Nidoran-M

Poison Point
30% chance to poison when struck by a contact move.
Rivalry
Move power depends on gender of the opponent.
Hustle
Physical moves do 50% more damage at the cost of 20% accuracy. Increases wild encounter rate with higher level Pokemon.
Type Tier
Poison LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
46
- 21 24 -
Atk
57
10 12 15 16
Def
40
9 10 13 14
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
40
9 10 13 14
Spe
50
9 11 14 15
  • Little Cup

Overview

Nidoran-M is the definition of "unique" in Little Cup thanks to a few uncommon characteristics. Firstly, it is one of the only Pokemon to get the ability Hustle, which allows it to fire off physical attacks with great power at the cost of a little accuracy. Secondly, Nidoran-M's access to useful obscure moves such as Thunderbolt allows it to pick off certain Pokemon who would normally be very threatening to it such as Slowpoke. Poison typing grants Nidoran-M the ability to switch into different Fighting-type moves and attack. This typing also means that it can absorb Toxic Spikes, which, while not very common, can be a pain for most offensive teams to deal with. While its stats are sub-par, Nidoran-M is definitely a threatening Pokemon and it should be treated as such.

Name Item Ability Nature

Mixed Attacker

Life Orb Hustle Naive
Moveset IVs
~ Poison Jab
~ Sucker Punch
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Fire
3 HP / 30 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
EVs
224 Atk / 36 Def / 40 SpA / 200 Spe

A high Attack stat thanks to Hustle with a stellar special movepool are obvious grounds for a mixed set. Using both physical and special moves means Nidoran-M can hit almost any Pokemon from their weaker side, allowing it to 2HKO almost anything in LC. Poison Jab is Nidoran-M's hardest hitting move, and its high chance to inflict poison status means it can be used to defeat stall, allowing Nidoran-M to act as a makeshift stallbreaker. Sucker Punch is a blessing for Nidoran-M to have as it grants both priority and a super effective attack to use against Gastly and other Ghost-types. In fact, offensive Gastly is always OHKOed by Sucker Punch without any residual damage. Thunderbolt is another blessing for Nidoran-M to hit bulky Water-types. While using obscure strategies such as Thunderbolt on a Poison-type Pokemon may seem less effective, this is an exception for a few reasons. Nidoran-M's Poison typing will easily lure Slowpoke in, which is where Thunderbolt comes into play; it does high amounts of damage to any Staryu, Slowpoke, and Frillish, no matter what EV spread and item. Hidden Power Fire takes a similar approach as Ferroseed will try to come in on Poison Jab, which is where you can use Hidden Power Fire to 2HKO it while not taking any hits.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Outside of "use something better," Nidoran-M doesn't have many other options. It has access to Disable, and it can make a good annoyer with Substitute and Disable as a combo. Toxic Spikes is an option to set up with a defensive Eviolite set, but Nidoran-M's amount of natural bulk is far from enough to tank hits, so it is probably better off as a suicide lead with Focus Sash if it's setting up Toxic Spikes. Super Fang is another option to make Nidoran-M a good wallbreaker; however, it is illegal with Hustle, so it is probably better to just attack. Rivalry is an option to remedy this, but Hustle is really the only thing that makes Nidoran-M good, and giving it up would be unfortunate. Trick Room is another strategy, and while Nidoran-M isn't too slow, it is much slower than Mienfoo, Taillow, and company and can take advantage of that with its mixed attacker set. If you are using Trick Room, an EV spread of 68 HP / 224 Atk / 200 SpA with a Brave nature is ideal. Lastly, Head Smash is available, but its coverage isn't good and its recoil is too high.

Checks and Counters

Any Ghost-types with Substitute easily beat Nidoran-M. Wynaut, whose popularity has increased, can beat Nidoran-M using a combination of Encore, Counter, and Mirror Coat. While Nidoran-M has good coverage with its attacking moves, most Pokemon it can't hit super effectively such as Machop and Zorua will beat it one-on-one, so it must watch out for such threats. Scraggy takes nothing from Nidoran-M and can set up Dragon Dance on it, which instantly makes it a threat. Wooper can beat it despite any boosts from Hone Claws courtesy of Unaware, using Earthquake to OHKO it. Wooper can also use Recover to remove any damage Nidoran-M inflicts.