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[[File:Type Poison.gif|link=Poison type]]  
Species Poison Pin Pokémon
Abilities Poison Point
Hustle (Dream World)
[[Nidoqueen]] ← 032 → [[Nidorino]]
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Nidorino]]
(ニドラン♂ Nidoran♂)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Purple>Purple</font>
Shape Footprint

Nidoran♂ (Japanese: ニドラン♂ Nidoran♂) is a Poison-type Pokémon and is the male counterpart to Nidoran♀.


Nidoran♂ is a small, rabbit-based Pokémon with large ears, whiskers and front teeth. They are covered with spines, primarily on their back, which can release potent poisons if Nidoran♂ is threatened. Nidoran♂ have a larger forehead horn than their female counterparts, Nidoran♀. It has darker spots all over its body.

Special abilities

Its large horns can secrete a powerful venom, unlike its female counterpart, the size of the horns is indicative of the strength of the venom. It also has unique muscles around its ears, which permit them to be moved in any direction.


Nidoran♂ evolves into a Nidorino at level 16. Nidorino evolves into Nidoking, by use of a Moon Stone.

In the anime

Nidoran Male

Nidoran♂ with its counterpart, Nidoran♀, were featured in the episode Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon? . A young boy named Ralph owned a Nidoran♂ which evolved into a Nidorino after kissing his friend Emily's Nidoran♀.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Route 22, Safari Zone Common (Red)
Rare (Blue)
Yellow Route 2, 9, 10, 22, Safari Zone Common
Gold/Silver Route 35, 36 Common
Crystal Route 35, National Park Common
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Route 3, Safari Zone areas 1, 2, and 3 (FireRed)
Route 3, Safari Zone areas 1 and 3 (LeafGreen)
Common (FireRed)
Rare (LeafGreen)
Diamond/Pearl Route 201 (Poké Radar) Rare
Platinum Route 201 (Poké Radar) Rare
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 35, 36 Uncommon
Black/White White Forest (White only) Uncommon

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 4, Huge Storage 4, Endless Level 5, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Mt. Thunder (1-4F), Wish Cave (33-37F), Oddity Cave (1-4BF)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Mystifying Forest (1-13BF), Mystery Jungle (1-29BF)
Pokémon Rumble Eternal Tower

Pokédex entries



Generation I

Main article: Nidoran♂/Learnset Generation I


Nidoran♂'s name may be based on the word needle. It may also be based from the word cnidarian which are stinging animals. Alternatively, it may be based on 二 ni, two, or 二度 nido, two times/two degrees, referring to there being two distinct evolutionary lines using the name with similar names and traits. The ♂ in its name is an indication of its male gender.



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