Best Pokemon to beat Nidoking

This page describes how to fight against Nidoking, the best Pokemon to beat it, and the best moves super effective against it.
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This page shows the strategies to successfully beat Nidoking considering Nidoking's possible movesets. For details of Nidoking, such as evolution chart, CP and HP, refer the link above.

Super effective moves

Nidoking is weak to the types below. For list of moves by types, tap the name of types.


Strategy 1

Nidoking's moveset

The combination of Poison Jab and Earthquake is considered as the best moveset for Nidoking as an attacker and a defender.

Fast move Charge move
Poison Jab Earthquake


When Nidoking use Poison Jab and Earthquake, Sandslash is one of the best options. It uses ground-type fast/charge moves which are very effective against Nidoking while cut damage of poison-type moves.

Best moveset

Mudshot and Earthquake are the best fast/charge moves for Sandslash to defeat Nidoking based on DPS, EPS, and type match-up.

Fast move Charge move
Mud Shot Earthquake

Other options

  • Other ground-type Pokemon will work as well. Note that some ground-type Pokemon also has rock-type and they are weak to ground-type moves.
  • Psychic- and water-type Pokemon is neutral to the Nidoking's moveset but their psychic- and water-type moves are super effective against it.
  • For list of Pokemon by type, tap the name of type below.

Strategy 2

Nidoking's moveset

Fast move Charge move
Fury Cutter Earthquake
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When Nidoking use only bug-type moves or the combination of Fury Cutter and Earthquake, Fearow may work enough even though its CP is low. Bug- and ground-type moves are not very effective against Fearow while Fearow's Drill Run is ground-type which Nidoking is weak to. Since Spearow is easy to find, picking a Fearow with an optimal moveset is not difficult.

Best moveset

The combination of Peck and Drill Run is an optimal moveset for Fearow as an attacker based on DPS and EPS. Additionally, Drill Run is super effective against Nidoking.

Fast move Charge move
Peck Drill Run

Other options

A player may use water- or ice-type Pokemon if do not mind received damage. Those Pokemon's water- and ice-type moves are super effective against Nodking.

Strategy 3

Nidoking's moveset

Fast move Charge move
Poison Jab Sludge Wave


When Nidoking use only poison-type moves, Golem is the best. While reducing damage of poison-type moves, Golem's ground-type moves are super effective against Nidoking. Note that Golem is weak to Nidoking's Earthquake.

Best Moveset

The combination of Mud-Slap and Earthquake is the best moveset for Golem to beat Nidoking.

Fast move Charge move
Mud-Slap Earthquake

Golem lost Mud Shot!

The game's update take Mud Shot away from Golem. Golem caught after August 20 do not have Mud Shot. Golem captured before the update still can use Mud Shot.

Other options

When Nidoking do not use Earthquake, a ground-type charge move, Rhydon which have both ground- and rock-types can work.

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