Competitive Information for Nincada [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Nincada nincada
Base Stats for Nincada

Bug / Ground

Abilities:
Compound EyesCompound Eyes: This Pokemon's moves have their accuracy multiplied by 1.3.


Evolutions / Family:
Nincada
Ninjask
Shedinja

Weakness Chart for Bug/Ground-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
  
  
  
0x
0.5x
2x
2x
  
  
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.5x
2x
  
0.5x
  
  
  
2x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Nincada? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Diamond/Pearl Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Nincada is a marvelous Bug and Ground-typed Pokemon. Nincada is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Nincada is weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Nincada
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Compound Eyes
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- X-Scissor / Bug Bite
- Night Slash
- Dig

Physical Sweeper Nincada (Compound Eyes)

Nincada is an astounding Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Nincada is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield but Eviolite changes that. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Nincada from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Nincada's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Compound Eyes, Nincada's moves have their accuracy multiplied by 1.3.

Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
X-Scissor is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a nice amount of damage.
Bug Bite is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (Nincada steals and eats the target's berry).
Night Slash is a physical 70-base power Dark-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Dig is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Ground-type move (digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Nincada? These builds have been optimized for Diamond/Pearl Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Species: Nincada
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Compound Eyes
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- X-Scissor / Bug Bite
- Night Slash
- Dig

Doubles Physical Sweeper Nincada (Compound Eyes)

Nincada is an awesome Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Nincada is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolite was attached to it. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Nincada from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Nincada's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Compound Eyes, Nincada's moves have their accuracy multiplied by 1.3.

Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
X-Scissor is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a considerable amount of damage.
Bug Bite is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (Nincada steals and eats the target's berry).
Night Slash is a physical 70-base power Dark-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Dig is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Ground-type move (digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Nincada learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Bug Buzz
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Giga Drain
60
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Gust
40
100%
35
Power doubles during Bounce and Fly.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Silver Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Bug Bite
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Feint Attack
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
10
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Fury Swipes
18
80%
15
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Leech Life
20
100%
15
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Metal Claw
50
95%
35
10% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mind Reader
--
--
5
User's next move will not miss the target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sand Attack
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
String Shot
--
95%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Nincada can perform in Diamond/Pearl. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive DP Move and Ability Combos for Nincada

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