPhysical 80 100
21RestPsychicStatus
24SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
25ProtectNormalStatus
28Giga DrainGrassSpecial 75 100
32SandstormRockStatus
34Sunny DayFireStatus
39FacadeNormalPhysical 70 100
76RoundNormalSpecial 60 100
94False SwipeNormalPhysical 40 100

Moves learnt by TR

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

TR
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
18Leech LifeBugPhysical 80 100
20SubstituteNormalStatus
26EndureNormalStatus
27Sleep TalkNormalStatus
33Shadow BallGhostSpecial 80 100
60X-ScissorBugPhysical 80 100
61Bug BuzzBugSpecial 90 100

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.
1HardenNormalStatus
1ScratchNormalPhysical 40 100
5AbsorbGrassSpecial 20 100
9Sand AttackGroundStatus 100
13Fury SwipesNormalPhysical 18 80
17Mud-SlapGroundSpecial 20 100
21Metal ClawSteelPhysical 50 95
25Mind ReaderNormalStatus
29BideNormalPhysical
33False SwipeNormalPhysical 40 100
37DigGroundPhysical 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 BiteBugPhysical 60 100
Bug BuzzBugSpecial 90 100
EndureNormalStatus
Feint AttackDarkPhysical 60
Final GambitFightingSpecial 100
GustFlyingSpecial 40 100
Night SlashDarkPhysical 70 100
Silver WindBugSpecial 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 BiteBugPhysical 60 100
Giga DrainGrassSpecial 75 100
SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
SpiteGhostStatus 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

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-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormalStatus Generation 3 — Move tutor
Natural GiftNormalPhysical 100 Generation 4 — TM
Fury CutterBugPhysical 40 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
String ShotBugStatus 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
FlashNormalStatus 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDarkStatus Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Struggle BugBugSpecial 50 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormalPhysical 50 95 Generation 6 — HM

Nincada sprites

Type Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Nincada  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Nincada  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Nincada  sprite from Black & White Nincada  sprite from X & Y Nincada  sprite from Sword & Shield
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
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Route 5, South Lake Miloch, West Lake Axewell

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Nincada
Japanese ツチニン (Tutinin)
German Nincada
French Ningale

Name origin

ninja
stealthy martial art
cicada
a species of insect