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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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Leftovers? Why not Black Sludge?
Oh, Black Sludge will be better since he's a poison type. Thanks for reminding me.
you're welcome! :3
Wow I agree that this is a great moveset for a tanky BEAST like toxapex! I have the exact same moves and items on him I don't recommend this strategy for those with no patience but it is a very effective strategy. If anyone wants they may single battle me in sun and moon. My UN is SurSethsalot and me,toxapex and magearna are always excepting new challenges.You guys sound really good at pokemon but don't hold back Cuz I need a challenge
I totally agree with this. I mean, if a Pokemon's got an OP ability like merciless, why not use it?
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.
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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.
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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?
Good, but why not use Baneful Bunker instead of Protect? It's the same thing, and if it happens to make contact poisons them.
Oh, I completely forgot that. Lemme edit.
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Role: annoying staller

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

Whit this set you can just spam baneful bunker while toxic chips them away.
Use venushock every other turn. If you have a stockpile set then use stock pile first. If you replace toxic with recover then 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
Moves:
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 quite helpful and goes well with merciless ability. Liquidation is a good move +stab 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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Toxapex@Leftovers
EVs:252HP 248Def 8SpA
Ability: Regenerator
Toxic Spikes
Scald
Baneful Bunker
Toxic

Set up with toxic spikes then poison the foe use baneful bunker as needed. Scald is for coverage.

 Hope I helped!!
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WTH
1) Toxic + Toxic Spikes: THATS WASTING ONE MOVE SLOT(tho everybody else seems 2 do that too)
2) Have you ever heard of something called Black Sludge? And did you forget Toxapex is half poison type?
3) You should switch Toxic/Toxic Spikes out for Venoshock: if switching out Toxic, stay with Regenator, otherwise go with Merciless. WHY TOXIC? TOXIC SUX. S-U-X.
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Here's what I run

[email protected] Sludge
Nature: Calm
Ability: Regenerator
Moves:
Baneful Bunker
Infestation
Toxic
Recover

Hope this helps!

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WHERE ARE THE EVs?
Suggested spread: 252 Def / 32 Sp Atk / 224 Sp Def
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Let's get straight into it. Nothing to fancy.

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

Moveset:
- 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 chance of secondary effect 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 it's 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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Lol, I literally thought SPD was Speed. It should be SpD. Or something like that
That is what it should be: SpD
Speed is Spe
I like to us SpDef
I like Recover. But here's a different set:
[email protected] Sludge
Ability: Regenerator
Nature: Bold
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Sp Def
Moveset:
Toxic Spikes
Venoshock
Scald
Stealth Rock
Weird, but it's saved my life couple thousan-tens of times in case no idi-people out there realize that Sleath Rock is AWESOME!
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Toxapex @ Waterium Z
Trait: Merciless
Nature: takes siestas
EV's are 252 attack, 252 sp attack, and 4 speed
Toxic/Recover
Venoshock
Baneful Bunker
Liquidation/Scald

Toxapex is my favorite alolan Pokemon, so to me, it CANT be misused. its stats suggest a wall or sweeper, depending on the moveset. toxic or recover, I would generally pick toxic because the opponent might not use a physical move on baneful bunker. but recover is pretty good to, if you don't want to waste potions. venoshock, YES! if poisoned, it will do 120 damage, plus a critical hit via merciless! baneful bunker because its a good protecting move, plus it might poison the target. liquidation could lower its defense, making it stronger next time, but scald may burn the target. I really don't know about the items, but its always a good idea to have a wide variety of Z moves in case of different opponents. I also think that you should have attack EV's because its attack +sp atack is already low. that's pretty much the limit of my knowledge with toxapex, but I hope I helped out!

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I know I'm late but you need EVs
Also I'm late but...er... Venoshock when poisoned deals 130 damage, not 120. STAB makes 195, not 180 for you noob-people out there.
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Toxipex is an amazing competitive Pokemon and this is how I use mine,

Ability: merciless
Nature: modest
Moveset:
Rest
Sleep talk
Toxic/toxic spikes
Venoshock

A good double battle stay is reminding your ash-greninja mat block ( which is basically double protect) and get your toxic away

PS: I use these strats loads online and they do work

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Toxapex @ Black Sludge

EVs: 252 HP, 128 Defense, 128 Special Defense
Ability: Merciless
Nature: Calm (-Atk, +Sp. Def) / Bold (-Atk, +Def)

  • Recover- Heals him/her, useful in Toxic, or if he/she is in low health.
  • Toxic Spikes- Instantly get poison on your opponent. Watch out for Raised Pokémon or Steel types, as they will not be affected by Toxic Spikes. Pair him or her with her:
    (She can poison Steel types with her ability, and just Toxic raised Pokémon)
  • Venoshock- Works well with Merciless, and if the enemy is poisoned, double the damage.
  • Scald- A good STAB move, and with a 30% to burn, pretty much halving enemy attack.

First set up Toxic Spikes. That will make most Pokémon poisoned. 2 layers if you can. Next, it depends on your opponent. Use Venoshock, but if it is not effective or a Steel type, go for Scald. If they manage to weaken you, use Recover.

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Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Role: Stalling physical attacker
Ability: Merciless
Nature: Adamant (-SpAtk + Atk)

  • Toxic (can poison all foes, therefore getting critical hits)
  • Protect (Good for stalling - gives time to regain HP)
  • Pin Missile (Minimum Damage = 100 (critical hits), Maximum Damage = 250 (critical hits)
  • Liquidation (can lower defense, gets STAB)
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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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So you wanna train your toxapex right to sweep Pokemon well I have the prefect moveset,item and other stuff. :D
Item: black sludge because it's a poison type and you shouldn't use a left overs because it's no point
Nature: Bold
Evs: 252 hp if you want it to be a heath tank or Evs: 121 in sp.defense and in defense.
Ability: Regenerator .
-scald to faint any steel types.
-toxic to poison the opponent very badly and make him take damage over time.
-painful bunker to protect you and let the poison increase damage over time
-venoschock to double the power so first it was 60 power but now the since the oppenent is poisoned it's 120 power which is a lot.
This is mostly a moveset for patient people I want to see their opponent suffer by poison the whole point is to not die by useing painful banker and let the opponent do very little damage and even if you did a wrong move thanks to its very high defense and also very high special defense it won't do a lot of damage venoshock could be a sweeper move and scald is just in case of a emergency of 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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Toxic staller (ironic that it's a poison type)

Item: black sludge
Ability: limber

Moves:
Toxic
Protect
Baneful Bunker
Recover

Pokemon to have on ur team: salazzle ( see my salazzle set) and any light screen , aroura veil etc.

Strategy: I think you can guess

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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