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Find out the best moveset & build for Toxtricity in Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH): Isle of Armor! Includes Toxtricity's best competitive movesets, best builds, & best nature!

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Pro Player Recommended Build

Pro Player Build

The following is a part of our upcoming series of builds provided by Japanese Pro players! This guide is provided by Yuki!

Shift Gear Fire Punch Build

Best NatureBest Item
Rash (Sp.Atk ↑ / Sp.Def ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Punk Rock
Boosts the power of sound-based moves. This Pokémon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves.
Best EV Spread
HP 4, Atk 116, Defense 4, Sp. Atk 216, Speed 168
Check Here For Details On EV Allocation

Note: +1 (or +2) refers to a stat increased by a boosting ability (such as Shift Gear).

The numbers here are stat values at level 50.

Attack EV Allocation

Can one shot a 186 HP / 81 Def Excadrill with +1 Fire Punch (after Stealth Rock)
93.8% chance of one-shotting a 185 HP / 81 Def Excadrill with +1 Fire Punch
Can one shot a 181 HP / 164 Def Ferrothorn with +1 Fire Punch
Can one shot a 207 HP / 142 Def Tyranitar with +1 Drain Punch
Can one shot a 164 HP / 95 Def Dragapult with +1 Throat Chop

Allocated To Deal With Expected Toxtricity Counters

The attack EVs here are specifically chosen to deal with a certain subset of Pokemon that are likely to be used to counter Toxtricity. After dealing with these threats, you'll be mostly using Boomburst and Overdrive, so the remaining EVs will go into Sp. Atk.

Speed EV Allocation

3 higher than a non-speed natured Tyranitar with 252 Speed EVs
Can outspeed a Scarf Jolly Excadrill after 2 speed stage increases

Speed can be increased by using Shift Gear, so we've only allotted a small amount of EVs to it.

Best Moves

MandatoryShift Gear
Fire Punch
Boomburst
OptionalOverdrive
Drain Punch
Throat Chop
Sludge Bomb

Role & How To Use

Aim For A Full Sweep

Toxtricity's Shift Gear move, available only in Amped Form, is the key to this build. Using it will increase your Attack 1 stage and Speed 2 stages, allowing you to supplement Toxtricity's rather mediocre speed stat.

Use Its Resistances Effectively And Buff Up

Toxtricity has a rather high 8 resistances, including Fairy, Electric, and Grass. Aim to set up on these types of Pokemon. Shift Gear's main purpose is the speed boost, but its attack increase is also quite excellent, allowing it to deal significant physical damage too.

Keep Excadrill & Ferrothorn In Mind

Ferrothorn and Excadrill are capable of resisting 3 of Toxtricity's main damaging moves, the non-STAB Boomburst, and other Electric and Poison moves. As such, you should expect that they'll be sent out to deal with your Toxtricity.

It's for this reason that this build sports Fire Punch - if your opponent has nothing but Excadrill and Ferrothorn to deal with Toxtricity, you'll be able to put a stop to their plans easily.

Other Physical Move Choices

Use Physical Moves To Take Down Counters

Toxtricity's 98 Attack isn't exactly high, so it's not recommended to specialize it in physical damage. Instead, use physical moves sparingly in situations where your special moves won't work well. Select moves which are effective against Pokemon that might be sent in to counter you.

Drain Punch Is Excellent

When considering choices aside from Fire Punch, Drain Punch is a great candidate. This is due to several factors, including how well it deals with Tyranitar, which has pesky resistances to Normal and Poison moves. Drain Punch also works well against Excadrill and Ferrothorn as well. Finally, since Drain Punch restores your health, you can keep yourself alive while continuing your sweep!

Additionally, it's also useful for dealing with Snorlax, which has frustratingly high Sp. Defense and might be difficult to take out otherwise.

Throat Chop For Ghost Types

Throat Chop is here to deal with Ghost types, which are immune to normal moves. The main culprit here is Dragapult, which can be easily defeated (provided you have Stealth Rock up and Dragapult doesn't have defensive EVs).

How To Counter This Build

PokemonExplanation
SnorlaxSnorlax ・High Sp. Def
・With Def EVs, can withstand a +1 Drain Punch
・Can easily dispatch Toxtricity with a Ground move
RhyperiorRhyperior ・Resists Fire, Normal, and Poison moves, immune to Electric
・Can survive Drain Punch with no problem
・STAB Ground moves are lethal
MimikyuMimikyu ・Immune to Normal moves, fairly high Sp. Def
・Disguise lets you counterattack
・Max Phantasm works well on low-def Toxtricity
・Hard to get a super-effective hit on Mimikyu

Use Special Defense Walls

Most Pokemon that have a high Sp. Def can take hits from Toxtricity easily. Snorlax is a great reliable choice that can even withstand a +1 Drain Punch so long as it has some Defense EVs.

Teaching Snorlax a Ground move will let you easily take Toxtricity out.

Resist Its Moves

Bringing out a Pokemon that resists Toxtricity's main moves is another safe bet. Normal, Poison, and Electric will usually be its main moves, so bringing something like Rhyperior, even if it may have low Sp. Def, is a good bet. Its high Defense and ability Solid Rock will let you survive Toxtricity's hits long enough to take it out.

Fight Back With Mimikyu

Mimikyu's Disguise ability, as well as its immunity to Normal moves make it excellent for dealing with Toxtricity, being able to handle even a Shift Gear buffed Toxtricity. It has a decently high Sp. Def stat and won't be hit by any super-effective moves from Toxtricity, Mimikyu should be able to survive even without Disguise up (unless Toxtricity Dynamaxes.)

Trick Room and Swords Dance are also powerful tools for taking out Toxtricity.


All of the information above, including EV distribution, counters, and moves, has been provided to us by the Japanese Pro Player Yuki.

Source: Yuki's Hidden Power (Ice)


Toxtricity Moveset & Best Builds

Toxtricity
Total Base Stats502
Type Electric IconPoison Icon

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Special Choice Specs Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed ↑ / Attack ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Punk Rock
Boosts the power of sound-based moves. This Pokémon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves.
Best Moveset
Overdrive / Sludge Bomb / Boomburst / Volt Switch
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Atk 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Toxtricity Strengths

Toxtricity's unique Poison and Electric type gives him access to moves like Toxic, as well as making him formidable against Water-based threats in the metagame such as Gyarados & Toxapex.

Have An Escape Route

Toxtricity can be particularly weak to ground moves, so it's important to switch out when you feel a ground move is coming. Pokemon that work well with it are Gyarados, Togekiss, and Corviknight, due to their flying typing.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Overdrive
electric Icon
Stab Electric move, is sound-based so it gets buffed by Punk Rock.
Sludge Bomb
Poison Icon
Good stab for dealing with Fairy and Grass types.
Volt Switch
electric Icon
Changes the user out. Useful with a choice scarf to go first and avoid taking damage.
Boomburst
Normal Icon
Incredible power. Should be used with a Throat Spray to maximize one-time damage.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Discharge
electric Icon
An alternative to Overdrive which has a chance to paralyze. Hits all Pokemon, even allies.

Physical Life Orb Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Punk Rock
Boosts the power of sound-based moves. This Pokémon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves.
Best Moveset
Thunder Punch / Shift Gear / Poison Jab / Fire Punch
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Gear Shift To Buff Up

Toxtricity has access to a rather rare move called Shift Gear, which increases Attack by 1 stage and Speed by 2! It is incredible for setting up and sweeping. Use it on a target that can't deal with Toxtricity and set up.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Thunder Punch
electric Icon
For physical builds, has a chance to paralyze.
Shift Gear
status icon
Increases Attack by one stage and Speed by two stages. (Amped Up Form Only) Use with a Life Orb build.
Poison Jab
Poison Icon
Strong STAB physical move. Great for taking out Fairy types.
Fire Punch
fire Icon
Good on a physical build to counter some Pokemon like Ferrothorn.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Throat Chop
dark Icon
Dark type move, great coverage vs. Ghost types.
Drain Punch
Fighting Icon
Fighting type move that also heals a bit, can be useful to counteract the Life Orb damage.
Toxic
status icon
Inflicts a heavy poison on the target, making it take more damage each turn. Might be useful versus some threats.

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Gigantamax Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed ↑ / Attack ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Punk Rock
Boosts the power of sound-based moves. This Pokémon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves.
Best Moveset
Overdrive / Sludge Bomb / Boomburst / Volt Switch
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Atk 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Deal Damage Over Time With G-Max Wildfire

Move G-Max Wildfire Fire Icon
Effect Deals damage over 4 turns (1/6th of their health every turn)

G-Max Wildfire is a move unique to Gigantamax Charizard. It deals 1/6th of the opponent's health in damage for 4 turns. This works excellently at whittling down the health of an opponent you nearly knocked out.

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The Regular Solar Power Build Is More Useful

Unfortunately, with this build Charizard becames unable to use Max Flare, and thus can't set up its own sun. It is thus left with the ability Blaze. In terms of raw damage output, it's better to go for the Solar Power build instead of focusing on damage over time.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Fire Blast
fire Icon
Extremely powerful STAB move. Max Flare can cause harsh sunlight, activating Charizard's ability.
Air Slash
Flying Icon
Good stab move, can cause a flinch. Useful for Max Airstream to boost speed.
Focus Blast
Fighting Icon
Excellent coverage move vs Rock Pokemon.
Solar Beam
Grass Icon
Normally takes two turns, but can be fired off in one turn during harsh sunlight. Useful vs. Water types in a pinch.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Dragon Pulse
Dragon Icon
Coverage for Dragon types.

Toxtricity - Best Items to Hold

ItemTraits
Life OrbBoost move damage by 30%, but the holder takes 10% damage each turn. Useful for both physical and special builds.
Choice SpecsBoosts Special Attack by 50%, but the holder can only use one move. Great for a Modest all-in attacker.
Throat SprayRaises Special Attack when using a sound-based move. This applies to Boomburst, which can decimate any weak target that isn't resistant!
Choice ScarfBoosts Speed by 50%, but the holder can only use one move. Great for dealing with Gyarados, or other dangerous sweepers.

Toxtricity - Best Nature and EVs

Toxtricity - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
TimidSpeed↑ / Atk↓
The Timid nature focuses on going first and getting off a key paralyze or Toxic, or simply outspeeding a Gyarados without a speed nature.
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Adamant will focus on physical moves, like punches, alongside Shift Gear to set up.
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Atk↓
Special attack user, focused on Discharge and Discharge.
MildSp.Atk↑ / Def↓
Allows for a mixed physical/special user, at the expense of Defense.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Special Choice Build

StatBase Point
Special Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Defense4 points

This build can work as a Choice Specs user to take out large threats with Discharge or Sludge Bomb.

Physical Attacker Toxtricity

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Defense4 points

Adamant nature is best for this build, which can improve type coverage by adding Fire Punch. A Life Orb might be beneficial for this build.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Toxtricity Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Toxtricity

PokemonExplanation
Excadrill IconExcadrill Pros
- Can one shot and outspeed (even without Sandstorm)
- Immune to Electric and Poison moves
Cons
- Can take ~50% damage switching in on a Boomburst
Rhyperior IconRhyperior Pros
- Can switch in easily
- Immune to Electric moves
Cons
- Takes a good amount of damage switching in on a Boomburst
Dragapult IconDragapult Pros
- Outspeeds and 1 shots with Draco Meteor
- Immune to Boomburst
Cons
- Takes 30-40% damage switching in.

How To Play Against Toxtricity

Toxtricity's biggest weakness is its low speed stat. Look for an opportunity to switch to a Ground type. Keep in mind that some variants might run Fire Punch vs your Excadrill/Ferrothorn.

Toxtricity - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Get a Toxel from the Nursery on Route 5
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Toxel
3Breed that Toxel until you get one with a Modest Nature.
Note: This will get you a Low Key version of the Pokemon. If you want an Amped version, use a Mint.
4Put 252 EVs in Special Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Reach Lv. 30 to evolve to Toxtricity
7Teach it Overdrive, Sludge Bomb, Boomburst, and Volt Switch
8Equip Choice Scarf
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Toxel

The first step to Breeding Toxtricity will be to catch a wild Toxel on Route 7. However, you can actually get a free Toxel in the Nursery on Route 5.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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Anonymous 6

it is not charizard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous 5

Why is there Charizard move set???

Gamewith 4

Thanks for the feedback regarding Discharge/Overdrive. We've applied those changes to the article!

Anonymous 3

I know discharge has a 30% chance to paralyze, which punishes switch ins, but its worth mentioning overdrive has extra 50% power due to punk rock and hits through substitutes. This makes it better in a lot of circumstances.

Anonymous 2

It's also worth noting that Overdrive doesn't have a paralyze chance

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