Nidoqueen

Poison Point
30% chance to poison when struck by a contact move.
Rivalry
Move power depends on gender of the opponent.
Sheer Force
Increases power of moves with secondary effects by 30%, but removes the effects.
Type Tier
Poison / Ground UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
90
- 321 384 -
Atk
82
180 200 263 289
Def
87
189 210 273 300
SpA
75
167 186 249 273
SpD
85
185 206 269 295
Spe
76
169 188 251 276

Overview

As a defensive Ground-type with a resistance to Fighting-type moves, Nidoqueen is generally overshadowed by Gliscor. However, she holds two key assets over Gliscor: the ability to lay and absorb Toxic Spikes. These two assets make Nidoqueen preferable for full stall teams in need of a Toxic Spikes user. She provides her team with vital resistances to Rock-, Bug-, and Fighting-type attacks, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks, allowing her to function as a sturdy switch-in to many top threats such as Tyranitar, Lucario, Scizor, Toxicroak, and Terrakion. Nidoqueen is a particularly handy defensive pivot for hail teams, as such teams are particularly vulnerable to Rock- and Fighting-type assaults.

However, Nidoqueen similarly lacks two key assets that make Gliscor the preferable choice. Firstly, she lacks any reliable recovery outside of Black Sludge, making her very susceptible to being worn down. She also suffers from a Ground-type weakness, making her unable to counter top threats such as Landorus-T. If your team doesn't require Toxic Spikes support and / or absorption, then Gliscor is generally the superior choice. Even as a defensive Toxic Spiker for hail teams, Nidoqueen finds competition with Tentacruel, which arguably performs a better job fending off Jirachi, Scizor, and Heatran, all top threats to hail teams, as well as providing crucial Rapid Spin support. Also, any attempts to sweep or wall-break are better left to her male counterpart, Nidoking, who boasts higher speed and better attacking stats.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Black Sludge Sheer Force Bold / Relaxed
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock / Toxic Spikes
~ Earth Power
~ Fire Blast / Ice Beam
~ Dragon Tail / Roar
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

With respectable 90 / 87 / 85 defenses and a unique typing that resists both Rock- and Fighting-type attacks, Nidoqueen has an easy time switching into the ubiquitous Tyranitar, as well as the countless new Fighting-types released this generation. From there, she provides her team with Stealth Rock, or Toxic Spikes support, while scaring off grounded Poison-types with her STAB Ground-type attacks. Thanks to Sheer Force, Nidoqueen has the equivalent of uninvested 112 / 104 offensive stats, allowing her to hit back hard enough to avoid being setup bait.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Balanced teams can invest more EVs in Special Attack and equip a Life Orb in order to net some important OHKOs at the cost of sacrificing Nidoqueen's precious bulk and ability to recover her health from Black Sludge. Super Fang can be used to punish switch-ins that Nidoqueen cannot hurt. Nidoqueen also has the option of running Taunt, but is generally too slow to abuse it. Her strongest Poison-type STAB attack, Sludge Wave, allows her to hit Rotom-W and Celebi—who shrug off Ground-type attacks—on the switch, but generally lacks in coverage beyond those two.

Checks and Counters

Pokemon that do not fear Nidoqueen's coverage attacks while taking no damage from Toxic Spikes can cause a lot of trouble. Rotom-W is the prime example, taking no significant damage from any of Nidoqueen's attacks and scaring her out with a STAB Hydro Pump. Starmie also proves to be a nuisance with Natural Cure, Rapid Spin, and Recover, giving it the ability endlessly force out and ruin Nidoqueen's set up. Without Ice Beam, Nidoqueen provides a free switch in to Flying-types who evade her Toxic Spikes. Without Fire Blast, Steel-types such as Scizor, Ferrothorn, Skarmory, and Forretress use Nidoqueen as setup bait. Without Dragon Tail, Taunt Dragon Dance Gyarados and Latios wreak complete havoc on Nidoqueen's team. Reuniclus laughs at any hazards set up by Nidoqueen's team and begins to set up its devastating Calm Minds.