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Nidoking [QC 3/3] [GP 2/2]

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  1. DestinyUnknown

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    Nidoking

    [Overview]

    <p>Nidoking is one of the most feared attackers in the UU tier due to his vast movepool and good attacking stats, further increased by Sheer Force. Nidoking is also an easy Pokemon to switch in with his resistance to Stealth Rock, immunities to Thunder Wave and Toxic, and a key immunity and resistance, respectively, to Electric- and Fighting-type moves. However, Nidoking isn't without flaws, as his mediocre Speed and defensive stats often let him down against more offensive teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Special Attacker
    move 1: Earth Power
    move 2: Fire Blast
    move 3: Ice Beam / Focus Blast
    move 4: Substitute / Stealth Rock
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Sheer Force
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Nidoking's flagship set, and for good reason. Between his peerless coverage, and the power that Life Orb and Sheer Force provide, Nidoking can at least 2HKO every Pokemon in the tier barring particular dedicated special walls. Earth Power is Nidoking's main attacking move, receiving STAB and destroying the plethora of Steel-, Rock-, and Fire-type Pokemon in the tier, such as Empoleon, Registeel, Rhyperior, and Arcanine. Fire Blast gives coverage on Grass-type Pokemon such as Shaymin, while also hitting Bronzong and Heracross for super effective damage, netting a 2HKO on the former while OHKOing the latter. Ice Beam is generally the best option for the third slot, hitting Flygon and Flying-type Pokemon super effectively. However, Focus Blast allows Nidoking to get past Umbreon, Snorlax, and Porygon2, which would wall Nidoking otherwise. The final slot depends on the needs of the team; Nidoking can set up Stealth Rock if you can't afford running it on any of his teammates, but Substitute is generally the superior option, as it takes advantage of the switches forced by Nidoking and eases predictions.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature is recommended as it allows Nidoking to outrun non-Choice Scarf Chandelure and Kingdra, as well as at least ensuring the Speed tie, with non-Choice Scarf Heracross; however, a Modest nature can be used if more power is needed. Nidoking has other attacking options such as Thunderbolt and Sludge Wave. The former hits Water-types such as Milotic and Slowking, and the latter is a good secondary STAB move.</p>

    <p>Nidoking has trouble with faster offensive Pokemon and priority users, such as Flygon, Weavile, and Azumarill. For this reason, bulky Pokemon such as Shaymin and Calm Mind Suicune are great partners, as they are able to check those Pokemon while benefitting from Nidoking's ability to defeat special walls for them. Another good partner is Snorlax, which can take hits from special attackers such as Zapdos, Rotom-H, and Choice Scarf Chandelure while maintaining offensive pressure. Although Nidoking doesn't need much support because he hits like a truck, entry hazards are always helpful due to the amount of switches Nidoking forces, which, together with his access to Stealth Rock, make Nidoking a very good Pokemon on Spike-stacking teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Earth Power
    move 2: Sludge Wave
    move 3: Ice Beam
    move 4: Fire Blast / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Sheer Force
    nature: Modest / Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While it might seem like a waste to use a Choice Scarf on a Pokemon with such perfect coverage, Nidoking has just the necessary power and movepool to be a great revenge killer. Choice Scarf helps Nidoking overcome his biggest flaw, its lackluster Speed, as with a Choice Scarf attached, it can outspeed every unboosted Pokemon in UU, including common Nidoking checks such as Shaymin and Zapdos. Earth Power is Nidoking's primary STAB move; it lets him KO Pokemon such as Raikou, Cobalion, and Chandelure, while Ice Beam gives Nidoking a move to hit Pokemon immune to Earth Power, such as Togekiss, Zapdos, and Flygon.</p>

    <p>Sludge Wave is Nidoking's secondary STAB move, and it has good neutral coverage with Earth Power. Sludge Wave allows Nidoking to revenge kill Azelf as well as Grass-type Pokemon such as Shaymin, while also being Nidoking's best option against Rotom-H. For the last moveslot, Fire Blast is preferred, as it allows Nidoking to OHKO Heracross while being able to hit Bronzong, which would wall Nidoking otherwise. However, Thunderbolt can also be used to hit most Water-types super effectively.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Modest is the preferred nature on this set, as Nidoking still retains the necessary speed to outpace every Pokemon in the tier while gaining as much power as possible to take down bulkier foes such as Zapdos or Kingdra. Timid is an option if you are really worried about Choice Scarf Heracross, but take into account that even with a Timid nature, Nidoking can only Speed tie with Jolly Heracross.</p>

    <p>Without the power provided by Life Orb, Nidoking finds himself unable to take down special walls such as Porygon2 and Umbreon, and bulky-Water types such as Suicune and Milotic are now better able to check Nidoking too. For this reason, teammates that are able to take down special walls and defensive cores in general such as Mienshao, Honchkrow, and Sleep Powder Roserade are recommended. Swords Dance Heracross is an extremely good partner for Nidoking, as it can take advantage of a Scald burn to activate Guts.</p>

    <p>This Nidoking set needs more support, as it will be switching more often; due to its reduced damage output, entry hazard support is highly recommended. Pokemon such as Qwilfish, Rhyperior, Bronzong, and Blastoise are good partners, as they can not only support Nidoking by setting up hazards or using Rapid Spin, but can also check faster Choice Scarf users that outrun Nidoking, such as Flygon, Darmanitan, and Krookodile.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Nidoking has an impressive physical movepool, which includes Earthquake, Poison Jab, and the elemental punches, but Nidoking is generally better off using special attacks. Nidoking has access to Superpower, which can be used to get past Snorlax if Focus Blast's accuracy is a concern. Finally, Nidoking can use a mixed set with Hone Claws, as it boosts Nidoking's Attack while making low accuracy attacks such as Blizzard or Thunder viable; however, it is not effective enough to be a standard option.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Specially defensive behemoths such as Umbreon, Snorlax, and Porygon2 are the best options to stop Nidoking, as they can switch in on most of Nidoking's attacks and retaliate back. However, one must keep in mind that Nidoking can beat them if he's carrying Focus Blast. Bulky Water-types such as Milotic, Suicune, and Slowking can also check Nidoking thanks to their great defenses, but they don't enjoy taking repeated hits.</p>

    <p>Another way of dealing with Nidoking is preying on his mediocre Speed. Its base 85 Speed is by no means great in UU, as it leaves Nidoking outsped by most offensive Pokemon in the tier such as Shaymin, Darmanitan, Flygon, and Azelf, which can force Nidoking out or simply OHKO him with their powerful attacks. Rotom-H is another annoying Pokemon for Nidoking to face, as it resists all his moves except Focus Blast and Sludge Wave while being able to outspeed and OHKO Nidoking with Overheat.</p>
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    Ready for QC...
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    Mah boi (1/3)

    (Slash Modest with Timid on the main set)
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    You could probably mention that Nidoking is a great baton pass receiver, especially of she'll smash. It's immune to Toxic and Thinder Wave, and has a useful fighting-type resistance. Smeargle and Gorebyss are great partners to fulfill this role.
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    [SET]name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Earth Power
    move 2: Sludge Wave
    move 3: Ice Beam
    move 4: Thunderbolt / Fire Blast
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Sheer Force
    nature: Modest / Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
    Am I missing something? Why does a choice scarf set have life orb as its item?
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    Agreeing with Omicron about BP. Stealth rock resistance could use a quick mention in the typing part of the overview. Also I'm not sure about having SR as the first slash since it's probably better off on something else if you have the option, but I don't care that much and if you disagree you can just leave it there.

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    Isn't Fire Blast way more useful than Focus Blast because it lets you be one of the very few reliable Heracross checks and kills Bronzong, as opposed to Focus Blast which just lets you occasionally beat special walls?
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    Special walls such as Snorlax and Umbreon are common enough for a Focus Blast to be slashed first. Most Heracross are not taking hits from Nidoking lightly, due to their offensive spreads, and they will lose the war of attrition against Nidoking.
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    I would switch the SR / SW slashes, but other than that, this looks good.

    QC Approved 3/3
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    Not being able to OHKO Heracross is a very bad thing, so I would slash Fire Blast first. +1 Moxie Heracross can 2HKO Nidoking with Megahorn, so you can't even check it unless you have Fire Blast. Modest should also be slashed on that set.

    Edit: I ended up talking to the other QC members on irc and we decided on this:

    [SET]
    name: Special Attacker
    move 1: Earth Power
    move 2: Fire Blast
    move 3: Ice Beam / Focus Blast
    move 4: Substitute / Stealth Rock
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Sheer Force
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    Sludge Wave can get an AC mention, this set gives Nidoking the best coverage against most of the metagame. Given that Heracross and Bronzong have much more usage than the special walls you'd be hitting with Focus Blast, (Umbreon, P2, Snorlax) we decided on Fire Blast as the primary choice. If you opt for Focus Blast, then the majority of the pokemon you lose coverage on without Ice Beam are dealth with by Fire Blast.
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    It was a typo, thanks for the nitpick though

    Ok I will change the set, it looks good this way, too. Anyway, I don't think anybody should be relying on Nidoking as his ''Heracross counter'' since Nidoking risk the 2HKO with Stealth Rock on the field from Jolly Heracross Close Combat (39-46%)
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    That's never a 2hko with just SR on the field (92% max damage, Nidoking comes in with 94%).
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    Just saying that Cresselia and Uxie should be in Checks and Counters since they are the best possible Counters.
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    Nidoking Analysis (open)

    Nidoking

    [Overview]

    <p>Nidoking is one of the most feared attackers in the UU tier, due to his vast movepool and good attacking stats, further increased with his new Dream World ability, Sheer Force, which also negates Life Orb recoil for attacks with secondary effects. Nidoking is also an easy pokemon Pokemonto switch in with his resistance to Stealth Rock, immunity to Thunder Wave and Toxic, and key resistances to Electric-, and Fighting-type moves. However, Nidoking isn't without flaws, as his mediocre Speed and defensive stats often let him down against more offensive teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Special Attacker
    move 1: Earth Power
    move 2: Fire Blast
    move 3: Ice Beam / Focus Blast
    move 4: Substitute / Stealth Rock
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Sheer Force
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Nidoking's flagship set, and for a good reason. Between his peerless coverage, and the power that Life Orb and Sheer Force provide, Nidoking can at least 2HKO every Pokemon in the tier barring some particular dedicated special walls. Earth Power is Nidoking's main attacking move, receiving STAB, and destroys the plethora of Steel-, Rock-, and Fire-type [remove the space between hyphen and "type"] Pokemon in the tier, including Pokemon like such as Empoleon, Registeel, Rhyperior, and Arcanine. Fire Blast gives coverage on Grass-type Pokemon such as Shaymin, while also hitting Bronzong and Heracross for super effective damage, netting a 2HKO on the former while OHKOing the latter. Ice Beam is generally the best option for the third slot, hitting Flygon and Flying-type Pokemon super effectively. However, Focus Blast allows Nidoking to get past Umbreon, Snorlax, and Porygon2, that which would wall Nidoking otherwise. The final slot depends on the needs of the team; . Nidoking can set up Stealth Rock if you can't afford running it on any of his teammates, but Substitute is in general generally the superior option, as it takes advantage of the switches forced by Nidoking and simplifies eases predictions.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature is recommended since as it allows Nidoking to outrun every Chandelure not holding Choice Scarf. non-Choice Scarf Chandelure, Kingdra, and it ensures the Speed tie, at worst, with non-Choice Scarf Heracross.; however, a Modest nature can be used if more power is needed. Nidoking has some interesting moves that can also be used like Thunderbolt, which helps Nidoking getting past Water-type Pokemon like Milotic and Slowking, or Sludge Wave, which can be used as a secondary STAB. Nidoking has some alternative moves such as Thunderbolt and Sludge Wave. The former hits Water-types such as Milotic and Slowking, and the latter is a good secondary STAB move.</p>

    <p>Since Nidoking usually has troubles trouble with faster offensive Pokemon and priority users, such as Flygon, Weavile, or and Azumarill. For this reason, bulky Pokemon like such as Shaymin or and Calm Mind Suicune are great partners, as they can are able to check those Pokemon while Nidoking can defeat special walls for them. Other good partners include Another good partner is Snorlax, which can take hits from special attackers like such as Zapdos, Rotom-H, and Choice Scarf Chandelure, while maintaining offensive pressure. While Although Nidoking doesn't need much support because he hits like a truck, entry hazards are always helpful due to the amount of switches Nidoking forces, which, together with his access to Stealth Rock, make Nidoking a very good Pokemon on Spike-stacking teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Earth Power
    move 2: Sludge Wave
    move 3: Ice Beam
    move 4: Fire Blast / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Sheer Force
    nature: Modest / Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While it may might seem like a waste to use a Choice Scarf on a Pokemon with a perfect coverage, Nidoking has just the necessary power and movepool to be a great revenge killer. Choice Scarf helps Nidoking overcome his biggest flaw which is his lackluster speed Speed, as with a Choice Scarf attached, it can now outspeed every unboosted Pokemon in UU, including previous common Nidoking checks such as Shaymin or and Zapdos. Earth Power is Nidoking's primary STAB move, and it lets him KO pokemon Pokemon such as Raikou, Cobalion, or and Chandelure, while Ice Beam gives Nidoking a move to hit Pokemon inmune immune to Earth Power, such as Togekiss, Zapdos, and Flygon.</p>

    <p>Sludge Wave is Nidoking's secondary STAB move, and it has a good neutral coverage along Earth Power. Sludge Wave lets Nidoking revenge kill Azelf as well as Grass-type Pokemon like such as Shaymin, while also being Nidoking's best option against Rotom-H. For the last moveslot, Fire Blast is generally the best option, as it allows Nidoking to OHKO Heracross while being able to hit Bronzong, which would wall Nidoking otherwise. However, Thunderbolt can also be used to get a stronger hit on Water-type Pokemon to hit most Water-types super effectively.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Modest is the preferred nature on this set, as Nidoking needs as much power as possible to take down Pokemon like Zapdos or Kingdra bulkier foes such as Zapdos and Kingdra, and he retains the necessary speed to outpace every Pokemon in the tier. However, Timid is an option if you are really worried about Choice Scarf Heracross, but take into account that even with a Timid nature, Nidoking can just only speed tie with Jolly Heracross.</p>

    <p>Without the power provided by Life Orb, Nidoking finds himself unable to take down special walls like such as Porygon2 and Umbreon, and bulky waters like Water-types such as Suicune and Milotic are now better able to check Nidoking too. For this reason, partners teammates that are able to take down special walls and defensive cores in general like such as Mienshao, Honchkrow, or and Sleep Powder Roserade are recommended. Swords Dance Heracross is an extremely good partner for Nidoking, as it can abuse Scald's burn effect to activate Guts take advantage of a Scald burn to activate Guts.</p>

    <p>This Nidoking set needs more support, as it will be switching more often, and due to its reduced damage output, entry hazard support is very highly recommended. Pokemon such as Qwilfish, Rhyperior, Bronzong, or and Blastoise are good partners, as they can not only support Nidoking by setting up entry hazards or using Rapid Spin, but can also check faster Choice Scarf users that outrun Nidoking, like such as Flygon, Darmanitan, or and Krookodile.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Nidoking has an impressive physical movepool, which includes moves such as Earthquake, Poison Jab, ThunderPunch, Fire Punch and Ice Punch and the elemental punches, but Nidoking is generally better off using special attacks. Nidoking has access to Superpower, which can be used to get past Snorlax if Focus Blast's accuracy is a concern. Finally, Nidoking can use a mixed set thanks to with Hone Claws, as it boosts Nidoking's attack Attack while making low accuracy attacks like such as Blizzard or Thunder viable, but it's too gimmicky, and generally, not worth using. to be a standard option.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Specially defensive behemoths like such as Umbreon, Snorlax, or and Porygon2 are the best options to stop Nidoking, as they can switch in on any Nidoking attack most of Nidoking's attacks and retaliate back. However, one must keep in mind that Nidoking can beat them if he's carrying Focus Blast. Bulky Water-types like such as Milotic, Suicune, or and Slowking can also check Nidoking thanks to their great defenses, but they don't enjoy taking repeated hits.</p>

    <p>The other Another way of dealing with Nidoking is praying preying on his mediocre Speed. Base Its base 85 Speed is by no means great in UU, as it leaves Nidoking outsped by most offensive Pokemon in the tier like such as Shaymin, Darmanitan, Flygon, or and Azelf, which can force Nidoking out or simply OHKO him with their powerful attacks. Rotom-H is another annoying Pokemon for Nidoking to face, as it resists all his moves except Focus Blast and Sludge Wave while being able to outspeed and OHKO Nidoking with Overheat.</p>


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    I didn't mentioned them because they are not revelant in the metagame.

    Also, changes done.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Nidoking is one of the most feared attackers in the UU tier, due to his vast movepool and good attacking stats, further increased withby his Dream World ability, Sheer Force, which also negates Life Orb recoil for attacks with secondary effects. Nidoking is also an easy Pokemon to switch in with his resistance to Stealth Rock, immunityies to Thunder Wave and Toxic, and a key resistancesimmunity and resistance, respectively, to Electric- and Fighting-type moves. However, Nidoking isn't without flaws, as his mediocre Speed and defensive stats often let him down against more offensive teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Special Attacker
    move 1: Earth Power
    move 2: Fire Blast
    move 3: Ice Beam / Focus Blast
    move 4: Substitute / Stealth Rock
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Sheer Force
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Nidoking's flagship set, and for good reason. Between his peerless coverage, and the power that Life Orb and Sheer Force provide, Nidoking can at least 2HKO every Pokemon in the tier barring particular dedicated special walls. Earth Power is Nidoking's main attacking move, receiving STAB, and destroysing the plethora of Steel-, Rock- and Fire- type Pokemon in the tier, such as Empoleon, Registeel, Rhyperior, and Arcanine. Fire Blast gives coverage on Grass-type Pokemon such as Shaymin, while also hitting Bronzong and Heracross for super effective damage, netting a 2HKO on the former while OHKOing the latter. Ice Beam is generally the best option for the third slot, hitting Flygon and Flying-type Pokemon super effectively. However, Focus Blast allows Nidoking to get past Umbreon, Snorlax, and Porygon2, which would wall Nidoking otherwise. The final slot depends on the needs of the team; Nidoking can set up Stealth Rock if you can't afford running it on any of his teammates, but Substitute is generally the superior option, as it takes advantage of the switches forced by Nidoking and eases predictions.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature is recommended as it allows Nidoking to outrun non-Choice Scarf Chandelure, and Kingdra, and is well as at least ensuresing the Speed tie, at worst, with non Choice Scarf Heracross; however, a Modest nature can be used if more power is needed. Nidoking has some alternative moveother attacking options such as Thunderbolt and Sludge Wave. The former hits Water-types such as Milotic and Slowking, and the latter is a good secondary STAB move.</p>

    <p>Since Nidoking usually has trouble with faster offensive Pokemon and priority users, such as Flygon, Weavile, and Azumarill. For this reason, bulky Pokemon such as Shaymin and Calm Mind Suicune are great partners, as they are able to check those Pokemon while Nidoking canbenefitting from Nidoking's ability to defeat special walls for them. Another good partner is Snorlax, which can take hits from special attackers such as Zapdos, Rotom-H, and Choice Scarf Chandelure, while maintaining offensive pressure. Although Nidoking doesn't need much support because he hits like a truck, entry hazards are always helpful due to the amount of switches Nidoking forces, which, together with his access to Stealth Rock, make Nidoking a very good Pokemon on Spikes-stacking teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Earth Power
    move 2: Sludge Wave
    move 3: Ice Beam
    move 4: Fire Blast / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Sheer Force
    nature: Modest / Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While it might seem like a waste to use a Choice Scarf on a Pokemon with asuch perfect coverage, Nidoking has just the necessary power and movepool to be a great revenge killer. Choice Scarf helps Nidoking overcome his biggest flaw, which is his lackluster Speed, as with a Choice Scarf attached, it can now outspeed every unboosted Pokemon in UU, including common Nidoking checks such as Shaymin and Zapdos. Earth Power is Nidoking's primary STAB move, and; it lets him KO Pokemon such as Raikou, Cobalion, and Chandelure, while Ice Beam gives Nidoking a move to hit Pokemon immune to Earth Power, such as Togekiss, Zapdos, and Flygon.</p>

    <p>Sludge Wave is Nidoking's secondary STAB move, and it has good neutral coverage alongwith Earth Power. Sludge Wave letallows Nidoking to revenge kill Azelf as well as Grass-type Pokemon such as Shaymin, while also being Nidoking's best option against Rotom-H. For the last moveslot, Fire Blast is generally the best optionpreferred, as it allows Nidoking to OHKO Heracross while being able to hit Bronzong, which would wall Nidoking otherwise. However, Thunderbolt can also be used to hit most Water-types super effectively.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Modest is the preferred nature on this set, as Nidoking needs as much power as possible to take down bulkier foes such as Zapdos or Kingdra, and he retains the necessary speed to outpace every Pokemon in the tier. However,still retains the necessary speed to outpace every Pokemon in the tier while gaining as much power as possible to take down bulkier foes such as Zapdos or Kingdra. Timid is an option if you are really worried about Choice Scarf Heracross, but take into account that even with a Timid nature, Nidoking can only sSpeed tie with Jolly Heracross.</p>

    <p>Without the power provided by Life Orb, Nidoking finds himself unable to take down special walls such as Porygon2 and Umbreon, and bulky-Water types such as Suicune and Milotic are now better able to check Nidoking too. For this reason, teammates that are able to take down special walls and defensive cores in general such as Mienshao, Honchkrow, and Sleep Powder Roserade are recommended. Swords Dance Heracross is an extremely good partner for Nidoking, as it can take advantage of a Scald burn to activate Guts.</p>

    <p>This Nidoking set needs more support, as it will be switching more often, and; due to its reduced damage output, entry hazard support is highly recommended. Pokemon such as Qwilfish, Rhyperior, Bronzong., and Blastoise are good partners, as they can not only support Nidoking by setting up hazards or using Rapid Spin, but can also check faster Choice Scarf users that outrun Nidoking, such as Flygon, Darmanitan, and Krookodile.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Nidoking has an impressive physical movepool, which includes Earthquake, Poison Jab, and the elemental punches, but Nidoking is generally better off using special attacks. Nidoking has access to Superpower, which can be used to get past Snorlax if Focus Blast's accuracy is a concern. Finally, Nidoking can use a mixed set with Hone Claws, as it boosts Nidoking's Attack while making low accuracy attacks such as Blizzard or Thunder viable, but it's too gimmicky; however, it is not effective enough to be a standard option.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Specially defensive behemoths such as Umbreon, Snorlax, and Porygon2 are the best options to stop Nidoking, as they can switch in on most of Nidoking's attacks and retaliate back. However, one must keep in mind that Nidoking can beat them if he's carrying Focus Blast. Bulky Water-types such as Milotic, Suicune, and Slowking can also check Nidoking thanks to their great defenses, but they don't enjoy taking repeated hits.</p>

    <p>Another way of dealing with Nidoking is preying on his mediocre Speed. Its base 85 Speed is by no means great in UU, as it leaves Nidoking outsped by most offensive Pokemon in the tier such as Shaymin, Darmanitan, Flygon, and Azelf, which can force Nidoking out or simply OHKO him with their powerful attacks. Rotom-H is another annoying Pokemon for Nidoking to face, as it resists all his moves except Focus Blast and Sludge Wave while being able to outspeed and OHKO Nidoking with Overheat.</p>
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