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If you have a good competitive moveset for Toxapex, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for its pre-evolutions, if any, can also be shared on this thread.

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Thought I should mention, seeing as a lot of people here are recommending it: do *not* use 252 Def / 252 SpD on Toxapex. If you really want an even balance in Def / SpD (which is a lazy and unthoughtful EV spread anyway), then you should use 252 HP / 128 Def / 128 SpD which is mathematically superior:
252 SpA Silvally Hyper Voice vs. 252 HP / 128 SpD Toxapex: 81-96 (26.6 - 31.5%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
252 Atk Silvally Take Down vs. 252 HP / 128 Def Toxapex: 76-90 (25 - 29.6%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
252 SpA Silvally Hyper Voice vs. 0 HP / 252 SpD Toxapex: 75-88 (31.1 - 36.5%) -- 62.3% chance to 3HKO
252 Atk Silvally Take Down vs. 0 HP / 252 Def Toxapex: 70-84 (29 - 34.8%) -- 7.6% chance to 3HKO
https://calc.pokemonshowdown.com/

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Don't use Merciless. Just don't. It's real damn bad. If you use Merciless Toxapex, it is a complete waste of this Defensive powerhouse of a Pokemon. A lot of people think the crits will compensate for the low base Attack/Special Attack, but the opponent needs to be poisoned, and if your opponent is poisoned, why wouldn't you just take advantage of Toxapex's high defenses to semi-stall them instead? It will save HP, and probably take the same amount of turns considering its base 53 and 63 Attack Stats. On top of that, it's also slow. If you want to use an offensive Poison Type/Water Type, use Nihilego or Gyarados or Greninja or something. Not this.

Toxapex @ Black Sludge / Rocky Helmet - Rocky Helmet and Black Sludge are both amazing on this Mon, this decision really just comes down to personal preference.
Ability: Regenerator - The ability to recover HP just by switching is an amazing tool to have, and it opens up a lot of extra opportunities for Toxapex and the rest of your team.
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD - Maximize the Defensive potential of Toxapex, helping it beat a lot of powerful physical Attackers.
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Take a little less damage from Foul Play and confusion
- Toxic Spikes - Toxapex is a great user of Toxic Spikes, since it can usually sponge up a few hits in order to set up at least one layer.
- Scald - In my opinion, Scald is probably the second best move in the game. Being able to damage the opponent while having a 30% chance to burn them, which in turn chips at their HP and halves their Attack stat, is just perfect for a Mon like Toxapex.
- Haze - Haze isn't really a necessity on a good Toxapex moveset, but it really does help in order to not be complete and utter setup bait. Resetting all stat boosts with the click of a button is another really good tool for Toxapex to be as beneficial to a team as it can.
- Recover - Recovering 50% of your HP by just clicking the gray colour is almost completely necessary for any Toxapex set.

Also, Baneful Bunker is pretty bad, at least on Toxapex. It's very predictable, and it doesn't toxic poison opponents like Toxic Spikes can. It can be used, but if it's on your moveset, you need to make sure not to just spam it mindlessly.

Oh, and Stockpile is bad too. No point in raising your already sky-high defenses even further, it won't really help you in the long run. It's not like you can sweep a team by having high defenses. It really isn't worth the loss of a precious move slot.

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Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Type : Water / Poison
Ability : Merciless
Nature : Calm ( SpD+ Atk- ) / Sassy ( SpD+ Spe- )
EVs : 252 Hp / 128 Def / 128 SpD
IVs : 0 Atk

  • Recover
  • Venoshock
  • Toxic Spikes / Scald
  • Toxic

The whole idea about this is to poison the opponent and use Venoshock. Venoshock would be totally awesome with merciless and when the opponent is poisoned. First use Toxic, then use Venoshock. After that use Toxic Spikes so that you no need to keep using Toxic. Note that if you want to take on steel types, Scald is an option. But you will need to keep using Toxic. Recover heals Toxapex together with Leftovers, meaning he can almost never die and be more of a wall due to its high Defence and Special Defence. Max EVs in Hp and the rest in Defence and Special Defence boost Toxapex's Bulk nicely.

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Thanks :P It helped a lot
I'm not gonna be rude, but this is really good because, when are are on low HP, you can't outspeed and use Recover, so you would be dead X-X put Baneful Bunker on it, it will save you and let you regenerate a little bit of HP.
And what about poison barb?
I wondering about the EVs for my Toxapex I put 252 Special Attack and 252 for Defense. Is that good?
Toxapex is a tank pokemon, it has merciless + venoshock which is enough, so it doesn't need special attack.
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This is prolly one of the best Poison types so far. I'd go with the following moveset:

[email protected] Sludge
Ability: Merciless
Nature: Modest
EVs: 252 Def/252 S.Def/4 HP

Toxic/Toxic Spikes
Venoshock
Scald
Recover/Baneful Banker/Toxic Spikes

So basically, Merciless will provide 100% critical hit probability once the foe is poisoned.
Venoshock will get 65 x 2 x 1.5 = 195 Base Power.
Scald will get 80 x 1.5 = 120 Base Power.
Recover or Baneful Banker can be used to heal and Black Sludge deals with Trick users.

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wow! nice tiki art! did you make it?
Oh, I completely forgot that. Lemme edit.
Which one is better and recommend me to use? Baneful Bunker or Recover?
Juz use both.
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Role: Status inflicting wall

Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Ability: Regenerator
Bold Nature
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Spd / 4 Def
- Scald
- Recover
- Toxic / Toxic Spikes
- Haze / Painful Bunker

Usage: This set is pretty much the typical bread and butter set that most people use. The HP EV's combined with the added EV's to its special defense and a bold nature, allow Toxapex to take hits very well. Recovery, regenerator, and black sludge make it all the more difficult to take it down as well. Scald is for stab and inflicting burns to compliment its bulk, recover is for healing any damage taken.Toxic is obvious, but Toxic spikes can be very useful for inflicting status especially if your opponent has no poison type to get rid of them. Haze is generally the preferred move so it can prevent opponents from setting up on it, but baneful bunker is useful for scouting, and gaining back lost hp using black sludge. Baneful bunker also poisons opposing mons that make contact with it.

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Out of Baneful Bunker, Toxic Spikes, and Toxic, I chose to run Toxic on mine. Though Toxic Spikes would be my next choice. Maybe have a lvl. 1 Smeargle set up Toxic Spikes with focus sash and then switch into Mareanie.
When people just put "Spd" I DON'T KNOW whether they mean SpDef or Spe and it annoys me so much
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Role: annoying staller

Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Ability: Merciless
Calm Nature
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 (???)
- Baneful Bunker
- Venoshock
- Stockpile / Recover
- Toxic / Recover / Toxic Spikes

With this set you can just spam Baneful Bunker while Toxic chips the opponent's health away.
Use Venoshock every other turn. If you have a Stockpile set, then use Stockpile first. If you replace Toxic with Recover, keep in mind that the only way you can poison the opponent is Baneful Bunker.

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Toxapex @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Merciless
Nature: Adamant (+Atk -SpAtk)
Evs: 252 HP / 64 Atk / 64 Def / 128 Spd

-Baneful Bunker
-Recover (Recovery)
-Liquidation
-Stockpile

Rocky Helmet goes well with Stockpile, and while you are setting up you could do some damage too. Its like Protect and poisons the target, which is quite helpful, and it also goes well with the Merciless Ability. Liquidation is a good move +STAB. It's better than Poison Jab, as many peeps uses Solgaleo nowdays. Stockpile is for bulk.

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Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Ability: Regenerator
Nature: Bold(+Defense, -Attack)
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Defense / 4 Special Defense
- Toxic / Toxic Spikes
- Haze
- Scald
- Recover

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Let's get straight into it. Nothing too fancy.

Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Ability: Merciless (No Limber, no Regenerator, don't ruin Toxapex's true purpose)
Nature: Bold / Calm
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD OR 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Def (SpD is Special Defense for all you noobs out there)

  • Toxic / Toxic Spikes (Either one is viable and activates Toxapex's amazing ability to CRIT any Pokemon who is poisoned)
  • Venoshock (Deals double damage if target is poisoned)
  • Scald / Surf / Infestation (Scald for STAB and a chance of burn, Surf for that extra damage and STAB, Infestation because why not)
  • Recover (You can't rely on that Black Sludge for everything)

NOTE: When breeding, keep in mind you should have bred a 5 or 4 IV Mareanie with its Attack stat as low as possible so it can take less damage from Confusion and Foul Play. This is a great idea for a "tanky wall status inflicting" Pokemon like Toxapex. You want to take advantage of Toxapex's walling abilities so use this to your advantage.

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That is what it should be: SpD
Speed is Spe
I like to us SpDef
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So you wanna train your Toxapex right to sweep Pokemon. Well, I have the perfect moveset, item, and other stuff. :D

Toxapex @ Black Sludge (it's a Poison type and you shouldn't use Leftovers because there's no point)
Ability: Regenerator
Bold Nature
EVs: 252 HP / 128 Def / 128 SpD

-Scald (to faint any Steel types.)
-Toxic (to poison the opponent very badly and make it take damage over time.)
-Baneful Bunker (to protect you and let the poison damage increase over time)
-Venoshock (to double the power. so first it was 60 power, but now the since the opponent is poisoned, it's 120 power, which is a lot.)

This is mostly a moveset for patient people that want to see their opponent suffer by poison. The whole point is to not die by using Baneful Bunker and letting the opponent do very little damage. Even if you did a wrong move, thanks to Toxapex's very high Defense and Special Defense, it won't do a lot of damage. VEnoshock could be a sweeper move and scald is just in case of an emergency, like fighting a Steel type, so you still would do damage.

By the way tell me if you think something should change. Thank you for your time reading this <3

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The Nasty Stockpile SetterUpper

Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Ability: Merciless
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def
Bold Nature (+def, -atk)attack

-Stockpile: Just nasty, but meh
-Swallow: Get 3 stockpiles and gg ~~ 100 HO recover
-Spit Up: 3 stockpiles = 300 base power
-Toxic Spikes: 300 base power + Merciless + poisoned = gg

Or instead of Toxic Spikes, if you have a Toxic Spiker already, go for Venoshock or Scald.

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Toxapex @ Black Sludge / Leftovers
EVs: 252 Def / 252 SpD
Nature: Lax
Ability: Limber / Regenarator
Role: Staller

-Toxic: Badly poison them

-Infestation: Hurt them even more

-Recover: Healing, every good staller needs a healing move

-Stockpile: Get even tankier than you already are

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Slow Stall Pokémon

Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SpD
Nature: Bold

-Toxic (has to hit since it is a Poison type Pokemon, poisons the opponent, then you can stay stalling)

-Scald (STAB Water type move, might burn opponent, making your Defense effectively doubled)

-Haze (I've done this many times, but with the attacker. I tried to Swords Dance twice, thrice even, just for it to Haze me. With Haze, you can counter many Swords Dance Earthquakers (most common attack) and kill them with the poison/Scald)

-Recover (Recover + Regenerator. This is for you healing 80% of health in 2 turns. See this? This will make you unkillable)

Stall it.

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Second favourite Pokémon overall, so I'd love to give my two cents!

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Merciless
Sassy
252 Def and SpD, 4 HP
Baneful Bunker/Recover
Toxic
Venoshock
Liquidation/Scald
Black Sludge

The goal is to poison the enemy no matter the cost and stalling them to death with this Pokémon usually. With its Ability, it can also effectively be offensive as well! Sassy brings down its only useless stat and brings its lower Special Defence slightly higher than its Defence. Bunker and Recover serve the purpose of surviving as long as possible, one by stopping hits, the other by recovering from them. I prefer Baneful Bunker since it also lets me poison the opponent which is very important. Toxic does what it does best: badly poisons the opponent which is preferable but not necessary. After that, it's about how to best take down your opponent. Venoshock for sure when using Poison moves since it doubles in power when the opponent is poisoned (which it will be). A must for any offensive Toxapex. I prefer Liquidation since it give a Physical option when going against Special walls, but Scald is also an option if you think Physical threats will be a problem. The IVs are to boost its best stats as much as possible while the item lets it recover between moves. Pairs up very nicely with Baneful Bunker as an annoyance.

Hope you consider this! I absolutely love Toxapex and will keep it in my team for a long time to come as well!!

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Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Ability: Regenerator
Nature: Calm (+SpDef -Atk)
EVs: 252 Def / 252 SpD / 4 SpA

-Scald
-Haze
-Recover
-Toxic

Scald to avoid being Taunted. Toxic to badly poison opponent. Scald because it has a chance of burning, and Recover to heal HP.

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scald because it has a chance of poisoning...?
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Toxapex @ Poisonium Z
Ability: Limber
Nature: Careful (+Sp. Defense, -Sp. Attack) or Calm (+Sp. Defense, -Sp. Attack)
EVs: 252 HP / 128 Def / 128 SpD
Role: Wall

  • Baneful Bunker
  • Toxic
  • Venom Drench
  • Recover
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This Pokemon is totally AMAZING, it's got a super strong Defence and Special Defence and can wall a lot of Pokemon.

Toxapex @ Black Sludge / Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 128 Def / 128 SpD OR 252 HP / 156 SpD / 60 Def
Calm / Sassy / Relaxed Nature

-Scald
-Baneful Banker
-Recover
-Toxic Spikes / Toxic / Iron Defence / Stockpile

Explanation:
Ability
Honestly, Merciless SUCKS, and Regenerator is so good, it works well with a walling Pokemon. Limber is totally useless.

Items
No one knows that Rocky Helmet can work pretty well with it, same as Black Sludge and Leftovers can heal it. The reason I use Leftovers is in case you do not have Black Sludge.I

Moves
Scald will get the opponent burned, and make Toxapex more defensive against Physical sweepers and tanks. Recover for a nice recovery, and Baneful Bunker for protecting itself and might get the opponent poisoned.
Toxic Spikes are for entering poison hazards, Toxic gets the opponent poisoned, and Iron Defence let it become even more defensive.

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Basic stall set:

Toxapex @ Black Sludge / Rocky Helmet
Ability: Regenerator
252 HP /252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
Max sp.def is okay too
- Toxic
- Scald
- Recover
- Haze / Infestation / Subsitute / Baneful Bunker / Protect

Scald helps to bolster Defense.
Haze if you hate setup, Infestation to annoy.
You can sub first or Toxic first, then sub, then Recover next turn.
I prefer Protect over Baneful Bunker as I would prefer to kill with bad poison instead of just poison.

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Toxabest
[email protected] berry
Ability: merciless
EVS: 252 defence, 252 sp.def, 6 atk
Nature: sassy
Moves:
Liquidation
Poison jab
Stockpile
Recover
Another moveset by verlisify, this is a god moveset. So you start stockpiling to make them not damage yo at all and if they get you below half hp(after five hours jk), your health goes back up, if it happens again then you recover. Once that happens then you start poison jabbing in order to poison then liquidation to slaughter them.

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That is OK and I understand why u would not believe me. I know and understand what you mean about the warlord slash Gangar strategy which I agree was useless but this strategy is quite affective in a singles 1v1
eh, i think the other sets above are much much better.
Ok that is ur opinion that is ok. Me to. My fave that I use is number to but for a beginner it is good to check out verlisify but beware to not do all he says Cuz wellllll, you will see
verlisify isn't even good for beginners, he will confuse the flup out of them lol
True now that I think of it. Bye