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Let's Talk Pokemon: Nidoran Female

The Let's Talk Pokemon series is a source for more in depth information about the Nidos that you can find in the games. Why do I call it "Let's Talk Pokemon"? Because it's pretty much the only place on this site, ironically, where I actually talk about Pokemon in relation to the games themselves. I apologize if this isn't very original, but consider that about 90% of the rest of the site is.

Fast Facts

Overview

Nidoran Female
Nidoran Female is a lagomorphic and/or rodent like Pokemon, with distinctively large ears, whiskers, incisor teeth, and spots. Nidoran also has
two claws on both her hands and feet. The horn on the female's head secretes a poison when jabbed into a foe. While the female's horn is smaller than the male's, it is no less potent, as even a drop of poison can be fatal. The barbs that cover the female's body are also said to be very poisonous. Despite the lethal weapon the creature packs, it has a docile temperment and prefers not to fight. If driven to defend itself, however, it prefers to attack using its claws and teeth.

Nidoran ♀
Original Name: ニドラン♀(Nidoran ♀)

 


Generation
I
National Dex #
029
Species
Poison Pin
Type
Poison
Height
1'04" / 0.4m
Weight
15.4 lbs / 7.0kg
Pokedex Color
Blue
Gender Ratio
100% Female
Abilities
Poison Point
Rivalry
Hidden Ability
Hustle
Evolves From
N/A
Evolves Into
Egg Group
Monster/
Ground
Effort Value
1 HP

Nidoran Base Stats

Base
Maximum Range
(at lv. 100)
HP:  55
220 - 314
Attack:  47
89 - 212
Defense:  52
98 - 223
Sp.Atk:  40
76 - 196
Sp. Def:  40
76 - 196
Speed:  41
78 - 199
Total:  275
637 - 1340

 

Nidoran Moveset (fifth Generation)

 Level   Move   Type   PP 
---
Growl
Normal
40
---
Scratch
Normal
35
7
Tail Whip
Normal
30
9
Double Kick
Fighting
30
13
Poison Sting
Poison
35
19
Fury Swipes
Normal
15
21
Bite
Dark
25
25
Helping Hand
Normal
20
31
Toxic Spikes
Poison
20
33
Flatter
Dark
15
37
Crunch
Dark
15
43
Captivate
Normal
20
45
Poison Fang
Poison
15

 

Nidoran Evolution

             
  Nidoran evolution

Level 16
Nidorina evolution

via Moonstone
Nidoqueen evolution  
 
Nidoran ♀
Nidorina
Nidoqueen
 

 


In Other Media:

The Pokemon Anime

Emily's Nidoran ♀, Maria, along with Ralph's Nidoran ♂, Tony, have both had a major role in the episode "Wherefore Art Thou, Pokemon?". The episode itself is reminiscent of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with the names of the Nidoran being a reference to Arthur Laurents's West Side Story. At the end of the episode, Tony and Maria kiss, which causes them to evolve into Nidorino and Nidorina, respectively. Throughout the episode, both the male and female Nidoran, as well as their evolutions, lack model consistancy, with artistic errors appearing here and there. Sometimes this is as often as the next scene right after the last.

The only other appearance of note for both Nidorans Female and Male is in the episode "In The Pink", which also happens to be in the same season as "Wherefore...". Team Rocket uses Lickitung to chase the rather timid Nidoran into a cave. However, the tables are turned on Team Rocket when Nidoking comes out with a vengence.

Pokemon Adventures (Pokemon Special) Manga

Green (Blue in Pokemon Special) had a female Nidoran named Nidory (Nido-chan (ニドちゃん) in Pokemon Special) who would eventually fully evolve into a Nidoqueen.

Yamashita 4 Koma Manga

Many of Nidoran's appearances tend to put her in the role as the youngest daughter of Nidoking or Nidoqueen's family. Compared to Nidoran Male or Nidorina, she takes a backseat to other characters and doesn't say much.

 

Name Origin

Information comes from the Japanese Wikipedia:

Nido, written in katakana as ニド, comes from the english word needle (in Japanese, ニードル ).

As an interesting bit of trivia, the simplified Chinese name Ní Duō Lán (尼多蘭) uses the character 蘭 (Ran) to identify the Pokemon as female. Typically speaking, this is because Ran is a character used in female names as opposed to male, as it literally means orchid, a type of flower. Because of this, Nidoran Male's name actually differs in simplified Chinese.

 

Nidoran in Different Languages

English
Nidoran ♀
Japanese
ニドラン♀
Spanish
Nidoran ♀
French
Nidoran ♀
German
Nidoran ♀
Italian
Nidoran ♀
Greek
Nidoran ♀
Finnish
Nidoran ♀
Russian
Nidoran ♀
Hebrew
Nidoran ♀
Thai
Nidoran ♀ or ニドラン♀
Chinese (Traditional)
尼多蘭
Chinese (Hong Kong)
尼美蘭
Korean
니드런♀

 

 

Miscellany

For more biological information, trivia, speculations, clarification on what Nidoran isn't, and other things no one could possibly ever need to know, please check out the links to other related articles for the Pokemon, Nidoran:

Nido Family Pokedex - for biological details, among other unnoted extras.
Nidoran Classification - an article using real world animals to help classify the kind of animal Nidoran may be.
Design Through Time - shows the evolution of Nidoran's design from 1996 to present.
Quick Facts and Speculations - little known things about Nidoran, factual and possible.

Sources Used


Pokemon.com
Wikipedia Japan
The Pokemon Wiki
Bulbapedia

 

 

 

 
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