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Pokemon Review: Nidoqueen and Nidoking

Updated on September 5, 2016
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Nidoran, Nidorina, and Nidoqueen
Nidoran, Nidorina, and Nidoqueen

History (Nidoqueen)

Introduced in Generation 1, before most Pokemon could be either gender, Nidoran were the original gendered monsters. To make them even more interesting, they would evolve first through leveling, then by using a rare Moon Stone, and they also possessed a unique type when fully evolved.

But are the Nidoran final forms, Nidoqueen and Nidoking, powerful enough to warrant usage? Today we'll examine their stats, moves, and abilities to determine the capabilities of these unique creatures.

Weaknesses
Resistances
Ground
Fighting
Water
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Ice
Bug
 
Fairy
 
Electric (Immune)

Type and Stats

Type: Poison/Ground
Base Stat Total: 495 (505 in Gen 6)

Nidoqueen's typing offers it both many weaknesses and many resistances. Poison attacks barely scratch it, dealing 1/4 damage, and Electricity can't harm it, but keep an eye out for the four super-effective types.

We've got a respectable stat total, especially since Gen 6; the problem is how balanced things are. The only outlier is a slightly favored Attack over Special Attack; all other stats are distributed very evenly. So much so that Nidoqueen has trouble standing out among hundreds of others who can serve your purpose better, but the stats are at least high enough to make her a fair jack-of-all-trades.

Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen | Source

Abilities

1. Poison Point: 30% chance to poison foes who physically attack Nidoqueen.

A nice way to hamper your opponents, especially if you predict facing direct strikers.

2. Rivalry: Raises move power by 25% if used against a female Pokemon, reduces by 25% if used against a male.

Interesting, but you're gambling here. If you fight males, you'll be weaker, and no effect happens if you're against a genderless Pokemon; I'd recommend a different choice.

3. Sheer Force: Raises power by 30%, but negates secondary effects of your attacks.

This really increases your damage output, but prevents secondary effects of your attacks. Choose this ability if your attacks rarely or never have another effect otherwise, Poison Point might be better.

Move/ Type
Power/ Accuracy
Effect
Poison Fang/ Poison
50/ 100
50% to badly poison foes.
Earthquake/ Ground
100/ 100
Can hit opponents using Dig.
Stone Edge/ Rock
100/ 80
Increased critical hit chance.

Moveset

Like many stone-evolving Pokemon, you face a tough choice: evolve early for quick access to power, or wait so your Pokemon can learn the best moves? In this case, if you want Nidorina to learn Poison Fang, which often forces opponents to suffer a toxin that deals increased damage each turn, you'll need to wait until level 58 before evolving.

If you selected Sheer Force as your ability, you'll likely want Earthquake and Stone Edge in your arsenal. Earthquake has no added effect (besides being able to hit underground opponents) and Stone Edge's increased critical chance isn't negated through Sheer Force. Blizzard and Thunder will also help, as their secondary effects only have a 10% chance of activating, and they give access to Ice and Electric moves.

Poison Fang and Body Slam work well for non-Sheer Force Nidoqueens, as they both have high accuracy, deal damage, and often inflict either poison or paralysis.

Shiny Nidoqueen
Shiny Nidoqueen

Overall

Overall Score: 6/10

A nice moveset, useful abilities, and respectable stat total serve Nidoqueen well. However, its four weaknesses present it with numerous openings, and its stats don't let it shine in any single area. Furthermore, some of its better moves require you to wait until surprisingly high levels before evolving, at which point most players have already beat the game.

Nidoqueen does have enough going for it to see some competitive usage, but don't be surprised if it's a rare sight.

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Nidoran, Nidorino, and Nidoking
Nidoran, Nidorino, and Nidoking

History

Interesting how the male Nidoran family bears a purple hue (often asociated with women), while the female Nidorans wear the male-oriented blue. Regardless, how do the Nidoran patriarchs compare to their female counterparts? Read on to find out!

Weaknesses
Resistances
Ground
Fighting
Water
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Ice
Bug
 
Fairy
 
Electric (Immune)

Type and Stats

Type: Poison/Ground
Base Stat Total: 495 (505 in Gen 6)

Nidoking shares its types with Nidoqueen, as well as its stat total. Heck, the distribution of the stats almost exactly mimics Nidoqueen as well, though there's more focus on Attack here, at the expense of some Hit Points.

Again, I wish more Special Attack points were devoted to Attack to give one stat for Nidoking to excel at, but as is we have another decent all-around Pokemon.

Nidoking
Nidoking | Source

Abilities

1. Poison Point: 30% chance to poison foes who physically attack Nidoking.

Wow, I'm living the life here. Nidoking shares the exact same abilities as Nidoqueen, making this section one big copy/paste. Thanks, Pokemon developers Game Freak!

2. Rivalry: Raises move power by 25% if used against a male Pokemon, reduces by 25% if used against a female.

Same as before, except now the attack boost works against male opponents. And again, I'd pick a different ability unless you somehow know the gender of what you'll be up against.

3. Sheer Force: Raises power by 30%, but negates secondary effects of your attacks.

Deja vu yet again. Sheer Force works great for damage-oriented players but negates the secondary properties of your attacks.

Move/ Type
Power/ Accuracy
Effect
Poison Tail/ Poison
50/ 100
High critical hit rate, 10% chance to poison.
Megahorn/ Bug
120/ 85
None
Horn Drill/ Normal
?/ 30
Instantly defeats opponent. Accuracy increases if you're a higher level than your foe.
Some of Nidoking's best attacks.

Moveset

No Poison Fang this time around, though if you want Poison Jab, you'll need to wait until level 43 to evolve Nidorino. Earthquake and Stone Edge return to serve a Sheer Force user well, and Megahorn throws in a strong Bug move into the mix.

Poison Tail hits reliably, has a high critical hit rate, and a 10% chance to Poison (unless you're using Sheer Force), making it a good choice to replace Poison Fang. Through TMs, Ice, Electric, Water, and Fire moves are available, giving you access to many elements. Unfortunately, nearly all are indirect attacks, using Nidoking's lower Special Attack stat. Finally, Horn Drill is a risky but potent attack for desperate situations.

Overall, Nidoking has an above average moveset. Choose which ability you want it to have first, then select the techniques that best complement that choice.

Shiny Nidoking
Shiny Nidoking

Overall

Overall Score: 6/10

Nidoking hardly differs from Nidoqueen, though I do slightly favor its stat spread. Still, it's just so well-rounded that it's hard for it to stand out.

That said, Nidoking can take various roles depending on what ability you choose, and it does have a nice amount of resistances to compensate for its four weaknesses. He's not perfect, but is far from useless, either.

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Your Thoughts

I hope you learned the abilities of these two vastly (#sarcasm) different Pokemon. Feel free to vote for your favorite, and I'll see you at our next review!

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