And finally we’re at the final evolutions to this line, and it’s a bit of a disappointment. At least it is to me.
Nidoqueen finally decides to try standing up on her hind legs. She’s still got those big round ears, her mouth is HUGE now, and she’s got a huge tail. Since they really need to get across that she’s female, they went ahead and colored her chest bumps differently so you can really tell that they’re breasts.
I’ve been pro female Nidoran all this time, but I just don’t like Nidoqueen as much as her male counterpart. She’s lost all that former cuteness, but what she’s replaced it with is just kinda awkward. She looks like a rejected kaiju, and, well, I don’t know. It’s really hard to put my finger on.
One thing I can say for certain though, I hate that they didn’t keep up the shiny trend. Shiny Nidoqueen is puke green, instead of purple like its two pre-evos. Let’s all fondly try and imagine what a purple Nidoqueen would look like instead of this…
DID YOU KNOW?
That Nidoqueen can’t breed? Nidorina can’t either. Why? I don’t know. I looked around a lot to see if there was any definitive reason out there, but couldn’t find one. There’s a lot of fan theories out there, usually saying that Nidorina and Nidoqueen are in menopause.
But it seems like no one knows for certain. I have a theory myself, but I could be completely wrong here, so please don’t take it as fact. Basically, Generation 2 introduced breeding. Since it was all kinda slapdash and barely put together at the time, my assumption is that there was some kind of glitch in the game related to the Nidorina and Nidoqueen breeding. Since Nidorina and Nidoqueen are evolved forms of Nidoran, which can be Male or Female, the game had a problem with a Pokemon laying an egg that didn’t contain its earliest form specifically. A male Nidoran could never evolve into Nidoqueen, so this created some issues if Nidoran bred with anything that wasn’t a Ditto.
Of course, Nidoking can breed, but it doesn’t really have to worry about egg groups to produce an egg, since Ditto can take care of that and maybe the numbers work differently in that case? I don’t know.
But that’s just my own theory, which isn’t even fully formed. The plain and simple facts are that Nidoqueen and Nidorina are completely unable to breed in any situation, and are the only non legendary non Ditto Pokemon in this category.
USING NIDOQUEEN IN BATTLE
Thankfully, Nidoqueen is good in battle to make up for everything else disappointing about it. Gone is the ability Hustle, as it’s been replaced by one of the best Offensive abilities in the game, Sheer Force. Sheer Force + Life Orb is a popular combination for good reason, and Nidoqueen makes a pretty good user of the combo.
Nidoqueen CAN perform a defensive set thanks to Black Sludge, Stealth Rock, Dragon Tail, and Roar, but the Offensive set is better overall. Make use of Nidoqueen’s amazing Special move pool to smash things with Sludge Wave, and Earth Power for STAB. Along with those, Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, Fire Blast, Focus Blast, Shadow Ball, Surf, and Dragon Pulse are all available, though the most useful of this group is probably the tried and true BoltBeam combo of Thunderbolt and Ice Beam.
None of Nidoqueen’s stats are particularly outstanding, but that, combined with its unique typing makes it unlikely that Nidoqueen will go down in one hit. Just keep smackin’ stuff around and you’re likely to get a KO or two in.
I just don’t like Nidoqueen and I can’t quite put my finger on why.
Standing up on two legs, getting a huge tail, and becoming much thicker overall is a great evolution.
Sheer Force is a fantastic ability with just about anything, and the Life Orb compliments it perfectly.
WHAT’S WITH THE BABY NIDOQUEEN: WHO KNOWS/THE ANIME IS WEIRD
It’s a cutie though.
Quick, someone edit a surfboard underneath!