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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to evolve Slowpoke into Slowking

This Pokemon cutie is super-smart

Figuring out how to evolve Slowpoke into Slowking in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet turns the humble Psychic type into a mighty special-attack tank.

Unlike other new Pokemon, such as Charcadet, evolving Slowpoke into Slowking is a comparatively straightforward process. Slowking evolves in the same way as before - but Scarlet and Violet aren't keen on telling you where to get the necessary evolution stone to make it happen.

In this guide, we explain how to evolve Slowpoke into Slowking in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Which starter did you choose? And please tell me it wasn't Quaxly.

How to get Slowpoke in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Slowpoke can be found in multiple areas across the map, including Area Five of South Province, Area Two of West Province, Area One and Area Two of East Province, and around Casseroya Lake.

Slowpoke has a 60% encounter rate, making it a relatively common encounter, so you won't have too much trouble adding this Pokemon to your Pokedex.

For a more detailed look at Slowpoke’s habitat and where you’ll find it, you can see where to find it on the map below.

Slowpoke's habitat in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Slowpoke's habitat!

How to evolve Slowpoke into Slowking in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

To evolve your Slowpoke into Slowking in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’ll want to keep an eye on Slowpoke’s level. At Level 37, Slowpoke will evolve into Slowbro. which is obviously not ideal if you want Slowking.

The King's Rock item in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
King's Rock can be picked up at Delibird Presents.

How to get King's Rock in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

To get your hands on a Slowking, you need the King’s Rock item. You’ll be able to buy the item from a Delibird Presents store for 10,000 Pokedollars after having faced off against and beaten four of Paldea’s gym leaders.

A Slowpoke is being traded to evolve into Slowking in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Trade Slowpoke while holding King's Rock to evolve it into Slowking.

After purchasing the King’s Rock, give it to your Slowpoke. Then, you’ll need to find a trusty friend and connect to the internet, and trade your Slowpoke while it holds the item. The Slowpoke will evolve into Slowking upon evolution! Now you just need your friend to send it back.

With that done, you’ll now have a Slowking in your party! For more on catching ‘mons in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, be sure to take a look at how to get Slaking, how to evolve Scizor, and how to evolve Rellor into one of the best Pokemon designs of this generation, Rabsca.

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Kelsey's (she/they) passion for gaming began with Resident Evil, and it's been rather difficult to get them to shut up about horror games since. When they're not scoping out new scares or commiserating the cancellation of Silent Hills, they can often be found fawning over cute Pokémon and Kirby, or being very average at FPS games. They've been in games media for 3 years.