The Toxic Orb is a peculiar battle item in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, badly poisoning any Pokémon holding it in battle. The original Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl introduced nearly as many items as it did new Pokémon to the series, including some bizarre held items like the Toxic Orb. However, very few held items in Pokémon can damage their bearer. The Toxic Orb’s ability to badly poison most Pokémon makes it one of the more advanced items available in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Despite having the name “poison” in it, the “badly poison” effect is different from the standard poison effect. The standard poison effect takes a small portion of the affected Pokémon’s health turn after turn, while the badly poison effect increases the amount of health taken each turn. It’s a status effect that the best competitive Pokémon teams in BDSP should be concerned with placing on the opponent’s Pokémon and being mindful that their Pokémon don’t succumb to it.
In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, several Pokémon benefit from being poisoned thanks to their abilities. Pokémon with the Guts and Poison Heal abilities can put the Toxic Orb to good use because these abilities activate when the Pokémon has a status condition. For example, a Machamp with the Guts ability will see its Attack stat increase by 50% when poisoned. However, the badly poisoned effect still increases the amount of health taken away at the end of each turn. Conversely, Pokémon with the Poison Heal ability, like Gligar in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, will see their HP healed at the end of each turn instead of being reduced, but only healed by the same amount as the Leftovers item heals Pokémon.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl: How To Get A Toxic Orb
The Toxic Orb does not affect Poison-type or Steel-type Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl because both types of Pokémon are immune to being Poisoned. Additionally, any Pokémon that uses Fling can throw the Toxic Orb at an opponent, badly poisoning the opponent if they don’t have any of the aforementioned immunities. Furthermore, any Pokémon with the Poison Heal ability will still be able to take advantage of the Toxic Orb’s effect if they are poisoned before losing the item due to the move Knock Off.
The Toxic Orb can only be obtained in the Battle Tower reward center inside the Battle Park after players obtain the National Dex in Pokémon BDSP. It is available for 16 Battle Points, earned by winning rounds in the Battle Tower.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are available now for the Nintendo Switch.
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