Nincada • Generation VIII Pokédex

Nincada
Pokédex Page for Nincada

This is the Marriland Pokédex page for Nincada, showing its information and moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield as well as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

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Nincada

Nincada
Sprite of Nincada in Pokémon HOME

Nincada's Type

BUG
GROUND

Nincada's Pokédex #s

National #
290
Galar #
104
Armor #
--
Crown #
--

Nincada's Base Stats

HP:
31
Attack:
45
Defense:
90
Sp. Atk:
30
Sp. Def:
30
Speed:
40
Total:
266

Misc. Info

Height:
1'8" (0.5m)
Weight:
12.1 lbs. (5.5 kg)
Gender Ratio:
Egg Groups:
Bug
EXP At Lv. 100:
600,000
EV Yield:
1 Defense
Base EXP:
53
Catch Rate:
255
Base Happiness:
70

Nincada's Abilities

Here are what abilities Nincada can possibly have, along with their effects.
Compound Eyes
Increases the accuracy of Nincada's moves by 30% of their original accuracy.
Run Away
Nincada can always run from a wild Pokémon battle, regardless of Speed or other trapping effects.

Weaknesses & Resistances

Below is a list of what Nincada's weakness and resistance is to various types.
FIRE
WATER
ICE
FLYING
½
FIGHTING
POISON
GROUND
immune
ELECTRIC

Nincada's Evolution Line

Below you'll find a list of all Pokémon Nincada evolves from or into, along with its evolution method.
Nincada
Nincada
starting form
Ninjask
Ninjask
at level 20
Shedinja
Shedinja
Have Poké Ball + free space in party when Nincada evolves

Nincada's Moves in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Below is a list of all of the moves that Nincada can learn, along with what level it learns the move, the TM or TR number, and what egg moves it can learn, if any. Hover over a move (desktop/laptop) or click the ? button next to the move (mobile/tablet) to find out more about the move.

Level Up Moves

Here are all of the moves Nincada learns via level up. Anything marked "Evo." means it learns it upon evolving. If the level is 1, it can be relearned at a Pokémon Center.
Lv. Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
1
Sand Attack
Lowers the target's Accuracy by one stage.
GROUND
STATUS
-- 100% 15 One Target
1
Scratch
Damages the target.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
40 100% 35 One Target
5
Harden
Raises Nincada's Defense by one stage.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 30 User
10
False Swipe
Cannot knock out a Pokémon.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
40 100% 40 One Target
15
Mud-Slap
100% chance of lowering the target's Accuracy by one stage.
GROUND
SPECIAL
20 100% 10 One Target
21
Absorb
Heals Nincada by half the damage dealt.
GRASS
SPECIAL
20 100% 25 One Target
25
Metal Claw
Has a 10% chance of raising Nincada's Attack by one stage.
STEEL
PHYSICAL
50 95% 35 One Target
30
Fury Swipes
Hits the target two to five times in a row.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
18 80% 15 One Target
35
Mind Reader
The next move used by Nincada will always hit the target.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 5 One Target
40
Dig
Can't be hit on the first turn, attacks on the second turn.
GROUND
PHYSICAL
80 100% 10 One Target

TM Moves

Here are all of the moves that Nincada can learn via TM (Technical Machine). These moves can be taught an unlimited number of times once the TM is obtained.
TM Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
TM11
Solar Beam
Charges for a turn, attacks on the second turn. No charge time in the sun; half damage in the rain.
GRASS
SPECIAL
120 100% 10 One Target
TM15
Dig
Can't be hit on the first turn, attacks on the second turn.
GROUND
PHYSICAL
80 100% 10 One Target
TM21
Rest
Nincada restores its HP to full and falls asleep for two turns.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM24
Snore
Can only be used while asleep. 30% chance of making the target flinch.
NORMAL
SPECIAL
50 100% 15 One Target
TM25
Protect
Protects Nincada from attacks for a turn. Low chance of working on consecutive turns.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM28
Giga Drain
Heals Nincada by half the damage dealt.
GRASS
SPECIAL
75 100% 10 One Target
TM32
Sandstorm
Changes the weather to a sandstorm for 5 turns.
ROCK
STATUS
-- -- 10 Entire Field
TM34
Sunny Day
Changes the weather to sunny for 5 turns.
FIRE
STATUS
-- -- 5 Entire Field
TM39
Facade
Does double damage if Nincada is poisoned, burned, or paralyzed.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
70 100% 20 One Target
TM76
Round
Deals double damage if Round has already been used and causes any other Pokémon using Round to use it immediately afterward.
NORMAL
SPECIAL
60 100% 15 One Target
TM94
False Swipe
Cannot knock out a Pokémon.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
40 100% 40 One Target

TR Moves

Here are all of the moves that Nincada can learn via TR (Technical Record). These moves can be taught only once per TR, but TRs can be obtained in the Wild Area and other locations.
TR Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
TR18
Leech Life
Heals Nincada by half the damage dealt.
BUG
PHYSICAL
80 100% 10 One Target
TR20
Substitute
Costs 25% of Nincada's max HP. Sets up a Substitute to block effects and damage.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TR26
Endure
Will survive any hit with at least 1 HP left this turn. 50% chance of working on consecutive turns.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TR27
Sleep Talk
Can only be used while asleep. Uses one of Nincada's moves at random.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TR33
Shadow Ball
20% chance of lowering the target's Sp. Def by one stage.
GHOST
SPECIAL
80 100% 15 One Target
TR60
X-Scissor
Damages the target.
BUG
PHYSICAL
80 100% 15 One Target
TR61
Bug Buzz
10% chance of lowering the target's Sp. Def by one stage.
BUG
SPECIAL
90 100% 10 One Target

Egg Moves

Here are all of the moves that Nincada can learn as Egg Moves. In the case of evolved Pokémon, it shows what Egg Moves it can learn in its lowest evolutionary stage. Click the word EGG to find compatible breeding Pokémon to get that Egg Move onto Nincada.
Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
EGG
Gust
Does double damage against targets using Bounce, Fly, or Sky Drop.
FLYING
SPECIAL
40 100% 35 One Target
EGG
Night Slash
Has a higher critical hit rate. (+1 stage.)
DARK
PHYSICAL
70 100% 15 One Target
EGG
Bug Bite
Does double damage if the target has a Berry and then Nincada consumes that Berry immediately.
BUG
PHYSICAL
60 100% 20 One Target
EGG
Final Gambit
Does damage equal to Nincada's remaining HP and then Nincada faints.
FIGHTING
SPECIAL
varies 100% 5 One Target
EGG
Flail
Does more damage when Nincada's HP is low.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
varies 100% 15 One Target

Move Tutor Moves

Here are all of the moves that Nincada can learn from Move Tutors. Most of these require the Expansion Pass and can be found in the Isle of Armor's Dojo, costing some Armorite Ore to teach. However, there are a few moves that can be taught aside from this.
Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
TUTOR
Skitter Smack
100% chance of lowering the target's Sp. Atk by one stage.
BUG
PHYSICAL
70 90% 10 One Target

Level Up Moves

Here are all of the moves Nincada learns via level up. Anything marked "Evo." means it learns it upon evolving. If the level is 1, it can be relearned at a Pokémon Center.
Lv. Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
1
Sand Attack
Lowers the target's Accuracy by one stage.
GROUND
STATUS
-- 100% 15 One Target
1
Scratch
Damages the target.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
40 100% 35 One Target
5
Harden
Raises Nincada's Defense by one stage.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 30 User
10
False Swipe
Cannot knock out a Pokémon.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
40 100% 40 One Target
15
Mud-Slap
100% chance of lowering the target's Accuracy by one stage.
GROUND
SPECIAL
20 100% 10 One Target
21
Absorb
Heals Nincada by half the damage dealt.
GRASS
SPECIAL
20 100% 25 One Target
25
Metal Claw
Has a 10% chance of raising Nincada's Attack by one stage.
STEEL
PHYSICAL
50 95% 35 One Target
30
Fury Swipes
Hits the target two to five times in a row.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
18 80% 15 One Target
35
Mind Reader
The next move used by Nincada will always hit the target.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 5 One Target
40
Dig
Can't be hit on the first turn, attacks on the second turn.
GROUND
PHYSICAL
80 100% 10 One Target

TM Moves

Here are all of the moves that Nincada can learn via TM (Technical Machine). These moves can be taught once per use of the TM.
TM Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
TM11
Sunny Day
Changes the weather to sunny for 5 turns.
FIRE
STATUS
-- -- 5 Entire Field
TM17
Protect
Protects Nincada from attacks for a turn. Low chance of working on consecutive turns.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM19
Giga Drain
Heals Nincada by half the damage dealt.
GRASS
SPECIAL
75 100% 10 One Target
TM22
Solar Beam
Charges for a turn, attacks on the second turn. No charge time in the sun; half damage in the rain.
GRASS
SPECIAL
120 100% 10 One Target
TM28
Dig
Can't be hit on the first turn, attacks on the second turn.
GROUND
PHYSICAL
80 100% 10 One Target
TM30
Shadow Ball
20% chance of lowering the target's Sp. Def by one stage.
GHOST
SPECIAL
80 100% 15 One Target
TM32
Double Team
Raises Nincada's Evasion by one stage.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 15 User
TM37
Sandstorm
Changes the weather to a sandstorm for 5 turns.
ROCK
STATUS
-- -- 10 Entire Field
TM40
Aerial Ace
Doesn't miss the target.
FLYING
PHYSICAL
60 -- 20 One Target
TM42
Facade
Does double damage if Nincada is poisoned, burned, or paralyzed.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
70 100% 20 One Target
TM44
Rest
Nincada restores its HP to full and falls asleep for two turns.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM54
False Swipe
Cannot knock out a Pokémon.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
40 100% 40 One Target
TM58
Endure
Will survive any hit with at least 1 HP left this turn. 50% chance of working on consecutive turns.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM62
Bug Buzz
10% chance of lowering the target's Sp. Def by one stage.
BUG
SPECIAL
90 100% 10 One Target
TM70
Flash
Lowers the target's Accuracy by one stage.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- 100% 20 One Target
TM81
X-Scissor
Damages the target.
BUG
PHYSICAL
80 100% 15 One Target
TM82
Sleep Talk
Can only be used while asleep. Uses one of Nincada's moves at random.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM87
Swagger
Raises the target's Attack by two stages and confuses it.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- 85% 15 One Target
TM90
Substitute
Costs 25% of Nincada's max HP. Sets up a Substitute to block effects and damage.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM93
Cut
Damages the target.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
50 95% 30 One Target

Egg Moves

Here are all of the moves that Nincada can learn as Egg Moves. In the case of evolved Pokémon, it shows what Egg Moves it can learn in its lowest evolutionary stage. Click the word EGG to find compatible breeding Pokémon to get that Egg Move onto Nincada.
Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
EGG
Gust
Does double damage against targets using Bounce, Fly, or Sky Drop.
FLYING
SPECIAL
40 100% 35 One Target
EGG
Night Slash
Has a higher critical hit rate. (+1 stage.)
DARK
PHYSICAL
70 100% 15 One Target
EGG
Bug Bite
Does double damage if the target has a Berry and then Nincada consumes that Berry immediately.
BUG
PHYSICAL
60 100% 20 One Target
EGG
Final Gambit
Does damage equal to Nincada's remaining HP and then Nincada faints.
FIGHTING
SPECIAL
varies 100% 5 One Target
EGG
Flail
Does more damage when Nincada's HP is low.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
varies 100% 15 One Target

Nincada's Detailed Stats

Below you'll find a more detailed table containing Nincada's calculated stats, which are the stats that you actually see displayed in game. These are affected by a variety of things, such as level, Effort Values (EVs), Individual Values (IVs), and Nincada's Nature.

By default, the stats you see in the table below show four different possibilities, all assuming Nincada is level 100: its stats with 0 EVs, 252+ (max) EVs, 0 IVs, and 31 (max) IVs. Nature is not shown by default, so its maximum is 10% higher than shown here, and minium 10% lower.
Stats at
level 100
0 EVs 252+ EVs Base Stat
Min Max Min Max
HP
172 203 235 266 31
Attack
95 126 158 189 45
Defense
185 216 248 279 90
Sp. Atk
65 96 128 159 30
Sp. Def
65 96 128 159 30
Speed
85 116 148 179 40
Total
266

Where to Find Nincada in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

If you're looking for where to find Nincada, you'll find the various methods listed down below, along with any notes or special locations. This should help you figure out how to get Nincada in Pokémon Sword & Shield. (Currently this does not show most "strong" static encounters or Max Raid Battles.)

Nincada in the Wild

Galar Route 5

Random Encounters
Any Weather
5% Lv. 16-18

West Lake Axewell

Random Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- 30% --
Lv. 7-11

South Lake Miloch

Random Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- -- -- -- 10% -- -- 40% --
Lv. 11-13 Lv. 11-13
Location information on where to find Nincada in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl will be coming to the Marriland Pokédex in a future update! Thank you for your patience!

Pokédex Entries for Nincada

Generation 8 Pokédex Entries

Sword
Because it lived almost entirely underground, it is nearly blind. It uses its antennae instead.
Shield
It can sometimes live underground for more than 10 years. It absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees.

Generation 6 Pokédex Entries

X
Because it lived almost entirely underground, it is nearly blind. It uses its antennae instead.
Y
It can sometimes live underground for more than 10 years. It absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees.
Omega Ruby
Nincada lives underground for many years in complete darkness. This Pokémon absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees. It stays motionless as it waits for evolution.
Alpha Sapphire
Nincada lives underground. It uses its sharp claws to carve the roots of trees and absorb moisture and nutrients. This Pokémon can't withstand bright sunlight so avoids it.

Generation 5 Pokédex Entries

Black White Black 2 White 2
It grows underground, sensing its surroundings using antennae instead of its virtually blind eyes.

Generation 4 Pokédex Entries

Diamond Pearl Platinum
It grows underground, sensing its surroundings using antennae instead of its virtually blind eyes.
HeartGold SoulSilver
It can sometimes live underground for more than 10 years. It absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees.

Generation 3 Pokédex Entries

Ruby
NINCADA lives underground for many years in complete darkness. This POKéMON absorbs nutrients from the roots of trees. It stays motionless as it waits for evolution.
Sapphire
NINCADA lives underground. It uses its sharp claws to carve the roots of trees and absorb moisture and nutrients. This POKéMON can't withstand bright sunlight so avoids it.
Emerald
It makes its nest at the roots of a mighty tree. Using its whiskerlike antennae, it probes its surroundings in the pitch-black darkness of soil.
FireRed LeafGreen
Because it lived almost entirely underground, it is nearly blind. It uses its antennae instead.
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