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Truant (Ability)

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Truant なまけ
Flavor text
Generation III
Moves only every two turns.
Generation IV
The Pokémon can't attack on consecutive turns.DPPt
Pokémon can't attack on consecutive turns.HGSS
Generation V
Pokémon can't attack on consecutive turns.
Generation VI
The Pokémon can't attack on consecutive turns.
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Truant (Japanese: なまけ Lazy) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Three Pokémon can have this Ability. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Slakoth and Slaking.


In battle

Truant causes the user to only move every other turn. Actions such as using items or switching out do not signify a turn. Moves which require a turn to charge, such as Solar Beam, will not work because the turn in which the move is executed is the same turn in which the Pokémon will be truant. If a Pokémon with Truant uses a move such as Hyper Beam, which recharges after use, then Truant will take effect during the turn that would normally be used recharging; however, the Pokémon still cannot switch out. The moves Worry Seed, Entrainment, and Simple Beam will not work on Pokémon with this Ability. Truant is reset by sleep and a Pokémon with Truant will always be able to attack on the turn they wake up.

Outside of battle

Truant has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

The Pokémon will instead gain the Paused status whenever a special move or a Wonder Orb is used.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, it also inflicts Yawning status condition on all surrounding enemies.

Pokémon with Truant

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Slakoth Slakoth Normal Normal Truant None None
Slaking Slaking Normal Normal Truant None None
Durant Durant Bug Steel Swarm Hustle Truant
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI 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.

In the anime

None.png Sawyer Slaking Truant.png Harvest Island Slaking.png None.png
Sawyer's Slaking Unknown Trainer's Slaking
The user occasionally becomes too lazy to attack during battle.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
289 Slaking Slaking occasionally becomes too lazy to attack during battle.
Unknown Trainer's Slaking The Journalist from Another Region! Debut
Sawyer's Slaking Analysis Versus Passion! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 懶惰 Lǎnduò
France Flag.png French Absentéisme
Germany Flag.png German Schnarchnase
Italy Flag.png Italian Pigrone
South Korea Flag.png Korean 게으름 Geeureum
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Preguiça
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ausente
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Aylak

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