Nidoking Pokémon GO Raid Boss
Nidoking Pokémon GO Raid Boss

Nidoking is a Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with Boss CP of 27168 and Max Capture CP of 1466 (Level 20, perfect IV score) or 1833 (Level 25, weather boosted 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

Weakness To: Boosted By:
Ground Ice Psychic Water Cloudy Sunny
Nidoking Counters
  • Waterfall Water
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
  • Waterfall Water
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Waterfall Water
  • Hydro Cannon Water
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Futuresight Psychic
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Avalanche Ice
  • Waterfall Water
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Futuresight Psychic
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Mud Slap Ground
  • Surf Water
  • Psycho Cute Psychic
  • Futuresight Psychic
  • Water Gun Water
  • Surf Water

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:

  • Vaporeon with Water Gun / Hydro Pump
  • Articuno with Frost Breath / Ice Beam
  • Latios with Zen Headbutt / Psychic
  • Blastoise with Water Gun / Hydro Cannon
  • Rayquaza with Dragon Tail / Outrage
  • Jynx with Confusion / Avalanche