Nidoking Raid Boss

Nidoking Pokémon GO Raid Boss

Nidoking is a Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with Boss CP of 24873 and Max Capture CP of 1363 (Level 20, perfect IV score). This page details best Nidoking Raid Counters and how to fight this angry fellow effectively.

Nidoking is not soloable and it is required to have at least 2-3 Trainers in order to take it down. Nidoking is a poison ground type, with weaknesses to water, psychic, ice and ground moves. Nidoking has no double weaknesses.

Nidoking Raid Counters

Pokémon Counters
Nidoking
Mewtwo Confusion psychic Psychic psychic
Espeon Confusion psychic Future Sight psychic
Lugia Extrasensory psychic Future Sight psychic
Exeggutor Confusion psychic Psychic psychic
Alakazam Confusion psychic Future Sight psychic
Gyarados Dragon Breath dragon Hydro Pump water
Vaporeon Water Gun water Hydro Pump water
Weakness  ground water psychic ice

Nidoking (and Nidoqueen) counters are generally weird, centering around strong psychic and water attackers. Admittedly, our choice of Mewtwo as prime counter is controversial due to its availability, but it gives you a general sense of direction when picking Nido counters.

This list leverages the sheer power and DPS of psychic moves, combined with easy availability of listed Pokémon. Unfortunately, some of the Psychic types listed here are “glass cannons” — we tried to balance that out with Lugia, a bulky beast.

Nidoking can honestly be tricky to counter, especially with Megahorn, which can rip through most Psychic glass cannons in one hit. Dodge that like there’s no tomorrow.

Nidoking has access to following moves:

  • Poison Jab poison (quick)
  • Iron Tail steel (quick)
  • Sludge Wave poison (charged, one bar)
  • Megahorn bug (charged, one bar)
  • Earthquake ground (charged, one bar)

Additional Nidoking Counters

Nidoking can be countered with several weaker options and we believe this will often be the case. As Nidoking is not a lucrative addition to your battle team, we believe trainers will be inclined to use the mid-to-bottom portion of their Pokémon list, especially in larger groups (4+ Trainers).

For additional Nidoking counters, we’re focusing on type advantage and your laziness to revive these Pokémon. “Laziness to revive?” you ask. Yes, laziness to revive — most of these will die if you encounter a Nidoking with Iron Tail steel.

Without further ado:

  • Jynx with Confusion / Avalanche
  • Omastar with Water Gun / Hydro Pump
  • Starmie (!) with Water Gun / Hydro Pump
  • Piloswine with Ice Shard / Availance
  • Cloyster with Frost Breath / Availance
  • Lapras with Water Gun / Blizzard