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This is a strategy guide for using Galarian Slowbro in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Galarian Slowbro, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Galarian Slowbro

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Poison Type Psychic Type
Abilities
Quick Draw Enables the Pokémon to move first occasionally.
Own Tempo Prevents the Pokemon from becoming confused.
Regenerator (Hidden) Restores a little HP when withdrawn from battle.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Ground Image Ghost Image Dark Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Grass Image Poison Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Fighting Image
Takes 0x damage
-

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
95 75 110 100 80 30

Best Nature for Galarian Slowbro

Best Natures
Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd) Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Movesets & Best Builds for Galarian Slowbro

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 4 / SpAtk 252
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk 120 / Def 116 / SpAtk 167 / SpDef 90 / Spd 45
Ability Quick Draw
Held Item Quick Claw
Moveset Shell Side Arm
Psychic
Fire Blast
Yawn

Ability and Held Item Making Moving First Easier

Both Quick Draw and a Quick Claw boosting Galarian Slowbro's chances of acting first can help counteract its low speed stat. While based on luck and RNG, acting first regardless of speed is one of its strong points and can pave the way to victory.

While the exact rate at which Quick Draw activates is currently not clear, if we approximate it goes off 30% of the time mixed with the 20% chance of the Quick Claw, we come out with roughly a 44% chance of acting first in battle.

Can Be Taught Other Moves for Coverage

Teaching Galarian Slowbro Fire Blast will allow it to go up against Steel-type Pokemon who don't have Poison or Psychic weaknesses and increase its overall coverage against a variety of types. Yawn is also helpful in dealing with Dynamaxed Pokemon to waste their turns.

Other Viable Moves

Flamethrower Can be chosen in place of Fire Blast for those worried about its low accuracy.
Focus Blast Can replace Fire Blast. Works best against Dark or Steel types and can hit for 4 times damage against Tyranitar.
Scald A good choice for a Water-type move. Has high accuracy and a chance to Burn your opponent.
Muddy Water Another Water-type option. If it hits, has a 30% chance of lowering accuracy.
Calm Mind
Nasty Plot
Status boosting moves. Once its stats are boosted can be really strong if Quick Draw activates.
Trick Room Counteracts Galarian Slowbro's low speed.

Regenerator Specs Moveset & Best Build

Nature Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 4 / SpAtk 252
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk 120 / Def 116 / SpAtk 167 / SpDef 90 / Spd 45
Ability Regenerator
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Shell Side Arm
Psychic
Fire Blast
Trick Room

Increased Power and Speed

Giving Galarian Slowbro Choice Specs will boost its power by a lot. Combingin Trick Room to increase speed and the Choice Specs for damage, even the most durable of opponents will fall.

Choice Specs Mix Well With Regenerator

With the Regenerator ability, every time you swap the Pokemon out they will heal some HP. Combined with Choice Specs and having to reset what move you want to use they have great compatibility. This can be taken advantage of in matches that involve a lot of switching in and out.

Other Viable Moves

Focus Blast Can replace Fire Blast. Works best against Dark or Steel types and can hit for 4 times damage against Tyranitar.
Psyshock If you are worried about Pokemon like Blissey or Snorlax who have high SpDef, Psyshock may be a good choice.
Shadow Ball A good counter for Dragapult or Mimikyu. Paired with Choice Specs, an unbuffed Dragapult will go down in 2 hits while unbuffed Mimikyu has a chance of going down in one shot.
Grass Knot Works well on Pokemon that aren't weak to Psychic or Poison like Tyranitar, Krookodile, Lapras, Hippowdon or Quagsire.
Hydro Pump Great against Fire, Rock, or Ground-type Pokemon, especially Charizard or Incineroar.
Ice Beam A counter for Dragon, Ground, Grass, or Flying types. With Choice Specs can one shot an unbuffed Dragapult.

How to Use Galarian Slowbro Effectively

Has a Wide Spread of Attacks

Galarian Slowbro is a Pokemon that can learn many different types of attacks and with Shell Side Arm can even deal plenty of damage to opponents with high SpDef. Galarian Slowbro makes for a good attacker and can deal with a large variety of Pokemon.

Cover Low Speed With Quick Draw

While Galarian Slowbro's speed is quite low, its ability, Quick Draw, gives it a chance to act first. Luck and RNG come into play here, but the chance to attack before your opponent makes its low speed less of an issue.

Strong Switch Attacker With Regenerator

Galarian Slowbro's hidden ability is Regenerator, which revovers 1/3 of its HP when it is withdrawn from battle. This makes it much harder to kill and great for battles where switching between Pokemon is your strategy.

Counters for Galarian Slowbro

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one-shot a 252 HP Galarian Slowbro using Dark Pulse with 252 SpAtk and a Modest nature
・Even without any HP EVs can survive a 252 SpAtk Focus Blast
Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking:★★★★☆
・Can one-shot a 252 HP Galarian Slowbro using Earthquake with 252 Atk and a Jolly or Adamant nature・Without any HP EVs, be careful of 252 SpAtk Fire Blast that can take Excadrill out in one hit
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Krookodile ImageKrookodile Ranking:★★★★☆
・Posesses both of Galarian Slowbro's weakenesses and resists Poison and Psychic
・Can be hit hard by the variety of moves Galarian Slowbro learns
Gastrodon ImageGastrodon Ranking:★★★★☆
・High SpDef and resists its moves
・Be careful of Grass Knot
Moveset & Best Build for Gastrodon
Rhyperior ImageRhyperior Ranking:★★★★☆
・Using Earthquake with 252 Atk and an Adamant nature on a 252 HP Galarian Slowbro can one shot it
・Weak to Water-type moves and Grass Knot
Moveset & Best Build for Rhyperior

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