A new series of move updates for Pokémon Go at the beginning of the 8th Battle League season will have more players using the shadow Nidoqueen in the Grand League. Many of this Pokémon’s moves have received a significant bonus, and this Pokémon can now learn another move that has also received an update, greatly increasing its use in the Grand League. It used to be much less in the leaderboard and too many players didn’t use it much. That will change in season 8 and it will continue.
Shadow Nidoqueen is a Ground and Poison Pokémon. It will be weak for Ground, Ice and Psychic attacks, but is resistant to Bug, Electric, Fighting, Fairy, Rock and Poison moves. Because it is resistant to Fighting and Fairy moves, it can make it an extremely useful Pokémon in several great teams, especially with so many Fighting-type Pokémon such as Medicham and Deoxys.
These are all moves that Nidoqueen can learn.
- Bite (Dark-type) – 4 damage and 2 energy per round (4 damage per round) – 1 round
- Poison Jab (poison type) – 7 damage and 3.5 energy per wheel (3.5 damage per wheel) – 2 turns
- Earthquake (ground) – damage 120 and energy 65
- Earth Power (Ground-type) – 90 damage and 55 energy (10% chance to reduce the opponent’s defense by one position)
- Frustration (normal type) – 10 damage and 70 energy
- Poison Fang (Poison-type) – 40 (57) damage and 35 energy (100% chance to reduce the opponent’s defense by one position)
- Sludge Wave (Poison-type) – damage 110 and energy 65
- Stone Edge (rock type) – 100 damage and 55 energy
When you are considering a fast moving shadow Nidoqueen, you will always want to go with the poison. Due to its recent buff, it does much more damage and the energy it generates is better than any other bite alternative. While the bite is a faster attack, a poisonous blow deals slightly more damage thanks to Nidoqueen’s STAB and is an overall better choice. You can expect to use Nidoqueen’s charged movements much more often.
There are several charged moves to consider for a shadowy Nidoqueen. We strongly recommend that you make sure that you are using one that has the frustration removed. Otherwise it will not be as effective as it could be in battle. If you have both charged motion slots, you want to use a poisonous fang and ground energy. Poison fang is a very low energy movement that causes considerable damage and comes with a solid defensive debuff that can always hit. You want to use ground force for the second attack. It is also a lower energy movement that can cause severe damage to an opponent.
The disadvantage of using Shadow Nidoqueen is that it is not a particularly resistant Pokémon. It lacks more volume than some players might feel comfortable with, but if you can get around it and overcome level 40, you can expect to use Pokémon in both the Grand and Ultra Leagues.
The best set for teaching shadow Nidoquens is a quick poison wound and charged movements with a poisonous fang and earth power.