STATUS: let's get it started in here http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/toxicroak [Overview] Toxicroak's acceptable defensive stats, combined with Bulk Up and the rapid recovery afforded by Dry Skin and Drain Punch, make it very hard to take down. Without a boost it's folding if it takes a hit. dummy dummy Overall, Toxicroak isn't very different. The game around it, though, is far kinder to it, with Politoed everywhere. [SET] name: Bulky Toxicroak move 1: Bulk Up move 2: Taunt/Substitute move 3: Drain Punch move 4: Sucker Punch item: Leftovers nature: Adamant ability: Dry Skin evs: 244 HP/252 Atk/12 Def Set Description: Come in on something that you can set up on and set up. Taunt prevents most phazers from working. Substitute protects you from status. Once Toxicroak is set up, you can't kill it in the rain. dummy dummy Speed investment isn't worth much; Toxicroak is plodding at best anyway Additional Comments: dummy dummy Teammates and Counters: dummy dummy dummy [SET] name: BaitCroak move 1: Cross Chop move 2: Stone Edge move 3: Sucker Punch move 4: X-Scissor item: Choice Scarf nature: Jolly ability: Dry Skin evs: 4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spe Set Description: Takes out enemy weather-inducers, which love to come in on Toxicroak Dry Skin sucks for this purpose, but is essential to keep the bluff up A little gimmicky, but used right will allow your real Rain sweepers to prosper dummy dummy Additional Comments: dummy dummy Teammates and Counters: dummy dummy dummy [Team Options] Politoed is vital to set up rain. Without rain, Toxicroak is just an average Fighting-type. dummy dummy [Optional Changes] dummy dummy dummy [Counters] Ninetales removes Toxicroak's beloved Rain and kills it dead with Special Fire attacks. For that matter, Tyranitar or Hippowdon will kill off Toxicroak, as well. Dragon Tail/Overhead Throw will work, if you can keep it from having another chance to set up. And, of course, Psychic attacks will brutalize Toxicroak. [Dream World] Without Dry Skin, Toxicroak is nothing. Poison Hand isn't useful anyway; it keeps you from inflicting a better status like Burn or Sleep.