The problem with Slaking in Pokémon GO

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Slaking Pokémon GO

Slaking is a Normal type Pokémon that originally got introduced in Generation 3. Slaking has 2 Pre-Evolutions: it starts with Slakoth, Slakoth then evolves to Vigoroth and Vigoroth evolves to Slaking.

There is one little problem with Slaking: his Max CP ranges over 5000, 5441 to be exact. Wait, how can Slaking have so much CP? Let’s explain!

In the main series games, Slaking had semi-Legendary Stats, which let it land enormous hits. On the flip side, Slaking was limited by his ability, Truant, which let Slaking use only one move per 2 turns.

That made Slaking a lot less useful in the original games, but in Pokémon GO there are no abilities. Here are the complete stats of the entire Slaking family:

ID Sprite Pokémon MAX CP ATK STA DEF
287 Slakoth normal 942 104 120 104
288 Vigoroth normal 1896 159 160 159
289   Slaking normal 5441 319 300 201

Slaking Max CP and stats are simply too high

As seen above, with monstrous 319 ATK, Slaking’s Attack stat will be the highest in game if you don’t count Mewtwo and Ho-Oh. In other words, it’s Base Attack stat is way higher than a lot of legendaries in Gen 1 and 2.

This can’t stand, as it makes Legendary Pokémon lose their special status. Legendary Pokémon used to be the strongest and rarest creatures out there, but if trainers can get a Pokémon that’s stronger than all other Legendary entries, we really can’t call them “Legendary”.

The problems don’t stop there. With Slaking’s 300 Base Stamina, it will be in the Top 5 Pokémon with the Highest Stamina stat, or in other words, it will dominate Gyms like crazy.

No one wants to battle a 5000 CP Pokémon, especially if it has 300 Stamina, 319 Attack and hit’s like a truck. If things don’t change dramatically, Slaking is going to be strong as both a defender and attacker.

With this in mind a lot of people might eventually quit as we really, really, don’t need another “Blissey incident”.

How is Niantic Labs Inc. going to deal with this?

There are few options regarding Slaking and how to approach this problem. Here is a few quick solutions:

  1. Make Slakoth, it’s first form, as rare as a Dragonite, but that would not really solve the Problem at all
  2. Give Slaking it’s own CP Formula, accounting for its’ ability. In other words, cut all of it’s stats in half, which in term would bring him down to 2721 Max CP
  3. Completely scrap Slaking from the game (not likely)
  4. Make him an event exclusive Pokémon, and in turn he will be treated as one of the legendaries