- As a bulky attacker and a Terrakion switch-in, She faces tough competition from Landorus-T
- Landorus-T has more attack, and access to intimidate making it a good Offensive Pivot switch from Terrakion.
- However, It beats Landorus-T with access to remove toxic spikes as well as having solid coverage.
- It also faces tough competition against Gliscor—who has access to reliable recovery and a Ground-Type Immunity.
- It beats Gliscor as it absorbs toxic spikes and has a more powerful offensive presence.
- In the field of being a Toxic Spikes setter, Nidoqueen faces competition with Tentacruel, who can also spin. However, Nidoqueen gains a niche over it as it can easily scare switch-ins with Sheer Force Life Orb boosted coverage.
- Nidoqueen is great on Balanced/Bulky Offensive teams as well as stall teams as it can either set up Toxic Spikes or act like a Hydreigon of sorts
Set Name: Defensive
Move 1: Stealth Rock / Toxic Spikes
Move 2: Earth Power
Move 3: Fire Blast / Ice Beam
Move 4: Dragon Tail / Roar
Item: Black Sludge
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
- Nidoqueen can use a fully defensive set; going against Terrakion the best while being a good setter of Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes
- It is reasonably bulky, absorbs toxic spikes, and can use it.
- The reason to use this for other Stealth Rock setters like Landorus-T is because of its capability to use Toxic Spikes as well as different coverage.
- Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes would be main move of the set. Nidoqueen gives valuable support with either hazard given.
- Earth Power is the main STAB move in this case. Sheer Force Earth Powers hurt.
- Fire Blast gives coverage vs Skarmory, Ferro and Forretress. Ice Beam hits Dragons.
- Dragon Tail can stop setup sweepers in their tracks. Roar can deal with Substitute Set up sweepers like SubDD Gyarados.
- Nidoqueen can opt to run Thunderbolt over its coverage moves to hit Gyarados, Keldeo, and Politoed harder.
- You can also opt for Earthquake to hit Tentacruel and Jirachi harder. However, this forces you to use a Relaxed nature having you getting outsped by Skarmory.
- Optimal partners to this set are Jellicent who loves Toxic Spikes, Celebi is also another excellent abuser while checking rain teams. Jirachi also love Toxic Spikes and gives Nidoqueen Wish support.
- Blissey also loves getting Terrakion out of the way while giving Wish to Nidoqueen.
- Super Fang is also another interesting option to deal damage to pokemon you usually can not hit.
- Nidoqueen can opt to run a fully offensive EV Spread. However, it is outclassed by Nidoking as well as not checking Terrakion -- its main niche.
- Nidoqueen can also utilize a toxic stall set.
- Problems vs Rain.
- Psychic-Types in general
- Powerful enough special attacks.
- Can wear it down easily.
- Checks are easy to come by due to the sheer amount of weaknesses Nidoqueen has.
- Landorus can easily check it.