Slow Start (Ability)

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Slow Start スロースタート
Slow Start
Flavor text
Generation IV
Temporarily halves Attack and Speed.
Generation V
Temporarily halves Attack and Speed.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Slow Start (Japanese: スロースタート Slow Start) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. It is the signature Ability of Regigigas.


In battle

Slow Start causes the Attack stat and Speed stat to be halved during the first five turns in battle. If this Pokémon is switched out, its stats will once again be halved for the first five turns when it is sent out again.

If Skill Swap, Gastro Acid or Worry Seed is used on this Pokémon, its stats will immediately return to full power. However, the user of Skill Swap will have its Attack and Speed stats halved.

In the Japanese version of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, removing Slow Start does not undo the Attack and Speed drop; it must still wait five turns. This was changed in translated versions as well as in Platinum.

Outside of battle

Slow Start has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness

When the Pokémon enters a dungeon floor, its Movement Speed is reduced temporarily, but its Attack is not affected.

Pokémon with Slow Start

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Regigigas Regigigas Normal Normal Slow Start None None
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


  • In Pokémon Rumble Blast, Regigigas has the Special Trait-equivalent of Slow Start: Slow-Starting. Instead of going into full strength after an amount of time, it has to defeat 10 Pokémon to go to full strength.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 錯失先機 Cuòshī Xiānjī
France Flag.png French Début Calme
Germany Flag.png German Saumselig
Greece Flag.png Greek Αργό Ξεκίνημα
Italy Flag.png Italian Lentoinizio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 슬로스타트 Slow Start
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Começo Lento
Spain Flag.png Spanish Inicio Lento

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