How to get Galarian Slowbro & Slowking in Pokemon Sword Shield

David Purcell

Pokemon trainers venturing into the unknown with the Isle of Armor Expansion Pass might be wondering if they can finally evolve their Galarian Slowpoke into Galarian Slowbro, and Galarian Slowking in the Galar Region. Well, the answer to that is yes – so let’s run through how to do it!

The game’s Pokedex was given a huge refresh when the Pokemon Sword and Shield games came out in November 2019, with tons of species introduced and a few others simply left in the past, as the National Pokedex was scrapped for the first time in years.

That said, Game Freak did keep a trick up their sleeve when they dropped the news of the upcoming two DLC sets, and allowing trainers to easily get a Galarian Slowpoke as a first-look at what’s to come. For those looking to access the Expansion Pass, let’s take a look at how to evolve the Gen 1 ‘mon.

How to evolve Galarian Slowpoke in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Members of the community will know by now that the new updates will make a significant difference to the Galar Pokedex, with Slowbro and Slowking being added to the mix, as well as a confirmed list of many more. 

With the Isle of Armor opening its doors, or shores, on June 17 – you’re only going to be able to jump up one place in the evolution line here.

How to get Galarian Slowbro

Slowbro looks a little different in the Galar region.

In the Isle of Armor, players will have to find a specific new item that can be used to evolve Galarian Slowpoke – the Galarica Cuff. Now, this is very different to other generations, as the Kantonian version of Slowpoke only needed to level up to become Slowbro, and needed to be traded with a King’s Rock to turn into Slowking. But, this time it’s different.

In order to get the item, you’ll need to collect eight Galarica Twigs – these can be found across the map, and appear as sparkles you’ll have to interact with to pick up. They’re easy to find, so you’ll have enough in no time. Once you’ve obtained all eight, head over to the Workout Sea on your bicycle and ride over to an island with a rock archway formation on it.

Talk to the lady in the Workout Sea and she’ll make the Cuff if you hand her eight Twigs.

There, you’ll find a female NPC in a yellow shirt and green pants. Talk to her and she’ll tell you she can make you a Cuff, but you’ll need to give her some Twigs. Do so, and she’ll craft you the item. Then, simply use it on your Galarian Slowpoke and watch as the magic happens and it evolves into a rather cool-looking Slowbro with the unique type of Psychic and Poison. It will also learn Shell Side Arm, a special Poison-type move.

How to get Galarian Slowking

Galarian Slowking
This Pokemon may not look overly strong, but its Poison/Psychic typing make it a tricky foe to face.

As seen first in one of the previous Pokemon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass trailers, the Galarian form of Slowking will be available in the Crown Tundra expansion pass. When you get there, to the second icy location, presumably there will be another item that can be given to Galarian Slowpoke to have it evolve to its final form, Galarian Slowking.

While GameFreak has yet to announce what this evolutionary item will be, we do know that Galarian Slowking retains its predecessor’s Poison/Psychic typing. The official Pokemon website states that “a Shellder bite set off a reaction between the chemicals secreted by Galarian Slowpoke’s brain and the spices inside its body, causing Slowpoke to gain the Poison type as it evolved into Galarian Slowking. The Shellder’s intelligence also skyrocketed, giving the Shellder psychic powers that put other Psychic-type Pokémon to shame.”

Galarian Slowking signature move and ability

Galarian Slowking moves
It looks like Galarian Slowking will have access to some pretty powerful moves.

Galarian Slowking’s signature move is Eerie Spell. This special attack sees Slowking unleash tremendous amounts of psychic power. If hit, the opponent doesn’t only take damage – it also loses 3 PP from the move it last used. This attack will prove super effective against any Pokemon weak to Psychic moves.

Lastly, Galarian Slowking has access to a new ability introduced with the Crown Tundra expansion – Curious Medicine. This ability resets its allies’ stat changes whenever it enters battle. Just how effective this ability will be remains to be seen, but we’re certain this Pokemon will prove lethal in both solo and double matches.

So, there you have it! That’s everything we know so far about how the Slowpoke line has changed in the Galar Region. It won’t be long before we get more details, which we’ll be sure to update this article with.

With contributions by Meg Bethany Koepp and James Busby.