Slowking (Neo Genesis 14)

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Slowking LV.39
ヤドキング Yadoking
Team Plasma
Illus. Ken Sugimori
Evolution stage
079 Stage 1 Pokémon
Evolves from Slowpoke
Card name Slowking
Type Psychic
Hit Points 80
retreat cost
English expansion Neo Genesis
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 14/111
Japanese expansion Gold, Silver, to a New World...
Japanese rarity Rare Holo
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Slowking.

Slowking (Japanese: ヤドキング Yadoking) is a Psychic-type Stage 1 Pokémon card. It is part of the Neo Genesis expansion.

Card text

Pokémon Power:
Mind Games
Whenever your opponent plays a Trainer card, you may flip a coin. If heads, that card does nothing. Put it on top of your opponent's deck. This power can't be used if Slowking is Asleep, Confused, or Paralyzed.
Mind Blast
Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 damage plus 10 more damage and the Defending Pokémon is now Confused. If tails, this attack does 20 damage.

Pokédex data

Slowking - Royal Pokémon
No. Height Weight
199 6'7" (2 m) 175 lbs. (79.5 kg)
Pokédex entry
When its head was bitten, toxins entered Slowpoke’s head and unlocked an extraordinary power.


  • Slowking was one of the few cards ever to be banned from the Pokémon Trading Card Game because how they affected the overall environment of the game. In this case Slowking's Pokémon Power significantly slowed down game play while being potent enough to see heavy competitive play.
  • This card was the last specific card to be banned from any official event until the Sandy Cloak Wormadam card from Secret Wonders and POP Series 7 was banned from the 2008 North American Professor Cup, after dominating the 2008 European Professor Cup due in part to being printed in POP Series 7 as an Uncommon (all Rare rarities are banned from use in the Professor Cup).
  • This was the last specific card to be banned from organized play until Lysandre's Trump Card in June of 2015.
  • The damage for Mind Blast is printed off-center.

Impact of Pokémon Power

Slowking's Pokémon Power was either mistranslated or intentionally altered[citation needed] when it was brought overseas. In the original Japanese print, Mind Games only worked when Slowking was the Active Pokémon. In its US print, it could be used from the bench, allowing players to use multiple Slowking to further reduce the odds of a Trainer card being successfully played (possibly down to 1 in 16). As a result, Slowking became extremely popular, with games often coming down to who could lay down one or more Slowking first and shut down their opponent out of almost all search and draw power, all while clogging the opponent's draws and being essentially shielded from attack due to being on the Bench. Due to its widely perceived negative influence on gameplay, the card was banned from the Modified format at the end of 2002.


This card's Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Silver.

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