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I was doing some research and found that both Sludge Bomb and Sludge Wave are special poison-type moves instead of one being physical and the other being special as I initially thought.

Therefore didn't the addition of Sludge Wave kill the use of Sludge Bomb? as SB has 90 power while SW has 95 power , also despite SB having more chance of poisoning the foe , wouldn't Toxic defeat it in that perspective as well?


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In the argument in Sludge Bomb vs Sludge Wave:

Despite being a Poison-type attack, Sludge Wave initially appears to be a good move with a high Base Power. However, when you look at the list of Pokemon who receive Sludge Wave, an overwhelming majority of them can not use Sludge Wave effectively. Nidoking and Nidoqueen are two exceptions. With STAB and Sheer Force, Sludge Wave reaches a massive Base Power of 185, enough to plow through any Pokemon that does not resist it. Sludge Wave is also useful in double and triple battles, as it can hit all enemy Pokemon with a slight damage reduction.

Sludge Wave can only be abused by the Nidos. Sludge Bomb, however, is learned by a plethora of Poison Types that have high Special Attack, such as Venusaur, Roserade, etc... So, on paper, yes, Sludge Wave is initially better, but in reality, the only thing holding Sludge Wave back is the limitations of the Pokes that can learn it.

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