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This is a strategy guide for using 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 Slowbro, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Slowbro

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Psychic Type
Oblivious Prevents it from becoming infatuated.
Own Tempo Prevents the Pokemon from becoming confused.
Regenerator (Hidden) Restores a little HP when withdrawn from battle.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
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 Slowbro

Best Natures
(+Def, -Atk)
(+Def, -Spd)
(+SpAtk, - Atk)

What are Natures?

Movesets & Best Builds for Slowbro

Physical Defender Moveset & Best Build

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 252 / SpAtk 12
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def 178 / SpAtk 122 / SpDef 100 / Spd 50
Ability Regenerator
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Scald
Slack Off
Trick Room

This build takes advantage of Slowbro's high Physical Defense. For its held item, it uses the Rocky Helmet to allow it to wear down physical attackers while weathering their attacks.

After taking a few hits, it can use its Regenerate Ability or Slack Off to recover HP, allowing it to come back for more.

Other Viable Moves

Hydro Pump A Water-type move with 110 power. For situations when you want to hit harder.
Fire Blast For using against Grass and Steel-types such as Ferrothorn and Scizor.
Ice Beam Super effective against Flying and Dragon-types.
Body Press An attack which allows it to take advantage of its high Defense. Goes well with Iron Defense.
Iron Defense Raises its Defense by 2 stages. Useful to combo with Body Press.
Thunder Wave Allows you to limit an opponent's Speed. With its high defense, it's easy to pull this off on a physical attacker.
Yawn Allows it to force an opponent to switch. Great for using when you've got an attacker who can set up.

How to Use Slowbro Effectively

Great Damage Eater

With 110 points in Defense, Slowbro is able to hold its own as a physical defender. It also has 100 points in Special Attack, allowing it to hit back hard as well and push the opponent back on its heels.

Effective User of Support Moves

Slowbro can use Trick Room when setting up for Dynamax or in the later part of a match to flip the match on its head. It's also able to use moves like Thunder Wave and Will-o-Wisp to limit the opponent's usefulness. When using it in your party, you can switch up its moveset depending on the role you want it to play, which can also make it difficult for opponents to predict.

Counters for Slowbro

Go After It With Special Attacks

While Slowbro has a high physical defense of 110, its special defense is incredibly low at 80, making special attackers the best way to handle it. Dark, Ghost, and Electric-type Pokemon are recommended when going up against Slowbro.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one shot a Slowbro with 252 EVs in HP with Choice Specs and Dark Pulse
・Takes half damage from Water and is immune to Psychic-type attacks
Hydreigon - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one shot a Slowbro with 252 EVs in HP with Leaf Storm
・Takes half damage from Water-type attacks
Mow Rotom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Magnezone ImageMagnezone Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one shot a Slowbro with 252 EVs in HP with Choice Specs and Thunderbolt
・Takes half damage from Psychic-type attacks
Magnezone - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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