Slowking can use one of two Abilities: Oblivious, which gives it an immunity to being affected by the moves Attract and Taunt; or Own Tempo, which protects it from becoming Confused. Slowking's Hidden Ability is Regenerator, which restores a third of its Maximum HP when it switches out of battle.
Slowpoke can evolve into a Slowking if it is traded whilst holding a King's Rock. Alternatively a Slowpoke can evolve into a Slowbro at Level 37, then into a Mega Slowbro in battle if Slowbro is holding a Slowbronite.
Slowking takes on a vastly different appearance after evolution. The Shellder that bit the King's Rock that was on the Slowpke's head now resides on the head of Slowking, which takes on a light blue appearance with a pink gem. The scarf on Slowking's neck takes on the appearance of a red and white-striped beach umbrella. The majority of Slowking's body is pink, save for its cream, segmented underside and light-colored toes.
Facially, Slowking's jaw is a shape similar to that of its previous evolution but it sits upright, as Slowking is bipedal, with its plain, non-descript eyes above its jaw.
Slowking doesn't have any visible differences to differentiate between male and female.
Slowking makes appearances at Endless Level 66, Pair Trozei, Forever Level 66 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Slowking can be found at Surrounded Sea, Miracle Sea and Bottomless Sea in Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky. Surrounded Sea is known as Enclosed Sea in Explorers of Sky. In Mystery Dungeon 3, Slowking can be found in all three versions at each game's respected Element-themed and Secret-themed areas.
Slowking can be found within Oblivia Ruins in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, but to reach its room the Dark Temple mission "Glowing Roads in the Darkness" must be cleared in the past. In the past, in addition to the aforementioned mission Slowking can also be found in the mission "Ground-Shaking Dragon Pokémon;" in both missions defeating it and obtaining its Slate is the only means to obtain it.
Trading Card Game
Slowking is listed in 13 sets and the Southern Islands promo set. It is listed as a Common Card in the Versus Set; as an Uncommon Card in the Dark Explorers set; as a Rare Card in the Neo Genesis, Neo Destiny, Aquapolis, EX Team Rocket Returns, EX Unseen Forces, EX Delta Species, Great Encounters, HeartGold/SoulSilvver and Call of Legends; and as an Ultra Rare card in the Undaunted set.
A Wild Slowking would have an integral role in The Power of One, as it would guide Ash to where he needed to go in order to stop a pending cataclysm. A different Wild Slowking makes a cameo in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
Lorelei uses a Slowking in battle in Chapters 277, 278 and 280. Charon uses his own Slowking in Chapters 431-434, 436, 439 and 440.
Slowking finds itself in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. With the ability to check numerous Ground and Fighting-types and a decent Special Attack stat to boot, Slowking is a very good Pokémon to have on bulky offense. It has very solid overall bulk, reliable recovery in Slack Off, and a great defensive ability in Regenerator, allowing for it to have solid longevity throughout the battle. Resistances to Fire, Fighting, Ice, and Water are extremely handy, as it allows for Slowking to check the likes of Delphox and Mega Glalie. Its best set is a Calm Mind set that can act as a wincon while providing a nice check to common threats. An Assault Vest set is also viable due to Slowking's solid Special Attack stat giving it good enough offensive prowess to not be passive while allowing Slowking to act as a special tank. Lastly, an offensive Trick Room set gives Slowking the ability to circumvent its pitiful Speed stat and act as a viable offensive threat that can be a late-game sweeper. However, while Slowking's typing gives it some good resistances, it brings glaring weaknesses to Dark, Bug, Ghost, Grass, and Electric. The Dark weakness is especially egregious due to the prevalence of Knock Off and Pursuit. Slowking's Speed stat is very poor, meaning that it will usually have to tank a hit before doing anything.
Slowking is usable in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. It fits on many playstyles due to its ability to fill a variety of roles with different sets. It has a unique typing that gives it a wonderful set of resistances and is complemented well by its nice natural bulk. Regenerator is a great ability that gives Slowking the ability to stay healthy throughout the match and perform its role well. Slack Off is also a great tool at Slowking's disposal, handing it reliable recovery. Slowking's best set is a defensive set that provides good overall utility with Thunder Wave and its ability to check key threats like Entei, Cobalion, Mega Aerodactyl, and Infernape. It can also run an offensive Trick Room set that gives it the ability to sweep late game, a defensive sweeper set that uses either Calm Mind or Nasty Plot to act as a decent wincon, an Assault Vest set that gives Slowking great tanking ability with nice offensive prowess, and a Choice Specs set that can hit relatively hard against opposing foes with a well rounded movepool. Slowking's flaws lie in its weaknesses to common attacking types like Dark, Grass, and Electric and its low Speed stat.
Slowking is also viable in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. While somewhat overshadowed by Slowbro, Slowking has some decent niches that give it solid viability in the tier, such as its higher Special Defense stat that allows for it to reliably check Pokémon that Slowbro cannot, such as Keldeo, Volcanion, Latios, and Grass Knot Mega Metagross. It act as a solid blanket check to a lot of the tier's special attackers, and its ability Regenerator is very handy, as it can pivot out and stay healthy. Combined with Slack Off and Slowking is very durable, making it difficult to take down easily. Slowking's movepool is solid, as it has access to Fire Blast to hit Bisharp, Ferrothorn, and Mega Metagross, and Dragon Tail to phaze out Calm Mind users, which is extremely handy as Slowbro lacks a phazing move. Slowking's best set is a defensive Calm Mind set that acts as a nice win condition that sets up on Pokémon like Keldeo, Volcanion, and Clefable, while having the superior special bulk to differentiate itself from Slowbro. Slowking also can run a defensive set that is more of a utility check against certain foes while being able to spread crippling status with Thunder Wave or Toxic. However, Slowking has some common weaknesses to Dark, Bug, and Electric, which is problematic given the omnipresence of moves like Pursuit, Knock Off, U-turn, and Volt Switch. It also has lower physical bulk to its counterpart Slowbro, making it much more susceptible to being Pursuit trapped and being more easily worn down by physical attackers. It is very slow, meaning that it has to usually tank two hits before it can do anything if it switches into an opposing attacker.
Via Move Tutor (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
Slowpoke Exclusive Moves
Generation III Move Tutor Moves
Fire Red/Leaf Green
- TM55: Brine
- TM58: Endure
- TM72: Avalanche
- TM78: Captivate
- TM83: Natural Gift
- HM05: Whirlpool (Heart Gold/Soul Silver)
Via Move Tutor (Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver)
- TM19: Telekinesis
Via Dream World (Slowpoke)
Transfer Only Z-Moves
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