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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
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Water Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Psychic Type
Abilities
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Regenerator (Hidden) Restores a little HP when withdrawn from battle.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

Type
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
Bold
(+Def, -Atk)
Relaxed
(+Def, -Spd)
Modest
(+SpAtk, - Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Slowbro

Physical Defensive Slowbro.jpg

Physical Defensive Moveset & Best Build

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

Slowbro's flagship defensive set is as effective as ever. Its dual typing gives it key resistances to common Fighting, Fire, and Water-types that fill the metagame, and its reliably recovery and great Ability mean it can easily recover lost HP by just switching out!

About Slowbro's Moves

Scald is Slowbro's main STAB move and has a 30% chance to inflict a burn, further boosting Slowrbo's physical bulk. Psychic is its secondary STAB and is useful for hitting Poison-types such as Toxapex that tend to invest in Defense.

Slack Off is its recovery move and is what separates Slowbro from defensive pivots such as Landorus. With this move, Slowbro can stay in battles longer instead of switching out.

Trick Room is its last support move and is mostly used to flip the momentum against fast attackers.

About Slowbro's EV Spread

We're using a standard defensive EV spread with 244 HP EVs and full investment in Defense to make Slowbro as bulky as possible.

The remaining 12 EVs are invested in Sp.Atk so that Slowbro can still hit hard with its dual STAB.

About Slowbro's Ability

Regenerator
Leftovers is Slowbro's best Ability. When it switches out of the battle, it restores 1/3 of its maximum HP.

About Slowbro's Held Item

Slowbro has two options for held item.

Rocky Helmet causes opponents that hit it with a contact move to receive recoil damage.

Leftovers, on the other hand, provides Slowbro passive healing at the end of every turn that further boosts its survivability.

Other Viable Moves

Hydro Pump A Water-type move with 110 power. Best for situations when you want to hit harder.
Fire Blast A good coverage move against Grass and Steel-types such as Ferrothorn and Scizor.
Ice Beam A good coverage move against Flying and Dragon-types, such as Tornadus and Garchomp.
Body Press An attack that takes advantage of Slowbro's high Defense. Goes well with Iron Defense.
Iron Defense Raises its Defense by 2 stages and is best used in conjunction with Body Press..
Thunder Wave Allows Slowbro to cripple fast, physical attackers.
Yawn A great support move that can replace Trick Room, forcing opponents to switch out or risk falling asleep.

How to Use Slowbro Effectively

A Defensive Pokemon with Great Recovery

With 110 Base Defense

  • and key resistances to Fire, Fighting, Steel, Ice, and Water-type moves, Slowbro is one of the best physically defensive Pokemon in the metagame.
  • It also has great survivability, with access to both *reliable recovery in Slack Off and Regenerator.

    Access to Many Support Moves

    Slowbro has an expansive movepool that includes many support moves that can turn the tide of the battle. It can function as a Trick Room setter, a phazer with Yawn, or a dual status spreader with Thunder Wave and Scald.

    How to Build a Team with Slowbro

    Slowbro is easy to fit into many teams, but is mostly used in defensive and Trick Room teams. It's also a common choice for more balanced teams that rely on a Grass-Fire-Water core.

    A Defensive Team's Physical Wall

    Slowbro's main role is that of a physical damage sponge, switching into physical attacks and spreading status effects with its utility moves. It's a common choice for Defensive Teams that require a Fighting-type resist.

    Example Defensive Team

    Bulky Attacker Physical Wall Special Wall
    Pokemon SWSH - Bisharp ImageBisharp Pokemon SWSH - Slowbro ImageSlowbro Pokemon SWSH - Blissey ImageBlissey

    Slowbro's main role in this team is that of a physical wall that covers its partners' weaknesses.

    Both Bisharp and Blissey are weak to Fighting-type moves which Slowbro comfortably shrugs off with its Psychic typing and recovery.

    Bisharp, on the other hand, easily covers Slowbro's Dark-type weakness while Blissey's massive Sp.Def stat lets it shrug off special Grass, Ghost, and Electric-types directed at the Hermit Crab Pokemon.

    Counters for Slowbro

    Slowbro
    Weakness Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image

    Overpower it with Special Attacks

    Although Slowbro is well known for its physical bulk, its 80 Base Special Defense stat means it's easily worn down by special attacks.

    Pokemon that can take advantage of Slowbro's Ghost, Dark, Electric, and Grass-type weakness and target it at its weaker Special Defense can easily take it.

    Best Pokemon to Use

    Pokemon Description
    Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
    ・Offensive variants eaisly KO Slowbro with STAB Thunderbolt
    ・Defensive variants can wear down and paralyze Slowbro with Discharge

    Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
    Pokemon SWSH - Regieleki ImageRegieleki Ranking: ★★★★★
    ・Easily KOs Slowbro with Transistor boosted STAB Thunderbolt
    ・Can set up Reflect and Light Screen or switch out using Volt Switch

    Moveset & Best Build for Regieleki
    Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Moltres ImageGalarian Moltres Ranking: ★★★★
    ・Immune to Slowbro's Psychic-type moves
    ・Faster than Slowbro and can flinch it with Fiery Wrath

    Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Moltres
    Pokemon SWSH - 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
    Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon
    Pokemon SWSH - 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
    Moveset & Best Build for Mow Rotom
    Pokemon SWSH - 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
    Moveset & Best Build for Magnezone

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