Pokémon GO Toxicroak, a toxic mouth Pokémon, is a dual type Fighting and Poison. It is a second stage evolution that evolves from Croagunk. Toxicroak maxes out at 2488 CP with 211 ATK, 133 DEF and 195 STA. How does Toxicroak compare to Machamp, Muk or others?
We’ll go in depth in this article, but right now it is fitting the same role as Breloom: high DPS, low sustainability Fighting type attacker. You likely have better Pokemon at your disposal right now, but let’s see how does it stack up regardless.
Toxicroak in the Meta
Toxicroak takes super-effective damage from Ground and types. Its supreme counter is Psychic type which deals 1,96x damage. On the other hand, it double resists (0,51x) Bug type and takes reduced damage from Rock, Grass and Fighting.
After Generation 4 is fully introduced, Machamp will still likely remain on the top followed by Hariyama, but how does the relatively squishy Toxi fit into that equation? After all, combination of great stats with Counter/Dynamic Punch move set is what currently defines a good Fighting type, and as we will see later on, Toxicroak has access to the same move set.
In this chart, we will look at Toxicroak viability as a Fighting type in comparison with other popular available options.
|Fighting Type||Max CP||Attack||Defense||Stamina|
Fighting type is extremely useful in the metagame, especially against top tier defenders and Toxicroak looks pretty weak on paper.
On the other hand, there is not much of a competition between Poison types. Let’s take a look at the best Poison Pokémon.
|Poison Type||Max CP||Attack||Defense||Stamina|
We’re all very well aware that Poison isn’t particularly useful type in Pokémon GO. Toxicroak, with the right moveset, should become a high DPS glass cannon. It could be somewhat viable in the future against Fairy type, but currently available Steel type Pokémon do better. And let’s not ignore that Roserade is there as well with its monstrous attack stat, most likely outclassing Toxicroak right away.
Toxicroak’s Move pool analysis
Toxicroak’s moves are varied, focusing on the dirt fighter lore that Toxi is based upon. Fast move selection is solid, with Counter and PJ offering good coverage for both types, and charge moves are solid as well.
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
Of course, you’d probably want to stay away from Mud Bomb, as it lacks STAB and it Toxicroak isn’t really the Pokemon you want to use when you need a strong Ground type (go for Groudon or Garchomp, or for anything other that can replace Ground).
So it’s down to two move sets:
- Counter / Dynamic Punch for countering Normal types and using Toxicroak as a Fighting type
- Poison Jab / Sludge Bomb for any other scenario when you want to use a Poison typed attacker (we’re not super sure when this is, but hey, there probably is a game play loop where it makes sense)
And how are the sims looking? Well… in our simulations, Toxicroak usually ranks around fourth or fifth place as a Fighting type, following the usual suspects – Machamp, Hariyama, FB Mewtwo, Heracross – and contesting with Breloom. Mind you, these rankings are temporary as Gen 1 – 3 Pokemon still don’t have the CP rebalance activated. As a Poison type, its outclassed by Roserade and Gengar in almost every match-up and we really wouldn’t recommend using it that way.
Weather Influence on Toxicroak
You definitely don’t want to use Toxicroak against Pokémon with access to Psychic moves in Windy weather. As a matter of fact, any boosted super-effective move will tear through it because of its low HP and DEF. It performs the best in Cloudy weather.
The chart below will help you visualize what weather is beneficial or harmful for Toxicroak.
|Sunny||—||Boosts super-effective Ground moves|
|Partly Cloudy||No pros or cons|
|Cloudy||Boosts its potential Poison and Fighting moves||—|
|Rainy||No pros or cons|
|Fog||Boost its potential Ghost type moves||—|
|Windy||—||Boosts 2x super-effective Psychic type moves and super-effective moves|
|Snow||No pros or cons|
Pokedex Entries and Facts
Toxicroak’s description is always focused on its poisonous part.
- Ash’s Pokédex says, “Toxicroak, the Toxic Mouth Pokémon and the evolved form of Croagunk. The poison produced in its sacks is carried through tubes in its arms to its knuckle claws.“
- Which is more or less the same as in Diamond version. “Its knuckle claws secrete a toxin so vile that even a scratch could prove fatal.“
- Random fact: Croagunk, first stage of its evolution, made it as a character to Pokkén Tournament.