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This is a strategy guide for using Toxapex 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 Toxapex, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Toxapex

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Poison Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Water Type
Abilities
Limber The Pokemon is protected from paralysis.
Merciless The Pokemon's attacks become critical hits if the target is poisoned.
Regenerator (Hidden) Restores a little HP when withdrawn from battle.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
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Takes 0.5x damage
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Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
-

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
50 63 152 53 142 35

Best Nature for Toxapex

Best Natures
Bold
(+Def, -Atk)
Relaxed
(+Def, -Spd)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Toxapex's Egg Moves

Haze Inherit from Wooper (learns at Lv. 12)

Singles Movesets for Toxapex

Physical Defender Moveset & Best Build

Physical Defender Toxapex.png
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Atk. 4
Final Stat Values HP 157 / Def. 224 / Sp.Atk 74 / Sp.Def 162 / Spd 55
Ability Regenerator
Held Item Black Sludge
Moveset Recover
Baneful Bunker
Scald
Haze

This set takes advantage of Toxapex's high Defense, allowing it to take heavy attacks from Physical attackers. By inflicting status conditions that wear down the opponent's HP with Scald and Baneful Bunker, it can use Recover to restore its HP, so as long as the opponent is unable to deal more damage in a single attack than the amount healed by Recover, Toxapex can continue stalling and withstanding hits.

Other Viable Moves

Toxic Although it's a bit of a waste to use alongisde the Burn-inflicting Scald, has the advantage of definitely inflicting a status condition. It doesn't affect Steel, but it's great as a damage source.
Poison Jab A STAB move that can replace Scald. Use this if you're running into a lot of Fairy-type and Grass-type Pokemon.

How to Use Toxapex Effectively

A straight-up Physical tank

With Toxapex's high Defense, it's an ideal wall for Physical attackers. Although its Attack and Special attack are low, it's able to inflict status effects with moves like Scald and Toxic, so you'll hardly worry about its low attacking stats while it takes down foes.

The cornerstone of the Defensive loop

This Pokemon serves as a key axis in a Defensive loop strategy, which focuses on sending in Defensive Pokemon to take hits and waiting until the situation turns advantageous. With its ability Regenerator, allowing it to restore HP every time it's withdrawn, Toxapex is able to consistently maintain high HP even after being sent into battle multiple times.

Counters for Toxapex

Toxapex
Weakness
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Attack with Special moves

Toxapex is typically used as a Physical Defender. This leaves an opening for opponents attack with Special moves to deal big damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take Toxapex's moves at reduced damage
・Can use Special Electric-type attacks for easy damage
・Can use Trick to trade away a Choice Item and seal off Toxapex's moves
Best Ranked Battle Build for Wash Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Duraludon ImageDuraludon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Immune to Poison thanks to its Steel typing
・Can deal heavy damage with its high Special Attack
Best Ranked Battle Build for Duraludon

Stifle its movements with Taunt

As Toxapex relies heavily on status moves, Taunt will render it largely unable to fight back.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Toxtricity ImageToxtricity Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use Taunt first thanks to its high Speed
・Also an effective Special Attacker who can hit Toxapex's weak points
Best Ranked Battle Build for Toxtricity
Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can use Taunt wirth priority thanks its ability Prankster
Will lose its precious Attack power if Burned by Scald
Best Ranked Battle Build for Grimmsnarl

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