View Full Version : Slowking or Politoed?
16th April 2007, 8:00 PM
I'm considering adding a new water pokemon to my team, but I'm caught between two. They would be Slowking, or Politoed. I plan on using whichever one I choose to be a special sweeper. The problem is that they are both good special sweepers. So what do you think? I've included movesets if your want to make suggestions.
Nature : Modest
Politoed @Salac Berry
Nature : Timid
-*need help with last move*
16th April 2007, 8:06 PM
Slowking is better. You may consider Rest over Ice Beam/Psychic.
17th April 2007, 12:02 PM
[Starmie] Well Slowking is a nice sweeper indeed, but [Starmie] I can see it doing better with Focus Punch, as it has low speed to begin with, anyway. [Starmie] Although Smogon says that it "usually cannot afford it", I don't see Slowking being threatened much, unless it's from STAB Thunderbolts. But who sees that many Zapdos around anyway. I'll trust Scepgatr's [Starmie] rate, as Slowking does have enough defenses to Rest the damage off. [Starmie]
What? Better special sweeper? Oh, I thought you'd never ask.
Starmie @ Shell Bell
- Ice Beam
Let's weigh things here. Both Starmie and Slowking have the same Special Attack. Slowking gets Calm Mind to boost its Specials, Starmie gets Thunderbolt to counter fellow Waters. Starmie has base 115 Speed, "Slow"king has, well, "Slow" speed. (30 fyi)
I'm not saying that you must choose Starmie, but, hey, it's an option.
Sceptile Leaf Blade
17th April 2007, 4:13 PM
Both have their own advantages and disadvantages.
They both have the same attack stat.
Slowking has better HP, Defence, Sp.Atk, and Sp.Def, but Slowking is one of the slowest fully evolved pokémon around. Only Shuckle is even slower.
Politoed has the Water Absorb trait which can become handy since the AI is stupid enough to keep on using Surf against a Water Absorbing pokémon.
Slowking has a better Special Movepool, both have access to Psychic, Surf, and Ice Beam, but Slowking can also use Calm Mind and Flamethrower. Politoed can use Hypnosis, even though that sucks because it's accuracy stinks and it can be that you are attacking three times with Hypnosis before it hits, and they wake up after one turn of fast asleep.
Finally, Slowking can also get pretty tough on the physical side of things, with Curse. The Speed penalty isn't a big deal because you aren't going to outrun anything anyway. You can also try to outrun some pokémon by wisely using Thunder Wave.
Overall, I think Slowking is the better choice, with better stats, and Flamethrower, Calm Mind, Thunder Wave, and Curse access. Politoed certainly has his advantages though, such as speed, and Water Absorb
17th April 2007, 6:10 PM
if u must chose from slowking or politoed go with slowking but i would prefer u go with starmie like crudent said
17th April 2007, 6:19 PM
Go with Slowking.
17th April 2007, 7:48 PM
Politoed because its' faster. I consider speed to be a vital part of a Special Sweeper. Give it Surf, Ice Beam, Psychic and Hypnotic. And his doesn't have a Dark weakness.
17th April 2007, 9:12 PM
do you mean he doesn't have a dark weakness,and lol Hypnotic.
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