Nidoking Raid Guide

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Nidoking is a Tier 3 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with Boss CP of 17182 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 soloable, but new trainers may require to a group of 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

Shadows won’t be listed as they are incredibly expensive to power up, but if you have any of the listed Pokémon as shadows without Frustration, you should use them instead.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 78.14s 2.10
2. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 84.39s 1.80
3. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 90.15s 3.20
4. Slowbro (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 99.09s 2.20
5. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 98.12s 2.90
6. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Psychic Psychic 96.19s 3.50
7. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 96.22s 4.00
8. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 106.10s 2.10
9. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 113.32s 1.90
10. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Drill Run Ground 118.19s 2.00
11. Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water 115.45s 2.70
12. Hoopa (Confined) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 112.40s 3.70
13. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 110.42s 4.60
14. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 114.57s 3.78
15. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 117.52s 3.22


Nidoking (and Nidoqueen) counters are generally weird, centering around strong psychic and water attackers.

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

Nidoking Overview

Nidoking PoisonGround
Max CP at Level 40 2567 | Max CP at Level 50 2902
ATK 204 DEF 156 HP 191
Weak To: Strong Against:
Ice Ground Psychic Water Electric Poison Bug Fairy Fighting Rock

Nidoking Move Sets

Nidoking has access to this set of moves as a raid boss:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
Poison Jab Poison Earthquake Ground
Fury Cutter Bug Megahorn Bug
Iron Tail Steel Earth Power Ground
Sludge Wave Poison
Sand Tomb Ground

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.

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