Competitive Information for Nihilego [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon Movesets and Strategies for Nihilego nihilego
Base Stats for Nihilego

Rock / Poison

Abilities:
Beast BoostBeast Boost: This Pokemon's highest stat is raised by 1 if it attacks and KOes another Pokemon.


Evolutions / Family:
Nihilego

Weakness Chart for Rock/Poison-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.5x
  
  
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
0.5x
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
4x
  
0.5x
0.25x
2x
  
2x
2x
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Nihilego? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sun/Moon 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 Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Nihilego in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

GarchompCelesteelaTapu%20BuluSerperiorBlacephalonLopunny-MegaMagnezoneSalamenceShuckleRhyperiorTerrakionOmastar


Nihilego is a phenomenal Rock and Poison-typed Pokemon. It's super common to see Nihilego show up as a Sun/Moon opponent. Nihilego is weak to Ground, Psychic, Steel, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Nihilego
Item: Choice Scarf / Focus Sash
Ability: Beast Boost
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Wave / Toxic Spikes
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Power Gem / Stealth Rock

Special Sweeper Nihilego (Popular/Trending)

Nihilego is a remarkable Special Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Nihilego from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Choice Scarf will increase Nihilego's speed by 1.5x but will lock you into the first move you pick. With Beast Boost, Nihilego's highest stat is raised by 1 if it attacks and koes another pokemon.

Sludge Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to poison adjacent pokemon).
Toxic Spikes is a status move (poisons grounded foes on switch-in. max 2 layers).
Thunderbolt is a special 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Dazzling Gleam is a special 80-base power Fairy-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Power Gem is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Rock-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Stealth Rock is a status move (hurts foes on switch-in. factors rock weakness).




Species: Nihilego
Item: Poisonium Z / Air Balloon
Ability: Beast Boost
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Wave / Sludge Bomb
- Power Gem
- Thunderbolt
- Psychic

Special Sweeper Nihilego (Beast Boost)

Nihilego is a sensational Special Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Nihilego from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Nihilego's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Beast Boost, Nihilego's highest stat is raised by 1 if it attacks and koes another pokemon.

Sludge Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to poison adjacent pokemon).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Power Gem is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Rock-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Thunderbolt is a special 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Nihilego? These builds have been optimized for Sun/Moon 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 Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Nihilego in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

GarchompCelesteelaTapu%20BuluSerperiorBlacephalonLopunny-MegaMagnezoneSalamenceShuckleRhyperiorTerrakionOmastar


Species: Nihilego
Item: Poisonium Z / Air Balloon
Ability: Beast Boost
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Wave / Sludge Bomb
- Dazzling Gleam
- Power Gem
- Thunderbolt

Doubles Special Sweeper Nihilego (Beast Boost)

Nihilego is an interesting Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Nihilego from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Nihilego's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Beast Boost, Nihilego's highest stat is raised by 1 if it attacks and koes another pokemon.

Sludge Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to poison adjacent pokemon).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Dazzling Gleam is a special 80-base power Fairy-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Power Gem is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Rock-type move that deals a good amount of damage.
Thunderbolt is a special 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Nihilego 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
Acid
40
100%
30
10% chance to lower the foe(s) Sp. Def by 1.
Acid Spray
40
100%
20
100% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Charge Beam
50
90%
10
70% chance to raise the user's Sp. Atk by 1.
Clear Smog
50
--
15
Resets all of the target's stat stages to 0.
Dazzling Gleam
80
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
Echoed Voice
40
100%
15
Power increases when used on consecutive turns.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Mirror Coat
--
100%
20
If hit by special attack, returns double damage.
Power Gem
80
100%
20
No additional effect.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Psyshock
80
100%
10
Damages target based on Defense, not Sp. Def.
Psywave
--
100%
15
Random damage equal to 0.5x-1.5x user's level.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Sludge Wave
95
100%
10
10% chance to poison adjacent Pokemon.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Thunder
110
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunderbolt
90
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Venoshock
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target is poisoned.
Bind
15
85%
20
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Brutal Swing
60
100%
20
No additional effect. Hits adjacent Pokemon.
Constrict
10
100%
35
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Foul Play
95
100%
15
Uses target's Attack stat in damage calculation.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Gunk Shot
120
80%
5
30% chance to poison the target.
Head Smash
150
80%
5
Has 1/2 recoil.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Knock Off
65
100%
20
1.5x damage if foe holds an item. Removes item.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Pound
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Ally Switch
--
--
15
The user swaps positions with its ally.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Guard Split
--
--
10
Averages Defense and Sp. Def stats with target.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Magic Coat
--
--
15
Bounces back certain non-damaging moves.
Pain Split
--
--
20
Shares HP of user and target equally.
Power Split
--
--
10
Averages Attack and Sp. Atk stats with target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Role Play
--
--
10
User replaces its Ability with the target's.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
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.
Stealth Rock
--
--
20
Hurts foes on switch-in. Factors Rock weakness.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Telekinesis
--
--
15
For 3 turns, target floats but moves can't miss it.
Thunder Wave
--
90%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Tickle
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack and Defense by 1.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Toxic Spikes
--
--
20
Poisons grounded foes on switch-in. Max 2 layers.
Trick Room
--
--
5
Goes last. For 5 turns, turn order is reversed.
Venom Drench
--
100%
20
Lowers Atk/Sp. Atk/Speed of poisoned foes by 1.
Wonder Room
--
--
10
For 5 turns, all Defense and Sp. Def stats switch.
Worry Seed
--
100%
10
The target's Ability becomes Insomnia.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Nihilego can perform in Sun/Moon. 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 SM Move and Ability Combos for Nihilego

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