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What is a good moveset for Muk?

2 votes

It knows: Sludge Bomb, Giga Drain, Payback, Sludge.

Muk Learnset

asked Jul 9, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Stench
EVs: 200 HP / 104 Atk / 56 Def / 148 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Poison Jab
- Curse
- Shadow Sneak
- Brick Break

22 Answers

9 votes

No offense, Trachy, But That Moveset Sucks! Heres What I Would Have:

Poison Jab(STAB, PHysical, so better for muk), Brick Break(Good Coverage), Payback(Good for slow muk), and Rock Slide(Coverage).

These arent that powerful, but they are the best, for muk, as his sp. attack is low.

Or You Could do this strategy: First, Use Toxic(The Damaging Move Of This Set), Minimize(So Muk Cant Be Hit, Use Multiple Times), Screech(Sets Up Swagger, Which Does More Damage To Themselves, if they have low defense), And Then Swagger(After Screech, If They Hurt Themselves, They Will Lose Half Their Health. Plus, They Still Cant Hit Muk Because of Minimize, so even if they don't hurt themselves in confusion, they still don't kill muk.).

answered Aug 10, 2010 by Swampert
edited Aug 10, 2010 by Swampert
too bad muk doesn't have the new 5th gen move "acid spray" to lower special defenses of the opponent.
isn't the second Kogas Muk? Koga Muk FTW!
Btw alex Muk is a physical attacker so i dunno why you would use it as a Sp.atker
Well I use mine as a special one INGAME, so that's why acid spray would be really helpful
lol it does get acid spray
Instead of Rock Slide, I would've went for Ice Punch so it can cover Ground Types
Copied that last part from another place :I
6 votes

Gen V

Muk (M) @ Black Sludge

Trait: Poison Touch

EVs: 144 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Def / 56 SDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Shadow Sneak
  • Gunk Shot
  • Curse
  • Brick Break

Gunk Shot is high powered STAB. You'll want it over Poison Jab because you won't be able to much count on a Super-effective hit, meaning you'll need high base power. Shadow Sneak provides priority. Brick Break provides type coverage. Curse can make Muk a nice physical tank. It isn't like you'll be needing Speed. Black Sludge provides you with healing. Since it will actually harm most foes to be holding this, you don't need Sticky Hold, and Stench is just bad, so Poison Touch is the ability. EVs give you nice defenses, and allow you to do good damage.

answered May 25, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 2, 2011 by trachy
my exact set, except the EV's i gave all to HP
6 votes

Troll Muk: Please note this cannot be used competitively, but it's still a nice trick to abuse.

Suggested item-Black Sludge

Suggested ability-Sticky hold; Stench

Minimize-Raises evasion two stages.

Toxic-Slowly takes out opponent. Toxic spikes can also do a nice job.

Curse/Mean Look/Protect/Rest-Curse boosts up his physical stats, mean look prevents switching, protect allows for stalling, and rest allows healing. All of these can be annoying.

Fire Punch/Mud slap-Fire punch is for steel types, and Mud slap is there for even more trolling.

answered Aug 4, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Well, I'd say Double Team over Minimize, as that way some random foe with Steamroller or Stomp won't do more damage.
Two stage boost instead of one more than compensates for that though.
Hmmm, thought Double Team was +2. My bad.
Just a note, Stench doesn't do anything in battle so stick with sticky hold.

No pun intended.
Actually the ability has a 10% chance of making the target flinch when they are attacked, but only if the user goes first
so set up minimize then spam curse and destroy
4 votes

A nice bulky Muk :D
Muk Impish nature. EVs 252 Defense, 128 Sp.Def, 128 Attack. Item Black sludge.

Ice Punch to cover ground weakness.

Shadow Sneak, priority plus covers psychic weakness

Poison Jab or Gunk Shot, both are STAB but personally here i would go for poison jab because it's much more realiable.

Brick Break, steel types still wall you, plus it covers a lot of types you do not already cover.

answered Jun 15, 2011 by Hex
edited Sep 11, 2011 by Hex
3 votes

Ekans is snake backwards, Arbok is kobra backwards, what is Muk backwards? O.o
Sub-Punch Muk:

Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Sticky Hold
EVs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Poison Jab / Gunk Shot
- Focus Punch
- Shadow Sneak / Payback
- Substitute

This guy is one of my favourite OG Pokemon, he is a pile of purple gelatinous substance, how awesome is that?
Anyway, Muk has decent defenses, high HP, and pretty good Attack, I think he does best with high powered moves to accentuate that attack. First, we have Poison Jab or Gunk Shot for STAB, the typical "power vs accuracy" debate, I prefer accuracy, so I go with Poison Jab. Focus Punch makes the set, it has 150 Power is isn't hindered by Muk's poor speed stat. Shadow Sneak has priority, is physical, and provides full neutral coverage with Focus Punch, it also hits Psychic types pretty hard; Payback is also viable, as Muk is slow, and it has almost as good a coverage, with a little more power. Substitute makes the set work as it protects Muk from flinching on Focus Punch, Muk can put up huge 101 Subs that can't be broken by simply Seismic tossing them.
EVs give it 404 HP (101 Sub), max attack, and a heightened SpDef for taking blows. Black Sludge is like Leftovers for poison types, I often use it to avoid Item Clauses, leftovers is also pretty much the same. Sticky Hold is the only worthwhile ability on this set as Stench is useless and Poison Touch doesn't work with two of the attacks...

answered Sep 13, 2011 by Heinz_Ketchum
I don't get it *spells muk backwards and reads it* ooohh, I get it now, LoL
2 votes

Muk is mainly used for Stalling, so ill give you a Staller set.

Acid Armor-to Raise Defence Sharply
Toxic-badly Poison foe
Pain Split-Stall move
Sludge Bomb/Gunk Shot

Ability:Sticky Hold
Evs:252 HP 128 DEF 128 SP DEF
Item:Leftovers/Black Sludge

answered Feb 24, 2011 by Psychic x
or sludge wave.
Sludge wave only has a 10% poison chance compared to sludge bombs 30
yeah i know but its your choice!^^
In this case sludge wave is better than sludge bomb since it has 5 more power and the poison chance  has no point because PokemonBlack10 mentioned Toxic which badly poisons the foe.
2 votes

Muk (M) @ Black Sludge

Role: Rainy Tank

Trait: Poison Touch

EVs: 160 HP / 96 Def / 252 SAtk

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Thunder
  • Hidden Power [Water]
  • Shadow Ball
  • Sludge Wave

He works quite Well To be honest.

Thunder gets 100% Accuracy, and Hp Water gets a boost in the rain, AND covers Ground for you.

Shadow Ball takes care of your Psychic Weakness.

and Sludge Wave is Great STAB.

answered Jul 16, 2011 by Josh
i see the flaw in this moveset, as he'll just get, washed away...
Good job, this set works very well and its the first working special set. I upvoted it.:)
2 votes

Muk (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Poison Touch
EVs: 252 Atk / 172 Def / 84 HP
Adamant Nature

  • Gunk Shot
  • Ice Punch
  • Thunder Punch
  • Brick Break

Gunk Shot is STAB and really powerful. Ice Punch and Thunder Punch form a physical BoltBeam combo for type coverage. Brick Break is for Steel, Rock, Ice, Dark types.

answered Jul 18, 2013 by JarJar~
1 vote

You could use an offensive defensive move set!

Poison Jab - If you use sludge bomb instead-You're a little STUPID!
Brick Break - Coverage is the word.
Toxic - To kill your enemys with pollution.
Acid Armor - Your very hard to kill after using this attack several times.

The Muk can hold an Life Orb, Leftovers or an Quick Claw. It's your opinion!

answered Feb 24, 2011 by Jalodra4ever
1 vote

gunk shot

answered May 25, 2011 by MᴇᴡCʀᴇᴀᴛɪᴏɴ
oh yeah oh yeah
0 votes

Muk, by my point of view, is a good tank. 105 base HP and Attack, 100 base SpD, and 50 base Speed

Ability: Sticky Hold- prevents Trick sets and it is the only good ability available unless they come out with Poison Touch Grimer

Item: Leftovers/Sitrus Berry/Black Sludge/Life Orb- heal the tank after taking damage or power up Muk even more, ur choice

  • Poison Jab- reliable STAB move with a good chance to poison
  • Ice Punch- cover weakness to ground types and take out dragon's, flying types, and grass types
  • Curse- Muk is already slow and this move will up ur already great attack and decent defense stats
  • Payback/Shadow Sneak/Shadow Punch- with the boosted attack and lowered speed from curse, payback will double in power and receive the boost from curse, shadow sneak receives the boost from curse and gives you priority, and shadow punch is more powerful than shadow sneak, receives boost from curse, and never misses (all moves defeat psychics, its really ur choice)
answered Jun 29, 2011 by mblinginballer
edited Jun 29, 2011 by mblinginballer
0 votes

Double/Triple Battle

Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Stench
EVs: 200 HP / 252 Atk / 56 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Rock Slide
- Gunk Shot
- Helping Hand
- Brick Break/Shadow Sneak

Gunk Shot is STAB. Rock Slide hits multiple foes. Helping Hand provides team support. Brick Break is coverage, Shadow Sneak is priority. Choose what is more important to you. I'd suggest using Muk with Trick Room support.

answered Jan 18, 2012 by trachy
0 votes

Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Poison Touch
EVs: 212 HP / 124 Atk / 172 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Poison Jab
- Substitute
- Shadow Sneak
- Curse

Poison Jab + Poison Touch = 50 % chance to poison, And curse ups your attacks even more. Shadow sneak is coverage + priority, while substitute makes sure you don't get revenge killed.

answered Mar 11, 2012 by Pwnyta
This Set Rocks!
0 votes

Muk @ Black Sludge
Trait: Poison Touch
EVs: 144 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Def / 56 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
Poison Jab
Rock Slide
Shadow Sneak
Ice Punch

answered Apr 21, 2012 by Danny
0 votes

Yeah, Poison Type Pokemon for me, Muk is the best!

Nature: Adamant
IVs: Defense

Poison Jab: It has 30% to poison oppenent and it is good for physical poison type Pokemon like Toxicroak.
Ice Punch: Cover Muk's weakness.
Shadow Punch: Cover Muk's another weakness and never miss.
Brick Break/Facade: Brick Break is for Steel Type Pokemon, Facade is for combo with Poison Jab's poison.

Item: Black Sludge

answered Dec 18, 2012 by JustEMO
Have you forgotten gengar? He is by far the best poisen type!
0 votes

6th gen moveset:
Name: Buck the Muk
Ability: poison touch
Nature: careful (+s.def,-s.att)
Item: Black sludge
Evs: 252 Hp, 252 s.def, 4 att

Acid armor
Power up punch
Poision jab
Shadow sneak

A special tank that can freely set up on many threats if needed, 1 acid armor puts muks defenses higher than its special. This makes it much harder for muk to be countered. Poison jab is the primary move on the set, but PUP makes muk a big sweep threat and allows him to get past some fragile steel types with relative ease. And hit hard with poison jab or shadow sneak on the next Pokemon.

It isnt Op by any means but it does work well and can function as a special wall without any time invested in its set up moves.

I switched in muk on a galvantula, acid armor on the switch PuP was a 2hko on the in coming ambipom. Taking 30%(if that) from doubleHit(first turn he used taunt) after black sludge. He then took on a mega blazekien and lived the flare blitz to ohko with poison jab.
That is testament to the bulk of muk.

answered Apr 3, 2014 by drewsitz
0 votes

Muk@Black Sludge
Trait: Sticky Hold
252 Hp, 252 SpD, 4 Atk
Careful Nature

Poison Jab
Fire Punch

Stockpile if you want both defenses raised, curse if you want the attack raise.
Poison Jab is STAB, Toxic for stalling or Haze to prevent Pokemon from setting up on you. Fire punch is to hit steel types.

answered May 12, 2014 by ~Crimson~
Black Sludge is good for scarfed trick users so Poison Touch would be a vetter choice
0 votes

Trick Room Sweeper Muk:

Brave Nature

Ability: Poison Touch

252 Atk., 128 SDef., 128 Def.

1. Gunk Shot/Poison Jab
2. Fling
3. Ice Punch
4. Disable/Explosion

Item: Iron Ball

Once you have a Trick Room set up, simply switch this guy in and wreak havoc. With such low speed halved by the Iron Ball this Muk will definitely move first. His main STAB move can be either Poison Jab or Gunk Shot, depending upon whether you prefer power or accuracy. Ice Punch covers your Ground weakness, and Flinging an Iron Ball has 130 base power while covering your Psychic weakness. Finally, the good bulk of this set should allow you to survive long enough to Disable any moves you can't take many of or wait till the last second to Explode all over your adversaries. This set works well in Doubles, too since Gunk Shot hits both opponents at once.

answered Dec 4, 2014 by Melvin
0 votes

Muk @ Black Sludge
Ability: Stench
EV spread: 252 Hp/4 Def/252 SDef
Fire Punch
Giga Drain
Stockpile/Acid Armor

Power-up Punch, Infestation, Mean Look, Pain Split can also be handy
Just watch out for steel types (can't be poisoned), that's why I put in Fire Punch

answered Dec 24, 2014 by Mew2
0 votes

Here is the move set for my nearly unbeatable Muk wall;

Item- black sludge
Ability- sticky hold
252 Sp def. 252 def 4 HP

Payback-(because muk is so slow. And muks attack is pretty decent)
Acid armour (setting up the defensive wall)
Minimize (makes him almost untouchable)

I always switch in with muk when the opposing Pokemon is for sure a special attacker. Then I set up with minimize and acid armour, so that he will rarely ever get hit and when it does it doesn't do much. Plus he is holding black sludge so he regenerates health. The sticky hold ability ensures that he will not loose his item because he really relies on it. Then use toxic and wait out the slow fainting of the opponent. But for those pesky steel types, I use payback because dark type moves now have normal damage on them. I 2 hit koed a metagross so I am pretty pleased with this strategy. It has gotten my out of pleanty of tough battles.
The only thing I have trouble with is when he gets burned, but with the black sludge it takes the burn a lot longer to ko him. Hope you like my Muk!

answered Feb 3 by taterageous