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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Kanto===
 
===Kanto===
   
[[File:Muk Grimer EP030.png|thumb|left|200px|Ash's Muk in its debut]]
 
[[File:Muk Grimer EP030.png|thumb|left|200px|Ash's Muk in its debut]]
Ash caught Muk in the episode ''[[EP030|Sparks Fly for Magnemite]]''. Ash and his friends were traveling through [[Gringey City]], which was in the midst of a power failure. The local power plant was being overrun by the mysterious {{type2|Poison}} {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}, {{p|Grimer}}. After the swarm was located, the Grimer's leader, a {{p|Muk}}, came and challenged the Trainers. However, the vast numbers of {{p|Magnemite}} and {{p|Magneton}} in the city combined attacks to clear out the Grimer, leaving only Muk. With the aid of {{AP|Pikachu}} and a {{p|Magnemite}} that was following it due to an electrical build up, Ash defeated and captured the Muk. It was then immediately sent to Oak's lab because its stench was so rancid that it could seep through the [[Poké Ball]]. However, Muk's horrid smell seemed to have disappeared in later episodes as neither Ash, nor anyone around him, was affected by it.
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Ash caught Muk in the episode ''[[EP030|Sparks Fly for Magnemite]]''. Ash and {{ashfr|his friends}} were traveling through [[Gringey City]], which was in the midst of a power failure. The local power plant was being overrun by the mysterious {{type2|Poison}} {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}, {{p|Grimer}}. After the swarm was located, the Grimer's leader, a {{p|Muk}}, came and challenged the Trainers. However, the vast numbers of {{p|Magnemite}} and {{p|Magneton}} in the city combined attacks to clear out the Grimer, leaving only Muk. With the aid of {{AP|Pikachu}} and a {{p|Magnemite}} that was following it due to an electrical build up, Ash defeated and captured the Muk. It was then immediately sent to Oak's lab because its stench was so rancid that it could seep through the [[Poké Ball]]. However, Muk's horrid smell seemed to have disappeared in later episodes as neither Ash, nor anyone around him, was affected by it.
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Muk's first battle was in ''[[EP077|The Fourth Round Rumble]]'', in which it was selected for use in the [[Indigo Plateau Conference]]. After [[Jeanette Fisher]]'s high-level {{p|Bellsprout}} had trounced {{AP|Bulbasaur}} and {{AP|Pikachu}}, Muk made a surprise appearance as Ash's third Pokémon. Muk easily absorbed Bellsprout's physical moves and {{m|Razor Leaf}} and then simply smothered Bellsprout with {{m|Body Slam}}, winning the match for Ash.
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Muk's first battle was in ''[[EP077|The Fourth Round Rumble]]'', where it was selected for use in the [[Indigo Plateau Conference]]. After [[Jeanette Fisher]]'s high-level {{p|Bellsprout}} had trounced {{AP|Bulbasaur}} and {{AP|Pikachu}}, Muk made a surprise appearance as Ash's third Pokémon. Muk easily absorbed Bellsprout's physical moves and {{m|Razor Leaf}} and then simply smothered Bellsprout with {{m|Body Slam}}, winning the match for Ash.
 
[[File:Jeanette Fisher Bellsprout Ash Muk.png|thumb|Ash's Muk easily absorbing attacks]]
 
[[File:Jeanette Fisher Bellsprout Ash Muk.png|thumb|Ash's Muk easily absorbing attacks]]
Muk was briefly called in ''[[EP102|The Mystery Menace]]'', where Ash used Muk to help him and [[Tracey Sketchit|Tracey]] find {{an|Misty}}, {{TP|Misty|Togepi}} and {{AP|Bulbasaur}}, kidnapped by a giant {{p|Bulbasaur}} in a sewer. Muk and Kingler also offered to fight for Ash in the Orange Island Championship battle against [[Drake (Orange League)|Drake]] in ''[[EP111|Hello, Pummelo!]]'', but Ash chose {{AP|Tauros}} instead.
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Muk was briefly called in ''[[EP102|The Mystery Menace]]'', where Ash used Muk to help him and {{Tracey}} find {{an|Misty}}, {{TP|Misty|Togepi}} and {{AP|Bulbasaur}}, who was kidnapped by a giant {{p|Bulbasaur}} in a sewer. Muk and Kingler also offered to fight for Ash in the Orange Island Championship battle against [[Drake (Orange League)|Drake]] in ''[[EP111|Hello, Pummelo!]]'', but Ash chose {{AP|Tauros}} instead.
 
[[File:Ash Muk Oak affection.png|thumb|left|Ash's Muk showing affection for its Trainer and Oak]]
 
[[File:Ash Muk Oak affection.png|thumb|left|Ash's Muk showing affection for its Trainer and Oak]]
 
Muk was reunited with Ash when he returned home in ''[[EP115|A Tent Situation]]''. Muk insisted on fighting Team Rocket, and Ash ordered it into battle instead of choosing Bulbasaur. Muk managed to resist {{m|Razor Leaf}} attacks from [[James]]'s {{TP|James|Victreebel}}, and showed off its newly learned {{m|Poison Gas}} when it bit down on it in an attempt to use {{m|PoisonPowder}}. {{TP|Jessie|Lickitung}}'s {{m|Lick}} was even less effective, wiping Muk's face ineffectively to the point of causing pleasure instead of damage. It was then put to sleep by {{m|Sleep Powder}}, but awoke after [[Gary Oak]] intervened and drove Team Rocket away.
 
Muk was reunited with Ash when he returned home in ''[[EP115|A Tent Situation]]''. Muk insisted on fighting Team Rocket, and Ash ordered it into battle instead of choosing Bulbasaur. Muk managed to resist {{m|Razor Leaf}} attacks from [[James]]'s {{TP|James|Victreebel}}, and showed off its newly learned {{m|Poison Gas}} when it bit down on it in an attempt to use {{m|PoisonPowder}}. {{TP|Jessie|Lickitung}}'s {{m|Lick}} was even less effective, wiping Muk's face ineffectively to the point of causing pleasure instead of damage. It was then put to sleep by {{m|Sleep Powder}}, but awoke after [[Gary Oak]] intervened and drove Team Rocket away.
    
===Johto===
 
===Johto===
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Muk has only ever fought in one other major battle, when Ash called it up from Oak's Lab in ''[[EP270|Can't Beat the Heat!]]'', along with {{AP|Heracross}}, {{AP|Tauros}} and {{AP|Snorlax}} in order to fight {{Gary}} in the [[Silver Conference]]. It was sent out originally to fight {{TP|Gary|Blastoise}}, and the two fought to a stalemate, with Muk's newly learned {{m|Sludge Bomb}} deflected by {{m|Rapid Spin}} and Blastoise's physical attacks absorbed into Muk's body. Ash pulled Muk for his {{AP|Bayleef}} quickly after. It was sent out to fight {{p|Scizor}} later, who dodged a Sludge Bomb easily. Whilst Muk absorbed both {{m|Quick Attack}} and {{m|Metal Claw}}, Scizor was able to throw Muk, and defeated it with {{m|Swift}}.
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Muk has only ever fought in one other major battle, when Ash called it up from Oak's Lab in ''[[EP270|Can't Beat the Heat!]]'', along with {{AP|Heracross}}, {{AP|Tauros}} and {{AP|Snorlax}} in order to fight {{Gary}} in the [[Silver Conference]]. It was sent out originally to fight {{TP|Gary|Blastoise}}, and the two fought to a stalemate, with Muk's newly learned {{m|Sludge Bomb}} deflected by {{m|Rapid Spin}} and Blastoise's physical attacks absorbed into Muk's body. Ash pulled Muk for his {{AP|Bayleef}} quickly after. It was sent out to fight {{p|Scizor}} later, who dodged Sludge Bomb easily. Whilst Muk absorbed both {{m|Quick Attack}} and {{m|Metal Claw}}, Scizor was able to throw Muk, and defeated it with {{m|Swift}}.
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Muk made an appearance in the special episodes, where it was seen crushing [[Cassidy]], [[Butch]] and all of the stolen Poké Balls. It was also seen crushing Tracey when he opened the door to Oak's Lab to {{Delia}}.
 
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Muk made an appearance in the special episodes, where it was seen crushing [[Cassidy]], [[Butch]] and all of the stolen Poké Balls. It was also seen crushing {{Tracey}} when he opened the door to Oak's Lab to {{Delia}}.
      
===Sinnoh===
 
===Sinnoh===
   
Muk reappeared in ''[[DP182|An Old Family Blend!]]'', at [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|Prof. Oak's lab]], and then it was transferred to Ash for a brief reunion. Muk was not seen participating in the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]].
 
Muk reappeared in ''[[DP182|An Old Family Blend!]]'', at [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|Prof. Oak's lab]], and then it was transferred to Ash for a brief reunion. Muk was not seen participating in the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]].
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Ash's Muk is an extremely happy and affectionate Pokémon. It grew an attachment in particular to {{an|Professor Oak}} and as a recurring gag, it would always smother the Professor whenever Ash would make a call to the [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|lab]]. This was first seen twenty episode after its capture, in ''[[EP050|Who Gets To Keep Togepi?]]''. Muk tackled Professor Oak in excitement in ''[[EP065|Showdown at the Po-ké Corral]]'', when Oak explained that Muk and {{AP|Krabby}} had become just like him from its long period of living with him.
 
Ash's Muk is an extremely happy and affectionate Pokémon. It grew an attachment in particular to {{an|Professor Oak}} and as a recurring gag, it would always smother the Professor whenever Ash would make a call to the [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|lab]]. This was first seen twenty episode after its capture, in ''[[EP050|Who Gets To Keep Togepi?]]''. Muk tackled Professor Oak in excitement in ''[[EP065|Showdown at the Po-ké Corral]]'', when Oak explained that Muk and {{AP|Krabby}} had become just like him from its long period of living with him.
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Muk's affection also extends to his trainer, second in enthusiasm only to {{AP|Bayleef}}, despite only having fought for him on three occasions. Muk obligingly crushes Ash in excitement whenever Ash returns to the lab or summons it to his party. Its affection also extends to complete strangers, as was seen when it completely ignored [[Jessie]]'s {{TP|Jessie|Lickitung}} in order to hug her, also smothering [[James]]'s {{TP|James|Victreebel}} in excitement. It also smothered [[Professor Birch#In the anime|Professor Birch]] upon meeting him in ''[[AG133|The Right Place and the Right Mime!]]''.
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Muk's affection also extends to his Trainer, second in enthusiasm only to {{AP|Bayleef}}, despite only having fought for him on three occasions. Muk obligingly crushes Ash in excitement whenever Ash returns to the lab or summons it to his party. Its affection also extends to complete strangers, as was seen when it completely ignored [[Jessie]]'s {{TP|Jessie|Lickitung}} in order to hug her, also smothering [[James]]'s {{TP|James|Victreebel}} in excitement. It also smothered [[Professor Birch#In the anime|Professor Birch]] upon meeting him in ''[[AG133|The Right Place and the Right Mime]]''.
    
Its affection even extends to antagonists, as seen both in the aforementioned encounter with Jessie and James, and also in a special episode, ''[[SS004|Showdown at the Oak Corral]]'', when it actually appeared sad that {{AP|Totodile}} drove [[Butch]] and [[Cassidy]] away. As Professor Oak said to Jessie, Muk loves humans, and it is not very particular to which kind.
 
Its affection even extends to antagonists, as seen both in the aforementioned encounter with Jessie and James, and also in a special episode, ''[[SS004|Showdown at the Oak Corral]]'', when it actually appeared sad that {{AP|Totodile}} drove [[Butch]] and [[Cassidy]] away. As Professor Oak said to Jessie, Muk loves humans, and it is not very particular to which kind.