Slowest Pokemon Characters in the Franchise

Slowest Pokemon characters

It's usually all about the fastest Pokemon and the strongest Pokemon getting ranked - even the Ugliest Pokemon ranked (but we adore them completely!) but here is a little tribute post to those Pokemon who often get lost in the dust of their competitors - but each of these has their own unique talents and strengths! Sometimes it's not all about speed, but what you can do with your form. Here are the slowest Pokemon in the franchise, the slowest creatures you’ll ever see in any region of these games!



15. Wooper

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This Pokemon is a dual Water and Ground type from Generation 2, also known as the Water Fish Pokemon. It is said that they tend to keep themselves buried in the mud at the bottom of any cold-water mass, which may explain its quirky and bizarre appearance, as life evolves differently down there. Because of its sleepy life under the water, Woopers have a speed of only 15 by default. They have no need for speed, however, as they have a special defensive trick! When venturing out on land to look for food, a Wooper coats its body with a gooey, toxic film to deter predators.

14. Pineco

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A a Bug type Pokémon introduced in Generation 2, commonly known as the Bagworm Pokémon, although it looks just like a pine cone! Pineco are known to hang from tree branches and wait for insects to approach, so, like Wooper, have never really developed a need to be speedy. It is also almost certainly lacking limbs, so may not be a shock that Pineco doesn’t have the fastest speeds in the game. It makes up for its lack of speed with a strong defense stat of 90 as they possess a clever trick of making their protective shell thicker by adding more tree bark. Although a carniverous pine cone is definitely a scary concept!

13. Silcoon

Slowest Pokemon ever
Inspired by the evolution of a caterpillar in to a butterfly or moth, or other winged insect, Silcoon is the between-evolution cocoon stage that occurs during the evolution of a Wurmple into a Beautifly. Like the time it takes for most caterpillars to transform, these Pokémon do not last long as evolution takes just three levels to complete. Due to all the energy they have to conserve for their transformation, these are not speedy critters. They prefer to reside in tree branches and cover themselves in silk, which is used to repel enemies. They also have a moderate defense stat to protect themselves, in their vulnerable state.

12. Cascoon

Slowest Pokemon ever
Cascoon is just like Silcoon in that it appears as the pupating version of Wurmple, while it undergoes its transformation into Dustox. Movement will only drain much needed energy and would risk the evolution process so even in battle, Cascoon will not move at all, even when it is attacked! Because it is so vulnerable in this state, this creature can often be found hiding underneath large leaves and foliage and is clever at the art of camouflage. This dedication to slow living ensures a magical transformation later on when they go on to evolve.

11. Roggenrola

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An unusual looking Pokemon that looks a bit like a rock, Roggenrola are known to have bodies that are hard as steel from being compressed underground for many years, so are not really in any way primed for movement. They still have feet to carry them but these are for mobility purposes only, so they only have a speed statistic of 15. However, it actually has great hearing! This may be an ode to its name 'rock-n-roller', which is a slang name for musicians who play rock and roll - but also to keep an ear out for predators or anyone who might wish to attack. A Rock type Pokémon from in Generation 5, it is known as the Mantle Pokémon. While it is useful to have in combat, do not expect it to attack first.

10. Foongus

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Awww this little guy! It is making me wish I gave it a place on the Cutest Pokemon Ranked list - maybe I can still find a place for it! This adorable little character, known as the Mushroom Pokemon for obvious reasons, has a unique and special ability to to lure people, prey, and fellow Pokémon towards them in grassy areas, potentially with its Pokeball shaped head. Because they have the ability to lure others towards them, they never had a need for movement, apart from hopping and rolling if needs must. And as such have one of the lowest speed stats of any Pokémon. Once it lures its opponents, predators or prey, it will release poison spores to disable them, and thus is a dual Grass and Poison type Pokemon from Generation 5. I will never get over the creepiness of carniverous pinecones and mushrooms, nature can definitely be a deadly place in the Pokemon world!

9. Morelull

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With the same fungi traits as Foongus, Morelull are nocturnal Pokémon that walk around at night on their leg-like roots, but tend to move only as to not deplete the nutrients of plants around them. They spend most of their time slowly finding a new place to reside where there’s access to more food. Though their roots may look like feet, they are used to rooting into the ground while moving which is a painstakingly slow process. Despite being more of a seasoned traveller, Morelull shares the same slow speed as Foongus. For defense, they are known to release spores from the tops of their heads when in danger, so speed is not one of their necessities. It is one of the shortest Grass-type Pokémon, with Fairy typing too (an ode to fairy rings?) and hails from Generation 7. It has large, black eyes and a pale, eerily glowing complexion, possibly loosely based on bioluminescent mushrooms.

8. Sandygast

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Rather creepily, it is said that the bodies of Sandygast are made from the sand castles of beach-goers that were not destroyed. Formed from sand, a Sandygast will emerge when the grudges of Pokémon and other creatures soak into the sand after they fall in battle. Because they can only reside in the sand, Sandygast have no recorded need or ability for movement. Somehow, through manipulation they have managed to build up a reputation as being powerful despite their lack of mobility. Alolan Sandygast are considered so frightening that sticking a hand through one’s mouth is considered a courageous act to prove that you have no fear. Having good speed is just not necessary here, when they seem to have everything they need to successfully intimidate their enemies. But a walking, running Sandygast would be absolutely terrifying!

7. Stakataka

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A large, legendary Pokemon, this dual Rock and Steel type Pokémon from Generation is considered an Ultra Beast, and is one the heaviest Pokémon out there (you can catch a whole list of the Heaviest Pokemon ranked here!) Stakataka resembles a tower or castle wall. It may resemble a Nurikabe, a mythical yokai that is known for blocking the way of people. Because their Ultra Beast status lets them travel to places through wormholes instead of relying on their own physical movement, they have no sheer need to get active. Their massive weight explains why they do not need to utilize speed to remain powerful, as they tend to remain motionless for most of the time. Their only movement really is to shake their entire body if something is on top of them and they hold a mere 13 speed stat to start.

6. Trapinch

Slowest Pokemon characters
A patient hunter Pokemon from Generation 3, this Ground type is known to dig an inescapable pit in a desert, then sit back and wait for its prey to come tumbling down! Because of this, little effort is needed for them to find food. They are known to go over a week with no water and are perfectly content to stay in their nests for long periods of time, with a propensity for little movement. A little like gamer folk today! Their speed is considerably low with a stat of 10 despite their evolution, Vibrava, rocketing by in comparison, with a speed stat of 70. While many of the slowest Pokémon have high defense stats to compensate for their slowness, Trapinch does not, possibly because it is such a clever hunter and good at hiding and waiting! For such a patient creature, they do have a moderate attack stat to help them out in battle which is nice!

5. Bonsly

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The pre-evolved form of Sudowoodo, although it looks like a Grass Pokémon, it is actually a baby Rock type. Known as the Bonsai Pokemon, from Generation 4, Bonsly are known for staying in the same place for long periods of time, being able to camoflage themselves using their uncanny resemblance to a bonsai tree! Luckily they are only too happy to remain in one place and prefer not to move much. They have good defense statistic just in case they are discovered - as in warmer environments they might not be able to hide as well. These critters prefer to go unnoticed and blend in to the background, even when evolved in to Sudowoodo.

4. Ferroseed

Slowest Pokemon characters
A dual Grass and Steel type Pokemon from Generation 5, Ferroseed is known as the Thorn Seed Pokemon.  As its name might suggest, it boasts pointy thorns around its body to protect it from any predators and it has a curious appearance as like a spiky deadly Easter egg. Definitely deadly as one poke and you’ll be sure to learn to leave Ferroseed alone! It can often be found attached to cave walls, cleverly using its spikes to absorb minerals, plus it has no legs or limbs, so no movement is required for this quirky critter to survive. When confronted, Ferroseed will shoot spikes to distract its enemies, which gives them the opportunity to slowly and sneakily roll away.

3. Pyukumuku

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A marine Pokémon with an ovoid, black body, loosely based on a sea cucumber, this Pokemon will spend some time traveling in search of a comfortable spot, but once that spot is found they will try to stay there forever. A bit like me in a good comic shop. They will then move as little as possible and even if they are moved beyond their control, they will try desperately to find their way back to that spot again. Even after they have used up all resources in their favourite spot, they will let themselves starve because they don’t want to move. Very relatable! It is a water type Pokemon from Generation 7, known as the Sea Cucumber Pokemon. It has a very low speed stat of only 5!

2. Shuckle

Slowest Pokemon characters
A dual Bug and Rock type Pokémon introduced in Generation 2, it is commonly known as the Mold Pokémon. A turtle like critter, it moves as slow as you imagine a real life turtle might! With a speed stat of only 5, speed is not quite Shuckle's forte, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own special talents. It is known to store berries inside of it shell in order to turn into nutritious liquids, and so has little need to forage for food.

1. Munchlax

Slowest Pokemon characters
What Pokemon has the lowest speed stat? Although really it is a three way tie between Pyukumuku, Shuckle and Munchlax, the latter critter comes first for its iconic eating and sleeping habits and lazy lifestyle of moving only for food. The prevolved form of lazy Snorlax, known as the Big Eater Pokemon, is no surprise entry on this list! A normal type Pokemon from Generation 4, Munchlax comes in at #1 on our list for its low speed stat of only 5. The Munchlax lifestyle gives it impressive HP stats and so they are hard to take down in battle, even though they are likely the slowest to make their attacks. But keeping this slowcoach in your team long enough to evolve means you’ll end up with a tank that can roll over almost anything!

And that's a nap! I mean, a wrap! If you enjoyed this definitely check out Best Cat Pokemon, Best Dog Pokemon, Best Fish Pokemon and Best Bear Pokemon!

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