King’s Rock in Pokémon GO: “Congratulations, you have a King’s Rock. Now what?”

With the release of Generation II, you have a lot of new Pokémon to evolve. One of the new things that can happen is that you need special items along with candies to evolve a new Pokémon. To say these are rare, is a bit of an understatement.
“Rare to the point of absurdity”. So, if you get one that can be used on several types of Pokémon, that could cause some anxiety.

The King’s Rock is one such item. You can either make a Slowking, or a Politoed. So let’s take a look at each of them. Both of them are new Pokémon, so you will want them for your Pokedex. But once you have one, which one will you want to concentrate on?

Slowking in Pokémon GO

Slowking is a water/psychic Pokémon. I’m not an expert on what it’s weak and strong against (I am that 50 year old Pokedad after all), but from what I understand, water will serve you well against ground, rock and fire; and psychic will serve you well against fighting and poison.

Of course, being a dual type makes you vulnerable to a lot, such as grass, dragon, steel, and dark (which thankfully aren’t as proliferated as many other types).
In terms of its stats, it has the following possibilities as max

  • Stamina: 190
  • Attack: 177
  • Defense: 194
  • Max CP: 2482

This actually makes Slowking one of the higher tier overall Pokémon out there.

And Politoed?

What about Politoed? It is just a water type. So that puts it squarely in the strong against ground, rock, and fire; and weak against water, grass, and dragon.

In terms of its stats, it has the following possibilities as max

  • Stamina: 180
  • Attack: 174
  • Defense: 192
  • Max CP: 2371

While overall these numbers aren’t significantly different than a Slowking’s, it does drop the Politoed a good 20 places in an overall statistical ranking of Pokémon compared to Slowking.

Movesets analysis

What about the types of attacks they get?

Well, the Slowking can get a strange assortment of attacks (water, psychic, ice, and fire). The best DPS combo is the Confusion/Psychic attack which are nice, but limited to just psychic damage. If you don’t get the best combo, you are still getting respectable DPS attacks out of your Slowking, and if it gives you a mix of attacks, then you have some additional strengths against a greater variety of enemies.

199 Slowking WATER PSYCHIC CONFUSION – 20 PSYCHIC – 100

Move Type Power DPS STAB DPS
Confusion – PSYCHIC Psychic – PSYCHIC 20/100 24.10 30.10
Confusion – PSYCHIC Blizzard – ICE 20/130 27.20 28.75
Water gun – WATER PsychicPSYCHIC 5/100 22.85 28.55
Water gun – WATER Blizzard – ICE 5/130 25.95 27.20
Confusion – PSYCHIC Fire blast – FIRE 20/140 22.90 24.45
Water gun – WATER Fire blast – FIRE 5/140 21.65 22.90

The Politoed has a slightly more limited variety of attacks (water, ground and ice). The best attack combo has Bubble, and the much coveted Hydro Pump. So while it may suffer marginally in standing toe to toe with someone, once its charge is set, it packs a wallop. Of course, if you don’t get the best combo, then your DPS will drop rather precipitously, and your effectiveness may suffer as well.

186 Politoed – -WATER – BUBBLE-12 – HYDRO PUMP-130

Move Type Power DPS STAB DPS
Bubble – WATER Hydro pump – WATER 12/130 24.70 30.85
Mud shot – GROUND Hydro pump – WATER 5/130 23.85 28.75
Bubble – WATER Blizzard – ICE 12/130 25.95 27.20
Mud shot – GROUND Blizzard – ICE 5/130 25.10 25.10
Bubble – WATER Earthquake – GROUND 12/120 21.65 22.90
Mud shot – GROUND Earthquake – GROUND 5/120 20.80 20.80

Conclusion

Okay, so where does that leave you? Still agonizing, I am sure.

I think on paper the Slowking does slightly edge out the Politoed, so that is going to be my plan for moving forward. My only hope really is to get lucky on the evolutions, and only have to agonize about this once.