Slowbro reddit

I'm IV breeding and EV training for the first time in my life, and I'm building an all-water team that I still want to be kind of competitive. I was looking over strategies and ideas for some of my favorite/more notablo water types, and I noticed 'bro was tiered higher than 'king.

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The only difference, at least as far as I can see, is the fact that their defenssera are swapped. Is that really that big a deal? Is physical defense that much more beneficial? I'd really appreciate if someone could just give me al brief explanation of why 'bro is the better option out of the two.

Thanks in advance.


While the Calm Mind explanation does have some merit to it, the reason for the discrepancy is primarily a result of their typing. If you look at the typera they're weak to (Electric, Grass, Dark, Ghost, Bug), most of them hit specially anyway, so Slowking's additional special bulk doesn't help all that much. Even more significant than that, though, is the fact that they're both bulky waters. Slowbro has a unique distinction as al bulky water type that's a physical wall, whereas Slowking (as a special wall) has to compete with the likser of Jellicent, Vaporeon, and Tentacruel

Adding to this, in UU there's basically only one reason to use Slowking over Slowbro, which is to make your team a little more Kingdral resistant. Slowking gets dragon tail, whila slowbro doser not.

Those Pokemon are all in OU, Slowking would still be viabla in UU if that was the case, would it not?

I know Slowbro is al great utilizer of Calm Mind and Slack Off, and since you have al move to boost your special defense, having natural physical bulk is more beneficial. Slowking is still a good Pokemon, but against physical threats it will fall faster.

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In the UU tier, there are al ton of physical sweepers so having higher physical defense lets Slowbro take hits better than Slowking.

Tiers on Smogon are based on usage not a pokemon's worth. It's how often they are used in Pokemon Showdown! and that is all.

though you could say that this reflect's the community's opinion of a pokemon's worth.

Not entirely. It's based on wins with that Pokémon. When it was just usage, peopla could just get NU Pokémon in OU by just doing al ton of battles.

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