Building a Monotype Pokemon Team

Hey guys! For almost a year now, I have been building and experimenting with a monotype team, focusing on Poison. Don’t ask why I chose Poison, but it’s there!

I started by shiny hunting every member of the team, and then looked into good movesets and play styles. I also had the help of my good friend Tim, who has been a great battle partner in recent times. We always battled in doubles with normal rules, because I just find double battles more enjoyable, and is more commonly used in the VGC tournaments.

I’ve been able to find the play styles that worked, and those that didn’t. As of publishing, I hadn’t changed my team around, but I do plan on making some adjustments. These involve the possible inclusions of Crobat and Skuntank, for type coverage and resistances.


Roserade is normally my go-to opener alongside Gengar, although recently I’ve been changing it up slightly. In a more recent match-up it actually ended up being a heavy-hitter and was a deciding factor in that battle. I do like bringing it out early to get Spikes set up, because that’s detrimental if I get enough of them. However I don’t use Spikes all the time.

Ability: Poison Point

Item: Life Orb

Moves: Synthesis, Spikes, Leaf Storm, Sludge Bomb


Gengar is just here for the hell of it. It’s a great glass cannon, and somehow hits Focus Blast more often than not (although there have been times where I’ve Gigantamaxed with Max Knuckle to take out some of those pesky opponents.

Gengar can also Gigantamax now, which is beautiful in its shiny form.

Ability: Cursed Body

Item: Focus Sash

Moves: Focus Blast, Shadow Ball, Sludge Wave, Dazzling Gleam

Galarian Weezing

I’ve been changing up this Weezing set of late. It’s still kept its Defog and Flamethrower from when I first built the team, but Normal Gem Explosion is a fun set, although against the opponents I’ve been up against at time of writing, it…hasn’t taken them out, surprisingly. I would Misty Explosion, but this team doesn’t utilise a Misty Terrain.

Ability: Levitate

Item: Normal Gem

Moves: Destiny Bond, Explosion, Defog, Flamethrower


Toxicroak has been hit and miss with its place here, but I managed to do alright one time. Sucker Punch is fun to get ahead of the game against any attacking opponents, and of course, Fake Out to flinch. Dry Skin was a fun surprise for that person that forgets I run Dry Skin Toxicroak.

Ability: Dry Skin

Item: Black Sludge

Moves: Sucker Punch, Fake Out, Brick Break, Poison Jab


Toxapex is the literal wall of the team, and has become one of my favourite Pokemon because of that. I use a stall set for this, with Scald being its only attacking move. If I can’t get a poison status condition for whatever reason, I might as well at least try a STAB attack with a chance to burn! Recover and Baneful Bunker, alongside the Leftovers is amazing. The Toxic is there to slowly whittle the health of the stubborn opponents down.

Ability: Limber

Item: Leftovers

Moves: Recover, Baneful Bunker, Toxic, Scald


I can’t not have Toxtricity on this team! The best thing is when I decide to use Boomburst while Toxapex is using Baneful Bunker. Of course, it does actually do a sizeable amount of damage to the opponents because it’s accompanied by Choice Specs and the Punk Rock Ability.

Toxtricity can also Gigantamax, which is a blessing for me in double battles!

Ability: Punk Rock

Item: Choice Specs

Moves: Boomburst, Overdrive, Volt Switch, Poison Jab

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