Competitive Information for Male Nidoran [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Nidoran-m nidoran-m
Base Stats for Nidoran-M

Poison

Abilities:
Poison PointPoison Point: 1/3 chance a Pokemon making contact with this Pokemon will be poisoned.


Evolutions / Family:
Nidoran

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Nidoran-m? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Ruby/Sapphire 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 Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Nidoran is a pretty decent Poison-typed Pokemon. Nidoran is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Nidoran's only type-related weaknesses are Ground and Psychic.


Species: Nidoran-M
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Poison Point
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Bomb
- Double-Edge / Return
- Peck
- Double Kick

Physical Sweeper Nidoran-M (Poison Point)

Nidoran is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Years before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Nidoran from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Nidoran's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Poison Point, 1/3 chance a pokemon making contact with Nidoran will be poisoned.

Sludge Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
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).
Peck is a physical 35-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Double Kick is a physical 30-base power Fighting-type move (hits 2 times in one turn).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Nidoran-m? These builds have been optimized for Ruby/Sapphire 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 Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Species: Nidoran-M
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Poison Point
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Bomb
- Double-Edge / Return
- Peck
- Double Kick

Doubles Physical Sweeper Nidoran-M (Poison Point)

Nidoran is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the dark days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Nidoran from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Nidoran's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Poison Point, 1/3 chance a pokemon making contact with Nidoran will be poisoned.

Sludge Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
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).
Peck is a physical 35-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Double Kick is a physical 30-base power Fighting-type move (hits 2 times in one turn).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Nidoran-m 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
Beat Up
10
100%
10
All healthy allies aid in damaging the target.
Blizzard
120
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s).
Confusion
50
100%
25
10% chance to confuse the target.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Shock Wave
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thunder
120
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunderbolt
95
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dig
60
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double Kick
30
100%
30
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Attack
15
85%
20
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Horn Attack
65
100%
25
No additional effect.
Horn Drill
--
30%
5
OHKOs the target. Fails if user is a lower level.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Peck
35
100%
35
No additional effect.
Poison Sting
15
100%
35
30% chance to poison the target.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Smash
20
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Defense Curl
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Disable
--
55%
20
For 2-5 turns, disables the target's last move.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flatter
--
100%
15
Raises the target's Sp. Atk by 1 and confuses it.
Focus Energy
--
--
30
Raises the user's critical hit ratio by 2.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
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.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
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 Nidoran-m can perform in Ruby/Sapphire. 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 RS Move and Ability Combos for Nidoran-m

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