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Pokémon Go Galarian Slowking: How to get and evolve a Galarian Slowpoke explained

It's good to be king.

Galarian Slowking has debuted in Pokémon Go, meaning you can now have all of the Galar variants for the Slowpoke evolution tree in your Pokédex.

This Gen 2 Galarian variant was originally released during the 2021 Halloween event, while both Galarian Slowpoke and Galarian Slowbro arrived earlier in the year during the A Very Slow Discovery event.

Below you'll discover how to evolve a Galarian Slowpoke into a Galarian Slowking by fulfilling a specific requirement.

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How to evolve a Galarian Slowpoke into a Galarian Slowking on Pokémon Go

Evolving a Galarian Slowpoke into a Galarian Slowking in Pokémon Go involves fulfilling a specific evolution requirement in a similar manner to evolving the same Pokémon into Galarain Slowbro.

To add a Galarian Slowking to your Pokédex in Pokémon Go, you first need to have a Galarian Slowpoke.

To evolve a Galarian Slowpoke into a Galarian Slowking you must have 50 Slowpoke candy and, while the Galarian Slowpoke is your buddy, catch 30 psychic-type Pokémon.

It's only after filling this specific requirement that the option to evolve into Galarian Slowking will be unlocked.

Slowpoke candy can be collected by walking 3km with any Slowpoke as your buddy or by using Pinap Berries when catching any type of Slowpoke.

Fulfilling the psychic-type requirement, however, might be more complex depending on which biomes are near you.

For this reason, we recommend focusing on this challenge when psychic-types are appearing more frequently in the wild thanks to an event, such as the 2021 Halloween event, or during either a Community Day or Spotlight Hour focused around a specific psychic-type Pokémon.

The error connected to evolving Galarian Slowpoke into Galarian Slowpoke has now been resolved according to Niantic Support on Twitter.


Currently available is the Astral Eclipse event, which brings the A Cosmic Companion special research quest of the Season of Light to a close. You can also finally evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo or Lunala! Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres.


Galarian Slowking moveset in Pokémon Go

Galarian Slowking can use a variety of Fast and Charged moves in Pokémon Go, including:

Possible Fast Moves:

  • Acid (Poison)
  • Confusion (Psychic)
  • Hex (Ghost)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Future Sight (Psychic)
  • Shadow Ball (Ghost)
  • Sludge Wave (Poison)

Everything else we know about Galarian Slowking

While Galarian Slowpoke and Galarian Slowbro originally debuted in The Isle of Armor DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch, Pokémon trainers would have to wait till the second part of the DLC - The Crown Tundra - to add Galarian Slowking to their Pokédexs.

Gen 2 Slowking.

In keeping with the other Galar variants of the Slowpoke evolution tree, Galarian Slowking's typing is poison and psychic-type, rather than the traditional water and psychic-type. The change in Slowking's colouring reflects this type change, with the purple representing the poisonous power this Pokémon now has.

It's appearance also differs from the Gen 2 Slowking, with the Shellder now encompassing its entire head and the frill about its neck growing longer to resemble a cape.

According to the Pokédex entry for Galarian Slowking in Pokémon Sword, the evolution process increased the Shellder's intelligence to such a degree that it now controls Slowking. This a reversal of the typical Slowpoke to Slowking evolution where the Shellder's toxins increase Slowking's intelligence.

Good luck adding Galarian Slowking to your Pokédex!

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