imperfection is beautiful
OU Forum Leader
This is out of hand! The only viable pokemon left in the Overused Viability Rankings is Toxapex. Please Finchinator, the people are begging you, do something!
Surprised you don't even mention Pex's best set: Merciless Specs.With innumerable possible strategies ranging from tactical Regenerator loop switching to relentless Regenerator loop switching, it should be no shock that Toxapex has had such an impact on the competitive landscape, including raising the rates of childhood degeneracy by a whopping 33.3%. Even when you are able to seemingly pin down Toxapex with your offensive assault over countless turns of pressure, which is a rarity as is, Toxapex will end up near full health while your entire party will be burnt or poisoned before you know. And before you go ahead and write Toxapex off as just another pretty face with a strong ability that makes it challenging to kill like fellow Regenerator users Slowbro, Slowking, and Tangrowth, Toxapex is so much more than this! Ladder players may convince you Toxapex is just a stall demon or status spreader who will ruin your fun, but this is not true.
On contrary, Toxapex is a master of anything and everything competitive Pokemon. You will be scolding your opponent's into submission in no time if you add this metagame staple to your team. As the explanations for the drops below will show you, Toxapex has a wide array of possible sets that lets it function in just about every capacity one could recognize in competitive Pokemon. Wall? Yep, high base defenses. Breaker? It will make you shatter your screen out of anger, so you're breaking through the opposition with ease. Sweeper? Going to need a broom to clean up the remains of your opponent by the time you're done with them. Pivot? **Engages Regenerator loop** Lead? Get them Toxic Spikes up. You name it, Toxapex can do it comfortably and we will show how much of a metagame defining presence is by outlining the impact it has on drops below.
252 SpA Choice Specs Kadabra Psychic vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Toxapex: 236-278 (77.6 - 91.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Black Sludge recoveryRise - Kadabra Unranked-S
It 1HKOes Toxapex
252 SpA Choice Specs Kadabra Psychic vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Toxapex: 306-362 (100.6 - 119%) -- guaranteed OHKO
Plus, with Magic Guard, it is immune to damage from Toxic and Scald burns, making it the perfect Toxapex counter
cough cough252 SpA Choice Specs Kadabra Psychic vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Toxapex: 236-278 (77.6 - 91.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Black Sludge recovery
0 Atk Toxapex Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Kadabra: 234-276 (105.8 - 124.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
Do not believe this Anti-Pex slander. One does not simply OHKO Lord Pex.