Pokémon Slowking

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Slowking
Type: Water/Psychic
Base Stats - 95 HP / 75 Atk / 80 Def / 100 SpA / 110 SpD / 30 Spe

Movepool:
Level Up:
Level 0: Swagger, Nasty Plot, Power Gem, Tackle, Curse, Growl, Water Gun
Level 9: Yawn
Level 12: Confusion
Level 15: Disable
Level 18: Water Pulse
Level 21: Headbutt
Level 24: Zen Headbutt
Level 27: Amnesia
Level 30: Surf
Level 33: Slack Off
Level 36: Psychic
Level 41: Psych Up
Level 46: Rain Dance
Level 51: Heal Pulse
TM:
TM00: Mega Punch
TM01: Mega Kick
TM02: Pay Day
TM04: Ice Punch
TM08: Hyper Beam
TM09: Giga Impact
TM14: Thunder Wave
TM15: Dig
TM17: Light Screen
TM19: Safeguard
TM21: Rest
TM24: Snore
TM25: Protect
TM27: Icy Wind
TM31: Attract
TM33: Rain Dance
TM34: Sunny Day
TM35: Hail
TM36: Whirlpool
TM39: Facade
TM40: Swift
TM43: Brick Break
TM44: Imprison
TM45: Dive
TM46: Weather Ball
TM53: Mud Shot
TM55: Brine
TM59: Fling
TM63: Drain Punch
TM64: Avalanche
TM70: Trick Room
TM71: Wonder Room
TM76: Round
TM81: Bulldoze
TM83: Razor Shell
TM97: Psychic Terrain
TR:
TR01: Body Slam
TR02: Flamethrower
TR03: Hydro Pump
TR04: Surf
TR05: Ice Beam
TR06: Blizzard
TR10: Earthquake
TR11: Psychic
TR15: Fire Blast
TR17: Amnesia
TR19: Tri Attack
TR20: Substitute
TR25: Psyshock
TR26: Endure
TR27: Sleep Talk
TR31: Iron Tail
TR33: Shadow Ball
TR34: Future Sight
TR38: Trick
TR40: Skill Swap
TR45: Muddy Water
TR46: Iron Defense
TR49: Calm Mind
TR63: Power Gem
TR64: Focus Blast
TR68: Nasty Plot
TR69: Zen Headbutt
TR77: Grass Knot
TR81: Foul Play
TR82: Stored Power
TR84: Scald
TR98: Liquidation
Egg Moves:
Belch
Belly Drum
Block
Stomp
Transfer-Only Moves:
Toxic
Double Team
Echoed Voice
Quash
Dragon Tail
Dream Eater
Confide
Magic Coat
Aqua Tail
Focus Punch
After You
Recycle
Ally Switch
Laser Focus
Incinerate
Rock Smash
Power-Up Punch
Strength
Fury Cutter
Mud-Slap
Double-Edge
Counter
Seismic Toss
Mimic
Dynamic Punch
Zap Cannon
Newly Obtainable Moves: Expanding Force, Imprison, Weather Ball, Mud Shot, Psychic Terrain, Hydro Pump, Stored Power, Liquidation, Razor Shell, Muddy Water, Body Press
Expanding Force - 80BP | Special | 10 PP (max: 16) | When used under Psychic Terrain, its power is boosted.
Notable Moves:
Slack Off
Teleport
Scald
Surf
Hydro Pump
Ice Beam
Toxic
Thunder Wave
Calm Mind
Nasty Plot

Overview:
- Water/Psychic is a very good defensive typing, having over 6 resistances, with one notable one being Fighting.
- 95/110 special bulk is extremely good, letting it take on special attackers fairly well.
- An extremely wide movepool offensively and defensively means Slowking can avert passivity issues and can support its team in many ways.
- Although Water/Psychic is a great defensive typing, it also carries some serious weaknesses to common attacking types in Dark, Grass, Electric, and Ghost.
- Its physical bulk is also terrible and as such leaves it vulnerable to being overwhelmed by physical attackers like Single-Strike Urshifu, Bisharp, Knock Off Conkeldurr, Aegislash, and Scizor.
- Even with its good special bulk, it can still be pressured and forced out by the likes of Hydreigon, Kyurem and Magearna due to its weaknesses.

Potential Movesets:
Long Live the King
Slowking @ Leftovers
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Def
Sassy Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Teleport
- Scald
- Slack Off
- Ice Beam

This set tries to accomplish the same thing Slowbro does; be a Defensive Pivot, albeit specially. The role of a Special Pivot is more niche than a Physical Pivot, as currently physical attackers are more threatening than special attackers. Still, Slowking can still function perfectly fine for this role, as its traits make it good defensively and decent offensively. Scald is here to inflict burns and do some damage, Ice Beam is to hit dragons like Hydreigon. Teleport is also in this set to give safe switch-ins to its teammates, and Slack Off recovers HP. What else can I say?

Thoughts:
Literally almost everything about Slowking can be applied to Slowbro as well, since it has mostly the same movepool, typing and abilities. The only thing that distinguishes it from Slowbro is that it's specially defensive instead of physically, which also ends up making it worse than Slowbro. Still, it does haves its uses, don't get me wrong, such as coming in on certain special attackers like Alakazam, unboosted Volcarona or Togekiss, but these aren't as many as Slowbro's physical tanking. Sorry, Slowking. You'll get your chance one day...in a lower tier, probably. Also you could try to run Nasty Plot but Slowbro got it this gen so that's one less trait unique to Slowking

thanks to War Incarnate for his original post on Slowbro
 
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Slowbro is definitely better overall but I do see Slowking having a small niche, as it can come in on Pokemon like Alakazam and Magearna and cripple them with Thunder Wave, while threatening incoming physical attackers with a Scald burn. Its solid special bulk even allows it to take hits like +1 Bug Buzz from Volcarona in a pinch: +1 252 SpA Volcarona Bug Buzz vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking: 306-362 (77.6 - 91.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 
FWIW, 252 / 200 + Slowking accomplishes the same as 252 /252 + in regards to slowbro. It still avoids the +1 volc bug buzz, and avoids the +2 Zam shadow ball OHKO.
+1 252 SpA Volcarona Bug Buzz vs. 252 HP / 200+ SpD Slowking: 320-378 (81.2 - 95.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Life Orb Alakazam Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 200+ SpD Slowking: 328-387 (83.2 - 98.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
The leftovers EV's aren't particularly important, but the physical MU can be improved a bit if one so desires.
 

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