Competitive Information for Nidoking [Gold/Silver]
Poison / Ground
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Nidoking? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Gold/Silver 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 Gold/Silver generation metagame.
Nidoking is an interesting Poison and Ground-typed Pokemon. It's frequent to find yourself dealing with Nidoking when battling in the 2nd generation meta. Nidoking can usually be found in the OU tier (Overused). There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Nidoking is weak to Ground, Ice, Psychic, and Water-typed attacks.
Item: Soft Sand
- Earthquake / Mud-Slap
- Double-Edge / Return
- Shadow Ball
- Rock Slide
Physical Sweeper Nidoking (Retro)
Nidoking is a decent Physical Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the dark days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Mud-Slap is a physical STAB-boosted 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).
♦ Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
♦ Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
♦ Shadow Ball is a physical 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
♦ Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
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Item: Mystic Water
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Flamethrower / Fire Punch
- Ice Beam / Ice Punch
- Thunderbolt / Thunder Punch
Special Sweeper Nidoking (Retro)
Nidoking is pretty popular Special Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. In the dark days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Bubble Beam is a special 65-base power Water-type move (10% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
♦ Flamethrower is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
♦ Fire Punch is a special 75-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
♦ Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
♦ Ice Punch is a special 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
♦ Thunderbolt is a special 95-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
♦ Thunder Punch is a special 75-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
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Wondering what moves can Nidoking 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.
These are a list of several common move combinations Nidoking can perform in Gold/Silver. 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 GS Move and Ability Combos for Nidoking
- Moves: Rain dance + Thunder
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- Moves: Rest + Snore
- Moves: Thunderbolt + Ice beam
- Move: Swagger + Item: Mirror Herb
- Item: Blunder Policy + Move: Dynamic Punch
- Moves with Priority: Detect, Endure, Protect
- Moves that inflict status: Toxic, Lovely Kiss
Moves that boost Nidoking's stats
- Defense Curl
- Skull Bash
Most notable and possible best moves for Nidoking
- Ice Beam
- Lovely Kiss
Common Effort Values for Nidoking in Gold and Silver
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