08 Sep 2021 9:02 AM +00:00

Pokémon Unite Slowbro Build - Best Items and Moves

Looking for the best Pokémon Unite Slowbro build? Pokémon Unite has Slowbro use its oblivious nature and psychic powers to suspend a target in the air while "forgetting" to take the damage around it. Whether you pick a character up for the team to demolish or merely to take a high-damage character away from a large-scale brawl, these builds will highlight the pros and cons of each strategy and hopefully open up others as well.

If you're yet to jump into Pokémon Unite or happen to be unsure of some of its mechanics, we've almost certainly got you covered. For starters, here's what you need to know about Pokémon Unite medals. We also have handy guides on both the Held Items and Battle Items that can help you deduce an opponent's strategy before the start of the match.

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Slowbro is a ranged defender that uses the Sp. Atk stat. Bear that in mind if you switch out any of the items below to suit your personal preference. If you're interested, be sure to check out more about the Pokémon Unite Physical vs Special attack split.

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The Best Pokémon Unite Slowbro Build Options

Stats related to each Pokémon Unite Slowbro build.
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Pokémon Unite Slowbro Build - Surf???

Best Items Best Moves
X AttackLv. 1: Water Gun
Shell BellLv. 3: Slack Off
Wise GlassesLv. 4: Surf
Sp. Atk SpecsLv. 6: Amnesia
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Best for: Aggressive defense

This first Pokémon Unite Slowbro build limits its levitating ability to just its Unite Move later in the match. Before that, though, Amnesia and Surf turn Slowbro into a great top-lane defender thanks to incredibly annoying knockbacks and the refusal to take damage with Amnesia.

The core idea of this Pokémon Unite Slowbro build is pretty simple. A rotating Surf and Amnesia combo not only allows Slowbro to knock targets away from objectives like Rotom, but it can roll into team fights early and simply shrug off the damage it takes until its allies arrive.

The combo can also be used aggressively to score, pushing the enemy away from their own goal by riding the wave. This is where Sp. Atk Specs will start to show their worth. If you're just getting started with Slowbro, opting for Score Shield in its place might help with score practice.

Should you struggle to use Slowbro's kit to score, swapping it out for Rocky Helmet or Focus Band can help you pin the enemy team for longer, giving your own allies more time to score in your place.

Pokémon Unite Slowbro portrait.
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Pokémon Unite Slowbro Build - Be My Friend

Best Items Best Moves
Eject ButtonLv. 1: Water Gun
Shell BellLv. 3: Slack Off
Rocky HelmetLv. 4: Surf
Focus BandLv. 6: Telekinesis

Best for: Crowd Control

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This crowd control-focused Pokémon Unite Slowbro build opts to have the Pokémon learn both Surf and Telekinesis. You won't be dealing massive amounts of damage with this, but pairing the two makes it easier to pick your preferred character out of the enemy team, leaving them unable to defend their teammates or themselves.

This build isn't radically different from the last, but it focuses more on controlling the enemy team than outright defeating them. By using Surf as an engagement tool and Telekinesis as a follow-up, you increase your odds of removing one enemy from the larger fight.

Slowbro's ability to stagger damage taken means there's little chance of the enemy saving their friend: whether you pick up a damage-dealer for the team to burst down or remove disruptive support or defender Pokémon instead is up to you. Weigh up the pros and cons based on your team's strengths and weaknesses.

Whoever you decide to pick up, just remember that your main goal is to be a royal pain. Weaving Surf and Telekenisis back to back can make it impossible for the team to score points or take objectives, healing you with Shell Bell in the process. Rocky Helmet and Focus Band are there to punish those who decide to take you on.

Just focus on using Surf and Basic Attacks when defending the goal from groups, though. Using Telekinesis here without backup will have the enemy team just dunk around you before taking you down. Then your levitate buddy just scores anyway.

The progression screen showing at what level Pokémon Unite Slowbro evolves.
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When Does Slowbro Evolve in Pokémon Unite?

Like the only other Defender that evolves in Pokémon Unite, Slowbro comes into its own very quickly. In fact, it's possible to evolve Slowbro before you even spot your first enemy. It evolves at level four, making it very fast to gain its defensive traits. That should go a long way in helping your lane partner grow.

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What Is the Best Slowbro Counter in Pokémon Unite?

Pokémon Reason
CinderaceCinderace has the longest attack range of any Pokémon right now. That can keep it assaulting Slowbro from a very safe distance.
PikachuPikachu can reduce Slowbro's already sluggish movement speed further. Once the enemy team retreats, Slowbro will be rip for the picking.
GardevoirGardevoir relies on skill shots and timed attacks: most of which Slowbro will struggle to avoid.
CrustleSlowbro's sluggest movement speed means Crustle can easily position its killer X-Scissor, stunning Slowbro against a wall for the team to pounce on.

The best Pokémon Unite Slowbro counters are those that can keep attacking Slowbro through thick and thin. Although it can "ignore" damage, it certainly isn't invincible. All its ability does it allow it to stick around longer, annoying the enemy team. But therein lies the issue: it struggles to escape. Pressure it enough and you'll come out on top.

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What Are the Best Pairs for Slowbro in Pokémon Unite?

Pokémon Reason
PikachuThough Pikachu has plenty of area attacks, it's typically built as a single-target DPS. It's brittle and has to chase a lot, making Slowbro's crowd-control incredibly handy.
CinderaceCinderace has incredibly high single-target DPS. With rapid Basic Attacks that charge its Unite Move fast, Slowbro's Telekinesis effects can hold a Pokémon easily long enough for Cinderace to destroy it.
ZeraoraZeraora can swoop in to attack fast. As a typical ganker, it's the perfect Pokémon for Slowbro's crowd-control effects.

Slowbro's ability to suspend targets in the air makes it great for helping single-target damage dealers snipe opponents before they have a chance to react. As they're typically the quickest to defeat when they are pounced on, having Slowbro support glass cannon attackers can help them level up without too much risk. You can bait enemies toward your goal and simply pick them up for the team to knock back down as well.

How to unlock Pokémon Unite Slowbro.
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How Do I Unlock Slowbro in Pokémon Unite?

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Despite showing up on the Unite Battle Committee shop screen like every other Pokémon Unite License in the game, you can add and unlock Pokémon Unite Slowbro to your roster for free simply by reaching Trainer Level 2. It's the very first reward you get. If the tutorial doesn't force you to collect it, just tap 'R' on the main lobby screen and click on Slowbro at the start of the level rewards lineup.

Read more: Pokémon Unite tier list

If you're not feeling Slowbro, you might prefer a high-damage alternative like Cinderace, Gengar, or the more supportive Ninetales. And if you're still looking to be a Defender for your team, we have builds for the more attack-oriented Snorlax and Crustle as well. They both rank pretty high in terms of what they can offer the team.