Toxicroak, The Toxic Mouth Pokémon. Its cheeks hold poison sacs. It tries to catch foes off guard to jab them with toxic fingers. Inflating its poison sacs, it makes an eerie blubbering sound for intimidation. It rarely fights fairly, but that is strictly to ensure survival. It is popular as a mascot. Fluid squeezed from its finger, albeit poisonous, is a significant ingredient in remedies for lower back pain.
I've always liked Toxicroak. I used to use Nasty Plot Toxicroak a lot. It's a cool guy. It has a pretty cool movepool and one of the best rain abilities in the game, Dry Skin. It makes Toxicroak into a pretty bulky Pokémon with enough offence to sweep. It has a cool typing too, though its Poison STAB isn't used that much. With Swords Dance, Nasty Plot, Substitute, Fighting STAB, Sucker Punch, Bullet Punch, and many other great moves, Toxicroak is surprisingly decent. Of course, you will want to be using it under rain, as otherwise you lose one of its main selling points.
Anticipation: it's alright, but nothing compared to Dry Skin.
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- Swords Dance / Bulk Up
Swords Dance gives you crazy offensive power and makes you a genuine threat. Bulk Up makes you more durable, which is cool when combined with Dry Skin. Sucker Punch is a great priority attack, due to its 80 base power. However, make sure you prediction isn't off as Sucker Punch only works if the opponent uses a directly damaging attack. Drain Punch gives you some recovery and is a relatively powerful attack. Cross Chop has great base power and a high critical hit chance, but less than ideal accuracy. Stone Edge covers things like Gyarados, Salamence, whereas Ice Punch mostly handles Dragons and Gliscor. Bullet Punch is another priority attack. Poison Jab and Gunk Shot get STAB and hit hard. Gunk Shot is much stronger, but has a high chance of missing.
You have a much strong Fighting move at your disposal now. Substitute and Focus Punch combine perfectly. Sucker Punch gets priority and hits Psychic types hard. Taunt is a great move on... everything. Ice Punch helps take out Gliscor, Landorus, things like that. It's pretty simple. Use Taunt to stops phazing, set up and healing, whilst hiding behind a Substitute throwing off STAB Focus Punches.
- Nasty Plot
Special Toxicroak is rarely seen, sadly. Nasty Plot gives you a large Special Attack boost. Vacuum Wave is STAB priority, which is awesome. Sludge Wave is slightly stronger than Sludge Bomb, with less chance to poison. Shadow Ball or Dark Pulse... it doesn't matter which you choose really. They both do the same thing, basically. Stop Ghosts and Psychic Pokémon, combine greatly with Vacuum Wave, both have the same power. The only thing they do differently really is Shadow Ball reduces Special Defence sometimes, whereas Dark Pulse can flinch.
- Cross Chop / Drain Punch
It's all about the automatic power. No need for set ups, just straight in and BAM. Cross Chop hits crazy hard, and you have the higher critical hit chance. Drain Punch gives you some more recovery and hits pretty hard. Poison Jab is nice and reliable, whereas Gunk Shot is risky but potentially devastating.
EVs & Natures
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Choice Specs, Acupressure, Counter, Fake Out, Focus Blast, Knock Off, Me First, Pursuit, ThunderPunch, Work Up
Double & Triple Battle Options
With Dry Skin, Toxicroak can work well in a rain team. It has access to nice moves such as Fake Out and Taunt, even Rock Slide. Honestly, without Dry Skin Toxicroak is pretty useless. Dry Skin means Toxicroak recovers insane amounts of HP, and combine that with the possibility of Surf and Black Sludge, you have a lot of HP recovery.
POLITOED. Drizzle is Toxicroak's best friend when combined with Dry Skin. Zoroark makes for a good partner, considering Zoroark is immune to Toxicroak's biggest weakness, and is special where Toxicroak is mostly physical. Toxicroak finds it quite hard to break down strong physical walls like Skarmory and Hippowdon. Using something like Magnezone can help break down things that would wall Toxicroak to hell. Thanks to Toxicroak's great coverage, it can do well against most things.
Gliscor, Skarmory, Hippowdon, standard walls like that work great. A key counter is weather. Sandstorm, hail but especially sun, weather aside from rain destroys Toxicroak. It relies on the rain for healing so much. Fast Psychics do well for destroying Toxicroak, but be very careful of Sucker Punch. Ghosts also do well as long as they avoid Sucker Punch. Alakazam, Espeon, Starmie, Gengar, stuff like that. Metagross, Bronzong and Jirachi do well too, considering they can ruin Toxicroak with a STAB Psychic attack whilst avoid major damage thanks to only being hit neutral by everything it has. Steel Bugs also work well, like Forretress, Scizor, Escavalier and Durant. Being hit with burn ruins Toxicroak's Attack, and its recovery. Be cool and use Prankster Sableye, it's pretty effective. Toxicroak really improved with 5th gen, but mostly because of Politoed. Infinite rain is really helpful in keeping Toxicroak alive, and it really does make Toxicroak worth using.
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