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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 (05/30)

May 30 Update

Slowbro Move Changes (May 30)
Scald  Image
• Damage increased from 2163 to 2263 (+5%).
• Movement speed decrease strengthened.
• Attack decrease strengthened.
Slowbeam Image
• Unite Move Charge rate increased from 134s to 122s (-12s).

Slowbro Previous Move Patches

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

Amnesia Amnesia+: Text changed to "Increases Sp. Def" Cooldown reduced from 13s to 8s. HP Recovery increased.

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

Scald Damage increased from 2042 → 2163 (+6%). Effects on user increased. Effects on opposing Pokemon increased. 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. Damage increased from 2163 to 2263 (+5%). Movement speed decrease strengthened. Attack decrease strengthened.

Oblivious Move description text changes.

Slowbeam Unite Move Charge rate increased from 134s to 122s (-12s).

Slowbro Basic Info

Tier Rating: S 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


The Best Build for Slowbro is the one with the gold crown!

Tank Build

Tank Build
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Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Sp. Atk: +39
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
HP: +450
Recommended Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation No Jungle Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane

This is a defensive build centered on tanking damage and disabling targets using Surf and Telekinesis. Your playstyle mainly focuses on staying in the frontline and opening up opportunities for your allies to score or knock opponents down.

Focus Band and Buddy Barrier are standard tanking items that increases Slowbro's durability and survivability. Assault Vest can also be considered for high Sp. Attack matchups. Wise Glasses, on the other hand, contributes to Slowbro's damage output.

Potion gives Slowbro a much-needed health boost when in a pinch. Alternatively, you can run Full Heal to protect yourself from enemy disables.

Support Build

Support Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Sp. Atk: +24
Movement Speed: +150
HP: +240
Cooldown: -9%
Unite Move Charge Rate: +6%
Recommended Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation No Jungle Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane

This is a similar build to the previous one but leans more towards supporting rather than tanking. It's centered on the constant use of Surf and Telekinesis to set up kills for your team.

Energy Amplifier and Shell Bell reduces your moves' cooldown and your Unite Move's recharge rate, allowing you to use them more frequently in fights. Exp. Share the core supportive item that also gives a movement speed boost.

Eject Button is mainly for disengaging from losing fights.

Offense Build

Offense Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Sp. Atk: +102
Cooldown: -4.50%
Recommended Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation No Jungle Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane

This build does not make use of Slowbro's disabling moves. Instead, it sacrifices utility for an offense-focused playstyle by taking advantage of Scald's fast and long rage damage to continuously pressure the opponent's HP. Amnesia will be Slowbro's burst of defense when it is being targeted by opponents. Overall, your playstyle is mainly soaking up damage for the team while taking advantage of Scald's short cooldown to consistently blast enemies.

Equipping both Wise Glasses and Choice Specs significantly increases Slowbro's Sp. Attack stat, which contributes to amplifying Scald's overall damage output. Not only will Shell Bell give more Sp. Attack, it also gives HP recovery when you hit enemies with Scald and reduces your move cooldowns slightly.

Potion will make sure that Slowbro is topped off in HP as he Scalds his way through opponents. Combine that with extra healing from Amnesia and you can brush off most burst combos from the enemy!

Slowbro Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Exp. Share.pngExp. Share Exp. Share is a core supportive item that also gives a movement speed boost. Its a crucial item to help with catching up on Exp. in lane!
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier Buddy Barrier gives Slowbro a shield when performing its Unite Move, also granting shields to nearby teammates responding to Slowbro.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Energy Amplifier improves the damage dealt with Slowbeam. Having this item can help secure eliminations of weaker enemy pokemon.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band is crucial for tankier Pokemon and Slowbro is no exception. Having that sudden health regen is good for surviving teamfights longer.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses are for more of an offensive type of Slowbro build, giving its offensive moves more punch.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Since most of Slowbro's moves are easy to hit, Shell Bell is a decent item to have for HP regen when in a tight spot.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Similar to Wise Glasses, Choice Specs are great for a more offensive playstyle. Benefiting from dealing more damage against enemies instead of supporting allies.

List of Held Items

Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
Slow Smoke.pngSlow Smoke Slow Smoke slows down the momentum of any damage dealing enemy pokemon. Giving slowbro wiggle room to isolate and pick targets to bully.
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button allows for surprise combos like catching lone enemy pokemon by surprise. It also adds more mobility to Slowbro's kit.
Potion.pngPotion Potion gives that clutch healing which can make or break a game when trying to support allies in a teamfight.

List of Battle Items

Best Moveset

Move Explanation
Telekinesis  ImageTelekinesis Telekinesis is a good disabling move unique to Slowbro! Telekinesis singles out an enemy pokemon and also leaves them vulnerable to attacks.
Surf ImageSurf Surf is a good tool for pushing enemy pokemon away. Especially if they are chasing squishier damage dealing ally Pokemon.

Scald is a good move to have if you are going for more damage instead of disables! Pick Amnesia if your team does not have a tank! The extra beefiness helps make Slowbro look thicker in HP.

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How to Play Slowbro

Change Playstyle When Needed

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Providing Offense with Scald

Slowbro is a Defender by role but can act as an Attacker or Supporter. Harass enemies with Surf, 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 a well-placed Scald, even better!

On the other hand, Slowbro is a great as a single-target disabler with Telekinesis and Slowbeam. It is best to 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.

Poke Enemies During Early Game

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Stealing Enemy Aipom with Water Gun

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 or Scald 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.

Stay in the Fight Longer with Slack Off

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Slacking Off in a Goal Zone

When fighting for the lane in the early game, you can save trip back to base by recovering HP with Slack Off. Make sure to use it at a safe place like inside a patch of Tall Grass or, better yet, inside an allied goal zone to get a speedy recovery!

Use Amnesia to Increase Survivability

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Brushing off Absol

Amnesia is a great tool for brushing off enemy attack while also amplifying your move damage. It may not give Slowbro full invulnerability against incoming damage, but that extra window of protection and HP recovery is enough to keep opponents engaged for your allies to intercept. It is best to save Amnesia in the middle of fights for an extra boost in defense!

Focus on Locking Down Key Threats

Pokemon UNITE - Slowbro Locking Down Lucario

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

Slowbeam Penetrates Immunities

Slowbeam ignores immunities like Unstoppable, allowing you to completely lock down targets without a way for them to stop it. Use it on targets like Machamp or Blastoise.

Progression and Leveling Guide

Top or Bottom Lane Guide

Level Objectives
1 - 4 • Secure as many wild Pokemon as you can to level up quickly
• If you're at the bottom lane, prioritize taking Audinos for more exp.
• You can try to get early kills, but don't overextend
• Choose Water Gun immediately, as this move is great for finishing off Aipom as quickly as possible.
5 - 9 • Use Scald and its quick cooldown against Wild Pokemon and Pokemon from the opposing team
• Help your allies secure Rotom and/or Drednaw
10+ • Stick with your team to hunt targets, secure objectives, and push lanes
• Reach level 13 before or when Zapdos spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset
• Make sure you have Slowbeam available when Zapdos spawns
• Help your allies win a teamfight and secure Zapdos

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 NinetalesCharizardDelphoxDuraludonEldegossEspeonGarchompGardevoirMr. MimeSnorlaxTrevenant
Good Matchup
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
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.

Hard Counter with Long Range, Immunity, or High Durability

Although a durable Pokemon, Slowbro has poor mobility, making Slowbro vulnerable to long ranged attacks. Pokemon with immunity have prevents Slowbro from disabling them. Lastly, Slowbro's damage is not on par with other Pokemon, making Slowbro weak against high durability Pokemon.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Cinderace ImageCinderace Rating: ★★★★★
• Its speed, offense, and range are too much for Slowbro to handle.
• Can reposition with Blaze Kick making it a hard target to pin down.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Rating: ★★★★
• Can easily evade Slowbro's disables.
Dragonite ImageDragonite Rating: ★★★★
• Can pressure Slowbro's HP with Hyper Beam in a brawl.
Crustle ImageCrustle Rating: ★★★
• Unless it learns Scald,Crustle's high durability is too strong for Slowbro's damage
• Can do more damage and is more effective compared to Slowbro.

Even Matchups for Slowbro

Even matchups are always a matter of skill, luck and timing. Here are some tips to help push Slowbro ahead against other Pokemon on equal footing.

Burst Type Pokemon
Alolan Ninetales Image Gardevoir Image Duraludon Image Espeon Image Delphox Image
How to Beat
• Outlast these Pokemon with Slowbro's massive HP.
• Use Eject Button offensively by using it to close distance.
Support Type Pokemon
Mr. Mime Image Eldegoss Image Snorlax Image
How to Beat
• Take these Pokemon on together with teammates because Slowbro may lack the damage output necessary to take them down.

Easy Matchups for Slowbro

Susceptible to Disables

Susceptible to Disables
Azumarill Image Absol Image Gengar Image Talonflame Image Zeraora Image Greninja Image Venusaur Image Wigglytuff Image Hoopa Image Cramorant Image
How to Beat
• Use Slowbro's disabling moves and punish reckless plays.

Not Fast Enough to Pressure HP

Pokemon with High Damage Output
Lucario Image Decidueye Image
How to Beat
• Utilize Slowbro's Amnesia to more effectively tank hits and escape or fight back.

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
Shoots water forcefully, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and decreasing their movement speed for a short time when it his. Holding down the button for this move increases its area of effect and damage.
Surf ImageSurf
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 1035 / 2151
Has the user charge forward on a wave, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throwing them. This is followed by two more waves that deal damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and decrease their movement speed for a short time. Upgrade: The second and third waves become larget and also throw opposing Pokemon like the first wave does.
Scald  ImageScald
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 999 / 2263
Shoots boiling hot water, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and creating steam when it hits. Opposing Pokemon inside the stream's area of effect are left burned and have their movement speed decreased for a short time. Upgrade: Increases the vapor's area of effect.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Slack Off ImageSlack Off
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Recovery
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 11s
Has the user slack off, continually restoring its HP for a short time. While the user is slacking off, if the user moves, performs a basic attack, uses a move, has a hindrance inflicted on it, or is otherwise interrupted, the HP restoration effect continues at decreased power.
Telekinesis  ImageTelekinesis
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 11s
Makes opposing Pokemon float with psychic power. If used again, pulls the opposing Pokemon toward the user. Upgrade: Increases this move's speed and range.
Amnesia  ImageAmnesia
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 8
Move Type: Recovery
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 8s
Has the user recover some of its HP using its stored-up lost HP. For a short time after this move, the user becomes immune to hindrances and gains increased Defense. Upgrade: Increases Sp. Def.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Slowbeam ImageSlowbeam
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 122s
Total Damage: 1418 / 2487
Has the user stare at one of the opposing team's Pokemon and attack continually, dealing damage and binding it. Grants the user a shield and makes the user immune to hindrances while it's using this move.

Standard Attack

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

Ability (Passive)

Oblivious ImageOblivious All Evolution Stages
Has the Pokemon store up lost HP for a short time. When hitting an opposing Pokemon with a move, the Pokemon recovers some of its HP using the stored-up HP, and it also decreases the opposing Pokemon's Sp. Def for a short time.

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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