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Find out how to breed Toxapex in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about competitive movesets, best builds, recommended EV spreads, held items, counters and the breeding process!

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Toxapex Best Build

Total Base Stats495
Type water Icon Poison Icon

Physical Tank Build

Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Atk↓) Black Sludge
Best Ability
Heals 33% HP every time it is switched out.
Best Moveset
Baneful Bunker / Recover / Scald / Haze
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Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Sp. Def 4

Toxapex Strengths

Toxapex is a classic defensive wall that can frustrate opponents with Regenerator and Recover. Instead of Baneful Bunker, Toxic Spikes or Toxic are also a very good choice. The move Haze removes all stat changes, so it can be really good at canceling out an opponent's set up (such as Mimikyu).

Go For A Burn With Scald

Toxapex's access to the move Scald allows it to possibly burn its target. This is a good way to shut down an offensive threat, as it will reduce their attack by half.

Recover, Scald, and Haze Are A Must

We strongly recommend running the above mentioned 3 moves, as they are the most advantageous in most situations. Your fourth move can be left up to your discretion. We've recommended Baneful Bunker for the utility, but in actuality Toxic may be a better option for your team composition. Toxic is better for taking down tanks, while Baneful Bunker is better for walling physical attackers.

Toxapex - Recommended Moveset

Physical Tank Build

Recommended Moves

water Icon
Physical water-type move, can lower defense. Useful to have as a STAB move.
water Icon
Special water-type move, can cause a burn. Useful to have as a STAB move.
Poison Jab
Poison Icon
Physical poison-type move, can inflict poison. Useful to have, but not necessary, as Toxic and Recover stalling will usually do the trick.
Ice Beam
Ice Icon
Special ice-type move, good to have for type coverage if you're lacking it on your team.

Other Viable Moves

Baneful BunkerWorks just like Protect, but if your opponent hits you with a move, they also become poisoned. Extremely useful defensive tool to scare away most threats.
RecoverRestores half of your health. Must have move.
HazeRemoves all stat changes on the field. Useful for stopping set up sweepers.
Toxic SpikesThe opposing Pokemon become poisoned when they enter the battlefield.
ToxicPoisons the target severely, causing increasing damage each turn. Useful to have against tanky threats who Toxapex can't take out with regular moves.

Toxapex - Recommended Items to Hold

Black SludgeRestores health at the end of every turn. Good stall move alongside Recover.
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Toxapex Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Toxapex

RillaboomRillaboom Pros
- Can use Knock Off to remove Black Sludge
- Drum Beating is not a contact move
- Resists Scald
- Knock Off is a contact move, could get poisoned
Excadrill IconExcadrill Pros
- Can two shot with Earthquake
- Immune to Poison
- Can learn Rapid Spin to clear hazards
-Weak to Water-type moves
Wash RotomWash Rotom Pros
- Can two shot with Thunderbolt or Thunder (w/ Choice Specs)
- Susceptible to Toxic
Toxtricity IconToxtricity Pros
- Can two shot with Discharge (w/ Choice Specs)
- Immune to Poison/Toxic
- Could be burned by Scald

How To Play Against Toxapex

Switching into a Steel type to avoid Toxic Spikes and rapid spinning is a good idea if there are hazards. If not, simply bring a Pokemon that can safely do at least 60% of its HP in one turn. Otherwise, it will keep recovering.

Don't Use Contact Moves

Baneful Bunker will cause a Pokemon that attacks it with a contact move to become poisoned. As such, you should be aware of whether or not your moves are contact or not.

Use Special Attacks

It seems that many builds currently played online are investing EVs into Defense, so Special Attacks are preferable.

Knock Off The Black Sludge

The move Knock Off will cut off one source of Toxapex's regeneration, so it comes highly recommended.

Toxapex - Base Points (EVs) and Natures

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Defensive Variant

StatBase Point
Defense252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Special Defense4 points

This EV spread will guarantee favorable matchups vs major physical threats like Mimikyu.

Specially Defensive Variant

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Special Defense252 points (max)
Defense4 points

This version simply puts EVs in Sp. Def. It might be worth running a Calm nature here too.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Toxapex - Recommended Natures

BoldDef↑ / Atk↓
Works well to wall physical threat like Mimikyu and Gyarados.
CalmSpDef↑ / Atk↓
Buffs up Special Defense, making it more durable vs the likes of Rotom and Special Dragapult.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Toxapex - Breeding Process


Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Get a Mareanie by catching one on Route 9.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Mareanie
3Breed that Mareanie until you get one with a Bold or Careful Nature
4Breed a Mareanie with the ability Regenerator. Note: This is a Hidden Ability
5Put 252 EVs in Defense and HP
6Feed it 10 Dynamax Candies to max out its Dynamax Level
7Raise it to level 38 to evolve into Toxapex.
8Teach it Baneful Bunker, Recover, Scald, and Haze
9Equip Black Sludge
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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Bobcharty 1

Seeing as it’s base speed is so low. Why not best to use a nature that decreases speed like S***y or Relaxed?

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