Gym Teams | Poison

Hey guys! We’re right into my favourite type, the Poison-type! This was fun, trying to come up with a different team set-up to that of my original Poison doubles Gym team. But here we are!

This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:

  1. No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
  2. No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
  3. The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
  4. The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum

Crobat

Crobat is one that I want to put into my Poison doubles anyway, and this is the sort of set-up that I’d use, give or take a few items. The Toxic and Hex set-up would be a great combination, and Leech Life to combat the Psychic-types. I also wanted a STAB Flying-type move, hence Dual Wingbeat.

Ability: Inner Focus

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Dual Wingbeat, Toxic, Hex, Leech Life


Roserade

Roserade’s a mainstay on my Poison team, and it’s here again! I decided on Giga Drain instead of Synthesis, just so that it deals damage and heals at the same time, coupling with the Black Sludge for extra healing power. I’d like to set up Toxic Spikes and Leech Seed for that extra crippling damage at the end of each turn. Because why not?

Ability: Poison Point

Item: Black Sludge

Moves: Toxic Spikes, Giga Drain, Sludge Bomb, Leech Seed


Toxtricity

You knew it had to be here, didn’t you? And of course I had to go with my standard Toxtricity set, right down to the moves and item.

Ability: Punk Rock

Item: Choice Specs

Moves: Overdrive, Boomburst, Hex, Poison Jab


Galarian Weezing

This is my Explosion setter, hence the Normal Gem. It could have been used with Skuntank as well, but I think Weezing just works better as an exploder, plus Skuntank has a different purpose. I went with Levitate over Neutralizing Gas for the Ground-type immunity.

Ability: Levitate

Item: Normal Gem

Moves: Explosion, Sludge Bomb, Strange Steam, Dark Pulse


Skuntank

Skuntank is in this team for its Dark typing, because then it’s immune to Psychic-types. In my reworked Poison doubles it actually replaces Weezing as the Explosion set-up, but this time the direction is quite different. I just Life Orb the Skuntank, and give it a vast range of moves for coverage. Aftermath also comes into play instead of Keen Eye or Stench, just to help whittle the health of the opponent.

Ability: Aftermath

Item: Life Orb

Moves: Flamethrower, Crunch, Iron Tail, Poison Jab


Mega Gengar

Again, this is very similar to my Posion Gym team Gengar, except for the Mega Evolution forcing me to choose a different item other than Focus Sash. Shadow Tag would be a great Ability for the end of the road, meaning that the opponent can’t switch out freely.

Ability: Shadow Tag

Item: Gengarite

Moves: Focus Blast, Shadow Ball, Dark Pulse, Sludge Bomb

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

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

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

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

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

Toxtricity

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

Making Galar Gyms – Poison

Hey guys! It’s time for another Galar Gyms post (finally!). This time, it’s the Poison team. I’m already working on a Poison team for battling, but this one will be different.


Galarian Slowbro

Galarian Slowbro’s Quick Draw Ability will make sure that it’s able to go first more often than not, making sure it can hit those attacks quicker (providing it triggers, of course). I needed two STAB moves, with one being its signature move, Shell Side Arm. Disable and Slack Off will help keep those pesty super-effective or disruptive moves at bay, while also maintaining its longevity on the battlefield, as does the Sitrus Berry that it holds.

Ability: Quick Draw

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Shell Side Arm, Disable, Slack Off, Psychic


Scolipede

You know what, I don’t actually have a Defense Curl/Rollout set-up on any other team, so Scolipede is gonna get that to counteract any possible Flying-types that may come into play (especially Corviknight). Cross Poison and X-Scissor are simply STAB moves that’ll allow Scolipede to deal some extra damage. And because of its already high-speed, we have the King’s Rock to help make the opponent flinch.

Ability: Poison Point

Item: King’s Rock

Moves: Cross Poison, X-Scissor, Defense Curl, Rollout


Vileplume

I love that Vileplume gets Moonblast as one of its moves, and the other moves are there just to hit the opponent. Giga Drain will be handy when Vileplume needs to recover extra health, as does its Aguav Berry (because we’re going with Bold nature here).

Ability: Effect Spore

Item: Aguav Berry

Moves: Giga Drain, Moonblast, Petal Dance, Pollen Puff


Toxtricity

Of course, Toxtricity has to be on this team. Despite its crippling 4x weakness to Ground, it’s a mainstay in my teams right now. To counter that, I need the Focus Sash to come into play, to ensure I at least get the drop on a Ground-type Pokemon and use Boomburst in its first turn.

Ability: Punk Rock

Item: Focus Sash

Moves: Overdrive, Sludge Wave, Boomburst, Toxic


Toxapex

Toxapex is my favourite wall, with little else being able to disrupt it. I’m going in with my personal moveset that it has on my team currently. It’s not the fastest, but I love the moveset of Toxapex, with Baneful Bunker/Recover stalling usually working in my favour, with Toxic being used to end bulkier opponents. Liquidation is there to ensure that Toxapex can do at least a little bit of damage.

Ability: Limber

Item: Leftovers

Moves: Baneful Bunker, Recover, Liquidation, Toxic


Venusaur

Venusaur will Gigantamax at the first opportunity. I don’t normally take to having starters on Gym teams, but I had little choice (it was either this or Garbodor, plus I wanted to give Venusaur a look in). Of course, I chose these moves that would give it type coverage, that will come in handy when turned into Max Moves, as well as G-Max Vine Lash in place of Energy Ball.

And I realised that the Choice items don’t seem to affect Pokemon when Maxed, so here you go, a Choice Scarf to make it that bit faster.

Ability: Chlorophyll

Item: Choice Scarf

Moves: Sludge Bomb, Energy Ball, Outrage, Round

Top 10 Poison-Type Shinies

The Poison-type has some amazing quality shinies, it’s unreal! And I want to go through my ten favourites from the type, in no particular order!


Mega Gengar / Gigantamax Gengar

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This is what shiny Gengar should always have been! Instead of the barely-changed look, for the Mega Evolution, we got white with pink accents, and it looks amazing and truly ghastly (pun-intentional!). I also love how it was carried over to the Gigantamax form. I still love how GMax Gengar looks like a funhouse though.

Salazzle

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I love the white body with black and pink detailing. It’s just majestic and elegant, and I really want to shiny hunt for a female Salandit right about now. The white looks a lot better than it should on this, not gonna lie.

Arbok

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I’m so happy that Arbok evolved from the green Ekans into a golden yellow colour because it just looks so damn good. I was happy to get a shiny Ekans in Pokemon Go, purely so that I could have the shiny Arbok later down the line.

Roserade

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I love the subtle change to Roserade, opting to change its roses to purple and black, which I feel makes it look more like a Poison-type if that makes sense. There’s a bit of bias too, as Roserade is one of my favourite Pokemon of all time.

Crobat

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The pink colouring on Crobat is a far cry from the green that Zubat and Golbat sported. While I like both colourations (and Golbat has a special place in my heart due to it being my first-ever shiny), I prefer the pink on Crobat. No matter what, either Golbat or Crobat would have made this list.

Toxapex

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Shiny Toxapex is fun, and looks great in pink! I mean, I love Toxapex for its tanky uses in my Poison team, but its shiny is a great bonus. It’s a great pink shiny that doesn’t follow the trend of Water-type purple/pink shinies (thank the Hoenn region for that trend).

Weezing

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While I have Galarian Weezing on my Poison team, and it literally looks like shit. So here is Kantonian Weezing, which carries on the colour scheme of Koffing, and it works so well. I especially love the purple puffs of smoke – it makes it look more toxic than before.

Tentacruel

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It’d be cruel not to mention this Pokemon (get it?). Shiny Tentacruel’s green orbs and flesh-coloured tentacles make it feel a lot more natural-looking in my opinion. I don’t feel uneasy looking at it. I guess it helps that I had one in Let’s Go.

Nidoking

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I always feel that the general colour palette for Nidoking and Nidoqueen should be swapped for their final evolutions (Nidoqueen missed the memo). But Nidoking is lovely in blue, I think the colour suits it far better than even the normal colouring.

Dragalge

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I find Dragalge underrated. I’ve probably mentioned before that I really like its design, and its shiny form, like with Roserade, still makes it look like a Poison-type, but also something that was previously a Water-type.

Top 10 Poison-Types

These lists are starting to get infectious, so let’s dive into it – my list of my ten favourite Poison-types.

Side note: all of my shiny Poison-type themed team is on this list!


10. Gengar

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Gengar is a classic fan favourite, and it’s just a shame it lost its Levitate Ability in favour of Cursed Body – I mean, the latter Ability is disgusting on the battlefield, but Levitate gave it extra protection against otherwise super-effective Ground-type moves. I used Gengar for my Let’s Go playthrough and it was so effective (although I used it primarily as a Ghost-type attacker). Shame about its shiny form though.

9. Galarian Weezing

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I really like Galarian Weezing for its functionality on the field. However, even though it’s part-Fairy, the only Fairy move you need on it is Strange Steam – after all, a 20% chance of confusing the target is better than a terrible 40-power move like Fairy Wind. Honestly though, I just love its design, that it’s based on gentlemen wearing top hats, alongside chimney stacks spouting fumes, referencing the industrial aspect of British culture.

8. Dragalge

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It’s hard to fully pinpoint why I like Dragalge so much, and I think a lot of it has to come from its design. I’d only seen a sea dragon for the first time a couple of years ago, and it was then that I appreciated the design of Dragalge a lot more than before.

7. Crobat

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My good friend Steve has Crobat as one of his favourites, and I can agree, mainly for that reason, and also the shiny form is great. I like how it’s a great Pokemon that came from something so annoying. Thanks Zubat!

6. Nihilego

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I’ve mentioned before that Nihilego is my favourite of the Ultra Beasts, mainly because of its design and its influence in the Alola stories. It’s actually quite eerie to see Pokemon possessing humans, as eluded to in the Pokedex entries, but to see it happen in the game – beautiful!

5. Nidoking

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Nidoking was another champion that I used for my Let’s Go playthrough, as both my efficient Poison- and Ground-type attacker. I love the type combination, but it was a shame that it learned most of its effective moveset through TMs. I was excited to see its return announced in the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, because then I can obviously shiny hunt for it!

4. Toxapex

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Toxapex is great for stalling and regeneration. I remember one match in the Battle Tower where it was up against a Glalie that was also using stall tactics. That was painful, but Toxapex isn’t used for attacking, which makes it hard to use in a normal playthrough, but I enjoyed using it to inflict poison on opponents and then just protecting and healing afterwards.

3. Toxicroak

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Toxicroak is awesome – it’s a bloody frog, and I love frogs, especially poison dart frogs! I do think I find its shiny form even more exquisite, though. It’s a little fragile, and that won’t cover its 4x weakness to Psychic, but a lot of things we like have a 4x weakness (see today’s top spot for this).

2. Roserade

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It helped that Budew was such an early, easy pick in Diamond, and after having raised a Budew all the way up to Roserade, the payoff was immense. Poison Point was a godsend at the time, crippling enemies, and Roserade was made sweeter with it being so viable in Pokemon Go as both a Grass-type and Poison-type attacker.

1. Toxtricity

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Of course, Toxtricity had to take the top spot on this list. I hadn’t enjoyed using a Poison-type Pokemon as much as this since having used Roserade in Diamond. I saw Ace Trainer Liam using one in his initial Sword playthrough and I wasn’t too sure about it, honestly. But then I started using one of my own, and it was so worth it! It’s now a part of my Poison-type themed team.