Nidoran-M

Poison Point
Enemies' contact moves have a 30% chance of poisoning them.
Rivalry
Move power depends on gender of the opponent.
Type Tier
LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
46
- 233 296 -
Atk
57
135 150 213 234
Def
40
104 116 179 196
SpA
40
104 116 179 196
SpD
40
104 116 179 196
Spe
50
122 136 199 218
  • Little Cup

Overview

Although Nidoran-M may have very mediocre stats, they are just good enough to let it function at an acceptable level. Nidoran-M does not have the most impressive defensive stats in Little Cup, so it should always be focusing on offense rather than defense. Poison is also a poor offensive type, meaning Nidoran-M doesn’t get a good STAB move to reliably hurt the opponent. Access to Sucker Punch, one of the strongest priority attacks in the game, is a blessing for Nidoran-M, but sadly it isn't very powerful due to Nidoran-M’s disappointing Attack stat. Despite its unsatisfactory stats overall, Nidoran-M has access to Rivalry, which gives it an Attack boost when it's against male Pokemon, and a fair movepool that prevents it from being completely outclassed by other Pokemon.

Name Item Ability Nature

Mixed Attacker

Life Orb Rivalry Rash / Naive
Moveset IVs
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Sucker Punch
~ Ice Beam
~ Hidden Power Fire / Thunderbolt
2 HP / 30 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
EVs
64 Atk / 200 SpA / 36 SpD / 200 Spe

Nidoran-M makes a decent mixed attacker with its respectable coverage. Sludge Bomb is Nidoran-M’s main STAB move that is capable of dealing deadly damage to any Pokemon not immune or resistant to it. Sucker Punch allows Nidoran-M to pick off weakened and faster foes. Ice Beam destroys Flying-, Ground-, and Dragon-type Pokemon such as Gligar and Dratini, though keep in mind that Nidoran-M cannot reliably outspeed these two threats. Hidden Power Fire hits Bronzor and other Steel-type Pokemon that would otherwise wall this set. Thunderbolt can also be used over Hidden Power Fire to hit Mantyke hard while still retaining neutral coverage on Steel-types, but has little utility outside of this.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Physical Attacker

Life Orb Rivalry Jolly / Adamant
Moveset IVs
~ Poison Jab
~ Sucker Punch
~ Double Kick
~ Return
0 HP
EVs
220 Atk / 36 Def / 36 SpD / 196 Spe

This set utilizes Nidoran-M’s higher Attack stat to hurt the opponent. Poison Jab is Nidoran-M's only reliable physical STAB attack, and is often its most powerful option against opposing Pokemon. With Sucker Punch, Nidoran-M can take out faster foes such as Abra and Gastly. Double Kick hurts Rock- and Steel-type Pokemon who take little damage from the rest of Nidoran-M's attacks. Lastly, Return rounds off Nidoran-M's coverage by damaging opponents who take neutral damage from Sucker Punch and Double Kick and resist Poison Jab.

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Other Options

All of Nidoran-M’s noteworthy moves have already been mentioned, but a lead set with Toxic Spikes, Super Fang, Poison Jab, and Counter could work; it's just that Croagunk and Stunky's abundance in Little Cup make Toxic Spikes not very useful. Rock Smash can be used over Double Kick to have a 50% chance of lowering the foe's Defense stat, allowing Nidoran-M to take it out easier, but its Base Power is thoroughly underwhelming.

Checks and Counters

Munchlax and Gligar can easily come in on any attack, except Ice Beam for Gligar, and OHKO Nidoran-M with Earthquake. If Nidoran-M is running the physical set, Gligar can even set up a Swords Dance before wreaking havoc. Due to Nidoran-M's frail defenses, it is not very hard to pick it off with priority moves if it has taken some prior damage. Bronzor can wall every set Nidoran-M can run due to its defensive stats and typing and then strike back with Psychic. Any Pokemon who has reasonable defensive stats will fare well against Nidoran-M because it doesn't hit very hard, and its poor defenses mean that it usually won't be able to take more than two hits.