Slowpoke (スロウポウク, Surōpōku) (Spijn van Boven) is a dual-type Water/Psychic-type Dopey Pokémon that is known to evolve into either a Slowbro when a Shellder clamps on its tail once a Slowpoke is at level 37, or a Slowking when a Shellder clamps on its head while Slowpoke is holding a King's Rock.
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Slowpoke are large pink creatures that resemble a cross between a salamander and a hippopotamus. They have four legs, each of which ends in a single white claw. They have a long, tapering tail that is lighter in color towards the tip, curled ears, and rounded, tan muzzles. Its height is 3'11" and weight is 79.4 lbs.
Slowpoke have unusual tails, which drip a sweet-tasting sappy substance. This substance is attractive to many species of fish, and can be used as a lure. In addition, if something happens to their tail, it will recover or grow back quickly. Unfortunately, Slowpoke are extremely unintelligent, and tend to forget what they are doing.
Slowpoke are amphibious creatures of notoriously dim intellect. They take a long time to respond to outside stimuli; it takes as much as five seconds for them to process pain. Their tails are particularly numb to pain, as it takes more than a day for them to feel when they have been bitten on their tail. Although they are generally seen as being extraordinarily stupid, they are very gentle and caring, as well as skilled anglers. Unfortunately, they are easily distracted and forget what they were doing. Although many view Slowpoke as largely useless creatures, many folktales surround Slowpoke, including the belief that their yawns cause rain.
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Slowpoke uses its tail to catch prey by dipping it in water at the side of a river.
Slowpoke's first major role was in The Evolution Solution. Ash and friends asked for the help of Professor Westwood V to help figure out why Slowpoke only evolves into Slowbro or Slowking when a Shellder clamped on either its tail or head (a question that was giving Professor Oak a headache). Westwood's Slowpoke evolved into a Slowbro when a Shellder that Jake caught clamped on to the Dopey Pokémon.
In A Crowning Achievement, a group of Slowpoke were trying to reach a King's Rock to evolve into Slowking in order to help find a better habitat for the group. In this episode, a Slowpoke evolved into a Slowking when its head was bitten by a Shellder while it was wearing the King's Rock.
A Slowpoke appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back.
Slowpoke made its appearance in a poster at Wake Up Snorlax.
Two Slowpoke were part of an exhibition in Flower Power.
A Slowpoke appeared in Dueling Heroes.
Multiple Slowpoke also appeared in The Power of One.
Slowpoke, Dopey Pokémon. No one knows or can tell when a Slowpoke is thinking, if it ever does think as it is always lost in thought. Its specialty is fishing with its tail.