The Best Slowbro Build for Cinderace Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Slowbro can make rabbit stew of the Cinderace Tera Raid.

For Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, preparing yourself for the task at hand is integral to success. Unlike the base game, which can be a breeze for veterans of Pokémon, Tera Raids provide many with a great challenge and rewards. The Cinderace Tera Raid is certainly no exception, with rewards to reap as well as a Cinderace to catch. Along with knowing Cinderace's weaknesses, bringing a strong Pokémon to the Tera Raid will help to set you up for success.

The Best Slowbro Build for Cinderace Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Many trainers believe Slowbro to be one of the best choices for the job. Being an easy-to-find and very bulky Water-type Pokémon, Slowbro already has a Supereffective advantage versus the Fire-type Cinderace. However, Slowbro has plenty of other advantages over Cinderace in this fight. For example, Slowbro has a good HP stat and great Defense and Special Attack stats. Considering Cinderace is at its best on the physical offensive, high HP and Defense will make Slowbro a natural counter. Thus, the best build for Slowbro will feature any tool it can get to make it bulkier in the face of Cinderace's punishing blows.

  • Nature: First off, the two best natures Slowbro can have in this fight are the Bold or Modest natures. The Bold nature raises a Pokémon's Defense while reducing its Attack. The Attack loss is inconsequential to a Slowbro, who uses Special Attacks regardless, but the Defense boost is invaluable. Conversely, Modest raises Special Attack while lowering Attack, and is great for the same reason as Bold but focuses more on offense.
  • Ability: For this Tera Raid, there is no single best ability for Slowbro to have. Cinderace doesn't have a move or ability that will require Own Tempo or Oblivious and Regenerator doesn't work in Tera Raids, so any ability will be fine here.
  • Moves:
    • Slack Off: This move will be a staple for this fight due to it healing Slowbro. Combined with its tankiness, this move will allow Slowbro to keep taking hits for as long as possible.
    • Iron Defense: A move that boosts the user's Defense by two stages, this will make Slowbro even tankier with each use, eventually causing Cinderace to hit like a wet noodle.
    • Nasty Plot: A move that boosts Special Attack by two stages will allow Slowbro to start hitting back for huge damage.
    • Stored Power: Stored Power puts your previous stat boosts to great use. Stored Power gains power with stat increases, so after using Iron Defense and Nasty Plot, Slowbro's Stored Power will hit like a truck.

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  • Effort Values: There are two EV spreads for Slowbro in this fight, those being 252 EVs in HP, 252 EVs in Defense, and the leftover six EVs in Special Attack or 252 EVs in Defense, 252 EVs in Special Attack, and the leftover six in HP. With the first spread, you're going for maximum damage soaking, while with the second spread, you're going for all-out damage.
  • Held Item: You can go one of two ways with your Held Item of choice. On one hand, Life Orb is a great pick for boosting damage, especially with your Slack Off waiting to heal it all back. On the other, Leftovers are always a great choice for high HP defensive Pokémon due to the amount of HP restored over long battles. Pick your favorite, but be sure to play around Life Orb's HP loss if you choose it.
  • Tera Type: The best Tera Type for Slowbro in this fight is by far Psychic. Not only will this type increase the damage Stored Power will deal, but it will also ensure that Slowbro will take either half damage or neutral damage from Cinderace's attacks, since Cinderace Terastalizes into a Fighting-type Pokémon.

How to use the Best Slowbro Build for Cinderace Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

To use this Slowbro build when in the Tera Raid, your game plan will be to use Iron Defense three times, Nasty Plot three times, and Stored Power until Cinderace is down. Finally, use Slack Off if your Slowbro needs to survive some more hits.

Note that Cinderace will randomly reset all Pokémon's stats to their default levels in the battle, meaning that Iron Defense and Nasty Plot will eventually be reset. This build is designed for a patient setup, so this won't be a problem as long as you rebuild your stats immediately after they are dropped. Always prioritize Iron Defense first to make sure Slowbro takes less damage.

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