How to Beat Nidoking in Pokémon Go

Lits of Nidoking Counterpicks in Pokémon Go
Last updated & Improved: 18.09.2016.
Quick Move:
Frost Breath
Special Move:
Blizzard
Quick Move:
Ice Shard
Special Move:
Blizzard
Quick Move:
Water Gun
Special Move:
Hydro Pump
Quick Move:
Water Gun
Special Move:
Hydro Pump
Quick Move:
Water Gun
Special Move:
Hydro Pump
Quick Move:
Water Gun
Special Move:
Hydro Pump
Quick Move:
Mud Slap
Special Move:
Earthquake
Quick Move:
Mud Shot
Special Move:
Earthquake
Quick Move:
Mud Shot
Special Move:
Hydro Pump
Quick Move:
Bite
Special Move:
Hydro Pump
Quick Move:
Water Gun
Special Move:
Aqua Tail
Quick Move:
Zen Headbutt
Special Move:
Body Slam
Quick Move:
Bite
Special Move:
Earthquake
Quick Move:
Dark
Special Move:
Hydro Pump
Quick Move:
Bubble
Special Move:
Hydro Pump



Nidoking is one of only two 'Poison / Ground' Type Gym defenders in Pokémon Go.

Nidoking is 'Poison / Ground' Type Pokémon with good amount of HP and pretty strong attacks.

Nidoking counters list is pretty much straightforward - lots of Pokémon with powerful Water Type Attacks, and few Pokémon with Ground / Psychic Type Attacks.

How Did We Select Pokémon Counterpicks?


There are 18 damage-type groups in Pokémon Go (like Water, Grass, Ice, Fire, Rock, etc...)
Every Pokémon has 1 or 2 Types.
Every Pokémon has 2 Attacks - Quick Move and Special Move.
Based on Pokémon Type and Attack Types it has - every Pokémon in Pokémon Go has it's strengths and weaknesses.

We developed ranking algorithms that create Pokémon counterpick lists based on:
1. Type(s) of Attacking Pokémon
2. Attack Types of Attacking Pokémon
3. Attacking Pokémon DPS (Damage per Second)
4. Type(s) of Defending Pokémon
5. Potential Attack Types of Defending Pokémon
6. Defending Pokémon DPS
* We have excluded legendary Pokémon (Mewtwo, Mew, Moltres, Articuno and Zapdos) from results because they are not available to all Pokémon Go players.

We spent over 2 month developing this tool (July and August 2016.)
The first algorithm we developed back in August was ok for the first version of tool but it wasn't what we really wanted...
Because of that algorithms were re-developed from scratch around September 1st 2016. and we are updating/improving counterpick lists on daily basis since then.