Slowbro

Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation.
Own Tempo
Cannot be confused.
Type Tier
Water / Psychic BL
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
95
- 331 394 -
Atk
75
167 186 249 273
Def
110
230 256 319 350
SpA
100
212 236 299 328
SpD
80
176 196 259 284
Spe
30
86 96 159 174
  • Overused

Overview

Slowbro can work very well in the standard metagame as a bulky Water-type. It is a fairly safe switch-in to Metagross, Aerodactyl, and Salamence, can spread paralysis with Thunder Wave, or be a true tank with Calm Mind. However, it is inferior to standard bulky Water-types, namely Milotic, Swampert, and Suicune, for a few reasons. Unlike Swampert, it isn't immune to sandstorm and lacks a resistance to Rock; unlike Milotic, it has neither Marvel Scale nor Recover, and has to rely on Rest. Finally, Slowbro's Psychic typing renders it weak to Shadow Ball and Crunch, the former of which is on some Metagross, while the latter leaves it open to Tyranitar. All in all, while Slowbro isn't the best bulky Water-type out there, it definitely has its uses.

Name Item Ability Nature

Defensive

Leftovers Own Tempo Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Surf
~ Psychic / Ice Beam
~ Rest
~ Calm Mind / Thunder Wave
252 HP / 176 Def / 28 SpA / 52 SpD

This set relies on Slowbro's natural physical bulk to sponge physical attacks as it boosts its Special Defense with Calm Mind. Surf provides solid STAB while Ice Beam takes out Dragon-types and hurts Celebi as well.

Name Item Ability Nature

SubPunch

Leftovers Own Tempo Relaxed
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Focus Punch
~ Surf
~ Psychic / Ice Beam
252 HP / 96 Atk / 160 SpA

An average Substitute + Focus Punch user thanks to its low Speed and good Defense; Slowbro occasionally finds chances to set up, but don't get your hopes up. Surf is a great STAB attack while Ice Beam has the important use of taking down Salamence. Psychic can damage Heracross as Slowbro is protected by a Substitute.

The need to split EVs between its attacking stats limits this Slowbro: at least 100 Special Attack EVs are needed for Ice Beam to OHKO Salamence and Flygon; put the rest in Attack to give Focus Punch some, well, punch.

Name Item Ability Nature

Curse

Leftovers Own Tempo Brave / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Curse
~ Earthquake
~ Ice Beam / Shadow Ball
~ Rest / Surf
252 HP / 176 Atk / 80 SpD

If you must run a physical Slowbro, Curse is the way to go. Curse boosts its Defense to even higher levels; once it can stand up to any physical attack, take out enemies with Earthquake or Shadow Ball. Rest lets it recover health and survive for longer, while Surf provides solid STAB. Slowking is generally a better choice here, however, as it has higher Special Defense and can boost its lower Defense with Curse.

Other Options

Fire Blast and Flamethrower are nice surprises for Steel-types such as Skarmory. Belly Drum is a novelty move, but is generally not recommended. Counter is amazing, however, as Slowbro can survive most unboosted physical attacks not named Heracross's Megahorn. Psych Up is handy against opponents that boost their Speed or defenses, while Yawn forces switches effectively. Sleep Talk is an option on the Calm Mind set; it makes Slowbro an even better tank. Growl is a fun option that further boosts Slowbro's walling capabilities.

Checks and Counters

Snorlax, Blissey, and Suicune are hands down the biggest threats to Slowbro. Snorlax and Blissey have large HP and Special Defense stats that let them shrug off attacks easily, while Suicune can quickly reduce the PP of Slowbro's attacking moves due to Pressure. Lanturn and Ludicolo can also tank Slowbro's Water- and Ice-type attacks easily, while Celebi resists both its STAB moves. Electric-types such as Zapdos and Raikou can hit Slowbro hard with STAB Thunderbolt.