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Grimer #088: Grimer
Pokémon
#090: Shellder Shellder
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Muk (disambiguation).
Muk
Sludge Pokémon
ベトベトン
Betbeton
#089
Muk
Muk
Alolan Muk
Alolan Muk



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Types
Poison Unknown
Muk
Poison Dark
Alolan Muk
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Stench or Sticky Hold
Muk
Poison Touch or Gluttony
Alolan Muk
Cacophony
Poison Touch
Muk Hidden Ability
Power of Alchemy
Alolan Muk Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Alolan Muk
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
75 (17.5%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Amorphous
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
3'11" 1.2 m
Muk
3'03" 1.0 m
Alolan Muk
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
66.1 lbs. 30.0 kg
Muk
114.6 lbs. 52.0 kg
Alolan Muk
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
157
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
175
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Muk
1
HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Alolan Muk
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body04.png BodyUnknown.png
Alolan Muk
Footprint
F089.png None.png
Alolan Muk
Pokédex color
Purple
Other forms may have other colors.
Base friendship
70
External Links

Muk (Japanese: ベトベトン Betbeton) is a Poison-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Grimer starting at level 38.

In Alola, Muk has a Poison/Dark-type regional form. It evolves from Alolan Grimer starting at level 38.

Contents

Biology

Muk is a large, sticky, amorphous Pokémon made of living purple sludge. It has two small eyes with beady black pupils. It also has an enormous mouth with a gray tongue and strands of ooze connecting its top and bottom jaws. While it has no visible legs, it does have two arms with three fingers on each hand. However, it typically keeps one hand tucked in while it extends the other hand.

Muk is a living biohazard, leaking toxins that instantly kill all plant life it touches. Even it being in close proximity to plants will cause them to wilt and die. Extreme caution is advised in avoiding any contact with this Pokémon, as an accidental brush up can lead to severe sickness. The effects of this Pokémon can leave the landscape barren for three years. In dirty residential areas where people throw trash into the streets, it is almost certain to appear. It will readily consume nearly any waste or refuse generated by people and Pokémon alike. It can be found in heavily polluted bodies of water, cities and factories. However, Muk's population has declined due to recent environmental improvements and extermination efforts. This has led some to believe that it will go extinct at some point; sludge ponds are being built to prevent its extinction.

Alolan Muk has a more vibrant coloration, consisting of green, pink, and yellow stripes with thin blue bands in-between. The green, yellow, and pink stripes are capable of shifting downwards while the blue stays in place. It has various white, crystallized poison shards protruding from parts of its body, especially from its mouth and fingers, giving the impression of claws and fangs. It has blue eyes with a black space behind them and a bright blue tongue. Its vivid coloration is a result of the garbage it eats, which causes chemical changes in its body. Its body contains over a hundred different kinds of poisons.

Alolan Muk is unexpectedly quiet and friendly. However, if it is not fed trash for a while, its hunger will compel it to destroy its Trainer's furnishings for food. It is thought that it cannot maintain its energy without a constant source of toxins, which causes its voracious appetite. The crystals covering its body have a tendency to break off, which makes it extremely difficult to deal with due to the concentrated toxins contained within them. This variant of Muk does not produce the foul stench due to its toxins being contained in with its body.[1] Alolan Muk preys on Trubbish and Garbodor.

In the anime

In the main series

Muk and Alolan Muk in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Muk

In Sparks Fly for Magnemite, Ash caught a Muk after it caused trouble at the Gringey City power plant. Immediately afterwards, it was transferred to Professor Oak's lab. Since then, it has always tried to smother Professor Oak. In The Fourth Round Rumble, Ash first used Muk in battle against Jeanette Fisher's Bellsprout, which had already defeated his Bulbasaur and Pikachu.

Other

In The Legend of Thunder!, Attila used a Muk to stop Vincent's Meganium and Jimmy's Typhlosion from freeing Raikou, but it was defeated by Little Miss.

Six Muk appeared in The Psyduck Stops Here!. Three of them invaded Lake Psyduck before being sent back to their home lake.

In Secrets From Out of the Fog!, a Team Plasma Grunt used a Muk to battle Ash and his friends, but it was defeated by Iris's Excadrill's Focus Blast.

In A Young Royal Flame Ignites!, the Revengers used an Alolan Muk to help Viren during his Battle Royal by distracting Incineroar.

Minor appearances

In The Fire-ing Squad!, four Muk competed in the Fire and Rescue Grand Prix. They faced off against Ash's team and were able to put the fire out first.

In Carrying On!, an ill Muk was in Way Away Island's Pokémon Center.

In a flashback in The Joy of Water Pokémon, a Muk lived in Lake Lucid before it became the clean lake it is now.

A Muk appeared in the opening sequence of Destiny Deoxys.

In An Old Family Blend!, a Trainer's Muk competed in the Lily of the Valley Conference.

In Racing to a Big Event!, an Alolan Muk was eating the pancakes that were dropped during the Pancake Race.

In Alola, Kanto!, a Trainer's Alolan Muk was compared to Ash's Muk.

In This Magik Moment!, a Trainer's Alolan Muk competed on Alola Pokémon Quiz.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP030 Muk Ash's Pokédex Muk, Grimer's evolved form. Use extreme caution, as its slimy form contains poison.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP087 Muk Dawn's Pokédex Muk, the Sludge Pokémon. A horribly toxic liquid seeps out of its body.

In the Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Animated Trailer

Muk in the animated trailer

In the Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer, a Team Plasma Grunt's Muk surrounded Nate, Hugh, and Cheren aboard the Plasma Frigate.

In the manga

Alolan Muk in Pokémon Adventures

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Muk

Ash's Muk only appeared on the scoreboard in One Half Of A Poké Ball.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Muk

Ash has a Muk that he caught off-screen. It was used in the Indigo League where it fought and defeated Jeanette Fisher's Bellsprout.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Muk debuted in You know... Articuno!, where it was used in by Harry to help Team Rocket on their mission to get Articuno. When Red tried to stop them, Harry sent Muk against Red's Gyara. It was eventually frozen by Articuno.

Muk is one of the Pokémon owned by Koga in Karate Machop!, where it was used on Cerise Island to battle the Elite Four, and proved useful in Koga's survival after the island began to crumble. In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, it was used during the Circle Push event of the Pokéathlon.

A Muk appeared in a fantasy in Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming.

A Muk appeared in a flashback as one of the Pokémon trained by the International Police in Innocent Scientist.

Multiple Muk appeared in Angry Boy, under the ownership of Team Plasma Grunts.

Multiple Muk appeared in a flashback in PS543, under the ownership of Team Plasma Grunts.

Moon's Alolan Grimer was revealed to have evolved into a Muk in PASM29.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Giovanni sent out multiple Muk to prevent anyone from winning the contest he hosted on TV in Seize the Dream of One Million Yen!!.

A Muk appeared in Pikachu's Birthday Party.

Koga was revealed to have a Muk when Red battled Karen.

In the TCG

Main article: Muk (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#089
Red Thickly covered with a filthy, vile sludge. It is so toxic, even its footprints contain poison.
Blue
Yellow Smells so awful, it can cause fainting. Through degeneration, it lost its sense of smell.
Stadium Becomes indistinguishable if it hides in dirt. Touching its sludge-covered body causes horrible poisonings.
Generation II Johto
#117
Gold They love to gather in smelly areas where sludge accumulates, making the stench around them worse.
Silver Its body is made of a powerful poison. Touching it accidentally will cause a fever that requires bed rest.
Crystal As it moves, a very strong poison leaks from it, making the ground there barren for three years.
Stadium 2 They love to gather in smelly areas where sludge accumulates, making the stench around them worse.
Generation III Hoenn
#107
Kanto
#089
Ruby From Muk's body seeps a foul fluid that gives off a nose-bendingly horrible stench. Just one drop of this Pokémon's body fluid can turn a pool stagnant and rancid.
Sapphire This Pokémon's favorite food is anything that is repugnantly filthy. In dirty towns where people think nothing of throwing away litter on the streets, Muk are certain to gather.
Emerald It prefers warm and humid habitats. In the summertime, the toxic substances in its body intensify, making Muk reek like putrid kitchen garbage.
FireRed It is usually undetectable because it blends in with the ground. Touching it can cause terrible poisoning.
LeafGreen Thickly covered with a filthy, vile sludge. It is so toxic, even its footprints contain poison.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#118
Diamond A toxic fluid seeps from its body. The fluid instantly kills plants and trees on contact.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold They love to gather in smelly areas where sludge accumulates, making the stench around them worse.
SoulSilver Its body is made of a powerful poison. Touching it accidentally will cause a fever that requires bed rest.
Generation V Unova
B2W2: #065
Black A toxic fluid seeps from its body. The fluid instantly kills plants and trees on contact.
White
Black 2 It's so stinky! Muk's body contains toxic elements, and any plant will wilt when it passes by.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#112
X They love to gather in smelly areas where sludge accumulates, making the stench around them worse.
Y A toxic fluid seeps from its body. The fluid instantly kills plants and trees on contact.
Omega Ruby From Muk's body seeps a foul fluid that gives off a nose-bendingly horrible stench. Just one drop of this Pokémon's body fluid can turn a pool stagnant and rancid.
Alpha Sapphire This Pokémon's favorite food is anything that is repugnantly filthy. In dirty towns where people think nothing of throwing away litter on the streets, Muk are certain to gather.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #051
Alola
USUM: #058
Kanto
#089
Sun The stench it gives off will make your nose scrunch up. Still, there are Muk fans who think that's a good thing.
Moon After recent environmental improvements, this Pokémon is now hardly seen at all. People speculate that it may go extinct at some point.
Ultra Sun Their food sources have decreased, and their numbers have declined sharply. Sludge ponds are being built to prevent their extinction.
Ultra Moon Because they scatter germs everywhere, they've long been targeted for extermination, leading to a steep decline in their population.
Let's Go Pikachu Smells so awful, it can cause fainting. Through degeneration of its nose, it lost its sense of smell.
Let's Go Eevee
Alolan Muk
Sun The garbage it eats causes continuous chemical changes in its body, which produce its exceedingly vivid coloration.
Moon While it's unexpectedly quiet and friendly, if it's not fed any trash for a while, it will smash its Trainer's furnishings and eat up the fragments.
Ultra Sun There are over a hundred kinds of poison inside its body. Chemical reactions between different poisons are the source of its vitality.
Ultra Moon What look like fangs and claws are actually crystallized poison that will afflict you at a mere touch, so don't get too close.
Let's Go Pikachu Muk's coloration becomes increasingly vivid the more it feasts on its favorite dish–trash.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Pokémon Mansion
Blue (Japan)
Pokémon Mansion
Yellow
Pokémon Mansion, Power Plant
Trade Kangaskhan at the Pokémon Lab on Cinnabar Island
Generation II
Gold Silver
Routes 16, 17, and 18
Celadon City (Surfing)
Crystal
Routes 16, 17, and 18
Celadon City (Surfing)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Grimer
Emerald
Evolve Grimer
FireRed
Evolve Grimer
LeafGreen
Pokémon Mansion
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Evolve Grimer
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Evolve Grimer
Platinum
Evolve Grimer
HeartGold SoulSilver
Routes 16, 17, and 18, Safari Zone
Celadon City, Safari Zone (Surfing)
Pal Park
Field
Generation V
Black White
Trade
Black 2 White 2
Castelia Sewers (Fishing or Surfing in rippling water)SpringSummer
Route 9
Route 9 (Hidden Grotto)
Generation VI
X Y
Friend Safari (Poison)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Grimer
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Evolve Grimer
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Evolve Grimer
Let's Go Pikachu
Pokémon Mansion, Power Plant Kantonian Form
Evolve Grimer Alolan Form
Let's Go Eevee
Trade
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

Generation I
Snap
Cave
Pinball
Evolve Grimer
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Grimer
Trozei!
Secret Storage 16, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Grimer
Ranger
Waterworks
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Sky Stairway (1F-49F)
MD Sky
Sky Stairway (1F-49F)
Ranger: SoA
Volcano Cave
Rumble
Eternal Tower (Normal Mode A)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Cave: Everspring Valley (post-ending)
Rumble U
Melodious Woodland: Major Clean-Up
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 2Fr
Shuffle
Albens Town: Stage 234 Kantonian Form
Event: Muk Appears Alolan Form
Rumble World
Dark Land: Forgotten Forest (Center Boss, Back)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Celebi Sea, Mimikyu Sea, Mewtwo Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Celebi SeaFinal, Mimikyu SeaFinal, Mewtwo SeaFinalKantonian Form
Rowlet Sea, Buzzwole Sea, Rowlet SeaFinal, Buzzwole SeaFinal Alolan Form

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Gold Leaf Gold Leaf (100%)
Yellow*
Gold Silver Nugget Nugget (2%)
Crystal
HeartGold SoulSilver Nugget Nugget (5%)
Black 2 White 2 Toxic Orb Toxic Orb (1%) Black Sludge Black Sludge (50%)
X Y Black Sludge Black Sludge (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
105
165 - 212 320 - 414
105
99 - 172 193 - 339
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Total:
500
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 65.

  • Alolan Muk has the same stats as a regular Muk.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Power
4/4 ★★★★
Skill
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
2/5 ★★☆☆☆
Total
13/24 ★★☆☆

Type effectiveness

Muk

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Alolan Muk

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Muk's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Muk

Pokémon Pinball
Pin089.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS089.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani089.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Poison Swamp
Phrases
51%-100% HP Touch me at the risk of your health!
26%-50% HP My HP's gone down to half...
1%-25% HP I'm done for... I wish I lived a better life...
Level up I leveled up! It fills me with glee!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 089.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -4.5%
IQ group: G
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Poison
Poké Assist: Poison PA.png
Poison
Field move: None
Loops: 10 Min. exp.: 58 Max. exp.: 78
Browser entry R-088
Muk heads right for the Capture Disc. It hurls big globs of sludge.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Poison
Poké Assist: Poison PA.png
Poison
Field move: Crush 3 field move.png
(Crush ×3)
Browser entry R-152
It attacks by spitting poison and letting loose poisonous fog.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush089Body.png Walking Speed: 1.98 seconds Base HP: 60
Base Attack: 79 Base Defense: 57 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Poison
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT089.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Poison
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 125 Raise Max Level.png 10

#326
Shuffle089.png

Power of 4+
Deals even more damage when you make a match of four.
Skill Swapper: Block Shot
Pokémon GO
GO089.png Base Stamina: 233 Base Attack: 190 Base Defense: 172
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Infestation*, Poison Jab, Lick, Acid×
Charged Attacks: Dark Pulse, Gunk Shot, Sludge Wave, Thunder Punch*, Acid Spray*, Frustration, Return

Alolan Muk

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Dark
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 110 Raise Max Level.png 5

#326
Shuffle089A.png

Counterattack+
Deals even more damage the more disruptions there are.


Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush089ABody.png Walking Speed: 1.98 seconds Base HP: 60
Base Attack: 79 Base Defense: 57 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon GO
GO089A.png Base Stamina: 233 Base Attack: 190 Base Defense: 172
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Bite, Poison Jab, Snarl*
Charged Attacks: Dark Pulse, Gunk Shot, Sludge Wave, Acid Spray*

Evolution

Muk

088Grimer.png
Unevolved
Grimer
 Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 38
089Muk.png
First evolution
Muk
 Poison 

Alolan Muk

088Grimer-Alola.png
Unevolved
Grimer
 Poison  Dark 
Rare Candy
Level 38
089Muk-Alola.png
First evolution
Muk
 Poison  Dark 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 089.png Spr b g1 089.png Spr 1y 089.png Spr b g1 089.png Spr 1g 089.png Spr b g1 089.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 089.png Spr b 2g 089.png Spr 2s 089.png Spr b 2g 089.png Spr 2c 089.png Spr b 2c 089.png
Spr 2g 089 s.png Spr b 2g 089 s.png Spr 2s 089 s.png Spr b 2g 089 s.png Spr 2c 089 s.png Spr b 2g 089 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 089.png Spr b 3r 089.png Spr 3e 089.png Spr b 3r 089.png Spr 3f 089.png Spr b 3f 089.png
Spr 3r 089 s.png Spr b 3r 089 s.png Spr 3e 089 s.png Spr b 3r 089 s.png Spr 3f 089 s.png Spr b 3f 089 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 089.png Spr b 4d 089.png Spr 4p 089.png Spr b 4d 089.png Spr 4h 089.png Spr b 4h 089.png
Spr 4d 089 s.png Spr b 4d 089 s.png Spr 4p 089 s.png Spr b 4d 089 s.png Spr 4h 089 s.png Spr b 4d 089 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 089.png Spr b 5b 089.png Spr 5b 089.png Spr b 5b 089.png
Spr 5b 089 s.png Spr b 5b 089 s.png Spr 5b 089 s.png Spr b 5b 089 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 089.png Spr b 6x 089.png Spr 6x 089.png Spr b 6x 089.png
Spr 6x 089 s.png Spr b 6x 089 s.png Spr 6x 089 s.png Spr b 6x 089 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 089.png Spr b 7s 089.png Spr 7s 089.png Spr b 7s 089.png
Spr 7s 089A.png Spr b 7s 089A.png Spr 7s 089A.png Spr b 7s 089A.png
Spr 7s 089 s.png Spr b 7s 089 s.png Spr 7s 089 s.png Spr b 7s 089 s.png
Spr 7s 089A s.png Spr b 7s 089A s.png Spr 7s 089A s.png Spr b 7s 089A s.png
Front Back Front Back
089MSPE.png For other sprites and images, please see Muk images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Although Muk's body is very poisonous, it doesn't seem to harm Ash and other characters when Muk is "hugging" them. This is probably because it is able to control whether it gives off poison or not, similar to how Ponyta can choose whether or not to burn the person that touches it. Croagunk is another Pokémon which is able to control the amount of poison it uses via its fingertips when using Poison Jab, or Sharpedo activating its Rough Skin Ability.
  • Muk shares similar traits to Weezing and Garbodor. All three Pokémon are pure Poison-type Pokémon with a single pre-evolved form, roughly the same base stat totals and evolution levels, and appear to be based on a different kind of pollution; Muk being water pollution.
  • Alolan Muk and its Alolan pre-evolved form were designed by Hitoshi Ariga.
  • Muk is one of two Pokémon to have the shortest English Pokémon name, Mew being the other.

Origin

Muk appears to be a pile of living sludge. It may also be based on the imagined fear that heavy pollution, caused by the leakage and/or improper disposal of toxic/radioactive waste, may result in the creation of new and undesirable life. It may also be based on Dorotabō, a one-eyed, three-fingered yōkai that rises from the mud of neglected, overgrown rice fields.

Alolan Muk may be based on an oil slick, particularly the rainbow colors that are produced when a thin layer of oil floats on top of water; this is due to a phenomenon called thin-film interference. In the real world, oil spills are a major threat to ecosystems in the world's oceans and particularly in Hawaii, which Alola is based on.

Name origin

Muk is a corruption of muck (generally something filthy).

Betbeton may be derived from べとべと betobeto (sticky) and ton.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ベトベトン Betbeton From べとべと betobeto
France Flag.png French Grotadmorv From gros and Tadmorv
Spain Flag.png Spanish Muk Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Sleimok From Schleim and muck
Italy Flag.png Italian Muk Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 질뻐기 Jilppeogi From 질퍽하다 Jilpeoghada; also a corruption of 질퍽이 Jilpeogi
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 爛泥怪 Laahnnàihgwaai Means "Ooze freak"
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 臭臭泥 Chòuchòuní Means "Very foul sludge"


Related articles

Notes

External links


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