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RBY OU / 1U (OverUsed) Slowbro: Surf, Psychic, or Ice Beam?

Discussion in 'Analysis and Research' started by peach_nair, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. peach_nair

    peach_nair Member

    May 20, 2017
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    I made a little table showing Slowbro's coverage with Surf, Psychic, and Ice Beam. I included every Pokemon listed in the 1U Viability Rankings.

    I generally prefer Surf due to its higher PP. Psychic helps against Chansey by getting Special drops. Ice Beam can get a game-breaking freeze on opposing Chansey, Starmie, or Slowbro. Every choice has its ups and downs. I'm interested in hearing what you all think!


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  2. Ortheore

    Ortheore Host Emeritus

    May 16, 2013
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    Personally I've never considered IB on par with the other moves due to its lack of STAB- I'd rather run it alongside a STAB move, which I'm probably not gonna do because it means giving up TWave.

    In all honesty, Psychic's ability to trigger the speed drop glitch means it's imo leaps and bounds ahead of the other move choices, and it's generally considered the standard. To me, you have to justify why you'd use Surf over Psychic, whereas Psychic is always good. There are some good reasons though- if you really need Bro to function as a hard check to GolDon, or if Zam is particularly problematic for your team. Those are the main considerations, but Lapras, Gengar, Cloyster and Victreebel can all factor in as well, as Bel counters if Surf, while the other three can all find more openings to either explode or find a crit Tbolt if Surf is chosen over Psychic

    But yeah, Psychic's hax makes it the best choice imo

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