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 Flying 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
Machamp 2889 234 162 180
Heracross 2938 234 189 160
Blaziken 2631 240 141 160
Breloom 2407 241 153 120
Hariyama 2765 209 114 288
Gallade 3093 237 195 169
Lucario 2703 236 144 172
Toxicroak 2488 211 133 195

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
Muk 2709 190 184 210
Roserade 2971 243 185 155
Toxicroak 2488 211 133 195
Nidoking 2386 204 157 162

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
  • Poison Jab Poison
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Mud Bomb Ground

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.

Weather Pros Cons
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 Flying moves
Snow No pros or cons

Shiny Toxicroak

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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.
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