slowking pokemon go

Slowking is an interesting entry for our Battledex, as it fills a rather curious niche in the current meta game – the bulky bruiser niche. Slowking is a dual type Pokémon: water and psychic.

A King’s Rock is required to evolve a Slowking, similar to Politoed.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
SlowkingSlowking Water Psychic 177 194 190 2482

Slowking overview

Its balanced stats make it an interesting addition to your team, but keep in mind that it won’t be one of the best raiders or gym defenders out there.

Slowking’s usual role is heavily dependent on his moveset and Gym defenders it faces. Usually, the moveset with most utility is Confusion psychic and Blizzard ice, which gives it a strong advantage against Dragonite. Unfortunately, Slowking is a poor choice against Tyranitar, as it takes 25% more damage from Dark type moves. There are plenty of better Water, Psychic and Ice type attackers and defenders in the metagame, but Slowking’s typing and movesets usually force common gym sweepers to switch when facing it in a gym.

Balanced Pokémon are not usually meta-relevant, but Slowking could have some potential if PvP is implemented in the future.

Its main strengths are:

  • It has a diverse movepool, with access to moves that serve the purpose of countering its main weaknesses
  • It is harder to counter than it seems, and it is not a fun Pokémon to face while taking down a gym
  • It could have some PvP potential

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • Offensivewise, there are plenty of better Water and Psychic type attackers, mainly due to its attack stat (which is too low) and its charge moves being full-bar moves (and some of them are not even good moves)
  • There is a great variety of meta-relevant attackers that can counter it effectively
  • It is not a Tier 1 (or 2) gym defender, as there are plenty of better gym defenders out there
Best Slowking moves
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Confusion psychic Psychic psychic
Gym defense Confusion psychic Blizzard ice
PvP (speculative) Confusion psychic Psychic psychic or Blizzard Ice

Best Slowking moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Slowking is able to learn.

Slowking moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Confusion Psychic Blizzard Ice 21.07
Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 20.79
Confusion Psychic Fire Blast Fire 20.18
Water Gun Water Blizzard Ice 19.08
Water Gun Water Psychic Psychic 18.75
Water Gun Water Fire Blast Fire 18.31

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Confusion and Blizzard is its TOP DPS moveset, mainly used for defensive purposes
  • Water Gun could be used over Confusion if you want to dodge a bit more and use a fast water type move, but it is not recommended as it’s not beneficial in almost any scenario
  • Psychic is a bad charge move overall, but it’s the only Psychic type charge move that Slowking is able to learn. If you want to use it as a psychic type attacker, Psychic is the only charge move that will benefit from STAB
  • Fire Blast could have some potential to surprise Grass type counters if PvP is implemented in the future

Slowking counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
RaikouRaikou Electric Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
JolteonJolteon Electric Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric
TyranitarTyranitar Rock Dark Bite Dark Crunch Dark
HoundoomHoundoom Dark Fire Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark

Slowking is not the easiest Pokémon to counter due to its typing and its diverse movepool. It is weak to Grass, Bug, Electric, Ghost and Dark, but some of its moves can be used to counter these weaknesses.

Raikou is the best Electric type attacker in the game, and Thunder Shock/Wild Charge is its best moveset to counter Slowking. Raikou isn’t weak to any of Slowking’s moves, which makes it its top counter. Jolteon is its non-legendary alternative, with a high attack stat as well but significantly less bulky.

Houndoom has a high attack stat and its double Dark type moveset will be super effective against Slowking. It is a very good moveset to deal with Psychic types and Houndoom certainly knows how to use it effectively. It offers a double resistance to Slowking’s Psychic type moves and a single resistance to Slowking’s Ice and Fire type moves, but it is weak to Water Gun. With this set of resistances, its Dark type STAB bonus and its great moveset, Houndoom is also one of the best choices to counter Slowking.

Tyranitar is also a top counter. Bite and Crunch is not as good of a Dark type moveset as Snarl/Foul Play, but Tyranitar’s attack stat makes it viable.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
GengarGengar Ghost Poison Shadow Claw* or Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
ExeggutorExeggutor Grass Psychic Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass
MewtwoMewtwo Psychic Psycho Cut or Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
ZapdosZapdos Electric Flying Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric
ScizorScizor Bug Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug

* Legacy move

Gengar is a great option from a time to win perspective. However, it is a glass cannon and it is also weak to Slowking’s Psychic type moves. It is a very risky option but if you want to deal as much damage as possible in the shortest amount of time, Gengar is your go-to option.

Exeggutor is a good counter but certainly risky to use it under some circumstances. Slowking has access to Fire Blast and Blizzard, and Exeggutor is weak against both of them. Use it only if Slowking does not have those moves. Keep in mind, though, that Blizzard is a pretty common option for gym defending purposes.

Mewtwo would be the “generalist” choice. Slowking is able to resist every single fast move Mewtwo is able to learn, but Shadow Ball will deal super effective damage, and Mewtwo is not weak to any of Slowking’s moves. Alakazam with the same moveset could be a viable option too.

Zapdos case is similar to Exeggutor’s, as it is weak to Blizzard. If Slowking does not have Blizzard as its charge move, Zapdos is a great option (although it deals slightly less damage than Raikou as an Electric type attacker).

Scizor is a good option too, as it resists Ice and Psychic type attacks. However, if Slowking knows Fire Blast, Scizor will take double super effective damage from it. Keep that in mind if you choose Scizor to counter Slowking.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts its Fire type moves Boosts super-effective Grass type moves
Partly Cloudy
Rainy Boosts its Water type moves Boosts super-effective Bug and Electric type moves
Fog Boosts super-effective Dark and Ghost type moves
Windy Boosts its Psychic type moves
Snow Boosts its Ice type moves

Viability in raids

Slowking is not the best Water or Psychic type Pokémon to use in raids. The most important metric in raids is normally time to win, and thus other Pokémon are better options than Slowking. Keeping that in mind, here is a compilation of the raids in which it is a decent counter (or filler for your team), despite existing better options:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
WeezingWeezing Poison* Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
MukMuk Poison* Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
VenomothVenomoth Bug Poison* Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
GengarGengar Ghost Poison Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
MachampMachamp Fighting Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Flying* Confusion Psychic Blizzard Ice

*Legacy raid boss


 Pokémon Attacker Defender Generalist Overall Tier
SlowkingSlowking Water Psychic 2/5 3/5 1.5/5 2.5/5 IV

Slowking is an interesting Pokémon with access to moves that serve the purpose of countering its main weaknesses. It is harder to counter than it seems, and it is not a fun Pokémon to face while taking down a gym. Furthermore, it could have some PvP potential in the future, but right now it’s not a TOP-Tier Pokémon in Pokémon GO.