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Toxicroak

Discussion in 'Dream World' started by The Reptile, Feb 21, 2012.

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    HP: 83
    Atk: 106
    Def: 65
    SpA: 86
    SpD: 65
    Spe: 85

    This generation has blessed Toxicroak with the introduction of Drizzletoad and a Drain Punch buff. Thanks to Drizzletoad and his delicious permanent rain, Toxicroak can now heal 19% of his health at the end of each turn (assuming Leftovers), or alternatively, 2.5% if you attack while holding a Life Orb, which might not seem like much until you realize that you don't lose health if you choose to use a Life Orb. Add in the fact that Drain Punch now has a decent 75 Base Power and that it also heals you, and you have one tough cookie. So what makes him so special down here in Dream World? First of all, he has some amazing partners down here. Keldeo can rip holes on physical walls that make any physically oriented Toxicroak cry, especially Gliscor. He can also handle with Chandy pretty damn well, especially behind a sub, which is something most fighting-type pokemon cannot boast. It also can help the other amazing rain sweepers down here by being a threat to sand teams that use Tyranitar for the sand. It can also leave a dent on Ninetails and Hippodown (and Abomasnow, but lolhail) so that the rest of the team can handle them better. Sets:

    Toxicroak (M) @ Leftovers
    Trait: Dry Skin
    EVs: 244 HP / 252 Atk / 12 Def
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Bulk Up
    - Substitute
    - Drain Punch
    - Sucker Punch

    Sub Bulk Up is very scary if you let it start setting up. Thanks to Leftovers + Dry Skin, you can make almost free subs. His typing makes him an amazing Bulk Up pokemon, allow multiple useful resists (the most important one being resisting the infamous Dark / Fight coverage) with few weaknesses (3). Drain Punch + Sucker Punch give almost perfect coverage. Bulk Up increases is attack while making him very bulky, considering most of what you are resisting is physical anyways. Sucker Punch is cool because it lets you hit Chandy for SE damage, allowing for some cool mind games vs Calm Mind variants. Except not really, since if you are behind a sub you pretty much won against Chandy. Gliscor walls this cold and threatens to EQ you into oblivion.

    Toxicroak (M) @ Life Orb / Leftovers
    Trait: Dry Skin
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Sword Dance
    - Ice Punch
    - Drain Punch / Cross Chop
    - Sucker Punch

    This set trades the bulk of the Bulk Up set for instant power. A +2 Toxicroak is scary as fuck to fight against. I use Drain Punch over Cross Chop (which is normally illegal, but this is DW, so...) allowing for pseudo bulk with a super powered Drain Punch, plus it isn't unreliable as fuck. However, Cross Chop has a base power of 100, which might be enough to overlook it's 80% accuracy. Sucker Punch for priority and coverage in one package. Ice Punch is there because fuck you Gliscor. It also hits some things harder than it's other moves would (i.e. SE hit on Hippo).

    Other Sets/Options:
    Nasty Plot might work despite his lower SpAtk, but it's main purpose is to surprise his normal counters and Vaccum Wave, so it's more or less a gimmick.
    SubPunch is cool and stuff, since you get free subs, but imo it can be done better by other pokes who have a higher attack (i.e. Clonkedurr).
    Priority Spam. He gets Bullet Punch, Sucker Punch, and Fake Out, but meh. I guess you could put priority somewhere if you really wanted to.
    EdgeQuake over DarkFight, but no STAB makes him sad.​

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