Competitive Information for Nincada [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield 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.
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Run AwayRun Away: No competitive use.


Evolutions / Family:
Nincada
Ninjask
Shedinja

Weakness Chart for Bug/Ground-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
  
  
  
0x
  
0.5x
2x
2x
  
Grass
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 Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Nincada is a remarkable 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:
- Leech Life / X-Scissor
- Facade
- Night Slash
- Dig

Physical Sweeper Nincada (Compound Eyes)

Nincada is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Nincada is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolte was added to the mix. 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. Facade's damage doubles when the user has a status affliction.

Leech Life is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Bug-type move (Nincada recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
X-Scissor is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a nice amount of damage.
Facade is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if Nincada is burn/poison/paralyzed).
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 Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


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

Doubles Physical Sweeper Nincada (Compound Eyes)

Nincada is popular Physical Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Nincada is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite. 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. Facade's damage doubles when the user has a status affliction.

Leech Life is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Bug-type move (Nincada recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
X-Scissor is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Facade is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if Nincada is burn/poison/paralyzed).
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
Absorb
20
100%
25
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Bug Buzz
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Final Gambit
--
100%
5
Does damage equal to the user's HP. User faints.
Giga Drain
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Gust
40
100%
35
Power doubles during Bounce, Fly, and Sky Drop.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Snore
50
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.
Bug Bite
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
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.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Fury Swipes
18
80%
15
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Leech Life
80
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Metal Claw
50
95%
35
10% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
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.
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.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Nincada can perform in Sword/Shield. 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 SS Move and Ability Combos for Nincada

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