Pokémon: The 10 Most Powerful Poison Moves, Rated

Pokémon‘s Poison type has been in a complicated position since Generation I. Although its type effectiveness has changed slightly over the years, it still retains its less than ideal offensive abilities. However, Poison is super effective against Fairy, making it one of only two types that can counteract one of the best types in the franchise.

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Although the Poison type has its disadvantages offensively, it can still excel due to some of the amazing moves it boasts. Several have the potential to knock out enemies quickly, and others can give the target the poisoned state so the user can gain an advantage in battle.

10 Clear smog

Amonguss Pokemon

Being able to bypass the accuracy check essentially gives Clear Smog a guarantee of connecting with the target, except in situations like semi-invulnerable turns, type immunity, etc.

Its base force of 50 is overwhelming compared to some of the stronger movements of this type, but it has its place in certain movement sets in part due to its extra power. Clear Smog eliminates the statistical changes that the target has undergone and cancels out the benefits an enemy could have gained by setting up during previous turns.

9 Slam

Team Plasma's Muk, from Pokemon Black & Mens

Slam has always been a recurring theme in several pure Pokémon-type Pokémon move sets, at least in the early stages. The attack has a 30% chance of poisoning the opponent it hits, so it can quickly turn the match to the user’s advantage.

It also consistently comes in contact with its base accuracy of 100%, and with a base strength of 65 it does a decent amount of damage. It may be outclassed by some of the stronger Poison-type attacks, but Sludge can help a Pokémon dominate in portions at the beginning of the game.

8 Venoshock

Vileplume uses Venoshock in a Pokemon game

While many Poison-type attacks can target the poisoned state, Venoshock acts a little differently. It has a base strength of 65 and a base accuracy of 100%, making it a decent but not great attack under standard conditions.

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But if the target is already poisoned, Venoshock doubles in power, giving it the strength to knock out many opponents with relative ease. However, Venoshock cannot poison opponents alone, so coaches will have to use a different tactic to give enemies this condition before Venoshock can capitalize.

7 Gift Jab

Croagunk uses Poison Jab in the Pokemon anime

As is the case with many other attacks of its type, Poison Jab has the potential to poison the enemy. The chance of this effect being activated is 30%, so there is a clear possibility that it will occur with each strike.

Along with this potential effect, the Poison Jab can do a more than decent amount of damage with its base strength of 80, and its base accuracy of 100% makes it incredibly reliable. This attack is one that physical specialists can use for devastating effect.

6 Crucifixion

Crobat, official art from Pokemon Gold & Silver

Cross Poison has a base strength of 70 and a base accuracy of 100%. However, the attack can get a significant boost thanks to its increased critical hit chance.

Cross Poison also has a 10% chance of giving the target the poisoned state, making it even more viable. The attack is accessible to a variety of Pokémon, and one of the Pokémon that uses it frequently is Crobat, one of the best developments added in a later generation than its pre-evolutions.

5 Slam bomb

Koffing uses Sludge Bomb in the Pokemon anime

Sludge Bomb became a part of Pokémon franchise in generation II, and it has been one of the most recognizable features of the Poison type ever since because of the number of pocket monsters that can learn it. In addition, it is so widely used because of its viability.

Sludge Bomb has a base accuracy of 100% and a base strength of 90. It also has a 30% chance of poisoning its target, which helps make it a powerful option that coaches can use until the end of the main series’ game stories.

4 Sludge wave

Galarian Weezing uses Sludge Wave against Rillaboom in a Pokemon game

Introduced in Generation V, the Sludge Wave can deliver massive damage with its base power of 95. It is also reliable due to its 100% base accuracy. Although doubles battles are not uncommon in main-series games, Sludge Wave can hit all adjacent Pokémon, including allies, in situations where coaches participate in them.

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This potential for damage can be worrying, but if trainers plan it by using a Steel type next to the Pokémon using Sludge Wave, letting the other Pocket Monster go into a semi-invulnerable turn, and so on. , damage from the attack can be avoided. In addition, the attack has a 10% chance of poisoning those it hits.

3 Must be side arm

Galarian Slowbro uses Shell Side Arm in a Pokemon game

It may not be among the strongest signature moves Pokémon, but Galarian Slowbro’s Shell Side Arm helps the Pocket Monster compete with intimidating enemies. Its base power is 90 and base accuracy is 100%, and with a 20% chance of poisoning the enemy, Shell Side Arm is a solid attack with these aspects alone.

To make it even better, it has the added element of predicting whether a physical or special attack would do more harm to the target, and adjusting its category accordingly. Both Galarian Slowbro’s offensive stats have the same relatively high value, so this adjustment makes the Shell Side Arm an often destructive tool.

2 Belch

Whiscash uses Belch against Fomantis in a Pokemon game

Belch is a unique Poison-type attack in the way it is activated. The user must first ingest a Berry in battle, and after doing so, the Pokémon can strike with tremendous force. The attack has a base strength of 120 and a base accuracy of 90%.

Although this accuracy is not ideal, it is high enough to normally be reliable. The need to eat a berry before attacking with Belch can be frustrating, but doing so gives coaches a powerful opportunity for the rest of the match.

1 Gunk Shot

A shiny Garbodor uses Gunk Shot in a fight

Gunk Shot is available for many Pokémon type Pokémon, but it is also available for a large number of non-Poison types in different ways. Those who can learn it include people like Obstagoon who provide it with a valuable tool to use against some of the most powerful Fairy-type Pokémon that often give it trouble.

The attack only has a base accuracy of 80%, so it’s not the most reliable, but its base power of 120 and 30% chance of poisoning the opponent makes it a daunting threat.

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