So you people may be wondering, what exactly is "The Toxicroak Effect"? It's simple, it's when a Pokemon is OU or OU-viable not because of any special changes it recieved, but because the metagame around it has adapted so that it is better there. I know of a few Pokemon to which this effect applies to, either in whole or in part, but I'm curious: what other Pokemon fall under this effect? I'll start by listing the namesake of this effect, Toxicroak. Toxicroak While the changes in Drain Punch's mechanics and its availability to Toxicroak may have contributed somewhat to its rise to OU in the 5th Gen, the real cause of its ascension is the advent and subsequent pseudo-domination of permarain in OU. With a reliable source of rain, Toxicroak could reliably abuse Dry Skin, and was used on rain teams as a way to break through the Pokemon they so often struggled against. BTW is Gen V considered a 'past gen' yet? If not, is it OK for this thread to still exist?