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Toxapex (ドヒドイデ Dohidoide) is a Poison/Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII.

Biology

Physiology

Toxapex retains its previous evolution's color scheme of purple and blue. Toxapex is larger than its pre-evolution, but interestingly its actual body of which the tentacles are attached to is now smaller and is now hanging instead of being on the ground. Toxapex now has twelve large tentacles on its head, ten used to crawl and two that hang open in order to act as arms and reveal its body. Toxapex also has a crown of thorns placed around a larger center spike.

Behavior

Toxapex, as a predator, is slow, being only able to crawl along the seafloor and beaches in search of prey. Its favorite food is Corsola, possibly referencing the fact that the two creatures they are based on the Thorn Of Crowns Sea Star and Coral are predator and prey in reality. In theory, Toxapex will wait for prey to come by, hiding itself behind rocks or under sand, until it is either in arms or tentacle, reach or at least close enough to be chase worthy.

Natural abilities

Highly venomous and can protect itself by closing its open tentacles and extending its poisonous spikes to create a toxic barrier ( Baneful Bunker)that is next to impervious.

Apparently, it’s poison lasts for 72 hours and has lingering side effects.

It and its pre evolved form have the signature ability Merciless,which will cause every move it uses on a poisoned target to be a critical hit , save for those targets who have critical hit prevention measures in place. They also have limber,which prevents paralysis, and regenerator, which will restore a third of its health (assuming that the ability is not suppressed or disabled by any means) when switched out.

Game info

Locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sun and Moon Evolve Mareanie None
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Evolve Mareanie None
Sword and Shield Galar Route 9 Rare in Shield, slightly more common in sword


Pokédex entries

  • Sun

    Toxapex crawls along the ocean floor on its 12 legs. It leaves a trail of Corsola bits scattered in its wake.

  • Moon

    Those attacked by Toxapex’s poison will suffer intense pain for three days and three nights. Post-recovery, there will be some aftereffects.

  • Ultra Sun

    To attack, this Pokémon sends toxic spikes flying at its enemies. Ones that come close get mown down by the claws on its feet.

  • Ultra Moon

    With its 12 legs, it creates a dome to shelter within. The flow of the tides doesn’t affect Toxapex in there, so it’s very comfortable.

  • Sword

    To survive in the cold waters of Galar, this Pokémon forms a dome with its legs, enclosing its body so it can capture its own body heat.

  • Shield

    Within the poison sac in its body is a poison so toxic that Pokémon as large as Wailord will still be suffering three days after it first takes effect.


Stats

Toxapex's Stats
HP
50
Attack
63
Defense
152
Sp. Atk
53
Sp. Def
142
Speed
35
Total
495

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Baneful Bunker —% 10 Poison Status
1 Poison Sting 15 100% 35 Poison Physical
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical
1 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
1 Toxic Spikes —% 20 Poison Status
5 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical
9 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
13 Toxic Spikes —% 20 Poison Status
17 Wide Guard —% 10 Rock Status
21 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
25 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special
29 Spike Cannon 20 100% 15 Normal Physical
33 Recover —% 10 Normal Status
37 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
44 Venom Drench 100% 20 Poison Status
51 Pin Missile 25 95% 20 Bug Physical
58 Liquidation 85 100% 10 Water Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM09 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM23 Smack Down 50 100% 15 Rock Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM34 Sludge Wave 95 100% 10 Poison Special
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM79 Frost Breath 60 90% 10 Ice Special
TM83 Infestation 20 100% 20 Bug Special
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM94 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

To see the Egg Moves that Toxapex can learn, refer to Mareanie.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
After You USUM —% 15 Normal Status
Block USUM —% 5 Normal Status
Covet USUM 60 100% 25 Normal Physical
Gastro Acid USUM 100% 10 Poison Status
Gunk Shot USUM 120 80% 5 Poison Physical
Icy Wind USUM 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Iron Defense USUM —% 15 Steel Status
Knock Off USUM 65 100% 20 Dark Physical
Liquidation USUM 85 100% 10 Water Physical
Magic Coat USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Pain Split USUM —% 20 Normal Status
Snatch USUM —% 10 Dark Status
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Spite USUM 100% 10 Ghost Status
Water Pulse USUM 60 100% 20 Water Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites


Appearances

Trivia

  • Toxapex's English name is the one of its names that doesn't include the word "sea star" in any sort of language.
  • It has the most uneven stat increases after evolving.
  • The 12 legs apparently have varying uses:It uses them to walk, withstand currents, or keep warm in Galar.
  • It can’t learn moves like Slash that require claws although It has claws.
  • If you find a Toxapex in sword and shield, it has a 5% chance of holding a Poison Barb.
  • It only gets one more egg move as Mareanie (Infestation), alongside its pre existing 4 moves(Haze, and Stockpile Related moves).
  • It is mentioned that it attacks with toxic spikes, when toxic spikes is a non damaging move.The anime changed this move to spike Cannon.

Origin

Toxapex is based off the crown-of-thorns starfish.

Etymology

Toxapex derives from the words "toxic" meaning highly poisonous, "pecks" a short word for sharp spines, and "apex" meaning "apex predator". An apex predator is an animal that is at the top of a food chain, as it eats Corsola and is relatively strong. This is also its Spanish name.

Names in other languages

  • Japanese: Its Japanese name, Dohidoide, is a mix of the words dohidoi (very cruel) and hitode (sea star).
  • French: Its French name, Prédastérie, is a mix of the words prédateur (predator) and astérie (sea star).

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