Nidoking, The Drill Pokémon. Nidoking's thick tail packs enormously destructive power. With one swing, it can topple a metal transmission tower. Once this Pokémon goes on a rampage, there is no stopping it. It is recognized by its rock-hard hide and its extended horn. Be careful with the horn, as it contains venom. One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick.
Nidoking has been an interesting Pokémon, being good or bad. Nidoking has a massive move pool and decent stats to abuse it, but is held back by its typing and fact its stats are just average.
Poison Point - 30% chance to poison on contact - Really a pointless ability, can be funny to use to troll people
Special Wall Breaker
Nidoking excels as a powerful wallbreaker with Sheer Force and impressive coverage. A nice bonus is that it gets two stab moves, Earth Power and Sludge Wave, that benefit from Sheer Force, making them both excellent choices in top of being two good offensive types. This allows Nidoking to beat walls and bulky threats like Togekiss and Cobalion with ease. Ice Beam is nice coverage to handle another common wall in UU, Hippowdon, as well as Haxorus and Hydreigon switch ins. Last option is open for Taunt to stall break and really hurt Pokémon like Blissey and Porygon 2, while Superpower is nice to punch through the prior mentioned threats.
Substitute - An option to put pressure on the faster threats that check Nidoking as it stops them from OHKOing it and Nidoking can do it in return to them.
Hydreigon - Hydreigon enjoys Nidoking's reliable ability to consistently check Fairies that are its bane as well as pressure special walls such as Blissey. Hydreigon also can create a switch in for Nidoking with U-Turn so it can safely apply pressure.
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Nidoking is not VGC 2017-legal since it is not found in the Alolan Pokedex, but most players probably have not even noticed. Even with the introduction of many fairy-types in X and Y making poison types stronger than ever, Nidoking has not managed to find a reliable role in doubles. Despite having fantastic coverage moves and good power thanks to Sheer Force, the drill Pokemon does not have elite speed to make use of its power, and its defensive stats leave a lot to be desired. Its bulkier sister, Nidoqueen, actually saw a higher usage in VGC 2015 since it could absorb hits a bit better, while still hitting hard enough. The ‘King still can put in some situational work in double battles, but it greatly appreciates some speed control.
King of the Nidos and the First ‘Mons
Sheer Force is the ability of choice here, as many of Nidoking’s special attacks receive the boost. Maximum special attack and speed helps Nidoking outspeed as much as possible while still hitting hard. The only two items that Nidoking uses competitively are Life Orb and Choice Scarf. Life Orb goes great with Sheer Force, as any move that gets a boost from the ability will also make it so that Nidoking does not take any Life Orb recoil. Choice Scarf misses some badly needed power, but helps Nidoking make up for its lackluster speed. With the variety of coverage moves, Nidoking is still strong due to the super-effective damage it can do to so many faster Pokemon. A Modest nature is a bit stronger, and Modest Choice Scarf will outspeed Tapu Koko, but a Timid nature may be preferred on Life Orb sets so you ensure you outspeed more opponents.
Each of Nidoking’s attacks on this set receive a Sheer Force boost, which helps make up for its mediocre special attack. Earth Power and Sludge Bomb are its STAB attacks that are useful against a variety of common Pokemon in doubles, such as the Heatran and the Tapus. Ice Beam provides very good coverage in general, but can OHKO common powerhouses like Landorus-T and Mega Salamence. Protect is necessary on the Life Orb set to allow a teammate to set up speed control or eliminate an opponent threatening Nidoking. Thunderbolt completes the classic bolt-beam combo on the Choice Scarf set, but Flamethrower is useful for Pokemon like Ferrothorn and Scizor.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Sludge Wave is a very strong attack for spread damage, but you will want a steel type, Wide Guard user, or a Pokemon with Telepathy next to Nidoking so you do not hurt your teammate as well.
Blissey/Porygon 2 - With both having high Special Defense, Blissey and Porygon 2 can wall Nidoking quite well, though Focus Blast is a big threat to them. For the most part they can switch in without a lot of concern and wall Nidoking to no end.
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