Nidoran♂ (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Nidoran (disambiguation).
Nidoran♂
Poison Pin Pokémon
ニドラン♂
Nidoran♂
#032
Nidoran♂



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Type
Poison Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Poison Point or Rivalry Cacophony
Cacophony
Hustle
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
100% male
Catch rate
235 (41.3%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Monster and Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
1'08" 0.5 m
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Weight
19.8 lbs. 9.0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
60
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
55
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Nidoran♂
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HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
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Speed
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Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Purple
Base friendship
70
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Nidoran♂ (Japanese: ニドラン♂ Nidoran♂) is a Poison-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves into Nidorino starting at level 16, which evolves into Nidoking when exposed to a Moon Stone.

It is related to Nidoran♀ and, when bred with Ditto in Generation V or later, can produce Eggs that contain either Nidoran♂ or Nidoran♀.

Biology

Nidoran♂ is a small, quadrupedal, rodent-like Pokémon. It is pinkish purple with darker patches. It has large, spiny ears with teal insides, oversized front teeth, and red eyes. Its back is covered with three lines of large spines that can release potent poisons if threatened. The center line of spines is taller than the other two. The size of the long, pointed horn on its forehead is indicative of the strength of its venom. Nidoran♂ is a male-only species.

Nidoran♂ constantly listens for the sounds of approaching enemies with its large ears. Said ears have unique muscles that allow them to be moved in any direction, and even the slightest sound does not escape Nidoran♂'s notice. In order to listen to distant locations, it flaps its ears like wings. When angry, it extends its toxic spikes and charges, stabbing with its horn to inject poison. Nidoran♂ is brave, and will risk its own life to protect Nidoran♀. Nidoran♂ lives in open spaces, such as savannas and plains.

In the anime

Main series

 
Nidoran♂ in the anime

Major appearances

In Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?, a Nidoran couple was in love with one another, much to the dismay of their Trainers, who hated one another. After the battle with Team Rocket, upon which she kissed Emily's Nidoran♀, Ralph's Nidoran♂, nicknamed Tony, evolved into a Nidorino.

In Leading a Stray!, multiple Nidoran♂ assisted a Luxio in its efforts to help a Wailmer trapped in the sewers.

Minor appearances

Two Nidoran♂ debuted in Pokémon Fashion Flash as some of the Pokémon seen on Scissor Street.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.

In Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, multiple Nidoran♂ were living at Professor Oak's Laboratory. These Nidoran♂ were colored the same way as Shiny Nidoran♂, but they predated the introduction of Shiny Pokémon.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Nidoran♂ was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

A Trainer's Nidoran♂ appeared in Bad to the Bone.

A Valencia Island variant of Nidoran♂ appeared in Poké Ball Peril.

In In the Pink, a pink Nidoran♂ was a resident of Pinkan Island. Team Rocket attempted to capture him and his female counterpart, but they ended up being chased off by a pink Nidoking.

In The Power of One, a Nidoran♂ sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in the Japanese credits of Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in The Chikorita Rescue alongside a Nidoran♀.

In Going Apricorn!, a Nidoran♂ was fed by Tracey at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in A Farfetch'd Tale alongside a Nidoran♀.

In The Fortune Hunters, a Nidoran♂ was stolen by Butch and Cassidy.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.

In Fangs for Nothin', a Nidoran♂ was an inhabitant of the Dragon Holy Land.

In Showdown at the Oak Corral, a Nidoran♂ was living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

Multiple Nidoran♂ appeared in the opening sequence of Destiny Deoxys.

In Beg, Burrow and Steal, a Nidoran♂ was a resident of an underground paradise.

A Coordinator's Nidoran♂ appeared in Mean With Envy.

A Coordinator's Nidoran♂ appeared in Hi Ho Silver Wind!.

In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, multiple Nidoran♂ were living in the Tree of Beginning.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in The Green Guardian.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in Off the Unbeaten Path.

A Coordinator's Nidoran♂ appeared in Harley Rides Again.

In Odd Pokémon Out!, a Nidoran♂ was a resident of Camomile Island.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1). Two additional Nidoran♂ appeared in the follow-up episode.

Multiple Nidoran♂ made a cameo in Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in Cilan's demonstration in Mystery on a Deserted Island!, where he evolved into a Nidoking.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in Grooming Furfrou!.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in a flashback or a fantasy in The Forest Champion!.

Multiple Nidoran♂ appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction as residents of Allearth Forest.

In Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad, a Nidoran♂ residing in a forest.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in a flashback in A Watershed Moment!.

A Trainer's Nidoran♂ appeared in a flashback in Alola to New Adventure!.

In I Choose You!, a Nidoran♂ was taking shelter from the rain in a cave alongside Entei.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in a flashback in Enter Pikachu!.

In Dreams Are Made of These!, Goh caught a Nidoran♂ during a Pokémon Orienteering competition. He has since made further appearances in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in Healing the Healer!.

A Trainer's Nidoran♂ got stuck in Gulpin's giant ball in A Rollicking Roll….

A Trainer's Nidoran♂ appeared in JN070.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP100 Nidoran♂ Ash's Pokédex Nidoran♂. Its horn is larger than the female's and its Horn Attack is quite powerful.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
JN020 Nidoran♂ and Nidoran♀ Goh's Rotom Phone Nidoran, the Poison Pin Pokémon. A Poison type. The male Nidoran first evolves into Nidorino, then Nidoking. The less aggressive female Nidoran first evolves into Nidorina, then Nidoqueen.

Pokémon Origins

 
Nidoran♂ in Pokémon Origins

In File 1: Red, a Nidoran♂ was seen in Professor Oak's introduction, while another was under the ownership of Red. Red used his Nidoran♂ during his Gym battle with Brock.

Pokétoon

 
Nidoran♂ in Pokétoon

A Nidoran♂ plays an important role in the third episode of Pokétoon, helping Tsubomi and later becoming her Starter Pokémon. At the end of the episode it' s revealed that it evolved into Nidorino.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Nidoran♂ debuted in Just a Spearow Carrier, under the ownership of Wilton. Green attempted to trick the man into trading his Butterfree for her weak Weedle because his Pokémon was infatuated with her Nidoran♀. Red was able to stop her from carrying out this plan, however.

In The Last Battle XIII, a Nidoran♂ was sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

A Trainer's Nidoran♂ appeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Shu caught a Nidoran♂ in A Match For Pokémon.

A Nidoran♂ appeared in GDZ23.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team

A Nidoran♂ appeared in I Want to be Human Again!.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

A Nidoran♂ appeared in Introducing the Pokémon Clefairy!!.

Pokémon Zensho

Bill had a Nidoran♂ in Pokémon Zensho that he accidentally merged with in a transporter experiment.

In the TCG

Main article: Nidoran♂ (TCG)

In the TFG

One Nidoran♂ figure has been released.

Game data

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#032
Red Stiffens its ears to sense danger. The larger its horns, the more powerful its secreted venom.
Blue
Yellow Its large ears are always kept upright. If it senses danger, it will attack with a poisonous sting.
Stadium Its large ears sense danger. It extends its toxic spikes when angry. The size of its body thorns indicates its toxicity.
Generation II Johto
#098
Gold It is small, but its horn is filled with poison. It charges then stabs with the horn to inject poison.
Silver It raises its big ears to check its surroundings. It will strike first if it senses any danger.
Crystal It constantly moves its large ears in many directions in order to detect danger right away.
Stadium 2 It is small, but its horn is filled with poison. It charges then stabs with the horn to inject poison.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#032
Ruby The male Nidoran has developed muscles for moving its ears. Thanks to them, the ears can be freely moved in any direction. Even the slightest sound does not escape this Pokémon's notice.
Sapphire
Emerald The male Nidoran has developed muscles that freely move its ears in any direction. Even the slightest sound does not escape this Pokémon's notice.
FireRed Its large ears are flapped like wings when it is listening to distant sounds. It extends toxic barbs when angered.
LeafGreen It stiffens its ears to sense danger. The larger its horns, the more powerful its secreted venom.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#098
Diamond It scans its surroundings by raising its ears out of the grass. Its toxic horn is for protection.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It is small, but its horn is filled with poison. It charges then stabs with the horn to inject poison.
SoulSilver It raises its big ears to check its surroundings. It will strike first if it senses any danger.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It scans its surroundings by raising its ears out of the grass. Its toxic horn is for protection.
White
Black 2 It scans its surroundings by raising its ears out of the grass. Its toxic horn is for protection.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Coastal #107
Hoenn
#—
X It scans its surroundings by raising its ears out of the grass. Its toxic horn is for protection.
Y Its large ears are flapped like wings when it is listening to distant sounds. It extends toxic barbs when angered.
Omega Ruby Nidoran♂ has developed muscles for moving its ears. Thanks to them, the ears can be freely moved in any direction. Even the slightest sound does not escape this Pokémon's notice.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#032
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.
Let's Go Pikachu Its large ears are always kept upright. If it senses danger, it will attack with a poisonous sting.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Crown Tundra #068
Sword The horn on a male Nidoran's forehead contains a powerful poison. This is a very cautious Pokémon, always straining its large ears.
Shield Small but brave, this Pokémon will hold its ground and even risk its life in battle to protect the female it's friendly with.


Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Route 22, Safari Zone
Trade Nidoran♀ in Underground Path (Kanto Routes 5-6) (Japanese Pokémon Red and Green only)
Blue (Japan)
Route 22, Safari Zone
Yellow
Routes 2, 9, 10, and 22, Safari Zone
Generation II
Gold Silver
Routes 35 and 36
Crystal
National ParkMorningDay
Route 35 (Swarm)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed
Route 3, Safari Zone
LeafGreen
Route 3, Safari Zone
Trade Nidoran♀ in Underground Path (Kanto Routes 5-6)
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 201 (Poké Radar)
Platinum
Route 201 (Poké Radar)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Routes 35 and 36
Safari ZoneMorningDay
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
Refreshing Field
Generation V
Black
Trade
White
White Forest
Black 2 White 2
Route 2 (Hidden Grotto)
Dream World
Pleasant Forest
Generation VI
X Y
Route 11 (Horde Encounter)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Routes 9, 10, 22 and 23
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Expansion Pass
Giant's Bed, Old Cemetery
Frostpoint Field (Wanderer)
Giant's Bed, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake (Max Raid Battle)


In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Red Field: Pallet Town, Safari Zone
Blue Field: Viridian City
Both Fields: Cerulean City
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Secret Storage 4, Huge Storage 4, Endless Level 5, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Mt. Thunder (1F-4F), Wish Cave (B33F-B37F), Oddity Cave (B1F-B4F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Mystifying Forest (1F-13F), Mystery Jungle (1F-29F)
MD Sky
Mystifying Forest (1F-13F), Mystery Jungle (1F-29F)
Rumble
Eternal Tower (Normal Mode C)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Cave: Shimmering Lake
Rumble U
Model Train Room: All Aboard!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Infinite Ruins: Stage 3
Shuffle
Sandy Bazaar: Stage 17
Rumble World
Dark Land: Forgotten Forest (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Dragonite Sea, Garchomp Sea, Butterfree Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Garchomp SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Lovely Kiss Nidoran♂ English United States 5 February 1 to 14, 2002
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Sweet Kiss Nidoran♂ English United States 5 February 1 to 14, 2002
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Morning Sun Nidoran♂ English United States 5 August 9 to 29, 2002

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue*   TM43 (Detect) (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
46
106 - 153 202 - 296
57
55 - 119 107 - 234
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Total:
273
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 40.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
2/4 ★★☆☆
Skill
2/3 ★★
Stamina
1/2
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
11/17 ★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
055 Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
1010 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 00——% 30
1515 Fury Attack Normal Physical 01515 08585% 20
2020 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00——% 20
2525 Double Kick Fighting Physical 03030 100100% 30
3030 Horn Attack Normal Physical 06565 100100% 25
3535 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
4040 Toxic Poison Status 0000 09090% 10
4545 Flatter Dark Status 0000 100100% 15
5050 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100100% 20
5555 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoran♂
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoran♂
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM23  TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33  TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM34  TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM37  TM37 Beat Up Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM41  TM41 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM65  TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM74  TM74 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM96  TM96 Smart Strike Steel Physical 07070 00—}}—% 10
TR01  TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR05  TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR06  TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR08  TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR09  TR09 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TR13  TR13 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR17  TR17 Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR22  TR22 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31  TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR54  TR54 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR57  TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR67  TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR87  TR87 Drill Run Ground Physical 08080 095}}95% 10
TR91  TR91 Venom Drench Poison Status 0000 100}}100% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoran♂
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoran♂
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
      
      
    
Confusion Psychic Special 50 100% 25
      
      
   
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
      
      
  
Disable Normal Status 100% 20
     Head Smash Rock Physical 150 80% 5
       Horn Drill Normal Physical 30% 5
    Poison Tail* Poison Physical 50 100% 25
      
      
      
   
Sucker Punch Dark Physical 70 100% 5
      
  
Supersonic Normal Status 55% 20
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
Take Down Normal Physical 90 85% 20
      
      
      
      
     
Thrash Normal Physical 120 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Nidoran♂ in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Nidoran♂ in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoran♂
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoran♂
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoran♂
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoran♂
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - IV - V - VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
I II III IV V VI VII Bide × Normal Physical 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Captivate × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Chip Away × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Curse Ghost Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
I II III IV V VI VII Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 40
I II III IV V VI VII Detect Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Hone Claws Dark Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Mimic Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Natural Gift × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Rage × Normal Physical 02020 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Shock Wave Electric Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Skull Bash Normal Physical 130130 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Super Fang Normal Physical 0000 090}}90% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 35
I II III IV V VI VII Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nidoran♂
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nidoran♂
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Scratch Nidoran♂ (Aquapolis 96)

Anime-only moves

Move Type Episode
Fury Swipes  Normal  Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?
Bite  Dark  Leading a Stray!

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
   
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 12.6%
Friend Area: Safari
Phrases
51%-100% HP Don't laugh at my poisonous spikes!
26%-50% HP I'm down to half HP...
1%-25% HP I'm close to dropping...
Level up Leveled up! Yes, I'm pleased!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Rumble
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.55 seconds Base HP: 47
Base Attack: 66 Base Defense: 45 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Poison
Attack Power: ★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Poison
  Attack Power: 40 - 90   5

#051
 

Opportunist
Rarely increases damage.
Skill Swapper: Mega Boost++
Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 130 Base Attack: 105 Base Defense: 76
Egg Distance: N/A* Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement:   25
Fast Attacks: Peck, Poison Sting
Charged Attacks: Horn Attack, Body Slam, Sludge Bomb, Frustration, Return

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Nidoran♂
 Poison 
 
Level 16
 
First evolution
Nidorino
 Poison 
 
Moon Stone
 
Second evolution
Nidoking
 Poison  Ground 


Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
           
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Generation II
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Trivia

  • Nidoran was the first Pokémon to feature gender differences, or even any indication of gender at all.
  • Despite the addition of genders in all Pokémon starting in Generation II, the two variations of Nidoran remained separate species, rather than a singular species that splits down different evolution paths based on gender.
    • When an Egg is produced from Nidoran and Ditto parents, the gender ratio of the Egg favors the gender of the non-Ditto parent by an unknown margin.
    • A Nidoran♀ Egg has a chance of hatching into a Nidoran♂ when bred with a non-Nidoran♂ compatible father.
  • Nidoran♂'s Shiny color scheme is similar to Nidoran♀'s normal coloration. The same goes for Nidoran♀ .
  • Nidoran♂ shares its category name with Nidorino, Nidoran♀, Nidorina, Poipole, and Naganadel. They are all known as the Poison Pin Pokémon.
  • Due to the fact that its gender, ♂, is included in its name, checking Nidoran♂'s summary from Generation II onward will display as if it were genderless if it does not have a nickname. If its nickname is anything other than "Nidoran♂", its gender will appear as normal.
  • Nidoran♂ is the only Pokémon with a base stat total of 273.

Origin

Nidoran♂ appears to draw inspiration from hamsters, rabbits, mice, or – given their aggressive nature towards one another – porcupines, with aspects of venomous mammals. However, anatomically they are arguably most like hyraxes – small, rodent-like mammals that are genetically more closely related to much larger mammals like elephants and manatees featuring thickset bodies with tough hides (similar to Nidorino and Nidoking).

Name origin

Nidoran♂ may be derived from needle. It may also come from cnidocyte, a type of venomous cell responsible for the stings delivered by stinging animals, most notably jellyfish. Alternatively, it may be based on 二 ni (two) or 二度 nido (two times/two degrees) referring to the two distinct evolutionary lines with similar names and traits. Also, the Japanese word ran is translated as orchid in English. Orchids are flowers that can be purple or blue, these being the same colors as the male and female evolutionary forms of Nidoran, respectively. The is an indication of its male gender.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ニドラン♂ Nidoran♂ Possibly from "needle"
  French Nidoran♂ Same as Japanese name
  Spanish Nidoran♂ Same as Japanese name
  German Nidoran♂ Same as Japanese name
  Italian Nidoran♂ Same as Japanese name
  Korean 니드런♂ Nidoran♂ Transliteration of Japanese name
  Cantonese Chinese 尼多郎 Nèihdōlòhng Transliteration of its original name. The character 郎 lòhng refers to young males
  Mandarin Chinese 尼多朗 Níduōláng Transliteration of its Japanese name. 朗 Láng is a word usually used in transliterating male names


External links

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