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This thread is for Kantonian Muk. For Alolan Muk, please go here.

If you have a good competitive moveset for Muk, 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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Gen V

Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 144 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Def / 56 SpD
Adamant Nature
- 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.

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my exact set, except the EV's i gave all to HP
Throw in Ice Punch for coverage. Remove Curse. ;)
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Ekans is snake backwards, Arbok is kobra backwards, what is Muk backwards? O.o
Sub-Punch Muk:

Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Sticky Hold
EVs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 SpD
Adamant Nature
- 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...

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Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 160 HP / 96 Def / 252 SpA
Modest Nature
- Thunder
- Hidden Power [Water]
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Wave


He works quite well to be honest.

Thunder gets 100% accuracy in rain.

Hidden Power [Water] gets a boost in the rain, AND covers Ground for you.

Shadow Ball takes care of your Psychic weakness.

Sludge Wave is great STAB.

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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.:)
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Muk (M) @ Choice Band
Ability: 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.

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Double/Triple Battle

Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Stench
EVs: 200 HP / 252 Atk / 56 SpD
Adamant Nature
- 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.

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If you use Trick Room support, you should use 0 Speed IVs.
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Muk (M) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 212 HP / 124 Atk / 172 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Poison Jab
- Substitute
- Shadow Sneak
- Curse


Poison Jab + Poison Touch = 50% chance to poison. Curse ups your power even more. Shadow Sneak is coverage + priority, while Substitute makes sure you don't get revenge killed.

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Muk @ Black Sludge
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 144 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Def / 56 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Poison Jab
- Rock Slide
- Shadow Sneak
- Ice Punch

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6th gen moveset:

Buck (Muk) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Atk
Careful Nature
- Acid Armor
- Power-Up Punch
- Poison Jab
- Shadow Sneak

A special tank that can freely set up on many threats if needed. One Acid Armor puts Muk's 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 Power-Up Punch makes Muk a big 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 isn't 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.

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"fragile Steel type"

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Muk @ Black Sludge
Ability: Sticky Hold
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Atk
Careful Nature
- Stockpile / Curse
- Poison Jab
- Toxic / Haze
- Fire Punch

Stockpile if you want both defenses raised, Curse if you want the Attack boost.
Poison Jab is STAB, Toxic for stalling or Haze to prevent Pokemon from setting up on you. Fire Punch is to hit Steel types.

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Black Sludge is good for scarfed trick users so Poison Touch would be a vetter choice
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Trick Room Sweeper

Muk @ Iron Ball
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 252 Atk / 128 SpD / 128 Def
Brave Nature
- Gunk Shot / Poison Jab
- Fling
- Ice Punch
- Disable / Explosion

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.

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Gen 7 ZU


Muk @ Black Sludge / Leftovers
Ability: Sticky Hold
EVs: 252 HP / 46 Atk / 110 Def / 100 SpD
Careful / Adamant Nature
- Gunk Shot
- Fire Punch
- Curse
- Shadow Sneak

Gunk Shot is powerful STAB. Fire Punch covers Steel types. Curse raises Muk's Defense and boosts its physical moves. Shadow Sneak lets Muk bypass the Speed drop from Curse. Rest should also be considered, because it can get Muk back to full HP.

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Gen 7 ZU

Muk @ Life Orb / Choice Band
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Gunk Shot
- Ice Punch
- Fire Punch
- Thunder Punch

Did I purposely arrange the moves for the first letter of Muk's moves to spell GIFT? Yes I did. Gunk Shot is STAB. Ice Punch deals with Ground types and has a chance to poison them thanks to Poison Touch. Fire Punch deals with Steel types. Thunder Punch is for the BoltBeam combo and also has a chance to poison thanks to Poison Touch.

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Gen 5 RU

Muk @ Black Sludge
Ability: Sticky Hold
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Impish Nature
- Gunk Shot / Poison Jab
- Substitute
- Focus Punch
- Shadow Punch

Muk is a really solid tank in Gen 5 RU being able to take special hits well and dish them out and with solid hp, defence investments will make it a greater psychical tank with access to some good coverage, Gunk Shot/Poison Jab is for STAB with Sub+Focus Punch to get away with dealing an incredible amount of damage and Shadow Punch for coverage against Psychic types. Overall, Muk is a really good devastating tank

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