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This is a strategy guide for using Toxtricity in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Toxtricity, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Toxtricity

Types and Abilities

Amped Form

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Electric Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Poison Type
Punk Rock Boosts the power of sound-based moves. The Pokémon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves.
Plus Boosts Sp.Atk stat of the Pokemon if an ally with the Plus or Minus ability is also in battle.
Technician (Hidden) Powers up the Pokemon's weaker moves.

Low Key Form

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Electric Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Poison Type
Punk Rock Boosts the power of sound-based moves. The Pokémon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves.
Minus Boosts the Sp. Atk. stat of the Pokemon if an ally with the Plus or Minus Ability is also in battle.
Technician (Hidden) Powers up the Pokemon's weaker moves.

Toxtricity Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
75 98 70 114 70 75

Best Nature for Toxtricity

Best Natures
(Speed↑ Attack↓)
(Special Attack↑Attack↓)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Toxtricity

Focus Sash Moveset & Best Build

Focus Sash Toxtricity.png

Nature Timid (Speed ↑ Attack ↓)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp. Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 151 / Def. 90 / Sp.Atk. 166 / Sp.Def. 90 / Spd. 139
Ability Punk Rock
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Overdrive
Sludge Bomb

Focus Sash will allow Toxtricity to endure an opponent's attack, while simultaneously inflicting Paralysis with Nuzzle, then tacking on damage with Overdrive.

The ability Punk Rock increases the attack of Overdrive, so if you can endure an opponent's move, you can usually turn the tables on it.

Other Viable Moves

Volt Switch Useful for switching out. When the opportunity presents itself, swap out with this move to escape danger after inflicting damage to the opponent.
Sludge Wave Can be chosen over Sludge Bomb. It is more powerful than Sludge Bomb, but the poisonous effects are weaker.
Taunt Useful for stoping your opponent from setting up hazards or switching their Pokemon out.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Assault Vest Toxtricity.png

Nature Modest (Special Attack ↑ Attack ↓)
EV Spread HP 244, Def. 20, Atk. 204, Sp. Def. 36, Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 181 / Def. 93 / Sp.Atk. 176 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 96
Ability Punk Rock
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Overdrive

With a 1.5x increase in Sp. Defense thanks to the effects of Assault Vest, Toxtricity will be very useful against special attackers. This makes it an effective counter for the popular Pokemon Sylveon and Wash Rotom, so if you struggle against these Pokemon, we recommend adding Toxtricity to your team.

Regarding physical defense, Toxtricity will be able to endure Mimikyu's Swords Dance -> Shadow Claw combo, and if Dynamaxed, he can also endure Gyarados's Earthquake. With its high Special Defense, it can successfully endure a 252 Sp. Atk. Wash Rotom's Hydro Pump three times.

Other Viable Moves

Sludge Bomb A strong STAB move to counter Grass and Fairy-type Pokemon.
Volt Switch A STAB move that can be used to get out of a disadvantage. Will inflict damage as well in addition to the utility it brings.
Snarl Strong move that lowers the opponent's Special Attack stat. Pairs well with Punk Rock as it allows Toxicrity to deal more damage.

How to Use Toxtricity Effectively

A powerful attacker with the unique ability Punk Rock

Toxtricity is a Pokemon who, thanks to its signature ability Punk Rock, can dish out damage above its base Sp. Atk. of 114. However, its mediocre Speed stat means that it will need help from Assault Vest for additional protection or Choice Scarf to compensate for the stat.

Excellent for countering Fairy-types

As a powerful Poison-type, Toxtricity is one of the best counters for Fairy-type Pokemon. Its weakness comes from Psychic and Ground types, but other than them, Toxtricity is able to hold its own in many matchups.

How to Build a Team with Toxtricity

We recommend using Dark and Flying-type Pokemon to counteract Toxtricity's weakness to Ground and and Psychic-type Pokemon.

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) ・Ground-type moves does not deal damage to Landorus
・Can counteract Electric-type Pokemon easily
Landorus (Therian Forme) - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Moltres ImageGalarian Moltres ・Can counter Psychic-type Pokemon easily due to its Dark-typing
・Ground-type moves deal no damage

Galarian Moltres - Movesets & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Corviknight ImageCorviknight ・Can take damage for Toxcrity due to its typing
・Ground-type moves deal no damage
Corviknight - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Gyarados ImageGyarados ・Its Water-typing allows it to deal damage against Ground-type Pokemon
・Ground-type moves deal no damage due to Gyarados' Flying-type
Gyarados - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Hawlucha ImageHawlucha ・Grass-typing allows Hawlucha to deal well against Ground-types
・Ground-type moves deal no damage as well, making Hawlucha a perfect counter
Hawlucha - Evolution and Learnset
Pokemon SWSH - Hydreigon ImageHydreigon ・Psychic-type moves deal zero damage as Hydreigon is immune due to its Dark-typing
・Ground-type moves deal no damage due to its Flying-typing
Hydreigon - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Obstagoon ImageObstagoon ・Dark-typing makes Obstagoon strong against Psychic-types
Thief can lower the opposing Pokemon's effectiveness as well
Obstagoon - Evolution and Learnset
Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl ・Good support Pokemon as it can use Reflect and Light Screen
・Psychic-type moves deal zero damage as Grimmsnarl is immune due to its Dark-typing
Grimmsnarl - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Counters for Toxtricity

Weakness Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Psychic Image

Counter with a Ground-type

Both of Toxtricity's types are useless on Ground-types. In addition, it has a 4x weakness to Ground-type moves. Therefore, bring out a Ground-type to become fully immune to its Electric attacks and resist Poison-attacks while dealing heavy damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking:★★★★★
・Can simultaneously counter Mimikyu, so this Pokemon is very powerful in the current metagame
Best Ranked Battle Build for Excadrill
Pokemon SWSH - Garchomp ImageGarchomp Ranking:★★★★★
・Deals well against Toxtricity since Garchomp has access to powerful Ground-type moves
・Easy Pokemon to build around and support
Pokemon SWSH - Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) Ranking:★★★★★
・Great all-around Pokemon as it can fill multiple roles
・Deals a lot of damage to Toxtricity.
Pokemon SWSH - Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking:★★★★
・Can one-shot Toxctricity due to the combination of its typing and high attack
・Can be a great support Pokemon if it knows Stealth Rock and Yawn
Pokemon SWSH - Salamence ImageSalamence Ranking:★★★★
・Deals a lot of damage and is an overall strong Pokemon to use

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1 Wolfieover 4 years

The second setup listed for Tox with Assault Vest here has a few errors. In the EV spread box, It should say Special Attack should be given EV points, not Attack. And in the Final Stat Values, Attack is not listed. I believe where it says Special Attack in that box, it’s actually physical Attack that’s only 174 (I think?) Those parts should be corrected, else you’ll have a Toxicitry with a higher Attack than SpAtk, and that would be wasteful considering the nature that was picked for this mon.


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