It's finally time for RU's first suspect test of the 9th generation. This time we've decided to start with one of the most controversial Pokémon in the tier: Toxtricity.
Toxtricity's main appeal lies in its insane raw power + coverage that make it way too hard to handle. And with the newly added terastalization, Toxtricity can become a normal type, making Boomburst (the most spammable move) hit even harder thanks to the tera boost. It also has coverage to hit one of its most famous checks, Palossand, with a Punk Rock boosted Snarl, just showing how hard it is to switch in to it. Despite seeing less usage after the Light Clay ban, Toxtricity can also run Shift Gear sets that make it harder to revenge kill, as well as have Drain Punch in order to recover health if the opponent is trying to check you with a Blissey or a Copperajah. And as of lately, we've seen Choice Scarf sets that abuse the previously mentioned Normal Tera to pick surprise kills with ease. Surprisingly enough, Toxtricity also has fewer issues switching in than in the previous generation, as poison/electric resists quite a lot of the common attacks used in this tier from Pokémon like Revavroom, Klefki, Kilowattrel, etc.
While the other side of the coin says that the meta is not that kind to Toxtricity to let it rampage as free as it would like to. Most common teams lately have enough breakers that are faster, and that can KO Toxtricity, while the slower teams see more issues against it, but still have Blissey as the best possible answer for the Choice Specs set. While we mentioned that its typing is not bad to switch in, its bulk really limits it to how much it can take. At the end of the day, it'll be up to the community to decide if Toxtricity is a presence that overbears people who worry too much about checking it, or if it's just another one of those breakers you can just outpressure with a strong enough team.
We'd appreciate if you could post your thoughts below, as it makes it easier for the less knowledgeable players to follow the discussion, and educate themselves. However, keep in mind that - as is standard for the forum - one-liners and posts lacking substance are subject to deletion and, in extreme cases, may lead to infractions.
Tagging Kris and Marty to announce it on the RU ladder, thank you both!
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- The suspect test will last for two weeks, ending on Friday, March 31st. 11pm - 5