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Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Guide: Builds and Best Items
The best guide on how to play Slowbro in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Slowbro Latest Nerfs & Buffs (9/22)

Version Patch Note Updates

Slowbro Move Changes (September 22)
Surf Image
• Move range has been adjusted.
Standard Attack Image
Standard Attack
• Fixed a bug where it was reducing the enemy's SP. Defense.

Slowbro Previous Move Patches

Standard Attack Fixed a bug where the enemy's SP. Defense is getting reduced on hit.

Surf Range adjusted. Duration of the effect on the opponent's Pokemon reduced from 3 seconds to 2 seconds (-33%).

Scald Increased the amount of damage from 453x3 + Steam damage 90x5 = 1809 total to 514x3 + Steam damage 100x5 = 2042 total (+13%). Fixed a bug where effect of its Ability, Oblivious, was not activated for steam damage.

Slowbro Basic Info

Tier Rating: A Rank Icon

Role: Defender
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Difficulty: Intermediate
"No matter the situation, Slowbro goes about life at its own pace. With its characteristic high defense and blissful unawareness, Slowbro is unfazed by opponents’ attacks."

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Slowbro Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Good range
✔︎ Great support skills
Can vary builds based on moveset
✖︎ Low damage output
✖︎ Low HP for a Defender

Best Builds for Slowbro


Disabler Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is a balanced build that allows Slowbro to support its team by disabling enemies while still possessing enough defenses to last for a good duration of a teamfight. Surf is a versatile tool that can be used to get in or out of a fight, and if you do go in you can follow up with Telekinesis to hold an opponent in place for your teammates to attack. Focus Band keeps you alive for longer, and Buddy Barrier ensures that you and a teammate won't get bursted down immediately while you channel your Slowbeam.

CDR Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build is similar to the Disabler Tank build above, but sacrifices defensive capabilities for even more supporting and crowd control potential. The key to this build is the use of the Energy Amplifier and Shell Bell items, both of which grant cooldown reduction for the holder. This lets you use your Surf and Telekinesis more often, which can drastically increase your value to the team especially if you're very good at landing these skills. The damage boost from these Held Items are also a nice bonus.

Slowbro Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Exp. Share.pngExp. Share While the Pokemon has the fewest Exp. Points on the team, it gains (2/3/4) Exp. Points per second. In addition, when a nearby teammate defeats a wild Pokemon, that teammate gains slightly more Exp. Points.
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier After the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, the damage the Pokemon deals is increased by (7/14/21)% for a short time.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Recovers a minimum of (45/60/75) HP when a move hits an enemy. You will recover more HP if your Sp Attack stat is higher.

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Slowbro's a Defender who plays similarly to Pokemon in the Supporter Role, meaning your actions should revolve around creating opportunities for your teammates. Items that grant cooldown reduction such as Energy Amplifier and Shell Bell help you spam your Surf and Telekenesis more often, allowing you to make more openings for your teammates to either apply damage or escape.

Once you get into a fight you need to remember that Slowbro isn't as bulky as other Defender Pokemon, so if you're having trouble staying alive you can beef him up with a defensive item such as Focus Band or even Buddy Barrier to give even more support to your teammates.

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.

Eject Button is good as an escape tool, but in the hands of Slowbro it's invaluable as an initiating tool. The item lets you start fights by blinking in, following it up with a Surf, and then chaining it with either a Telekinesis or a Slowbeam, effectively surprising and crippling any unlucky opponent caught in this combo.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Telekinesis  ImageTelekinesis Fires a beam that causes the enemy it hits to float in the air for 2 seconds. Activating the Move again will pull the floating enemy towards the user.
Upgrade: Cast range and pull speed of the Move is increased.
Surf ImageSurf Surfs to a target area, creating a wave that knocks up enemies. 2 additional waves follow shortly after, dealing additional damage.
Upgrade: The second and third wave increase in size and will also knock up enemies.

Telekinesis is a powerful crowd control move that lets you immoblize an enemy for a good amount of time. Its projectile speed is a bit on the slow side, but if it hits the enemy will be immoblized for long enough that if your team focuses damage on it it'll most likely get taken out if it's not a Defender type.

Surf is a versatile move that can be used for either initiating or getting out of a fight. Its fairly low cooldown also ensures that you can use it frequently compared to other moves.

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How to Play Slowbro

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Using Surf

Slowbro is best used as a single-target disabler. You're supposed to be playing around others as you can't deal the damage needed to defeat opponents on your own. Using Slowbro's skills, you can target their damage dealers and leave them open for your allies to finish off.

With your disabling skills, you should be targeting the high profile damage dealers of the enemy team, both stopping them from dealing damage and allowing them to be picked off by your teammates.

Play Slowbro as a Support

Slowbro is a Defender by name but a Supporter by playstyle, so you'll want to play for your ally. Harass enemies, only take Wild Pokemon assists, and focus on zoning enemies and preventing them from killing your ally. If you can manage to steal enemy camps with Water Gun, even better.

Harass Enemies During Early Game

Slowbro's Water Gun has a long range that can be used to steal camps from enemy laners as well as poke them. Harass the enemy laners while your attacker farms safely from a distance. Slowbro also gains access to Surf at a very early Level 4, so you can use this early advantage to dive your opponents while their attacks and moves are still weak.

Focus on Locking Down Key Threats

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Using Telekinesis

As a Defender, your job is to prevent your allies from getting wiped out. Your disabling skills are perfect for stopping high damage dealers such as Attackers and Speedsters dead in their tracks, essentially making them sitting ducks for your team to wipe out.

Slowbro Combos

Initiating Combo

Initiating Combo
Surf IconTelekinesis  Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Initiating Combo
This is Slowbro's bread and butter combo, especially if you're starting a fight. Use Surf to close the distance and knock up opponents, and follow up with Telekinesis to immobilize an opponent and prevent them from recovering. You can also choose to use Eject Button at the start to surprise your opponents.

Mid-Late Game: Lockdown Combo

Lockdown Combo
Surf IconTelekinesis  IconSlowbeam Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Mid-Late Game Lockdown Combo
This is similar to the Initiator Combo, but with the addition of Slowbeam to ensure that the unlucky Pokemon caught in this combo will stay glued to one spot. Prioritize landing this combo on high damage dealing opponents like Speedsters and Attackers. If this combo connects during a teamfight, your team can practically wipe out the target with little effort.

Matchups & Counters for Slowbro

Slowbro Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
Alolan NinetalesCharizardEldegossGarchompGardevoirMr. MimeSnorlax
Good Matchup

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Slowbro.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Best Counters

Pokemon that Outrange Slowbro
Pikachu Image Venusaur Image Cramorant Image Cinderace Image

Attackers generally have the upper hand against Slowbro as they can outrange Slowbro's disabling moves and strike from afar. Cinderace and Pikachu also have mobility moves and crowd control respectively to elude Slowbro. You'll be needing your Eject Button if you want to disable them before they move out of your attack range.

Pokemon with Immunity to Disables
Machamp Image Blissey Image

Slowbro's entire playstyle revolves around disabling opponents, so Pokemon who have immunity to disables or can grant allies immunity to disables will give Slowbro a very bad time.

Pokemon with High Defenses and Damage
Crustle Image Blastoise Image Mamoswine Image

Defenders with farily high damage like Crustle and Blastoise are an absolute nightmare for Slowbro's low damage output. They also make for poor targets for Slowbro's disables as well, since your team is unlikely to burst them down while you immobilize them.

Even Matchups

Even matchups for Slowbro are scenarios where the odds of winning are 50-50, or when neither side can take each other out properly. Slowbro's Telekenesis is a powerful disable, but leaves Slowbro unable to do anything else like applying damage through standard attacks. It's therefore highly advised that Slowbro starts fights only when teammates are nearby.

Burst Type Pokemon
Alolan Ninetales Image Gardevoir Image

Pokemon such as Alolan Ninetales or Gardevoir can burst down Slowbro, but they're also squishy enough to be taken out by Slowbro even with its low damage output. You'll generally want to wait for a good opportunity to strike, then jump in with your Eject Button to close the distance and unload your combos.

Support Type Pokemon
Mr. Mime Image Eldegoss Image Snorlax Image

These Pokemon typically build their moveset to support their teammates in a fight, and as such lack the damage needed to take Slowbro down. They are also relatively hardy or annoying Pokemon that you can't quite finish off by yourself, so it's advised that you wait for a teammate to arrive before locking these opponents down with your disables.

Best Matchups for Slowbro

Best Counters

High Mobility Pokemon
Greninja Image Absol Image Gengar Image Talonflame Image Zeraora Image

Slowbro's disables make it the ideal Pokemon for shutting down enemies that rely on high mobility to be fully effective. Speedsters in particular are at a huge disadvantage against Slowbro since it can shut them down in the middle of their combos and make them easy targets for your team.

Close Ranged Pokemon
Lucario Image Wigglytuff Image

Slowbro's also good against Pokemon like Lucario and Wigglytuff, who both excel at close range but aren't quite as sturdy as Defender type Pokemon. Their need to be in close range makes them easy targets for Slowbro's disables.

Best Teammates for Slowbro

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales
Cinderace ImageCinderace
Can deal the damage Slowbro lacks
Slowbro's low damage output means that he'll enjoy having any companion that can deal high amounts of damage. Attacker Pokemon in particular love it when Slowbro turns opponents into piñatas for them to whack.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Can chain disables together
Slowbro has powerful disables that can keep enemy Pokemon unable to act, and so does Wigglytuff. You can use each other's disables to setup your own disable, and keep the opponenet disabled for much longer.

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Slowbro Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Water Gun ImageWater Gun
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 642 (Lv. 3)
Slowbro charges up and shoots water. This Move will slow and damage any Pokemon hit by it. The longer Slowbro charges this Move, the more damage and farther the range it will have.
Surf ImageSurf
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 1035 (Lv. 4) / 2151 (Lv. 15)
Surfs to a target area, creating a wave that knocks up enemies. 2 additional waves follow shortly after, dealing additional damage.
Upgrade: The second and third wave increase in size and will also knock up enemies.
Scald  ImageScald
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 935 (Lv. 4) / 2042 (Lv. 15)
Fires boiling water, damaging enemies hit and creating a small area of steam upon hitting. The steam area continually slows and burns enemies in it for 4 seconds.
Upgrade: The steam area increases in size.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Slack Off ImageSlack Off
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Recovery
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 11s
Slowbro lies down and rests while continuously restoring HP. If Slowbro is attacked while resting, the restoration effect decreases.
Telekinesis  ImageTelekinesis
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 11s
Fires a beam that causes the enemy it hits to float in the air for 2 seconds. Activating the Move again will pull the floating enemy towards the user.
Upgrade: Cast range and pull speed of the Move is increased.
Amnesia  ImageAmnesia
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Recovery
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 13s
When activated, Slowbro will have question mark symbols (?) above their head. This signals that your Defense and Special Defense is increased. Slowbro will also nullify a portion of damage and all hindrances when the skill is activated for a very short time. It will also increase the total damage damage dealt by Scald or Surf one time.
Upgrade: Using this Move increases your Special Attack as well.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Slowbeam ImageSlowbeam
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 1418 (Lv. 9) / 2487 (Lv. 15)
Channels a beam at a target Pokemon, immobilizing them while dealing damage over 3 seconds. The user gains a shield and becomes unstoppable during the channel.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. When this boosted attack hits, it splashes, dealing damage to nearby opposing Pokemon and decreasing their movement speed for a short time.

Ability (Passive)

Oblivious ImageOblivious When taking damage, HP loss is gradual. Slowbro can nullify some of the damage taken by hitting enemies with Moves. This also decreases the Sp. Defense of the enemy Pokemon for 2 seconds.

Slowbro Stats & Evolutions

Slowbro Evolutions

1st Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 4)

Slowbro Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3241 70 60 150
2 3378 78 67 153
3 3535 87 75 157
4 4334 132 114 175
5 4543 144 124 180
6 4783 158 136 186
7 5058 174 149 192
8 5375 192 164 199
9 5740 213 182 207
10 6160 237 202 217
11 6643 264 225 228
12 7199 295 252 241
13 7838 331 283 256
14 8572 373 319 273
15 9416 421 360 292

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Slowbro In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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Slowbro Skins (Holowear)

Training Style
SlowbroTraining Style

Aeos Gems 400 / Holowear Ticket 20
Bonfire Style
SlowbroBonfire Style

Aeos Gems 350

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