A PvP Evaluation on the Neighborhood Day Slowpoke Household

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Prepare for a slooooooooow Community Day, with not one, not two, not three, however FOUR Pokémon receiving a brand new unique transfer throughout March Neighborhood Day! It’s approaching quick, so no time to decelerate… let’s leap proper into our Backside Line Up Entrance after which the evaluation behind it!

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Preserving this quite simple and to the purpose, right here is how I rack and stack the Slows popping out of this Neighborhood Day occasion!

  • Get a great Surf Kanto Slowbro for Extremely League, the place it sees important enchancment and MAY get away a bit transferring ahead. You may do the identical for Slowking, however the flexability of Slowbro (switching forwards and backwards between Psychic and Ice Beam as wanted for crew protection and maybe Restricted metas) wins out in my thoughts.
  • Get a great Kanto Slowbro with Surf for Nice League. You possibly can spring for a Slowking as a substitute however, once more, higher flexibility with KantBro.
  • Get a great Surf Galarian Slowking for Nice League, because it’s a novel standout in sure Restricted metas (Psychic Cup particularly).
  • Get a Surf Galarian Slowbro for Extremely League. Just a few notches under Kanto Slowbro in Extremely in my thoughts, so when you have sufficient XLs to construct just one, in my thoughts, go together with Kanto. When you’ve got sufficient XLs for 2, then I’d go for G-Bro.
  • Galarian Slowbro in Nice League has had some use previously, simply undecided it desires Surf over current strikes. Get one with Surf simply in case with any further sweet you might have left over, even for those who don’t construct it simply but. Love Cup will in all probability be a great place for it, if nothing else.
  • Final precedence, in my thoughts, is Galarian Slowking in Extremely League. Certain, spring for one for those who can, however I don’t see this elevating its inventory a lot in any respect.

Oh, and don’t neglect to additionally attempt to search out good Sluggishpokes for Little League for those who want them.

Oh, and one final abstract proper from the get-go: a useful infographic I partnered with ThePokeGOHunter on! Take pleasure in!

Alright, nonetheless right here? Cool… let’s dive in to the detailed evaluation!







  • Assault: 113 (112 Excessive Stat Product)
  • Protection: 121 (122 Excessive Stat Product)
  • HP: 143 (146 Excessive Stat Product)

(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-13-15, 1500 CP, Degree 22.5)


  • Assault: 147 (145 Excessive Stat Product)
  • Protection: 155 (159 Excessive Stat Product)
  • HP: 186 (188 Excessive Stat Product)

(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-14-14, 2500 CP, Degree 45.5)

That’s proper… for many who don’t already know, Slowbro and Slowking have the very same stats. Actually the one useful distinction between them is their strikes, which we’ll get to in a minute.

Each are Water/Psychic varieties, two typings with completely no overlap. Which means the Kanto Slows get all the nice and unhealthy that comes with every typing, leading to resistances to Water, Hearth, Ice, Metal, Psychic, and Combating injury, and vulnerabilities to Grass, Electrical, Darkish, Ghost, and Bug strikes. Fairly a big selection on either side.

Fortunately, even towards issues that deal tremendous efficient injury, the Slowboys don’t simply fold like an affordable chair. They’re comparatively tanky, very near issues like Obstagoon, Scrafty, Guzzlord, Aurorus, Politoed, and Walrein when it comes to Assault prowess and general bulk.

However I do know… you’re right here for the strikes and to see how a lot they enhance. Let’s get proper to it!

Quick Strikes

  • ConfusionPsychic sort, 4.0 DPT, 3.0 EPT, 2.0 CoolDown
  • Water GunWater sort, 3.0 DPT, 3.0 EPT, 0.5 CD

Once more, shared by Slowbro and Slowking. On paper, the straightforward winner would look like Confusion, having a really clear injury benefit over completely common Water Gun. The problem, nevertheless, is the typing. Psychic is resisted by notable Metal, Psychic, and Darkish varieties that fill the Nice and Extremely Leagues the place the Slows come to play. Sure, Water can also be resisted by a number of notable Pokémon (Water, Grass, and Dragon varieties), however chances are you’ll be stunned how effectively Water Gun holds up within the locations you’d be utilizing the Slows.

We’ll come again to that and I’ll present you what I imply. However first, we have to cowl the cost strikes, together with the primary divergence we have now between Bro and King.

– Unique (Neighborhood Day) Transfer

Cost Strikes

  • SurfᴱWater sort, 65 injury, 40 power
  • PsychicPsychic sort, 90 injury, 55 power, 10% Likelihood to Decreases Opponent Protection by 1 Stage
  • Slowbro: Ice BeamIce sort, 90 injury, 55 power
  • Slowbro: Water PulseWater sort, 70 injury, 60 power
  • Slowking: BlizzardIce sort, 140 injury, 75 power
  • Slowking: Hearth BlastHearth sort, 140 injury, 80 power

As you’ll be able to see, the issue for the Slows has all the time been… effectively, they’re sluggish. No cost strikes costing lower than 55 power (and in Slowking’s case, solely a kind of and all different strikes costing 75 power or extra!). That CAN work for some Pokémon, however not when each of your quick strikes generate solely the common 3.0 Vitality Per Flip. Pokémon like this want one thing to throw out sooner.

Fortunately, Neighborhood Day unique transfer Surf is simply what the physician ordered in a number of respects. Not solely is may be very inexpensive (coming as a lot as 5 turns/2.5 seconds sooner than Psychic or Ice Beam), however it gives one thing the Slows have each been sorely missing: true Water-type protection. Water Pulse is a dreadful PvP transfer for Slowbro, and Slowking doesn’t even have a Water cost transfer, good or unhealthy. Nicely, it hasn’t till now, that’s!

So two key questions: what do you need to substitute with Surf, and what does doing so get you? AKA, how a lot better are the Slowboys with this transfer?

Slowking and Slowbro


Beginning with Slowbro. Once more, Water Pulse is SO unhealthy that you just principally simply don’t need to run it. That leaves us with Ice Beam and Psychic. One can run these with Confusion, however Water Gun is arguably a bit higher, giving up Azumarill and Toxicroak, however gaining Protection Deoxys and extra apparent (and in style) Galarian Stunfisk and Charizard. I feel you get a bit higher bang to your buck with Water Gun, although clearly the general win whole is fairly poor.

So why not more than double that win total with Surf? Not solely do Azumarill and Toxicroak each reenter the win column, however so too do (in alphabetical order) Bastiodon, Alolan Marowak, Appeal Alolan Ninetales (common AND Shadow), Obstagoon, Swampert, Talonflame, Vigoroth, AND Shadow Walrein. (You already beat non-Shadow Wally.) I imply… wow. Superb what a distinction one little transfer tweak could make, eh? That each one stated… you lose a lot of that with ShadowBro, giving up Azu, DD, A-Wak, CharmTales, Swampert, Toxicroak, AND Shadow Walrein. Slowbro actually desires the majority that the Shadow model lacks.

As for Sluggishking, its present downside is about the same on paper. It additionally runs Psychic (the transfer), however its two protection strikes are very costly, and thus it principally by no means makes use of any cost strikes besides Psychic. With the addition of Surf, as with Slowbro it appears to most need to run Water Gun/Surf/Psychic, and thus it’s an exact clone of Slowbro’s results above. Identical stats, typing, and now strikes.

And in contrast to Slowbro, which may not less than swap from Psychic to Ice Beam for certain metas like the continued Psychic Cup, Slowking isn’t as flexible since Blizzard and Hearth Blast are far much less inexpensive than Beam. Lengthy story brief: if it’s important to decide simply one of many two to construct for Nice League, I feel Slowbro will get the nod. It simply has a bit extra potential in Restricted metas.

However both means, it’s value noting that the Kanto Slows resist ALL of Medicham’s strikes, and now simply maintain down the anti-Galarian Stunfisk/Bastiodon position whereas additionally blowing up most Fighters, Fires, and different huge names like Walrein, Swampert, Dunsparce, and Alolan Ninetales. Whereas it nonetheless has loads of flaws, Slowbro (and even Slowking) with Surf might be a spiffy new corebreaker even on the massive stage of Play Pokémon regional tournaments on the best crew.


The Extremely League meta presents extra issues that resist Psychic injury (seven main Darkish varieties, six outstanding Metal varieties, and a few Psychic varieties) than Water injury (seven main Water varieties — one in all which is Swampert that takes impartial from Water — and solely 3-4 Grasses), so usually Water Gun is once more the best way to go right here. The issue, nevertheless, has been the identical situation as in Nice League… Ice Beam and Psychic simply don’t do enough.

So but once more, the most effective answer appears to be inserting Surf instead of Ice Beam, and voila… one other BIG enchancment. New wins over Charizard, Cobalion, Escavalier, Gliscor, Shadow Machamp, Scizor, Scrafty, Swampert (common AND Shadow), and Walrein.

Solely two of these (Gliscor and Charizard) really take tremendous efficient injury from Water, however the further baiting and/or impartial injury spam pushes Slowbro over the sting with all of them, and with out giving up ANY wins that have been achieved with Psychic/Ice Beam. You COULD run Surf/Ice Beam, however then Walrein and Shadow Swampert escape.

I actually do assume the broader impartial protection of Psychic (the transfer!) is simply higher. And will get it above a 50% win price, which is all the time good! (However once more, Shadow seems to be a step down and isn’t usually advisable.)

And as earlier than, since Surf/Psychic is the advisable cost transfer combo, Slowking is a clone of Slowbro. You CAN attempt to go together with Blizzard, which performs very similarly to Slowbro’s Surf/Ice Beam, although with a twist: Slowbro can freeze out Altered Giratina (with Dragon Breath) with Blizzard, whereas Slowbro with Ice Beam can’t… it beats Shadow Swampert as a substitute. So there we lastly have some distinction between the 2. Nonetheless although… even with shields down, Psychic performs higher and extra reliably than Blizzard or Fire Blast, so usually Psychic continues to be the best way to go. That each one stated, I assume if I WERE to construct a Slowking, I’d lean extra in direction of an Extremely League one than Nice League, because it has extra time to carry its huge Ice and Hearth closing strikes to bear at this stage.

So lengthy story brief, I feel I WOULD advocate engaged on one or the opposite for Extremely League, and make it an XL grinding goal throughout Neighborhood Day hours. (They should be pushed into the mid-40s.) I nonetheless lean Slowbro personally, however wouldn’t have any situation with somebody who needed to chase King and that potent Blizzard it has as a substitute.

NOW, although, let’s get to the OTHER Sluggish household. And this time, I would like to separate them up, as stats are NOT shared.


Slowbro (Galarian)



  • Assault: 119 (118 Excessive Stat Product)
  • Protection: 108 (110 Excessive Stat Product)
  • HP: 145 (147 Excessive Stat Product)

(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-14-11, 1499 CP, Degree 23.5)


  • Assault: 153 (152 Excessive Stat Product)
  • Protection: 140 (142 Excessive Stat Product)
  • HP: 188 (189 Excessive Stat Product)

(Highest Stat Product IVs: 1-15-11, 2500 CP, Degree 48.5)


Slowking (Galarian)



  • Assault: 118 (116 Excessive Stat Product)
  • Protection: 116 (119 Excessive Stat Product)
  • HP: 139 (140 Excessive Stat Product)

(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-14-13, 1500 CP, Degree 21)


  • Assault: 152 (150 Excessive Stat Product)
  • Protection: 152 (154 Excessive Stat Product)
  • HP: 178 (181 Excessive Stat Product)

(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-15-15, 2500 CP, Degree 39.5)

Received all that?

So first off, I need to level out that Galarian Slowking doesn’t dip into XL territory even in Extremely League, so preserve that in thoughts for XL grinding… deal with the others you need to construct with any XL Sweet accrued!

Anyway, the subsequent focal point is the typing. No Water, and a bit extra overlap between the alternative typing of Poison alongside Psychic (the kind). Psychic resists Psychic, however Poison takes tremendous efficient, so ultimately they’re left impartial. Identical consequence with Bug, which Psychic is weak to, however Poison resists… it’s cancelled out and left as impartial injury.

The Psychic vulnerabilities to Ghost and Darkish stay, together with Poison’s weak spot to Floor, however that’s it. On the resistance facet, Poison/Psychic resists Poison, Fairy, Grass, and has a 2x resistance to Combating injury (since each Poison AND Psychic resist it). So yeah… fairly totally different than their Kanto cousins.

The opposite extra delicate distinction is in bulk… the Galarians have notably lower than the Kantonians, particularly when it comes to Protection. As a substitute, the Galarians have a better Assault stat, which CAN be good with the best strikes.

Talking of, we have now some key variations between Bro and King right here as effectively….

Quick Strikes

  • G-Slowbro: Poison JabPoison sort, 3.5 DPT, 3.5 EPT, 1.0 CoolDown
  • G-Slowking: AcidPoison sort, 3.0 DPT, 2.5 EPT, 1.0 CD
  • G-Slowking: HexGhost sort, 2.0 DPT, 4.0 EPT, 1.5 CD
  • Each: ConfusionPsychic sort, 4.0 DPT, 3.0 EPT, 2.0 CD

Confusion stays… and is as soon as once more, will usually be left on the skin trying in.

Poison Jab is arms down Galarian Slowbro’s finest quick transfer. Not solely is it far much less awkward to make use of than Confusion as a result of having solely half the cooldown time, however it applies loads of stress by itself AND will get to cost strikes notably sooner. It simply flows higher.

As for Galarian Slowking, the distinctiveness of Hex greater than anything is what pushes it excessive. Not solely does it make it really distinctive and really potent in codecs like the continued Psychic Cup, however it gives the very best power era amongst any of the Slows, and that helps when you think about that G-King can also be the flimsiest of the Slows.

So what cost strikes do you need to use these greater power good points to get to anyway?

– Unique (Neighborhood Day) Transfer

Cost Strikes

  • Each: SurfᴱWater sort, 65 injury, 40 power
  • G-Slowbro: PsychicPsychic sort, 90 injury, 55 power, 10% Likelihood to Decreases Opponent Protection by 1 Stage
  • G-Slowbro: Sludge BombPoison sort, 80 injury, 50 power
  • G-Slowbro: Focus BlastCombating sort, 150 injury, 75 power
  • G-Slowking: Shadow BallGhost sort, 100 injury, 55 power
  • G-Slowking: Sludge WavePoison sort, 110 injury, 65 power
  • G-Slowking: Future SightPsychic sort, 120 injury, 65 power

As you’ll be able to see, between the above common power good points of Poison Jab and the cheaper-than-55-energy value of Sludge Bomb, Galarian Slowbro has had arguably the best likelihood of success so far out of all of the Slows. The awkward half has been the second cost transfer. Normally Focus Blast has edged out Psychic for the useful protection towards Steels and Rocks (and even Grounds) that plague different Poison varieties, however even with the three.5 EPT from Jabbing, the 75 power requires is terribly pricy.

As for G-King, it’s a bit higher off than its Kanto counterpart, with THREE cost strikes costing 65 power or much less. It normally prefers to run with Sludge Wave for Poison injury (since Acid will not be a transfer you actually need to be operating) and the superior Shadow Ball for vast impartial protection that additionally conveniently slams the door on fellow Psychic varieties, although even Future Sight is worthy of consideration too with its uncooked energy.

We’ll get into HOW good these are in a second, after which add Surf into the combo to see the way it helps.

Galarian Slowbro and Galarian Slowking


Beginning once more in Nice League, and once more with Slowbro. Here it is pre-Community Day, with a win proportion much like KantoBro (KantBro? 🤔), however a distinct means of getting there. Gone are the wins KantBro (yeah, gonna stick to that moniker) can get versus stuff like Galarian Stunfisk, Diggersby, Dunsparce, and naturally Charizard, changed with wins G-Bro achieves versus Fighters like Toxicroak, Scrafty, Vigoroth, and Obstagoon, Fairies like Azumarill and CharmTales, Grasses like Venusaur and Victreebel, and even Bastiodon for good measure (thanks solely to Focus Blast).

So what occurs after we combine in Surf… and the place will we slot it? Paired with Sludge Bomb to keep up quickest moveset and stress on issues like Obstagoon, Vigoroth, and Shadow Walrein? Focus Blast to maintain Bastiodon and achieve Dunsparce and Umbreon (however too sluggish to beat Goon, Viggy, or Wally)? Or possibly carry Psychic into the combo for an all-around risk that brings Vigoroth and Walrein (together with the non-Shadow model now) into the win column and provides on Toxapex (however clearly has no actual shot versus Bastie, Umbreon, Obstagoon and others)?

Truthfully, it might simply depend upon which Restricted meta you’re in… as a result of not like KantBro, Surf does NOT significantly elevate G-Bro’s place. It already works about as effectively with the strikes it has, and as you’ll be able to see by the tradeoffs in these varied situations, it solely… effectively… muddies the waters of which two strikes out of G-Bro’s assorted arsenal to go together with. You CAN usher in Surf as another choice, and it DOES assist in some areas… however any transfer you permit out means shedding sure different wins, and even Surf will not be a clear-cut favourite, must-have transfer.

The development IS barely extra noticeable with Galarian Slowking. Mixing Surf and Shadow Ball brings in new win potential versus Ghost varieties Alolan Marowak, Cofagrigus, and Froslass. Surf and Sludge Wave is general even barely higher, as a substitute beating Fairies (Azumarill, Alolan Ninetales) and overpowering Venusaur, Talonflame, and Shadow Walrein with its higher-than-Shadow-Ball injury (plus STAB on prime of it).

And Surf alone is sufficient to take down Charizard, no matter second transfer. However in fact, none of these find yourself with overly spectacular numbers. If I needed to decide one it will in all probability be Sludge Wave only for the best way it will probably disrupt issues like Medicham, Walrein, Alolan Ninetales, Zard, and Azumarill all collectively… however then once more, new and improved KantBro already does that and extra, so….

The one shining spot for Galarian Slowking within the right here and now could be Psychic Cup. I already wrote about this in my Psychic Cup meta evaluation, however Galarian Slowking with its full Ghost moveset and now Surf within the combine is a holy terror for other Psychic types. In all probability a little bit of a “no duh”, however I DO assume I’d think about constructing one for those who’re ready only for any Psychic Cup repeats (or different comparable codecs) sooner or later. And thus we are able to finish this part on a excessive observe and transfer on to Extremely League and produce this evaluation house!


PvPoke at the moment recommends Surf/Psychic for Galarian Slowbro at this stage, however I feel that ought to (and certain ultimately will, as PvPoke is all the time enhancing on itself) stick to Focus Blast as a substitute, which provides on wins versus Dubwool, Snorlax, and Obstagoon. Heck, even current Sludge Bomb/Focus Blast outperforms Surf/Psychic by beating the whole lot it will probably PLUS Obstagoon.

So yeah… I like to recommend Poison Jab/Surf/Focus Blast transferring ahead to threaten Fairies, Grounds, Steels, Ices, Grasses, Fires. Fighters, and even some Psychics all on the similar time. It’s clearly not excellent at blowing by means of any of these classes, however it CAN moderately uniquely preserve all of them on their toes and pressure shields, and that has worth in and of itself.

As for Galarian Slowking, Surf IS an improvement… simply not a very significant one. Escavalier flips to a win, and that’s actually about it. G-King continues to hover round a lowly 30% win proportion. Large sads.


I’m out of time, so gonna wrap it up proper right here, however to reiterate: return to the BLUF for a tough “rating” of the Slowdudes popping out of Neighborhood Day. Good looking, and good luck!

Till subsequent time, you’ll be able to all the time discover me on Twitter with near-daily PvP evaluation nuggets or Patreon, for those who’re feeling further beneficiant.

Good looking! Keep secure on the market, and catch you subsequent time, Pokéfriends!

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