Slowpoke is a dual-type Pokémon of the Water and Psychic types. Its appearance seems to resemble that of a giant salamander or hippopotamus, perhaps even an otter. It was originally discovered in Kanto, but is a common sight on the coastal areas of most regions.
Slowpoke is a chubby, four-legged Pokémon with light pink fur, a blunt muzzle, curled ears and a long, curved tail. It is regarded as the most dim-witted of all Pokémon: its eyes are always staring vacantly and its mouth usually hangs open. It moves, thinks and reacts very slowly, barely acknowledging anything that happens around it. If it is hurt, it takes at least five seconds for it to feel any pain.
Slowpoke lives on a diet of fish and uses its tail as a lure, sticking it into a body of water and moving it gently to draw fish in which will then bite the tip. If a Slowpoke loses its tail, it will grow back. It usually takes Slowpoke a full day to realise if its tail has been severed.
In Galar, Slowpoke's appearance is a result of particles being built from eating Galarica seeds. The main difference is that it has gained yellow coloration on its forehead and tail. Unlike its counterpart, its tail is always down. Galarian Slowpoke are known to relax on seashores and riverbanks without a care in the world. Occasionally, it will get a very sharp look in its eyes as if it is about to think of something tremendous. However, Slowpoke will quickly forget and return to its normal expression. It is believed that its behavior is result of Galarica particles affecting its brain.
- Yawn - As Slowpoke yawns lazily, nearby Pokémon that witness it begin to feel drowsy and soon fall asleep.
- Water Gun - Slowpoke spits a stream of water from its mouth.
- Disable - A mystical ability that prevents an opposing Pokémon from using a specific move.
- Confusion - A psychic attack that inflicts medium damage and can leave the opposing Pokémon confused.
According to the mechanics of the Pokémon games, Slowpoke evolves into Slowbro when it reaches Level 37. In-universe, however, Slowpoke undergoes evolution when it comes into proximity with Shellder. When a Slowpoke dips its tail into the water, a Shellder may clamp onto the tip, triggering the evolution. The Shellder then becomes part of Slowbro, taking on a more conical shape.
Slowpoke also has another evolved form called Slowking. This evolution can be triggered when a Slowpoke is traded whilst holding the mystical King's Rock. How this evolution takes place in the wild is unknown, though there have been documented sightings of wild Slowkings around the Orange Islands.
In Galar, Slowpoke will evolve into Galarian Slowbro using a Galarica Cuff to attract a Shellder which will bite onto its arm. Alternatively, it can evolve into Galarian Slowking using a Galarica Wreath worn on its head.