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Toxicroak (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Poison Touch/Dry Skin
EVs: 4 HP, 252 Atk, 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Substitute
  • Bulk Up
  • Drain Punch
  • Ice Punch/Sucker Punch

Here is what I would use. Substitute is there for obvious reasons, and blocks Status which cripples it a lot. Bulk Up boosts Attack and Defense which makes it harder to take down while under the Substitute. Drain Punch is chosen STAB, which heals Toxicroak from all the damage caused by Substitute. Ice Punch covers its Flying and more importantly, Ground Type weakness. Sucker Punch can be used to cover Psychic Type threats like Alakazam and Espeon, but Ice Punch is more preferred. Black Sludge is chosen over Leftovers because being a Poison Type, it gets Double the Leftovers recovery with it. EVs give it max Attack for maximum power and Speed to Outspeed threats that can revenge kill it in OU.Dry Skin can be used to abuse it with Rain, getting even more recovery, but it doesn't really mean much of you aren't using it on a Rain Team. Poison Touch gives a nice 20% Chance of Poison upon using a contact move, which is very nice.

-Mike Y(^_^)Y

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A solid set, got dat big upvote.
Why would you +speed -spatk when you could -attack
This is a physical attacking moveset, so it's not a good idea to lower the Attack stat.
2 votes

Gen V

Toxicroak (M) @ Expert Belt

Trait: Dry Skin

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Sucker Punch
  • Drain Punch
  • Stone Edge
  • Poison Jab
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What does Gender have to do with it?
Is that the Toxicroak that gave me such a hard time earlier? ( Still pissing in your lemonade btw )

And I don't see the word gengar in there..
Nope, this one has Poison Jab instead of Swords Dance. And Gender just comes with the PO copy paste, since all my movesets are from my Pokemon Online Pokemon team sets.
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This guy is very interesting. He is a great teammate on a rain team due to dry skin and a great switch-in to water types. You can go 2 ways with this guy, physical or special.

Physical Toxicroak
Ability: Dry Skin
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) or Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Item: Black Sludge or Life Orb
- Poison Jab- STAB plus great chance to poison
- Drain Punch- add more healing
- Swords Dance- raises your attack to insane levels
- Stone Edge/X-Scissor/Ice Punch- get rid of your weaknesses

Special Toxicroak
Ability: Dry Skin
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk) or Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Item: Black Sludge or Life Orb
- Sludge Wave/Sludge Bomb- STAB with a little more power or STAB with a better chance to poison
- Vaccum Wave- priority STAB and works great with Nasty Plot
- Nasty Plot- raise your Special Attack
- Shadow Ball/Dark Pulse- get rid of psychics

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"Its knuckle claws secrete a toxin so vile that even a scratch could prove fatal." Diamond
"Swaying and dodging the attacks of its foes, it weaves its flexible body in close, then lunges out with its poisonous claws."
HG/SS

Toxicroak
Nature: Adamant
(H)Ability: Poison Touch
Item: King's Rock
Moveset
Fake Out/ Gunk Shot
Sucker Punch/ Power-Up Punch
Evs: 88 HP/ 130 Atk/ 76 Def/ 76 SpDef/ 140 Speed

Toxicroak is a lethal opponent, who strikes fast with deadly poison. Using Fake Out, you strike your opponent hard on the very first turn for chip damage. Each time you make contact with an enemy, Poison Touch has a 20% chance of debilitating your opponent with Poison, as well as Flinching. Gunk Shot takes advantage of Toxicroak's ability to churn poison to stronger effect. This move is a powerful STAB option that checks Fairies, if at a risk of accuracy. Psychic types are notorious for annihilating Toxicroak, and many expect Toxicroak to run with Sucker Punch. However, with the added 10% flinch chance from the King's Rock, what they won't expect is the possibility to Flinch. Even with another item, Sucker Punch is invaluable as a priority attack move. The last slot is Power-Up Punch, which is another STAB option. Although weak, Power-Up Punch sets Toxicroak up to be a great sweeper. Not only will it raise your Attack, but there is a combined chance to Flinch and Poison behind every attack. Toxicroak has some problems with it's weakness, but investing slightly in his defenses gives him enough bulk to withstand Earthquake from unboosted Swampert, as well as enough attack to make his physical attacks hit much harder. Again, Psychics and Psychic type attacks ruin the poor Toxic Fighter, but with any Pokemon, the right team support makes all the difference.

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Toxicroak (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Dry Skin
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 188 SDef / 64 Spd
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Sucker Punch
- Drain Punch
- Bulk Up
- Poison Jab

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Croagunk (M) @ Eviolite
Trait: Poison Touch
EVs: 188 Atk / 188 SAtk / 116 Spd
Hasty Nature (+Spd, -Def)
- Drain Punch
- Poison Jab
- Venoshock
- Shadow Ball / Rock Slide / Bullet Punch / HP [Ice]


Okay, this set might look strange, but this is how it works:
Hit the opponent with Poison Jab first, hoping for a 60% chance of poison, then follow up with Venoshock, which now has a amazing 195 BP. Drain Punch for Healing and STAB, while the last options are coverage.

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edit: 60% chance poison ---> 30% chance poison, 20% chance poison.
This is a fun set regardless, I'd like to try this on a Croagunk.
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This Toxicroak has been a lifesaver. But it needs to be used in Rain.

Toxicroak @ Black Sludge
Ability: Dry Skin
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature (+Spe, -SpA)

  • Swords dance
  • Substitute
  • Drain Punch
  • Sucker Punch

This Tockicroak doesn't rely on Bulk Up to survive. It relys on Speed. One substitute, then Swords Dance. Maybe more if you can survive it. Then Drain Punch and Sucker Punch all the way to the end.

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priority abuser
Toxicroak @life orb
Adamannt nature
EVs: 252 Attack/252 Speed/4 HP
Ability: Poison Touch
-Fake Out (flinching and potential first turn poisoning)
-Drain Punch (heal yourself)
-Sucker Punch (psychic and ghost coverage)
-Bullet Punch (fairy coverage cuz no poison type move)
I dont usually have this Pokemon last so long

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It doesn't need Fairy coverage. It isn't weak to Fairy and Fairy types will probably be switched out expecting a Poison move anyway.
idk about bullet punch since u have fake out to guaranteed flinch ur opponent. Toxicorak can already handle fairy types. Not to be mean or rude, but I'd rather have poison jab or sludge bomb.
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Toxicroak @Black Sludge
Trait: Poison Touch
EVs 252Atk \ 240Hp / 16Spe
Adamant Nature

-Poison Jab
-Drain Punch
-Knock Off
-Bullet Punch

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Excellent in the rain

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Dry skin
Jolly
Invest in speed and attacking and whatever's left can go to HP( maybe hold on to a non super effective move)
-Drain Punch
-Sucker Punch
-Ice Punch
-Poison Jab

This croak got hot hands. Works really well with a hydration wall like Goodrich or a wish passer. After a possible baton pass with from a swords dance, speed boost ninjask with a trusty rapid spinner on your team you can sweep anything by hitting your supereffectives before they hit you.

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Moves:
- Drain Punch
- Feint Attack/Sucker Punch
- Poison Jab
- Swords Dance
Ability: Dry Skin
Item: Leftovers
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 255 ATCK, 255 SPE, 4 HP

I use this setup all the time, and it's actually really good as long as you get your Swords Dance up. The entire point of this moveset is to annoy the opponent by dishing out damage whilst you recover at the same time, it works even better when in doubles if you have a Pokemon with Surf or other water type adjacent effecting moves as it will heal Toxicroak further (I use Primarina with Sparkling Aria), also Dry Skin will make it immune/healed by water type foes which is great when they don't realize what ability you have.

Drain punch is main STAB and allows recover and is a must for this moveset, Poison jab is the next STAB and although it isn't the strongest poison type move Toxicroak can learn, its the hardest physical Hitter you can get, plus the chance to poison which is a bonus, I use feint Attack because I don't want to rely on guessing if they will attack and I would rather a move that never misses (even though Sucker Punch is twice as strong), so its mainly up to preferance on that, Swords Dance is a must as Toxicroak by itself really won't hit very hard, if you can get one up, great get more up if you can, just be aware that you might get KO'd if you're not ready.

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This is a little different and works best with a pokemon before it that used Substitute and Baton Pass. It can work alone, though.

Toxicroak (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Dry Skin
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Focus Punch
- Sucker Punch
- Poison Jab
- Substitute

Ok, so I didn't put E.V.s into Sp.Def. because Toxicroak isn't going to stand up to a Psychic type that has Calm Mind, even with the Sp.Def. boosting.

If you haven't been baton passed a substitute, set one up. That is what sets up Focus Punch. Sucker Punch and Poison Jab seem pretty obvious, Sucker Punch for the Psychics and Poison Jab for the STAB.

I know some of you want to run Drain Punch over Focus Punch, but with Substitute, Focus Punch works (and Substitute provides Leftovers healing/Dry Skin healing).

Pretty deadly if used well, if you have any suggestions, please tell me.

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Toxicroak (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Dry Skin
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature
- Sucker Punch
- Ice Punch
- Toxic
- ThunderPunch

For use of Rain.

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(For Rain Teams)

Toxicroak - Shiny

AmphibiPWN (Toxicroak) (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Dry Skin
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Sucker Punch/ X-Scissor
  • Ice Punch
  • Stone Edge/ ThunderPunch
  • Drain Punch (B/W 2 Tutor)
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I'm so ashy...

Ability: Dry Skin

Nature: Modest/Timid

EVs: 4HP, 252 SpA, 252 Spe

Item: Black Sludge

Nasty Plot: One of the best special boosting moves out there, turns Toxicroak into a altogether different threat.

Vacuum Wave/Focus Blast: Priority or more power but shaky accuracy, your choice.

Dark Pulse/Shadow Ball: Both have great type coverage with Toxicroak's Fighting STAB. Dark Pulse for the chance of flinching or Shadow Ball for the chance of lowering the opponents special defence.

Sludge Wave/Hidden Power Ice: High power STAB move put poor type coverage or Hidden Power Ice for dealing with Dragon, Ground and Flying types.

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Item: Leftovers
Ability: Dry Skin
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Bulk Up
- Drain Punch
- Ice Punch

I always have this set on my Toxicroak when I use drizzle Politoed in my team. You'll pretty much get to have a substitute up anytime you want because of dry skin in the rain, leftovers, and drain punch. Ice punch for flying types.

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Wouldn't you want black sludge instead if lefties?
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Fairy crushing Toxicroak:

Toxicroak @ Expert Belt
Ability: Poison Touch (Dry skin if in a rain team)
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4 HP

Poison Jab
Earthquake
Brick Break
Swords Dance/Sucker Punch/Rain Dance (for rain teams)

I came up with this while making a fighting type team. Poison Jab for STAB fairy removal, and EQ because every fairy is weak to poison or ground. Brick Break is for more STAB, and sucker punch to cover psychic. Swords dance boosts attack further. Rain Dance boosts Dry skin Toxicroak's HP.

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Toxicroak (F) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Poison Touch
Evs: 6 HP, 252 Atk, 252 Spd
Nature: Adamant (+Atk,-Sp.Atk)
- Gunk Shot
- Cross Chop
- X-Scissor
- Ice Punch

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I haven't seen this one anywhere, so here goes nothing!

SubPunch Toxicroak

Toxicroak @ Black Belt
Ability: Poison Touch
Jolly Nature
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
-Substitute
-Focus Punch
-Knock Off
-Drain Punch

Toxicroak can force switches on a lot of things, and many people will be scared by the prospect of a Sucker Punch, and you can set up Sub as they switch. Proceed to Focus Punch away!

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Toxicroak @ Black Sludge
Ability:Anticipation
EVs:4 HP/252 Attack/252 Speed
Adamant Nature (+Atk,-SAtk)
-Drain Punch
-X-Scissor
-Earthquake
-Swords Dance

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Anticipation is useless