Nincada

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Type Tier
Bug / Ground LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
31
- 19 22 -
Atk
45
9 11 14 15
Def
90
13 15 18 19
SpA
30
8 9 12 13
SpD
30
8 9 12 13
Spe
40
9 10 13 14
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Overview

Nincada is, in a nutshell, completely outclassed. Its offensive stats and Special Defense are weak, and its movepool is very, very shallow. Although it possesses a Ground typing, it doesn't even get Earthquake, a move that would improve it exponentially. What it does have, however, is a great Defense stat, in addition to resistances to Ground and Fighting, two very common attacking types. Even so, Nincada wishes it could be another Anorith, but the sad truth is, it doesn't even come close.

Name Item Nature

Physical Tank

Oran Berry Relaxed
Moveset IVs
~ Bug Bite
~ Toxic
~ Aerial Ace
~ Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Ground
30 Atk / 30 Def
EVs
188 HP / 80 Atk / 200 Def / 36 SpD

Nincada's typing and superb Base 90 Defense stat allow it to sponge physical attacks from a variety of Pokémon. Bug Bite is Nincada's primary means of attacking, allowing it to deal damage and possibly restore its health simultaneously. Toxic has the ability to hinder many Pokémon that this Nincada will switch into. Aerial Ace hits Fighting-types pretty hard, and the last slot boils down to preference; Hidden Power Ice is primarily for Gligar and Hippopotas, though it should be noted that they will also not enjoy Toxic, whereas Hidden Power Ground can potentially hit Croagunk for an OHKO, while Croagunk can only muster a 2HKO with Ice Punch in return. If using Hidden Power Ground, throw in an extra 4 EVs into Nincada's Special Defense so as to compensate for the IV loss.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Bug Bite / X-Scissor
~ Night Slash
~ Aerial Ace
~ Hidden Power Ice / Metal Claw
236 Atk / 36 Def / 36 SpA / 196 Spe

Nincada can reach 21 Speed at +1 with maximum Speed EVs and a positive nature, and the coverage it gets is just enough to merit a Choice Scarf set. Bug Bite allows Nincada to eat Oran Berries held by opposing Pokemon, but X-Scissor is Nincada's strongest physical STAB attack. Night Slash hits all Ghost-types hard, and Aerial Ace hits Fighting-types. Hidden Power Ice is actually a very viable option on Nincada, as it OHKOes Gligar after Stealth Rock. However, Metal Claw can hit Ice- and Rock-types for super effective damage. A Naive nature and 196 Speed EVs are essential for Nincada to hit 21 Speed with a Choice Scarf. 236 Attack EVs maximize Nincada's Attack, and 36 Special Attack EVs give Hidden Power Ice extra power. The remaining EVs are put into its Defense.

Unfortunately, this set cannot touch Bronzor at all. Even X-Scissor, Nincada's most powerful attack, can only do a maximum of 32%. Also, without a decent Ground-type attack, every Fire-type Pokémon can switch in and threaten Nincada with their STAB attacks.

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Other Options

Because Nincada's movepool is so limited, there really aren't many other options. There's Return, Nincada's most powerful attack outside of X-Scissor, but using it over any other attack would lose Nincada a lot of coverage. Hidden Power Fire can be used on the first set over Hidden Power Ice if you want to do more damage to Bronzor, but Nincada still won't be able to even muster a 3HKO (factoring in Oran Berry).

Checks and Counters

Bronzor is a surefire counter to Nincada. It takes pitiful damage from anything Nincada that can throw at it, and can hit back with Psychic or Hidden Power Ice. Mantyke resists Bug-type attacks, and threatens Nincada with a STAB super effective Hydro Pump or Surf. Tentacool is in the same boat as Mantyke, but also sports an immunity to Toxic. Finally, most Choice Scarf Pokemon that run special attacks, such as Chinchou, beat Nincada with ease.